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Book Organization for SLPs

Hey there! I’m finally on summer vacation! I took time for some much-needed R&R and now I’m ready to hit the ground running with some summer organization projects.

The first project I’m tackling is my BOOKS!

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SLPs can accumulate a lot of books, so having a book organization system is super important. In this blog post, I share how I organize my therapy room library, get rid of books I don't really need, keep track of what books I already have, and more. Get some ideas to help you organize your therapy books in this post!

{Step 1} Purge!

I started out by spreading out all of my books on the floor. I sorted them by category. This helped me decide which books to keep and which books to donate. I found out that my spring book bin is pretty empty, but I have TONS of winter books. I’ll donate the winter books that don’t “spark joy” and maybe look for some spring books.

Side note: I read the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo last year, and was able to implement some of the suggestions–like organizing my clothes. (I’m hoping to do more this summer!)

Anyway! Back to books…

{Step 2} Gather Supplies

I made some labels and use these awesome bins from Walmart to keep me organized.

I was originally using these baskets from the dollar store, but I decided to go with bins that can latch so they are more portable. This will make it easier to store books and switch them out with the seasons.

Moving soon? I’m going to keep the box that the bins came in so I can package them up, and they’ll be ready to move!

{Step 3} Make a List

I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget which books I have! I don’t know how many times I went to Goodwill and ended up buying a book I already have… I decided to make a Google Sheet to keep track of the books I have. You can check the template out here. Next time I’m standing at Goodwill, I can open the sheet on my phone to make sure I’m not buying duplicate books.

It’s also a nice reference to have when you’re planning therapy. I print a list of all of the books in each category and stick the list on the corresponding bin.

The spreadsheet is really simple, but this way doesn’t take forever to set up and maintain. I especially love the “Category” column; it will help me keep track of where I’m storing the book (e.g., in the winter bin).

They have apps that let you scan books and add them to your “library,” but I haven’t had much luck with them. They always seem to crash, or half of my books aren’t in their database (and I have to add them manually anyway). If you have a favorite app to keep track of your books, I’d love to hear!

Looking for themed books ideas? Check out this page for a list of my favorite books!

Now it’s your turn! How do you organize your books? Let me know in the comments!

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren
    August 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Marisha!

    I love your ideas and would love to see you expand upon this post with a list of titles for some or all of the books you have in those bins by season! I have done extensive internet searching for appropriate themed books for my school-aged students, but there is not a ton out there on this topic. Perhaps you could do a post at the beginning of each season with titles of some of the books in your Library that can inspire the rest of us.

    Thanks for all you do! : )

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      Marisha (Road to Speech)
      August 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Good news, Lauren! I have a list of books sorted by theme here: roadtospeech.com/books!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    August 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Marisha!

    I love your ideas and would love to see you expand upon this post with a list of titles for some or all of the books you have in those bins by season! I have done extensive internet searching for appropriate themed books for my school-aged students, but there is not a ton out there on this topic. Perhaps you could do a post at the beginning of each season with titles of some of the books in your Library that can inspire the rest of us.

    Thanks for all you do! : )

    • Reply
      Marisha (Road to Speech)
      August 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Good news, Lauren! I have a list of books sorted by theme here: roadtospeech.com/books!

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    Liane
    September 1, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Marisha!

    I was JUST thinking about you today as I organized and “binned” all my books! You’d suggested these particular bins a couple months ago and I ran right out to grab some. They are great. I love the shape of the lid (more space)!

    As for how I organized them… I just stuck to general topics: plants, animals, transportation, body/feelings/emations/values, friendship/overcoming obstacles, FOOD!, historical figures/biographies… And then I also have one bin with speech-centric books (phonics, early readers, rhyming books, repeated lines). Your idea of dividing them by time of year makes good sense though, so we’ll see how long my groups stay grouped. Also, I work at 2 schools and should probably skim some of them for the other school.

    • Reply
      Marisha (Road to Speech)
      September 7, 2016 at 2:55 am

      Love it!! Hope you’re doing well. 😀

  • Reply
    Liane
    September 1, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Marisha!

    I was JUST thinking about you today as I organized and “binned” all my books! You’d suggested these particular bins a couple months ago and I ran right out to grab some. They are great. I love the shape of the lid (more space)!

    As for how I organized them… I just stuck to general topics: plants, animals, transportation, body/feelings/emations/values, friendship/overcoming obstacles, FOOD!, historical figures/biographies… And then I also have one bin with speech-centric books (phonics, early readers, rhyming books, repeated lines). Your idea of dividing them by time of year makes good sense though, so we’ll see how long my groups stay grouped. Also, I work at 2 schools and should probably skim some of them for the other school.

    • Reply
      Marisha (Road to Speech)
      September 7, 2016 at 2:55 am

      Love it!! Hope you’re doing well. 😀

  • Reply
    Lisa
    October 31, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I have books spread out in different places. Then I can’t remember where I put them. I have recently purchased several books for social skills lessons so I guess I would need a category for that. I was organizing my books by author units (Jamie lee Curtis, Mem Fox, Peter Reynolds, etc) and book series (old lady books) but then when a season or holiday comes up I don’t remember what books I have.
    Any suggestions? Maybe just cataloging where everything is would be better than throwing it all out and starting over.

  • Reply
    Lisa
    October 31, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I have books spread out in different places. Then I can’t remember where I put them. I have recently purchased several books for social skills lessons so I guess I would need a category for that. I was organizing my books by author units (Jamie lee Curtis, Mem Fox, Peter Reynolds, etc) and book series (old lady books) but then when a season or holiday comes up I don’t remember what books I have.
    Any suggestions? Maybe just cataloging where everything is would be better than throwing it all out and starting over.

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