Early on in my teaching days I realized the importance of having a versatile, well stocked classroom library. Here’s some tips and trick I learned along they way, that will hopefully help you along in the process:
1- Start reading Young Adult fiction.
A few years ago I read a tweet (from YA author John Green?!) that stated we are in the golden era of young adult fiction, and I could not agree more. On my weekly forays into local Chapters/Indigo store I head straight to the Young Adult fiction section, then move to the Graphic Novels/Manga, and then (if I haven’t already found a whole pile of books to buy) I’ll do a general sweep of the adult Fiction shelves. And I’m not the only one, YA fiction is so popular it actually draws a significant audience of adult readers.
2- Use a Classroom Library Permission Slip
Nothing adds a sense of danger to reading, like having to get a permission slip signed! But realistically, the books that teens want to read often contain “mature” topics. Giving parents a heads up on these topics is always a good idea. Here’s the permission slip I used —> Classroom Library Permission Slip
3- What to buy
Last year I had a fellow teacher tweet out a request for help on this. Along with some fellow ELA teachers on Twitter, we crowdsourced this list on GoodReads —> Starting a Classroom Library