My son and I visited the Garden Place Library, part of the Hamilton City Libraries, which, I was happy to notice, had a very large section dedicated to children. Looking through the book selection was interesting – most of the children’s books I had never seen before, except for classics, such as those written by Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, and Lois Ehlert.
|Garden City Library - Kids' Section|
I also visited Browsers, a second-hand book shop on Victoria Street that is simply a required stop for the book lovers. Not only they carry great variety, most books are in very good condition and are not very expensive. I fell in love with an incomplete Thomas Nelson and Sons’ Charles Dickens collection; there were ten books, published in the first years of the 1900s, in good condition, and great price. They were my present to my daughter, who, like her mother, loves an old book.
|Three of the ten Charles Dickens books|
|It would be so wonderful if the collection were complete.|
However, I think Browsers was the only place I noticed sold inexpensive books. The new books, in the traditional bookstores, were extremely expensive. First of all, few sales were worthwhile, something disappointing for someone who really enjoys searching for nice bargain. Paperback books were usually NZ$20 (or US$17). But I was happy to find some New Zealand authors and ended up falling in love with the stories of Craig Smith. His books are wonderful for young children and his humor is similar to mine. Craig is a musician, so his books are songs and every book comes with a CD. I got a few more books as well. Some were Māori books and one, by Joy Cowley, was about a white kiwi bird. So happy!