Great finds

Kneeling beside the kid's bookcase this morning, books stacked in one hand and scattered around my knees, I made a little promise to myself. No more children's books for...ah, a good long time. Enough is more than enough.

And then I went to the library to pick up an interlibrary loan. They were having a spectacular book sale. Hordes of people were picking over tables of books filling a large room and I couldn't just walk by. I had three dollars in quarters and dimes on me. What can I say, I didn't plan on getting kid's books but, that's what I found. There is something so compelling about library rejects. And mostly vintage ones at that.

I just love the illustrations in these. I'm not sure what the message is here but it looks interesting anyway. Something about girl power, maybe.

I'm impressed by all the knitted items in this book as well:

You can never have too many books, right?


Patrick Randall said...

I recognize Much Bigger than Martin in that pile of books. A classic.

Anonymous said...

I was going to make the same comment as Pat, but apparently he beat me by three minutes. And it's true, you can never have too many books. When mom and I went to our library book sale it was fill a bag for $1 and we brought home five bags.


Claire said...

Your kids don't know how lucky they are to have all those books! Having been to a literacy workshop last fall, I am convinced you are doing the right thing! Your children will have excellent literacy skills...

Yeah- anything by Steven Kellogg you would be crazy to pass up. And I was amused by another title in the pile: The Day I Had To Play with My Sister. Ha!

Heidi said...

Please post a few jokes from the riddle book. I am so sick of the kids telling me, "knock knock... who's there... banana (repeat a THOUSAND times) knock knock... who's there... orange you glad I didn't say banana?"

Liane said...

Oh Heidi,
Ethan read the riddle book last night and was quoting some to me this morning. They aren't much better, I promise. "Why did the boy throw the clock out the window? To see if time could fly." That sort of thing.

Su said...

Vintage books are the best! We are a book addicted family too!
The library gets rid of the good ones and gets in the new age junk....Anything from before the
70s is good stuff.
When the boys get a bit older, check out The Boxcar children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. (I had to ask Melody who wrote that series...she works at the library and knows all the good ones!)
Another fav series of the family is "Time at the top" and "All in Good Time" by Edward Ormondroyd. It's for older kids, and great read out loud!

flowergirl267 said...

I just bought a Lightening McQueen book at the store. I never thought I would stoop to such levels, but my 3-year-old hasn't stopped looking at it yet. I hope the next step will be a few old classics like Dr. Seuss... Love your book selection and your photos! You make me feel like I am there in the room with you.(: