Another place to purchase books for cheap are book sales. I use Book Sale Finder to search for those happening in my state or nearby. Most of the book sales near me are located at neighborhood libraries. The books are gently used library books or books donated by the community. More often than not, they are in very good shape. The children’s books are usually 25 cents each. I always go the first day of the sale in order to choose from a wide variety of books. I walked out with 35 books for only $8.00 this weekend!
Another great place to grab books is a yard sale. Oftentimes, they are selling books that their grown kids don’t read anymore. Sometimes, you’ll hit the jackpot and stumble upon a yard sale of a former teacher! Once you find books at a yard sale, make sure they are in good condition and aren’t smelly or moldy from being in a basement. Also, don’t be afraid to bargain! Most people are willing to give you a better price if you explain that they are for a classroom. I purchased over 40 hardcover books for less than $15. This set is worth over $400!
I know how important it is to put books in our students’ hands, but also how hard it can be to afford a classroom library. Hopefully you can now fill yours up with wonderful books for your kids!