Okay, I've given you a couple weeks for a break. Now it's time to dive into those picture books!
As you may recall, I am a children's librarian. Picture books are near and dear to my heart. As such, it can be hard to let them go. However, as we've mentioned, there are only so many bookshelves you can fit into one house! Also, as my kids get older and learn to read, the picture book shelf has not been frequented as often. [Sad face.]
When it comes to weeding them, as long as my favorites are safely in the "keeper" pile, I am content to let the kids decide on the rest. I've included a few different methods for having your kids help you sort at the end of the post.
Let's get started!
Questions to ask yourself for picture books:
The “Take-A-Vote” Method
Pull out all the favorites (including yours!) for the keeper pile.
Now here's the fun part. Take one book at a time, and take a vote: thumbs up, thumbs down, or eh—don’t care either way. Get them talking! They may talk each other into or out of certain books without your interference at all. With their favorites safe in the “must keep” pile, the rest should be less emotionally charged (in theory…)
Depending on the way your family works, you’ll have to decide your own rules about how many thumbs can veto the majority, or how to handle a tied vote.
The “Convince Me” Method
The “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” Method
Do you have a tried and true book sorting method? Do your kids help you decide what to get rid of? Please share in the comments!