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Question #93506 posted on 02/22/2021 9:20 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where are your favorite places to buy cheap children’s books? I’ve ordered a bit from
The Book Bundler and think kids books.com looks pretty cool.

-No DI near me

A:

Dear DIY,

Wow! Those sites are awesome! Thanks for letting us know about them! I will definitely use those.

I love ordering books off of Thriftbooks. Books are usually around $4, and you can choose the quality of the books you get, which will vary the price. Also, if you buy more than $10 worth of books, you get free shipping, which is nice. I hadn't heard of Book Bundler, which seems like it's really nice for buying a lot of books, but Thriftbooks looks like a better one if you want to get specific books or choose quality.

I've also used Bookfinder before. I don't know how well this will work for you, but it helps you easily compare book prices across a lot of different websites, and might be good for harder to find books.

Another thing worth looking at is digital books. I know especially with the pandemic, there have been a lot of books uploaded to Youtube, and there are also a lot of websites where you can find children's' stories. For example, this website was made by a guy who wanted to write one children's book/story a day, and it is pretty cool. I definitely understand if you want to limit screen time, but it's a good option to consider, especially if you have a Kindle or something less screen-like.

One other great resource for free written books is Project Gutenberg. I just did a quick search for children's books, and there are quite a few big ones that come up even on the first page. Their goal is to create free ebooks of all books that are not copyrighted/ in the public domain. Their audio compliment is Librivox, where you can get audio recordings of aa bunch of books as well. Hopefully some of this helps. I know you might not be able to find picture books on these sites, but hopefully it'll help later on.

Also, don't forget library sales! Almost all libraries will have a section where you can buy children's books, and many will have times during the year where they have larger sales. Sometimes you can also find libraries that are selling a lot of their inventory. Apparently, Booksalefinder is good for that, but just looked them up on Google, so I don't know to what extent they're reliable.  would also look up any used book stores or just thrift stores in general near you. And don't forget just using libraries to get normal children's books as well! That way, if there's books that you or your kid don't like, you don't have to keep it.

Best of luck!

Inklings

posted on 02/23/2021 12:36 p.m.
Hey! Speaking of, look at what dropped into my inbox today!
"BALLROOM BOOK SALE

March 23 - 27

10:00 am | 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED



We know you've been anxious to see our giant book sales return, and we're happy to announce that we've found a way to make it happen.



Book Sale Policies:

Registration is required for everyone who comes to the book sale (including children); if you would like to bring multiple family members, you must complete registration for each person individually.
Each registration is a specific time slot; at the end of each time slot, the room will be cleared of people and the books will be restocked.
Please register for only one time slot per person per day; library staff reserve the right to cancel duplicate registrations.
Masks are required."

I think a lot of libraries will do this sort of sale every year or couple of years, so be on the lookout. I hope you're in Provo!

-Inklings