I found this great idea on another teacher's blog here. This preschool teacher found a way to display books in a way that made it easy for her to see what was missing, but also empowered the children to put books away independently.
It was rather perfect timing to have found that this week, because I was just thinking about a way to reorganize the book display shelf in our class library. We were trying to put too many books on the shelf, I think, and the 'puzzle' aspect of it was not letting the kids be successful.
So, one morning I pulled all the books off and rearranged them -- grouping books if possible -- and then typed up the titles and taped them to display.
Here is how it looks:
It was exactly what my students needed. First of all, they know that the book will go back into the space from which they got it, so putting it away won't be hard. Also, they get to match letters and words, which six year olds just love. I also see them showing this sense of satisfaction when the books are put away and it looks neat and attractive -- they seem more proud of our library area these days.
I really love learning new and clever ideas from other teachers. We have such a wealth of knowledge to share with one another, don't we?