Caitlin shares how she builds her son’s book collection on a budget:
I was an early reader, and my parents always made sure to have plenty of books around for me to read. Now that I’m building a library for my own son, I’ve noticed kids’ books are not exactly inexpensive. I happen to enjoy reading vintage sci fi, which is usually out of print, so I do a lot of shopping at used bookstores and library sales. Most library sales I’ve been to have a special on the last day of the sale where you can fill a box or brown paper bag with books for US$5-8. A $20 investment on that day can net around 75-100 books for your child. Some of them also offer older sets encylcopedias (yes, I was one of those kids) for $20-40. You can also find other gems like one of several American biographies series produced in the 1950s and 1960s about pioneers and other historical figures.
Unless you’re a friend of the library doing the book sale, it’s pretty hard to keep up with when book sales happen. I ran across BookSale Finder, which seems to have listings for a good bit of the US and some of the Canadian provinces. I thought it was pretty neat and might help other parents build a library for their children.
Tags: Children’s literature