I love books…specifically children’s books…more specifically second hand children’s books.
The way pages wear down and soften after thousands of turns in a child’s hand…
The familiar smell when you open a book… takes me right back to the library in West Lafayette where I would walk with whom ever would take me. Back when there was a card catalog that I could never figure out how to use, but would sift through anyways.
About 2 weeks ago it seemed that each of my kids had found a book that they couldn’t put down. This isn’t usually… or well to perfectly honest…EVER the case.
The Monk loves to read, on any given day she has 2 to 4 books in rotation. The bear loves to copy books; the words, pictures, situations, characters. The brother’s have been hit and miss. They are either all in, especially with graphic novels (thanks for the tip Matt) or it’s pure torture to read for the assigned 20 minutes. I can’t say I disagree I’ve never been one that felt obligated to finish a book I didn’t like.
So here they were all with their little faces submerged in text ( NOT TXT!) asking for more books. Straight to the thrift shop I went and the result…
And all for a whooping $20! I know buying great books like a boss!
Every time a find a classic like Green Eggs and Ham, I think WHY would you ever get rid of this book? Well whatever the reason I’m glad they did…because like that rescue kitty… I brought it home to be loved.
And because I’m sure at least one of you will question every “she’s a good mom” thought you ever had of me when you think I’ve housed 4 kids for the last 10 years and not had a copy of Green Eggs and Ham on the shelf… I did! it was loved to death and became party decorations.
It really worked out… four little happy readers… and our library grew .