Color Coding Labels for the Library

Hi everyone! If you are following me on Instagram, you may have seen a couple of pics of my newest find (and love!) for my classroom library...
 color-coding labels!

What for? Well, they will be numbered to match to our new book bins and labels!

Those of you who have read my blog for awhile know how I love to number our library books. It is simply the easiest method for my students to replace books and keep that library neat.

Last year, we used these labels...
and all I had to do was type a number on the top of the label, sticker the books to match, and that was that!

Since I have purchased new book bins this year, it has given me a chance to go through and reorganize and recategorize many of my books...weed out those old ones, donate the less popular ones, and really think about the favorite books my current classes have selected these past couple of years.

Which got me thinking.

Each class is different each year, of course. There are those books that are always loved by so many students, for so many years. And then there are other titles that just are devoured by particular classes. 

I like to organize our numbering system with the most popular books in the top bins, so my students can find them quickly. But those favorites can change over the years.

What I needed was some fluidity. A way I could keep my baskets numbered as always, but allowing me to shift more popular books to the top for easy access.
And it had to coordinating.

So, after some exhaustive searching on Amazon (I'm not joking!) I found these color-coding labels...
Aren't they lovely?

They're from a restaurant company (because we all know the best teaching materials come from stores that aren't meant for teachers at all) and are advertised as removable labels which is PERFECT because now I can resticker my books when need be. 

So, if I find a particular author/series is popular with this year's group and I want to move them up to some top bins, I can now move my books with ease!

The color-coding part is great because, along with the numbers, it will be another visual way for my fifth graders to keep our library organized...
Especially for those bins that may have the same genre, but belong in different baskets...
If you would like to see the color-coding labels on Amazon, the links for each color are below:

If you are interested in the numbered book bin labels featured above, you can find more about the product by clicking on this preview...
Much like last year's Ready 2 Number Library Labels, you will only need to add the number to the label and you and your students will be on your way to a numbered library!

Ready 2 Number topic/subject labels in this design are coming soon...

I have an extensive classroom library post I've been working on for awhile. As soon as I am able to visit my class again (it is way too hot to head in this week!) for a few more pictures, I will share it here with you.

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)


  1. You have inspired me to organize my library

  2. I love these labels! I use a numbered system too and it works great. I have so many books and I am thinking these labels might make it easier for my little guys to put the books back quicker! Thanks for sharing this idea!
    Two Friends In First

  3. OMG I have been looking for something like this for ages! I can never find the only 1 color avery ones by me and I always run out of one color way before the others! I have a HUGE library and am organizing it through classroom organizer (through book source) which scans books in and out (so cool if have iphone/ipad!). Before summer I had only done about 1/2 my library and had 300 books!

    Just purchased several LOL thanks for helping me with my library!

  4. Thank you for the help organizing my classroom library! I just added those label stickers to my Amazon cart ;)
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  5. Love all the color coding! Looks great!!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  6. Love! I use the same kind of labels that I got through a company called If your school district has a contract with them there is a discount and free shipping! Check it out!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  7. I love how you have organized your library! I'm curriently in the process of going through all my books and leveling them and then plan on putting them in baskets like you have. Love the numbering so they know where the book goes as that is always my biggest headache! Can't wait to see your next post about your classroom library!

  8. What a fantastic idea! I'm not at all surprised at the awesomeness, though :) I can't wait to see what else is up your sleeve ;)

    Fun in Room 4B

  9. Love these stickers...heading to Amazon now!!

  10. Thanks for the tip about these stickers! I have been labeling my book boxes with your book labels but wasn't sure about putting the labels on the books because I change my categories so much. This will solve that problem! Thanks Kristen!

    Swimming into Second

  11. I just ordered every color, not bad for 3.15 each. Thanks for the tip

  12. I have been wondering how to organize my leveled readers that came with our reading series--and keep them organized...THANK YOU!


    A Time to Share & Create

  13. I read this post three times. Color coding bliss. <3

  14. I love your color coding system. Thank you for another great idea for your already great system!


  15. LOVE this! I'm trying to find a way to organize my classroom library!! Please follow my new blog to watch all of my progress this year as I take a journey into a new grade! :)

  16. I WISH that a long, long, LONG ime ago I would've started like this...but I have probably over 1,000 books (maybe more...I dont' know...I'm a horrible estimator,lol) and I just get hives from thinking about it! but I LOVE it!! maube one year...when I have a fabulous volunteer...IF that ever happens :(

  17. Thank you so much for hooking us up with the labels!

  18. I love the labels! I have a small classroom, and now, my reading area will be clutter-free, and attractive for my little brainiacs!

  19. I love your labels! Come by my blog to see how I used your labels in my classroom library!



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