The green borders around these book bins identifies them as nonfiction texts, and the clear plastic keeps the focus on the books. When in doubt, many teachers choose clear containers and bins. It lessens clutter and lightens up a room.
Materials that can easily get messy or jumbled require clear, clean storage. In this case, standard-size and inexpensive clear totes from the dollar store with plain black and white labels, all using the same font, cut down the visual clutter.
Dividers within clear storage totes and simple labels turn a large container into a book basket with three separate compartments. This might be useful if you are organizing books within a genre for children with varied reading abilities.
In one section of his reading area, first-grade teacher Andrew Pitman stores books with different size tubs that correspond with the type and size of the book. There is a freestanding rack for popular picture books on the right, baskets for paperback series books like Fancy Nancy on the top, bigger containers for nonfiction science books in the middle and smaller upright holders for magazines and class-made books on the bottom.