Currently, I have been using my local library system and my school library to stock my nonfiction research library and it has been worth all the time I have put into it. We are approaching the final days if the school year and the leveled research library is keeping my students engage and working quietly. It is wonderful supplemental material that they love so much it has subdued “the end of the school year behavior” issues.
I am fortunate enough to be in a large metropolitan library system so I can place books on hold and have them moved to my local branch for pick up. I search by author, publisher, subject, series, and title. If you are in a large system like me, this is a great free resource. I would also talk with your local librarian and see what programs they offer to teachers for gathering books and extended checkouts.
My school library is the other half of my leveled research library. I visit the library when I have a few minutes in between picking up my students from lunch or specials. I can usually find at least 3 books in this time frame. I make templates for them in about 15 minutes and I have 3 more books in my leveled research library.
You can find nonfiction research books on Pinterest by subject, author, and publisher. What teacher doesn’t love Pinterest? You can also connect with me on Pinterest from this blog. I created boards for each level of The Leveled Research Library. I have seen every book on these boards to make sure they have been leveled correctly. There is also a board of books that I created for books to be leveled in the future. I have not seen these books, but I am looking for them at my school library and local library so I can level them. You can follow my boards and create your own boards to keep track of your research books.
This next resource is the only one of its kind out there for leveling nonfiction books. You can only find it here at “The Research Monster”. It is the Leveled Author, Book Series, and Publishers List. I created this list myself. I use it and update it all the time to find new nonfiction books for my Leveled Research Library.
My thinking when I started to compile this list was that every author has their own style of writing. They are hired to write books based on their style of writing. If an author writes a series of red level books and then another series of nonfiction books, chances are the second series will also be at the red level of one sentence every two pages. I have found sometimes that authors will be a red and yellow level writer or a green and blue level writer. Once in a while I have found an author to write across two or more levels that are not consecutive. As readers, we have our favorite fiction authors. As a nonfiction reader, I have my favorite nonfiction authors.
When I search the internet for books from my favorite book companies, I sometimes type in the name of an author to see what books they have for sale by that author. When I order the books, I know that I am probably going to receive a book for the level of my library that I had in mind when I ordered it.
I also use the Book Series and Publishers List to type in the name of a series to see what a website has for sale in that series. Again, when I order the book, it will probably arrive and fit into the level of my library I was planning.
By combining these three elements of a book and using them to find “right-fit” books for my Leveled Research Library, it makes the book shopping experience more enjoyable and less time consuming to continue to build the research library in my classroom.
When I started looking for companies to be an affiliate, I would google some of my favorite nonfiction books to see which websites were selling them. When I found a new website, I would use the Leveled Author, Book Series, and Publishers List to search by author or book series to see if their supply would fit the needs of teachers to build their Leveled Research Libraries. I also took into consideration their price-points and shipping options. I will explain more about each of my affiliates below to help build a Leveled Research Library in your classroom.
The Book Depository is a UK based company that has warehouses in Australia and England. They ship worldwide for FREE. They accept payment in several currencies and forms of payment including PayPal. I added them as an affiliate because they have a wide selection of books for my Leveled Research Library at good prices. Also, I have many international followers and the worldwide free shipping was a big draw for me to this company. They are an Amazon Company. Please click on my affiliated link below or on another page of this website to begin searching for books to build your Leveled Research Library.
I have used this book company extensively in the past when I ordered from another company and they were a seller on the site. They have an excellent selection of nonfiction books to stock Leveled Research Libraries around the globe. They offer FREE shipping worldwide, but they don’t blatantly state it on the website. They seem to only trade in U.S. dollars. They are a U.S. company with a warehouse in the state of Indiana. Their system makes it very easy to type in keywords and search for books using the Leveled Author, Book Series, and Publishers List. Please click on my affiliated link below to begin searching for books to build your Leveled Research Library.
This company is another U.S. based company based out of Washington state with warehouses across the country. They have a great selection of books to build your Leveled Research Library. They offer free shipping within the United States. They do ship internationally, but they charge per book. Please click on my affiliated link below to begin searching for books to build your Leveled Research Library.