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  • Lafayette Elementary School
  • San Francisco, CA
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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I want to update my classroom library and make it a warm and inviting space for students to visit. It is here that they will shop for books for their book bags, read quietly by themselves and/or read with a buddy. During literacy time my students shop for 5 or 6 books at their level to put in their book bags for independent reading time and buddy reading time. With 22 students there is a need for a lot of books. My classroom was a kindergarten room, so many of the books were below grade level, old, out of date or just plain boring. My class library needs new fiction and non-fiction titles that interest the kids and encourage them to want to read. At this age books ARE chosen by their covers and new books will spark their interest! They look forward to moving up in reading levels, and having a variety of book choices will help them succeed and encourage them to read more. Books are sorted by level, as well as genre, and author. The books I am ordering are the levels I have the fewest books of. This library makeover will benefit my class for years to come. I chose book bundles for reading levels G, H, and I. This would give my library 120 new titles for the kids to choose from. I hope to later add biographies, and early-readers chapter books. A library can never have too many books. Have you ever seen school furniture? I am trying to change mine. A sturdy bookcase is needed to hold baskets full of books that will be getting a lot of use and moved around a lot. I've always had used furniture or hand me downs, so a new bookshelf would be a treat.

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I want to update my classroom library and make it a warm and inviting space for students to visit. It is here that they will shop for books for their book bags, read quietly by themselves and/or read with a buddy. During literacy time my students shop for 5 or 6 books at their level to put in their book bags for independent reading time and buddy reading time. With 22 students there is a need for a lot of books. My classroom was a kindergarten room, so many of the books were below grade level, old, out of date or just plain boring. My class library needs new fiction and non-fiction titles that interest the kids and encourage them to want to read. At this age books ARE chosen by their covers and new books will spark their interest! They look forward to moving up in reading levels, and having a variety of book choices will help them succeed and encourage them to read more. Books are sorted by level, as well as genre, and author. The books I am ordering are the levels I have the fewest books of. This library makeover will benefit my class for years to come. I chose book bundles for reading levels G, H, and I. This would give my library 120 new titles for the kids to choose from. I hope to later add biographies, and early-readers chapter books. A library can never have too many books. Have you ever seen school furniture? I am trying to change mine. A sturdy bookcase is needed to hold baskets full of books that will be getting a lot of use and moved around a lot. I've always had used furniture or hand me downs, so a new bookshelf would be a treat.

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