Have you ever struggled with building your classroom library? Don't worry, we've all been there. Today I want to talk to you about how you can build your personal classroom library. I've got some ideas to share with you about how you can fill up your classroom library with books. I know as teachers we are all on a tight budget and sometimes it feels a little overwhelming to come up with your own classroom library. However, it is a super powerful resource for your kids to have in the classroom. So here are some ideas I have for you on how you can get more books in your classroom library.
The first thing to check is if there are any second-hand books stores near you or in your area. Go check those out. Often times those thrift bookstores have amazing resources for you and are 99 cents to purchase. You can feel up your classroom library quickly doing that. So check out your local library! I know my library has a Saturday morning book sale once a month where they sell books that they don't need in there library anymore for really cheap. Try calling your local library and see if they do something like that.
You can also do a Donors Choose Project where people can choose to sponsor the books you’d like to choose on Amazon. And, don't be afraid to ask the parents of the kids in your classroom. Often times kids at school have bookshelves of books at home that they're not going to read anymore. They're just sitting on the shelves. Write a letter, or an email, to the parent asking them if they have any books they don't mind donating to the classroom library. You will get some amazing resources by doing this.
You can also try putting out a Facebook or Instagram post to your friends in your local area and set up a little box outside the front door of your house and get people to donate to your classroom library that way. Its pretty fun to see books that come in on your front porch. Although it may seem a little “old-school”, book club deals are still a great resource to help build your classroom library. Use those book club deals to get 99 cent deals and you stock up on guided reading books that way too by buying multiple copies at a discount. Check out some local garage sales as well. You can sometimes find some great deals there too.
I hope all of these tips are great ideas for you to help fill up your classroom library and I'm really excited about watching your library grow as well! It was my pleasure to share this with you today. Please know I’m the biggest fan of the work you and your students are doing. If you enjoyed today’s lesson you can find this post and many more on iTunes, Spotify, or Alexa Briefings. Click here to listen!