Monday, September 23, 2019

"Reading to Find Out"


I love old children's books and have a nice collection.


My favorite books are the old school book 'readers' from the '50s and '60s, when I was a girl.


I have the perfect spot for a small bookcase near my kitchen so I have most of the readers in this bookcase. And one of my favorite chores is working in my books. So when I dusted the shelves, I spent some time looking through some of them. (or was it that I was looking through old books and decided to dust....I forget! hahaha) But it seemed like a good time to take a few photos!


I guess a lot of us learned to read with the Dick and Jane books.


I have children's books that are a lot older than I am....just saying!


I love them all! 


Do you have a favorite that meant a lot to you?

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .

38 comments:

Tom said...

...a wonderful collection from the past.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Have I mentioned...I have 39 books in Amazon?

Jenn Jilks said...

What an interesting thing to collect!
I used to have some old books from the 20s, which I used in displays in my classrooms.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

My earliest memories of reading are of a series of books about nature designed for children - birds, wildflowers, seashores, trees etc. I remember being a voracious reader of those and getting in trouble with the library for underlining important points! I did it with a ruler though, so it was pretty neat.

Vee said...

You do have a great collection. Do you remember reading any of these specifically? My favorite was “On Cherry Street,” though I vividly remember the cover of one first or second grade reader with an evil looking woman in a cave on the cover. The stuff of childhood nightmares perhaps. ­čÖé

Black Knight said...

Beautiful collection. My wife has old books too, memories from the time she was an elementary student.

Sandra said...

I remember vaguely the dick and jane reader, but not very well. it is amazing you have found so many and good to save them, since they are fast becoming extinct. you can pass them on and on for kids who have never seen a book to see what used to be. I had no favorite school books, but read Tarzan and the city of Gold and Bomba until the books fell apart. I think I got Tarzan at age 10, that would be 1954

Sandy said...

Old school books are my absolute favorite. Like you I have a collection. I have purchased my old readers, my old science books and some similar history books with a few library books thrown in. I love looking at them. They make me very happy.

Cranberry Morning said...

Love this, no surprise! Lol. We had the Ginn books when I was a kid, but have since found the old Row, Peterson series which I LOVE!! Friendly Village, Engine Whistles, etc. It's the art work inside. Amazing!

magnoliasntea said...

Your book collection is fabulous. I love old books, too, and enjoyed seeing yours.
I also learned to read with Dick and Jane and loved them.
Have a great week!

riitta k said...

You have real treasures left! I have lost all of my old books in many moves...

jo(e) said...

Oh, what a great collection. Childhood books hold so many memories for me. Many I've bought in up-to-date editions so that I can read and reread them, but I still have my original copy of a Raggedy Ann book that I've had for over 50 years.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

If I visited you Diane, I would be on the floor in the kitchen pulling those books off the shelves and enjoying them!!

Jeanie said...

I have a small collection of my children's books at the lake and one here (missing its cover but still my favorite). They're so beautiful, aren't they?

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

You have such a nice collection of old books Diane. Happy first day of fall and enjoy the week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, you do have a nice collection of books. Most of my books are ebook on my kindle. We kept some books from when my son was young, We will pass them on hopefully to our grandchildren. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

laurie said...

You have the most interesting collections, your dolls, your books, your shells, I always connect these things with you, I enjoy seeing a peek into your world, I have missed you!

Ann said...

What a wonderful collection and I love how you have them displayed. I do remember the Dick and Jane readers.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

See Jane run. Run Jane run! Oh the memories you brought back. If I were to collect old children's books, I'd like that one and some old fairy tale books. Remember the color books? The blue book or red book of fairy tales?

happyone said...

A very nice collection you have of the old books.
I have a collection of The Bobbsey Twin books and Nancy Drew.

Kit said...

I love your little school bus!! My favorite books would have to be the Little House Books. I read them over and over. Happy Fall! Kit

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Nice collection of good books. I went to Potter's housein England a few years ago.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

What a lovely collection, Diane. I love how you have them displayed. What a darling stove you have on the top of the bookcase! I'm very intrigued by your Peter Rabbit book--that's great!

Lorrie said...

What a fun collection of old books, Diane. I learned to read with Dick and Jane and looking at the covers of your books I'm taken back to Grade One with Mrs. Cook.
I used to love the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew books, although I read just about anything.

Angie said...

Diane - the books that I remember most from my childhood were "Black Beauty", "Tom Sawyer", "Anne of Green Gables", "Heidi", etc. My parents had a set that I think came as a "special gift" after they bought a set of encyclopedias (imagine that) and I read them all over and over. Come to think of it, I am not sure what happened to them … sigh. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

I simply adore classic children's books too! Those dear old Little Golden Books - with sweet little stories and principles to live by. Those will always be my favorite!

Your pictures are so beautiful! I can almost feel them in my hands... turning the page once again...

Blessings on your day! Net

Christine said...

I'm with you! I love the old reading books.
And I really like how you have displayed them!

BeachGypsy said...

I love old books. I love old children's books. I love old children's readers!! I have a few but you have far more than me. They are so fun to sit down and look at....I love the old fashioned pictures and seeing how the children are dressed, and the old "automobiles" and the way the vintage homes and furniture looked. Our world has changed so much. I loved this post and love how you fixed up your little book shelf. That little stove is so so cute! I had a little toy stove, I wished I had saved these things. What I remember most is my little play washer and dryer, you could put real water in it, I loved playing with that thing! I was probably about five or six maybe. I'll have to try and find my pictures of it.

Valerie Cottage Making Mommy said...

So glad I found you again. I have my childhood books lined up in boxes in my hallway. Trying to figure out how to display them where the kids won't tear them apart.

Lowcarb team member said...

You just can't beat the old books!

All the best Jan

Karen Ann said...

I remember the Dick & Jane (and Sally and Spot) books! My favorites were the Little House on the Prairie Series and Misty of Chincoteague.

Sam I Am...... said...

I love your collection! I used to read The 5 Peppers and The Bobsey Twins and we did have Dick and Jane in school.

Edna B said...

I started school in 1945, and we had Dick and Jane and Sally and Spot. I love your book collection. Have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I just love your children's books, Diane. You have them nicely organized on the shelf, and the school bus is such a cute addition. That little porcelain girl reading is so cute too. I love when you share all your precious children's books with us. To answer your question, I love The Berenstain Bears books, and those were my favorite to read to the kids when they were little. I still have quite a few of them. : )

~Sheri

Debbie said...

that is a beautiful collection of books!! dick & jane and peter rabbit are familiar!!

Jill Harrison said...

I have some of my old books from school days too. I can't bare to part with them!

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Me encanta esa colecci├│n de libros tan vintage!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Dick and Jane and Baby Sally! Dang, I got teased so much about that last. Great collection. Having fun catching up here ... to save your sanity I’ll stop commenting on every post I missed, but please know I enjoyed every one.