In this installment, I’m going to be talking about the difficulties in moving some non-fiction into Picture Book City.
For the most part, integrating non-fiction into the subject categories was a really easy thing to do. Animals? Straight into Nature. Community Helpers? Growing Up / Jobs. Fairy tales, nursery rhymes, songs, everything had a place. Except for a lot of the 100s.
Where do we put those books on loss? Divorce? Abuse? Should we create a Parenting Section and move all those titles there? But what about the picture books like “I Remember Miss Perry” (teacher loss) and “Remembering Crystal” (friend dies) that were already in picture books? Should we pull all the tough topic books out?
After a few days of asking Twitter for suggestions about Parenting Sections, I ultimately decided that we didn’t have the shelf space or the need to have a parenting section. But I needed to make a rule about what kind of books went into Picture Book City and what books went in J Non-Fiction.
I decided that topics that every child goes through (loss, in particular) should go in Picture Book City if it was in picture book format. Topics that are not universal (divorce, abuse) wound up in J Non-Fiction. We have updated our pathfinders for parents who are hesitant to ask for books, and are monitoring the situation to see if I need to re-think the decision.
Part of Picture Book City is taking a chance, making a change, and be willing to throw it out if it doesn’t work!
Next week, I’ll talk about our largest section so far — Favorites.