Building A Homeschool Library~November

Welcome to the November edition of Building A Homeschool Library ~ One Thrift Store at a Time! Last month I only shopped at Hosparus Thrift Shoppe. I paid $6.00 for a total of 10 children’s books and 1 board game. In the past I would just pick up any good condition book that I would find, without having any purpose other than filling up the bookshelves. I am now focusing on finding books that will go well with our upcoming unit studies and lessons. Although, there will be times when I just simply cannot pass on a book from a favorite author or one that might just be fun to read or make a good bedtime book.

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All Kinds of Planes by Seymour Reit. November was National Aviation Month and we were studying airplanes in our row of The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909. There is even a page in the book with a photo of Louis Bleriot & his aeroplane, Everett pointed it out right away.  You can see some photos and the lesson plans for our The Glorious Flight row on our Facebook Page. All Kinds of Planes has a copyright of 1978 and is very good condition. Looking at the cover, you can see the original price of the book of $.95 and a Target price tag of $.85. I paid only $.50.

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo. This book will be a great addition to our studies in January.

George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz. This book will work perfectly in February.

M is for Mountain State: A West Virginia Alphabet by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle. This will make a great go-along book when we row either, When I Was Young in the Mountains or Amber on the Mountain. This is a hard cover book and is in good condition although it does have some scribble marks on the inside cover, but it was an excellent deal for $.50! Plus, I just love ABC books, I have quite the collection!

Elizabeth Blackwell: The First Woman Doctor by Frances Sabin. I picked this one up because I thought it might make a nice go-along book when we row Madeline.

Sitting Bull: Warrior of the Sioux and Pontiac: Chief of the Ottawas by Jane Fleischer. I don’t have any real plans for these books yet but I am sure we will be studying American Indians sometime in the near future.

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco. No plans for this one either, but I just love Patricia Polacco! The binding is slightly torn on this book but nothing a strip of clear packing take can’t fix.

Bats-Night Fliers by Betsy Maestro. I was planning to hang on to this book until next October for a bat study, however, after closer review I may just send this one back to the thrift store. Some how I overlooked the paragraph that says Bats are 50 million years old! I am a bit of stickler when it comes to that sort of thing…I also don’t buy dinosaur books that claim they are millions of years old.

The Castles of the Two Brothers by Aileen Friedman. I thought this one would make a good bedtime story book.

And finally, the board game…

Stampin’ The Lively Game of Stamp Acquisition. So this isn’t a book to add to our homeschool library but it will be a great addition to our row of Mailing May. Along with the Stamps Teach freebie that we received last year from the American Philatelic Society.

So there are all of my thrift store finds for our homeschool library from November. I will be heading to Hosparus on December 11 to search their bookshelves, books are marked down to only $.25!

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Marissa

    There are so many options out there you have to really look you buy any book… and so many are crazy expensive, but it’s good to find great deals.



  2. Kristi Miller

    What a great idea! I never thought to go to a thrift store to look for books but we are always adding to our homeschool library and looking for cheap ways to do so. We just moved this past year and our previous library had books sales regularly where you could take a whole bag for a quarter and many of them were still in new condition. I miss that. :/ This sounds like a good alternative though! I also like seeing the book recommendations. Thank you!

  3. Julie

    Thank you so much for linking up to my 100th Fellowship Friday Link up. Your post is such a great resource for many homeschooling families! 🙂 Julie @

  4. Jenn Roberts

    I need to get back to thrift shopping again. You’ve found some great finds! Thanks for sharing your list 🙂

  5. Linda S

    Looks like some terrific finds there! We’ve built our home library with many many books from thrift stores, and also library sales. I hope you’ll enjoy your new reads!

  6. Lux

    These are great reads and really deserve a place in the shelves. Thanks for sharing them.

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