Essential Book Organization - BookBuddy Pro App

I found a new organization app that I am LOVING!  It's the BookBuddy Pro app.

A few years ago I found a book organization app that I loved.  And over the past six months I've noticed that it just wasn't behaving like it used to.  It wouldn't allow me to add more books and it kept freezing.  Then I did some research and realized that the app no longer works with the current updates to my iPhone.  In fact, the app isn't even available in the App Store anymore.

So the search began for a new app to organize and keep track of my read aloud books.  I love having all my books stored in my iPhone.  It makes it so much easier to plan at home when I can just look up a book on my phone instead of searching through my books at school.  If I'm teaching about main idea, I can just search my app for the books I use to teach that skill.  Another bonus is that I know which books I already have.  Ever buy a duplicate because you didn't remember you had the book begin with?  Not anymore!  Just check your phone and you'll know if you already own it!

After reading a ton of reviews about the countless apps out there to catalog your books, I found BookBuddy Pro!  It is so much more amazing than my last app (which shall remain nameless).  Totally worth the $4.99 I paid for it.  Money well spent.

This is how I organize my read aloud books at school.  Using a file cabinet is super convenient and I can easily see what I have.  I have folders for months, holidays, character education, mentor texts, life lessons, and folders for my favorite authors.  Now all I needed to do was scan in my books and get organizing!  (This part takes a little while but it is so worth it!)

Here is a screen shot of what it looks like when you open up the BookBuddy Pro app.  See how you can keep track of who you loan books out to?!  Very cool.

Here's a quick shot of a few of my books.  I love that the pictures come up.  To add your books, you can scan the barcode on the back.  An awesome feature is that you can scan multiple barcodes so you just hit one after another, after another and you don't have keep hitting "add book."  It makes the initial inputting of your books so much quicker!

Almost all my books were already in the BookBuddy Pro system.  There were a few that I had to add manually, but most just popped right up after scanning the barcode.

There are different ways you can sort your books to view them.

I like to sort my books by "Physical Location" which is where I put what folder my books are stored in within the file cabinet.  It's great to be able to see all the Christmas books I have, or all the Kevin Henkes books I have.

I also "Tag" my books with a specific teaching skill or skills that I might use the book for.  Throughout the year I tag more books as I read them, identifying other skills I might reread the book for.  It's so easy to customize the app to meet your specific needs.

When you click on a book title you can get all the information about that book.  You can see that this book is stored in the folder "Life Lesson" in my file cabinet and that I like to use it when I teach about making connections.

Those Shoes is one of my all time favorite books.  It's stored in my "Mentor Text" folder in my file cabinet.  I use it when I teach about character traits, making connections, and predicting.

This app has saved me so much time when I plan.  If you're looking for a way to keep your books organized, I highly suggest you check this app out!  Happy organizing!!!


  1. OMG I love this! Thank you for sharing!!!

  2. Love this! How long did it really take you?

    1. Honestly not that long at all! Since my books were already organized in my file cabinet, it was just scanned the books into the app. That took probably an hour. Then another hour to tag the books the way I wanted them. SO worth the time! Now I can just update and add skills as I go! Colleen :-)

  3. Are you able to add book levels to your books in BookBuddy? As in, does the app automatically get the Lexile measure for the books? Or could I add in the Lexile Measures manually and have it sort/categorize by it?

    1. I don't think it automatically gives the Lexile measure, but you can add that in. If you click on "Add Field" there are choices for Guided Reading Level, Lexile Measure, Grade Level Equivalent, and DRA level! Colleen :-)


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