Then I read Jane's piece on the natural segregation of books at My Pear Tree House, and as I looked at her attractive images my competitive streak surfaced and I thought, "hmmm, I should raise my game and display all our books nicely too."
[Aside 1: I like to preface my thoughts with "hmmm" because it sounds like the wind in the trees.]
[Aside 2: Jane's blog is thoughtful and well-written; do settle down with a tea and read some more of it.]
So how about a front-facing display of children's books for the playroom?
I had a go with a few books to see how it would look and was pleased with the effect. All these diligent illustrators, I thought, were finally getting some recognition, and visitors would think that the children must be quite literate.
[Aside 3: I don't bother with the "hmmm" when the thinking is mid-sentence.]
And then, halfway through taking a photograph, a little hand crept furtively up to retrieve a book and another benefit became clear: they are now much more accessible and tempting.