If reading is the best way to teach your kids, then books are the best things to give them. Here are a few ways to get free (or really cheap) books for your kids:
- book trade playdate– Have books that you no longer want or multiple copies of the same book? Invite friends over for a playdate and everyone brings a set number of books. Then you can take turns picking out “new” books
- book baby shower– Have each guest bring their favorite children’s book and write a little message in it. This is especially a great idea for a second (or third or whatever) baby shower when you already have the necessities.
- book birthday party– Ask for books for presents!
- Craigslist– Check out the “free” and “kid” sections of your local Craiglist. http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites
- Freecycle– See if anyone wants to get rid of kid books in your area. https://www.freecycle.org/
- garage sales– Look for garage sales with kids items and go right before they close. They will probably sell you a whole box of books for a few dollars just so don’t have to pack them up!
- used book sales– Libraries and elementary schools sometimes host used book sales as a fundraiser. The school where I taught had a sale every spring- paperbacks for $.50 and hardbacks for $1!
- thrift stores– As well as selling used clothes and toys…there are also books!
- Half Price Books– Shop the clearance section for amazing deals. This was my go-to shop for books in my classroom. http://www.hpb.com/
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library– If there is a program available in your area, you can sign-up to get a book in the mail every month! This programm is for kids from birth to five years old. http://imaginationlibrary.com/