(Closed) Best place to buy kids books?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Interested to see responses on this! I’m thinking TJ Maxx/Marshalls would be a good source.

Unfortunately not many used book stores near me especially those that offer children books.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Value Village! In Canada the books are $1 each and buy 4, get 1 free. I have bought everything from Mouse Paint to The Very Hungry Caterpillar to any Robert Munsch book you can name for cheap!

Also try local thrift stores. Some will price books by the title and you will end up being asked to pay $3-$5 a title, while others price by the book. The community bookstore in our area charges $0.25 a title, no matter what it is.

The other place I grab great books is our local library. Our library sells older books for cheap, and once a year they have the blowout sale. They have thousands of titles and sell you a reusable grocery bag of books for $5. Last year I picked up close to 200 books for my classroom for less than $30. Well worth it!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh, also, as a teacher, I have to say I LOVE scholastic book club. It not only has great titles for under $5 new, but it also supports your teacher. We get a percentage of money to use towards new classroom resources, which is awesome πŸ™‚ This month they have Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in our kindergarten order for $1.99!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I buy them at the library! They do sales on the used kids books and sell them for $1 or less. You have to root through to find good ones, but it’s fun! πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I usually so garage sales or sales at the local library.  Definately Scholastic books for teachers. I used to work in daycare and that is where I got a lot of my books, which are still in good shape after almost 12 years not doing daycare anymore

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I buy most of her books at Savers – a thrift store that gives money to charity. All of their childrens books are 65 cents and buy 3 get the fourth free. It’s awesome! Most of them are in fantastic shape. I also registered for a lot of books when I had my baby shower (2 years ago) and I got a lot of the “classics” that way. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper

Thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets. No joke.

Just yesterday my Fiance came home with seven brand new Dr. Suess books from the flea market and paid…wait for it…$5.00 total. We are collecting all the Dr. Suess books we can get our little hands on and they aren’t cheap in stores.

We always come across one or two good condition books at thrift stores and pay about $1.00 for them each.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Powells.com is a fantastic store for used books that are good quality.  They have physical stores out here in the Northwest, but their entire stock is online too.  My family has found some great board books there!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

By The Way, speaking of board books…. if you don’t have them yet, I highly reccommend the Sandra Boynton books….so adorable!!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

we have gotten so many books as gifts, I have bought almost none! and they are great.  My 18 month old is obsessed with books.  We do mostly board books – in his much younger days we read regular books (before he was grabbing) – stuff like Dr. Seuss.  A few favorite board books are Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (the best!), Curious George, Sesame Street.

And some of his current favorites come FREE from this:http://imaginationlibrary.com/

Its amazing -a free book in the mail every month. stuff you wouldn’t buy, but literally they are among the books my son grabs and asks us to read the most.    It is totally random, but Dolly Parton supports it, and there is no gimmick.  Just free books.  I highly recommend!

The few books I have bought I either get from Amazon or from Barnes & Noble when we go in person.  Used I get from flea markets and such.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

How about the library?  They’re used, they’re free, and you get to give them back when you’re done.

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