3 Ways to Get Free Books For Your Kids

Stack of children's books with a fun mug in background.

We all know how important it is to read to your kids, but buying books can quickly add up — especially if you are like me and have a book buying problem!  To save money on books, here are three ways to get free books for your kids:

  1. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (USA, UK, CA, AU) Three Books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (From left to right): Chimpanzees for Tea, Maple. and the Little Excavator

    A program that mails your kid a book each month from birth until they begin school. We’ve received some really fun books like “Little Excavator” , “Chimpanzees for Tea“, and “Maple“. All the books have been age-appropriate and completely free. To see if you have a program in your area, go here (note: This is the USA locator. Other country programs can be found under “Getting Started”.)
  2. Little Free Library 

    Little Free Library #6315 in Traverse City, MI
    Little Free Library #6315 in Traverse City, MI

    Have you ever seen a cute little wooden box in front of a building or person’s yard that is filled with books? If so, it might be a Little Free Library. According to their website, The Little Free Library is “a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world”. The whole concept behind the library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. To see if you have a Little Free Library near you, go here. If there is not one by you, consider building your own

  3. Your Local Library

    I was an avid visitor to the library before kids, but after having a kid, life got busy and I’ll admit I forgot about all the awesome things the library has to offer.  Not only can you check out free books, but many libraries offer summer reading programs where kids can earn books or prizes. Right now, my daughter is participating in a program where she earns a prize for every 100 books she reads, and the goal is to read 1,000 books before kindergarten. Also many libraries host book sales. While not free, you can often snag some great deals – often children’s books are priced anywhere from $0.25 – $1. 

Readers, what other suggestions do you have?

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