Friday, February 28, 2014

This Book Is Mine To Share

As parents and caretakers of children, one of the difficult lessons to teach our kids is the concept of sharing. On the flip side, it is important to also teach children to return things they have borrowed from others.

Children's books are a great way to teach both lessons. We can be sure to add a few storybooks that are fun reading while also on the topic of sharing. With each new addition to a child's home library we can add a bookplate to the inside cover that declares, "It's Mine!"

Books teach children to share and the bookplates teach kids that when a book does not belong to them it needs to be returned to its rightful owner.

Of course, another way to teach children about the sharing and borrowing of books is by taking them to the local library. Libraries share their books with us but also insist they must be returned in a timely manner.

For me, it has been far too long since I took a child to a library. It would have been with my son when he was young.

When was the last time you visited a library with a child? 


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8 comments:

  1. Awesome post! I love the frog stickers. I am surrounded by family members who are willing to share, but I do indeed hate it when they don't remember to return a book and I have to search my mind to even remember who I lent it to in order to ask for it back. I think I need those little stickers to use as reminders :)

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    1. Years ago I quit lending books for that reason... I lost so many great reads along life's way. It is very rare that I let someone borrow a book now and I hound them forever until I get it returned. But... I never used the bookplate stickers before now, so maybe that will do the trick!

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  2. This reminds me of the ultimate book-sharer that I know. My former boss buys extra copies of her favorite books and gives them out freely to people. I've been the recipient of her gifting many times, even after leaving her employment. I'm trying to emulate that and share what is "mine." Love your reviews and clever artwork!

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    1. What an excellent gift giving idea! I have gifted friends with copies of my favorite books, but never on a regular basis like your former boss.

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  3. I love books that teach children valuable lessons to become the best person that he/she can be. Nice post.

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    1. I do too! I have always believed learning and entertainment can go together in books for kids.

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  4. Such cute bookplates! We owned lots of books, but my kids and I practically lived at the library when they were young. I love it that the librarians knew them so well, they recommended perfect books for them. Sometimes I really miss those days!

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    1. Susan, I definitely miss those days at the library with my son! Sadly, the library here, I have yet to see a child there when I am visiting! It is so important an atmosphere for a child and I do hope libraries are not going to be a thing of the past. And yes, I tip my hat to librarians for really caring about kids reading.

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