One thing I want to impart to my kids is that pure, simple enjoyment of flipping through the pages (yes, real paper pages) of a book that can transport you to another place. On a recent visit to the Goodwill at Hampden and Monaco, I found stacks of awesome classic children’s books, some of them vintage, that I wanted to share with you.
The Little Golden Book series is a stand-by that children have been enjoying for generations, and my children are no exception. Those quintessential thin golden spines are easy to spy on the shelf. I actually prefer to find the vintage golden books for their wonderful (and sometimes odd) illustrations.
As I was looking for those tell-tale spines, I came upon this huge selection of Little Golden Books – My First Learning Library Series Alphabet from the 1960’s. I’ve seen them selling on eBay for $30 for the set. I paid around $10 at Goodwill.
As a little girl, I remember loving the stories about that crafty Benjamin Bunny and his antics in Farmer McGregor’s garden, Tom Thumb the miniature man, and Jack Sprat… now I read them to my son and daughter.
Nursery rhyme and story collections are a favorite standby at my house at bedtime and since my latest trip to Goodwill, we’ve really been loving the Golden Treasury of Children’s Literature. I only spent $1.99 for this 544-page collection of stories by Hans Christian Andersen, Aesop, Lewis Carroll, and J.R.R. Tolkien, to name a few.
Plus, the collection is filled with gorgeous illustrations like this one from Thumbelina, sure to titillate a child’s imagination.
In addition to unique finds like these, I am always on the lookout for Roald Dahl and Harry Potter books (in hardback), so I can hopefully someday complete the collection. I look forward to reading these to my kids in hopes of sparking a lifelong love of reading – real books with real pages.
What is your favorite children’s book – vintage or otherwise?