Quality gently-used books for babies and pre-teen children.
One of the most enjoyable aspects our store is our constantly changing selection of children's books. These vary from the extremely basic board books that set infants on their first path to learning; right through to gorgeously illustrated hardcover collectables, that will hopefully be cherished by your children (and potentially passed on to their kids).
While the library is an amazing resource for temporary borrowing, children can grow very attached to some books. It makes sense therefore, that having some books they can own and refer to time-and-time-again, is important. Research studies* have shown that children from homes with many books have faired much better academically (irrespective of their parents educational background). By offering books at a fraction of their retail price we hope all parents can afford children this opportunity, even when on a tight budget.
At Play It Again Kids we insist that the books we sell are in great shape, with very little wear, and free from scribbles, rips and missing pages! And yes... we do try to check each and every page when we're putting out books!
Some books we sell may be personalized with heartfelt inscriptions, but we consider this not as damage, but as adding character to the book's personal story. Our prices are always very fair - usually based at around 50% or less of the books' current retail value (though this can vary slightly based on condition, demand and availability). For example, we sell most paperback novels for about $2.50 - vs. about $5.95 to $7.95 original retail.
: Evans et al., 'Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations', May 2010;
: Christina Clark and Lucy Hawkins (National Literary Trust) 'Young People’s Reading: The Importance of the Home Environment and Family Support' , 2010
Below are some contemporary children's classics we've sold at Play It Again Kids recently. Mouse over view more. Click image for details.
Above images are for illustrative purposes only.
Not always available in store.
A greener way to buy books
Did you know buying your kid's books from us is a very green option? What better way to teach your child the values of recycling, helping the environment and basic economics, than getting them to consign the books they've outgrown and use their credits to get toys, clothing, books or movies they want?
This is also a wonderful way to ensure that the written word lives on and is fully enjoyed by another deserving child in your community.
Most books that are not passed on to others end up in the garbage, so by purchasing gently-used books you are effectively recycling, and preserving the books' life and value. To learn more about how consignment helps our environment click here.
Types of books we sell
Cloth Books (Soft Fabric Books)
Book Sets and Collections
I Can Read - self reader books
Some children's books you might find in-store
Our selection of book changes every day, and choices will of course be much more limited than in a specialist book store, but here are just some of the authors whose works can often be found at Play It Again Kids:
C S Lewis
J K Rowling
Bill Martin Jr
Chris Van Allsburg
E B White
Lane Smith/Jon Scieszka
Mary Pope Osborne
Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe
Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
The Polar Express
How to Train Your Dragon
When I Was Young In The Mountains
The Way Things Work
The Cat In The Hat
The Enchanted Wood
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Were Going On A Bearhunt
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Worst Witch
Magic School Bus Lost in The Solar System
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Bridge to Terabithia
The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Charlie and Lola
Eating The Alphabet
Pirates Past Noon
Where The Wild Things Are
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Love You Forever
The Berenstain Bears & The Golden Rule
The Dark Is Rising
The Magician's Nephew
Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
How to Be a Pirate
Black And White
Horton Hears A Who
Five on a Treasure Island
The Worst Boy In The World
The Grouchy Ladybug
Spot Goes to the Farm
Don’t Cook Cinderella
All Fall Down
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy
Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul
Peace at Last
Hungry, Hungry Sharks
The True Story of The Three Little Pigs!
Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
Growing Vegetable Soup
Afternoon on the Amazon
In the Night Kitchen
Jack and Nancy
The Paper Bag Princess
Max's Dragon Shirt
The Berenstain Bears' Family Reunion
The Grey King