Last night I took the kids on a walk before bed and they were very excited to find a bin of books in a neighbour's yard marked "FREE." They rifled through the bin and each found a treasure (or two or three) to take home.
Zoë was adamant that she wanted a book about Sitting Bull. There are no pictures in the book but she happily "read" it the whole way home.
Benjamin found a book "about eagles," which he was only slightly disappointed to learn was actually a book about each of the 50 United States and contained not a single fact about eagles.
Miriam found a Basher book on rocks and minerals, a drawing book and The Encyclopedia...of Immaturity. "Can I take this one?" she asked in awe. "I have never owned an encyclopedia before."
Rachel was aghast to find a copy of Catching Fire in the bin. She didn't take it because we already have a copy, but "what kind of monster" would get rid of Catching Fire?! Instead she grabbed a book called How They Croaked, a WWII fact book, and The Book Thief (which I will be reading next).
We also grabbed a little book on origami and an easy reader about wolves (evidently Zoë knows the word for wolf, which we did not know).
It was a rather satisfying walk, even if we all were rather overburdened with armfuls of books on the way home...