oh, books

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So I have a lot of books and I have really wanted to organize and level it for quiet sometime but every summer goes by and I don’t get a classroom job (which would be the main motivator) and the project goes to the wayside. And the amount of the books has been intimidating. Awhile back I was on the hunt for an app to help me do this and all I could find was for iPhone and just recently I decided to look again and actually found 3 different apps for leveling/organizing your classroom books. I found a wonderful blog post from Kinder-Craze on all these apps plus a few more.

Book Wizard — FREE

* scanner doesn’t work for me

* can’t search within books list

* can have multiple book lists but can’t search

* liked its simplicity

Booksource Classroom Organizer — FREE

* didn’t find it user friendly

* have to create an account on-line before starting

* can only search books by title

Level It Books — $3.99

* can have different library categories

* can search books by title, author, and different leveling systems

* sometimes scanning a book would come back with not result, but then typing in the title or ISBN would give a result

After testing all three of these apps out I decided to go with Level It Books. Not all the books had levels and only a handful weren’t in there system. It took a lot and I mean a lot of time to scan/type in all my books and add them to my library categories but it’s all done now and they look really good in their categorized boxes stored nicely under stairs.

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I got some containers at Target and organized them into categories very similar to how they were on my shelf. Here’s some progress photos I took….and seriously it took a long time to scan/input them all but totally worth it.

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I labeled the buckets using washi tape.

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Now they are nicely stored under the stairs….I did get a teaching job, but don’t need all the books in my room.

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So nice to have them all neat and tidy. The buckets stack very nice and since they are skinny they will be easy to access.

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