What do you do with books when your child outgrows them?
Books have played a very special role in my 3½ year old daughter’s and my relationship. For more than three years now I’ve read to and tucked in my little girl every night. It was a great idea by my wonderful wife about a way I could be sure to get quality time with our little girl each day.
As you can imagine those books have a very special place in my heart. Which books we read has changed over the years, of course, but I’ve not had the heart to donate the old ones to the library or resell them. Some have teeth marks in them from back when she only had two teeth!
I read some of those books to her so often that many are committed completely to memory. This photo is of her sling book rack taken this afternoon. I’ve removed some of her old board books, but it’s still overcrowded. I don’t want to be a “hoarder”, but how do I decide which to keep?
What did you do? I think at least I want to keep the ones we read almost nightly for a year or more. So many have sentimental value, but clearly I can’t keep them all. There’s a part of me that feels some day she may read these same books to her kids, my grandkids. That makes me smile.
What are your favorites?
Which did you keep?