Wednesday, May 14, 2008

WFMW- Books, Books, and more Books

My tip for this Wednesday is about books. We LOVE books around here and have several bookcases full of books. The problem is we keep buying more books at school book fairs, Scholastic book orders, garage sales, etc. (our town doesn't have a public library, we have to go into the "city" for the library so we don't get to go very often) I have three kiddos, each with different tastes and reading levels so this is what I have done. I have given each one of them a bookshelf on our bookcase. When it is full and they want to acquire another book we go through the shelf and pull any books they are no longer interested in. We put these in a cardboard box, which when it gets full we donate to the school library or Goodwill. I, then, do not feel guilty buying so many books because I know they will end up in good hands when we are done with them!
Also, any special books that I want to make sure don't get given away or kept for my younger children I put up on the top shelf of my bookcase.

That's it, my tip for today...head over to Shannon's for more great tips!!

*Part 2 of "The Cow in our Yard" story later today!


The Fritz Facts said...

That is a great tip. I am always picking up books for the kids, and their shelves are getting a little full. I will have to work on this with them.


Susan said...

We do something similar here... I've accepted that my children will be literate if they only have 5 zillion books apiece, instead of the current 10 zillion.

Leslie said...

I've been doing a similar thing myself by giving books to my church library. That way I don't feel guilty about buying something new! It's great that you've passed on your love of books to your kids.

fairenuff said...

Ooh, so many of us do something similar. Is this a case of 'great minds think alike'?

We have a set of drawers devoted to childrens books. We like to pick up new books at sales and charity shops so when our drawers are full we choose ones that we have lost interest in (when I say 'we' I mean my girls, it's not like I... ahem... read their books when they've gone to bed!) and take them to our children's ward when Bethany gets her injections.

The funny thing is the girls often point and say, "Look Mummy, we've got one of those," to which I respond, "No, that one is yours, we brought it last time!"