I hate throwing out children’s books—it particular, I hate throwing out children’s books with great illustrations. I also hold strong convictions about entitlement, teaching gratitude, and saying thank you with a handwritten note. I’m sure there are many Pinterest-worthy ideas for repurposing old children’s books, but I haven’t searched them out yet. Over the past few years we’ve begun using our much-loved or thrifted books to make thank you cards and extend the life of those lovely illustrations just a bit longer.
We make a simple 4×6” card (roughly) out of cardstock, choose a favorite illustration, and glue it to the front. A handwritten or typed note easily goes inside, and then it’s off to the post office. Year-round and in the weeks leading up to Christmas, it’s easy to pull out a stack of pre-folded cardstock, some battered books, and keep little hands busy with cutting and gluing. Then, when it’s time to write thank yous, there’s already a lovely selection of cards to choose from.
Do you still handwrite thank you notes?