where to find good but inexpensive children's books?

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  1. Ms.E

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    I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions where to find good but cheap children's books?
     
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    I found most of my books for my classroom library and read aloud collection at places like Goodwill, Library Book Sales, used book stores, etc. I try not to buy them at regular book store unless its on sale, in paperback, or it's something extra special. You would be surprised at the great condition you can find books in when you go to places like Goodwill. I bought a large board big book version of The Very Hungry Caterplillar for $2.50 in nearly brand new condition at Goodwill. It's all a matter of shopping around and knowing what you need.
     
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    library sales are great, used books stores, garage sales, thrift stores, I've done it all. I really hate to buy new books at full price.
     
  5. Miss Bradley

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    I agree. I have bought my whole collection of books (about 400 now) at places like Goodwill and other thrift stores. Goodwill has great books for $.50 and other thrift stores sometimes go as low as $.25 a book. I am a first year teacher and this has been a wonderful resource to me!:p
     
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    I wish my Goodwill was that cheap! Our kids books are 1.49. I only buy them at 1/2 price (unless it is a good book). Today I purchased several books for my author studies there. When we visit Texas I go crazy because they have .25 books :)
     
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    I buy most of mine at thrift stores and yard sales.... I have purchased over 150 this summer! My daughters say I have an addiction! LOL! :lol:
    I only buy new books from Scholastic or an occasional one from our school book fair.
     
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    Scholastic Bonus points are another way to earn free books. That all depends on if your students' families order on a regular basis so that you can earn enough points.
     
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    EBAY!!!!!!!:2up:
     
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    Half Price Books is one chain that I shop at. They sell new and used books, new books are at least half off the cover price and used books are as cheap as 10 cents.
    King Dollar is a chain dollar store in the Houston area (I don't know where else it may be), but they have excellent books for a dollar. Many are by award winning authors. I try to stop there every other week or so to check out the books.
    I also buy books from the library used book room. The local library also has a Friends of the Library sale where they sell new books and CDs for next to nothing.
     
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    I have a LARGE library and I got 99% of them at Goodwill and Scholastic Bonus point. I don't think i spent over $40 for all of them.
     
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    is there Goodwill in dallas?
     
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    There are tons of goodwills in the DFW area.


    I second half price books. They give 10% off for teachers, and they have a wonderful clearance section.
     
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    On my supply list we asked for a book from each student as a donation to the class. In this case the store was specified...Its a private school. Sometimes the printing company of the books make donations to the class. Try that.
     
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    Sometimes I get books for 10 or 20 cents at Goodwill and Salvation Army. I even find teacher books. I found The Art of Teaching Writing as well as 32 Third Graders and One Bunny each for 59 cents!!!
     
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    Get a discount card for Borders and Barnes and Noble. show your id, or checkstub, or offer letter, and save!

    I would consider the book clubs too. You don't have to wait for school to start buying stuff. It is feast or famine. You could get a ton of parents ordering, or maybe just two... But since you are starting off, you can just order for yourself, and as the other posters say, the more your order, the more bonus points you get.

    It's kinda like Office Depot and Office Max. I have discount cards for them too. I make a zillion copies, and buy supplies. They give me 15% discount (ofc depot that is) up front, and then every quarter send me a bonus card for x amount! It is great. I gotta go there anyway!

    Local libraries also have used book sales. Get friendly with the Children's librarian at your local branches. If one doesn't know, go down the street and ask another one!

    Good luck!!

    oh, p.s. Get your assistant, or volunteer mom/dad/other relative to make a book hospital! That way, when books lose pages, get ripped or have covers torn off :eek: you put them in the 'hospital', and this person can take them away, and patch them up! Saves $$ and is a teachable lesson. "Oh, what happen to this book???" No names, no blame. Put it in the book hospital. "Boys and girls, we treat our books like our friends, with nice touches!"

    Packing tape is the best solution! Wider and stronger than standard scotch tape.
     
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    Giant lots of books on Ebay, auction houses, and my MIL, who is always buying something for my children.
     
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    I have that as one of my procedures in my room. If the kids find a book that is torn, or worn- they bring it to me. I never knew one of my many hats would be "book repairer". I have gotten pretty good at it ;)
     
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    Book Hospital ! I love it! Great Idea!!!!:2up:
     
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    i think this question was asked in another forum , but i cant find it...

    what if your a new teacher, what discount can you get when you have no proof?

    should i show them my teaching certification???....lol
     
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    I would check out Half Price books. As far as showing them proof, take in your contract if you already have it. If not, see if the district can give you a temporary ID or something. If it's like my district, you will be getting an ID card soon. I would also send out book orders to the kids (don't know if this was mentioned already) but when they order, you get classroom points. You can also order and build up the points. You can use both points and your money to buy books...it builds up quickly. There are good prices, too. When I was going to college, I had a reading professor (reading was my major) who would give us book orders to buy books for our building classroom library. Every month or so she would order. It was great!
     
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    thanks teaching mom!!
     
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    I am soooo psyched! I just got back from the thrift store and bought 42 books and 5 movies....it cost me 31.00 and I added up the totals that I would have paid in a regular store - it would have been about 260.00!!! What savings!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    That's the way to do it. It is amazing what you can get. I never take books that are yellowed or torn, either.
     
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    great deal!!!!:wow:
     
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    Don't you have an offer letter, insurance card...something with your school name on it?

    Office Depot and Office Max, Staples are pretty easy. Barnes & Noble, and Borders and JoAnn's will ask for checkstub or school ID.
     
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    be careful of garage sales

    Please be careful of garage sale goodies.

    My ex used to drag stuff out of the garage all the time. And each time he did, I had more spiders and centipedes! :eek:

    Books can get wet, and have mold spores. Flip thru the pages, front and back, and make sure there is no damage, spots or evidence of mold. That would be really yucky to bring class.

    I never take a box or crate from somebody, I dump everything out!!!
     
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    you're welcomed...don't forget to make it a 'teachable moment', even a lesson!

    Some directors threatened to make us pay for damaged books! :eek: They claim as teacher, you are supposed to be responsible for showing the children how to care for the books, and make sure they are not damaged.

    So the really pushed us to take care of books!

    And as an Ed. Coordinator, I had to do the the same thing. I could not walk by a book stand at my sites, and see it looking crazy. Teachers would say, "The two year olds tear it up." I say, "That's when you stop them, show them how to care for them, and fix it." And, I fix it while I am talking to the teacher!! Only takes a few seconds, every time you walk by, just straighten out the books, and remove the torn ones!
     

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