@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?
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Hi, I came across your site while searching for something else. You've asked about free or inexpensive books for the classroom.
I'm a well-published Australian children's author and I taught creative writing for 20 years. Over that time I developed some radically different ways of doing it.
I've recently compiled two books of creative writing exercises. They're complete lessons, no preparation required, just open the book and read. I don't think you'll have seen this method before. It was originally developed for students with learning difficulties, but has been extended for general classroom use.
Only the teacher needs a copy of the book. All exercise material is read out to the class a step at a time, while students write in 2 to 6 minute increments.
At $3.49 each I hope I've made the books affordable. They're now available on TWO platforms:
eBook on Smashwords at the links below. You can download a portion of the book for free to read the intro and trial Exercise 1 first.
STEP BY STEP STORIES - A New Approach to Teaching Writing & Story Craft
WRITING ENRICHMENT - The Basics of Good Creative Writing
PDF files Scribd where the books can be purchased individually or both books for $5.99.
You can preview the books on line at Scribd. The links are:
STEP BY STEP STORIES
Step by Step Stories - Grades 4-7 - Kate Walker
Writing Enrichment - Grades 5-10 - Kate Walker
Thank you for your suggestions! Unfortunately, my campus is not a Title 1 school, so I don't qualify for those types of programs. I have spent more money on books, new and used, for my students. I don't have Ipads in my class (know of any donors?) so access to e-books is limited. Kate, I am on my way to smashwords right now, to pick up your book(s). Thank you, thank you!!
Thanks for your message, and your interest in my books.
When you download the Creative Writing books from Smashwords you're given a choice of formats. I recommend teachers download the PDF version and work off printed copy rather than use iPads. In a classroom situation, only the teacher needs a copy of the exercise. The students don't need iPads.
BTW once you've bought an ebook from Smashwords you can return to your library page and download it multiple times in any of the different formats.
A number of copies of "Letters of a Convict Girl" sold on Smashwords today, so just in case you bought one of them, you might like to know that I'm scouting around at the moment for lesson plans for that book. Any that I turn up I'll post on my www.katewalkerwriter4children.com / 'Letters of a Convict Girl' page for free download. You might like to check back there in a week or so.
Again, thanks for your interest in my work. I hope you enjoy the books.
I am on donors choose for tech. Also, I have been reaching out to book publishers and authors and have had a little success with new kid lit. I am not opposed to begging. lol I went to my local literacy council and they had a fabulous sale, 2 for $.50. That was awesome!! I took advantage of the teacher donations at Half Price books, which is awesome btw! Check out www.mystarfish.org - Suzy Liebermann has a series of great books about character education. I won three of them on their free teacher Friday drawing. I have been all over the web! lol
Thanks for your input!
What about free digital textbooks? Check out the article--Hunting the Whole Enchilada: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks--published in The Journal by Dian Schaffhauser, August 1, 2013, to learn about the top sources for digital textbooks that are FREE.