We are regulars at our local library and often have up to 50 books and other media out at at one time. I ♡ the library a lot but I must say, my kids gravitate to the books we own more. We have tons of children’s books stashed on low shelves throughout the house. They like to get cozy on their lambskins and pull out a bunch of books, sometimes asking to be read to, other times paging through books on their own. They thoroughly enjoy reading familiar stories over and over again. Even at night, when we all get in bed together for reading time they pick books from our shelves while I am the one who slips in the library choices. I do think our extensive home library it is a big reason my kids love books so much.
A well stocked children’s home library can represent a big expense. Occasionally I do buy brand new books we simply can’t live without but we have also accumulated a lot of great books for little or no money!
Here are several ways I have added to our collection for less and some I have yet to try…
- Sign up for Freecycle! Freecycle is an online community where you can offer up things for free within your local community. We have received a few stacks of great books this way all the while clearing out my basement of no longer needed baby gear!
- Visit your local library’s store. Libraries use most of their donated books to generate revenue. Our library sells paperbacks for 50¢ and hardcovers for a dollar! Don’t forget to check out neighboring libraries. There is one near us that puts out piles of books for free weekly and another that has a yearly outdoor sale and when the sale is over the remainders are free!
- Participate in or start up a book swap in your neighborhood! Our school system’s PTO ran 2 of these this years and we found some great books to add to our collection!
- Create an Amazon wishlist! Add a bunch of books you would love to have and direct people there for birthdays and other gift giving occasions. I suppose it can feel forward but sometimes people do asks what you and your child might like to receive.
- Shop the book sections of the thrift stores in your area. Similar to library sales, books are usually cheap and the proceeds usually go to charity!
- Yard sales are another place you can find books cheap cheap!
- I have never tried this one but if you have friends with older kids you could just ask if they have hand me down books for you. I bet a lot of people would love to help and clear out some space on their bookshelves!
- Enter blog book giveaways! Many, many blogs do book giveaways and I feel like I have won more than my fair share! Subscribe to Pragmatic Mom, she hosts many and check out Boys and Literacy’s Kid’s Lit Book Giveaway Linky for a heads up on others.
- Try online book swaps like Book Mooch. Again this is another avenue I haven’t tried but if you would like to edit your collection why not try it!
- Get a part time job at a bookstore or become a distributor for wonderful publishers like Usborne and Barefoot Books and then enjoy their discounts!
Have more ideas on ways to build a home library for less? Please share!
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