Bargain Book Bonanza
(A new linky party hosted by the lovely ladies of Mrs. Baja Greenawalt's Cozy Book Nook)
that we book lovers score on sale.
Each Monday, all book lovers are invited
to carouse, make merry and revel with bargain book abandon!
New and used books welcome!
One thing I love about used books is that they enter your life trailing their own stories. Brand new books are like tabulae rasae: never anyone else's but yours when you buy them. But used books have their own history and destiny that is not totally dependent on you . . . and there's something at once intimidating and charming about that. Because unless the books were woefully mistreated by their last owners, they're going to demand that you live up to their expectations as much as they have to live up to yours.
Here are the "pre-loved" books I introduced myself to last week. I've promised them all a good life and am glad that they trusted me with their keeping.
D is for Dahl, compiled by Wendy Cooling!
I found this small "feast of fabulous facts" on a bargain books table right inside the entrance of a local children's hospital, where my mother and I were taking my brothers for their checkups. What a delight to see, right beside the usual gift shops selling flowers, balloons and toys, three whole tables of picture books, intermediate reads, and Young Adult novels!
While the ideal situation would be for the hospital to have its own library (and a friendly nurse pushing a book cart from room to room), I'm sure that just isn't in the budget. Partnering with a used books retailer and giving them a prime location right inside the entrance is the next best thing. Children love books--and if a child needs to spend the night in a boring hospital room, a few good books at affordable prices can be just as diverting as a brand new toy.
I bought this short "Alphabet Book"--with whipple-scrumptious entries from A (Allsorts, Licorice) to Z (Zzzz . . .)--because it seemed like a good way to pass the time while we waited for my brothers' test results to come back. (On the ride back home, it also turned out to be a good way
Now, if all this feels like deja vu to you, that might be because you remember my article Reaching Out and Reading Aloud about a doctor who is as passionate about early literacy as he is about paediatric care. Here's a PDF copy of Fully Booked Zine's August-September 2009 issue. You can find my piece on Page 12 . . . and the name of my brothers' hospital in the third column! (Just helping my stalkers out . . . LOL!)
Handbooks for Young Writers, Thinkers and Learners!
Later that night, I visited my favourite used bookstore and found these two technical and creative handbooks for "Young Writers". I snapped them up as soon as I figured out the unprinted sub-subtitle: Resources for Young-at-Heart Teachers. What a find!
The best part was that, when I was looking through them and weighing whether to get them, Write Track fell open to the section on "Writing Alphabet Books"--one prime example of which I had just been reading!!! How cool is that??? I think an Alphabet Book (or any sort of "Alphabet Assignment", really) would be a really great English project. Don't you agree?
The two books are actually pretty similar; so if you already have one and are not an English teacher, you probably wouldn't need to get the other. The main difference is that Write on Track is for grade school and middle school students; Writers Express, for older kids, among whom I number college students. If I could just find the tutees, I could help start a Language Arts revolution. (Hello, parents! I'm here! E-mail me!)
I hope to write about more about these two handbooks in future posts--preferably new volumes of "Tutor Tales".
Image Source: a) Roald Dahl's Incredible Chocolate Box by Roald Dahl, b) Write on Track, c) Writers Express