Thursday, April 19, 2012

How to Organize Your Classroom Library (Complete Library Organization Kit!)

If you're in the mood to do some spring cleaning, why not clean up your library by reorganizing it?  I absolutely love the way I organize my classroom books!  Like most teachers, I use labels on my book bins that have pictures, but, I went even further than that!  I put matching labels on each book so that the children put them back in the right bin!  The system is so simple, that even a preschooler can use it!

The labels for the bins are 5" x 3.75," which is the perfect size for many book bins, including Lakeshore bins (LC91 & YB10).

The labels for the books are easy to print... they line up perfectly on Avery 5160 labels, so all you have to do is peel and stick!  I put the labels on the back cover of my books for two reasons:
1. It's not covering any of the front cover!
2. It's the perfect way to introduce the vocabulary "back of the book," which is on many Kindergarten reading assessments!

I am selling this complete library organization system for your classroom for only $8.  And I haven't even told you the best part!  If you want me to add any labels, I'll make them asap and revise the file on TPT.  This is all you'll ever need to organize your books forever!

At the moment, the labels that are included are:

Authors and Series:
  1. Amelia Bedelia
  2. Arthur
  3. Berenstain Bears
  4. Cam Jansen
  5. Clifford
  6. Dr. Seuss
  7. Eric Carle
  8. Ezra Jack Keats
  9. I Spy
  10. Junie B. Jones
  11. Little Critters
  12. Lois Ehlert
  13. Magic School Bus
  14. Richard Scarry
  15. Where's Waldo
  16. Winnie the Pooh 

ELA Topics:
  1. Alphabet
  2. Fairy Tales
  3. Nursery Rhymes
  4. Poetry

General Topics:
  1. Art
  2. Language Arts
  3. Music
  4. Social Studies

Holidays and Celebrations:
  1. 100th Day
  2. Birthday
  3. Christmas
  4. Easter
  5. Father's Day
  6. Graduation
  7. Halloween
  8. Hanukkah
  9. Kwanza
  10. Martin Luther King Jr.
  11. Mother's Day
  12. New Year's Day
  13. Passover
  14. St. Patrick's Day
  15. Thanksgiving
  16. Valentine's Day

  1. Addition and Subtraction
  2. Counting Backwards
  3. Counting
  4. Graphs
  5. Math
  6. Measurement
  7. Money
  8. Multiplication and Division
  9. Patterns
  10. Shapes
  11. Sorting
  12. Time

  1. Animals (Fiction)
  2. Animals (Non-Fiction)
  3. Animals in Winder
  4. Apples and Pumpkins
  5. Dinosaurs
  6. Environment
  7. Five Senses
  8. Human Body
  9. Insects
  10. Keeping Healthy
  11. Magnets
  12. Ocean
  13. Outer Space
  14. Plants
  15. Season - Autumn
  16. Season - Spring
  17. Season - Summer
  18. Season - Winter
  19. Seasons
  20. Weather

Social Studies:
  1. Community Helpers
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. I Am Special
  5. Manners
  6. Neighborhood

  1. Favorite Stories (For those classic stories like The Velveteen Rabbit or Corduroy!)
  2. Our Books (For student authors!)
  3. Starting School
  4. Transportation

That means you get labels for 82 different categories... for only $8!  And again, the best part is that if you want me to add any additional labels, all you have to do is ask!  I'll make them asap and revise the file on TPT.  This means that $8 is all you'll ever need to spend to organize your books forever!

Click any of the pictures below to head on over to TPT to download the free preview and check it out for yourself. (Note: The free preview is a PDF, but the actual download is a ZIP with DOC and PDF files.)


  1. I have the same system for organizing my classroom. Great minds think alike!
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    Maria from

    1. Thanks for the award! Great minds really do think alike!

  2. Awesome idea! This looks like a great summer project. I will buy this in a couple months. Thanks for offering to add more labels upon request!

    1. So glad you like it! Feel free to let me know any additional topics you might want in advance so I can have them all ready for you!

  3. Does the label for the bin go with a specfic Avery label? Or do you print onto paper or cardstock and just tape it onto the bin?

    1. The labels are for Avery label 5160. Somewhere up in the post I have to link to buy them on Amazon if you want them.

  4. Love this system!!! Very cute too!

  5. LOVE your library organization system!

  6. Oh my! I want this! Thanks for creating this. I will definitely be buying it soon!