In addition to having a fully stocked classroom library, I have 11 totes full of books in my basement! And not just any totes, they're huge totes that hold 100-200 books each!
Obviously, the cost of books can add up quick, especially when there are so many great books out there (and so many topics that we want to teach about!). But, there is a way to get books for your classroom for dirt cheap... library books sales!!! These are probably the best way to build a classroom library! You can sometimes get a whole bag of books for $5!!!
The best way I've found library books sales is through this website:
Note: I'm not getting paid to promote the website, I'm posting it because it honestly is the best!!
Browse through the site to find sales near you. Usually the ones that state "Big Sale!" are pretty good, but only trial and error will really work. You can sign up for a weekly email alerts so you're always aware of the sales in your area (without having to remember to check the website!)
Now, any given day at a library sale is a steal for books... but do you want books for your classroom that are basically free? Of course you do!!!!
So you need to go to the book sales on the best day... bag day! Most large library sales have this the last day of their sale. Fill up a whole bag full of books for $5!
A lot of places let you even bring your own bag... I get a kick out of people with giant beach bags full of books (ok, so I'm usually one of those people but it is funny to watch)!
Not only do I use bag day to stock up on new books for the classroom, but I also use it to fill my treasure chest! The kids just love to bring home books as a prize for their good behavior! I started off this year with two totes full of books for the treasure chest (easily 300 books that I paid a total of $10 for) and all of these books were gone by December! They were the most popular prize as well as the least expensive!