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Color-Coded Classroom Library Organization
The craziness has begun!
I have been in my classroom all week getting ready for my sweet students who will be coming on Monday! I have made several changes this year and I am loving how it is looking! I still have some finishing touches, so I won’t be posting pictures for a classroom tour YET, but I do want to show off part of my classroom library! That is, the fiction section!
I have arranged a large portion of my classroom library using book baskets and labels, however I like having a large number of my fiction books arranged in alphabetical order. I like to prepare my kiddos for experiences with books outside the classroom, and let’s face it, bookstores and libraries don’t have all their books arranged in nice, neat little labeled book baskets. Most of the books (especially fiction) are arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s last name, which is how I have always had the majority of my fiction books.
However, keeping them in alphabetical order has always been a struggle. Even with the most amazing class librarians, there always seem to be books by authors with ‘M’ last names mixed in the ‘A’ section and everything in between!
Then I saw a pin on Pinterest and immediately knew I had to incorporate the idea in my classroom!
(Here is the source of inspiration from Valerie… not classroom related but I was super excited about the possibility!)
So I got to work making color coded labels, and here is the finished product!
I am bringing some black into my multi-colored classroom this year with my chalkboard theme, and I absolutely adore this rug I found at IKEA! I love how it looks with the rainbow of colors!
The way I arranged the colors, each letter of the alphabet is color coded.
The A’s are green
B’s are lime green
(I combined a few letters together that I only have a couple books for. For example, XYZ are all the same color)
The colors flow smoothly from one color to the next. When my kiddos go to put their books back they can check the author and then match the color on the spine to the color on the shelf! Some of the colors are close to each other, so I will tell them to always double check the author’s last name and make sure they are putting it in the right place, but I think this is going to be super helpful in preventing those way-out-of-order situations!
I also decided this year that I’m not going to worry about them being in perfect alphabetical order. As long as all the A’s are together (and B’s, and C’s, etc.) I am going to be one happy teacher!
One last picture of the books! I can not stop staring at them! By far my most favorite part of the classroom! (Of course I say that every year about my classroom library!)
Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I’ll be working away all day tomorrow putting the final touches on my classroom! New student day is Monday so I will have a few students for a couple hours, and then Tuesday is the first day with all my new kiddos!
You can get the labels in my TPT store by clicking here!