Strategies For Arranging The Family Bookcase

Dated: 01/25/2016

Views: 693

Pin_it_button

One of the projects I'm most excited about is gathering all of our books into one glorious bookcase, a place to learn about each other and the world around us. I want it to be user-friendly for the adults as well as the 7-year old, and for all of use to feel surrounded by wondrous words...

Currently, the 7-year old's books are overwhelming the bookcase in his bedroom, and my wife's are in her basement office, and my books are mostly still packed away after our recent move, with the exception of a few absolutely necessary cookbooks in the kitchen. Once we find or build a bookcase big enough to house all of our volumes plus our ever-changing stack of library books, this is what I envision...

1st Shelf: Picture Books The more the merrier! I'm convinced one never outgrows quality picture books, and I love to have them around for inspiration and general delightfulness.

2nd Shelf: Little Kids' Chapter Books The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, theMagic Treehouse books, the Captain Underpants series, and our favorite kid-friendly comic books (Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, Pearls Before Swine)

3rd Shelf: "Juvenile" Fiction For All Ages The Mysterious Benedict Societyseries, the Wildwood Chronicles, A Series Of Unfortunate Events, the Harry Potter books, the Anne of Green Gables series, the Little House books, His Dark Materials trilogy, Gary Paulsen's books, a few of Neil Gaiman's works (Odd & The Frost Giants, The Graveyard Book, M is for Magic)

4th Shelf: Fascinating Reference Books All of our Sibley and Peterson field guides (some of which belong to the 7-year old), my art books, gardening books, travel guides, botanical illustrations, history books, foreign language dictionaries, and all our how-to books (embroidery, book-making, plumbing, flower-arranging, publishing)

5th Shelf: Cookbooks We all love to cook and bake together, and I would never want cooking to seem like something unapproachable. Cookbooks readily at hand make it easy for us all to plot for each other's birthday cakes, get excited about dinner, and figure out fun ways to use our garden's bounty.

6th Shelf: The Adults' Favorites The rest of Neil Gaiman's works (Stardust,Neverwhere, American Gods, etc), various Onion collections, my wife's nature- and baseball-based novels, her British Lady Novelist series (A Provincial Lady, Bridget Jones), Sarah Vowell's books, Martin Millar's books, and so many more. Though some of these are not exactly kid-appropriate, they will be on the highest shelf so they're around, without being easily accessible. Also, we would of course always keep an eye on what's being read.

Tucked Away Somewhere: Anything Inappropriate Even the most wholesome of us own books that children just aren't ready for, whether the material is too sad, too scary, too graphic, too adult in any other way, or are simply my own private business.Do you keep your family members' books separate, or in a fantastic jumble of words and worlds?


Buy, Sell & Invest - Building Wealth Health in Philadelphia.

The Right Fit.

Boots Levinson

We are so much more than a full service real estate firm; we're a group of talented people with a passion for finding the best way of living. People who make every effort to help you live who you are.....

Latest Blog Posts

Luxury Living At The Aria In Center City

Unparalleled. Unprecedented. Unrivaled. One of Philadelphia’s most prominent 1920’s Beaux-Arts buildings, Aria, located at 1425 Locust St.,  is superior residential living in Center City.

Read More

25 SENSATIONAL THINGS TO DO IN PHILLY THIS WEEK

Fall officially arrives this week, and with the change of season comes dozens of autumnal excellence in the city and the region.Some of the season’s most exciting art exhibitions continue outdoors

Read More

Six Reasons Why You Should Use A REALTOR

Whether you are a first timer or old seasoned pro, home buying and selling is one of the biggest investments you may ever do in your life time.  Here is a short and well articulated article on

Read More

WEEKEND Activity Picks

It’s going to be a gorgeous late summer/early fall weekend in Philadelphia, with a ton of great things to do around the city.Hop on one of 27 lit pedicabs for a free (!) ride on the Benjamin

Read More