I didn't even know having too many books was a possibility... after all, I am a kindergarten teacher. Too many books is just what we do. But after reading about decluttering a child's room, I have come to a sound conclusion. Mr. Payne just might be on to something.
My oldest is reading on grade level, but just. I have purchased tons of books in hopes of him finding something he will enjoy and actually pick up to read without prompting from me. So far... no such luck.
I went into his room recently and gathered his books that were on his headboard. I didn't count, but a conservative guess would be more than 50. I began sorting through the books to find old favorites and new loves. I made about 8 different piles. I gathered a chunk of the books to take to school as they were no longer of interest or provided little challenge. The other pile I sorted into series or themes and placed on the top shelf in his closet.
Before placing the books in T's closet though, I had T Man select 2 books of choice. Then, I selected 3 books at the approximate reading level he is currently on. I also selected 2 chapter books for us to read as a family. I placed these books back on his shelf and waited to see what would happen.
I won't say he is sitting around reading all day basking in the glow of another tantalizing story. But I will say that I have caught him (when he didn't know I was looking) flipping through some of the books and studying the illustrations.
I will take that as a great start.
Now, on to Little J's books. Ahhhh, the simple life.