If you look at my Pinterest page, there are plenty of categories all about Children’s Books. All-About-Picture-Books, Collecting Children’s Books, Cleaning Children’s Books, Books for Middle Grade Students, and Young Adult. The list goes on to fun things like, Kid Tents, Etc.
Then there’s the category of “TINY Books”. Yep, there are some tiny books out there.
Tiny books for kids.
Tiny books are cute. Tiny books are a novelty. But, what do you DO with Tiny books, especially when Tiny books start piling up all over the place? After all, Tiny books don’t fit on a bookshelf very well, do they?
(Or do they? I found out that it depends upon the bookshelf…)
I still have a set of Tiny books from when I was a child. They came with their own magnifying glass! *Sigh*, the magnifying glass disappeared long ago… Thinking my nephew would someday enjoy the books, though, my teeny tomes stayed in a safe place. Okay, so safe that I couldn’t find them for months, but I eventually and joyfully found those tiny books in a small coffee tin…
A coffee tin. Hmm. I don’t even drink coffee! Do you hear my hand hitting my forehead in exasperation? Anyway…
Phew! I kept my childhood Tiny books and I’m glad because about two years ago, along came my surprise-joy-daughter, M. I am convinced she will someday read them as well. She already explores Tiny books when I make them available to her. She likes to make the sound, “Owee!” when she finds the sharp-looking staples in the center of the book that hold the pages together.
Tiny books fit in M’s hands. She can easily pick one out of my basket of Tiny books and carry the Tiny book around, or even slip one into one of the many bags she wears.
Tiny books go beyond interesting, or appealing to toddlers. Yet, to the adult, Tiny books may seem to multiply like Gremlins…believe me I’ve been tempted to throw them away once or twice.
Before you go throwing away your own collection of Tiny books, giving them away, or sending them to the yard sale pile, here are FOUR easy ways to use them:
1. Gathering the whole lot of Tiny books and displaying Tiny books in a nice, decorative basket.
Tiny books can look nice, be a unique collection of an odd assortment. What is your largest tiny book? What is your smallest?
2. Making them visible and available to all readers, especially reluctant ones. In other words, put that basket or display of tiny books within a child’s reach! (I’ve found, that depending upon the child’s ability to clean up after herself, this collection may only be available at times of YOUR choosing.)
3. Pick a few and create your own Tiny book of photos or kids’ artwork. Just use some basic white glue or clear contact paper, and/or try an idea out from Pinterest. Simply, enter “DIY Board Book” in Pinterest’s search engine and you may find something like this:
4. Just read ’em. Like any other reading choice, keeping those tiny books that pile up and multiply like Gremlins–they may surprise you because many of them can simply be enjoyed. Sure, some of them appear simplistic or just a novelty. What I’ve found, however, is that some kids enjoy them–whether an adult does or not.
5. The Opposite of the Basket and For Display Ideas. For the longest time, it seemed that Tiny books just didn’t fit on my bookshelves. Then, I inherited one of those end tables on wheels. It seems perfect for M’s board books, and a bunch of her larger books too.
But this book shelf/end table is so deep that I can cram the board books in the front, and then like a secret hideaway (thus the earlier reference to Kid Tents, Etc.,) I can arrange my collection of small books in the back. Like this:
Note: If you have a child who is still in the stage of “Take All the Books Off the Shelf”, either #5 isn’t the best option, or you can fit as many books as possible on the shelf. This makes it difficult for toddler fingers to remove a large number of books, before you notice, that is.
Sure, sometimes M just likes to look at Tiny books. Occasionally, however, when I ask her to pick out a bedtime book, she hands me a Tiny book with one word per page, maybe eight in total, or like “Teddy”a few photos above (see caption), no words at all. She is completely serious in her choice, and I smile at the Tiny book’s brevity and M’s solemnity, and we then spend quality time just looking at the pictures together. I talk about the pictures and ask her questions. We laugh, or not, and sometimes I try to remember how to say the Spanish equivalent of what we see. It’s quality time, Tiny or not.
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