DS is not quite 3.5 and loves books, loves to "read" them, loves to be read to, goes to the library frequently, goes to the bookstore frequently, is allowed to pick out books as gifts with grandma frequently (generally junk) on these visits, and recieves new books from us as well, usually from my stack in the closet for whenever I feel the need.
We like books.
Recently he started to tear them which is really distressing. He never did this when young, although DD 1.5 does it sometimes. It seems random, is often of books he really likes, and sometimes bad enough to ruin them. DH is especially upset by it but also points out that he is also into cutting things right now and it seems to be going through an art "leap" with drawing and recently made a book with his nanny. We aren't sure if those are related.
He seems to feel bad after the fact, readily apologizes, but it keeps happening. Last night it was his new pirate dinosaur book that he has loved, read a ton of times, and inspired art all weekend long. We went to read it before bed and 4-5 pages are missing and he couldn't find them.
What are natural consequences here? We aren't replacing books he has ruined although I am repairing them to the extent possible. We decided last night that we wouldn't be allowing any new books for two weeks, until we have a period when books are again treated with respect. Any new books that accidentally arrive can be put away for another time.