Storage for the books is a rather simple wooden basket with additional plastic baskets and a clear tub:
The clear tub is a perfect fit width-wise for the books, and the two small white baskets store reading notes (to and from families) and reading incentive charts and stickers. Students read with me in a small group or individually, and are then encouraged to take the book home as a "borrow book" and read it again with their families. During the initial reading lesson, I take note of reading strategies introduced to or used by my students, and add information and reminders so that parents can help reinforce skills when reading with their child at home. I have a small box at the end of the note where parents can respond back, letting me know how the reading experience was at home:
Students take home the book and note in laminated envelopes (there is an additional blurb on the front of the envelopes with an explanation of the books for parents), and return them to me the next day:
Students earn a sticker on their borrow book chart each time they read a book at home and return it. After nine stickers (the number that fill the pre-made charts I purchased; you can certainly choose to require your students to read fewer books), the Stars may redeem their full sticker chart for a prize (I provide pencils or small toys):
My students love to fill up their sticker charts by reading books each night at home, and the extra communication with parents makes this system a *win-win* as my Stars develop their literacy skills and love of reading!
Do you use a take-home or check-out book system with your students? If so, how does it work?