Having a well-stocked classroom library and novel set collection is essential for any English Language Arts (ELA) teacher. Schools do not always have the budget to provide these resources for their teachers, leaving many teachers to purchase these books. Finding books for a reasonable price, that fits in your teacher budget, can be challenging. Below is a list of great places to start your search for classroom novels.
When purchasing novel sets of six or more books for literature circles, book clubs or a class novel study it can get costly. Check out the ideas below to help make purchasing sets of books more affordable.
- Book Outlet Canada or USA
- Your local bookstore sale rack – check big box and small bookstores as they often have great deals on their sales rack. If you can’t find it, ask! It might be worth it.
- Scholastic Warehouse Sale
- Scholastic Reading Club monthly flyers – their $1.99 specials are very good. I try to check all of the upper grades flyers for specials. Canada or USA
Finding reasonably priced fiction and non-fiction books for your classroom library requires a little bargain shopping, but is possible. In addition to the ideas listed above for novel sets, you can also check out the places below to find books for your classroom library.
- Book Sale Finder
- Public library discards rack
- Garage sales – read the newspaper regularly in the summer
- Retired teachers sales – check garage sale and online sale listings
- Thrift Stores – check local thrift stores and ones in nearby towns/cities
- Thrift Books Website – discount book website.
- Paperback Swap – swap your current novels for different ones
- First Book Marketplace
Other Ways To Acquire Books
- Redeem rewards points for gift cards to book stores
- Collect and save your Scholastic points from monthly book sale flyer sales
- Ask friends, family and neighbours in person and via social media to donate any gently used books to your classroom
- If permitted ask parents of students in your class to donate books their children have finished reading
Share your favourite way to acquire books for your classroom in the comments below.