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May 13, 2013

How to Organize a Small Book Collection

Written By: Brandi Jordan
X How to Organize and Display a Small Book Collection

How to Organize and Display a Small Book Collection

An organized and attractive classroom library encourages book exploration and learning fun. This idea from Sarah, a K-6 Teacher, in East Brunswick, NJ is a terrific way to store and display and organize a small book collection. Instead of using shelves where the books might get overlooked, she tries a new approach. Find out how she does it!

Organizing a Small Book Collection

“Since I am a new teacher, I don’t have as many books as veteran teachers,” Sarah explains. “However, I’ve learned that a great way to organize and label your small collection of books is to store them in gallon-size, zip close bags.

Label the outside of each bag with the ‘theme’ of all the books enclosed within. I know in many classrooms it is impossible to display all the books for the children; this will keep them organized over the summer. Come fall, you’ll be able to locate them easily.”


What are your best tips and tricks for organizing and displaying a small (or large!) book collection?  Share them with us below in the comments or on the Really Good Teacher forums!

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  • Amanda Lawson
    May 11, 2012

    This is a great way to organize books in the classroom and a great way to store during the summer.

  • Daina R.
    May 9, 2012

    Good idea for summer storage as well.

  • Joan B
    May 6, 2012

    I have a large collection of books for my classroom library. I tried to store them in their original baskets on some plastic shelves but they were too heavy for the shelf. I like the idea of storing the books in labeled plastic bags by category. Then I can put them all in cardboard boxes to store them. They will also be protected for the summer.

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