The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project has developed state-of-the-art classroom libraries for each grade level, K–8. Curated by Lucy Calkins and TCRWP colleagues along with a team of literacy leaders and children’s literature experts, these libraries contain 400–700 leveled books at each grade level—all organized into collections, shelves, and bins based on level, genre, topic, and available in versions for students reading both at and below benchmark.
Each of the TCRWP Classroom Libraries is a miniature version of a great bookstore—if you can imagine a bookstore run by the country’s greatest readers and the country’s greatest teachers. The libraries contain books for kids who like action and adventure, books for kids who like sports, books for kids who like to travel to other times and worlds. There are books for kids who want to learn about history and space and machines, and books for kids who need to see themselves in stories. And every collection has been carefully and thoughtfully designed to lure kids into reading, and to move them up levels of complexity.
As the TCRWP team worked to develop these libraries, several key ideas guided the selection process:
- The libraries aim to introduce as many authors and titles as possible, with books selected for high interest, richness (books that can be mined again and again), and quality of writing and content.
- The libraries include some all-star classics, but also many of the newest cutting-edge titles.
- To ensure all students have access to high-quality, high-interest books, libraries for students reading significantly below benchmark are available for grades 1–8.
- A helpful Guide (K–2, 3–5, 6–8) and a set of grade-specific tools help teachers organize the books and make them inviting and accessible to children.