I also go to library sales and snatch up wonderful picture books for pennies-on-the-dollar. This is a wonderful way to build your home library. You can sign up online for book sales and they will send you a list of which libraries are selling their books and when. Some will sell books by the bag full. You can't go wrong. If you impulse buy, then resell them or give them away.
One thing I enjoy doing is putting the date we bought the book inside the back cover. I also put the date when we first read it and, if it an individual read, I put their child's name. The younger siblings have enjoyed seeing that their older siblings read the same book years before them.
Patricia Polacco - This is an author for family heritage. She is one of my favorite authors, as well as illustrators. She brings her rich Jewish heritage of family into your home. Other then a few of her more recent books, I agree and love her work. She has began putting out some politically correct books.
She came to Barnes and Nobles, where two of my children and I stood in line for four hours to meet her and have her sign our books. She was as charming in person as she is in her writings.
We started with "The Bee Hunt" where she introduces your child to the love of reading.
These are wonderful curl-up-on-the-couch books that enjoy peaking into someone else's family of treasures.
What are some of your favorite picture books? I always love discovering a new favorite.