The kids in my house love going on “reading dates.” A reading date is when I take at least one kid and go to the library or bookstore. We find books we want to read and also have lunch. With five kids in the house and everyone a full-time something, it’s nice for each kid to get some alone time with me.
So this past Sunday instead of taking one or two kids, my mother and I took all five kids! I wish I had took a camera with me to show you how great our date was. We went to the main library in my city, which is about thirty minutes away from home. We don’t visit there often but when we do it’s a real treat for all of us.
The girls got on the computer and played reading games while the boys and I scoured the children’s section for books. Some of the great books we found were:
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes for my oldest son.
100 Science Experiments by Usborne for my daughter who is trying to find an experiment to do for an upcoming fair.
Goosie and Gertie by Olivier Dunrea. My youngest loves this series about goslings.
Lily’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes. One of my little sisters, discovered Henkes and is trying to read everything with his name on it. She’s forgetting that I introduced Henkes’ books to her years ago.
Her twin checked out Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. This is one of the few books that every kid in the house loves.
After a while I went and browse a little in the other sections of the library. I only picked up a handful of books since I was already almost at my 25-books limit.We stayed for close to an hour before heading to the check-out desk.
Five kids plus two adults using four library cards equals a huge amount of books being checked out of the library. So the goal is for at least ten of the books to be read and returned by the end of each week. We’re doing pretty good so far. The kids usually read several books a night before deciding on their favorite for the next couple of weeks. They stick to their favorites while ignoring all the others and read that until it’s time to return the book.
Since almost all my stacks are double-stacked with books and it doesn’t help that I receive more in the mail today, I came up with a plan.
I’m going to stop buying books from now until July.
No more using my cold hard cash to receive any more of those beautiful dead-tree things. I can always swap books on paperbackswap.com as long as I don’t pay for book credits. If you hear me say I bought a book, feel free to leave a comment reminding me. The first five people who leave a comment for every book I buy can have any book on my shelves. Since I have a terrible memory, something tells me I will be sending out books. This is the honor system and I plan on telling you every time I buy a book.
Do you think my plan will work?