Sent by JenEditor: I can relate to Jen. It's not that I don't value the work that goes into making children's books or am unwilling to pay for them, but building a library at home can be very expensive. I don't have any tricks except to suggest checking the various secondhand stores in your area. Some of them will be duds in this area either with a small or poor selection or else books that aren't in good shape, but you might be surprised and hit the jackpot. I've found a thrift shop in my area that has a constant influx of great books, many new or barely used. I've noticed many are special imprints made for schools and suspect the thrift shop (it's a chain) has an arrangement with some publishers. Garage sales, especially in the summer, are another great source. I've tried online book swap sites, but the cost and hassle of mailing wasn't worth it to me. A final thought is to check with friends and see if they want to swap any of their children's books either permanently or for a few months. Readers, any advice for Jen?
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