After two years of use, the labels on the book bins that my students use in our library area were looking a bit worse for wear. Bent, rolled, and two of them ~somehow CUT~, it was time to make new ones.
After tracking down free clip art on line, I pasted images into a Word document and added categories so that my Stars would know which bin contained books that suited their interests. After printing out the clip art and text together, I cut them out and added them to the center of activity cards that match much of my classroom decor. Not tech savvy, I know, but sometimes "old school" is just as easy!
Then I used my desktop laminator:
My tubs have hook and loop patches on them so that I can change labels as needed during the year:
My tubs aren't full in August as I like to model and have my students practice respectful and responsible book handling. I start each school year with the following categories/genres: ABC Books, Animals, Colors, Fairy Tales, Family, Friendship, School, and Super Star Books (student-made stories).
With new labels made, I get to check one more thing off of my summertime to-do list!
If you prefer ready-made, printable book labels, check these blogs:
~ Lyndsey at A Year of Many Firsts shares FREE book bin labels
~ Teacher Laura at Kindergarten Adventures made book bin labels AND sticker sets (also freebies!)
~ ... and Leslie at Kindergarten Works explains her book tub system and provides printables, along with a great tip on how to use paint-stir sticks to organize book storage.