I like things organized and easy to get to. Students need to reread books that they have already read. Put those two together and you have familiar read baskets.
I place student copies of the books we have read together into baggies. One baggie per student. Then these baggies go into designated baskets. Since I teach multiple grades, I have a basket for different grades. For the classroom teacher that teaches in small groups, you could have a basket per group.
I have tried several things for holding the books: book baggies with handles, cloth book bags, and plastic baggies. The plastic baggies seem to work the best for me. They are cheaper and easier to replace than the other ideas. I will say though that I like the baggies with the Ziplock closure on them the absolute best. Little hands can close them so much easier than trying to line up the little blue lines and pressing the bag closed.
Books in the baggies go into their designated basket. Then the basket goes on the shelf. These cute baskets even have an area for you to slip in a label so students know which is their basket. I usually get out the basket I need and then pass out the baggies at the table for students to choose whichever books they want to read and in whatever order they choose. I like for students to have some choice. Or I just set the basket on the table and students come by to grab a baggie as they chose a spot on the carpet or other area to read. Works very smoothly! I trade out books as students increase in skills. This also keeps the books fresh to where they don’t get tired of them.
I have a surprise for you on Saturday!! I will be participating in a Blog Hop and Swap. I will be guest posting on another blog while someone else guest posts here on my blog. I have never had someone guest post on my blog before. This is going to be a lot of fun!! This Saturday’s Blog Hop and Swap will take the place of my normal Sunday post. I hope you will be sure to check in here on Saturday to see what it is all about as a bunch of us are participating. Can’t wait to hear from you!