Book Sale

Pre-Sale | Book Sale | FAQs

The 19th Annual Book Sale will take place February 17th through February 19th, 2020 from 10 a.m- 6 p.m.

The Book Sale is located in the CCB (School of Information Sciences, Room 24).choosing books at the 2015 book sale

Each spring, the Center for Children’s Books (CCB) hosts our Annual Book Sale. For three days, we sell thousands of new children’s books for youth, ages birth through high school. Our titles represent the full spectrum of children’s publishing in fiction and nonfiction: board books, picture books, easy and transitional readers, chapter books, series fiction, novels, activity books and kits, nonfiction series, mass-market paperbacks, and more.

Paperback books are $1 or $2 each, hardcover books are $5 each, and individual items are priced as marked.

All proceeds support the Center for Children’s Books and The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books.

Please note that during the Book Sale, all normal CCB operations, including class reserves, will be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.


The 19th Annual Pre-Sale will take place February 16th, 2020 from 1-4pm. The CCB will start accepting reservations from January 27th till February 10th.

The Pre-Sale is a perfect event for librarians and teachers wanting to get an advanced pick at the full selection of Book Sale books for a low reservation fee of $20. Reservations are required to attend. In order to make a reservation, please contact the CCB at or 217-244-9331 during the reservation time window.

When you arrive, there will be signs directing you to the main entrance of the building. You may wait inside if you arrive earlier than 12:45pm. Please do not arrive earlier than noon, as the doors to the building will not be open yet. The Pre-Sale will be held in the East Foyer of the School of Information Sciences (501 East Daniel Street, Champaign). The inside doors to the East Foyer will open at 12:45pm to allow people to wait in the auditorium. Browsing is not allowed before the Pre-Sale begins. 

If you require an accessible entrance, please enter through the 5th Street door, by the bike racks in the parking lot. From there you can follow the signs to the Pre-Sale.

The Pre-Sale will start promptly at 1:00pm. We advise attendees to arrive no later than 1:15pm for best selection.

The Pre-Sale is located in the School of Information Sciences (501 E. Daniel, Champaign IL).




What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, checks, credit cards, and purchase orders.


Where is the Book Sale held?

Please see our Visit Us page for directions to the iSchool building and parking information. The pre-sale will be held in the East Foyer of the iSchool building, while the Book Sale will be held in room 24 of the iSchool building.


May I bring my child(ren) to the Book Sale?

Yes! Children must be supervised.