These shopping links help to support Thank you!                                             


Lovely Living Books for Sale

$4 postage/service charge for orders under $30.
Orders of $30 or more ship free.

CLICK HERE to E-mail Valerie

If you want to see the VERY latest,
please click here to refresh the page

Please also visit--
Mostly Hard-to-Fine and Antiquarian
Last Call! Final Clearance & Bargain Books

Jump ahead to--
History    Geography    Science    Math & Logic    Domestic Arts & Crafts    Art    Music   Holidays & Traditions 
Picture Books    Fiction    Poetry    Theology & Christian Discipleship    Education & Reference   Information and Instructions

World Book Encyclopedia 2009.
Very Good. Bright & clean, just as pictured. Most volumes feel like they were never opened. Ex-library but with no exterior labels, so it looks new on the shelf. Acid-free einforcement to the turn-in on each cover. (Not from a Christian perspective obviously, but a beautiful reference set.) $229, including shipping.


Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

 Joseph. Brain Wildsmith. Eerdmans, 1997. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 32 pages

"The story of Joseph and his coat of many colors is a favorite Bible story-full of dramatic events and enduring lessons in love and faith. Because Joseph is Jacobs favorite son, Josephs brothers are jealous. Their jealousy deepens when Jacob gives Joseph a beautiful coat, and they decide to sell Joseph as a slave for twenty pieces of silver. But God is watching over Joseph, and he survives imprisonment, captures Pharaohs interest and respect, and becomes a powerful ruler in Egypt. Eventually he meets his brothers again, and his family, by the grace of God, is reunited. The tale of eleven brothers who sell their favored brother into slavery is a story about envy, greed, and power, but also a story about love, compassion, and forgiveness. Above all, it is a story about the power and mercy of God as he draws a bitterly divided family back together and in the process changes the course of nations."

Good-Very Good. Sturdy, very clean pages, cover is bumped & lightly scratched. $12

 Early American Boats. Robert Carse, illus by Hans Zander. World, 1968. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 95 pages

"Before detailing the construction and handling of pleasure boats, work boats and naval craft, and telling about the special breed of men who sailed them, Mr. Carse defines nautical terms and sailor talk in a helpful introduction. Dories and dugouts, whaleboats, shallops, gundalows, bull boats, jolly boats, pirogues, wherries, flatboats and keelboats, as well as the great early ship-building centers - New York Philadelphia and Baltimore are described in the colorful and accurate text." Very interesting, detailed for older children and young adults. Well-illustrated in pen-and-ink.

Very Good. Sturdy, very clean pages, cover is bumped & lightly scratched. $12

 Sarah, Plain and Tall [1986 Newberry Medal]. Patricia MacLachlan. Harper, 1985. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 58 pages.

Wonderful story. Caleb and Anna lost their mother when Caleb was a newborn baby. When their father places an ad in the newspaper, seeking a wife, Sarah responds. Set in the western US during pioneer times.

Like New. Beautiful dust jacket. $6

We Were There at The Battle of the Bulge. David Shepherd, illus by George Kraynak. Grosset, 1961. Ages 8 and up. 181 pages.

My grandmother had a set of We Were There... books. I read her copy of We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run when I was six years old. I have never forgotten the thrill of anticipation as settlers lined up, waiting to run, waiting to discover what land would be theirs!

Good-Very Good ex-library. Mild edge wear to the cover, just a hint of fraying at the spine ends. Very bright, very clean pages. $8

Winding Valley Farm: Annie's Story. Anne Pellowski, illus by Wendy Watson. Saint Mary's, 1982, 1998. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 192 pages.

Standing alone as a story, but second in a series of five children's novels, this tells the story of a young girl, the child of Polish immigrants, as she grows up happily on her family's farm in Wisconsin. In the early 1900's, living on a farm meant hard work for everyone, but Annie loved the farm and could not imagine living any other way. Lively stories of her life--picnics, Christmas gatherings, and the courting songs of young men--fill this true-to-life novel, continuing the saga of a Polish-American family.

Like New. $7

Snow Treasure. Marie McSwigan. Puffin, 1942, recent reprint. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 196 pages.

Heroic historical fiction set in Nazi-occupied Norway.

Like New. $3

The Art of Ancient Greece. Shirley Glubok. Atheneum, 1963. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 48 pages.

Well-illustrated children's overview of Greek art. Shirley Glubok was an elementary school teacher who had children assist her with the creation of her books. They helped to choose the pictures, and she tried illuminated the lives of the artists and their times with her vivid text.

Good ex-library. No dust jacket. Mild fraying at the corners. $4

Castle. David Macaulay. Houghton Mifflin, Ages 10 and up. 80 pages.

Impressive work, with Caldecott Honors for two of these! When our first daughter was a baby, and we were deciding to educate her at home, I knew right away that I would need to find a copy of Macaulay's brilliant Motel of the Mysteries. How happy I was to discover that Macaulay wrote many more books! These are outstanding, both in illustration and text. Very detailed. Do not let a young artist, engineer, or historian miss them!

Good ex-library. DJ in Mylar. Page-turning bends. $7

Story of the Vikings. A. G. Smith. Dover, 1988. Softcover. Ages 6 and up. COLORING BOOK.

I love Dover's full-size coloring books! They are historically accurate and very detailed, printed on high quality paper.

New. $3

The Courage of Sarah Noble [Newbery Honor]. Alice Dalgliesh, illus by Leonard Weisgard. Aladdin, 1954. Softcover. Ages 7 and up. 54 pages.

"In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble," her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight! The true story of Sarah's journey is inspiring. And as she cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all."

Very Good. $3

Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian [Third Edition]. Dean King. Owl, 2000. Hardcover. Ages 14 and up. 258 pages.

"Travel along with Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in this definitive edition of hte indispensable companion to the beloved seafaring tales of Patrick O'Brian. For every novel in the series, you will find a corresponding chapter describing the location of the action; providing background information on remote cities, key ports, and essential geographical features; and touching on significant events, though never giving away the twists in the plot. A final chapter includes maps depicting sea voyages, overland routes, battles, storms, landings, and other important events."

Very Good. $6

Martha: Daughter of Virginia. Marguerite Vance, illus by Nedda Walker. Dutton, 1947. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 190 pages.

Marguerite Vance is a very fine children's author. I love her books, and Nedda Walker's soft drawings are very nice.

Fair ex-library. No dust jacket. This has some spots and stains, some fraying at the edges. and a moisture line and ripple on the front endpaper and first few pages preceding the text. $5

A Picture of Freedom, The Diary of Clotee, A Slave Girl: Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859 [Dear America]. Scholastic, 1997. Ages 8 and up. 195 pages.

Like New. $5

Landmark Books. Various award-winning authors and illustrators. Random House, 1950's and 1960s. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 180-190 pages.

Read more about this wonderful history series.

Hardcover Landmark Books--

Softcover Landmark Books--

Leonardo da Vinci. Diane Stanley. Morrow, 1996. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 46 pages. $5

Beautiful, wonderfully-illustrated biography! We love Stanley's beautiful books.

Like New. $5

Tutankhamen's Gift. Robert Sabuda. Aladdin, 1994. Softcover. Ages 7 and up. 30 pages.

Life in Ancient Egypt told from the perspective of King Tutankhamen as a young child. The illustrations are brilliant, using Egyptian colors and styles on a background crafted to look like papyrus. This tells the story of Tutankhamen's restoration of idol worship from his perspective, how he thought of it. For Christian families, this is a good opportunity to discuss what submission, allegiance, and obedience God requires of all people everywhere, to worship Him according to His Word. Lovely and well-written. Begs for family discussion.

Like New. $4

World War II [American Heritage New Illustrated History of the United States]. Robert G. Athearn. American Heritage, 1963. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 84 pages.

One volume in the multi-volume history of America for young people.

Good. Clean with light cover wear. $4

I, Juan de Pareja [Newbery Medal]. Elizabeth Borton de Trevino. Bell, Farrar, 1965. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 180 pages.

"When the great Velazquez was painting his masterpieces at the Spanish court in the seventeenth century, his colors were expertly mixed and his canvases carefully prepared by his slave, Juan de Pareja. In a vibrant novel which depicts both the beauty and the cruelty of the time and place, Elizabeth Borton de Treviño tells the story of Juan, who was born a slave and died an accomplished and respected artist."

Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $5

Early Health & Medicine [Early Settler Life Series]. Bobbie Kalman. Crabtree, 1983, 1991. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 64 pages.

"Today, we take our health for granted. We have good food to eat, vitamins to take, and doctors who can cure us if we get sick. In the days of the early settlers, getting sick was more frightening than facing a pack of wolves in the dark. Any illness, no matter how small, could become serious enough that the patient could die. If serious illnesses did not cause death, some of the popular settler remedies might!"

Very Good ex-library. Harder to find in this excellent series. $6

Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography. James Cross Giblin, illus by Michael Dooling. Scholastic, 1994. Hardcover. Ages 8-12. 48 pages.

"An illustrated portrait of Thomas Jefferson introduces young readers to a writer, statesman, inventor, educator, architect, author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third president of the United States."

Fair-Good ex-library. Nice copy, but there is a very hard abrasion along the edge of the back cover. $4

 Ancient Egypt: The Hands-on Approach to History [Make it Work]. Andrew Haslam and Alexandra Parsons. Scholastic, 1995. Softcover. Ages 6-14. 64 pages.

And outstanding activity book with intricate, instructive but inexpensive projects illuminating all aspects of Egyptian culture. This is an excellent series. I always pick them up when I find them! 

Very Good ex-library. Cover is laminated for longer life. $4

 Streams of Civilization, Volume One. Mary Stanton & Albert Hyma. Christian Liberty Press, 1976, 2000, recent reprint. Hardcover. Ages 14 and up. 

Most history textbooks are written from a secular viewpoint, but this introductory text is different! Providing a comprehensive look at Western, African, and Asian civilizations from creation to 1620, it affirms the biblical view of creation (though it discusses evolution) and gives your kids insight into other cultures and religions from a Christian perspective. Includes vocabulary questions, exercises, maps, and black-and-white illustrations. Ideal for grades 9 and up. 410 pages, hardcover from Christian Liberty Press.

Like New, $10

 Mummies Made in Egypt. Aliki. Harper, 1979. Hardcover. Ages 8/9 to 12. Picture book with extra, more detailed text.

"A mummy is a mystery--hidden in layers of ancient bandage, bedecked with priceless jewels. Why did the Egyptians of long ago prepare and wrap their dead to last forever? And how did they do it? Step by step, follow the process that took seventy days--from the embalmer's slab, where hte corpse was made ready, down into the tomb, where the mummy was sealed away."

This may be too graphic for some children, but it's discreetly written and accurate. (I wanted my children to understand how the Egyptians' false religion affected their views of life and death.)

Good ex-library. $5

 The Roman Empire. Isaac Asimov. Houghton, 1967. Hardcover. Ages 13 and up. 277 pages.

I usually don't take a picture to display my particular copy, but in this case I made an exception! Do you see why? A child has decorated the plain cloth cover with a Roman statue and title lettering in marker. (It's nice work, too!)

Most know Asimov as a science fiction writer and are not aware that he wrote several outstanding, comprehensive histories for young people. While he could not write from a Christian perspective, he was fair and engaging with history, and I like his books very much. They are very hard to find.

Fair, due to the added cover art. :-) Some smudging and tape shadows on the cover. No dust jacket. Endpapers show tape marks and scuffs. Text pages are bright, crisp, and clean. A sturdy ex-library copy! Very hard to find. $25

 The Best of James Herriot: Favourite Memories of a Country Vet. James Herriot. Readers Digest, 1982. Hardcover. Ages 13 and up. 503 pages.

Beautiful and well-illustrated with full-page color photos and detail drawings in the margins and with additional material added. "The warm and magical writings of James Herriot...have endeared him to more readers that probably any other living storyteller. Fifty favorite stories are here lavishly presented in a splendid large format that includes over 100 pages of breathtakinig photographs. These are, as James puts it, "the stories my family and I have laughed at over the years and the ones my readers have said they most enjoyed". Yorkshire, England in the 30's and 40's.

Good. Very slight ripple just at the edge of the last few pages. Quite nice. Pictorial cover, no dust jacket. $5

 The Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt: History for the Thoughtful Child. Cyndy Shearer. Greenleaf, 1989, 1999. Softcover. Elementary & Middle School. 46 pages.

These guides "emphasize biography, so that you can focus on issues of character and the consequences, both temporal and eternal, of the choices that historical figures made". Ten short units help children discover the wonders and disgraces of Ancient Egypt.

Very Good. $4

 Ancient History: A Literature Approach, First Edition. Rea Berg. Beautiful Feet, 1995, Comb-bound softcover. For Middle School/Junior High and High School with additional notes for younger students. 34 pages. 

Study guide uses our lovely living books to learn history. Excellent reading recommendations, schedule, study ideas and questions.

Like New. $6

Geography & Cultures

Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

In the Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree [Tree Tales]. Barbara Bash. Sierra Club, 1996. Hardcover. Picture Book.

This is lovely. Focusing on the Banyan Tree, Bash tells the story of the natural and social life of an Indian village. It does open with an Indian myth and Hindu worship, which are treated positively, but it is a beautifully written, true look at Indian society today. I like it. One of a series of living geographical books on a similar theme.

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $8

 International Children: A Special book of Customs, Costumes, and Flags of 22 Different Nations. Karen Sevaly. Teacher's Friend Publications, 1991. Softcover. Ages 3 - 8. 128 pages.

Reproducible for classroom use, and I've used mine for years. Coloring pages for a boy and girl in each of 22 countries along with details for putting together a unit on each country. "Students will gain a wealth of information regarding each country--the capital city, the language, currency, costumes, religions, national flag, holidays, important facts, and famous people. Includes suggestions for making and enjoying international foods."

Good. Very clean pages, worn cover corners with a very little bit of creasing. $5



Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

Tree Flowers. Millicent E. Selsam, illus by Carol Lerner. Morrow, 1984. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 15 pages.

"Tree flowers are some of nature's incomparably beautiful heralds of spring. Now an award-winning author of children's science books and a renowned botanical illustrator combine their talents to present an exquisite sampling of twelve of the most familiar and lovely tree flowers. Among these are pussy willow, witch hazel, southern magnolia, and dogwood. Millicent Selsam's concise and simply written text describes their growth cycles--from pollination and fertilization, through flowering, to the final maturation of the fruit. Carol Lerner's delicate, full-color watercolors, painted from living specimens, accurately detail the stages of each flower's development. A fascinating botanical study, as well as a lovely art book."

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $6

Eric in the Land of the Insects. Godfried Bomans. Houghton, 1941, 1994. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 197 pages.

My kids have loved this one! Fun, creative, adventurous, and imaginative! Eric magically enters a painting of insects and learns all about them. Wonderful read-aloud.

Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. Front free endpaper removed along with a bit of the fixed endpaper. Still a great reading copy. $5

Inside the Burrow: The Life of the Golden Hamster [A Carolrhoda Nature Watch Book]. Heiderose and Andreas Fischer-Nagel. Carolrhoda, 1984. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 47 pages.

Very close, clear, colorful pictures of the golden hamster in the wild, throughout its life cycle. The text is clear and interesting. This ends with two pages on caring for a pet hamster.

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $4

It Couldn't Just Happen: Fascinating Facts about God's World. Lawrence O. Richards. Word, 1989. Softcover. Ages 12 and up. 191 pages.

"With thousands of evidences to prove He created and sustains the universe, It Couldn’t Just Happen will fascinate kids with fun activities and examples of God’s marvelous works."

Very Good. $5 (2 copies)

Electricity [Make it Work]. Wendy Baker and Andrew Haslam. World Book, 1997. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 48 pages.

"The Make it Work! science series, recipient of the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, offers a new, hands-on approach to learning. Be a scientist and conduct your own experiments. Discover science facts through imaginative activities. Develop your scientific thinking by making science work." Magnets, motors, power, and more, "from the natural power of a streak of lightning to the complex mechanics of an electromagnetic crane". Excellent!

Good ex-library. Tips of corners worn through. $4


Let's-Read-and-Find Out Series. Various authors. Harper, 1995. Hardcover. Ages 6 and up. About 30 pages each. Most are ex-library with dust jackets in Mylar.

Well-written, colorful science readers. $4 each. All four, $15.

 Fish Facts & Bird Brains: Animal Intelligence. Helen Roney Sattler. Lodestar, 1984. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 127 pages. 

"Honeybees dance to communicte with other bees? Several birds can make their own tools? Circus elephants have learned to play cricket? Sattler draws on scientific research to present amazing stories about animals, from flatworms and fish to primates and cetaceans." (May have some evolutionary content.)

Very Good. Dust jacket in Mylar. $4

Math & Logic

Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy. 

The Complete Chess Course. Fred Reinfeld. Doubleday, 1959. Hardcover. Ages 14 and up. 692 pages.

Originally published as eight separate volumes, and now conveniently collected in one edition, The Complete Chess Course offers a summarized review of the basic principles of chess as well as the fine points of the world's most challenging game. For beginners and experts alike.

Very Good. No dust jacket. A few early exercises have a small mark by their titles. $6

Underwater Counting: Even Numbers. Jerry Pallotta, illus by David Biedrzycki. Scholastic, 2001. Softcover. Ages 6-8. 30 pages.

This was never published in hardcover, as far as I can tell. It's a beautifully illustrated and includes lots of fascinating detail on animals that live underwater. Very nice!

Very Good ex-library. $4

 Sea Sums. Joy N. Hulme, illus by Carol Schwartz. Hyperion, 1996. Hardcover. Ages 6-9. Picture book.

An especially lovely, entrancing living math book and a companion to Hulme's beautiful Sea Squares [square numbers]. Addition and subtraction among a host of brightly colored, interesting sea creatures, including lionfish, coral polyps, stingrays, clams, sea birds, and more. 

Like New in a lovely dust jacket. $6

 Poker Chip Math. Jan Pellington and Sandra DiGiaimo. Nasco, 2002. Spiral-bound softcover. For use with ages 8-13.

I see poker chips at thrift stores all the time. Large, attractive plastic disks, usually they are quality, nicely weighted plastic. Here, they function as a comfortable, readily available math manipulative for some very creative math activities. Poker Chip Math is designed to teach a variety of mathematics skills and to provide students with experiences in logic and problem-solving. Some games and activities are teacher-directed. Most are self-directed.  

My friend Rebekah Wilson has agreed to review some of the math books that I have in stock right now. She writes, Poker Chip Math has incredible links between hands-on/tangible learning and the visual need to see math worked out physically. This combination is an exceptional approach to teaching math, or re-teaching what a child has forgotten or missed. Poker Chip Math makes math meaningful and real, bringing abstract concepts into the realm of reality for students.

Read Rebekah's more detailed review of Poker Chip Math. 

New. Minor wear from boxing and shelving. $3 (13 copies available)

 Reproducible Nasco Math Practice Series. Evelyn B. Christensen. Nasco, 2006. Spiral-bound softcovers. Reproducible, so these can be used with multiple students. As students solve math facts, the answers to problems provide a key for coloring the squares to reveal a hidden picture or pattern. 

New. Out-of-print. Minor wear from boxing and shelving. Individual titles, $3. Set of all four books $10.

Reproducible Nasco Math Map Puzzles. Spiral-bound softcovers. Reproducible, so these can be used with multiple students. These are so creative for developing stronger math skills. Children will develop a greater understanding of the operations and their inverses. These increase in difficulty. Puzzles use only whole numbers. No fractions or decimals.

New. Multiple copies available. May have minor wear from boxing and shelving. $3 each. Set of 3 for $7

[Order $30 or more from this page, and you may request a FREE copy of Book C, good for ages 10-13.]

Domestic Arts & Crafts

Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

 Help! Around the House: A Mother's Guide to Getting the Family to Pitch in and Clean Up. Don Aslett. Adams, 2006. Softcover. Ages 12 and up. 260 pages.

When he was writing it, Aslett asked mothers to submit our ideas for motivating children to clean up, so I am quoted in this book somewhere.  Includes a tear-out checklist for children.

Like New. $4

Grandmother's Hope Chest Series: The Running Rooster, Lucie's Snowflakes, and The Button Jar.
Rebekah Wilson. Hope Chest Legacy, 2004-2005. Hardcover. Ages 6 and up. About 50 pages each.

These heirloom treasures have been out of print for several years. Each is a hardcover picture book with lots of text, including not only a story for Christian children but also a creative project teaching handsewing skills. When my older children were young they benefited so much from Mrs. Wilson's wonderful creativity. I'm so glad that my younger ones can also enjoy these same wonderful stories and products. 

New. Set of 3. $40. (Multiple sets available. Books are also available individually for $14 each.) 

The Hope Chest: A Legacy of Love. Rebekah Wilson. Hope Chest Legacy, 2003. Softcover. Ages 11 and up. 376 pages.

A wonderful book written by a dear, dear friend. How to help our daughters prepare for marriage, homemaking, hospitality, and lifelong service to others. Out-of-print. Old Schoolhouse Review.

New $8


Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists. Mike Venezia. Childrens Press, early 1990's. Ages 8 and up. 32 pages each.


Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

None at this time.

Holidays & Traditions

Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

None at this time.

Picture Books

Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

Lost in the Woods. Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick. Sams, 2004, Hardcover.

"A beautiful springtime fantasy from the creators of the best-selling Stranger in the Woods. This New York Times bestseller is a quiet story about trust and patience. Nature lovers of all ages will appreciate the amazing photography and gentle words which weave a tale about a young fawn waiting for her mother's return. From a red-winged blackbird to a hissing goose,woodland creatures keep watch over a young fawn they believe is lost in the woods. But the book also delivers a message: most fawns found alone in the woods are not lost or abandoned. In fact, newborn fawns spend their first weeks without mom because her scent will attract predators to her young."

Very Good. Bright, glossy dust jacket. $5

Peter Rabbit Giant Treasury. Beatrix Potter. Derrydale, early 1900's, 1980. Hardcover.

Original complete text and illustrations. The Tales of: Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Benjamin Bunny, Two Bad Mice, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and The Tailor of Gloucester and The Pie and the Patty-pan.

Very Good. $6

Richard Scarry's Busy Day Storybooks. JB, 1997. Hardcover. Very Good. 3 for $10

A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns. Ruth Heller. Grosset, 1987. Hardcover. Ages 7-11.

A cache, a batch, a school, a gam, a fleet. Learning about collective nouns! Heller's gramar books are beautiful, evocative, and clear. Richly educational and very appealing.

Good ex-library. $4

 Brian Wildsmith's Puzzles. Brian Wildsmith. Millbrook, 1970, reprint. Hardcover. Ages 3-6

Brilliant illustrations, simple picture puzzles. 

Very Good ex-library. $4

 The Christmas Day Kitten. James Herriot, illus by Ruth Brown. St. Martin's, 1976, 1986. Hardcover.

Beautifully illustrated children's picture book by the author of All Creatures Great and Small.

Very Good. Gift inscription inside. Dust jacket has some minor wear and a couple of acid-free repairs. $4

 Moses the Kitten. James Herriot, illus by Ruth Brown. St. Martin's, 1974, 1984. Hardcover.

Beautifully illustrated children's picture book by the author of All Creatures Great and Small.

Very Good. Name partly crossed out on title page. Dust jacket is price-clipped with a crease on the back flap. $4

 The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real [Deluxe Edition]. Margery Williams, illustrated by Michael Green. Running Press, 1998, First Printing for this deluxe edition. Hardcover.

Printed on high quality paper that looks like parchment. Heavy endpapers. I believe the cover is bonded leather. Beautiful pictorial paste-down makes the cover illustration. Well-illustrated with charming pictures. I like this one very much! 

Like New. $5


Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

All fiction is unabridged, unless noted.

Ella Enchanted [Newbery Honor]. Gail Carson Levine. Scholastic, 1997. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 232 pages.

"At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift—the 'gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse—and live happily ever after."

This is worth reading and discussing. Who should we obey? How far should that go?

Good. $3

The Moffats. Eleanor Estes, illus by Louis Slobodkin. Harcourt, 1941, 1968. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 261 pages.

"Meet the Moffats. There is Sylvie, the oldest, the cleverest, and--most days at least--the responsible one; Joey, who though only twelve is the man of the house, sometimes; Janey, who has a terrific upside-down way of looking at the world; and Rufus, who may be the littlest but always gets in the biggest trouble. Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun. Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the whole town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess. And only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventure." Favorites of so many families, even now. Ours, too!

Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. Sun-fading over the spine with lettering still legible. $6

Pinky Pye. Eleanor Estes, illus by Edward Ardizzone. Harcourt, 1958. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 192 pages.

After the Moffat stories, Estes wrote a short series about the Pye family. "In Pinky Pye, the Pye family adds another member. A furious black kitten abandoned on their doorstep endears itself to the whole family--even Ginger--and foreshadows another addition to the Pye family that will change their lives forever."

Fair-Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. Jacket has a bright front panel and some minor stains. Most pages are clean but there are some smudges and stains on the front endpapers, first few blank pages and very rarely in the text. $5

Half Magic. Edward Eager. Harcourt, 1954. Pictorial library binding hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 192 pages.

My children have loved Edward Eager and E Nesbit. Both used fantasy magic to entertain and think good thoughts about humility, pride, contentment, thoughtfulness, logic, discernment, and forethought. "It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk. Jane finds the coin, and because she and her siblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen. And it does: Her wish is granted. Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true. It turns out the coin grans wishes-but only by half, so that you must wish for twice as much as you want. Wishing for two times some things is a cinch, but other doubled wishes only cause twice as much trouble. What is half of twice a talking cat? Ot to be half-again twice not-here??"

Good ex-library. $5

The Trumpet of the Swan. E. B. White. Harper, 1970, 2000. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 252 pages.

"Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection, but nothing seems to work. Will a real brass trumpet make all the difference?"

Very Good. Solid, tight copy. No dust jacket Remainder mark. Minor smudges at the edges. $5

E. B. White Treasury: Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan, Three Volume Set in Slipcase. E. B. White. Scholastic, 1945-1970, recent reprints. Softcover. Ages 8 and up.

Three delightful children's classics!

Books are Like New. Slipcase is very good, close to Like New. $7

The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories. ed. by William J. Bennett. Simon & Schuster, 1993. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 831 pages.

"Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer them examples of good and bad, right and wrong. And the best places to find them are in great works of literature and exemplary stories from history. William J. Bennett has collected hundreds of stories in The Book of Virtues, an instructive and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character -- and help adults teach them. From the Bible to American history, from Greek mythology to English poetry, from fairy tales to modern fiction, these stories are a rich mine of moral literacy, a reliable moral reference point that will help anchor our children and ourselves in our culture, our history, and our traditions -- the sources of the ideals by which we wish to live our lives. Complete with instructive introductions and notes, The Book of Virtues is a book the whole family can read and enjoy -- and learn from -- together."

Very Good. Nice dust jacket. Gift inscription inside front cover. $5

The Moral Compass: Stories for a Life's Journey. ed. by William J. Bennett. Simon & Schuster, 1995. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 824 pages.

A companion volume to The Book of Virtues above, filled with more. In The Moral Compass, Bennett uses great works of literature and stories from history to show us examples of good and bad, right and wrong. Organized by the stages along life's journey, these stories and poems serve as reference points on a moral compass, guiding the reader through the ethical and spiritual challenges along the pathway of life: leaving home, entering into marriage, easing the burdens of others, nurturing one's children, and fulfilling the obligations of citizenship and leadership.

Very Good. Nice dust jacket. Gift inscription inside front cover. $5

 The [Complete, Unabridged] Riverside Shakespeare. William Shakespeare. Houghton, 1974. Hardcover. Ages 15 and up. 1927 pages.

An outstanding complete works of Shakespeare in one-volume, with commentary. A scholar's favorite and a classic in its own right. 

Very Good. Solid, clean copy. Minor wear at corners. Very minor smudges at outside edges. $10

 Service with a Smile. P. G. Wodehouse. Arrow, 1962, recent reprint. Softcover. 236 pages. Ages 12 and up.

"As a peer of the realm, Clarence, Ninth Earl of Emsworth, has an occasional duty to leave the Empress of Blandings, surely the most considerable pig in the whole world, and travel to London for the opening of Parliament. It comes hard to him, for he has a proper sense of the priorities in life, which rate pigs and flowerbeds higher than politicians." Humor.

Like New. $3


Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

  Poetry for Young People. Sterling. Hardcover. 1995. Ages 7-12. 48 pages each.

These are my favorite books for introducing children to great poets! The selections are carefully made and each book includes full-page, full-color artwork especially designed to compliment the poet's style. Every book ends with a short biographical sketch.

Theology & Christian Discipleship

Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Gary Chapman. Northfield, 2004. Softcover. Ages 16 and up. 203 pages.

"Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch."

Very Good. $5

ABC Bible Storybook: Favorite Stories Adapted for Young Children. Elsie Egermeier. Warner, 2006. Hardcover. Picture Book.

"Egermeier's ABC Bible Storybook is a delightful storybook that uses each letter of the alphabet to highlight some of the best-loved stories in the Bible. Captivating illustrations combine with Egermeier's text to create a collection of stories that will be read over and over again. Teachers and parents will love the way this book helps kids strengthen their knowledge of the alphabet while growing their faith through Bible stories. Ideal for kids ages 4-7."

Very Good. Abrasion inside the back cover where a sticker or paper was removed. Otherwise very nice. $8

Discover 4 Yourself: Inductive Bible Studies for Kids. Kay Arthur. Harvest House, 1999-2005. Softcover. Ages 8-12. 93-205 pages.

And the Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity with the Companion Guide: An Interactive Journaling Experience, Two Volume Set.

These are nearly new and appear to be unread with just slight shelf wear, except that one of the companion guides has a name written inside the back cover.

Heritage Builders. Jim Weidmann and Mark DeNooy, with Kurt Bruner. Focus on the Family, 1997-1999. Softcover. All Ages. 105-122 pages.

The Family Night Tool Chest curriculum helps famlies bring fun and spiritual growth together to pass along a spiritual heritage to the next generation. Can be used with individaul families or small family groups. I don't have Book 1 available.

Set of 4/$15. All have been used but are unmarked. Book 2 has minor damage to the back cover.

 Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens. Paul David Tripp. P&R, 1997. Softcover. Ages 18 and up. 253 pages.

By the author of Shepherdi<ng a Child's Heart. "Are you hoping to merely survive your teenagers? With compassion, wit and wisdom, Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting families during the often chaotic adolescent years. Gain assurance of God's provision for parenting success and discover ways to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with your teens."

Very Good. $4

 Family Worship: In the Bible, in History, & in Your Home. Donald S. Whitney. Center for Biblical Spirituality, 2006. Softcover. Ages 12 and up. 64 pages.

"Many Christian families have never experienced the joys and benefits of family worship, but it is a practice rootedin the Bible and common througout Christian history. How can people unfamiliar with family worship lead it? How do busy households recover faithfulness to it? This practical book shows the way."

Very Good. $4

 The Peacemaker. Ken Sande. Baker House, 2004. Softcover. Ages 14 and up. 318 pags.

Sande shows how to avoid peace-breaking and peace-faking in favor of genuine peace-making.

Good. Mild wear, a bit of smudging at the edges. Nice reading copy. $5

 Christian Living in the Home. Jay Adams. Presbyterian & Reformed, 1972, recent reprint. Softcover. Ages 14 and up. 142 pages.

"Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communicating with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors, counselors, and study groups will value this work for its insight, clarity, and faithfulness to God’s Word. This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home."

Like New. $4

 The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. Ed by Arthur Bennett. Banner of Truth, 2007. Softcover. Ages 14 and up. 223 pages.

"[I]n the Puritan tradition there are many written prayers and meditations which constitute an important corpus of inspiring devotional literature. Too often ex tempore prayer lacks variety, order and definiteness. The reason for this lies partly in a neglect of due preparation. It is here that the care and scriptural thoroughness which others found necessary in their approach to God may be of help. This book has been prepared not to 'supply' prayers but to prompt and encourage the Christian as he treads the path on which others have gone before."

Very Good. Gift inscription in front. $8

 Romanian-English. Lessons from Nature [Învăţături din lumea naturii]. John Bunyan, Romanian translation by Anton Horvath. Back Home Industries, 1998. Hardcover.

Do you know any Romanian child who is learning English as a second language? John Bunyan's work for children presented as a parallel translation in both English and Romanian. Would be useful for language instruction. Cheerful illustrations.

New. $10

 English Standard Version (ESV) Bible. Crossway/Youth for Christ. Hardcover. All ages.

Complete ESV Bible. Two columns, 9.5 point type, 5.5″ x 8.5″

This is a tight, unmarked copy. It appears to be new. It feels like it's never been read. $7


Education & Reference

Standard Shipping is FREE. There is a $4 service charge for orders under $30. Most pictures shown below are standard stock images. I usually do not take pictures of my particular copy.

The Original Home Schooling Series Complete Six Volume Set. Charlotte Mason. Charlotte Mason Research & Supply, 1989. Softcover. Adult reading level.

Outstanding material. Three of the volumes are Like New. Volume 5 has a bit of reader wear. Volumes 1 & 3 including highlighting, corner creases left by a reader marking her place, and some penciled notes. Now hard to find. $50

CLICK HERE to E-mail Valerie

If you want to see the VERY latest, please click here to refresh the page

Please also visit--
Mostly Hard-to-Fine and Antiquarian
Last Call! Final Clearance & Bargain Books

Jump back to--

History    Geography    Science    Math & Logic    Domestic Arts & Crafts    Art    Music   Holidays & Traditions 
Picture Books    Fiction    Poetry    Theology & Christian Discipleship   Education & Reference   Information and Instructions

Ordering Guidelines

Age Levels
I list a rough and approximate age level for most books. Sometimes these are guidelines provided by the publisher, and sometimes they are my impression of age and interest level. Books marked "14 and up" were written for either the young adult or adult markets and are very suitable for high school students.

Nearly all of my books are USED BOOKS. Many are ex-library copies. They've been selected for the quality of their content.

Pictures are typically my stock images for the purpose of helping you identify the book. They are generally not pictures of my particular copy and are not intended to represent condition in any way.

PayPal or personal check. I can accept credit and debit cards through PayPal, even if you don't have an account there.

For destinations within the USA, I generally use US Postal Service Media Mail, with a delivery time of 7-21 days. For this, I charge a flat fee of $3 per order, which is waived for orders over $35. 

I ship by other methods, and will ship anywhere in the world at discounted rates. (Here are my prices for Canada.)

I want you to enjoy these books. Returns are always very welcome, for any reason. If your disappointment is with content or accurately described condition, shipping is not refunded or reimbursed. If your disappointment is due to my error shipping is refunded both ways.


Books with Bow image is Designed By : License : Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Share Alike 3