Labeling books in your class library

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  1. HorseLover

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    Do you label your classroom library books (ones that belong to you) with your name? If so, how do you do it? I was thinking I might do that to help ensure they do not get mixed up with other teachers' books, school library books, etc. My ideas include using those sticky labels, but I'm not sure if it should go on the back, inside cover, or somewhere else (of if there is a better idea).

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks!
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    I write my name on the inside cover.
     
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    I write my name on the inside cover, but I also put a small colored sticker on the spine. I use all pink circles because pink is one of my favorite colors. This way when I am pulling my books out at the end of the year they are easy to spot.
     
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    I write my last name in large block letters across all the pages (the side opposite the spine).
     
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    Name stamp on inside cover and back cover and a sticker with my name printed on the outside cover :)
     
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    I put my name on the inside cover. Generally they're kept in separate bins from the school's books anyway. On the school books I put the F & P letter on the outside cover, it helps to easily differentiate between the two.
     
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    I stamp the inside of each book with my name stamp
     
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    I write my name on the inside cover, and I also have an excel sheet with a list of the books as I bring them in. This way I don't have to open up every single book to figure out if I personally purchased it or not. These ones I'll be bringing with me if/when I leave the school or change rooms.

    Some books were left by the previous teacher, and were purchased with the class budget. Those I don't label with my name, but I do have stickers identifying the genre, so that's an indicator that they're from my classroom.
     
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    I put my last name on the upper right corner of the front cover. If it's a super popular book, I might write it again on page 5 or 50 in case the cover "mysteriously" gets torn.
     
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    I stamp the inside front and back cover and on the outside pages opposite the spine.
     
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    I take a Sharpie and write it on the top right corner of the cover, fairly large.
     
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    I go a little crazy, since I've had issues with large numbers of books being stolen.

    I write my name on the top of pages and the side (so you can see it with the book closed) and put a sticker on the inside that says "This book belongs to Ms. Chebrutta."
     
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    I also write my name on the inside cover with a Sharpie.

    I'm still not sure what to do when my name changes next fall...I have so many books!
     
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    This, I got a stamp from Vista Print and use it on the top outside set of pages on every book.

    In my dreams I also have all my books marked by genre. :whistle:
     
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    In genre the thing now?

    F&P posted that categorizing by level was out and that we should have leveled genre/topic bins. (Ex: "Dolphins" bin with A-Z books in it.) I guess kids can still shop at their level while maintaining interests.

    I have found my kids ignore the level every single year, so I might just reorganize by genres and topics this summer.

    Also, OP, I write my name on the inside cover as well.
     
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    Books that are mine have my last name in them. Many have my maiden name, I just never changed them.
    Books that belong to the room or school have my room number or room number with the grade level.
     
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    Even when I do it by subject or genre I generally keep them somewhat group by level. I have Historical Fiction L-Q and Historical Fiction R-T, etc. With something like "Animals" I could have a range of books from levels A-Z. I really don't want my D reader "book shopping" through a bin that varied.
     
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    Ditto!

    But I teach middle school SPED. The D readers are real serious about not letting anyone know they're a D reader. And they hate all the D books.

    (Sigh. :|)
     
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    I had similar problems when I was in 4th grade. It was my beginner ELLS though and they were Bs and Cs. I barely had any books for them anyway :(

    Now I have a wider variety, but D is hard to find for older kids. At least when they get a little higher into the G/H/I range there are more nonfiction books available. I feel like the nonfiction ones can be more age appropriate for older kids and not as babyish. At this point my lowest is a G.
     
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    I ordered address stickers from Vista Print that say "from the Library of Mrs. F. Please return when finished." I take the time to put the sticker on the binding and reinforce it with tape. I don't keep my eye on my books very well, but when they are found somewhere, people put them in my mailbox.
     
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    Permanent marker.

    I write my name on the edge of the chapter books (like on the page sides) and on the cover.
     

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