Some wise words from Donalyn Miller.
During our recent move, we gave away almost 500 books. At one point, Don and I joked that our books were reproducing because we couldn’t see a measurable difference after giving away so many. I know that we are a little over-the-top in this regard, but we love buying and owning physical books. As Anna Quindlen said, “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” Growing up in homes with limited means, Don and I consider ourselves prosperous because our bookshelves overflow.
A few kind publishers send me books because they know I will review and promote them, but most of the books that crowd our home bookshelves are books we bought. When I receive advance reader copies, I read them and pass them along to my network of teacher and librarian colleagues…
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