Today I was reminded why I should not go into bookstores by myself. Especially not when our son is celebrating his second birthday this weekend. This morning while the toddler and I were driving to daycare we saw several trucks. We realized that we do not know the difference between an excavator and a backhoe. I mentioned that I needed to buy him a book about trucks for his birthday so that we’d know the difference between all of the many kinds of trucks. So at lunchtime I headed to the children’s book section at Borders. I’ve always had this obsession with actually owning books vs. taking them out from the library. I guess I’ve seen too many dystopic movies and fear someday books will become obsolete–too bad it’s my favorite genre.
Anyhow, $90.35 later, here is what I left with:
- My Big Truck Book by Roger Priddy
- On the Night You were Born by Nancy Tillman
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
- Trains, Cranes and Troublesome Trucks by W. Rev Awdry
- Cars and Trucks and Things that Go by Richard Scarry
- The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and George Hauman
- And a stuffed version of the pigeon from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
I know my mom has been buying up books from the Disney collection and my mother-in-law is a kindergarten teacher who gets children’s books from Scholastic and sends us boxes regularly, plus our friend in Hawaii with the masters in children’s literature has a bad book-buying habit. I’m thinking he may need a set of built-in bookshelves lining his wall by the time he is 3!
The last time our children’s lit nanny friend came to town to visit, on July 4th, we decided to take a trip to Barnes & Noble. I have no clue how much she spent, but here’s what we left with:
- Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
- HUG by Jex Alborough
- Wave by Suzy Lee
- Toot & Puddle: Top of the World by Holly Hobbie
- Travels With Toot & Puddle: Three Books About Friendship by Holly Hobbie
- In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
And mommy picked up Corduroy by Don Freeman and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I have to say, I’m not digging the Maurice Sendak books. Maybe when the toddler is older I’ll appreciate them more.
This week we love Skippy John Jones, however Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Toot & Puddle books have also been big hits!
Until next time,