Back in the spring, my bridesmaid & I got together for lunch. I wasn't sure what to do with her afterwards. Her allergies mean she wasn't up for a walk at the nature preserve, & she's so fidgety, she's got Restless Body Syndrome. ;)
She's a kindergarten teacher, & I have lots of extra credits over on paperbackswap.com, so I suggested ordering some books for her class. She gave specific searching parameters, & we ordered some things. So far, so fine.
But I'm the filkferengi, used to shopping for several people at once. At the next book sale, I started seriously checking out the kid books. It was a whole new revelation. Lots of the library book sales I go to had recently started raising their prices, to $2 for an adult hardback. That doesn't sound like much, but adds up quickly, & actually is a lot for a beat-up ex-library discard. The kid books, however, are still .25-.50 most places, which filled my frugal heart with acquisitive glee.
Bridesmaid Kim was very excited, too--at first. The first box was pounced upon with grateful glee, as was the second. By the third, she was getting a big glassy-eyed & starting to whimper. So, I quit buying for her, but that left me with lots of boxes potentially for me. There's the shelf in the hallway, the large box in the media room [formerly known as the book room], the two boxes in the living room, not to mention the tall stacks on the kitchen and coffee tables. Eep!
Still, finding all those made for a very fun spring and summer. It seems as if every author I like has written a kid's book: Jane Yolen, Jay Williams, et-extensive-cetera. Now I've discovered all kinds of groovy new authors, mostly artists: Jan Brett, Molly Brett, Steven Kellogg, Lesley Anne Ivory [cats!].
As I'm [very] gradually working through them, it's quite convenient. When ze spouse is watching a particularly news segment, it's the simplest thing in the world to reach down & read half a kid's book or so. If nothing else, it's certainly beefing up my monthly books-read total. Fun times in filkferengi town!