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Free or Inexpensive Books for the Classroom?

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free_book_truck.jpgLast week, Sherra Maneri (@sherramaneri) sent out a Tweet asking for help with her classroom:

@RWTnow: I'm moving from 5th to 2nd grade. Need to up my  picture book collection for my classroom library on the cheap. Ideas?


Our first suggestion for finding great books is to check out Chatting About Books, the ReadWriteThink  podcast that shares recommendations for young readers, in grades K – 5. Each month, Emily Manning, the host, chats with kids, parents, and teachers about the best in children’s literature for ages 4 through 11. Discussions include reading tips and fun activities to do with children before, during, and after reading.


Next take a look at Pearson Foundation’s We Give Books. Their summer program, Read for My Summer, highlights a book each week in three different age categories (0-3, 4-7, 8-10) that caregivers can read with a child from the free, online We Give Books library. For every book read online, children can elect to donate a book to a selected public library, providing greater access to books for low-income kids.


Finally, see if the school qualifies for First Book. The program offers  books at a discounted rate. If the program is eligible, visit the First Book Marketplace to find new books at 50 to 90 percent off retail prices, and check out the organization’s Book Bank and Book grants.


I’m sure many teachers search for free and low-cost books for the classroom library. Can you offer some additional suggestions to help Sherra?


—Traci Gardner


[Photo: Free_books by Linda N., on Flickr]

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