Reading in our Room!

So if you know me, I'm a little bit particular about my classroom.  Only furniture of primary colors may enter. Everything is labeled and has it place, (except for a few exceptions that hide behind cute curtains) and every book has a special spot.  So I thought I'd share my library organization and how books are leveled.  First the books are sorted in different color bins. Red is fiction, blue is nonfiction, yellow are chapter books and green are poems and song books.
 Our Library
 Reader's Workshop Book Bins
 Leveled books taken home for reading at night

 Our Reading Rainbow
Each part of the rainbow is a level. A (red 1) is a GR. Level A.
A (red 2) is a GR. Level B, (Red 3) is a C, (Orange 1) is a D and so on.  

 Books are sorted by topic. 
 Then they are all leveled according to the rainbow. See the white dot on the corner of the book.
 Each book has a sticker that matches the basket's label.  This way students can easily return them to their proper place.

I absolutely love books. Can you tell? And I love teaching students to read.  And... I really love Reader's Workshop.

If you want the library labels and matching stickers, they are all available on my site

I also just placed a Reader's Workshop Response Sheets Pack on Teachers pay Teachers.  It included graphic organizers for schema, connections, visualization/mental images, inferences, questioning, synthesis and story elements.  
Be sure to check it out.  


  1. Michelle...I love the response sheets. I will check them out on TPTs. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Love the Reading is Fun rainbow. Is this something you created? I plan on purchasing your response sheets. Thanks for being so creative!

  3. Impressive organization! I'm glad to know I am not the only one who requires a specific color scheme. Mine was determined by the builders of our school. Great photos!

  4. O.M.G.!!! I am in loooove with this organization! Right now I simply have my books split up by months, but the wheels are a-turnin' for me! I am thinking that my classroom library is going to become my summer project. Thank you so much for the great idea and detailed pics for this visual learner!

  5. You have a WONDERFUL system! You have inspired me to get my act together in my classroom library. I classroom is very organized with the exception of my class library. It's my weak point. However, no more. I am bookmarking this page for referencing.

    Ms. M

  6. I have a leveled library from reading a-z that I use as a nightly reader. I would like to add some more of my own books, but sometime materials are not returned. How do you keep track of all your paper books that you lend to your students?

  7. Love the organization! Thanks for sharing :) I am going to have my library be my class project as well. :)


  8. OMG! I'm the same way when it comes to primary colors in the room. Thanks for sharing your room and library. It's awesome.

  9. I love the rainbow! How did you create it?


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