I completely agree with Anna Quindlen when she shares her wish that her children grow into adults who collect books. My family lives in a house that's small by American standards, so it's been easy to fill it with quality books. With the library titles, our French and English children's books, and my husband's and my book collection, every room holds its share of literature. Here are some of the ways that we organize all these books so that they stay accessible and visually appealing:
The children's library books are stored in a square basket near a child's reading chair in the family room.
A bookrack displaying titles face out in the children's room prompts our little ones to reach for books as often as toys.
Once a month or so, I swap the books here for a dozen different titles from our main bookshelves when the children are sleeping. When my children see the new books on display, they spend a long time looking through them again. I found this bookrack at a neighbor's garage sale, but Pottery Barn Kids sells a similar bookrack here.
My husband and I keep the novels we're currently reading in a rectangular magazine basket on the family room ottoman.
Placing our current reading near the couch ensures that we reach for our books at least as often as the remote control. And having them on display makes for great book conversations with visiting friends.
How do you make living with books an organized arrangement? (Feel free to post a photo on Intentional Mama's Facebook page!) Do you have a system that helps your family keep track of library books? Do you separate books by language?