My latest used book treasure hunt bounty

I periodically visit a local library’s (barely) used books for sale section to buy books for my family priced from $.50 to a few bucks. If you’re lucky enough to have a used bookstore near you, it’s a great way to build a book collection on the cheap.

Last Friday, I picked up three great dinosaur books for my son, who’s well on his way to becoming a paleontologist, thanks to his current favorite show (along with Little Bear), “Dinosaur Train”. I hit the jackpot, scooping up the beautifully illustrated 450-page hardcover Dinosaurus: The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs, which retails for $30, for just $5.

I also stumbled upon a quality, well-researched book covering the exact topic my wife and I have been recently debating: television and child development. I got The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids for $3, but it’s well worth paying Amazon $9 if you’ve got kids. Television has such a huge influence on kids. This book presents lots of research-based evidence on how to use television as a powerful educational tool and how not to let it become a destructive influence on your children’s lives.

I’m having trouble putting down another book I practically stole — for $2 — titled China Shakes the World: A Titan’s Rise and Troubled Future — and the Challenge for America. It’s a few years out of date, but the author lived several decades in China and has been all around the country. He was The Financial Times’s Beijing bureau chief and speaks fluent Mandarin. His book has been very well reviewed. It’s currently available from for just $6. That’s three times what I paid, but it’s an excellent read.

Posted by James on Tuesday, August 03, 2010