My kiddo is only 2 months, but she already has a library of books. Reading is so important to me for a bunch of reasons– I used to teach 2nd grade; my mother used to take me and my brother to the library each week to choose books to read all week; reading allows you to access different worlds and expand your worldview.
I plan to keep this tradition alive with my daughter, and made it point to start to get her library in order now. She already has over 50 books which is a great start!
Getting a lot of books can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips for growing your child’s library:
- Ask friends and family! If your child has a birthday coming up or if you are having a baby shower..ask. I didn’t have a formal shower, but did ask people to buy a book for Inara and write a note inside (in lieu of a greeting card). We received a lot of books because of this request.
- Talk to a teacher. When I taught, I constantly rotated books in my library. I often had boxes of books sitting in the closet, especially if I had many copies of one book. If you know some teachers ask them if they have some books you can take off their hands.
- Libraries & Garage Sales. Get used children’s book super cheap at libraries and garage sales. Don’t just stay in your town. Branch out to other libraries and neighborhoods to score some great deals. Also ask friends and family who may have books in storage.
- Craigslist or Freecycle. Check out online listings to find cheap (or free books). You will be surprised what gems you will get.
- Department and outlet stores. Stores usually have children’s section where you can find some great deals on books. Check out stores like TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory.
- Dollar Stores. I love Dollar Stores (especially Dollar Tree and 99 cent Stores). You can find some great items if you look in the right places. Depending on the location, you can find some children’s books for only $1 apiece!
Reading is so important and you definitely don’t have to spend a fortune .
Good luck book hunting!