Mega Thrifting Book Haul Part One: Picture Books

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Recently, I traveled to two Goodwills, a local thrift store, and my library’s annual book sale. I found so many great books, I’ve decided to split my haul into four posts! In this post, I’ll share some of the picture books I purchased from the thrift stores and from the first day of the library sale. In the next post, I’ll share the middle grade and young adult books I bought from the thrift stores and the first day of the library sale. In the final haul post, I will share all of the books I bought on the $5 bag day of library book sale. I’ll conclude with a post on the overall experience of the library sale–my favorite book sale of the year! If I remember correctly, I stuffed over 100 books for myself, plus a few books for my sister and grandmother, into two bags!

Here are the picture books from the thrift stores and the first day of the library sale:

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxbury

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laine Mitchell and Louis Shea

This book follows the same style of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, so I thought this would be a great addition to my future classroom for students who enjoyed that book. 

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

This is one of my favorite children’s books, so it was definitely a great find. 

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

I’ve always heard a lot about this book, but never read it myself. It’s a great story, so I’m glad I picked it up!

Natasha Wing

  • The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day 
  • The Night Before New Year’s
  • The Night Before Preschool

I got the Night Before Kindergarten and really enjoyed it, so it was great to find a few more books just like it!

Clifford’s First Snow Day by Norman Birdwell

Biscuit and the Little Pup by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Pat the Cat’s Big Book by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins

Tog the Dog’s Big Book by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Laura Numeroff Mini-Books

  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin
  • If You Take a Mouse to School 
  • If You Give a Cat a Cupcake 

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin (mini book)

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Jan Brett

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • The Hat
  • The Mitten
  • Town House Country Mouse
  • Comet’s Nine Lives
  • Who’s that Knocking on Christmas Eve?

Jan Brett’s books are so beautifully illustrated and they can be used so many ways in the classroom. Luckily, I found quite a few during my past few hauls. 

The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff by Stephen Carpenter

I loved this book when I was younger, so I’m glad that I found a copy to enjoy now!

Adventures of Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

I already have the board book of this, but I couldn’t pass it up when I found the paperback version. 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz

I already hauled Commotion in the Ocean before, so I was happy to find this book. 

The Girl who loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Dr. Seuss

  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • ABC

I think I mentioned this in a previous post, but before I wasn’t a huge Dr. Seuss fan, but now some of his books are my favorite children’s book. Oh! The Places You’ll Go is one of my all-time favorite children’s books, so I was really excited to find it at my library’s book sale. 

The Patchwork Quilt by Valeries Flournoy

I used this book in a unit plan that I wrote for class, but I didn’t have a copy of my own. I’m so glad I found this one!

You are Special by Max Lucado

I love this book so much, it has such a great message! Even though it’s a picture book, it will touch readers of all ages. 

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola

Tomie DePaola is a well-known children’s author, but I haven’t really read many of his books. The illustrations in this one looked really cute, so I decided to pick it up!

Schnitzel von Krumm Forget-Me-Not by Lynley Dodd

I know I’ve read this book before, but I can’t remember where. It’s really cute though, so I’m glad that I can add it to my collection!

Around the World We Go! By Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Fairy Princess: Sparkles in the Snow by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton


What books have you thrifted recently?


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