Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Vintage Thingie Thursday: Vintage School Reader

Welcome everyone to Vintage Thingies Thursday. If you have a love for vintage things, have come to the right place. We have a really good time each and every week!!!
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read and follow the instructions for participating in Vintage Thingies Thursday, click HERE. I try and keep things fairly simple, so please make sure you follow the instructions. Please only ONE link per week. Lastly, if you link in, LINK back to my blog, so everyone can see all of the vintage goodies on display that day. If you don't link back here, they won't know who to visit......thanks so much.

The last few weeks, my daughter and I have been on a huge shopping quest to build a classroom library. My daughter is graduating in December with her masters in education and is already working on things that she will need in the classroom. So we have been buying books when we find them. It is sorta tough not knowing exactly what grade she will be teaching and kindergarten through sixth grade really is a broad area to cover. I for the most part have purchased books for the younger grades. It has been lots of fun.

Now, lucky for me, my daughter really has no interest in the vintage books.....Oh. But. I. Do!

I found this reader in a recent shopping spree. Copyright 1963. I actually found about 40 vintage books...all with the adorable stories and graphics I remember so well. Lucky for daughter thinks these are too out of date! Ha!! Not for my taste!

Turns out The Big Show is a the little pictures beside the sentences.

I love all the colorful pictures on each page......

This is so cute...looks like she found a kitten and wants to keep it!! Too bad it was not a wiener dog!!

It is hard for me to leave these on a shelf when I find them. I have really been amazed at how many of these books I have found lately, as it has been a long time since I ran across any vintage school books. 

The new "in style" books of today ( that my daughter is wanting ) just do not have an appeal for me as these older ones do....and have you thumbed through the pages of new books today????....the pictures are just plain weird!! I am guessing that is what the kids like these days! Not this old sister!!!

Have a great Vintage Thingie Thursday!! I am sure I will share more of my great finds in a few weeks.


  1. Congrats to your daughter! Both my parents were teachers, Mom 2nd grade and Dad HS biology.
    I love the old books and glad I kept the ones my Mom had.
    Thanks as always for hosting!

  2. I share your love for vintage books AND I especially love children's books. Yours is SO SWEET!
    Thank you for hosting...
    Have a wonderful week,

  3. I love the vintage children's books! Glad you found so many and thanks for sharing with us! Hugs, Linda

  4. That's a great book. Definitely vintage! A treasure!

  5. Beautiful books!
    Thank you for hosting :)

    Greetings from Australia♥

  6. Oh, that sounds like so much fun shopping for kids books! I do it all the timeand end up donating most of them to the princess's class room. I love your vintage book. I would have bought that one in a heart beat as well! thanks for hosting and have a great evening! Oh, and you have to let us know when your daughter knows what grade she will be teaching. You can count on a few us wanting to "contribute" books to the class. LOL

  7. How cool! I love old readers! Thanks for sharing. Your blog is beautiful! :)

  8. Awesome books for the grands! Thank you for hosting. Hugs,

  9. There is something special about vintage readers and vintage children's books in general. And the illustrations are the best - something so simple and pure. Congrats to your daughter! That is very exciting!

    Thanks for hosting too :)

  10. I love your Vintage Reader! I think somewhere in my vintage stash is a Dick and Jane Reader.......ah, the memories..........such beautiful books!

  11. Thanks so much for hosting....and I love your books.:)

  12. Oh how I just love books like the one you found. I have a small collection which is perfect for my first grader who is getting into reading. I makes me so happy that she likes them as much as I do.

  13. What a delightful find! I taught primary grades for 30 years and my classroom library was full of wonderful books. Children's literature is one of my life long passions. All the best to your daughter. She may be surprised that these vintage books are fun for some of the younger children, especially if she shares the history of these. ;-)
    Thanks for hosting. ~ Sarah

  14. My sister collects old readers from the early 1950's to the 1970's - she is a retired teacher. I collect old tools, used tools, garden tools. I posted my gardening update and used my garden roller as the vintage tool. I was old when I got it. Thanks for hosting. Glad I could join in.

  15. My kids LOVE the vintagy, old-style books like the one you showed in your post! They have one called "At Play" that is sort of a rite of passage to read. It's been the first book that several of our kids have read when they're learning. My kids prefer these older pictures as opposed to the newer-style art any day! :)

    I'm linking up again for the first time in a LONG time! Just been a busy life, I guess, but I'm glad to be back!

    Have a great week!


  16. Oh I too love those old books! The graphics are just so darn cute. New books do not hold a candle to them if you ask me. How lucky for you to find such fun ones. I rarely see such dandies as these. Thanks for hosting.

  17. Love the books you found! My grandsons love books, I think they would enjoy them! I agree with you, some of the new books pictures are not good. The kids are missing out on good art work. After reading your post, I think I'm going out to look for some vintage books for my grandsons. Thanks for sharing:)

  18. Many congratulations to your daughter. I hope she has a long and happy teaching career.

    I love vintage books. Life was very different in the "olden days". Much simpler I think, if the stories in children's books are to be believed.

    Madison xxx

  19. What awesome finds. There is nothing like classic text. What a great story! Thanks for hosting! I am all linked up.


  20. I just LOVE old school books, too. The graphics are leaps and bounds better than what's offered today-so much beauty has just been TOSSED away for the sake of "modern" education. I dare to think that the old-fashioned values would be INVALUABLE in today's classrooms, too!
    (Ahem, my $.02 may get out of hand if I don't watch it!)
    My vintage book collection is ever-growing...need to come up with some fun display ideas that don't break the bank!
    Thanks for sharing your sweet circus book!
    (and Happy VTT!)

  21. Good morning Suzanne, I too love the wonderful old books and the awesome pictures you find in them. Today's books are not nearly as charming. Maybe because I'm old too. HA!
    Happy days to you and yours. It is good to be back to say hello.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  22. Thanks for the peek into a lovely school reader. I collect the Dick and Jane series and love the illustrations.

  23. Oh I LOVE the "where is the milk" page! I love the picture of the mamma and her sweet little girl... Would love to have that blown up on my wall. :)

    Thanks for hosting this fun carnival as always... its been a while since I've joined in but Im so glad to be a part of the fun again. Blessings!

  24. This is just the kind of book that I learned from in school! I remember the main characters were Sam and Ann in my school readers! I just adored them. Thanks for sharing your reader!
    I love it!

  25. As many have said "I useed these readers!" lucky you for finding them. Blessings, Debbie

  26. My daughter has taught K, 2,3 and 6th grades.She is getting her Masters in administration to be a principle, she graduates next January. She had building her library for years, such a fun thing to help with. I love these books also--great find. Suzanne, I messed my link, if you could delete it, I will try and link later.

  27. I love vintage books. I wish I had some of my old books from school. thank you for hosting.

  28. So many wonderful stories and graphics in the books of the 1950's and 60's. You are lucky to find them these days. Good for you. I did a post on my A to Z Family Tree that fits in the VTT here I am with the Letter 'Q'...what could it be but QUILTS. Hope you get a chance to stop by...I know you are busy quilting...Sue

  29. The pictures are great! So colorful and fun! Old childrens books are the best. Thanks much for hosting.

  30. Sorry I am late on my comments today. Had one of those times not having an appointment and waited. Glad you and Alisha girl are out enjoying some time together. I love most all books. These are great.


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