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Setting Up a Home Library

March 30, 2010

Are you familiar with We Teach?  Amy, the founder of teachmama where she shares ways she sneaks learning into every day with her family, being the awesome teachmama that she is, created We Teach about a month ago.  It is growing by leaps and bounds!  We Teach is a place where parents and educators can come together to share ideas for teaching our children.  There is a group for everyone there and anyone is invited to join.  So, if you aren’t a member already, I suggest you rush right over there and join!  You’ll be happy you did!

Yesterday on We Teach, Amy posted a question about how we organize our children’s books.  This, of course, inspired a post for me!  I have been mulling over this idea for a post for a while, so without further a due, here are tips for setting up a home library:

  1. Make books accessible for your child.  Keep them low and easy to reach.
  2. Consider placing books in easy to move baskets, instead of standing them up on a bookshelf.  Placing them in baskets makes it easier for your child to find a book he/she may be looking for.  It’s much easier for a small child to choose a book by looking at its cover, rather than the spine.  If you need the space, consider placing some books upright and others laying flat, as you see below.

    Seven year old son's bookshelf - only partial

  3. Consider organizing books by genre or topic.  This is also made easier by baskets.  Each basket can hold its own genre of books!  If your children are old enough, have them help you sort books and determine genre.
  4. Include periodicals in your home library.  Children love receiving mail and periodicals provide additional opportunities for children to read for different purposes.
  5. Don’t feel confined to one area!  Place “mini-libraries” on every floor (or room) of your house.  We have small book holders in our basement playroom, bookshelves in our first floor family room, and each child has bookshelves (overflowing with books!) in their bedrooms.

Do you have any innovative ways you organize your home library?  I would love to hear how others use their space for books!

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