Scholastic Book Club Top Picks for Less Than $5

While public libraries are my first choice source of affordable books for kids, research has shown that it is also valuable for kids to own their own books. Scholastic’s Book Clubs offer an inexpensive way to purchase books for your kids. Here are the books I am eyeing in September’s Scholastic Book Club flyers.

Honeybee Flyer (Toddlers-Fours)

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri for $2.99. A simple story about a squirrel getting ready for winter that features beautiful illustrations by Nancy Tafuri. A perfect autumn read for young children.

I am also tempted by…

  • Where is Baby’s Bellybutton by Karen Katz for $4.99
  • Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae for $5.99
  • Colors of My World Pack: A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni and Birds by Kevin Henkes for $6.99

Firefly Flyer (Pre-K-K) 

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson for $3.99. A delightful story about a young boy whose imagination and purple crayon take him on an extraordinary adventure. A wonderful story to inspire your young artist or storyteller.

I am also tempted by…

  • Chicka Chicka Pack: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr. for $6.99
  • Elephant and Piggie Set: My Friend is Sad, I Love My New Toy!, and There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems for $10.99
  • Favorite Authors Library: Swimmy and Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni, Owen and Worried Wemberly by Kevin Henkes, Click Clack Moo and Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin for $12.99.

SeeSaw Flyer (K-1)

Pete the Cat Pack: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean for $4.99. The Pete the Cat books feature very entertaining stories about a cat Pete who never looses his cool — whether stepping in a pile of strawberries with his brand new white shoes or going to school for the first time.

I am also tempted by…

  • Diary of a…Pack: Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin for $7.99.
  • Kevin Henkes Pack: 6 great Kevin Henkes books including Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Chester’s Way and Owen for $10.99
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Pack: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chicka Chicka 123 (w- CDs) for $11.99

Three additional sources of inexpensive children’s books:

1.  Register your child or grandchild for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to receive free books from birth to age 5.

2.  Check out your local library’s used book sale.

3.  Purchase used books online. My very favorite source of used books online is Better World Books. Every time you purchase a book from Better World Books, Better World Books donates a book to a child in need.

Disclaimer: I receive absolutely no money from Scholastic Books, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library or Better World Books. (<:

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4 Responses to Scholastic Book Club Top Picks for Less Than $5

  1. Peranting says:

    You can sign up to get a weekly e-mail of library (and other) book sales in your area at or you can just browse the listings on their website.

  2. Beth Mitcham says:

    Garage sales are also a good source; many books are under 25 cents there. Also, our elementary schools often had a Book Swap, where kids bring books they’ve already read and trade them in for the books other kids bring.

    • Amy says:

      I love the idea of a school book swap! Our kids’ school has one too, and each child was able to choose 5 “new” books for free. I was floored that we would be able to do that for every kid in our community.

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