Why do I put children’s books on display when I no longer have young children in my home?
First of all, we all love children’s books in our family. Having been raised on reading, our family enjoys children’s books still. Reading a children’s book often leaves you feeling happy. I put the books out to remind them of happy stories and good memories of reading them together or alone.
Secondly, my book display is borne of a celebration mentality: I like to celebrate each season, each reason to rejoice! (I often put a piece of art next to a book, as shown above with the Easter crêche (by Emily Belle Freeman/Deseret Book) next to Liz Lemon Swindle’s book, Son of Man: Volume III: King of Kings by Susan Easton Black, illustrated by Liz Lemon Swindle. If I had little children, I’d likely invite them to make the art to go next to a book.)
Third, it’s a change of scenery. Our home is our own little universe,and like the change of seasons give us visual variety, I like adding visual variety to what we see.
Fourth, our house is a house of learning (see Doctrine and Covenants 88:119). I put things up as decor to stimulate good thoughts and invite thoughtful questions. I use books as discussion prompts. If I want my family to remember something, I put up a visual reminder of it.
Fifth, I do it so I can share books with others–those who come to visit our home or those who stop by my blog, like you! I have lots of wonderful books that I want to share, so I need to rotate them out in order to be able to share them with others!
And finally, I do it because it makes me happy. I like it. It’s part of who I am and what I’ve tried to create in our home: an inviting place where people want to be, where anyone of any age can pull out a book, sit down in a comfy chair, and enjoy a quiet moment with a good book.
Here are the lists of books that have been “on parade” on the bookshelves in our home: