Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Let’s Learn to Read!

I love children’s books and have quite a few.


(dolls and books…I love them!)

I’m trying to make sense of some of my collections and decided to dedicate the small bookcase to some of my children’s books. Most of them are in my doll room but I’ve gathered some of my favs for these shelves.


I love old readers from the ‘50s and ‘60s, when I was a girl.


And don’t you love this little child reading? It’s heavy plaster, I’ve used it for a book end on other shelves.


A glimpse of the bottom shelf!


Yesterday I took a load to the old thrift store. I ‘shopped’ a little of course and found a few more Golden books for my collection.


Have you ever seen this Flower book?


Pretty illustrations…



and then someone found an ink pen and had fun on a few pages! lol

I’m joining Coastal Charm for

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday,

Brenda at the Cozy Little House

for Tweak it Tuesday.

Did you love learning to read and taking

part in summer reading programs?


Susie said...

The child's writing in that book...is absolutely part of the charm. I love kid books too. xoxo, Susie

Stephanie said...

You have a lovely collection of old books and I can see why they are out on display. When I was younger I loved to read! I remember sneaking money to school when I was in 2nd grade so that I could buy a book - shame on me! But that's how much I loved and still love to read :) Thanks for sharing with us.


Susan said...

I love reading to my grands, just like I did to my daughters. Reading opens up a whole world and I want them to love it as much as I do. Your area that you've made is just precious. I love that Flower book; what a lucky find, XOXO

Cranberry Morning said...

You and me too! I love vintage children's books and have been collecting them for years. I have huge sets of the 'We Were There...' (famous events in history) books and the 'The Story Of...' (which are biographies of famous people in history.

Love your displays. I hope your dolls are using phonics to learn to read. :-)

Donna said...

You find the neatest things at your local thrift store! We're not so lucky, LOL. Our shops resemble a third-world flea market!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I HAD that Wonder Book of Flowers!!! I could sit and read it and look at the pictures all day long!

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

Ohh I Love your display! I too love old books and love love your doll!.. I love Little Golden Books I have a few from my childhood,my favorite was always The Pokey Little Puppy.. I love older books as well that have that worn in loved look. Everything on your shelf looks so pretty!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love seeing the sweet flower book!! I love those old books!!

cucki said...

Aww such a cute rag doll and pin keep...
I love kids books too :)
Big hugs x

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love reading and learning to read was important for sure. My girls loved books also and we always had tons to read. You know my Tiger loves his books. Your 'older' readers are precious and I bet I learned from some of them myself!

Diane said...

Love the vintage children's books! They usually have such nice illustrations.

Happy@Home said...

I have a feeling you & I could have a lot of fun looking at one another's books. :)
The little chalk figure is precious.
I have a few flower books, but I don't think I have that one. I'll have to check. If not, I'll be on a treasure hunt at the thrift shops.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You have the neatest collections! Love that precious little figurine holding a book in her lap. Have a happy day!

Linda Walker said...

I love children's books too! I have saved some of the special books from my children's collections as they grew up...when I was little I loved Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel. As I got older I loved the Happy Hollisters and Nancy Drew...wish I had hung on to them.

Love the scribbling in the last photo..lol...my kids did that too!
Sew What!

TexWisGirl said...

i like that old bell!

Marivel said...

lovely books !
I love books,my collection is 500 books or more.

debra @ HOMESPUN said...

Love the old books and was just going down memory lane at our small, local library. I picked up a few Beatrix Potter books to read to the grands and I swear...I might get Nancy Drew for myself next trip, lol! :)

Just love your little shelf and seeing the old books and the dolly :)

Noelle the dreamer said...

You have a few treasures in that collection Diane!
All the best,

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Southern Girl...LOL,
We do love our purty thangs donnn't we...LOL
Now we both love the old school children book too. I love looking at your bookshelf and the doll. You have to have an old doll. I enjoyed your visit and I so enjoyed this post Hon,
Have you ever seen the video ...How southern girls talk??? Let me know, I'll send to a link. Its so funny.
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Vee said...

I loved reading and knew how before I went to school. School moved a little slow for me, though I loved reading aloud in my little reading group. We were the bluebirds. ;D I also have a little collection of readers and sometimes I remember a story. Funny how one can get that little tug on the heart strings. Oh and I have a few books decorated with fine ink drawings, too. Your bookshelves look wonderful! You've been practicing.

DearHelenHartman said...

I was a page scribbler. My mom used to say 'I hope you have kids who are just like you and then you'll see" and I did have kids like me - now all I see are scribbles in the books!
LOVE your finds and your bookshelves.

Icy BC said...

These are just absolutely adorable, and I love children books too!

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Diane, you would have loved all the children's books that I had when my daughter was little. I had so many of them! We still have a lot that we refuse to get rid of! I love the syrup you put in your iced coffee and I'm going to try it. Take care.
Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love old readers, too. (That's the teacher in me I suppose!) You have a fab collection, so beautifully displayed! Great finds.

sissie said...

Hi Diane,
Thanks for stopping over to see me. I have been such a bad blogger lately and I've missed you.
I love your collection of childhood books and I recognize a few of them.


Cristina Garay said...

Gorgeous books, I love the flower one and the way you styled the shelves! That child reading is right on the spot :)

Jill said...

I still remember the first time Mom took me to the library, I couldn't wait to read what I took home to get back and get more books! I've always loved to read.

The Flower book is a different one, never seen that one! I've found a couple of the same ones just lately that you did!

NanaDiana said...

I love kids books. They always make me smile. I love books of any kind, actually! xo Diana

Little Susie Home Maker said...

My goodness that is a cute book with writing in it! Made me chuckle! I know everyone like books in good condition, but when I see the remnants of a child inside it just makes me happy. No. I never seen the flower book. I bet it is full of wonderful illustrations! Love the book end and the Annie!! It is a great way to display your collection!

ImSoVintage said...

What a wonderful collection, Diane. I love old readers, too, xo Laura

Samantha Lynne said...

Thanks for the comment on the blog about the hospital bag. Cant wait to deliver. We are really hoping for this weekend :) I'll tell mom you are thinking of her. She doesn't blog anymore, just facebook. But she finds out tomorrow, but we think her cancer is back unfortunately :(

Wasn't sure if you still had her email, but its

Shelia Williamson said...

Hi Diane! Oh, what sweet little books and everything looks so good set up on your bookshelf. You have a lovely little collection.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What do you mean "did?" I'm part of an adult summer reading program at our library even as I type! ;P

I love seeing your book collection. SO MUCH FUN!!!


Simply Shelley said...

Just something else we have in common...I love those same books :) Blessings dear friend

Incipient Wings said...

How awesome!!!
I remember the 'Treat Shop' book!!!
My older sisters had that and remember the giant
On the cover, I always thought he was made of
Bread for some reason!!! Lol

Thanks for sharing these!!!
Have a wonderful day!!

Trace4J said...

I love your collection.
I too love old childrens books.
So fun.
Woolie Blessings and HUGS

sandy said...

I LOVE children's books! The vintage ones are so sweet! I enjoy reading them to my grandkids! Love the way you put them together! And hotel bell is so cool! I've found two but sold them both. I think the next one might be a keeper! You sound like me, loving dolls and books!