Thursday, March 12, 2009
I Think We Can Open a Library
We have an enormous amount of children's books. It had gotten completely out of hand. We probably read the same 10-15 books at bedtime, yet the house was just crawling with books. So this week I had the kids bring every kids book in the house into the big room. This was the result.
It was very scary. I never did count them all but there were definitely multiple hundred. We managed to find about 2 dozen duplicates that we quickly donated to a book drive the 4th graders were having at our school. We gave away another 20-30 to friends who just had a baby. We then sorted through the rest and found about another 50-75 we could let go to Goodwill. I swear we had 20+ Clifford books. And don't get me started on Elmo. There had to be at least 30. Other big groups - holiday books, my little pony books, and of course the chapter series (Magic Treehouse, Junie B Jones). We have now at least culled through them and tried to put them in some groupings - chapter books vs easy readers, etc. We decided putting any of them down in the playroom was silly because we never read down there. So all the books are now in the kids rooms or on the main level (mostly in the big room, some in the front room).
I feel better that we at least went through them all. Of course, a few hours later I pre-ordered the new Fancy Nancy book - so this will be a continuous problem in our house!