On my list of mandatory things my kids have to do, reading is one of them. It’s a huge part of our homeschooling curriculum, and it helps with my children’s creativity and imagination.
Most of our reading curriculum includes the King James Bible and the classics. Even aside from our faith, the Bible proves to be one of the most challenging reads to get through. If a child can get through Hebrew and Greek pronunciations of proper nouns and the language of the King James translation, they can get through pretty much anything!
As for classical books, while the stories and language make reading challenging and the plots are interesting (at least for the most part), I choose to have my tribe read classics because of their historical significance. Authors of classics were skilled in their English and Grammar, which makes their writings a good example of literature when compared to today’s writers. My opinion.
When I’m looking for these books, I’ll generally seek Amazon or maybe Abe books to get a few here and there, especially if I need something quickly. The real bulk of my books, though, come from places that sell huge numbers of books at really cheap prices.
Where are these places?
These places that sell warehouses of used books are usually discount books stores or non profit organizations because they’ll usually have ex-library books or used books that have been donated. These sales can bring a major score.
I used to go to the scholastic book fairs and grab titles, but they were mostly current books that worked mostly for leisure reading. Also, the books at the Scholastic book fairs were more expensive.
Now, I seek out my local ads for book events, ex-library book sales, and consignment book sales. We just hauled in about five boxes and four bags of books, both leisure and classic, for under $100. You can check out how that went in our book haul video.
Three places you’ll want to check out if you’re looking for books for your homeschool or home library. Those places are:
- Local Craigslist
- Facebook (Search for book sale and your city to see who’s talking about book sales in your area.)
- Your Local Library
These are the three ways we’ve been able to find really good and cheap book sales that are just as cheap (if not cheaper) than going to a Goodwill and grabbing a few random books we just happen upon. The big book sales are bound to have more books in a wider genre selection that’s more organized. You’ll spend a bit of time sorting through what’s there, but at least you’ll have everything in one general section as opposed to having titles from different genres all mixed in together.
That’s a time saver.
Well, I hope this was a bit helpful. Again, if you want to see the fun we had at the last two sales we went to, check out our YouTube video embedded below. Also, take a moment to subscribe to see more of our crazy family vids and some reviews we’ll have coming up soon.