Even though this past year I only taught math, I always kept my classroom library stocked with exciting and new books for the kids to check out. I am a firm believer in having a classroom library ready and available for students, no matter what subject you teach. Throughout the year, I collected a ton of books from retired family member teachers, staff members helping a new teacher out, and lots of my own money going straight to Scholastic Book Clubs! Now, my bookshelf is overflowing with books and it drove me crazy by the end of the year how unorganized my bookshelf was.
One of my goals for this summer is to organize my classroom library, especially since I will be teaching reading as well as math next year! Last summer, I "tried" to separate my books into grade levels (4.3, 5.2, etc.) and genres. The problem was, as students checked out books and returned them, my organization went down the drain! I have seen lots of bloggers using baskets to organize books, and I think this would be a great idea. My confusion is how do you organize your book baskets. By genre? By author? By grade level?
What ways do you organize your classroom library? What works for your classroom? I could use any and all advice you have!