Sunday, June 17, 2012

Don't You Love It When This Happens?

4 of these book display holder things were empty.

This rotating rack, which holds a lot of non-fiction readers, is usually completely full.

This rack is almost empty.

 This one is completely empty!
 
Don't you just love the excitement the kiddies show when you bring in new books?! Even when I taught Year 6, whenever I brought in new books they were always taken (I had to keep a waiting list!). These kids are no different.

But.... I didn't even bring in new books :(  Once again, I just moved some books around, changed the books in the racks and in holders and you'd think Christmas had come. I love pulling out books that don't seem as popular and putting them on display or doing a book introduction by reading the blurb, or doing a picture walk, or reading the first page or two. There's a lot more interest in them for sure after that.

How do you maintain interest in your books when you haven't added new ones for a little while? Do you put all of your books out at the start of the year or progressively add more/take some out as the year goes on? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

13 comments:

  1. I am actually really bad at my class library. A colleague of mine said each week when her kids visit the library to hire a book she has them choose another to keep in the class library. I thought it was a great idea! Simple and easy to keep new and different books in the classroom!

    Shanyn
    Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

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    1. Good idea! This will ensure there is always a good variety, and also allows the teacher to see what interests the kids!

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  2. I only pull out a few books at a time. I too have realized the excitement of new books coming out. Plus if there are too many choices, it can be overwhelming and they tend to get tore up a little more.

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    1. Hi Nicole, to help with keeping books in good condition, I cover them in clear contact. I've had some of the books I've got in my library now out for 3 full years and they still look great! It takes extra time, but I think it's well worth it!

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  3. I switch out my books throughout the year. If we are learning about a certain theme I will get those books out and leave them out for awhile.

    April
    Wolfelicious

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    1. I think this is an awesome idea. I do this a little already, but mainly just for the holidays (Easter and Christmas) and our main units of study (which last for 5-10 weeks each). I could definitely do this more. Thanks!

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  4. Each of my tables is numbered and they have book boxes that corresponds with that table. We rotate the book boxes every week to a different table. This year I get at least 6 weeks out of that group of books and then I put them into the class library for an extra couple of weeks for revisits. I really like the idea of asking the students to bring back books from the library as well.

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    Shanyn
    Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

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    Jenna
    Just diving In

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  7. I love to watch kids freak when you get a new collection of books in. It's definitely magical :) I bring out books slowly throughout the year . . . I typically change out my racks monthly (except for my AR books - they are out all year). Thanks for sharing this post today.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

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  8. Hi Kylie! I just found your blog and I'm excited to be a new follower. I bring all my books out in the beginning of the year, but I was a first year teacher last year so my supply wasn't overflowing yet. I went to Good Will monthly to find new books. I always made a big deal when I got new books. The kids got so excited. I make myself familiar with my books. Students always come up to me and want me to recommend books to them. Obviously, I don't have time to do this all the time, but I enjoy it. I think they key is just being excited and exposing them to whats there.

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  9. I am awarding your blog the One Lovely Blog award :) Best wishes coming from your followers in Canada!

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  10. Thank you to Miss L, Jenna and Shanyn for the One Lovely Blog award! And thanks everyone for your comments. I have really enjoyed reading all of your comments. I think reorganising my library is going to be a job for my Summer break!

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