Reading books to your child at a young age is a great way to make sure that they grow up loving to learn and read. But getting books for your child can be difficult. You not only have to find a book that your child is going to love, but you have to make sure it is at the right level for your child’s age. You don’t want to read a book meant for 7 year olds to your 3 year old, they don’t understand it. So, here are a couple of great ways that you can get free (and discounted) books, that your kids will love and understand, delivered right to your door.
1. A Reading Program
The first way you can get free or discounted books for your kids? A reading program. There are a lot of different reading programs out there that will allow your child to receive free books every month.
These programs are meant to help kids learn how to read and write, so it’s perfect for any parent who wishes for their child to be above their grade in reading. Barnes and Noble offers a child who has read 8 books, 1 free book. And TD bank is giving $10 dollars to any child who reads 10 books. Find a program like this for your little one, and you can end up with many books for free.
Your local library might have free books for you. There are a lot of times when books get donated to the library and the library either doesn’t have room for them, or doesn’t approve of the condition that the book is in. If the library is refusing to accept a donation book, they give them out for free. Stop by your local library to see if they have any books that they are giving away, you can get your hands on them and have some free books for yourself and your children to read through.
PJ Library sends out free books to Jewish kids. If you are a Jewish family and you are looking for a fun and friendly book for your child, you can sign them up for the book program with PJ Library and you will receive some free books right to your home. These books will teach your children about traditions all while making it fun and teaching them how to read.
3. Book Banks
These are programs that allow parents and book loving individuals to come down and pick out a book. The unfortunate thing about this setup, it is only in a few select areas across America. You can look online to see if there is a Book bank near you, but if there isn’t, you might want to consider talking to your local neighborhood to get one started. It doesn’t take a lot to put together and everyone will get some great benefits out of it.
4. Book exchanges or Book Swapping.
This is something that is fun for any parents. Everyone is teaching their child in a different way, and they want to make sure that they have all of the resources that they need to do that. So, some parents go around and swap books with other parents. If your child loves Clifford and your neighbor’s child loves the Magic School Bus, you could trade books and you’ll both win in this situation. You can talk to the parents at school, the local library, or on an online forum. There is surely someone in your area or around your area that is willing to swap books.
5. BookBub and Other Free eBook Sites.
If you are not against digital books, there are plenty of places online that offer you free ebooks and downloadable books. if your child is old enough to read something on the computer or on your tablet, then this might be a great option. It will keep them entertained because it is on a device, they will not get distracted turning the pages, and they can never lose their place in the book after losing a bookmark because the device keeps track for them.
6. Imagination Library
And finally, Imagination Library. This is a book program created and run by Dolly Parton. She has put together this program so that families who want to get books for their kids but, for reasons unknown, they can’t. It is a truly amazing program.
You put in your child’s name and date of birth, it goes from the time they are born up to 7 years of age, and you will start to get books monthly.
The books that are sent out will relate to the age that your child is. If you have a toddler, you will receive a lot of counting and shapes books. If you have an older kid, you will receive more chapter books. This is the best way to get free books, they are delivered right to your door every single month, and your child will love every book that they get. And if you sign up your child from the time they are born, you will receive a new book every month until they are 7 years old, so this program will grow with your child and they will never be without something to read.
There are many ways to get free books, but if you want something you can rely on, try out these methods. They might not all come straight to your mailbox, but they are very reliable ways to get free and discounted books. And when you are finished when the books you get, you can pass them down to the next child or a friend who is looking for books for their child. It’s a win-win situation.