The ProblemI used to cringe when students brought in their treasures to share. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy reading their creations. Students write wonderful stories. I love them! The problem was that I didn't have a good place to store their books or a system for circulation.
Student authored books are generally thin paperbacks, and they disappear into the stacks if shelved among hard cover editions.
Another problem was that I didn't know whether to actually let them circulate. How would other students treat these books? What if a little sibling tore or wrote on it?
At my current school, students LOVE to write. Many students write books as part of their action for the PYP Exhibition, and our collection is growing. When I first arrived there were a few titles on the shelves, and by the end of the first year we had nearly a dozen books written by students. The collection continued to grow, but no one (beyond the author, his/her parents, and teacher) knew they existed.