Too many books…

Aug 26 • Featured, Uncategorized • 880 Views • 6 Comments on Too many books…

This summer I fully intended to sort through all our pre-read children's books and donate them to charity, but of course what with one thing and another my plans went completely to pot.

Our son in particular is a voracious reader, and although we try to borrow books from the library inevitably we end up buying a fair few. As I was looking through some of them this morning it occurred to me that these books are actually memories to cherish. From Kipper to Where The Wild Things Are to Harry Potter, I can remember the first time we read them together, the way he held them and how his face lit up as he lost himself in a new story. So I won't be getting rid of any of our precious children's books, and hopefully he'll be able to pass on the gift of reading to his own children one day.

My old chick/mum lit and best-sellers, on the other hand, can definitely be recycled, because frankly they're just collecting dust, and lots of it. Oxfam have just come up with a list of their most donated authors – No 1 is Dan Brown (this doesn't surprise me a bit) and Helen Fielding is No 5. (This surprised me a little, as Bridget Jones is still one of my all-time favourites).

In a few weeks I'll be launching our new book reviews section to help you choose new books to buy for your kids and yourself – all reviewed by parents and children. If you'd like to take part, simply email me here.

written by Liz Jarvis

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6 Responses to Too many books…

  1. Catriona says:

    Charity books are a great way of getting books for all ages, and also a great way of donating "dust collectors". I love reading books myself and I always have so I am encouraging my 15 month old as much as possible. He already had his own mini library as I cannot resist looking for books for him. There are so many children’s books to treasure. The ones I enjoy most reading to him are those that I loved myself as a child.

  2. Bev says:

    Books are the one thing i never mind buying for my children, a visit to the book shop is always welcome for all of us, especially the larger ones where we can treat ourselves to a drink and a danish afterwards! Can easily pass a couple of hours on a rainy morning, I love reading and anything that encourages my reluctant early readers to read to is a good thing in my book (excuse the pun)!

  3. whistlejacket says:

    Our house is overloaded with books, we can’t bear to get rid of any. One wall of our living room is covered with bookshelves and it’s the first thing people comment on when they visit. The children love books too and go through phases with their favourites. I’m glad you won’t be getting rid of your son’s books. My Mum has kept ours and when I saw them on a shelf a couple of months ago I felt transported back to my childhood again!

  4. Sandy Calico says:

    Both my boys love books. We have loads in every room. Can children have too many books? I don’t think so, although we don’t really need three copies of The Hungry Caterpiller! I have all my books from when I was a child and I’m waiting patiently for the boys to be old enough to read them. Good idea to clear out the Dan Browns though 🙂

  5. tishtashtoys says:

    Totally agree, I can’t bring myself to start sending kids books off to charity shops, far too many lovely memories. Each crease, bended over corner, grubby finger mark and smear of dried on jam (!) tells a story itself!

  6. Yvonne says:

    I too am a fully paid up member of BHA – book hoarders anonymous. I can’t bear to part with them. My parents were guilty of this too – thankfully – as my four year old son’s favourite book is my 34 year old copy of Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy World. A truly brilliant book now out of print. I’m waiting to introduce him to my other favourites – Russel Hoban’s "Bedtime for Frances" and Rosemary Sutcliffe’s "The Armourer’s House" as he grows up.

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