I have a love of children's books. Not an obsession, but a love. I love going to second hand stores and yard sales and sifting through the piles of books to find a few "treasures". I get excited over finding the perfect book and excitedly show it off to Dan, flaunting the cheap price I scored it for. This brings me joy.
Most of the books on my bookshelf designated to children's books are from yard sales or thrift stores. A couple of them were gifts and some are even from my childhood, given to me in my youth.
When I first started my collection, the few books I had were stored in the toy box along with all the other toys. Which was really not a great idea, since they are way more easily damaged than a plastic truck or a stuffed bear. So when we moved into our house, I asked Dan for a bookshelf. I wanted a bookshelf to store my beloved children's books and it was the perfect thing to help fill up an empty space in our living room. He outdid himself by making this beauty.
Isn't it gorgeous?
It's the perfect spot for it and it is easily accessible by visiting children. The only problem? Only about half of the top shelf is dedicated to kids.
My collection has been expanding and slowly filling up the top shelf, but I'm still far from filling up the entire bookshelf. The bottom holds my Herman comics collection, a couple Calvin and Hobbes books and some other assorted "coffee table" books. It's still looking a little bare but I'm sure over time it will fill up.
I am continuing to add to my collection, including the three books I picked up this weekend for a dollar. Yes, all three came to a total of $1. Lucky me!
I've also started hinting to my sisters (I'm looking at you Jackie) that if they are trying to come up with birthday gift ideas for me, a kid's book will always do. Especially Olivia or Frances books. :)
I think it's safe to say that I'm at the halfway mark of the top shelf with my children's books. I have a few at the end there that aren't for kids, they're just there. So I'm getting closer to filling my top shelf but still a long way off from filling the entire bookshelf.
What are your favourite children's books? Do you have a shelf dedicated to them? Do you need to buy them new or do you get excited over cheap second hand finds?