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Classroom Library Informational Book Spine Labels

Molly Maloy
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I created these labels as a companion to my Classroom Library Rainbow Book Spine Labels (which are the alphabetical labels that I use to organize my fiction books).

These labels are based of the Dewey Decimal system of organizing books. I was tired of having informational books that didn’t fit in the specific basket or bin that they belonged in, or having a couple random books that I didn’t have a spot for!

I did a lot of research about the Dewey Decimal system when creating this product. I really want my classroom library to give students an authentic experience when browsing for books. Since this is the organizational system public libraries use, I thought it would be good for classroom libraries as well, but I wanted to make it more classroom friendly with colors and icons instead of numbers!

I broke down the ten main classes of the Dewey Decimal system down and created 27 different colored labels with icons for the sections that seem to be most prominent in classroom libraries. The purpose of these Informational Classroom Library Book Spine Labels (based on the Dewey Decimal System) was not to create options for every single specific topic of book that you have in your classroom library, but rather to break down the 10 main Dewey Decimal classifications into smaller topic groups to make it easy for students to find books that fit their general interests.

Having colored labels with icons on the spines of these books help students quickly identify where a book belongs on the shelf. Students simply look at the color label on the spine of the book, and find the other books with that color on the shelves.

This download also includes several reference sheet options that show students which icon and colors correspond to which topics.

**Download the preview to see the colors and icons that are included on the labels, as well as the examples of the reference sheets!**

(in addition to the options pictured on the reference sheets, I also included labels for "marine animals" and "insects" in the same pink color as the animals label, as well as options for "Canadian history" and "our country's history" instead of American history)

PLEASE NOTE: Even though the Dewey Decimal classification system is widely thought of as an organizational tool for informational books, it actually includes some fiction books as well! The 800s are dedicated to literature (including poetry, plays, etc.), and fairy tales and folk tales are included in the 300s. With that being said however, the majority of my fiction books are arranged using my Classroom Library Rainbow Book Spine Labels, so these labels are intended to be mostly for informational texts.

I’ve included two options of each reference sheet in the “Book Spine Label Reference Sheets” document. One says “informational” book spine labels, and the other says “colored icon” book spine labels. You can choose the title that is the best fit for you and your students!

There are three different printing options included in this download:

OPTION 1: SINGLE ICON Book Spine Labels

This option allows you to label the informational books in your classroom library with the colorful book spines. When printed, each label will be completely colored and have one icon in the center of the label.

OPTION 2: INK-SAVING Book Spine Labels

This option is for you if you would like to save ink when printing your labels. They have a stripe of color down the middle of the label, as well as an icon, however the sides of each label will remain white.


If you have a really large classroom library, this option may be for you! These labels have three icons on each label. Once printed, you can cut the labels into smaller strips to put on the spines of your books. The label will not wrap around the book as much as the other options do.


These Powerpoint files are formatted to fit Avery labels.

If you will be printing them on an inkjet printer you will want to get style #8160.

If you will be printing them on a laser printer you will want style #5260.

The white Avery labels are 1" x 2 5/8' labels and they come with 30 labels on each sheet. The only difference between the two labels mentioned above is that one is specifically made for inkjet printers, and the other for laser printers! Most office supply stores use laser printers. Please make sure you have the correct labels before purchasing!***

© Molly Maloy 2019

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