Buying Summer Reading Books For Kids On The Cheap

Summer is coming. There is no denying it, at least if you live in the Northern hemisphere. Days are getting longer. Winter clothes are being stored in attics to await the return of cooler nights. Kids are ready for the school year to end. Summer vacation will be upon us in the blink of an eye.

What are your plans for your summer vacation? How will you be keeping your kids busy? Whatever we plan in the summer months, reading is always a big part of our expectation for our kids. Fortunately, they are old enough that their schools give them plenty of reading over the summer but not every school is as demanding.

If your kids have summer reading for school, or if you just want to make sure that t


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6 Responses to Buying Summer Reading Books For Kids On The Cheap

  1. FinanceFreak says:

    Great information and resources. Thanks.

  2. A Fan says:

    Great article, David! :)
    I would like to add one to your list:
    Keep your eyes open for FREE BOOKS!
    Watch Craigslist in both the “Books” category and the “Free” category as well.
    Join the “Freecycle” in your area. Someone that is moving and cannot take their books with them will gladly give them a new home.
    Join “Book Crossings” online where you can find free books at different locations.
    Thrift stores sometimes have a box that is marked “FREE” on it and you can retrieve free books from it.
    :) I hope that everyone is having a safe and enjoyable weekend!

  3. mjrube94 says:

    Check out You trade in books that you no longer want, which give you credits. You can use those credits to get books that other members have posted for free. I used it to get my daughter’s summer reading books last year, and will do it again this summer. Clearing out clutter is an added bonus!

  4. Mark Arend says:

    Why buy? Check out your local public library. Most libraries have a summer reading program for kids and some have programs for teens & adults as well.

  5. Gail says:

    Also look for Friends of the Library sales where the library sells off used books. Many have a bag day and at my library the kids books go for a donation. But sadly I see many kids or parents (especially on $1 a bag day) with only one or two books in there hands and hundreds left behind. I know as a kid I would have been in hog heaven to have had a chance to buy books for that cheap. I don’t understand on bag day why someone will only pick one or two books–stuff that bag full!!!

  6. Christine M. says:

    also check out — you list books (and DVDs, CDs and video games too!) you have, and books you want, and when matches are made you swap via mail, just paying the shipping price, which with Media Mail is usu under $3 :)

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