Ask Babs: Building a Home Library

by Babs Hadjusiewicz October 14, 2015

Q: Does my daughter need books at home when we can borrow from the library? Our budget is tight, but I sure do want her to learn to like reading. I know you say lots of books at home, but how?

A: Building your home library is a must, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here are some ways to make this concern a win-win!

First of all, do continue those weekly or twice-weekly library outings. Borrow every book you and she can carry!

Though it’s true that good readers like to surround themselves with books…to see them, smell them, feel them, take them to bed…you might make it a habit to buy a book for every birthday and other special occasion when you’re likely to spend a few dollars, anyway. You’ll want to buy the book your child asks to read again and again. Be sure to check out used books at thrift stores, yard sales, and in used-book stores.

Another inexpensive way to add volumes to your home library is to look for books like Little Books of Nouns or Little Books of Verbs where you get many little books in one. In this case, you and your child can cut apart and staple, personalize, and color to complete each little book while your child learning about naming words or action words.

Here’s yet another way to add to your home library. Put your child’s name inside each book she owns and then trade books with friends.

Enjoy the luxury of having a wealth of books at your child’s fingertips! You get to be caregivers to all those stories and adventures. Her home library not only fosters her love for reading; it’s akin to going on an all-new and different vacation every week!

Copyright © 2015 Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz


Babs Hadjusiewicz
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