Don't get me wrong--I do take them to the library. However, we don't do a lot of looking for books while we're there. Our library has a number of sensory games that the kids love and they do like to look at books--for about 3 minutes. Otherwise, I'd be chasing my son around (although I still drag out the stroller for him when I take both kids with me) and my daughter would be dumping every book she can find in my bag without even looking to see what it was.
So, I've come up with a plan. I've put together a list of literally (ha!) hundreds of books that I'd like to read to my kids. Then, each week, I put a number of them on hold. After I do my weekly pick up, I go home and put another batch on hold. So far, this has been working for us. I'm hoping when the kids are a little older, we'll be able to go in and they can pick out their own books. But, we're just not there yet.
I've put together my list from a number of other lists I've found around. Some have been in brochures from our library, but the majority of these lists are on the internet. I've been pinning them to my Raising Readers board as I find them, but here are 3 that I particularly liked:
- This is a good general list found on Buzz Feed. I will admit that I didn't add many books from this list, but only because most of the books listed here were also on the list from my library.
- Amazon lists award winners for all sorts of book, including children's books. I like this particular list because it is made up of books published in 2013, which means most of them don't show up on many other lists (yet).
- I just came across this list of Fall books today and I've added almost all of them to my list. I like reading seasonal and holiday books to the kids because they relate so well to them.
I hope that you find these lists, or some of the other ones on my pinterest board, useful. Feel free to follow that board (or any of my boards) as I'm adding new lists almost every day.