The mountain of books....

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The mountain of books....
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Tue, 04-05-2011 - 10:47am

When do you guys start weeding through books... or do you

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Tue, 04-05-2011 - 5:59pm

I try to weed through them every now and then, but never get more than about 5 out of the house, LOL! Of course we're saving a lot of things for the youngest DD, so that's a nice excuse not to have to get rid of anything yet....

Suzanne
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Tue, 04-05-2011 - 6:07pm

We still have books that dd20 read... because we're saving them for ds9! So, with four kids spread out, we don't tend to get rid of lots of books until we've had them about ten years, lol. Even the so-called "girl" books get read - ds10 read books like "The Little Princess" and "The Secret Garden."

We do donate as we weed, though - usually to a bus program that visits the inner city and gives food, medical care and books out to those who need it.

Theresa

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Tue, 04-05-2011 - 11:41pm
With my youngest having just turned 8, we're only just getting into the weeding out phase. So far we've given them to fellow homeschoolers, or donated the local school library. We keep a few as mementos. Not many, but we have kept one or two per child from the picture-book phase, for example.

Miranda

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Wed, 04-06-2011 - 12:38am

We started weeding about 2 years ago with the toddler and early reader sorts of books. I also managed to get rid of all the "second tier" picture books... you know the ones you have that added some variety to the younger years but aren't great stories. I got rid of a lot of the horse novels that DD read because DS has no interest what-so-ever. There are some we'll be keeping long after the kids leave the house like some favored picture books and some series.

We give all our books to the kid's youth theatre that sell them outside during shows. They make thousands a year at 50 cents a book. Of course, it tends to backfire... I drop off our donations and come home with a bunch of new books for us lol.

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Wed, 04-06-2011 - 9:41pm

Oh this brings back memories.

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Thu, 04-07-2011 - 8:03am

This is so timely for us.

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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 10:14pm
Because you never know when you just might want to sit down in a comfy chair and re-read The Secret Garden. :) My ds reads very different stuff than I did. If I had had girls, ugh the trouble I would be in now.
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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 9:52am
Me too robin! One of the things I was sad about when I never had a daughter was sharing the books I loved as a girl. I felt a little better when my niece refused to read "Little House in the Big Woods" while my son enjoyed it. Of course, he was not at all interested in the books from Laura's later years.

I have not had that much success getting my boys to read some of the unisex or more boy oriented books I loved as a kid like Half Magic, the magical books by E. Nesbitt (Phoenix and the Carpet etc). or even the Narnia books. Didn't even try the Secret Garden or A Little Princess with them. OTOH, I loved reading the Harry Potter series along with them and my older two enjoyed the Belgariad series by David Eddings that I had previously read. I certainly get a bit jealous of my friends who can share books with their teenaged daughters - not as likely here. I know we would have even more books if one of the boys had happened to be a girl.
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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 7:12am

At the end of the school year I go through all bookcases.

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Sun, 04-24-2011 - 5:36pm
This is a very current issue here. I've declared a moratorium on buying books. J & G (now 9 yrs old) have a HUGE bookshelf and it overflows. My toddler (HR) still has boxes of their hand-me-downs that we haven't yet opened and I don't want to buy her a bookshelf until we select her big-kid bedroom furniture. We give most away when we think they will no longer be valued here. For those that HR grows out of, we have a relative who will use them, but there are some of the boys' books that we give away. She is very much a 'pink tomboy' but I'm pretty sure I am safe to give away some. There are a few that I have given to Goodwill (or equivalent) and fewer that I have actually recycled.

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