Book Bins

We have over 2,000 books in our classroom.  On top of those, we always have additional books from the school library and Door County Public libraries.  We love books!  We store the books in tubs (of course!).  The tubs are labeled.  If the books belong to the classroom, they each get a name stamp, color-dot level sticker, genre/theme label, and a number sticker.  Each tub is labeled with a number sticker and genre/theme tag.  I also scan (or manually enter) each book into my LibraryThing Catalog.  This system seems pretty intense, and it is at times, but it helps us organize the books and easily find books when we need them.  The video below will give you and idea of how the system works and what it looks like.  (Video Picture File)

 

On Mondays, students self-select books (beginning in October).  They store their self-selected books in their browsing box.  These books are then used during independent reading time.  The books are then returned to their book bin on Fridays.  The books aren't always put back correctly or appropriately (even after a lot of training!), so we have book box managers that fix book bins.  Everyone in the class is a book box manager.  If we notice a problem with a book box, the book box manager fixes it.  If we find a "wandering book" in the classroom, the book box manager takes care of it (bin 10 manager manages bin 10 books and so forth).  It's a nifty system!

The labels print out on address sized labels (Avery #8160).  You can also buy store brand labels that are compatible to Avery 8160 address labels.  For those that wish to print shipping labels (Avery #8163) or business cards (Avery #5871), you can visit the QUICK TEMPLATES page on my site for the template downloads and then just copy and paste the label image into your new document.  I no longer have the larger labels available. 

Click here to download the Book Bin business cards that I use, for my book bin labels.

The labels below were created by me and several web site visitors who have generously shared their creations.  The label contributors include Melanie, Stephanie C., Angela K., Ann-Marie R., Jeanna P., Debra M., Tessa S., Candace, Tara W., Susan E., Jennie S., Susan E., Michelle A., Melissa, Jo C., and Michele S.  If you have labels to share, please send only one type of label per document (small size only please).  I can no longer spend time converting large labels to small labels or creating one-type-of-label-per-document files from files that are sent containing lots of different labels in one document.

Authors Living Things Book Characters/Series Early Concepts & Language Arts Science or
Social Studies
Holidays
Beverly Cleary
Spiders
David Books
Numbers
Farm
Christmas
Roald Dahl

Bugs
Amelia Bedelia
Alphabet
Farm
Valentine's Day
Cynthia Rylant
Frogs
Berenstain Bears
Shapes
Careers
Halloween
Lio Lionni
Dinosaurs
Magic School Bus
Colors
Sky and Space
Thanksgiving
Dr. Seuss
Oviparous Animals
Magic Tree House
Songs & Music
Sky and Space
100th Day of School
Marc Brown
Polar Animals
Magic Tree House
Songs & Music
Rainforest
Chinese New Year
Jan Brett
Bears
A to Z Mysteries
Fairy Tales
Five Senses
Fire Safety
Laura Joffe Numeroff
Animals & Humans
Scooby Doo
Fairy Tales
Family and Friends
 
Audrey Wood
Animals
Pokemon
Folklore
Apples
 
Lois Ehlert
Animal Fiction
Nate the Great
Nursery Rhymes
Pumpkins
 
Kevin Henkes
ZooBook Mags
Horrible Harry
Nursery Rhymes
Leaves
 
Eric Carle
Life Cycles
Bailey School Kids
I Can Read Books
Fall

 
Denise Fleming
Sharks

Bailey School Kids
Mentor Texts
Winter
 
Tomie dePaola
Ocean Life
Arthur
Mentor Texts
Transportation
 
Mem Fox
Reptiles
Amber Brown
Realistic Fiction
School
 
 
Patricia Polocco
Animals
Boxcar Children

Realistic Fiction
School
 
Robert Munsch
  Boxcar Children
Mystery
Weather
 
Donald Crews
  Help Trapped...
Fantasy
Seasons
 
Mark Teague
  Captain Underpants
Fantasy
 
Science
 
David Shannon
  Ricky Ricotta
Nonfiction
Science
 
Judy Blume
  Cam Jansen
Nonfiction
Science
 
    Cam Jansen
Silly Stories
USA
 
    Junie B. Jones
Months
Character Education
 
    Biscuit
Months
Friends and Feelings
 
    Clifford
Award Winners
Seeds and Plants
 
    Clifford
Picture Riddles
If You Lived...
 
    Froggy
Poetry
Historical Fiction
 
    Froggy
Biography
Sports
 
    Little Critter
     
    Disney
     
    Franklin
     
    Franklin
     
    Jigsaw Jones

     
    Maisy
     
    Mr. Men & Little Miss
     
    Judy Moody and Stink