There seems to be a reoccurring pattern that takes place on my kids’ floor. We go to the library once a week, check out a gaggle of books, then return them the following week. Well, almost all of them get returned. Inevitably there are one or two that we (mostly me) just can’t part with. There this book rests on the carpet of the kids’ carpet, and each time we enter the room a joy surges through us, knowing it is still here to be visually devoured. Unconsciously we have taken on an ownership of these books, feeling as though they will disappear forever into the dark void of the book-drop slot.
One book that is now overdue is Judy Sierra’s The Sleepy Little Alphabet with the funniest illustrations by Melissa Sweet. Each little lower case letter has it’s very own unique personality as it fights the nightly battle of having to go to bed. My 5 year old has started to memorize some other letters’ personality, shouting to me through the house “Mom! Look at me! I’m ‘O’! While my little 2 year old looks at the K and L page and screams “Don’t turn off the lights!”, which is little “L’s” line.
So yet again because of a good book I am paying overdue fines, but can be easily justified by telling myself I am supporting my local public library.