Goodwill Wednesday: Book finds!

September 23, 2009

Juliet and I hit the goodwill shelves this week and found some good ones! I'm linking up with The Dalomba Days--Goodwill Wed--check out her site for more great goodwill finds!

When Juliet was younger, I used to have to scramble through the titles while she sat in the shopping cart, occupied by a baggie of goldfish or fruit snacks. Once those ran out, it was over. We had to go. These days it is so much easier because Juliet will just plop down on the floor (sorry, mom.) and pick out books to "read" herself. Sometimes I'm done before she is! We always walk out of the store with an armful of books for a fraction of what we would have paid to buy them new. Here's what we found this week.

{As far as pricing goes, I think the paperbacks are all $1.25 each and the hardcovers are $1.50.}

1. The M&M's Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri McGrath

* I'm always on the look-out for books that emphasize math concepts. Being a person who has always had an easier time with the verbal skills as opposed to the math skills, I feel extra motivation to help Juliet along in this area. I plan on reading this one to her with a package of M&Ms--so we can count and eat at the same time!
2. Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book by Muriel Feelings, Illustrated by Tom Feelings

*Another counting book with an international/bilingual twist! And it's a Caldecott Honor Book--bonus! Ben's job requires a lot of international travel, especially to Africa and Kenya in particular. I love being able to find books that expose Juliet to the parts of the world Ben visits. We have also been so blessed to get to know several Kenyans who came to visit this summer. They taught Juliet some basic Swahili words. This book will help us add to our vocabulary before their next visit!
3. If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most

* Published in 1978, this book has that vintage-y feel that I am drawn too. The illustrations are mostly black and white, with the dinosaurs in bright colors. It's a whimsical, imaginative book that I think Juliet will really love.
4. My Goodnight Book by Eloise Wilkin

*I'm a sucker for anything by Eloise Wilkin--I love her illustrations! Every time I find a book of hers, I snatch it right up. This is a board book and probably more suited to a baby or toddler, but I will read it with Juliet anyways--I think she'll like it because it details a little girl's bedtime routine. It's a lot like ours, so she will definitely relate to it.
5. Discovering Shapes by Tina Thoburn, Illustrated by James Caraway

*This is a book from the Britannica's Pre-School Library First Adventures in Learning Program, published in 1963. It has brightly colored, vintage-style illustrations that are really attractive to kids. A monkey teaches all about shapes by providing examples and asking the reader to identify them in different scenes. The end has a section that teaches how to fold paper shapes to make things like a paper hat, a cup, a kitty, sailboat, etc. It's right on Juliet's level right now. It reminds me of a set of Britannica books I found at goodwill earlier this year, but is while those were more at an elementary school aged level, these are perfect for 2-4 year olds.
6. My Book of Birds by Tibor Gergely

* Again, I chose this book because I am a fan of the illustrator/author. Juliet has read The Great Big Fire Engine Book by Tibor Gergely a million times. It is one of her all-time favorites. I am hoping this one is equally enticing to her.
7. Sherlock Chick and the Peekaboo Mystery by Robert Quackenbush

* We are huge fans of Robert Quackenbush (Henry's Awful Mistake and Henry Babysits are ones we already have in our home library), so I have high hopes for this one!
8. If You Give a Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff, Illustrated by Felicia Bond

*We have read If You Give a Pig a Pancake more times than I can count. We've also checked out most of the other books in this series. I know this will be one we read again and again.
9. I Can Read About Seasons by Robyn Supraner, Illustrated by Gloria McKeown

*This is one that I will probably put on my "collection" shelf in my bedroom until Juliet is a bit older. I really love the illustrations, but the text is a bit over the head of a two-year-old just because it is bit long and mostly informational.
10. The Mother Goose Book Illustrated by Nina Barbaresi

*Ever since Juliet has started showing an interest in Mother Goose rhymes, I have been on a kick to buy as many as I can. I'm obsessed with them now. The page with the Old Woman and the Shoe looked vaguely familiar, so maybe I had this book as a child.
11. The Pop-Up Color Book with Magic Color Wheels by Albert G. Miller

*I go to several thrift shops around town and kept running into this one at a baby thrift store. Every time I would go in, there it was, sitting there. I liked the illustrations, but felt it was such a strange book, we really had no need for it. Yet time after time, month after month, it sat on the shelf. Finally, one day, it was gone! I was relieved. Then this week, I found it at the goodwill! I'm a 98 percent certain it is the same book. I think the thrift store got tired of it and just donated it to goodwill. I bought it and am still slightly undecided about it...only time will tell if it was worth the $1.50.
12. Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

*We tried potty training a few months ago only to fail miserably. Now we are just waiting for the right time and of course reading books and talking about it from time to time. This is one I have seen in stores, but have never wanted to pay full price for. We already have about 5 or 6 other potty books...that have not worked...maybe this will be the magic charm.

Anyone found any good books at goodwill lately? Leave a comment and let me know what you've found!


Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

What fun books! Sounds you and your daughter are going to have a lot of fun readint time in the near future!

I'm still in the "baggie of goldfish" stage with ou litle princess. LOL

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I just love finding good children's books. I have several young nieces and nephews, and most of the time the books are in top shape. Thanks for sharing your finds.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Vanessa! I found your site because I was searching for one of the books you've mentioned. I'm just wondering,(hope this is okay to ask), if you find that you don't like The Pop-Up Color Book after all, would you be interested in selling it? This is a book we had as children, and actually still have. However, it is somewhat damaged, and I've been wanting to find another one. My e-mail is I think it's great that you are taking lots of time to spend with your daughter reading books together. As a mother of 4 girls myself,(my youngest is now 8), I can tell you...the time goes by WAY too fast! I've found myself recently regretting not spending more time reading to them. I did actually read to them often, but I think of all the time spent watching TV when I could have been reading to them instead. I still read to my youngest 2, and I really enjoy it! Thanks for your time... look forward to hearing from you. Keep enjoying your precious little one! What a blessing they are! mom4jsac

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