Building a Little Kid Library



This is my first year (and maybe my last, who knows) as a homeschooling mom. I gave the update last week that Remmy is doing really well with reading/math, which is a huge sigh of relief for me. I may second-guess myself as a parent in SO many ways (anything from “Should we have put the girls in ballet this year? I feel like we should have” to “Am I being too hard on them? Too easy on them? Are they going to sneak out and get a chupacabra tattoo when they turn 15 omg omg omgggggg”), but the one thing I feel really good about is passing down my love of books to my girls.

We do a lot of couch-time reading, and if we ever have a babysitter over, one of the goals is for them to have some reading time with the girls. (Highly recommend. Sometimes my vocal chords can only take so much talking.)

Yesterday we took a trip to Barnes & Noble and I let the girls pick out a book to take home. Remmy chose The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor and then this happened. Yeah I took photos, which may or may not be mildly creepy (it totally is). These are blurry because I was in stealth mode.

Remmy readingThis totally took me back to my childhood – the excitement of going to a bookstore, picking out a book (usually as a treat if I did well on my report card, which, by the way, Jack thinks is totally bogus), and then being so engrossed in it even though I’d be able to be in my own bedroom, comfortably reading it, in 30 minutes or fewer. I got the biggest kick out of this.

We have a library near us and libraries are fantastic (my BFF librarian reads my blog, so I need to put this disclaimer in here), but I also really like developing my own home library for the girls. That said, books can get expensive, especially if you need/want/need an entire series or set. I’m not sure how much money my parents invested in my Anne of Green Gables/Babysitters Club/Little House on the Prairie/Boxcar Children collections, but I’m sure it was a lot.

I have connected with an old friend, eBay, and thought I was most active on it in the earlier 00s, we’ve been semi-regulars for just about a decade. I like it for gift cards (I bought a $200 Tea Collection gift card for $100 and I felt like I was stealing something), Jack likes it for electronics (I don’t even know what he buys), and I also like it for buying books in “lots” (aka, someone sells more than one of something… like a dozen Berenstain Bears books). When my mom first moved to a new town, she had a lot of downtime, and I bought her a huge pile of historical novels by an author she loves. They were in solid condition, and she loved them.

eBay has a new feature – you can now make collections and curate things you like. #followitfindit

ebay-book-collectionYou can start your own collection and/or follow mine. Great for keeping a list of books you’d like to collect or DVDs you’d like to buy, or – in Jack’s case – a bunch of black cables, IDK?

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign with eBay as one of their influencers. All opinions are my own.

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  • Reply Shar December 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Didn’t know eBay had that feature?! Cool! I’ll be checking that ish out. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Reply Roo December 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      I didn’t know either until recently! Pretty neat. Thanks for reading, Shar!

  • Reply Kacey W. December 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I needed some Christmas book suggestions for a friend’s little dude – perfect timing!

    • Reply Roo December 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Oooh, perfect! We love Christmas books. :)

  • Reply Jill December 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    The one thing that I horde is books. I absolutely believe that there is no such thing as owning too many and much to the chegrin of my husband I instill that I my 4yo daughter as well. She knows if she goes with me to the store she wont get a toy, but she hasn’t quite picked up on the fact that if she asks for a book she is never denied. The result is that she has already accumulated 2 small bookcases worth…granted many of them are board books that take up a ton of space (or books that don’t fit upright so they are stacked), but they’ll be passed on eventually to siblings or cousins or donated and even at that point I wouldn’t consider it a waste :)

    I hear you though, I had a whole shelf of babysitters club, then vampire diaries and secret circle and the rare secret of the unicorn queen series….which coincidentally I’ve only seen on eBay a few times. Not sure how they’d hold up since I distinctly remember the main character listening to Bon jovi on her Walkman (just like me) <3

    • Reply Roo December 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Oh gosh, Jill, so when Jack and I first got married, I had hundreds and hundreds of books. We had a tiny little apartment, and I was just like, “You know what? I should just donate these and buy an e-reader.”

      Regret. So much regret. Although maybe I *did* have too many books. Love that she can always ask for a book. ;)

  • Reply Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution December 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I work at the library, and our Friends of the Library organization holds a book sale three times a year, and they alllllways have a ton of children’s books. People donate them to the library when their kiddos outgrow them, and it’s seriously the best untapped resource for kids books. SO cheap and such a great selection. :)

    P.S. Also a great place to donate those books that your kiddos have outgrown! /shamelessplug

    • Reply Roo December 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      We will totally donate all of our old books, Kristy! Thanks for commenting with that so everyone can see. :) Once Minnie’s outgrown the board book stage, we’ll definitely drop a box off at our local library. :)

  • Reply Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run. December 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    When I saw this was sponsored by eBay, I thought you were going to talk about Half.com since they’re related or something. We’ve done some collecting for the kids that my wife nannies for, getting steals on some great kids books, especially The Magic Treehouse series. This collections thing is a really cool feature though!

    • Reply Roo December 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Oh that’s cool! Actually, I’ve never used Half although a lot of people swear by it! I’ll have to poke around.

  • Reply Alicia December 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I was totally the same way as a kid! My family always went to the library a lot, but we also had a Super Crown store in town and I would save up my allowance and walk there to buy myself books. I think my book collection was probably pretty similar to yours, although I also had every Alex Mack book, because it totally makes sense to have books based on a TV series. I still collect *hoard* books and will check out this new feature on eBay.

  • Reply Jodi T. December 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    When I was a kid and we would go to the grocery store, my grandmother would go buy groceries, and I’d head for the book aisle in the toy department (SuperCenter ppl). I’d sit down in the middle of the aisle and read the entire time my Gma shopped. Nowadays, we can’t let our children out of our sight and that makes me sad on so many different levels. But it was fun while it lasted.

    Did you read Fear Street when you were a kid? Those were my FAV (besides Baby Sitters Club).

  • Reply Juliana December 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    My kids love books and my now that my older son can read he loves books even more. Over the weekend we were on vacation a small town near Yosemite and this little gift shop in the town was giving away free children’s books. Well, you would have thought the owner told my kids they just had all of Disneyland to themselves for a whole day. We actually had to tell them to calm down and choose just a few each so other kids would have some to left to take. The whole rest of that day was spent with them quietly reading to themselves and each other. Even the next day I found them curled up on their sleeping bags reading to each other. It was a nice change to the noise and playing with toys.

  • Reply Leanne December 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I am almost finished with my graduate degree to become a school librarian, and one of my classmates made this website for children’s books.


    I am a daily reader of this blog, and I would love to answer any questions you have about choosing children’s literature!

  • Reply Laura December 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

    OMG love me some books. I was the girl walking and running into things because I was reading and Belle was my favorite Disney character :) Today I teach second grade and have well over 2,000 books in my collection. You can never have too many books, especially high quality picture books! If you ever need a suggestion lemme know :D

  • Reply Erin December 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Boxcar Children! Loved those books. My grandmother turned us onto them and would give them to us. I think we had the first hundred before we outgrew them and my mom has kept them. There are somethings that just stay.

    Also, I think it was in Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” that he explained that children who grow up in a home with books are smarter no matter their economic level. So books are great, kids being around books is greatest! Way to go, Roo!

  • Reply Sarah December 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    If you are ever in Ohio, you need to just come thin my bookshelves! Seven years teaching kindergarten left me with quite a collection and duplicates of SO many. I have hung on to the duplicates “just in case” I go back to teaching but have decided to start parting with many of them because they are EVERYWHERE!

  • Reply Kasia December 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Girl after my own heart! Anne of Green Gables/Babysitters Club were two of my obsessions growing up! I even made my own club of “babysitters” haha I think my baby brother was our only client but whatever. Love that you’re passing on your love of reading to your girls!

    xo, Kasia

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