Reading is one of our favorite family activities, and as much as we love reading books over and over and over, it’s nice to keep things fresh.
Visiting your local library is really the best option for reuse and your wallet, although I do have to admit that I’ve had a few fines in my day. There are some classic books that you want to read year after year and I occasionally justify a new book, because could there ever be too many kids books in the world?!
As much fun as we have exploring, I always try to manage expectations by choosing our books in advance. I’m in the habit of placing holds at the library once a month, and tend to get books that relate to the current season or holiday. This is a must for us, because our local library branch is really small and as kids get older they want really specific books and you don’t want a trip to disappoint.
When we plan a special trip to the local bookstore (Powell’s in our case), I almost always prepurchase and then pick up in the store. Prepurchasing saves shipping costs, saves time and gives you more time to experience the trip together. I’ve also found that many of the sale books are in the warehouse (not bookstore shelves) and searching by price online makes it really easy to find great deals.
Here are some of our favorite “green” children’s books, most springtime ones:
All Time Favorites:
The Tree in the Ancient Forest
Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green
The Little House
Discover the Seasons
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
Oh Say Can You Seed?: All about Plants
The Carrot Seed
The Flower Alphabet Book
Planting a Rainbow
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
This list goes on….I’ll continue to add to this list as the seasons go by.
What are your family favorites?
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Darcy – FYI, the Kenton library opens on 3/8 and is having a grand opening on the following saturday. many of the special events are inspired by Dr. Seuss.
Thanks for the heads up. I’m a big Dr. Seuss fan and Kenton is a sweet little neighborhood. We’ll try to make it next week.