Buying books: more than just a shopping experience

Buying books: more than just a shopping experience

Most of the time, I choose to buy at local bookstores. Believe me, no matter where you are, there’s always one bookshop in town and, almost always, they need support. I like to make the habit of “book shopping” a wholesome experience. This means, I engage my daughter in the process by creating an adventure: “book shopping” becomes a “treasure hunt”. We go out, knowing that we will discover titles beyond our list. I make sure to pack water and a snack: in case there’s no coffee shop at the bookstore and even if there is, what if they are out of madelaines or croissants? Or your child’s favorite treat… We are fortunate when the bookstore has a children’s nook with books instead of toys, and some drawing materials to sit down and let the kids doodle while we go through the chosen titles. Look at the illustrations. Look at the lettering and the size of the words. Once we decide which books are coming home with us, we are fortunate enough to feel that fluttering sparkle in our stomachs, as when something amazing is going to happen.


This is a list of books I found recently:

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What-to-Do Guides for Kids)

by Dawn Huebner  (Author), Bonnie Matthews  (Illustrator)

What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Separation Anxiety (What-to-Do Guides for Kids)

by Kristen Lavallee PhD (Author), Silvia Schneider Dr. rer. nat. (Author), Janet McDonnell(Illustrator)

Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire

Nagaraja, Dharmachari

The Tao of Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh)

Hoff, Benjamin

Little Blue and Little Yellow

Lionni, Leo

-Lost and Found

Jeffers, Oliver

-The Lion and The Bird

Dubuc, Marianne

I still buy on Amazon as well (I don’t feel there’s anything absolutely wrong with ordering from Amazon, sometimes you got to do it), mostly from their online used bookstores. I guess this happens when I can’t wait until the day we organize our book hunting adventure. There’s also my personal list of “old and rare”-out of print books, and those online bookstores usually have them!


Now, if you are curious to know some of the out of print gems, here are three from Ruth Kraus, with illustrations from Maurice Sendak:

-I’ll Be You And You Be Me

-Open House For Butterflies

-Charlotte And The White Horse


The following are some of the titles I have decided to find on our next adventure:


Holly M. McGhee

Other-Wordly: words both strange and lovely from around the world (Book Lover Gifts, Illustrated Untranslatable Word Book) 

Yee-Lum Mak

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees  

Franck Prévot

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy

(this one will be released on October 22nd, 2019. Can’t wait!)