Since my blog is dedicated to reading from many different genres and exploring as many children’s books as possible, I figured it would make sense to create a post dedicated to how I set up my classroom library. And then I thought about how cool it would be to get a glimpse of as many classroom libraries as possible so other educators – or anyone interested – can see the variety of reading areas created by teachers. So, I have decided to (attempt to) create a collaborative blog post that includes pictures of libraries from different classrooms. Want to see what I mean? I have included two pictures of my library from when my classroom was in the tear-down phase at the end of June.
Because many teachers are just getting back into school over the next few weeks, I thought this would be the perfect time to take some pictures of reading spaces as they are prepared for the 2012-2013 school year. Here’s where you, dear reader, come in to make this a group effort: I would appreciate it if you send me a picture or two of your classroom library (if you have one) with any sort of description you would like to include. Or if you have your own post about this very subject, send me a link and I will gladly include it here. Please e-mail any contributions with the heading “My library” to shane DOT jensen29 AT gmail DOT com by August 30th. Show a shelf, a comfy reading space, or one book bin that demonstrates your effort to establish a great place for promoting reading. Don’t have a classroom library? Take a picture of your favorite reading space or your home library. What happens if I don’t get any submissions? Then I will just create a post that shows my current library set up with explanations of what is seen in the photos – my originally planned post.
To get all of the teachers out there inspired, here are some examples of classroom spaces that are already being posted out in the blogosphere (PS – these are great blogs to add to any reading-related RSS feed):
(Donalyn Miller’s blog can be found here.)
Re-energized for establishing a fun reading environment yet? I hope so! I am eager to see everyone’s great reading spaces!