Organizing your Children’s Books by Season
I’ve spoken here and there on social media about organizing your children’s books by season. We keep our entire children’s library in our “Seasonal Book Boxes” stored in the basement. These boxes are large 70 QT clear plastic bins, one for each season. Within each we store, the children’s books, seasonal toys and decorations for the home and nature table. For example, our Autumn Box includes Halloween decorations, dried gourds and rainbow corn cobs, Fall-themed books, Halloween books, pinecones, chestnuts, pegdolls with witch hats, felted squirrels and knit field mice.
My children look forward to bringing out the current season’s box and storing away the old one.
This is a family ritual which is adored and cherish for several reasons:
- Our reading material never gets old or boring- favourites have a whole season to be read again and again and are then put to sleep until the time is right.
- Our reading material is never lost or wasted- too many choices can lead to overwhelm and disinterest.
- Decorating and caring for our home becomes a pleasure- the children love finding trinkets and home. adornments from the previous year and are inspired to create new decorations for the home.
- Mum and Dad get a big, quiet break the day a new box is opened because the children always gather on the couch and immerse themselves rediscovering the books they haven’t seen in a long time.
- Play is refreshed and inspired by the new seasonal toys that come out and haven’t been seen in many months.
Organizing Books by Season
How to Organize:
- Go through the children’s books and first separate books that obviously fit into a season (Eg. a book about sledding into the Winter Box, a book about Easter into the Spring box)
- Then get creative about how you will categorize the rest of the not-so-easy-to-categorize books
- I believe there is a “season for everything” and I tend to look at books like this too
- Books about death, introspection, quiet, old age and/or losing a loved one I put into the Winter Box
- Books about camping, going to the beach, or the ocean, or extroversion I put into the Summer box
- Books about forest animals, dragons, going back to school, treks and adventures I put into the Autumn box
- Books about baby farm animals, rabbits, eggs and new babies I put in the Spring box
It’s rare I’m not sure what category to put a book in. Often, you can open the pages, look at the pictures and immediately see which season the book is set in.
Place them Intentionally Around Your Home:
We then have two places we keep the seasonal books: the children’s bedroom and in a wicker basket beside the couch in our living room. I personally try to keep the longer books in the living room and the shorter, simple and sweet books in the bedroom- to make bedtime go smoothly!
Below are lists of our favourite children’s books by season:
I hope these ideas help to inspire some simplification and organization in your home and many years of reading to come. If you have any others ideas about how you organize your children’s books we’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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