Teachers: How to Find Cheap Books for Classrooms

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It can be difficult to find affordable books for classrooms. Although the school will provide the basic texts, you will need to source the books and materials yourself if you plan to teach a new module or create a reading list in your classroom.

Here are some places you can look if you need books that are affordable and high quality for your classroom.

  • BookCloseouts.comBookCloseouts offers thousands of books at as low as 90 percent on the cover price. This includes hundreds of non-fiction and children’s books for less than $3. You can search by price (under 3 dollars) or genre (children’s fiction, non-fiction).
  • Amazon.comAmazon is not just about adult bestsellers. There are thousands of bargain books for children on Amazon. It takes some digging. You can even sort books by subject and grade in the “school essentials” section. Shipping is free if you order at least $25 worth of products from Amazon.
  • Half Price BooksHalf-price Book is a dying breed of brick-and-mortar bookshops. They sell used and new books of all genres, as well as children’s books. They currently have 110 stores across 16 states. The cover price will never exceed half the cost, and sometimes you’ll find a lower price.
  • Library Sales. Libraries are great places for expanding your classroom’s reading selection. Many libraries sell at least one book per year. It can be difficult to find out information about these sales in time. To schedule library sales, visit BookSaleFinder.com. Click on the state you are interested in to see a complete list of library book sales over the next two months. This is so cool!
  • Yard sales and thrift sales. This is a great place to find cheap books. While nine out of ten sales might not have many books of interest at all, the last sale could be a goldmine.
  • Thriftbooks.com. Thriftbooks.com has more than six million titles, some used and some new. The inventory is constantly changing. You can find children’s books in the “bargain basement”. Shipping is free for all orders.

It doesn’t need to be difficult or costly to find cheap books for your classroom library or other reading projects. You just need to keep an eye out online for the best deals and look in your local community.