My children have shelves and shelves of books- books I’ve bought them through book orders, their annual book from grandparents, book exchanges and even their board books from the showers that were held prior to their births. I feel as though I have read them each hundreds of times. Each book holding specific memories, and emotions tied to the words inside the front and back covers. Some of the books are in sad shape, but I tend to hold onto things that I have memories with- such as a ton of tattered books.
I was a stay at home mom until my oldest was 5, many of those days were spent reading books and eating snacks in bed. One of my sons most favorite books was his John Deere tractor book. We had multiple tractor books that detailed either certain parts of a tractor or what different John Deere implements. He sort of phased out of the enjoyment of farm implements and got into Transformers and Super Heroes for several years, but here recently has gotten back into wanting to know everything about farm implements of all makes. Just as his hobbies have changed so have the books on our shelves, following his new loves. I see farm equipment parts books in our future, and my son wanting to find out how the equipment works and why.
Just as my son has went through phases so has my Kindergarten daughter. She has never been into dolls or too many girly girl things but she does enjoy reading “girl” themed books. She has recently gotten into everything that has to do with animals and veterinarians so our shelves have also adjusted to include these types of books. “I Want to Be a Veterinarian” has been a most recent favorite. She can read it and enjoys it, so I have too!
I have really enjoyed watching my children as they change and their interest changes as they’ve grown. Watching their book interests change has been just as fun!