After a couple months of use, and people asking for more home library book labels for upper grades, I am happy to release a new EXPANDED version of the Home Library Labels, with even more topics for older grade students!
I didn’t change any of the colors or labels for younger grades, I simply expanded the set, so now hopefully you have everything you need to label ALL your kids school books- from K-12th grades.
As always, if I am still missing a category you need, feel free to message me. I am happy to take suggestions into consideration, and love to make your life easier, so let me know! I am hoping that between the 82 categories you have now, most of you will be covered.
The High School Labels do not come with the picture cue shelf cards. I just put the basic color label on the shelf for these books, since the kids using them know how to read.
Check them out here:
The Original How-To:
I spent all week organizing our “school library”. We have a ton of books, but in the past, I haven’t been able to use them as well as I like because they end up all mixed up. As soon as I had them all on the shelves in a way that made sense to me, the kids would tote them off where they would end up tangled in their sheets or under their beds, or behind the couch cushions.
I came up with this system as a way for me to keep the books organized, and put the responsibility of maintaining that organization back on the kids. I divided the books by topic, and then labeled each of them so they have color coded spines. Now, all the books are together by topic,so if I want to do a unit study on Dinosaurs, I can easily find all the Dino book….. or weather, or rocks, or African folktales- it’s all there.
The kids are able to put the books away in order too, because all they need to do is match the spine color. I added color coordinating labels to the shelf with picture images to help the kids (even the non-readers) find what they are looking for quickly.
I have high hopes this will work for us!
To make and attach your labels: I printed them on regular copy paper, cut them out with a paper cutter, and attached them with clear packaging tape at the bottom of the spine. Easy peasy!
(the template I used is 2.625 x 1 and claims to fit this size address labels. I don’t have access to those labels to give it a try on my printer, so proceed with caution! 😉 But, publisher claims it should work!)