Welcome to Old Children's Books, selling children's literature and picture books online since 1994. We stock more than 10,000 scarce, collectible and out-of-print books, for readers, teachers and collectors.
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- Ordering by Phone or Mail
- International Shipping
- Returns Policy
International Shipping Estimate Chart
Ordering online with Paypal Solutions Shopping Cart
The Paypal Secure shopping cart accepts direct payment from individual credit cards as well as Paypal payments. (See bottom of Paypal Login Page for Guest Payments)
Select your preferred Shipping Method. (Media mail is $3.50 for any sized order.) We review all purchases before processing payments, and will notify you of any differences. Canadian shipments are usually less than the $17 international fee..
If you have questions about unusually small or large international or multiple expedited purchases, email or call us.
As a small business, we appreciate the security provided by Paypal Solutions for customers who order online, but we can also make payment arrangements over the phone or by email. We accept all major credit cards, checks, or money orders.
Be sure to call or email to reserve the book before you send a check or money order through the mail.
Columbia Basin Books (or Suzanne or Truman Price), 7210 Helmick Road, Monmouth, OR 97361
We live in the country outside a small Oregon town and have had the same telephone number and local bank account for over thirty years.
Our jackets are covered with with archival protectors. All our books are invoiced and packed in a professional manner: our hardbacks are shipped securely in cardboard boxes with ample padding or if in Priority envelopes, first wrapped in creased cardboard protection. In 20 years of catalogue and online bookselling, we have never had a problem due to packaging within North America, Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand or Japan.
US Media Mail shipping (within the U.S.) is $3.50 for any quantity of books, representing a small discount for our customers on multiple orders.
US Priority shipping (within the U.S.) is $6.00 for a single item, small enough to fit. Inquire for combined US Priority shipping on multiple orders. Often several books can be sent together in a flat-rate box. Very large, heavy books may require additional shipping. Books under 8oz, like Beatrix Potter books, can be sent 1st Class Air for quite a lot less and just as fast; contact us first.
(The USPS, although sometimes slow, has failed to deliver a book only once during all our time in business, over many thousands of shipments).
We routinely ship internationally. Cost of shipping varies widely depending on country and size of book(s). The flat-rate priority in which many books ship (first wrapped in creased cardboard, inside the envelope) costs us $22 (to Canada) or $27. If the book is under two pounds it can usually be sent First Class Air for less. Very small books to Canada are often less, and again we refund. Very large books may require additional postage. Please inquire about current international shipping rates for oversized books and multiple orders.
See the Estimated International Shipping Chart below.
Priority Mail in a padded Flat Rate Envelope (book first wrapped in cardboard, inside the envelope: $24 for Canada, $32 for other countries. In almost all cases First Class is preferred.
International surface shipping no longer exists.
If the book is very small, under 8 oz, and can be sent First Class, there will be a partial refund.
If the book package is heavier than 4 lb, we will send an additional Paypal Money Request.
We are not responsible for the repacking jobs done by customs agents. (!)
We do not ordinarily give discounts, since we price according to the online market.
A 10% courtesy discount is offered only to circulating libraries, schools, and classroom libraries.
Trade discounts are extended to open shops listed in published directories such as Sheppard's Directory. Any other dealer discounts, whether courtesy or reciprocal, have been previously arranged in person.
Discounts to institutional collections as arranged.
We invoice or accept purchase orders from schools, libraries, private collections, research institutions and established customers.
We accept returns within 14 days and will refund the purchase price of the book.
If the return is due to our description error we will also refund the postage, going both ways.
Please return the book in its original packing or pack protected against moisture in a sturdy, well padded box, large enough to protect the corners. Let us know that you are returning a book.