Sunday Post: Collectibles…Picture Books and People

Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is COLLECTIBLES.


Children’s picture books are among some of the most prized collectibles.  Many don’t survive the wear and tear of childhood…others live on to be passed down from generation to generation. 

For me, the value of the book is in the joy each story gives to the children who hear it.

Some collectibles are valued in the millions but the smile on a child’s face is priceless.


Books are a window on the world for young children…and the time spent talking about the story and encouraging the child to relate the events in the book to his own life experiences can help strengthen the parent-child connection.  Children who are comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings at a young age will be more likely to come to parents with problems and concerns as they get older. 

Many of you have heard of the horrible tragedy that occurred a few nights ago in my state of Colorado in the theater in Aurora.  Our hearts go out to those who were impacted by this and our prayers are with their families and friends.  

One of our biggest problems in the world today is the inability of people to tell others when they are angry or frustrated or depressed or unhappy.  Engaging with young kids with stories and activities is a great opportunity for this type of communication.

If you need a guide to choosing great picture books and awesome activities, please take a look at my award-winning resource for parents and teachers… Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking

I’m so pleased to announce that it is now available for shipment to Canadian residents…please visit my website and click on the special PayPal buttons for Canadian shipment!


If you’d like to see the book in action, please check out a new review of Show Me How!  Erik did several of the activities with his younger sister and took some fantastic photos…the mac and cheese casserole picture will make you hungry!

Show Me How will be featured on Diane Hower’s segment of the local NBC affiliate morning show (Grand Junction, CO at 6am to 7am Mountain Time) on Tuesday, July 24th  and will be reviewed on her blog:

I hope everyone will tune in and I’ll try to post the show’s highlights on my blog next week.

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23 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Collectibles…Picture Books and People

  1. I have quite a few books from my childhood… including Bread And Jam For Frances (and all the other Frances books :)) and I LOVED Babar and Father Christmas! We had a record (I know – I’m dating myself totally! :)) with that story read on it with the addition of little songs, including “Arthur wants a butterfly net and Flora wants a doll. Alexander says a choo-choo train would please him most of all. Pom says he wants candy, and a cuddle-y teddely bear. And Zephyr wants a bicycle to carry him everywhere!” Oh gosh, I haven’t thought of that in ages! Thanks for the memory 🙂


    • You are so very welcome, Susanna!  Those memories are what support us in difficult times…they create a framework of strength and positivity…it’s why I am so passionate about reading picture books with kids.  Those moments create warm and fuzzy flashbacks…for those who don’t have them, life can be a bleak and forbidding place. I know how busy you are and I really appreciate your wonderful comments. 🙂 I need to hop over tho Summer Short and Sweets #3 and check out all of the other entries. 🙂  


  2. Great post. Adorable smile 🙂 I am still reeling from the shootings. I can’t even fathom what the victims, their families, and even the shooter’s family are going through. Too sad.
    Much success with your book and thanks for the pingback.


    • Thanks so much, Gemma…so happy you stopped by and commnented! Tragedies like this one are devastating…and the impact is so far reaching. I fear for people who suffer from depression and live in the area…after the Waldo Canyon Fire losses, this may be one traumatic event too many for them to cope with. 😦 I hope anyone who needs counseling and support help will find it. 🙂


  3. I had a lot of books when I was a kid, some of which belonged to the family and were absolutely wonderful, but my mom didn’t keep any of them. GASP! What a terrible decision to get rid of all those great books, especially since I would have loved to share them with my kids. So I’m having my mom pay for her mistake and buying my kids new books. 😉


    • Oh yes, if we all had the stuff our parents threw out…we’d all be millionaires. 🙂 Whenever I watch Antiques Roadshow I cringe, remembering those Barbie dolls and old board games that were chucked. I’m sure your mom is delighted to buy her grandchildren books…the best gift a kid can have!


  4. Vivian, we just returned from my parents’ house. My mom is a former school teacher who has shelves and shelves of children’s books. One of the boys’ favorite treats is to pull over the step stool and pull down stacks of books. I remember reading so many of them when I was a child. Thanks for the wonderful memory.


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