At my previous school, I was blessed with TONS of classroom library books. I still remember when I first arrived fresh out of college unpacking boxes and boxes of books. I added several of y own books that I collected over time and had a great library. When I moved to Georgia, I had to leave behind all of the books that belonged to the school, which was about 98% of my classroom library. I brought with me all of the books that I had purchased with my own money.
Fast forward to this summer when I went into my new classroom I saw that I didn't have any books for a classroom library. I had a plethora of classroom sets of novels, which was a nice surprise. My co-teacher was nice enough to give me several books that were in her classroom. I added those to the books that I brought with me and this is what my little library looks like...
So, what's a teacher to do? Go to thrift stores, of course! I went to two thrift stores and was very pleasantly surprised at the amount of books!
I paid 40 cents per book and got a lot of great ones! I purchased mostly chapter books, but did find a few picture books.
Just look at all of these lovely titles! :) Once I got them home, I made genre labels and organized the books by genre. I added a label on the front of each book that tells what genre it is and a label on the side to make note that I own the book.
I'll be sure to post my growing classroom library soon!