I love books so much. I can remember cracking open the golden spines of The Pokey Little Puppy and The Color Kittens. I remember sitting in the dim lit room at my elementary school listening to Where The Red Fern Grows. I remember speed reading through the entire Magic Treehouse series and then reading them again because I loved them so much.
One thing that I have always wanted for Addison is that she would have a desire and love of reading. I want for her to become engulfed in stories and transported to different times and places and that her love of reading would foster her love of learning.
I have always made sure that Addison has always had books available to her. I mean, I know she’s not even two yet but it can’t hurt, right? We read Charlotte’s Webb while she was breastfeeding and listened to The Invention of Hugo Cabret during bath time. We look at our board books four to five times a day while we’re playing. And recently, we started reading a book before bed.
It’s not a chore or because I feel like we have to. I just love seeing her absorb the stories and pictures. She can’t verbalize everything but I know she has understanding of what is happening and what she sees. I can ask her to search for things on a page and she’ll point them out. I just feel so blessed to watch her grow.
Because of my love for books, I sometimes feel like my house is overrun by them. Addison has so many books on her shelves that we read the same four over and over. So I decided to set up a book rotation and rotate them seasonally. As of right now, there should only be 20 books out for Addison on her bookcase one time. Ten are board books and ten are hardcover story books that are a bit higher than her age level. Of those 20 books, 6 will rotate out each month. I wanted to keep some books on the shelf long enough for Addison to become familiar with them but I still want to add something “new” each month.
Of course there are books that stay out all year around. Some books you just enjoy no matter what time of year it is. However, those are on the family bookshelf for everyone to access.
So here are the 14 books that will stay on the shelf from March, April, and May. I know this season is almost over, but I got started late in the game. What can I say? If I were to choose a theme for this season, it would be life. I chose lots of books centered around animals as well as books that promoted excitement for the future. In addition to these books, I’m reading Charlotte’s Webb to Addison during bath time. I just love reading!
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Baby Animals by DK Publishing
Hello, Peter! by Beatrix Potter
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
Oh My Oh My Dinosaurs by Sandra Boyton
Spring by Gerda Muller
Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Edwin Speaks Up by April Stevens
If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden
My, Oh My – A Butterfly by Tish Rabe
Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
That’s all for my spring rotation! Hope you guys enjoyed and will stick around for when I feature my summer books.