Friday, April 16, 2010

6 Places to Buy Children's Books Cheap

As a family of avid readers (3 who can read, 1 who almost can and 2 more who love being read to) AND home schoolers we are always on the look out for good children's books for cheap.

I find inexpensive books in a variety of places:
  • Amazon's used books.  I've never received one that needed to be sent back.
  • Discount tables at major bookstore chains.  This takes self-control to stick to the clearance tables though.
  • Shop Amazon, Christian Book Distributors (, and major stores AFTER a holiday not before.
  • Home School Used Curriculum Sales.  Google "Your state + Home School Organization".  Poke around online until you find out when their annual sale is.  Most do NOT require that you home school to attend.  My organization is hosting their annual sale in June.  (FYI June and July are popular months for used curriculum sales.)
  • Neighborhood Used Book Stores.  There's one not far from my house but their children's section is lacking.
  • Library Used Book Sales.  Check with your local library to see when their annual used book sale is.  My local library had theirs in March.  Some books were discontinued library books.  Others had been donated. 
In fact, I scored big time at my local library's used book sale.  All of the books above (plus a couple that had already been snatched up) were bought at the sale.  The children's books were a quarter each and the non-fiction books were $1 each.

Guess how much I spent in total for all these books?!

Where do you go to find good books for little money?


Carrie said...

Goodwill! I find books for $0.50 or $0.99 on a regular basis. However! That said, Goodwill is starting to get snooty and they've upped their book prices which I find to be absolutely ridiculous.

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

I don't go book shopping very often, but Mike does. He is constantly bringing home books for Emily. Some good choices and some not so good. : )

Flamingo Mama said...

yardsales...10cents to a quarter...maybe 50 cents for a real splurge:) lol

Anabelle A said...

Some other good resources are Book Closeouts, Books a Million and Kids Surplus.

Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon
Inspire a kid. Gift them a book.

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