out about jumble sales in the area from local newspapers, magazines
and posters. Go with a group of friends and an adult to see
what book bargains you can find.
Tip 2 Organise
a second-hand books sale at lunchtime but make sure you
do this with the cooperation of a teacher.
Tip 3 Set
up a "Home Library" noticeboard in your school
it could be in your classroom or year group area or in the main
entrance to the school head it up with a few lines about
what Home Library is about and explain how all of you want to
collect and read lots of books. That way, visitors to the school
might donate a few gems!
Tip 4 Check
out all the local charity shops with even a few second-hand
books for sale. Visit each of them regularly and compare notes
with friends which ones offer the best book bargains,
and are friendly to young browsers like you? Award them marks
out of ten you could even keep an updated chart on the
"Home Library" noticeboard see above.
Tip 5 Look
out for information about guide and scout jumble sales, car
boot sales and so on. Go with a group of friends and take an
adult with you to check out the book bargains.
Tip 6 If
you are a cub or a brownie or a guide or a scout, perhaps you
could ask your leader whether you could organise a book sale
or "book swap."
Tip 7 Organise
a Saturday morning get-together with all your friends. Each
of you should go through your bookshelves beforehand to find
old books you wont read again. Bring your bag of books
and a contribution to refreshments (crisps, coke) to the house
of the person whose mum will mind the least that youre
"clogging" around the house. Have a "Home Library
book swap" morning. Perhaps the long-suffering mum will
mind less when she knows youre concentrating on books
rather than videos!
Tip 8 Check
out your relatives youll be amazed to discover
that your grandparents and your aunts and uncles did learn to
read as well, and they enjoyed their books too. They may have
some treasures in the attic, or hidden away on a shelf or in
a box somewhere. Ask them if you can look. And do ask if you
may have them almost certainly theyll be delighted
to let you!
Tip 9 Make
friends with your local childrens librarian. Libraries
often organise sales of books, which are still quite readable
but not quite smart enough to lend out any more. Ask when and
where the next book sale is likely to be and organise a group
of friends to go along with you too. Take an adult too
they hate to be left out of things.
Tip 10 There
are more and more cut-price bookshops on the High Street selling
new books at very low prices. Do a survey of great new book
bargains and post this on the school "Home Library"