Individually Paced Reading Books (Bin Books)
We kept the books for our individually paced reading program
in plastic tubs. Each tub was numbered on the outside and each
book had a colored dot stuck to it that had a number written
on it. The number corresponded to the tub, or bin, in which it
It took us awhile to place all of our books into a sequence.
We wanted the sequence of the bins to have small jumps in difficulty
so that students could experience lots of success. For instance,
bin one was comprised of picture books while bin two had books
in it in which there was about one word per page. Bin 31, at
the other end of the spectrum had books that would be considered
eighth grade and above reading level. Third grade level books
were approximately in bins 18 through 21.
The link below is to the database for these "bin books."
On it are listed all of our books that were available to children
from our bin book library as of August, 1997. After that time
we added more titles and took out some that had worn out. The
database was made using ClarisWorks 4.0 on a Macintosh
computer (currently I do not have another version of it available).
It was compressed using StuffIt.