- Historical stories
- Humorous stories
- Traditional stories (folk tales, fairy tales, nursery rhymes)
- Animal Characters
- Dinosaurs and dragons
- Pirates, ninjas, superhero
- Wordless books
- Words and books
(A look at my books sorted into categories.)Almost finished resorting my Everybody books! Might @periScopeOut later today about my process. #tlchat #lotstodo pic.twitter.com/zPm8LHonI4— Karyn Lewis (@ktlewis14) August 11, 2015
As I started to put books onto the shelves, I quickly discovered that several categories were too large to really help my youngest students find what they were looking for. So I started trying to think of ways to further divide the categories of "historical fiction", "science", and "animal characters". I started with the historical fiction section, and will definitely pull out biographical/memoir stories and cultures of the world, but am still undecided about if I should divide U.S. history into "eras" or not. Next I will tackle science, which might turn into "the world around us" and "the animals around us" categories. When I take a look at the animal character books again, I might see if some could fall into some of my other categories, such as humorous, family, children/friends, and school.
In sharing my journey on Twitter, Kristen Murphy, a fellow librarian, shared a post by a public library that changed their picture books into neighborhoods. This article gave me something to think about, but I might ask a few students what they think before I make any changes! However my categories end up, I think it will make my picture book section much more accessible to my kindergartners and first graders! I can't wait to share it with them, but I've got some more work to do until then...
In case you want to take a look at how it is shaping up, here is a copy of the Periscope session I did earlier this week giving a visual tour of the process just after I finished sorting: