How to Grow a Classroom Library...QUICKLY!

As educators, we all LOVE books!  We LOVE to buy books!  We LOVE to collect books!  We LOVE books in our classroom!   We LOVE talking about the latest and greatest book!  Picture books, chapter books, easy readers...they are all so WONDERFUL!!  There is nothing better than having a classroom full of wonderful books for our students to read.

However, books cost money...lots of money!   So how do you get more books for your classroom in no time at all?  Well, I have have a little tip for you that helped me grow my classroom of 15 books to 300+ books in less than a couple of weeks....for FREE!!!  Well, almost free:)


When I transferred schools because I started job-sharing, I left my collection of books to the teacher at my old school.  Silly, I know!  I was tired, VERY pregnant and just wanted to start my summer vacation.  Well, needless to say, I needed a new library...and FAST!

I asked the kids if they had any library books at home that they no longer read.  IF IT WAS OKAY WITH THEIR PARENTS, they could donate the books to our class library.  In exchange, I would give them 2 tickets. We would use these tickets in a drawing for prizes at the end of the week.


They came to school with bags of books!  The books ranged from Kindergarten to 8th grade, which was perfect for meeting the various reading levels in my classroom!

Can you imagine how many books you could collect in 5 years??  I would suggest that you send home a letter to the parents first:)

I have a few more tips up my sleeve, so hop on over to The Moffatt Girls blog to get some more tips on growing your library of books...for the classroom or the homeschool room!

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