Cheap Classroom Books
There is an abundance of children's literature just waiting to be unearthed and many teachers get excited about introducing new concepts through unique stories and picture books. Unfortunately, classroom budgets only go so far, leaving many teachers to carry the weight of the expense. Jackie, a preschool teacher and mom, insists that this should not deter teachers from incorporating literature into the classroom. Instead, she offers several great ideas on how to find these books inexpensively; a win for both classroom and teacher! Your Personal Library
If you have children, chances are you already have a well-rounded library at home. It may take some digging, but taking a day to sort through the pop-ups, board books, and other picture books on the toy shelf can unearth many great lesson boosters. If you're able, it may be helpful to make a list of the books you do have so that the process is faster and easier each unit or term.
The Public Library
The library is full of free resources for both children and adults. In many counties you don't even have to leave your house to know if the title your searching for is available thanks to online databases. Even if the story you seek is currently checked out, web-based forms allow you to place holds on these items so that you'll be sure to get them when they're returned.
Other Great Places to Find Inexpensive Children's Books
- Annual sales at the library
- Yard sales
- Thrift stores