Much Love for Children's Books


Today was the first day of my new job, and I have to say that I am so much happier with life than I have been in a loooong time! I'm working in an elementary school library, which is pretty close to "dream job" territory for me; I've been hoping for such a position to open up since I first started working at my school district years ago. I've always loved books, and I have an especially big place in my heart for children's books, so what better thing to share for Much Love Monday than a little glimpse of my collection?


I still have all of my Little Golden Books from when I was a kid, and I always look for more when I visit thrift stores or used book stores. In elementary school, I was part of the Weekly Reader Children's Book Club, a club where members received books in the mail, and a lot of those books are still my favorites.


My collection is still going strong. I am always a big fan of circus books, and I've found quite a few in the past year. I also snagged A Book of Mermaids from Jose's new classroom during winter break when we went through all of the left-behind books from the previous teacher in his room.

Now that I'll be the Library Lady, I want to start reading lots of great children's and young adult books, so that I can be as knowledgeable as possible (can you believe I've yet to read any of the Harry Potter series?), so I'm always open to suggestions. I'd also love to feature my favorites here on the blog every now and then, if anyone would be interested. Wandering around Barnes & Noble looking at all of the gorgeous cover art and illustrations is one of my favorite things to do, and now I have a good excuse to do it even more! I'll definitely be sharing lots of pretty things!

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new job! Working at an elementary school library sounds so dreamy. I can't wait to hear more about your library adventures :)

    My favorite children's book series when I was a little kid was the Harry the Cat series by Mary Chalmers. I have two Harry tatts on my back—one on each shoulder blade.

    xoxo
    Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine! It's really nice, I enjoy it a lot.

      I will have to look into Harry the Cat for sure.

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  2. My favorite YA author [besides JK Rowling] is John Green. I think you'd really like him!

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    1. Thanks for the rec, Candice, I will have to check him out soon.

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  3. What a cool job!! A few cute children's books I have stumbled on recently: "Dogs don't do ballet" by Anna Kemp, "I had a favorite dress" by Boni Ashburn, "Around the world with Mouk" by Marc Boutavant, "Spiral-Bound" by Aaron Renier, and "Otis and Rae and the Grumbling Splunk" by Laure and Leo Espinosa! Hope you enjoy the suggestions!

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    1. Awesome, thank you so much for all of the suggestions, San! I'll be sure to look them all up!

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  4. Ahhhhh, congratulations Danielle!!! This job sounds absolutely perfect for you!

    Speaking of children's books, I had a lot of Muppet Babies books when I was little and there was one with a clown in it that I LOVED (I just checked Amazon and it was Baby Piggy's Night at the Ball). My half-brother inherited all of them and of course this was the one he ripped to pieces. Sad day.

    All of the school librarians I had growing up were terrifying old crones. You're going against the trend, haha.

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    1. Thanks Liezl, it is totally perfect! So far at least, haha.

      I think I might've had some of the Muppet Babies books... I definitely had some of them on VHS. That is so sad that your book got destroyed... I guess I was pretty lucky to have no siblings to mess with any of my things!

      Haha well I try to be as "cool" as possible... a lot of the kids already know me since it's the same school I was working at before and the little ones get excited when they see me and remember me. I definitely don't yell at anyone, I leave that to the teachers. ;P

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  5. I really enjoyed this post. It is wonderful to hear that people are working in a field they love.
    I also like children's books, though I teach in higher education - and I can tell you why I like them so. Just because people get older and their brains technically develop does not mean they have mastered their elementary lessons.
    My favourite children's books... there are so many. I loved the Enid Blyton young adult ones (I know they aren't read that much in the US, but you can't go wrong with them, like the one called the Faraway Tree, and the Famous Five, so good). For younger ones, there's the Very Hungry Caterpillar, which was the first book that came to mind. I'm sure you've read it!
    I also had the little golden books series, what a joy.
    As for newer books, I've just ordered one published by the NYRB, called Beyond the Paw Paw Trees.
    Reading Lizel's comment above, it occurred to me that you are in a position to inspire some lucky children with a love of reading. That is such a great thing. While I don't think reading is everything, I definitely see a difference in people's later cognitive abilities that is so often predicated on how much they've read in their youth.
    Well, I guess I didn't need to start this comment by saying how much I enjoyed your post - you can see for yourself, by the length of this response! Wishing you a wonderful week.

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely comment, wow! And thank you also for the book recommendations, I will definitely look into finding them.

      I am really excited about inspiring children to possibly develop a love of reading... one of my favorite things is reading stories to the younger kids and hearing how engaged they can get with the stories. I'm planning to read as much of our library as I can so I can give great recommendations.

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  6. Congrats on the job! That sounds like a lovely place to go, everyday. :)
    Other than J.K. Rowling (yes, I'm another person obsessed), most of my favorite children books are from the 90s, when I was a kid. I really loved Karen Cushman books, especially "Catherine Called Birdy," and "The Midwife's Apprentice." I also loved Madeleine L'Engle books, too.

    Have fun with this!

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    1. Thanks Meredith! It can get a little chaotic at times, but I still love pretty much every minute of it so far. Thank you for the recs! I'm a few chapters into the first Harry Potter book, and I'm loving it so far. I'll be sure to check out your other recs!

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  7. what a fun job! i love childrens books too. i have three huge totes of them stored away. i'm waiting to set up my guest room and set them up in there like an art display.

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    1. Oooh, displaying the books is such an awesome idea!

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  8. Congrats on the new job. :D This is a lovely idea for a post - I love children's books, too. New and old! I've still got all of my Little Golden books from when I was little plus various others. Lovely collection. :)
    -Andi x

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    1. Thanks Andi! I think I might start a sidebar feature sometime soon where I highlight whatever book I'm reading to classes at school each week... there are so many great ones!
      Little Golden books are the best, I can never part with them!

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  9. Eee congratulations on your job! I always makes me so happy to hear about when people get their dream jobs (or close to it)! Meanwhile, I love golden books too *__*

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    1. Thank you Kailey! Aren't Little Golden books so perfect?

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  10. Have you ever read any of the Betsy-Tacy books by Maude Heart Lovelace? They start out for little girls (when Betsy turns 5) then the books get progressively older as Betsy gets older (several throughout elementary school, one for each year of high school, one for after she graduates and one where she gets married and sets up house...it's set in the early 1900's) It starts with "Betsy and Tacy" and goes from there. I think you might like them, I adored them growing up and still read them at least once a year. They are fictional characters but quite a bit is autobiographical and makes it that much more dear! Check them out if you haven't already!

    -K

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