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I love books.
Gather favorite books.
One of the best ways to use your physical space is to gather favorite books. It's calming to have favorite books in one spot. You'll always know where to find them. If you're still reading bedtime stories, that's a great place to pick one or two or eight.
Plus! There is research to support having physical books around in your house - and their outcomes on increasing reading comprehension later for kids.
Tips for setting up your kids' ideal bookshelf:
- Ask your kids what their favorite books right now. They can change over time, so emphasize the here and now.
- First, let them bring as many as they will call favorite. If you start to notice that they have brought you half their bookcase or are talking about 25 books, start explaining what favorite means. The best of the best. Requiring a curated list makes them think about why the books are the best for them.
- Have them gather the books, if they have them. If they don't, go to the library or bookstore and collect them.
- For each book they talk about, ask why it's a favorite book. Don't judge their answers. Just let them be, but still have the conversation and be encouraging. Fake smile if you have to.
- Favorite books are special books so decide on a physical space to put their favorite books all in one place.
We put Liliana's books in a basket on the wall. They are easy for her to pull out and put back in. A basket like this would work.
Allow favorite books to change every once in awhile.
Always ask why a book has changed - either fell out of favor or why a new one is a added to the favorites. After that, add/remove from the shelf.
Have so much fun with this!