Weekly Read: Old Books

I’m not recommending any one specific title today, just sharing my general love of old books.  We’re constantly discovering stories this way, and I love introducing the girls to history through older books too.  Besides that – the illustrations are amazing.  I might collect children’s books even if I had no children.  Knowing that other people have read and loved a book just adds to the experience.  Another thing to love about older books is the treasure hunt.  We find them at garage sales and thrift stores and occasionally on ebay if we want a specific title.  Used bookstores are fantastic to browse, with better selections, but usually more expensive.  I walked out of Goodwill last month with a first edition of Caddie Woodlawn for $2 and kind of felt like I robbed the place . . .

*It happens rarely, but every once in a while, I will come across a shocking incident of racism or sexism in an older book that I can’t imagine being published now, so it does pay to do a heavy skim before purchase.

I’ve been out of town with no internet reading going on, but I do have NPR and can’t stop thinking about  this story.


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Lily - July 17, 2011 - 11:30 pm

Well, now I have to start collecting old children’s books (you girls have the best ideas) and also, loved that story on NPR. thanks for sharing. xo

Angela - July 18, 2011 - 12:49 am

SO cool! I love old books. My mom has this fabulous old cookbook that was my great grandmas and I recently took photos of it because I think it’s beautiful too. 🙂

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