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    acmom is offline Emerald level (3000+ posts)
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    I am collecting children's books for a local organization. We need a lot and the kids range in age from K to middle school, so can use a wide range of titles. Several of us used the Amazon $5 off book purchase. Anyone seen any other book deals we might be able to take advantage of to stretch our $??

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    Are you able to donate used books? When I’ve purchased for my kids classroom libraries and school library (in a very underfunded area), I have gotten amazing deals from our local public libraries “Friends of the Library” used book sales. They have a sale a few times a year with Childrens hardcovers for a dollar, and they have various fill a bag/box sales too...I shop multiple libraries for these sales and over the years have scored really good books for an unbeatable price for the schools (and us!) this way.


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    We can have some used books to donate to the organization (and I use your tip and will look at Library sales for those!) , but we are hoping to get one new one for each child they service so that it can be a part of their Christmas gifts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acmom View Post
    We can have some used books to donate to the organization (and I use your tip and will look at Library sales for those!) , but we are hoping to get one new one for each child they service so that it can be a part of their Christmas gifts.
    Do any of your kids' teachers do Scholastic Book Clubs? Each of their catalogues (from preK-middle grades) always has at least one book for $1 (and usually a couple for $2), and at this time of year, many of them are holiday themed. When I was teaching I'd buy these books as my students' holiday gift. Not sure how many children you're buying for, but I think it won't get much better than $1-$2 per book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umsh View Post
    Do any of your kids' teachers do Scholastic Book Clubs? Each of their catalogues (from preK-middle grades) always has at least one book for $1 (and usually a couple for $2), and at this time of year, many of them are holiday themed. When I was teaching I'd buy these books as my students' holiday gift. Not sure how many children you're buying for, but I think it won't get much better than $1-$2 per book.

    Yes, I used to get the $1 books for my students as a gift when I taught too! I reached out to my kids teachers but both said they weren't doing an order that would be here in time. 😢

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    Aw that's too bad, bc that's probably the best source for inexpensive new books.

    Do you have a Scholastic warehouse sale near you? Those aren't as cheap as the book clubs but they're not bad, usually they're half off the cover price...you could get new paperbacks for $2-2.50.

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    Default Deals on kids books?

    Library sales and used books. There’s no reason, imo, not to buy used if the quality is like new (and it often is!).

    ETA- missed your follow up. I’d try Target.
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    Check on Bookoutlet. I've never gotten one (except from scratch and dent) that showed any signs of wear other than you might find at a book store.

    ETA: From their website " The books we purchase are all new and represent publishers’ excess inventory or in many cases excess inventory at bookstores that has been returned to the publisher. The publisher puts a small mark or line on the edge of the book identifying it as a “bargain book” that can no longer be returned to the publisher for credit. Some books have no mark on the edge but most do. If you can live with a small mark on the edge for a 50% to 90% discount then you have found your reader’s paradise."

    You can also get 5% off right now through Ebates + free shipping on $35.
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    Do you have an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet? I shop there for books for my kids, prices range from .99-3.99 usually. The books do usually ha e a black line across the bottom just to mark that they are from a bargain store, but otherwise are new books.


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    Thanks for all the good ideas! I didn't know about the Bookoutlet site and never thought about checking our Ollie's for books. And yes, we do have a Scholastic Warehouse in town - I actually coordinate our school's Scholastic Book Fairs each year so don't know how I forgot about that option! They aren't open to the public for regular shopping but are having one of their Warehouse Sales before my deadline so I'll hit that too!

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