#102: Tips for How to Organize Your Classroom Library

We’ve all asked that question at some point in our teaching careers...how do you organize your classroom library? 

Honestly, it's not always a one-and-done situation. We may organize our classroom library differently depending on the grade level we are teaching, our goals for our students, the skills we want them to learn, and more. In fact, there are so many ways to organize your classroom library that it can get confusing and overwhelming. 

So, if you're pondering reorganizing your library, setting up a classroom library for the first time, or just want to be able to use and manage your classroom library better, this episode is for you!


Classroom library organization is more than just how you group and store the books. 

Sometimes I think teachers get caught up in sorting, cataloging, and creating organization for the books. All the while, the other pieces that go with managing a fully functional classroom library effectively and efficiently get forgotten or given little attention. And that, my friend, is a HUGE mistake!

While the type of book bins for your classroom library is important, we'll go beyond that basics to help you confidently make decisions about all areas of your classroom library organization.

Listen in to the full episode to find out:

  • Easy classroom library systems you'll need for your library to not drive you crazy.
  • Why students need ownership for a classroom library to function properly.
  • How to make your library (almost) self-managed.
  • Different ways to organize the books in your library (and the benefits of each one).
  • And all my classroom library tips!

Listen to this episode for all the goodness [and don't forget to grab the FREE Classroom Library Organization Cheat Sheet here]. Plus, check out the links to other Organization Episodes and teacher help below. ⬇️

Teach joyfully,

H.O.P.E. Education RESOURCES you're going to L️VE:

FREE Classroom Library Checklist [Grab it here.]

    Back to School Planning Guide

Wireless Barcode Scanner*

Libib Library Management Tool for teachers ♥️ [There's a free version and a paid version.]

Skinny Book Bins*

Michael's Wide Book Bins

Clear Wide Book Bins*

PLUS, check out ALL kinds of free printables in the Vault.


Want more? You got it! ⬇️   

    Main Idea and Key Details Graphic Organizer

 Teaching Summarizing

   Compare and Contrast Activities

  Teaching Poetry Activities

  Parent Email Template System



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