My husband says I have a prejudice against libraries, but that isn't really true. I do like libraries. But I love making friends with my books. I love the comfort of selecting a well-worn and familiar volume from my shelf and holding it in my hands.
Since I'm not in the habit of getting rid of friends, most of my books stay with me. So, Paityn and Olivia have inherited a small library. Combined with the books I have bought them or they have received as gifts, it's quite a bit.
This is in Paityn and Olivia's playroom.
In addition to the two shelves, the green box on the shelf in the right-hand side of the picture holds dozens of board books. I just pulled out a container of soft books for Livie, but I forgot to take a picture of them.
Then there's the shelf in Paityn's bedroom. (I apologize for the poor quality; I snapped this photo before work this morning, and Paityn's room doesn't get a lot of natural light in the morning.)
Paityn loves books, too. But I found she was reading the same ones again and again. When all she can see is the bindings, it's hard to select a new book to read.
I found this wall bookshelf at Pottery Barn and thought it was just perfect. I like how books are displayed with the covers facing out, inviting and intriguing, practically begging to be read.
Yes, please. I'll take one.
Dan got it up last night, and I could hardly wait to put some books out. I'm going to rotate though every week or two so that different ones are visible. Once Livie is mobile, I can place her books in the lowest shelf for her to grab.
It seems to have worked. Paityn brought several to me this morning to read to her, looked at a couple others on her own, and was in there asking her nanny to read more to her when I left this morning.
Do your children like reading? How do you encourage them to read more than just their favorites? Do you have a way of organizing them all?
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