Finding Books for Children

A good collection of books for children is almost a must for kids. Here are some ideas on where to find some great books without going broke. 

We all know how important it is for our children to be reading.  Having colorful, fun and exciting books on the shelf can make them want to read.  But the cost of such a collection can really add up.  So it pays to find sources for children’s books besides the local bookstore.


I have to mention Amazon even though we all know they have just about everyone beat on low prices.  And Amazon is really convenient too.  They’ve obviously figured out how to keep people coming back to their online store.

Amazon has made it easy to shop for their low-priced books.  But if you want even more bang for your buck, my favorite source of books for children is library sales.

Library Sales

A lot of libraries raise extra money through their library sales.   If you call your local library or visit their website you can find out when they’ll be having their next sale.  They tend to have these sales only a few times a year, sometimes only once or twice a year.

I’ve found all kinds of fantastic books for dirt cheap. Back when we lived in a bigger house I built up quite a collection, both for us and for our kids.  

Now that we live in a smaller two-bedroom condo, I don’t have the space to buy lots of books.  It’s been a while since I’ve been to a library sale, and I haven’t been keeping up with more recent prices.

But just a few short years ago I was able to find kids’ books for 25 cents.  I am not kidding.  You may or may not be able to find them that cheap now, but I’ll bet they will still be less expensive than anywhere else you could find them.  And I’ve even found some great children’s games for around 25 cents at these sales, too.

Other Places to Find Books for Children

If you have a store that sells used books, you may be able to find some great deals there.  I would also check the thrift stores in your area.  I’ve found some great books at thrift stores that my kids really loved.

Besides the fact that they are wonderful educational tools, children’s books make great gifts we can feel really good about buying for our kids.  It’s nice to know there are ways to provide fantastic educational tools for them on a tight budget.

If you’re looking to buy more books for children and need help finding a book sale, check out this site to find one near you.

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