School Library (page 2)
A library is an important component of the classroom for your students. It takes time to build a classroom library, but once developed, it will be an excellent resource for both you and your students.
- Find books for free or for purchase at some or all of the following sources:
- Friends whose children have outgrown them
- Other teachers
- Yard sales
- Obsolete library books
- Book fair events
- Monthly book order clubs
- Designate an area of the classroom where students can choose a book and read.
- Create a comfortable reading space with bookshelves, a rug, large pillows or a beanbag chair, and even a teddy bear or two.
- Organize books by theme or genre—in plastic tubs for lower grades and on shelves for upper grades.
- Label book covers with your name and room number, using a permanent marker.
- Create book placeholders so that when a student has pulled a book out to read, the book placeholder can hold its spot on the shelf.
- Establish a system for checking out books so that students can sign out books to read at home.
- Assign book reports.
- Students select books to report on.
- Students in lower grades can transport books home in a large plastic zipper bag or a large laminated manila envelope.
- Students keep books for a weekend, a week, or another time period that you establish.
- Students complete the appropriate book report form.
- Students track their reading using a monthly reading log.
- Organize books by theme or genre, using a classification system such as one of the following:
- General—Science, Social Science, Math
- Theme—Plants, Friendship, Courage, Multicultural, Favorite Authors
- Standards—Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes
- For students in lower grades, identify a book’s level with a colored sticker on the book cover, using a system such as the following:
- Green = Easy
- Yellow = Intermediate
- Red = Advanced
- Visit a bookstore and spend time with picture books if you are unfamiliar with them.
- Select books that inspire you and that you think your students will enjoy.
- Include a variety of authors and genres for picture books.
- Include rich, multicultural books.
- Consider varied reading levels.
- Think beyond books—include magazines and comic books.
Alma Flor Ada (Grades K–4): Latino children and families
- Dear Peter Rabbit
- Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English
- The Gold Coin
- I Love Saturdays y domingos
- Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury
- My Name Is María Isabel
- ¡Pío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes
- Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection
Francisco X. Alarcón (Grades K–6): Latino children and families
- Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems / Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño
- Animal Poems of the Iguazú / Animalario del Iguazú
- From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano
- Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems / Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno
- Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de primavera
- Poems to Dream Together / Poemas para soñar juntos
Eric Carle (Grades Pre-K–3): Science-related easy readers, repetition
- All in a Day
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
- Chip Has Many Brothers
- The Foolish Tortoise
- The Grouchy Ladybug
- A House for Hermit Crab
- Mister Seahorse
- The Mixed-Up Chameleon
- Pancakes, Pancakes!
- The Tiny Seed
- The Very Busy Spider
- The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- The Very Lonely Firefly Walter the Baker
Mem Fox (Grades K–3): Rhythm and rhyme
- Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild!
- Hattie and the Fox
- Koala Lou
- Night Noises
- Possum Magic
- Shoes from Grandpa
- Sleepy Bears
- Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
- Wombat Divine
Gerald McDermott (Grades 2–6): Trickster tales from various continents
- Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
- Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale
- Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest
- Jabutí the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon
- Papagayo: The Mischief Maker
- Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai’i
- Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest
- The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale
- Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa
Pat Mora (Grades K–5): Multicultural, family-related stories
- Agua, Agua, Agua
- A Birthday Basket for Tía
- Confeti: Poemas para niños
- Confetti: Poems for Children
- The Desert Is My Mother / El desierto es mi madre
- Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart
- Let’s Eat! / ¡A comer!
- A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Inés
- Una biblioteca para Juana: El mundo de Sor Juana Inés
- Listen to the Desert / Oye al desierto
- Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers
- Maria Paints the Hills
- The Rainbow Tulip
- Tomás and the Library Lady
- Tomás y la señora de la biblioteca
Jack Prelutsky (Grades K–6): Silly poems about everyday life
- For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone
- The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders
- If Not for the Cat
- It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles
- A Pizza the Size of the Sun
- Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem
- Poetry Fun by the Ton with Jack Prelutsky
- The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
- Ride a Purple Pelican
- What a Day It Was at School!
Dr. Seuss (Grades K–6): Life-affirming themes, rhythm and rhyme
- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
- Horton Hears a Who!
- The Lorax
- Oh Say Can You Say?
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
- Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
- The Cat in the Hat
- The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
- The Sneetches and Other Stories
Shel Silverstein (Grades K–6): Silly everyday poems and stories
- Don’t Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies
- Falling Up
- A Giraffe and a Half
- The Giving Tree
- Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back
- A Light in the Attic
- The Missing Piece
- The Missing Piece Meets the Big O
- Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
- Where the Sidewalk Ends
- Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?
Other authors to consider in developing your multicultural library
- Arnold Adoff
- Yangsook Choi
- Paul Goble
- Virginia Hamilton
- Florence Parry Heide
- Karen Hesse
- Naomi Shihab Nye
- Patricia Pollaco
- Allen Say
- John Steptoe
- Michele Maria Surat
- Mildred D. Taylor
- Laurence Yep
- Kindergarten Sight Words List
- Signs Your Child Might Have Asperger's Syndrome
- Coats and Car Seats: A Lethal Combination?
- Child Development Theories
- GED Math Practice Test 1
- The Homework Debate
- Graduation Inspiration: Top 10 Graduation Quotes
- Social Cognitive Theory
- 10 Fun Activities for Children with Autism
- First Grade Sight Words List