*FREEBIE* Printable Color-Coded Book Labels

by Kelsey Norwood

in Freebies,Homeschool,Organization

free printable book organization labels

We are gearing up for our first year of homeschooling and I’m excited! I’ve been getting all my curriculum and supplies organized and I realized that our home library needed an overhaul. So I created some labels to help us (even my pre-readers) keep our library organized and also to make finding books by topic easier.

I looked at our books, at the library, and this blog post to come up with some pretty general topics. Each topic has its own color to mark the spine of the book and there’s a label that folds over to the front side.

home library organization

 I love all the colors – so pretty! One of these days I’m going to finish the job and put a piece of clear packing tape over each label so they don’t get picked off by my little readers.

book organization


There’s the front view. I cape up with 30 topics but I think over time I’ll need to add to our list.

how to organize home library

I’m feeling better about starting school and adding to our library with this new system. And I’m excited to be able to send my students into our library to pick out books for the topic we’re working on that day.

printable library labelsTo organize your books using my labels here’s what you’ll need:


  • Avery white address labels – 1″ x 2 5/8″ (either 8860 or 16460 (this package is removable labels)
  • clear packing tape


I created two versions:

  • Blank Book Spine Labels – this version has no text so print them on the address labels and hand write your own topics. *NOTE* There is no outline to see where the individual labels will be, so if you want to type your own labels onto my blank template that’s fine, just be careful about the placement of the text. 
  • Book Spine Labels w/Text

Here are the topics I included in the w/Text version:

ABC’s & 123’s
American History
Amphibians & Reptiles
Ancient History
Art & Artists
Bible Stories
Early Readers
Fairy Tales
Human Body
Insects & Spiders
Medieval History
The Ocean
Picture Books
Rocks & Minerals
World History

I’m one project closer to feeling ready to start school. There’s still so much to do, but we’re excited!!!


1 kiersten August 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

You’re awesome! You always have great organizational tips. I’m excited to hear about your homeschooling experience. Good luck!

2 Candi G February 18, 2015 at 1:29 pm

I just was thinking of doing this myself but getting slightly overwhelmed with knowing where to start. So happy to have found this here. I have a question, how is this system working out for you since you have been using it a while? Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this and for sharing with your readers!

3 Gwen @ ButtercupsBabies.com March 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

You have just made me giddy! I don’t know why it never occurred to me to label our home library. We are also new to homeschooling, so I’d sorted our “school books” by subject on a separate shelf, but am paranoid it might get “undone”, which makes me sad that I am then less inclined to let them enjoy the books on their own. Thank you so much for sharing your labels!

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