I frequently see parents who won’t check out items for their little ones because of worries they will trash the books. Well, it requires a bit of forethought, but giving your children time with books and some instruction as to why books are so important can easily make them into happy, non-destructive book users (and, eventually, readers). Early education blogger Deborah Stewart compares the process to cooking in her post, “The Secret Recipe for Inviting Children to Take Care of Books in the Preschool Classroom.” Books are the ingredients, and any good cook knows the ingredients and follows a recipe for when to use what. Rather than just shelve new books, she makes sure her children know a new book and value it before it goes on the shelf. She also controls when children have access to their books.