We’ve covered the best places to find free books for kids, but sometimes you just can’t find quite what you’re looking for. Oftentimes, best sellers and classic kids’ books won’t be free.
That’s why we’ve also found the best places you can get cheap and discounted kids’ books (and ebooks!) — all for $10 or less.
1. Get access to thousands of cheap kids’ eBooks for less than $10 per month via Amazon Kindle.
Buying kids’ books quickly takes up space on your bookshelf — so why not try ebooks? Amazon has pretty much every book imaginable available in their Kindle library — over 1 million titles.
You can buy classics like Dr. Seuss books and even Harry Potter for less than $10 each, but if you sign up for Kindle Unlimited, you can have access to more than 1 million eBooks for $9.99 per month. Try it out for 30 days free.
Sometimes they even offer your first two months for 50% off ($4.99/month). All you need to download these kids’ books is a Kindle-reading device — which includes some eReaders, smartphones, and computers — and the Kindle app.
2. BookBub tells you when best-selling ebooks get discounted.
Want more ebooks, but don’t want to be limited to just Kindle’s library? BookBub is a great, free, online service that connects book lovers with free and deeply discounted ebooks.
When you subscribe, BookBub sends out daily emails to let you know about free and deeply discounted eBooks sold by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google, and more. Or browse their site and find books you can download and read absolutely free (or at deeply discounted rates).
BookBub keeps you in the know by sharing deep discounts on acclaimed ebooks in daily, targeted emails based on the types of books you choose to get notified about. With categories ranging from mysteries to cookbooks, and stores from Amazon to Apple iBooks, when publishers offer deals, you’re in for one happy ending.
3. Get free shipping on cheap new and used kids’ books at Better World Books.
Better World Books offers deeply discounted new and used hardcover and paperback books that all ship for free. BWB has more than 8 million new and used titles in stock, and donates books and proceeds to literacy programs. You can search kids’ books by grade and genre. Usually, the books under $10 are used but are in “good” to “very good” condition.
4. Pay as little as $1 per used children’s book at The Book Bundler.
The Book Bundler does what their name says — they sell cheap kids’ books in bundles of 10 – 60 books. Their bundles are categorized by age groups, genres, and book type (large illustrated, non-fiction paperback, etc), and prices start at $1 per book!
They also sell book bundles for teens, adults, and bulk books by color if you’re wanting to do some aesthetic decorating.
5. Book Outlet offers new, best-selling kids’ books for as little as $1.99 per book.
Prefer new books? Book Outlet has a huge, constantly changing selection of new books that are 50 – 90% off retail price.
Go to Book Outlet’s $1.99 Bestsellers page to see the most popular books they have to offer on sale, like Daniel Tiger’s Munch Your Lunch (normally $5.99 — 67% off!). The selection on this page is often small, and inventory goes quickly, so it’s good to check back regularly.
The next place to look is their clearance page, where I’ve seen kids’ books for as little as $1.36. Plus, if you sign up for their email list, you’ll get $5 off your first order.
6. Barnes & Noble has an entire section of cheap kids’ books under $5.
Barnes & Noble actually has some surprisingly good deals on books if you know where to look.
One of the best spots is their kids’ books under $5 section. Some of the selection is only available online, but a lot of books are available in stores. You can even buy online and pick up in store the same day so you don’t have to go searching in the children’s section.
After you’ve looked through there, go to Barnes & Noble’s BOGO 50% off section. There you’ll find cheap books for kids, teens, and adults. Sometimes you’ll find a book that’s already on sale for under $5 that also qualifies for the BOGO 50% off sale — score!
7. Dollar Tree sells cheap books for kids — only $1.25 each.
You can buy children’s books from Dollar Tree for only $1.25 each (although if you buy at DollarTree.com, there is a four-book minimum).
Selection can be massively different between stores and online, but it’s common to find books with popular Disney and Sesame Street characters, workbooks, educational books, and activity books.
If you’re not wanting to sort through shelves of books at various Dollar Tree locations, check the website’s inventory first.
8. Half Price Books has a huge selection of kids’ books under $10, and even some under $2.
Half Price Books has survived as one of the last remaining brick-and-mortar stores by capitalizing on selling cheap and deeply discounted new and used books. By going to their Books Under $10 section, you’ll easily find cheap books for kids, like the classic Everyone Poops for as little as $3.49.
Half Price Books even has a Books Under $2 section, though it’s pretty limited. Although there usually aren’t a lot of kids’ books, you’ll want to check back often, just in case.
You’ll have to pay shipping and handling, which varies depending on the book and which Half Price Books location you’re purchasing from, but expect to pay around $3.99 per book you order online.
If you’ve got a Half Price Books location near you, we recommend you check there first as often their in-store inventory doesn’t match that location’s online inventory.