I know books are important. I’ve seen the statistics that show children with more books in their house turn out more successful in life. I myself have a soft spot for books.
As you can see we have 2 bookshelves crammed full of kids books (plus some that didn’t fit):
So why do I wince at the thought of going to the library?
My kids are good readers. In fact Curious Girl is a GREAT reader for a kindergartener. They devour books as long as they don’t have the preferred option of playing on a computer.
Cosmo Boy likes space (of course), mysteries, and most recently Greek and Roman mythology.
Curious Girl loves Dora, Little Critters, and on occasion Magic Tree house (although that often requires help and she prefers to read alone).
Both are a grade or two above their level in AR which doesn’t mean a lot to me since most kids we knew in Big Town were above their level (I don’t know about Small Town yet).
Anyway, I don’t hate going to the library. Our Small Town library is quite nice. We wander through the books and look at new ideas for what to read about. But then comes the part I hate… checking out the books. I cringe, my heart races, and I reluctantly tell each child they can get 2 books (and 1 educational computer game per child that I chose). I hate to take library books home, because I’m so afraid we won’t return them. Either I will forget to return them on time, or they will get mixed with our other books and we won’t be able to find them. It has happened so many times.
So how do you ensure that you return your library books on time?