1. Scholastic Book Orders
Do you send home book orders with your students? If you're not already sending them home, now is the time!! Click HERE to request what you need to get started!
Scholastic gives you points for every dollar spent each month! With those points you can get free books. That's right, FREE!!! And Scholastic offers a lot of popular books in sets of 6, which are perfect for your small groups! And they always have the best coupons; so, you can not only use your points, but you practically get $10 in free books every month. I have used Scholastic book orders over the years to really build my classroom library as well as my small sets of books! They also allow parents to order right online, which is so convenient & the kids love when book orders come in. There are also $1 books each month, which helps to build your library too. Scholastic always sends a few extra book orders too (okay, sometimes it gets excessive) but I love to use the extras to teach lessons on genre or summarizing.
If you're new and just signing up, ask a teacher friend for their referral code. They'll receive points for referring you. And then you can reach out to others to tell them how amazing book orders are & use your own referral code!
You can grab a free “teacher recommendation” sheet below to send home with some of your favorite books offered each month. You can write on the slip before copying them or personalize for each student.
2. Garage Sales
3. Good Will
4. Thrift Books
5. Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook Groups
6. Local Libraries
Check with your local library to see if they are getting rid of books or having a book sale. Our library has small book sales and even has a section to trade books where you can leave old books and find new ones. You can leave books that you've read and grab books for your classroom.
7. Parents and Students
8. Amazon Wishlist
Create an Amazon Wishlist of books that you know your students will love. When it comes time for the holidays or end of the year gifts, parents can purchase gift cards or books to help grow your library.