Sunday, May 16, 2010

What's my favorite kind of kids book? The free kind!

I stopped by the free book table that loiters out in front of one of our local used book stores and I picked up all these kids books for free. Free! Free, I tell you!

Some really cool illustrations in this one.

The cover of this one just screams, "Hey, look, it's the American version of 'Are You Being Served.' "

This is all about how cool and special the oil industry is. It came out in 1975, right around the time of the OPEC oil crisis, so I guess it was meant to calm our fears that we might lose all our precious oil.
This one is full of great photos of marching bands and parades.

This is only the second 'we live in' book I've owned, I previously had the one on East Germany which I scanned, put on Flickr, and got linked on Boing Boing. There's a whole series of them and they came out in the early 1980's. I'm on the look out for the rest of them, especially the ones on the old Soviet Union and it's satellites.
This is the fourth ' for me' book I've owned. I've had the ones on bicycling, karate, and horseback riding. I really want the ones on serial killing, poisoning, and blaspheming.

Free picture books, epic win for Dr. Monkey and his blog empire!


Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Those are great. I have tons of old books like that. When the school library runs out of room they just give them away too. Got my National Geographic issues from the early part of the last century that same way.

SkylersDad said...

Nice finds! The marching band drummer looks as if he is playing a large hollow ring instead of a drum.

Wings said...

Cool stuff. But I agree with SkylersDad, that drum picture is kind of unsettling!

Blueberry said...

Some great finds! I am especially looking forward to seeing more of Peterli and the Careers in a Department Store.

libhom said...

The "Careers in a Dept. Store" book makes me giggle.

GETkristiLOVE said...

Reminds me of a book I need to write: Tequila Is For Me

Anonymous said...

I will keep my eyes peeled for free books to add to your collection. The careers series looks especially promising.

Liberality said...

free is good :)