- Torn Pages or Cover-depending on the severity we may repair and keep it. Hardcover books rarely are discarded for this reason because they hold up so much better.
- Duplicate Books-surprises are nice, but run the risk of being duplicated and sometimes we just get too many of the same type of book.
- No longer interesting to the kids
- Overly animated- think the "new" animated Curious George books vs. the original Curious George books with original drawings. We prefer books with artistic or real images.
- Too long or hard to read for the kids- So many "easy" readers have too many words or words that are neither phonetic or easily decodable. This just leads to frustration for Aidan and then the book gets added to the pass along pile.
- Anything over marketed, over commercialized, or just plain unbelievable.
- A balance of realistic fiction, non fiction, poetry, and fantasy.
- Artistic and thought-out images that add to the story without distracting from the words and meaning of the story.
- Well-made books that can stand up to repeated reading.
- Believable and well developed characters. For example Daniel is a biblical figure with a great amount of integrity. Why does he have to be turned into a pickle in order to be interesting to children? He is a person, and we believe he should be represented as such.
- Representing a variety of cultures, customs, ages, and places.
So, thanks to La Leche League, twice per year I get the chance to evaluate the books we have and thin down our supply to the books we love best!
Aidan's Favorite Book: The Complete Works of Curious George
Caleb's Favorite Book: "No I like Curious George!" (He is 3!)
Tim's Favorite Book: Harry Potter, Book 6
Heidi's Favorite Book: Um yeah..just kidding, no way can I choose ONE book (or even one author for that matter) I do enjoy reading nonfiction books on a variety of topics and also historical fiction.