If you have a voracious reader like I do or you just love kids’ books, you probably are wondering how to get free children’s books. Obviously the first stop should be the library but there are few things more satisfying than a well-stocked home bookshelf. Everyday I must practice self-control so that I don’t spend all of our income on books. If left to my own devices, our entire apartment would be over run with books. (Actually it is). Understandably, I have hunted down a few ways to add to our home library for free.
(Some of the programs may not be available in all areas. )
1. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Sign up each child in your family for a free book delivered to your home each month. Ages 0-5. (Also in Canada and the UK)
2. PJ Library. If your family is Jewish, you can sign up for a book-a-month for each child up to age 8. (Also in Canada)
3. Reading is Fundamental (aka RIF). RIF is a national organization which promotes literacy, especially for under served populations. They have a number of programs, including Books for Ownership. Check with your local library or school to see if they participate in RIF’s programs.
4. Sign up for Summer Reading Programs. Last year, Barnes and Noble had a program and Kiddo was able to choose a free book after filling out a log of 10 books he had read.
5. If you have an e-reader, many out-of-copyright books are available for free. This is a great way to read classics and you can find a large selection at Project Gutenberg.
Any other suggestions? Leave a comment and tell us about it.
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