I love to read and I love to read to my children and I love it when my children read. Because of this, we have books - lots of books. Before I. was born, I taught 1st grade and accumulated many children's books. Now, with the book orders that come home, it's hard to pass up a 99 cent book! I noticed, though, that my kids always grabbed their favorite ones and there were so many that were never looked at. My solution: get 12 magazine files and label them for each month of the year. Then I sorted the books into the boxes - the Halloween books are in October, there are spring books in April, etc. I filled up the boxes. We grab the box for that month on the first of the month, and both kids love going through the box and seeing which "new" books we are going to read this month. If I didn't do this, I'm pretty sure we would have never discovered how much we like learning about bugs, or Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. We would always be reading I Spy or Kevin Henkes books.
Not all our books fit in the boxes. We left our favorite ones on the bookshelf - the ones we can grab any time. The bottom shelf holds our board books - so M. can grab them.
We also have a basket that floats around the house, right now it is on our landing that has all the Easy Readers in it. I got them out from my teacher boxes about 2 years ago, and daily, I'll catch someone reading them. Mostly, I. reads them to G. and he loves them.
Because that isn't enough, we go to the library every couple of weeks. We have a Library Bag, specifically for Library Books and a hook in each child's room where the bag hangs from. ( I plan on painting this room - but inside projects are for the winter).
I don't alphabetize them, or categorize them. I just believe the more accessilbe they are, the more everyone will read them. Tom would say this isn't "truly" organized, but that is the perfectionist in him. I'm not a perfectionist, just a mom who likes things in order and this is what works for us. I can't wait until we get our office built- I've been hinting to Tom that I want floor to ceiling bookshelves flanking the window and a bench under the window to read on.
Just thought I'd pass it on. How do you deal with books?