Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Classroom Library Book Labeling

A new Scholastic book order came today!  The downside of that is the labeling required to get them ready for our library.  So I thought I would share how I label books and if you have any brilliant ideas for simplifying this process....please share...or maybe this will help someone out there.  

I organize as closely to how a library would as I can, so hopefully the skills that we practice in class, translate to students reading lives as they experience other libraries.  For more info/pics see this post.
Geronimo Stilton book bin
First, I have to look up the Lexile number of the book.  Our district uses DIBELS :-( and I have a chart that correlates the ORF score with a lexile range.  Inside the book, I write the lexile number and letter of the author's last name, so students know what book bin it belongs to.  If the book belongs to a bin that is all one author, I write the author's name in addition to the letter.

C book bin

After I finish the inside labeling of the books, I put a colored dot that coordinates with each lexile range on the side of the book.  Students have a bookmark in their bag with the colors of their "just right" books.  Then they use a chart on the wall to match up the colors on their book changing day.
Lexile chart

Just labeling dots from office supply store.

 Then I display and show off the books for kids to get excited about and add to their book bags.
Happy Wednesday,


  1. This is a great idea!! I did something similar when I taught Kinder - & boy do I love those stickers!!


    The 3AM Teacher

  2. I use numbers. My library is organized in part by level and in part by genre. I post a master list of what is contained in each numbered bin, so students can find they level or type of book they're looking for. I did try colors, but they still got way more mixed up than they do now. My district isn't so strict about the leveling.

  3. Hey Laurie! You have been tagged...head on over to my blog to check it out:)

    Pencils with Pizzazz

  4. Thanks for stopping by my Titanic blog post! :-)

    Thanks for sharing this post! I'm planning to do the Daily 5 next year, and in the past I've always organized my classroom library by book genre/series/type of book, but I'm kind of wanting to do a mix of that and Lexiles just to help make sure my students are reading more good-fit books. This post gave me some great ideas for doing that!

    Primary Junction

  5. Hi Laurie
    I love your Lexile chart. Would you happen to have a copy of it that I could use?