Tonight I went through the living room bookshelves with my kids to determine which books we could pass down to their little cousins.
I was surprised by some of their decisions both ways–keep and give away.
It wasn’t important to me to give any away. So I thought I’d let them have complete authority. (They are 6.5 & 7.5 years old.) My son, who is more likely to keep things, was excited to give the good books to his cousins he loves. My daughter is ever practical but had a few strong sentimental attachments.
I’m glad I got their input in any case. Plus, its a good idea to start learning a routine for letting things go at this age.
The pile on the floor are books for the cousins. And now the shelves can breathe easy–half-full of chapter books for my growing readers.