The Bookshelf for Boys & Girls, vol. 1: Nursery Favorites Old & New

Last week I shared my first real thrifting find—a set of vintage children’s books entitled The Bookshelf for Boys & Girls.

I thought it would be fun to share from each of the nine volumes once every week or so.  Here we go!


The first volume, “Nursery Favorites Old & New” has much of what you would expect to find in a compilation of that name: nursery rhymes and familiar stories.  Most of this volume is geared towards the 5 or 6-year-old and under crowd. 

One of the most unique sections, “Playing Games with Baby” is filled with fingerplays and games for toddlers.


I love the vintage vibe most of the illustrations have; I’ve spent most of my time so far just soaking in the pictures, but I can’t wait to read the stories and poems.

6There are many old favorites like

3   Over in the Meadow and

2 Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.

I was pleasantly surprised to find stories and illustrations from well-known children’s authors and illustrators like

10 Margaret Wise Brown and

5 Babara Cooney (one of my favorites).  Maybe it’s some of their lesser-known work?

There is also a sweet section of

4 graces and prayers, and pages written for early readers.


Although it’s from decades ago, one of the best poems I’ve found thus far is “Better than Television”.  Best, maybe not for it’s literary qualities, but because of it’s reminder to me as a parent  why Spud will not watch TV until after he turns 2, probably 6 if at all possible.


I look forward to sharing volume 2 and  these treasures from the past in another week or two.


In a related note, if you’re interested in learning more about reading vs. TV vs. children, be sure to stop by Joe Wheeler’s blog where he’s discussing this subject each Wednesday.  His findings having frightening significance for our society and kids, especially boys.

Also, check out another mom who has recently turned off the TV here.  Her original post on the topic is here.


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