I thrifted again. But this time, BOOKS!

3 Oct

Yep, I found myself in the thrift store closest to where the girls go to strings practice last week.  With 1 hr and 15 minutes to kill, I’d rather go there than sit inside a church and watch the clock tick.

So, this time, I headed straight for the book section.  I hadn’t had time to get there during the last trip.

Since I know I have an addiction to books (ask P, he’ll tell you) and I only add to our weight limit every time I bring some home, I’ve tried to start being selective.  I no longer buy ‘plain ol’ storybooks,’ unless I think it can relate to a lesson for the girls.  Or if it’s a classic that I’ve always wanted and never had (I scored one of those this time)!  Instead, I try to find books that might somehow aid in our homeschooling adventures.

Here are some of this trip’s gems. (Click the pictures to see more detail.)

Book #1, Usborne’s First Skills: Starting Chess. This book was probably the best score, as we just started chess club last month…and we’re enjoying it! The book brings the game pieces to life!  It shows how the game works, the pieces move, strategies, puzzle questions, and answers in the back!

Book #2, Your Insides.  My favorite thing about this, besides introducing the information on an elementary level, is the see-through pages.  Any time you can layer and look at all the body systems together, I think it’s easier for young minds to understand the many layers and complexities that make each and every one of us what we are—and how we are all similar in at least that way.

Book #3, Explor-A-Maze, invites you to ‘Experience the Thrills of Discovery as You Solve Each Explorer’s Maze.” Who loves mazes? My girls!  The idea between placing the history and the activity side by side was brilliant. The illustrations caught my eye as well! It also labels the maze and then expands on what was going on at that particular location or time in the voyage.

Book #4, The Post Office Book: Mail and How It Moves, a great way to teach the girls how things get to and from…especially when we’re at such a distance from family and friends whom we send things to/receive things from!

Books #5 & 6, Highlights Mathmania & Puzzlemania!  Both fun puzzle books, fun for those down times when we aren’t doing actual curriculum, but can still get some brain action going on!

Book #7, What Are You So Grumpy About?  I decided this is a story book, yes, but a great one!  A useful tool!  I plan on reading this (or having Makenzi read it aloud) each time the girls are having an attitude, as the pages are funny and will induce a little laughter, hopefully negating whatever the issue is with the attitudes. Wish me luck on that one!

Luckily, this doesn’t happen around this house full of girls! Ha! 😉 And I’m sure the next one will be a hit with the girls!

Book #8, Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll, an older “Let’-Read-And-Find-Out-Book” drew me right in.  I LOVE old books. And one we can learn from? Yes, please.

Book #9, An Environment Q & A Book: When is it Great to Turn Green?  Green people on the front, funny questions on the inside?  This will be a great ‘around the dinner table’ book for us. We like eating. We like talking. We like eating and talking.  Just not talking with the food in our mouths. Yuck.

Book #10, Beginners Art Series: How to Use Color: Color Fun. Art book? Me? Great combo. Love them!  This book illustrates how to use color with mixed media.  Geared more toward the learning the use of color, it shows some examples in the book as well.

Book #11, Alphabatics.  Like I need another ABC book, right?! Probably not. After this one. (Or the next great one!)  This book does go through the alphabet, but it shoes how the letters can inspire drawings or pictures.  See how the K becomes a kite?

Book #12, Tikki Tikki Tembo!  Remember I mentioned getting a classic I’ve never had but always wanted? (Just hadn’t gotten it, I guess.)  This one is it!  LOVED this book as a child for it’s fun words.  Love it now for the same, plus the pictures are SO beautiful–minimal colors, yet so much detail!

Last book, #13, Never Talk to Strangers.  With the girls being with me most of the time, I realize I say things like this to them, but never ‘teach’ about it, as they would learn in a traditional preschool/kindergarten, so I thought, this would be perfect.  Teaches them, is pretty for me to look at.  Check out those drawings!  Also an older book, the storylines and the illustrations called my name.


There you have it. 13 awesome books. $10 later, I’m a happy girl!  Maybe you liked some of them?  A great place to look would be http://www.paperbackswap.com.  If you haven’t checked that out yet, do it!  You might get some really great books for a steal!  (And, ahem, if you put me as your referral, I’ll get a credit!!)



2 Responses to “I thrifted again. But this time, BOOKS!”

  1. P October 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    If we had a Kindle those books would probably all be free since they are so old. Plus we wouldn’t have to STORE them…

  2. theecoopers October 4, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    I loved Tikki Tikki Tembo! I completely forgot about that book. Thanks! It’s now added to Stella’s book wishlist.

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