I’m so thankful that my mom is always looking for inexpensive books for my kids.
From the time my kids were born, she’s been on the hunt for great, new reads for Maddy, Owen, and Cora. She searches for their favorite authors at her local library’s book sale each time it’s held.
She keeps an eye out for books at yard sales.
And when she finds them, she sets them aside to bring to Maryland, or she keeps them at her house for when we come to visit.
It makes a difference. It really, truly does. Having more sets of eyes on the lookout for inexpensive books for your kids really helps to grow your home library quickly–and affordably!
Thanks to my mom–and the focus she put on books when I was a child–I, too, am always on the hunt for inexpensive books for my kids.
Last week on Snapchat I shared a few ways to score some inexpensive books for your child, and I’m rounding out the list here for you.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Where to Find Inexpensive Books for Your Kids:
Really, you know there’s no need for you to buy a million books to keep at home. The library is all you need to provide your kids with tons and tons of books, but it does help to have a few books on hand for your kids at home.
1. Host a Book Swap
Really, you guys. Book Swaps can be super easy and a ton of fun.
And? They’re a great way to grab a few more new-to-you books!
2. Look at the library for the (often hidden) ‘for sale’ rack.
Books are usually super inexpensive on this rack, and most libraries have them.
Look in the back or on the edges of the regular bookshelves. Then get your quarters ready!
3. Go to the book section of your Thrift Store.
Thrift Stores usually have a book section. And books go for pennies.
And most Thrift Stores have ‘bag days’ or buy one get one days, so do a little hometown hunting and start buying!
4. Join an online (or Facebook) yard sale groups.
Search ‘yard sale + [your town]’ on Facebook. You’ll be surprised to see that many towns and cities have local yard sale groups.
I know personally, there are about four Facebook yard sale groups for my town and surrounding areas. It’s kind of like Craigslist but safer, maybe, because you can see how each person is connected.
5. Check out these 5 online recommendations:
- Ask your friends on Facebook. Really. Just a simple, Does anyone have children’s books they’re willing to lend or sell?
- Half.com: Worth checking out!
- Epic! Books: Instant access to thousands of high-quality ebooks for Kids 12 and under.
- Scholastic Reading Club: Why not try to get a bunch of friends together and call yourselves a class? A playgroup? Friends group? Homeschooling ‘book club’? Register as a teacher/ class and use those discounts!
- Amazon book deals: Amazon has huuuuuuge discounts on books. Always. Every day, you guys. If you have Amazon Prime, especially, you can score some serious deals on books. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can try an Amazon Prime 30-day Free Trial.
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