In one of my grad classes, my professor told us about how she feels it is important to have a set of hardcover books or special books that are kept in a special place that kids are not able to reach. I thought that it was a bit weird at the time, because I thought that it was important to have all books where kids can grab and explore them at any time. However, after having kids, I agree with my professor.
Here are my reasons for wanting to keep a set of books away from the reach of my kids:
- I am devastated every time I find a ripped or misplaced book cover. Kids at my kids age, two and three, have a hard time truly treating hard cover books the way that they deserve to be treated
- It adds a sense of mystery to the books. It makes them more special and adds a sense of respect to them.
- It helps kids to judge books. It helps them to know some are worth more than others
With all this being said, I decided on a spot in my daughter room where the “special books can be stored where she won’t be able to reach them, but she will be able to see them. I was going to put them on the top of her dresser. The only thing that I needed was book-ends to help them stand up. We got right to work….
I found several different book-ends that were more expensive than what I wanted to pay. I also want my daughter to have a sense of ownership in what she has in her room. So we headed over to Jo-Ann Fabrics. I found these little wooden birdhouses that were one buck each!!
I bought two of them. I knew that the birdhouses were not going to be heavy enough, so I found some small rocks that would fit in the hole of the birdhouse at the dollar store. Here is what we did…