Thursday, July 26, 2012

STREAMLINE YOUR CLASSROOM LIBRARY {Teacher Tip #15}


I’m not talking about it being different now from the way it was my first year, but rather that it has literally changed dramatically over and over and over again.
My gosh.
Actually, when I think back to my first “library” I have to laugh. It was nothing more than a milk crate with some books the teacher I took over for left behind. I was young. It was my first job. I had just relocated from Boston to sunny Florida and could barely afford Ramen Noodles for dinner, much less books to stock a classroom library. Instead I checked out TONS of books from the public library each and every week. I have such vivid images of driving around every Saturday morning with a stack of books several feet high on the passenger seat of my 2 seater Miata convertible. 
But you know what?
My kids devoured those books. Mondays were super exciting because they knew there would be new books available and that they would need to take advantage of them quickly because they would soon be returned to and reshelved at the Winter Park Public Library.
Over the years my library grew and grew and GREW.


It grew to thousands of titles. There were books for all levels and books for all seasons.
Which meant I had thousands of books to organize and manage.
And as much as I love me a good organizational project, it became daunting.
I spent many a summer day sorting, leveling, categorizing, labeling, etc.
Then school would start and I would need to teach my elaborate system to my new friends as part of our procedures and routines. But, I noticed that while I had a very full, well-organized library, it wasn’t being used to it’s full potential.
It’s kind of like that saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”
I had some friends who would spend FOR.EV.ER browsing through my library. They were spending more time “shopping” for books than reading books. 
And then I thought back to my first year of teaching and my sad little library and realized that the ironic thing was that those students were actually more excited about reading and read more books than my more recent students because they had less to choose from and new books were spotlighted often.
So while I didn’t purge my library back to a single milk crate, I did make some changes that I’ve been thrilled with.
  • I scaled back the number of books available at any one time. 
  • I broke my library up into different sections (picture books, non-fiction, chapter books, and temporary books). This made it possible for several students to look for new books without feeling crammed in too tight.
  • I use the games and activities in my Genre Kit to teach the class about genres and have them help me sort books. This provides real world practice of the skills and helps them navigate the library easier throughout the year.



  • I stopped leveling the books. The real world does not group book by reading levels so it was important to me that I create an environment that would prepare them for selecting books at the library and book stores.

  • I developed ways to showcase new books so that my students had a list of desired books they knew they wanted to read and weren’t wasting time sifting through my collection.

  • I rotate books out throughout the year. Books are constantly changed out to reflect seasonal interests and topics of study. Keeping things new and fresh makes my friends want to get their hands on the literature before it’s gone. 

I love these changes because they not only increase the students' interest in books and decreases time wasted looking through bin after bin, but also because it helps keep my classroom Clutter-Free.
I’m not saying that books are clutter...but, I think you’ll find that it is best to have books that are enjoyed by your students and not just there because they are books.
Today’s FLASH FREEBIE has a twist.
It’s a collection of Blackline Design Book Basket Labels that can be copied onto colored cardstock or scrapbook paper.



But...
It won’t be available for download until Saturday.
Because I’m taking requests for specific labels.
I was planning to upload the packet to TpT yesterday, but since the site was down, I had a chance to think about it and decided to add on to it. The set I’ve designed and created so far includes all of the labels I will need in my classroom. It includes all of the basic genres along with some popular series Titles and authors’ names.
I think they are cute and useful and will appeal to many of you, but I want to make it more comprehensive. 
So...
here’s your opportunity to have a say in the product.
If there are specific labels you would like to see included, please leave them in the comments section. 
I’ll add them as they come in (providing they aren’t too obscure) and will upload the finished product on Saturday as a FLASH FREEBIE.
And on that note...what labels would you like to see included?

For more tips and ideas on organizing and managing your classroom please check out my Clutter-Free Guide. This post is part of: 


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105 comments:

  1. I would love for a Bearenstein Bears label, a Golden Books label, Geronimo Stilton, Magic School Bus, and one called Class Favourites....thanks for letting us have a say!!

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      You're welcome...I included all of the ones you requested. :) Jodi

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  2. Hi Jodi! I would love to see labels for "Read Alouds" and "Class Favorites." And since we HAVE to have leveled libraries at my school, a label for each letter would be awesome. Loving these Flash Freebies, BTW...thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Kelly,
      So glad you are enjoying the Flash Freebies. ...I included all of the ones you requested. :) Jodi

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  3. Action/Adventure, Choose your Own Ending, American Girl, Animal Characters, Humorous, Guiness/Ripley, Jokes. Some of these may be too random.....! Thanks for all you're sharing with us!! You're really inspiring! Have we seen all 360 degrees of your room, or do we have more to look forward to? :-)
    -Becky

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    1. Hi Becky,
      I'm always so excited to read that people are inspired by the site! The 360 tour continues...there are still a handful of things to share....I included all of the labels you requested. :) Jodi

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  4. I have been loving your freebies and have enjoyed seeing your room. I am going to try to implement many of your ideas into my classroom :) I have a junk load of books that I haven't ever tried to organize with the exception of a few types. The few books I tried to pull were : Dr. Seuss; Song Stories (like well, I can't name any of them, but they are books made from songs) Clifford, Arthur, Franklin (I actually called them books from TV... and my friends would try to add other books to it); I also had a Junie B and a Magic Tree House box (but none of my baskets were EVER labeled). I LOVE the idea for class favorites and Read Alouds too. Thanks for all of your inspiration!

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    1. Hi Jen,
      I think you'll find the class favorites bin to be very popular.....I included all of the labels you requested. :) Jodi

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  5. New labels were next on my to-do list! I would love to add Beverly Cleary, Jeff Kinney, Horrible Harry, Black Lagoon, science fiction, fairy tales/fables, and poetry!

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    1. Hi Mel,
      What grade do you teach? My students love the ones you mentioned so I'm guessing you are around 3rd.....I included all of the labels you requested. :) Jodi

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  6. I am a music teacher. I would love some that say composers, nursery rhymes, song tales, teacher favorites, black history month. :). I've lived all of your flash freebies. Thanks for all of your hard work. It's helping a lot of teachers out. Thank you.

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    1. I love that you integrate literature into your specialist area! I've included all of the labels you requested here and in the comment below. :) Jodi

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  7. Ooh maybe cultural studies, folktales, cross curricular. ;)

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  8. I too love the idea for "Read Aloud" and "Class Favorites". I have loved all of your flash freebies and cant wait for this one tomorrow...hopefully I remember!!

    Brittany
    Stickers and Stamps

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    1. Hi Brittany,
      Thanks for the feedback. This set will go live on Saturday morning. Do you subscribe to the blog, TpT store and/or my Facebook Page? I send notifications out through each of those venues when I post a freebie. Have a great weekend. :) Jodi

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  9. I love this series of posts you are doing about your classroom with flash freebies! Thanks for all the great ideas! I'd love to see labels for Sight Word Readers. With the nonfiction, I have my split into categories (animals, science, etc) but I think I could get them all in one tub under "nonfiction". Thanks again for sharing all your hard work!

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    1. Hi Amanda,
      I'm so glad you are enjoying them. I hadn't thought of Sight Word readers. I added them in . Thanks :) Jodi

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  10. Wow, thank you! These are perfect. I'd love to see the following labels because I organize my classroom library by genre: informational science, informational social studies, informational animal, informational sports, biography/autobiography, historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, books in a series, mystery, magazines, poetry, picture books, easy picture books.

    Thanks so much again!
    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer,
      You're very welcome. I added your requests to the packet. :) Jodi

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  11. In my district we are required to level our books by Fountas & Pinnell levels this year. I have thousands of books. I am not looking forward to it!!!

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    1. Hi Melissa,
      I included a label for each of the letter levels. I used to use the scholastic book wizard to level my books and found it to be very helpful and accurate. Here's the link:
      http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/

      :) Jodi

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  12. General Subject (for those of departmentalized)

    Math Books
    Science Books

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    1. Hi Twyla,
      What grade do you teach? I'm always intrigued by departmentalizing in elementary. It must certainly have some benefits. :) Jodi

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  13. Wow! Thanks for letting us add to this...hopefully I am not tooo late! I would love one for Magic Tree House, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I Survived, Beverly Clearly, Spanish, Olympics, Teacher Favorites, Public Library Books, and Principal Favorites.
    Your genre packet is one of my favorites, I used it all year long! Thank you for all of your work this summer.

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    1. Good Morning -
      You're not too late. They were all added. :) Jodi

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  14. graphic novels, comics, choose your own adventure, historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies, read-a-louds, buddy books (good choices of books to pick to read to your buddy), favorite authors (each author on its own label but also an extra one that says 'favorite authors' for any that don't have a label), favorite illustrators (we also seem to forget about those guys!), current events, written by us (for books the class makes), and i would love a 'San Francisco' just personally because i always try and share the amazing city my kids live in with them!
    thanks!

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    1. ooh and resource

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    2. All set Rachel - I didn't include the San Fran label as it is very specific, but if you email me at cfclassroom@gmail.com with your address I'll send one to you. :) Jodi

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  15. Avi, Rick RiordanJudy Blume, Eve Bunting, Betsy , Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl,Jean Fritz, Dan Gutman, C. Hiaassen,  C.S.Lewis, Lois Lowry, Barbara Park, Gary Paulsen, J.K. Rowling, Jerry Spinelli, E.B.White, C. Voigt

    Thanks for taking requests!

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    1. Hi Krissy,
      Great list! Thanks for the ideas. I added them all. :) Jodi

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  16. A to Z Mysteries, Cam Jansen, Flat Stanley, and Magic Treehouse!!

    Thank you so much for taking your time to help out other teachers! I love your blog and all the Freebies!! I get excited every day to see what you have!

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    1. Hi Rachel,
      Thanks so much for your sweet words. I love what I do, but it's always nice to hear it is appreciated. I've included those series. :) Jodi

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  17. Boxcar Children, Magic Treehouse, Cam Jansen, Amber Brown, Nancy Drew Notebooks, Berenstain Bears, Flat Stanley, A to Z Mysteries, Pony Pals, Animal Ark, Encyclopedia Brown, 3 Cousins Detective Club, Arch Books, Adventures in Oddyssey, Non-AR Books...Thanks for doing this!

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  18. I really like this post. It is making me think twice about putting all my classroom library books out at the beginning of the year. What a great way to keep kids interested!

    Lindsay
    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

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    1. Thanks Lindsay. I think you'll find the kids are much more into the books that are out if you limit the amount and keep it fresh. Enjoy the weekend. :) Jodi

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    2. I'd love to rotate my books, but with limited storage, can I ask for ideas on where to put the books I'm not using and still keep them organized?

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    3. Hi there,
      Do you already have a lot of books? If not, I would suggest using library books. If you have desks, you can treat them like tables and use the inside for storage. Also if you have deep shelves you can put seasonal items and books not in use in the back behind other items. :) Jodi

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  19. I would also say Egypt, Government, & Religions. Also if you wouldn't mind just a plain one without text, so if I think of something else I could use a white pen. Thanks for your wonderful freebies! It's a highlight to my day.

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    1. I like the idea of a blank label too! I always wind up with strange categories!

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    2. hmmm...I didn't think about a white pen. I had wanted to include a blank one, but wasn't sure how that would work out. Thanks for the idea. :) Jodi

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  20. I agree with everyone above who said that this is so cool of you to take requests! What an interactive Flash Freebie! I want you to know, I turn my computer on every day JUST to check out the freebie! :) I agree with Lindsay that I liked your idea of only putting some out at a time. That is a VERY good idea, as I lose more and more space to Promethean Smart boards and more students. I agree with the authors that Krissy posted, and if you could add CSLewis, Animorphs, Katherine Paterson, and Roald Dahl. I too work in a district that has us level our libraries by Fountas and Pinnell levels, so letters would be great too. Oh, and Seymour Simon. Thanx so much for allowing our input! You're terrific!!! Cheryl

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    1. Thanks Cheryl,
      I included them all. I actually started with Dahl as he is the annual favorite in my class. I love me some BFG, :) Jodi

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  21. I would love a Teacher's Favorites label so students can read my books that I use for classroom learning and everyone will know where they are when they are needed. Thank you so much for your advice.

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  22. Thank you for your daily posts. You have great ideas and are so kind for sharing! : )
    Could you add a label for Canada and one for Weather please? I also like the idea of a blank one that could be written on with a white pen! There are already so many good ideas here!
    Thanks again for your ideas!
    A fan in British Columbia

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    1. Hi BC...I added the Canada label for you. :) Jodi

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  23. Love this idea! I echo the requests for "teacher's favorites" and "class favorites"... and maybe a label that says "bilingual books" or "books in Spanish" for those of us who teach in more than one language? :) I love your products, you are such an inspiration!!

    Stephanie
    Maestra Bilingue

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    1. Thanks so much Stephanie. It's tricky enough teaching in one language. I couldn't imagine doing too. I added both for you. :) Jodi

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  24. What a great idea! I'd love a Canadian Author label, Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, First Nations and Graphic Novels.

    You're a star!
    Sherry

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  25. How about ones for Jon Scieszka, Louis Sachar, Gary Paulsen, and Andrew Clements, plus Science topics- Earth & Space, Life Science, Physical Science? Thanks for asking our input!
    Also, I really like the black on white (or bright color depending on the paper you print on) but maybe you could do some that are the opposite white on black like other of your products so that you could actually have some that are blank since it will be impossible to get every different need on the cards. Thank you so much for your products, free and otherwise!

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    1. Hi Mary,
      Someone had requested a blank black label to use with a white pen, but I'll include a blank white card as well. Take Care, Jodi

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  26. futuristic, fantasy, mythology, sports fiction, Judy Moody, My Sister the Vampire, Dear Dumb Diary, American History, World History

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  27. These look great! I'm so glad now that I've been procrastinating on making my library labels because now I don't have to! Thanks!

    Everyone above had great ideas. Here are a few more that I didn't see anyone else say yet: Andrew Clements, Harry Potter, Big Nate, Gordon Korman, The Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles, Percy Jackson and the Olympians (I thought about just saying Rick Riordan, but my kiddos get which books of his go with which others mixed up, so I'd love to separate the series for them!).

    I'm always amazed at how amazing all of your products are!!!!

    -Dani
    A Place to Thrive

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    1. You're so sweet! I added all the ones you listed Dani! :) Jodi

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  28. Now this is going to be a 'crazy' request, but could you do a label for 'Aussie Nibbles, Aussie Bites' and Aussie Chomps!!! This must appear an unusual request, but it is for a super great series of chapter books written by Australian authors for beginning readers. Huge thanks, in advance...
    ✿ Judy
    teaching with J

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  29. Wow...I like your labels and that you are wanting our input! Thanks for asking. :) So many others have had great suggestions for labels. I have a few new ones. I teach in a Christian school. I'd love some labels for "Bibles", "Bible Stories", "Devotions"
    I have a "crazy" request like Judy above me...."Hungarian." Yes, you read that right. You see I teach in Hungary. :) I like to include bi-lingual or native Hungarian books for my students to read in either language.

    Thanks!!!

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  30. Thank you so much for your hard work! As always, you are an inspiration! These might be repeats but here are a few that I use that you might want to consider:

    Biographies, Dr. Seuss, Environment, Ecosystems, U.S.A., Poetry, Government, Myths

    You are the BEST and I can't wait to see the final product!!!!!!!!! Thanks again!

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  31. I separate my poetry books into Poetry Collections and books that are one poem. I am not sure what to call that...I am sure you could be more clever than me!
    I also have some that I am sure are repeats: Dinosaurs, Historical Events, People and Places in our World, Recent Reads,World History, American History
    Rachel

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  32. What everyone else said! I can't wait for this freebie! Thanks for all your hard work and inspiration on your blog. I used the blackline numbers for my classroom management system and will have to post soon. How about Civil War, Revolutionary War, Ann M. Martin, Adventure & Survival, Mystery, Series of Unfortunate Events, Animal Fiction, Reference & How-To? Thank you a million!!

    hokieteach.blogspot.com

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  33. Ditto! ALL of these book labels will be so useful in our classrooms! Thank you so much for taking the time to meet our requests! Can't wait to download this flash freebie!

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  34. Such an amazing freebie! The only ones I didn't see (maybe missed them in the comments list) are Bailey School Kids, Patricia Polocco, and Little House on the Prarie. Also, Native Americans, American Revolution, Civil War would be helpful for social studies.

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  35. These look AMAZING!!! I can't wait to use them! :) If you have time to add it (and these aren't too weird), I would love to see a Babysitter's Club label and a Horses label (I have quite a few chapter books with a horse theme).

    Thanks SO MUCH for all of the wonderful flash freebies!!! You rock!! :)

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  36. I can't wait to see this freebie--it's going to be huge!!

    NF People, NF Places, NF Things, Slavery, Civil Rights Movement, Faith Ringgold, Colonial Times, Explorers, Gary Paulsen, Magazines, Holocaust, Immigration, Pioneer

    Thank you for doing this!! :o)

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  37. This is fantastic, I'm a new teacher who inherited hundreds of books and had no idea when or how I was going to organize them! I would labels for Jan Brett, Eric Carle and Robert Munsch please and thank you!

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    1. I was just about to request these! Also Laura Numeroff and Books In Spanish. :) Thanks so much!

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  38. Thanks for your great organization tips and Flash Freebies. One of the first things I do each morning is to check your website to see your amazing ideas! Thanks again!

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  39. I love your ideas and freebies. Thanks for being so creative and so sharing!
    How about a label that is blank? I know, for me, I would get to organizing my books and would think of a topic I wanted and it was not in your list. You know "Murphy's Law" lol.
    I can't imagine, nor expect you to come up with ALL the different labels everyone would need/want.
    Thanks again for all you do here. LOVE your blog!

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  40. I am moving from 1st to 6th so I'm not sure if I'll be doing genre baskets again, but since I am in a Catholic school, I always need at least one that says Religion and hopefully one for Bibles and Saints.
    I also used to rotate books - one of my cabinets was full of seasonal/holiday books that only came out for a short while. As we studies various topics, I would pull those books from my library and put them on display. I also used to color code my genres with a dot sticker on the basket label and the books. That helped the little ones get them back to the right place...usually ;)

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    1. I am also jumping from 1st to 6th. Kind of exciting and scary at the same time!

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  41. How about a label for dystopian? I would love that!

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  42. I love your blog and I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. You can find out more at my blog:
    http://www.whimsicalperspective.com/2012/07/i-would-like-to-thank-academythe.html

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  43. Hi Jodi :) I first want to thank you for all you are doing for kids, teachers, and education. You have kept me feeling crafty and inspired throughout the summer. I often wonder, though, if you ever sleep!
    After reading through all the previous comments there are only two that I didn't see that I would love to have: Kevin Henkes and Patricia Polacco. I too teach third grade and always do author studies with these two. Hope I'm not too late!
    Thanks again!

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  44. Thank you!!! I check your blog multiple times a day just to see what's new! Could you include a page of banks? I teach 4th grade in California and I'm thinking about sorting some books to be used as writing trait models and others as they pertain to Calfornia's science and social studies standards. It seems as though those might be too specific for the published document. Thanks!

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  45. Love the idea of blank pages, as well as one for Babysitter Club books. My 5th grade girls love those and my collection has grown this summer, need a bigger basket!

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  46. I love these labels! (And your site as well!) Reorganizing my classroom library is one of my big jobs for next week.

    Babysitter's Club, Babysitter's Little Sister, American Girl, Animal Nonfiction, Social Studies Nonfiction, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Amimorphs, Arthur...

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  47. Wow, what an amazing flash freebie! I tune in daily to get the latest from you as well! Instead of requesting more titles for you to add, if there was a way to make a blank label editable to add our own specifics that would be awesome!! Also, I am a resource teacher and tend to not get any kids to order their Scholastic books from me, so I purchased your Scholastic book package on TPT in hopes of pulling in some orders. I love the package!!! Thank you for all of your hard work!

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    1. I love the idea of having an editable blank label!

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  48. I'm a music teacher and use LOTS of books with my curriculum. In addition to Pope's Place's ideas, I would love to see Patriotic, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring, Animals. Thanks for all the freebies!

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  49. Arthur, Gail Gibbons, Magic School Bus, Marvin Redpost, and does anybody have any ideas for "General Fiction" other than that? I have a lot of books that don't seem to fit specific labels.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful freebie. I hope I don't miss it!!!

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  50. I would love to have one that says "Christian". I have been downloading freebies and purchase from your store and everything is awesome! Thank-you!

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  51. I posted a comment this morning, but forgot about a bin that I have for Magazines. Not sure if that had been suggested previously or already included, but it would be great :) Thanks again for all your hard work and sharing!

    Amanda

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  52. I teach middle and high school, so my requests may be a little different. I'd like a Dystopian Fiction and an Urban Fiction label. I'd also like a blank label, as our features authors would be quite different. Where can you find white pens?

    Thanks!

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  53. I didn't get a chance to read all of the comments, so I apologize if these are repeats! I would love to include a Book Hospital, Lost & Found, and a Fairy tales and Fractured Fairy Tales, and Other Languages, too. You are the best for letting us add!!

    Thanks,
    Betsy

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  54. I love these labels. How about favorite authors like Patricia Polacco, Beverly Cleary, Eve Bunting, Gail Gibbons? It would also be neat to have one for those non-fiction ABC books that have a theme for each letter. Your the best!

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  55. What about something like our authors for those books we make in the classroom?

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  56. I would love to see AR labels :)

    Lauren
    Lauren.Kassner@smyrna.k12.de.us

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  57. I would love to see Baby-Sitter's Club, Sweet Valley Twins, Black History, Roald Dahl (every year, my students choose him as their favorite author!), Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Beverly Cleary.

    And how amazing it is that you used to go to the Winter Park Library... I've been there more times than I could ever hope to count - I live in Winter Park! I teach in Pine Hills currently. What a small world!

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  58. Thank you so much for doing this. I recently started following you on Pinterest. You are amazing and I need you to come help me!!! Could you add Eric Carle and Robert Munsch? Thanks for motivating many of us.
    Susan
    hackes@pasd.com

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  59. Wow! this is going to be AMAZING!! How about "Popular Series"? This could include books like the Hunger Games or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, Series of Unfortunate Events, etc. I also really like the idea of an editable label or blank one that we can write our own on. Thanks so much for all you do for us! I don't know where you find the time!

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  60. A lot of music teachers use a wonderful literature integration curriculum called Mallet Madness so a mallet madness label would be AWESOME!

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  61. Dear Jodi,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to post so many helpful ideas and freebies. I am a daily fan of your blog and have purchased some of your items. I especially like the Guide to Organizing and Managing your classroom and the Blackline Bundle. I am so grateful to find your site. I know that many people have already requested labels for various authors/books. This is my list of major Authors. If possible I would appreciate your effort to put these names on labels. THANKS again!

    Gail Gibbons, Pat Hutchins, Frank Asch, Norman Bridwell, Marc Brown, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Don Freeman, Jack Ezra Keats, Bill Martin Jr., Mercer Mayer, Mo Willems, Audrey Wood, Laura Numeroff
    Audrey Penn, Shel Silverstein, Chris VanAllsburg, Donald Crew
    Eric Litwin (Pete the Cat series), Judy Schachner (Skippyjon Jones),
    Anne Rockwell, Rosemary Wells, Zoo Books (collection of Animal Magazines)

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  62. I love your work, but I teach in Puerto Rico will be grate to see something in spanish. Thanks!! Maria

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  63. I love your work, but I teach in Puerto Rico will be grate to see something in spanish. Thanks!! Maria

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  64. Have these been posted? I've looked through your whole store on TPT, but can't see them anywhere!!

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  65. Did I miss the posting? I have not been able to find it.
    Thanks again for all your hard work!

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  66. Did you post the book basket labels that you posted about yesterday? I haven't found these either, but would love a set. I appreciate everything you have provided during your flash freebies! I absolutely love them all!!!

    Thank you for sharing,
    Bea Samples

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  67. What a small world! You taught in Winer Park? I teach in Oviedo which is right down Aloma! Congratulations on your blog and tPt success!

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  68. I'm wondering if I missed the book labels also? I love your freebies! and your Shop! Thanks for so much time and effort on our behalf!

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  69. Just catching up on your awesome blog here! I had to chuckle when I read how you were spending summer days organizing, cataloging, and labeling books. I just spent 3 days last week doing the exact same thing! Except with a twist! I am moving from a huge open pod-style classroom to an enclosed room with real walls and a door! (Can you tell I'm excited?) Anyhow, because my new space is sooooo much smaller, I've had to clean out my library of over 4000 books. So I went through and pulled out about 500 books and am donating them to a brand new teacher to help build her library.
    It feels so liberating to free myself of the extra copies and books that I never saw anyone reading (Rugrats, Arthur, etc.).
    But this past year, I did something that really helped my students develop a love for books. I randomly pulled books from my collection from all different baskets and read them snippets from them. Then I would place them in a special crate in my room that they could get these and related books from. Some were books that pertained to the month we were in and others were books that came in series.
    It worked because kids didn't have to go looking for these particular books and they were more motivated to try them out.
    Thanks for all your work in your blog. Check out my blog in progress: www.twonot.com.
    Thanks!
    Meenal

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