Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vintage Thingie Thursday: Vintage School Readers ~ Back To School!

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At the beginning of the summer, one Saturday afternoon, my husband and I stopped at a church garage sale and looked around. I am always amazed at what you will find at church sales. I always find amazing things! 

In celebrating back to school week, I wanted to show you a great find that was full of memories of school days past. I was so excited to find a stack of vintage school readers! I purchased several, these are just a few of the ones that made it home with me that day! 

These two books are the very same, just have different covers. I seem to remember these from my school days, however, I am not sure if I actually had the books or my brother possibly had them. I do remember the covers of these and still think they are adorable. These are copyrighted 1964.

These have very cute graphics that accompany the stories. I love the colors on this page. 

Along with cute stories, this book also has plays as well. I love these books. Brings back a lot of memories! 

This one is adorable as well. I love the animals and the theme throughout this book with its stories. This one is copyrighted 1957 and is one of 5 books in "The Wonder - wonder series" for the classroom.

Just look at the adorable graphics. Each story is accompanied with adorable pictures to match the story. All with cute little animals.

Now this one, is really a favorite of mine. This is the only paperback I purchased. It is rather old but still in wonderful condition. This looks to be an early reader, maybe first grade and it does look familiar, so I think I might have had this book when I was a little girl. This book is copyrighted 1957.

As with all of the books I purchased that day, they all have the school stamps on the first page, showing they were textbooks of the schools for the state.

This one is very interesting, as it shows little pictures next to the words as you read along showing you who is talking. I think that is a really unusual feature.

And of course, love the dated graphics. Everything back then was so much simpler than today.

Next week, I'll show you some of the others I was lucky enough to find. They are great literary treasures and so glad to have them. Maybe one day I will have grandchildren and we can sit and read these together......gotta dream! 

Happy Vintage Thingie Thursday!!!


  1. I love those graphics from the seventies. The older ones are nice, but the ones from the seventies are so whimsical.

  2. The old graphics are one of the main reasons I love vintage books. Looks like you found some real keepers, Suzanne.

    Thanks for hosting!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  3. I love old school books! Those church sales are amazing!

  4. I love the graphics in these books. My favorite is "Is Tip Good" Simple graphics and simple words....that's all we needed at that age.

  5. What great little readers! I have such fond memories of Dick and Jane and the other textbooks used for reading class. I loved to read. thank you for hosting VTT each week! I always enjoy browsing through everyone's fantastic bits of history.

  6. I enjoyed seeing your books! I'm looking forward to seeing your other books too:) Thanks for sharing them with us!

  7. Sweet, sweet little books.
    Thanks so much for hosting..We've been playing VTT for how long now??
    hugs, bj

  8. Sometimes I see books like that at estate sales and I have to hold myself back!!

  9. Oh my goodness that Tip and Mitten book is ADORABLE. It makes me feel all warm and cozy inside because it totally takes me back to my childhood. I was a kid in the early 80s, but a lot of those books were still kicking around in schools then, and it just makes me so nastolgic! Love it!

    Also just wanted to say thanks, Colorado Lady, for having this party. I used to participate eons ago, but Im hoping to take part again as I've been seeing other people's entries and just wanted to be part of the fun again! Blessings!

  10. Good morning Suzanne, I love the vintage books so much. How lucky you are to have such treasures. I love the graphics in these books you shared. Children's vintage books are hard to find. I know your grands will love to have their grandma read them to them one day.
    I hope your summer has been a good one. As always, our summer has been one big roller coaster ride. Fun times and busy.

    Thanks for hosting this blog event. I love to participate when I can.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  11. I have a lot of children's books and I try to find school books when I shop! I started school in 1957! And I think I remember the Tip and Mitten book, too! Very nice finds! Can I borrow a book to do my homework? heehee! ♥

  12. would love to read Tip and Mitten! Start of school brings back memories of hating the summer ended. My parents were both teachers and as a family we enjoyed all being home together all summer.

  13. Beautiful graphics from the 60s and 70s! Oh, this reminds me of feeling sad that summer was over and couldn't go back to Astoria Park's-(Queens,NY) pool with my friends and bicicle riding and of course, no more Brighton Beach! Thank you for hosting. Have a great weekend. FABBY

  14. Love your vintage school books...I found some school books at the WLYS last week! Thanks for hosting the party!!!

  15. I remember Tip! That would have been when I was in 1st grade. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Debbie

  16. I am sure your three "children" will love having you read these cute little books to them.

  17. Such cute books, and yes they do bring back memories!


  18. Those old school books are awesome. Your collection is in really good shape. They sure bring back memories of elementary school and learning to read. Remember the Dick, Jane and Spot series?


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