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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

B is for Book Buddies

I organized my addiction yesterday. Well, I'm in the process of organizing it. I'm using Booksource's Classroom Organizer to catalog all (hundreds!) of children's books in my book collection.

It's easy peasy. You just scan the barcode on the back of your books and it enters it into a database. The tricky part comes in when there are Scholastic books that have their own special ISBN numbers or books that rescued from the library's discard pile.

Students can now use our new ipod touches to scan the books to check them out.

Hopefully, this system will keep track of my collection and less will be lost every year. I think my darlings will get a kick out of pretending to be little librarians.

Anyhoo...I wanted to scan the books that are in my Book Buddy bin. So I pulled them all out and added some of my newly purchased ones.

So much fun! I've found these at bookstores, yard sales, and Kohl's. Mrs. Green and Ladybug Girl were gifts.

To keep the book and the doll together, I've put them into mesh lingerie bags. I wish I had more of the drawstring green ones, but these from Walmart have handy zippers.

My darlings always comment that it's good there are holes in the bags. That way the characters can breath. =)

I've got a wishlist of more book character dolls I want. I need more storage!

Do you have Book Buddies in your class?

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  1. What a great idea!!!!!!! I will have to keep my eyes open for these buddies! :)

  2. I adore book buddies, Kohls has the best ! The kids just love them.......2 of my personal favs....Despereaux and Lily :)

  3. I have a few in my room. My kiddos don't really seem to notice them, but then again, I don't really draw attention to them. Do you do anything special with them? Or do the children cuddle them while reading the Buddy's book?

    1. Yes, students get to hold the animal while they read. I've found that reluctant readers find a favorite and "read to" that animal often. This also improves their fluency of that book. =)