Board books abound in my home. They are in the living room, the nursery, my bag, the diaper bag, my bedroom, the kitchen. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!
And I love it! Books should be everywhere, especially with a young child in the house. Ali should never be far from a book. But the kind of books that I have let her read and play with have changed. Once I realized how destructive little uncoordinated hands can be, I came to love the idea of board books. Tough and sturdy mini replicas of all my favorite picture books like The Napping House, Guess How Much I Love You, and The Three Snow Bears are just perfect for babies. But I wasn't going to let lesser board books in my house. No, nothing but the finest in board book literature for my little biscuit.
Then I realized that Ali doesn't actually read the books, she plays with them. They are chewed and thrown and sat on. When I try to read them, she grabs for them, not letting me finish a page. The only time that I can get through reading an entire book to her is when she's playing with another toy, or book. I usually give her a book to hold while I read her a book, and it's a system that has worked out just great.
While her library collection is full the best in picture book board books, it's also full of simpler, less fancy books. I love the books in the above picture because of the handle. The pictures are simple, the text is pretty marginal, but they are easy for her to carry. And she'll pick them up, and spin herself on her bottom in a clockwise circle. Never counter-clockwise. Only clockwise. It's adorable.
Having some less-than-stellar books in Ali's collection means that I'm not afraid to let her play with books. She is learning that books are fun, and that's the most important lesson of all.