This year, though, I went out and bought four new IKEA bookcases, which Joel graciously assembled for me. I honestly thought that would be enough. I was SO WRONG! On the day before school started, I was in a panic to get out of the building because I needed to get back to IKEA and buy more shelving. Thankfully, a new friend stopped in to check on me and saw that fear in my eyes. He had a large bookshelf in his room that he had no plans to use and offered to help me move it to my room. YES!!!
So, I present to you my 2015-2016 classroom library.
The first, large bookcase is my Book Club Bookshelf. This is where I house my books that come in groups of 4 or more. I love to buy multiple copies of the most popular choices so students don't have to wait so long to check them out. Also, since there is so much excitement around these books, they lend themselves naturally to book club selections, as students always have much to discuss.
On the top of the white bookcases are my buddy books. These are the ones that come in groups of 2 for students who want to partner read. I also have series books like Twilight, Hunger Games, Uglies, LOTR, and Harry Potter.
On the first day of school, when we did a classroom tour, my sweet babies asked, "All them books for US?!" with a sense of awe and disbelief. And when I finally gave them time to start checking them out last week, you would've thought I was giving away free candy. They were so eager to pour over the titles, ask me about my favorites, and feverishly write down titles they knew they'd want to read in the future.
My heart was sooooooo happy!
My students. My title 1 students who supposedly hate to read, begged for the chance to select books to read. Many checked out two titles, one to leave at home and another for our classroom. I'm already watching them dive in every chance they get. Even students who aren't on my roster have been coming to me, begging for permission to borrow books from my shelves. It gives me ALL THE FEELS!
If you can believe it, I'm not completely satisfied with my current library. I haven't really purchased many books for my library in the past 5 years, except for the ones I've found at Goodwill, mostly because Joel was going to have a heart-attack if I kept bringing home books to store in our garage. My current list of books-I-want-to-buy-for-my-classroom-library is at $280. Some of the newer ones, like The Fault in Our Stars and The One and Only Ivan are already being requested by my students. How can I deny them access to such titles??? Oh... my bank account. That's why I'm setting up a donor's choose account ASAP!
More on this to come.