Are you looking for an easy way to create a more inviting and cozy classroom library? Here is an easy tip: include baskets of stuffed animals. I added stuffed animals to our classroom library this year and my kids love it! Our school year started on July 11th and, of course, I had some little ones who were apprehensive about this whole Kindergarten-thing. The stuffed animals were handy when it came to getting them into the room. We read Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney on this first day of school and talked about how Llama Llama carried around a stuffed animal to make him feel better and then I offered them to my kiddos, too.
BONUS! Keep an eye our at Kohl's Department Store, since they frequently carry inexpensive ($5.00) literature-based stuffed animals, such as Clifford, Llama Llama, etc. You can check out what they currently have available by clicking HERE! And to make it even better, your money spent goes towards a good cause. Yay! (Barnes and Noble also has literature-based stuffed animals, but they are more costly. Keep an eye out for when they are sent into the 50% bins!)