Organizing Your A-Z Readers

Aloha friends!  So happy to be part of The Bright Ideas Blog Hop again!  I hope you are finding great ideas and tidbits to make your teaching life easier.

Today I am sharing how I organize my A-Z Readers that I use for guided reading groups.

I have two of these Sterilite containers that house all of my readers.  I  made labels for each of the drawers to quickly find the levels that I need.  The green one on the right was a steal at the local bargain shop. I think I bought it for $5!

I don't know about you but I love using Washi Tape any way I can think of.  I have quite a bit in my collection.

Choose a particular color for each level.

I simply code each book with that color.  I know little fingers will want to peel that tape off, but prep them ahead of time that they will have to deal with your WRATH, after you so painstakingly labeled each of those books!!

To separate each section in my drawers I used a file folder and cut it down the measurements of the drawer.  I labeled it as well.

I have 6 copies of each book and rubberband them together.  I can quickly find leveled books and keep them organized and neat.  

It really didn't take long to set up. My colleagues who borrow these are very appreciative of the system!

I hope this is something that will benefit your classroom needs, or that it sparked an idea for organization.

Up next Brooke from Teachable Moments has some great websites to use in your classroom!

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  1. What an awesome idea Corinna!!!! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing


  2. What a great way to organize your A to Z books! I have a bunch of these drawers and washi tape so I am going to start using this idea right away!!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  3. My A to Z books desperately need to be organized. Thanks for the Washi Tape Idea!!

    Tales of a Teacher

  4. Excellent idea!! Love that it organizes AND adds a pop of color. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. I am getting quite a collection of A to Z readers. Thanks for the fabulous tip on storing them!!! I know what my spring break project will be!

  6. What an awesome idea! I absolutely LOVE it! Thanks!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  7. I love washi tape in the classroom too...and it adds some extra durability to those A-Z readers! Loved all your pictures!!! :)
    Funky Fresh Firsties

  8. I love any kind of organization that includes Washi tape. My kiddos love when we "washi" their booklets! Makes them feel like big kids! Thanks for sharing!
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  9. This is GENIUS Corinna! I'm always at a loss for how to organize these readers! Sterilite drawers and washi tape are perfect!

  10. This idea is SO SMART! I <3 washi tape! Thanks for giving me another idea on how to use it :)

  11. I love this idea! It's really great! I'm going to try this with my books! Thanks for sharing!!
    Christy’s Leaping Loopers

  12. OMG! I can't believe how simple and perfect this is!!!!!!

  13. I never thought to do this with my A-Z books! Makes them look so much better! Thank you for that idea!
    Conversations in Literacy

  14. Corinna, you are the smartest! Great idea! I am all over it. Pinned for later!

    Mrs, Rios Teaches Second Grade

  15. I love Reading a-z books and I love the pop of color! I think I might need to include my sight word books and activities. Office Max just donated a bunch of washi tape to our school. Glad I grabbed a bunch.

    Terri Izatt

  16. Washi tape for cute color-coding is a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  17. Cool use of Washi tape! This idea is a keeper!


  18. This is a great idea... especially since I have buckets of A-Z books in my closet and I don't know what to do with them!

    Seconds at the Beach

  19. Brilliant idea!!! I love having things organized and you get extra points for giving me ANOTHER use for all my washi tape:)
    Terri's Teaching Treasures

  20. The washi tape is genius!!!!!!!!!! I used to use A-Z many years ago but we don't anymore; we were fortunate to get a grant to fund an entire book room with colored books! I am pinning your idea in case I ever need A-Z again! Thanks!

    Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade

    Mrs. Wheeler's TPT

  21. I know what I will be doing on my next work day! And it gives me an excuse to buy more washi tape! You rock! :)


  22. What a great way to organize your readers! Thanks so much for this idea Corinna!

    :) Shelley

  23. I have those containers! I never thought of organizing that way. Thanks!
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  24. Corinna,
    Where do you get all of your A-Z readers from? Do you have a membership to Reading A to Z? At my school we use Accelerated Reader so I have my classroom library colored coded to match that. I do have several kids that could use lower level books though. Right now I just borrow them from the school library. Thanks

  25. Thank you so much! I searched on Pinterest for A-Z Reader organization and your blog came up! I have that same 3-drawer system and will organize my readers this weekend! Thanks again.


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