What to do with the old picture books once beloved by now grown children?
Donate? Recycle? Save?
Reading Dwight Garner‘s reflections about how he boxed up the picture books that his now teenagers cherished, I thought about the titles that engaged my own children and those that now captivate my grandchildren.
Certainly one of the greatest thrills about being a grandparent is reading to the little ones. While there’s lots of new literature to select, the old classics remain.
My grandsons love anything trucks; the eldest, at 3, is “reading” Curious George on his own, having memorized the stories. My granddaughter loves her board books and holds them in her lap, turning the pages and saying, “read.”
My own kids went through stages in what they liked, choosing authors: Dr. Suess, Jane Yolen, William Steig, Cynthia Rylant and Patricia Polacco; or themes: fairy tales and dog books. And more dog books. Enough dog books to convince us to get a dog.
I’ve saved many of the books they loved, eagerly waiting for the grandkids to be old enough to enjoy these stories.
No recycling bin for us. No boxing up into the attic. I’ve donated duplicate copies received as gifts and keep most of the books on a low bookshelf, readily accessible for little readers.
Are there titles your children loved that you’ve kept?