Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Is Early: New Books For Me! YAY!

I love books and I love reading. That being said, I don't own a ton of books. You wanna know why? Besides the fact that we live in a little house, I am, ahem, cheap. Why pay all that money for a book to use for one or two lessons a couple times a year and then have it collect dust (and take up valuable shelf space) the rest of the time? 

YAY! Merry Christmas to me!
(Thanks, mom!)

That's why I love the library! I keep extensive records of all of the books I use for reference for my projects and I never pass up an opportunity to add to that list. My library card is the most important card I carry in my wallet. I constantly used intra-library loans and I am always toting stacks and stacks of books around. Borrowing from the library is so easy! I can browse and make my requests from home and then pick them up and go.

But, sometimes I take a book out over and over again and my late fines start to approach the actual cost of the book. and I'vr referred to it so often that I have a Post-it note on every other page. That's when I know it's time to buy.

These are a few gems that I just added to my collection:

  • "Only One You," by Linda Kranz (Picture book for children) Neat painted "fish" rocks and inspirational sayings/words of wisdom.
  • "Uncle Andy's," by James Warhola (Children's book about Andy Warhol)--I like how the author (who is related to Warhol), really brings this quirky artist to life. It's also a lovely book about finding inspiration (for artwork, for what you want to do in life) around you. I love to see the little boy in the book drawing in his room because he was inspired by his Uncle.

So I'll be enjoying my early Christmas here in New Hampshire. Feel free to write in the comments what YOUR must-have book(s) are...


  1. Oh I totally agree. My library is bookmarked on my computer, and I literally check out books all the time!

  2. Hi Mrs. P.,

    I am your opposite. I have bought so many books over my 37 years of teaching, that other teachers borrow from me! I cannot resist a colorful, inspirational children's book that I can forge an art project from. My favorites are the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series by Mike Venezia. All of Leo Lionni's books, Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, the list goes on and on. Enjoy your new books!


  3. I have a lot of books, but there are SO many that I really appreciate my library. I also appreciate that my library lets me know when they are due, so that I can recheck them online. I also appreciate that they've changed their rules so that you can have recheck as many times as you would like.

  4. HI Angie--I know, the library is great. I joke that I pay so much in late fines each year that they are going to name a wing after me! My old library had a drive-through drop box and I LOVED that! I can't believe it is actually easier to stay in the ca to return books, but sometimes I don't have the time to take the four children in a-wanderin' around the library just to return a book! Thanks for stopping by! Mrs. P

  5. I also bought "Tar Beach" and plan on doing a story quilt project with my next semester Modern Art classes (can't wait!). That's why I stay away from used book stores--too tempting!


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