I've always loved children's books. They illustrated my youth and gave me a tangible point on which to attach milestones... Where the Wild Things Are (the day I got my first library card)... Curious George Goes to the Hospital (the day my sister broke her arm)... The Story of Babar (in my backpack the day I learned to ride a two-wheeler). But it wasn't until my son turned one that I found new meaning in children's books, particularly those of old. I began noticing them everywhere, often in the most unexpected places. Tucked in the corners of antique stores (Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather for a dollar). Stuffed into baskets at junk shops (The Friendly Book for 25 cents). Shelves and shelves at library sales (Grandpa's Farm for 50 cents). Books that had been abandoned, forgotten, or out grown by children and tossed away or donated by parents and grandparents. Books that might have seemed tattered or soiled took on a second life once I set them in my child's hands.
I ran into books I'd loved as a girl and forgotten, but I also met new, out-of-print friends that I'd have never found on the bookshelves of big-box retailer. And I slowly became obsessed. Now -- a thousand books later -- my quest has just begun. Over a year ago, I began writing about these titles (a-book-a-day) at my blog Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves because I knew other moms were out there looking for more/better books to share with their little ones. These lovely, timeless, and wildly inexpensive little treasures are out there, just waiting to be picked up and loved again. So join me, please!!!!! The next time you pass that little thrift shop off the highway by the Wal-Mart that looks so cute but you've never had time to pop in before, stop and have a look see. You won't believe what you've been missing.
Five MUST-HAVE Books You Can Find If You Look
It always makes us happy to lavish praise on the work of the amazing writers and artists who make children's books. So below you'll find us gushing about some of our favorites of the new picture books of 2009. If you are missing a holiday gift for ... read more
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts, Illustrations by Diane GoodeReviewed by Eliza ClarkThe week before Presidents’ Day is usually a time for us to pull out two old favorite books, D’Aulaires’ George Washington and Abr... read more