Until this year, my classroom library was organized by AR level. I decided at the end of last school year that I was going to organize my library by genre next year. It only makes sense. Students should be able to make book choices based on what they want to read-not their AR level. I actually just found out my building will not be doing AR next year (woohoo!) because the powers that be finally realized that reading instruction is being accomplished through Daily 5 and CAFE rather than AR. (Don't even get me started...)
To organize my classroom library, I use the dishpans from the Dollar Tree for bins. I used to use the clear plastic shoeboxes, but they got very used and abused. These dishpans are very large and sturdy.
I have created genre labels for my book bins. You can download them for here for **FREE!** These labels are already formatted to print on Avery 8163/5263 mailing labels. They are 2"x4". There's no cutting or laminating involved! I do plan to put clear packing tape over the labels on the bins just to make sure they stick.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!