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Old 01-28-2011, 07:07 AM   #11
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I can't be positive, because I don't have kids and haven't joined, but I think that Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/) gives a free book each month to kids that sign up.
In Georgia it's through the Ferst Foundation. There are a few counties that don't participate, but most do. We love it; DS get's sooo excited when he gets a new book in the mail. It normally comes w/ a coloring/activity page as well. They are normally hardback or board books. THey get one a month, from birth to 5yo; 60 books total.

We also order from my nieces Scholastic Book fair papers that she brings home from school as well.

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Old 01-28-2011, 07:31 AM   #12
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Re: Where do you get your children's books?

Goodwills usually have an outlet store that sells everything 50% off. We always find kids books there for .25 or .50. I've even found newer Dr. Seuss books there.

Craigslist, thirft stores, yard sales, salvation army, friends hand me downs. I also ask friends and family members to buy books for gifts.

We shop sales. B&N usually has good sales (buy 1 get 1, buy 2 get 1, etc) and paired with coupons it really brings the cost of new books down.

If you have an e-reader there are TONS of kids books you can download for free and some for $1-2. Here is amazon's link for free books, if you scroll down they have a couple of websites listed that offer a ton of free books and have a generous selection of kid books.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:43 AM   #13
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Re: Where do you get your children's books?

Yard sales (when it isn't winter), and at the once a year library booksale.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:02 PM   #14
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Re: Where do you get your children's books?

I had a lot of paperbacks from my non-mom days so I posted them to paperbackswap.com for credits and I got some fantastic kids books from there, some seemingly new, in hardcover. I think you get 3 free credits for joining.

Also my local Salvation Army is softcovers 3 for .99 cents, hardcover for .50.

If you're willing to pay a little more, TJMaxx (Marshall's too maybe) has discounted books.

Craigslist often has people selling boxes of kids books if you don't much care what you get. (We don't do these because we avoid Disney and other branded toy books)
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I never neveR never buy them full priced. Ever.
That said, I have an amazing (if I do say so myself!) collection of childrens books! I get them from-
Yard/garage sales
Thrift stores
Library sales
Consignment stores
School sales
Birthday/Christmas gifts
Book warehouse stores, some give me a HS discount of 20%
Borders or Barnes and Nobles clearance rack, plus I also use my 20% homeschooler discount there.

Everyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for books, so lots of people give us there books that they were going to get rid of too!!

People are always impressed at our childrens book collection, and even more impressed at how little I pay for them!

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Old 01-28-2011, 01:12 PM   #16
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I lost all my daycare center books when I moved. (in an unfortunate Goodwill incident)

I've been buying them used on Amazon. I buy a few at a time to try to replace what I lost.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:26 PM   #17
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The ARC thrift store is the best we have found. Saturday is half off day so we get any books for under $1. I buy my books there too! We try to go every Saturday and usually walk out with at least one book from the series my dc like.

If you don't have an ARC you can try garage sales. Normally if you hit them at the end you can get books for around $0.25!
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Re: Where do you get your children's books?

Goodwill. Also Ebay sometimes has some good deals. I usually look for a price that includes the shipping. I've scored some pretty good deals!

Oh, and I don't know about your state, but here in Tennessee they have a books from birth program. I have both of my children signed up and they each get one free book a month until they are 5. And there is no income requirement
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Dang I have been looking in all the wrong places.

I normally get books from Ross. I usually pay about $3 for a book. fairly cheap compared to buying it in other stores.
I know my mom had gotten some from Savers. I need to hit up Goodwill. DD's 3 now and I'm thinking she will get the concept of a library so I want to take her soon.
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:18 PM   #20
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We've been taking my daughter to the library since she was about 2. She totally gets it and loves it. We've actually kinda stopped buying books (hiatus) because we usually have about 10 library books here at any given time. And it's free! The library is the best thing ever!
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