One of the things we were most excited about on our recent trip to AZ was getting to go to Bookmans. For those of you who aren’t fortunate enough to live in Flagstaff, Bookmans is just about the best used bookstore ever. And, as any elementary ed major at NAU knows, they just so happen to have a really great children’s book section. Like, amazingly great.
One thing you should know about me is that I am a HUGE advocate of early literacy. I could literally go on-and-on about it, but I’ll spare you. 🙂 It’s no surprise, then, that one of the big things I wanted to prepare for the arrival of Baby B was a good start to a children’s book library. I knew that Bookmans would help us do just that.
It didn’t disappoint.
Really, though, it was just as fun for us looking through the books as it would be for a kid. It’s amazing how much emotional sway a book can hold over us, isn’t it? Just seeing a book can instantly bring back a whole slew of memories. When we were checking out, the store worker snatched up Blueberries for Sal and exclaimed, “I haven’t seen this in years…I loved this book!”
Isn’t that what a good book is supposed to do to us? I can’t wait to share some of these favorites with our sweet little man! But, anyway, I digress.
Here’s a list of some of the (what we consider) classic books we were able to snag:
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
The Foot Book
Caps for Sale
The Story About Ping
The Poky Little Puppy
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
Blueberries for Sal
Where the Wild Things Are
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
The Very Busy Spider
We were also able to get:
Yonder-This was totally a God thing, as I’ve been looking for this book for years!
How I Became a Pirate-We’d never seen this before, but it’s very cute and, we thought, quite necessary for a little boy 😉
A stack of the classic little golden books
Several picture books on Arizona
Several other favorites
Books we still want to get:
Green Eggs and Ham
God Dog Go!
The Runaway Bunny
Are You My Mother?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
A Beatrix Potter collection
The Story of Ferdinand
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
We’re also looking for some good children’s Bibles and Bible story collections.
What were some of your favorite children’s books growing up? Any recommendations?
PS: Be sure to check out Newlywed’s Bliss today. There are several great posts up, and I’m discussing making vacations with in-laws and family “work”. Check it out!