I love books. It is almost unhealthy of how many children's books I have (and that is after I have purged 80% in the past year). My justification is I buy them for 10-25 cents at garage sales, and I might need them in my next classroom. Last time I went through them I found many duplications. In the past I donated one, but now I have a new use for them.
We have some relatives that we scarcely see. I try my best to keep them acknowledged so that Miss.-3yr-old and Mr.-1yr-old "know them". So now I am sending one of the duplicates to family and friends along with a note. The note explains that if they ever want to read a book to the kiddos, to give us a call. I keep our duplicate in a special box so it is easy to find when we get these surprise phone calls. Miss.-3yr-old and Mr.-1yr-old can follow along and answer any questions that are asked.
When the kiddos get older, THEY will be able to read these and other stories to the recipient.