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Getting Deals on Children's Books
Tips for Getting Books
All early literacy projects need books.  Books can be expensive whether you need them to present early literacy activities, share them with partner agencies, or give them away to families.  Here are some tips for getting good deals or donations:
  • Contact booksellers/distributers and ask about donations or deep discounts
  • Hold a “recycle gently used children’s books” event
  • Hold a book fair (set specific criteria defining the type of books)
  • Purchase used children’s books from Friends of Library book sales
  • Seek local funds and donations to purchase books
 

 
Find Good Deals on Books
There are many programs designed specifically with the goal to provide good deals of books for organizations that work with children.  Here are a few programs you may want to look into:
 

 
Other Sources for Books
There are several book vendors that often have sales or offer deep discounts.  Here are few to watch:
 
 

 
Literacy Grants
The following organizations offer literacy grants that may be a good way to support your early literacy program, including books!
 

 
Make a Recommendation
If you would like to recommend a source for getting children's books at an extremely good price please email the full organization or company name, criteria for receiving the exceptional price, a brief description, and link to their website to Katie Anderson
 
All recommendations will be reviewed carefully by the Oregon State Library and Oregon Commission on Children and Families.  The purpose of this website is to provide a few carefully selected resources to help busy librarians and Healthy Start family support workers plan storytimes or one-on-one books sharing sessions. 

 
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