Genre Labels: Nonfiction Set I {printable}

August 1, 2011

Genre Labels: Nonfiction Set I {printable}

August 1, 2011
I finished my first batch of genre labels this evening!

It took me awhile to figure out how I wanted to set up the rest of my library, but I think I have found a system that will work well for my students.

A little bit of background info. first: I’ve always numbered my library bins and labels…I first learned about this on Proteacher and from The Daily Cafe. All of my bins have a number, title, and picture to help the students return books and keep everything organized.

I can’t show you my shelves because they are packed away at school, but they are just like this one: Black Shelving Unit, except I use three shelves (they are so cool because you can rearrange them any way you like!).

So, the top two shelves hold the smaller, shoebox-sized bins like the ones pictured below–you knew they’d be round, right?! 😉 There are 8 small bins per shelving unit.

The bottom shelf holds two larger bins, for the topics that have tons of books and/or many larger, hardcover books…here’s one:

Anyhow, tonight I am sharing the first of the nonfiction labels. Here’s some of the others in this set:

I am now working on others for literary genres, favorite authors, etc. I plan to have about 60 different genre/topic bins in all.

But I have to tell you something. I took forever tonight agonizing (ok, a bit dramatic, but still!) over how to share these on here.

I know my method will not be completely ideal for you…my numbers make sense in my library, but you would need different ones, you’re bound to have topics I don’t have in my library, I have large labels and small labels, on and on…

This is what I decided. I will share everything I make, of course. But I’m going to share them in a Word document format, so you can make the changes needed for your library. You can even just take the clipart from each document if you can use it (it’s free from Microsoft Clipart).

So, to make the labels themselves and view the ones below, you’ll need the first two fonts (or the docs I shared will look terrible!):

1. Font for the numbers: Smiley Monster

2. Font for the topic: Cartoonist Hand

3. Clipart (if you want to make more): Microsoft Clipart

And here’s my first set (stay tuned for more!). Each green link is a separate doc:

If you try this with the fonts above, can you let me know if they come out right? I have nightmare visions of them not working at all, but I think they should if you have those two fonts!!


  • Sarah August 1, 2011 at 1:22 am

    These turned out sooo cute! I really need more nonfiction books in my classroom library! 🙂

  • Amy August 1, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I love them! Do you have a donor's choose project? I have a gift card and I'd love to support a project of yours since you are soooooo generous with your creations! Also, I'm having a clipart membership giveaway on my blog, so feel free to stop by!

    Amy @ First Things First

  • Mrs. Magee August 1, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Looks awesome! My librarian husband is working on my books right now – entering them all into the computer, giving them subject headings so I can search for certain books by topic. I'll be taking my books back to school this week and putting them various places (some in filing cabinet for my use only some on bookshelves). I need some sort of lables so these will be a big help!

  • Shannon August 1, 2011 at 1:59 am

    They look great! I already had the fonts on my laptop so it all looked fine when I opened them-I was searching for genre labels so that I can ORGANIZE my classroom library this week-thanks for all of your hard work!!!!

  • Mrs. Shepherd August 1, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I'm organizing my library this week and was looking for some great non-fiction genre labels and these are wonderful! Thanks so much for all of your hard work!!

  • Laura August 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Non-fiction labels were on my to-do list for this week, so THANK YOU for sharing. This is awesome and just what I was going to try to create – to match the circle A-Z labels you posted before that I'm using for my fiction books. 🙂 This post made my day – maybe now I'll actually get my house clean instead of fighting with Word all day. LOL!

  • Laura August 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    What kind of black paper do you mount them on? I'm hoping to find something that won't fade!

  • Tammi August 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I saw this today and immediately thought of you! I wonder if they make a punch that is the size you need… seems like it would save you tons of time!

    Having Fun from K-1

  • Kristen August 2, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Amy, thank you SO MUCH! That is the sweetest thing! I do not currently have a project but I cannot say enough what your comment meant to me, thank you!!

    Tammi–I love that!! I have a different kind of circle cutter –I had no idea there was a circle punch though! How cool! Thank you so much for thinking of me and my round labels–haha!

    Laura, I don't remember the brand, but it's regular black paper (thin, not cardstock). I got a big pack of it online. Some of my labels on colored paper did fade last year, but the black backing did not, so I think it works ok. If I find the name, I will let you know!

  • Anonymous August 2, 2011 at 2:26 am

    My laminator ate one of the labels and it came out perfectly in accordian style! Wish I could make that 3D look again 🙂

  • Laura August 14, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I downloaded them and they look super cute. I like the word format so I can change the numbers to meet my needs. Some of the text boxes had to be enlarged but otherwise they downloaded perfectly. Thank you for sharing. Now I'm on the hunt for a circle cutter. Any suggestions?

  • Theresa August 29, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Thanks so much for sharing! They worked perfectly for me. I just switched from kindergarten to second grade so I have been scrambling to get organized.

    You are truly amazing!

  • Anonymous August 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Trying to download these labels to use in my library! Having trouble doing so through google docs – any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

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