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Building a Classroom Library from the Ground Up

A classroom library is an asset to fostering a lifelong love for reading among your students. However, if you are a new teacher, it can seem nearly impossible to build an arsenal of quality literature. Have no fear though! Whether you're starting with no books, 20, or even 100, these resources will guide you in your quest to achieving a top notch classroom library.
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Building a Classroom Library from the Ground Up
  • Cassandra Autrey says:
    Do you want a classroom library with a 1,000 books? That's right, I said a 1,000. If you said yes, this article is perfect for you. This blog writer has acquired thousands of books, and I was definitely envious. However, she goes into detail about how she accomplished this feat, and I was definitely taking notes. If you're dream is to amass a huge classroom library like me, this article proves it can be doable without the cost.
  • Cassandra Autrey says:
    Teachers have many things to research and tweak during the school year, and I know that time is very limited. If you are looking for a one stop shop on classroom libraries this is your best bet! It provides sections on everything classroom library related. I found the FAQ tab to be the most helpful part of this survival guide.
  • Cassandra Autrey says:
    If you haven't checked out the blog ImLovinLit, you need to head over there right now! This is one of my favorite educational blogs, and I credit it with a lot of my success during my first year of teaching. This particular article introduced me to several books that I purchased for my classroom library. The summer before I started my internship was very hectic, and I did not have time to read any books for pleasure which meant I wasn't on the up and up for new teen favorites.
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    Cassandra Autrey says:
    Once I had started acquiring a huge sum of books, I was starting to get worried about students not returning them. This led me on another internet hunt to find the best check-out system for my library. This is the article I used to determine which electronic tool I was going to purchase for my own classroom library. I ended up purchasing the Intelliscanner, and I loved it. It is simple to use, and it saved me a lot of time organizing my books. It is pricey, but I felt it was worth the cost.
  • Cassandra Autrey says:
    Even better than pictures is video. Another visual jewel, this video provides an in-depth tour of an Elementary classroom library. I loved this resource for its catchy/original book category titles. I hate doing anything ordinary so this was a huge plus for me. Also, once my library started to expand, I needed help with ideas on organization and storage which I received here. Two other great ideas I copied from this video were the book category lists and the battle of the books activity.
  • Cassandra Autrey says:
    As someone new to teaching, my only experience with classroom design and layout was from my own school days. I couldn't remember what a classroom library looked like. And the few memories that I did have were from ten years ago, and I knew things had come a long way since then. By looking at Scholastic's article, I was able to look at pictures of actual classroom libraries to help get my creative juices flowing. Additionally, there is an interactive tool that allows you to rearrange and more.
  • Cassandra Autrey says:
    I'm always looking for ways to incorporate more opportunities for reading that don't simply involve reading. If your students are anything like mine, then they groan at the very mention of independent reading time. Being a book-worm, I couldn't relate to their aversion of reading. However, I soon realized that their disgust was similar to my fear of medicine. Realizing this, I understood that I needed to sneak in reading under a disguise, similar to mixing medicine in my food.
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    Cheap ways to Stock your Classroom Library

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    Cassandra Autrey says:
    When I started my internship as an 8th grade ELA teacher, I was pumped to start gathering books for my classroom library. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that my library was going to be pretty small when new books averaged 15 dollars a piece. Knowing that I wouldn't be satisfied with just a few books, I began scouring the internet to find better ways to build my library up. This was the first article I stumbled upon, and I found it extremely helpful in starting to build my library.