How many books for a classroom library?

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  1. Teacher2Be2007

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    The title sort of says it all. How many books do you have in your classroom library? How many books is a good number to start your classroom library with?
     
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    I teach first grade and a leveled library which also has some author and genre bins. I would say that i have about 200 books in there.
    This is separate from my guided reading library.
     
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    It takes a lot of time for classroom libraries to grow. If you dont' get funding from your school, it is simply too expensive to start with 600 books. I have bought probably 3/4ths of the books in my classroom independent library so I know it'll take a long time until my library is close to being right... but... it's what I have and it's what I have to work with right now.
     
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    I totally agree. It's suggesting I have 300-600 books. I'll be lucky if I have half of that when I start! It's just not feasible for me to go out and buy all these books. I've been checking ebay out and I'm going to go to a swap meet this weekend to see if I can get some good deals there.
     
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    I was just wondering this myself.
    EEEK! I start in my classroom next week and I only have about 15 books that I own that I can bring in (I'm brand new to teaching). I'm going out to thrift stores and stuff tomorrow to see what I can find! I don't have a lot of $$ until I start collecting a paycheck!
    I was hoping to check out a large selection from the media center for my room. I'll just have to squeak by with that for the time being!!!
    ~MsSub
     
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    I'm in the same boat as you (first classroom, I start in 2 weeks though)... check out ebay for lots of books. I found a deal that equated to less than .50 a book and I got 170 of them. I figured that'd get me by for a bit! :lol:

    Yard/Garage sales too!

    Congrats on your job!
     
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    Yard and garage sales
    Libraries (often have book sales 25 cents a book?)
    Goodwill/Salvation Army thrift stores
    Be choosy though. You still want good titles.

    Join Scholatic book clubs and start racking up points. They also usually have a 5o books for $50 deal some time during the school year....
     
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    I have also heard of people writing a letter to parents saying that if they are ever getting rid of books that their children are finished with, would they consider donating them to the classroom library.
    I got two bags of great books last year. You may have to weed through the ones that aren't useable but it's worth a try!!
     
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    It will take time for your libray to grow. I have been to many garage sales, salvation army and also to used book stores.
    I save up my scholastic book club points too.
    I have had parents donate books, and my mom (a school secretary) buys books for me too.
    I have books according to genre....that way if I am short in one area, I know which kind I need more of! Good luck!
     
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    I'm a new teacher and I've accumulated a nice size library this summer. Here has what has been helpful:
    1. Goodwill/Salvation Army- Very cost effective and many times I've found hardly used/popular books
    2. Libraries often has discharge sales and books are dirt cheap
    3. I got a lot of books from my personal library from when I was a child. Like all my American Girl, etc.
    4. Scholastic Book Orders-If sign up as a new teacher you get so many bonus points, coupons, etc.

    Good luck and happy reading!
     
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    The library in the town where I teach actually gave away free books to teachers that they were selling to everyone else. I got 60 books and 8 books on tape all for free. It might be worth a try to see if your local library would do that for teachers.
     
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    This is my first year in 5th after having taught kinder (have over 200 kinder picture books)

    When I moved up to fifth, I left a message in the lounge for books. I ended up with over 1000 books for my library. I also organize by genres. About 200 are from my own collection, while the rest were given to me by teachers. :wub:
     

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