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TCRWP Classroom Libraries

“The research on reading achievement is unequivocal and long-standing, and it shows clearly that reading is . . . everything. Children’s reading engagement, including the amount and variety of what they read, is directly linked not just to reading achievement, but also to overall academic achievement.”Lucy Calkins

 
Classroom Libraries

The Power of a Great Classroom Library

"The truth is, the kind of readers that you build will grow to match the libraries that you build. If you want the young people in your care to grow up, accustomed to discovering an author and then reading more books by that writer, then your libraries need to make that likely. If you want young people to fall in love with characters, rooting for them, learning from them, weeping when they are hurt, your libraries need to make that happen. If you want young people to grow up, expecting to experiment with new kinds of stories, the books you put before them can teach that. So, too, your libraries can teach children that the world is endlessly fascinating, that issues are complex and can be argued from different perspectives, that lessons from history apply to today. The next generation can grow up, delighting in good writing and taking pleasure in language and humor, as well as exciting plots. They can expect that combinations of books spark ideas. The challenge is to nourish our children with books that will make them into the readers, writers, and citizens that we long for them to become."Lucy Calkins

Classroom LibrariesKids who have access to great books become readers. There is simply nothing that makes teaching reading easier, that gets kids reading with tremendous volume, or that lifts reading skills higher than a collection of truly fabulous books.

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.

About the TCRWP Classroom Libraries

Classroom Libraries

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.
 

Order TCRWP Classroom Libraries

Scroll down to select complete on-level or below-benchmark classroom libraries—or build your library over time with individual shelves. And don’t miss the additional library shelves focusing on topics and genres such as extreme weather, argument, historical fiction, interpretation book clubs, and more.

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Note: The TCRWP Classroom Libraries are not available for sale or distribution outside of the U.S.

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Classroom Libraries
Grade Level Sets K–8


Kindergarten

TCRWP Classroom Library, Kindergarten 616 Titles 706 Books 978-0-325-08917-1 $4,600 Order Now

Kindergarten Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

Additional Kindergarten Shelves

Additional Kindergarten Shelves — not included in the complete library; only sold separately


Grade 1

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 1 636 Titles 689 Books 978-0-325-08919-5 $4,200 Order Now

Grade 1 Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

TCRWP Classroom Library,Grade 1 - Below Benchmark 613 Titles 651 Books 978-0-325-08918-8 $4,000 Order Now

Grade 1 Below Benchmark Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

Additional Grade 1 Shelves

Additional Grade 1 Shelves — not included in the complete library; only sold separately


Grade 2

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 2 546 Titles 609 Books 978-0-325-08921-8 $3,800 Order Now

Grade 2 Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 2 - Below Benchmark 595 Titles 634 Books 978-0-325-08920-1 $3,800 Order Now

Grade 2 Library Shelves - Below Benchmark — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

Additional Grade 2 Shelves

Additional Grade 2 Shelves — not included in the complete library; only sold separately


Grade 3

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 3 475 Titles 489 Books 978-0-325-08923-2 $3,500 Order Now

Grade 3 Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 3 - Below Benchmark 543 Titles 551 Books 978-0-325-08922-5 $3,600 Order Now

Grade 3 Below Benchmark Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

Additional Grade 3 Shelves

Additional Grade 3 Shelves — not included in the complete library; only sold separately


Grade 4

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 4 664 Titles 664 Books 978-0-325-08925-6 $5,200 Order Now

Grade 4 Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 4 - Below Benchmark 611 Titles 611 Books 978-0-325-08924-9 $4,100 Order Now

Grade 4 Below Benchmark Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

Additional Grade 4 Shelves

Additional Grade 4 Shelves — not included in the complete library; only sold separately


Grade 5

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 5
620 Titles 620 Books 978-0-325-08927-0 $5,700 Order Now

Grade 5 Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 5 - Below Benchmark 538 Titles 538 Books 978-0-325-08926-3 $4,000 Order Now

Grade 5 Library Shelves Below Benchmark — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

Additional Grade 5 Shelves

Additional Grade 5 Shelves — not included in the complete library; only sold separately


Grade 6

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 6
517 Titles 517 Books 978-0-325-08929-4 $4,500 Order Now

Grade 6 Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

TCRWP Classroom Library,Grade 6 - Below Benchmark 476 Titles 476 Books 978-0-325-08928-7 $3,500 Order Now

Grade 6 Library Shelves Below Benchmark — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

Additional Grade 6 Shelves

Additional Grade 6 Shelves — not included in the complete library; only sold separately


Grade 7

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 7
497 Titles 497 Books 978-0-325-08931-7 $4,800 Order Now

Grade 7 Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

TCRWP Classroom Library,Grade 7 - Below Benchmark 456 Titles 456 Books 978-0-325-08930-0 $3,800 Order Now

Grade 7 Library Shelves Below Benchmark — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

Additional Grade 7 Shelves

Additional Grade 7 Shelves — not included in the complete library; only sold separately


Grade 8

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 8
502 Titles 502 Books 978-0-325-08933-1 $5,200 Order Now

Grade 8 Library Shelves — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

TCRWP Classroom Library, Grade 8 - Below Benchmark 495 Titles 495 Books 978-0-325-08932-4 $4,100 Order Now

Grade 8 Library Shelves Below Benchmark — available as part of the complete library and also sold separately

Additional Grade 8 Shelves

Additional Grades 8 Shelves — not included in the complete library; only sold separately

 

Representative Titles...

K–2 Grade Level Classroom Libraries

Gr. 1–2 Below Benchmark Classroom Libraries

Gr. 3–5 Grade Level Classroom Libraries

Gr. 3–5 Below Benchmark Classroom Libraries

Gr. 6–8 Grade Level Classroom Libraries

Gr. 6–8 Below Benchmark Classroom Libraries

 

Reading-Level Ranges...

Library Reading Level Ranges, K–2

Library Reading Level Ranges, 3-5

Library Reading Level Ranges, 6-8

Download the Shelf-by-Shelf Reading Levels, K-8
Download the Additional Shelf Reading Levels