Recently I have been stopping by the library, located almost a stone’s throw from the house, and getting books to read with my daughter. It creates a flow of new books, and she enjoys reading them repeatedly until they are due. I have not yet shared with her the idea of renewing books because I can happily use the deadline to create a finite number of readings of any one book. The first time we went, I let her select the books, and we came home with some weird ones and some that promoted values with which I was not too happy. Since then, we have either selected together or I have gone and selected some on my own.
We have had some real winners. Most recently, my daughter loved the book Chalk by Bill Thompson. The imagination and beautiful artwork were a wonderful springboard for telling the story, and there were no words, so she felt free to make it up slightly differently each time.