If you have a book-loving child in your home, you know how expensive it can get to buy bookcases full of early readers. But we know how important it is. Research shows that reading, talking, and singing to young children stimulates brain development.

where to buy cheap kids booksI have read to my daughter from day one and she loves books. Here are some ways I’ve filled her bookcase without breaking the bank.

Public Library

Get a library card and check out books. This is totally free unless you get fines for not bringing them back on time.

Books from Birth

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library teamed up with Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation to offer Tennessee children free age-appropriate books delivered to your door each month for ages birth to 5.

Consignment Sales

Seasonal consignment sales are big in Middle Tennessee. Most have a large selection of gently used books you can purchase for a fraction of retail prices and they typically have a half price sale on the last day.

promote early childhood reading inexpensive books childrenMcKay’s Used Books

Located in Bellevue, McKays Used Books has a vast selection of used books priced right for stocking up. You can also take your used books to trade in for a credit or sell for cash.


While the selection is hit or miss at Goodwill, they sell books cheap. They also run sales all week long – 50% off certain color tags – and 50% off everything on the first Saturday of each month.

My First Reading Club

My First Reading Club offers a subscription service to receive 3 age-appropriate books delivered to your door each month for $9.99. What kid doesn’t like getting new books in the mail?

Scholastic Warehouse Sales

Scholastic has Warehouse Sale events several times each year, normally at the end of the school book fair season. The Warehouse Sale prices books and school supplies at 30-50% off retail. Their website says it is “exclusively for librarians, teachers, school employees and volunteers, Book Fair chairpeople, and homeschool teachers.” As long as you have one of those titles or volunteer at your school in some capacity, you are eligible to shop.

Here’s hoping you can find some great deals and keep your early reader happy!