I am a big lover of the library. My boys enjoy going. They have backpacks or bags that they snag on the way out the door to fill with books. I don't typically have limits or strict parameters on what they can and can not check out...
Well, I must admit to a certain type of book that I dislike...cartoon/StarWars/movie books...you know the ones that are basically a cartoon but in a book. I think the stories are lame. I guess, if they are going to read a cartoon book they mine as well watch the cartoon. I HATE reading them. Lately, the boys gravitate towards these books, and I know it is totally normal. Our book bag coming home from the library is full of Hulk, Superman, StarWars, Dora, Arther, and other cartoon books.
I refuse to read them at bedtime. I will read them during the day but I will not read them before bed. And this causes tension at times.
So this week I told the boys we were going to play a game when checking out our books this week. They were all excited.
I brought along a pen and a pad of post it notes. On a post it note I wrote a word...
animal, boy, cartoon, food, tree, blue, holiday, snow, car, happy, scary, mystery...etc.
I would tell the boys one of the words and send them off hunting for a book that they think matches that word...
For example: if I said boy...they went and looked for a book about a boy.
They had a blast! It made our library outing a little longer. And along the way they found other STORY books that I would be thrilled to read.
Oh, and I stuck the post it note on the top of the book so when we read it we can decide if their prediction was correct.
This summer when the library becomes a weekly outing...and I hope it does because it is a resource to definitely tap into ...change things up and do book hunts! The kids will love it!