Classroom Libraries

Every classroom will have resources for, and be well organised for Independent Reading.

Organisation – range of genres, authors and types of reading

  • Author collections – appropriate for age (also used for author studies)
  • Genres – fact (procedures, recounts, arguments, discussions, explanations, reports) and fiction (fantasy, folk tales, myths, legends, realistic, historical, science-fiction; romance, adventure, horror, mystery…)
  • Topics of interest to students or curriculum related,
  • Types including but not limited to – picture books, short stories, novels, poetry, magazines, newspapers, plays, readers’ theatre texts, references, access to interesting websites, students’ publications, comics, and series.

Environment and structures

  • At least half of the classroom library collection is levelled or organised so that it’s easier and faster for students to self-selecteasy/just right/challenging reading (remember Independent Reading is 95% + accuracy)
  • Resources attractively displayed in appropriate boxes or tubs or display/revolving stands, easy to access, covers shown (not a row of spines)
  • Students know how to choose appropriate books –just right, easy, challenging
  • Book bag or box for each student to keep their collection