Classroom Library on a Budget

You don't have to spend a lot of money to create an amazing classroom library for your students. There are many ways you can find engaging titles at a fraction of their retail price. In addition to visiting your local used book stores, thrift stores and library sales, Amazon is also a great place to check. When you find a book you want, check to see if it's available in paperback as they are usually much cheaper than hardcover ones. If you have a lot of paperback books in your class, you can repair, reinforce and protect them by putting book tape on the spine. This is a trick that many librarians use to make books last longer with heavy use.

Below we have created a list of budget-friendly children's books available on Amazon with our suggested themes for teachers. This site is updated daily, but prices and availability are subject to change at any time. As always, happy teaching!

Chapter Book
Chapter Book
Teach about occupations & phonics.
Regular price $5.99 $2.93
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about animals, body parts, teeth & zoo.
Regular price $4.99 $3.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about diversity, self-esteem & tolerance.
Regular price $4.99 $3.99
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
Teach about cheetahs & grasslands.
Regular price $4.99 $3.99
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
  Teach about butterflies & insects.   
Regular price $4.99 $3.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about animals, change, growing up & ocean.
Regular price $6.99 $4.22
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about fire safety & occupations.
Regular price $4.99 $4.34
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about differences & diversity.
Regular price $8.99 $4.39
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about animals, body parts, ears & zoo.
Regular price $4.99 $4.49
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Picture Book
Picture Book
  Teach about autumn & seasons.   
Regular price $7.99 $4.51
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about animals, body parts, eyes & zoo.
Regular price $4.99 $4.56
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about animals, carnivores & herbivores.
Regular price $4.99 $4.76
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about adventure, ocean & pirates.
Regular price $4.99 $4.78
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about animals, diversity & phonics.
Regular price $7.99 $4.81
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about emotions, friendship & ocean.
Regular price $7.99 $4.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about night time & counting to ten.
Regular price $8.99 $5.35
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Picture Book
Picture Book
  Teach about pets & responsibility.   
Regular price $7.99 $5.39
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about animals, bullying, diversity, self-esteem & tolerance.
Regular price $6.99 $5.47
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about animals, friendship & peer pressure.
Regular price $6.99 $5.59
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about Black History, diversity, MLK Jr. & peacemaking.
Regular price $6.99 $5.61
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Picture Book
Picture Book
  Teach about farm animals, pets & following the rules.   
Regular price $6.99 $5.61
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about baby animals & colors.
Regular price $8.99 $5.79
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
Teach about & discuss middle school topics & issues.
Regular price $10.99 $5.87
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Picture Book
Picture Book
  Teach about pets & responsibility. 
Regular price $17.99 $5.93
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
Teach about animals, courage, love & pets.
Regular price $8.99 $5.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about animals, diversity & night.
Regular price $6.99 $5.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about emotions, friendship & patience.
Regular price $9.99 $5.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
  Teach about painting & Andy Warhol.  
Regular price $6.99 $5.99
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
Teach about animals & mysteries.
Regular price $6.99 $5.99
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
Teach about inventions, Lonnie Johnson & Black History. 
Regular price $7.99 $6.21
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
Teach about teeth & family.
Regular price $7.99 $6.21
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
Teach about Native Americans & U.S. history.
Regular price $6.99 $6.29
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about friendship & Valentine's Day.
Regular price $9.99 $6.39
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
  Teach about middle school & friendship.  
Regular price $7.99 $6.47
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
  Teach about farm animals & mysteries.
Regular price $7.99 $6.84
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about family & night time.
Regular price $7.99 $6.86
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
Teach about Africa, diversity, family & refugees.
Regular price $8.99 $6.88
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Chapter Book
Chapter Book
  Teach about identity & friendship.  
Regular price $7.99 $6.93
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about family & sibling rivalry.   
Regular price $7.99 $6.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about identity, diversity & self-esteem.   
Regular price $7.99 $6.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
  Teach about fairy tales & story comparison.   
Regular price $7.99 $6.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
  Teach about teeth, family & mysteries.   
Regular price $7.99 $6.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
  Teach about Muslims, culture & winter holidays.   
Regular price $7.99 $6.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about books, the library & following rules. 
Regular price $7.99 $6.99
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Picture Book
Picture Book
Teach about back to school & emotions.
Regular price $7.95 $7.07
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Picture Book
Picture Book
  Teach about citizenship, the environment & responsibility.   
Regular price $12.99 $7.41
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