With that in mind I went with my giant, reusable shopping bag. I could barely carry it when I left.
I found some children's books:
Most of those are for me, for now, but we are enjoying chapter books as a family, too. I have never read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl myself, though I think Mrs. Schoonover read it to us in fourth grade. I love the idea of reading more of A. A. Milne. Though he is best known for the Winnie the Pooh books, Sarah at Library Hospital had some thoughts on one of his earliest works. It's good to not pinhole an author into a certain genre, I think...unless they choose that route.
I found some adult books:
Sherlock Holmes' mysteries sound fun, though I am not sure how I will like them in print. Walden intrigued me purely because of the influence of Thoreau on Louisa May Alcott. I'm pretty awful at American history, though learning more all the time. I would like someone to talk me into reading Alfred Lord Tennyson. Any takers?? My husband and I had to look up what he was famous for...It was the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade." The parenting book sounds like a lighthearted read for my husband or me. We actually already have The Case for Christ. I think I want to reread it this year, so I was thinking I'd share it at a later time for a giveaway. I thought I had the Love and Respect book to go with the workbook, but it was just a gift-type book. Disappointing...but not really considering the cost.
I also found a few books that weren't pictured. One was actually one of the reading textbooks that I used when I taught first grade! I have very fond memories of teaching with Open Court Reading 1-1 (and the other books we used, too), though I think the memories are more about the children's discussions and reactions and not the book itself. My daughter was very interested in reading it already which is why it was not pictured. (Based on Amazon's price, I guess it was a real steal, too!)
Before I left, I explained to the kids that I was going to go to buy some books. Big Sis requested that I get Laura (Ingalls Wilder) books; Brother requested digger books. Since I already have a complete set of Little House books waiting for Big Sis's sixth birthday, I told her we'd wait a bit longer for those. (We borrow the audio versions often from the library.) Though I found no digger books, I did find Little House on Rocky Ridge! I wasn't sure how I felt about Roger Lea MacBride's books until I read Little House Traveler (linked to my review) which is based on the letters and diaries of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Now I understand that MacBride was a personal friend, and I look forward to reading!
Little House on Rocky Ridge begins right where The First Four Years (the final Little House book by LIW) ends. I will be reading this for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge hosted by Stray Thoughts this month. Would you like to read it, too? Before Saturday I actually already owned it...so now I have a spare to share.
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Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Susan!