First off. Countdown to Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale. Two days. I'm going Thursday morning. I will report immediately.
Now for Costco.
Costco sells children's books. Most of the time they are gimmicky or uber-popular/trendy and not worth looking at, but occasionally they have fantastic collections that are well-bound for really good deals, and right now happens to be one of those times.
The creme de la creme of the Costco deals right now:
The Roald Dahl box set. Fifteen fabulous books. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous for $25 dollars.
This would be worth it even if they weren't well bound, but when I got them home yesterday (he he he), I took them out and found them stiff and firm and oh-so-very-nice. I bought this set because our George's Marvelous Medicine and our Fantastic Mr. Fox and most of our other Dahl's are so worn they are in shreds. And I didn't have two of the books at all, and a few I didn't have in single book form. Included in this collection is the hysterical, amazing Esio Trot. Man, I love that tiny story. Read it, even if you don't buy this collection.
Right now they also have a Ramona set for a super good deal, and a classics set for kids that looked amazing. I very much wish I could have justified it except that we owned all but one book in the set. They also have these beautiful collections of classics, more than one novel combined into one. They are hardbound, with fancy, gilded pages. You might want to consider them if you don't own them already, and they would make a lovely Christmas present. The collections are by author: Robert Louis Stevenson (I got that one for Calvin for Christmas), Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austen, H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, the Arabian Nights tales, and the Grimm Fairy Tales. Worth looking at at the very least.
And for picture books:
The Three Little Pigs.
Here are our three favorite editions of the story:
And here are our favorite fractured fairytale versions:
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell
The Three Little Cajun Pigs by Mike Artell
And here's a fabulous article on why reading fairytales with your kids is SO important: