One way I will always spoil my little girl is with an abundance of books. Seriously, we have budgets for clothes, food, haircuts- but no book limitations at all! As a former teacher and bibliophile, I just can’t get enough.
Every morning Cupcake comes downstairs to all of her books neatly stacked in our book case (see right shelf). She promptly pulls them all down (see left side).
Then she picks a book or two to look through. Board books are just the coolest thing as she can easily turn the pages. She can chew on it and drool on it and it stays (relatively) in good condition.
When I was pregnant with Cupcake, all I wanted for my baby shower was books! My mom requested that in lieu of a card, people sign books for our little one. Those still remain my favorite gifts from that day.
A few people “apologized” for giving us paperback books since the baby wouldn’t be able to use them for awhile.
Paperback books are not something that need to wait until kids are a certain age. In fact, they definitely should not be held back!
Reading takes many forms. But, I let Cupcake have at it with paper. Sure, sometimes I wonder if she’s part goat.
But it’s always fun to watch her explore the wonderful world of books.
To be fair, We have had some casualties along the way. Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit has seen better days!
I did not let her rip it up or tear it without bounds, of course! I make sure the paperbacks are ours and often we get them at Savers so that the loss isn’t a $15 book. If she’s turning pages and it rips accidentally, I simply take the torn piece away so I can repair it later. If she seems to be ripping it like it’s wrapping paper, I take the book away and redirect her to the others in the room.
I look at it as her exploring her love of books. Think of your favorite childhood stuffed animal. Probably a little worn down, right? My favorite sweatpants certainly aren’t a new pair, but old and worn in. I once knew a boy whose childhood blankie had been worn down to something literally the size of his pinkie. He still had it even though we were teenagers. That’s love!
So while we still adore our board books that Cupcake can explore more freely, paperback books remain an important part of the Momming household!