Last week I was in the library with our Little Man. As we sat down for story time with other mums and kids, I let him play with the book I was going to borrow. He toddled off with it.
Just as the story teller was opening a story about how to treat library books, we all heard a massive Riiiiiiiiipppp sound. Silence. Then a sharp gasp from me as we all turned to see Little Man holding the first page of my book...
... with the rest of the book on the floor.
Ok so this example is of my child and public property What about books at home?
Kim [sorry, Liz!] at On Giant's Shoulders tells me that her grand daughter loves to eat books, as does my Little Man, although he's more into shredding them. Like the possibly out-of-print second hand Golden books I gave him.
I don't want him to destroy precious books, but I want him to be friends with books, not just acquaintances. I want him to be comfortable with them.
A friend of mine says his 2 year old son covers himself with books at night before he goes to sleep. What better way to get close to your books?
For now, I'm happy for our Little Man to shred, eat and sleep with his (non-precious) books. I think when he gets a bit older I'll start showing him how to be a courtly lover of them.