Educators: Buying Books

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Books stimulate imagination, improve vocabulary, increase knowledge, and enhance bonding when read together. Books transport children to exciting new worlds, fuel imagination, and introduce them to diverse characters and experiences. Reading as a family fosters bonding, creates a love for reading, and models lifelong learning habits. Here are some tips for buying books for your family literacy programs.


At The Learning Exchange, we buy thousands of books every year to distribute to schools, children and their families as part of our family literacy programming. Here are a few of our favourites:

We order with Scholastic Book Clubs. Scholastic Book Clubs is a recreational reading program for children that’s free to belong to and partners with teachers and parents in nurturing reading skills. You can earn LOTS of Bonus Bank dollars from orders. We get hundreds of dollars of free books every year! You will need a Class Code. Bonus Bank Rewards are only earned when a Class Code is used on an order containing rewardable products.

TIPS: Look for seasonal classroom specials on books. Buy the “Instant Classroom Library” book assortment to get a great variety of books for just a few dollars each.

*Prices listed Jan. 2024

First Book Canada’s mission is to provide books and resources exclusively to educators and program leaders serving children from low-income families. Books and resources available on the First Book Canada Marketplace are not available to the general public. Publishers sell and donate books and resources to First Book Canada with the express knowledge that they will only be provided to schools and programs that meet First Book Canada’s eligibility criteria. If you are a teacher, health care provider, school support personnel, librarian, early learning professional, community program or afterschool staff, and/or you serve low-income children and families in another capacity, please visit to sign up for free!

TIP: TLE has benefited with thousands of books from First Book Canada Marketplace where we only pay for the shipping…all books were free. Once accepted, look for special announcement e-mails with information about free books, donations, coupons, promotions, etc.

The Book Outlet makes books more accessible to everyone with “Read-iculously Low Prices“. Donation requests can also be sent. The Learning Exchange shops for low-priced books here. If you decide to sign-up, use our share link and we will get free books to give to the community!

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