Everyone likes a freebie, right? And as you’re reading this post I’m assuming you like children’s books too? In that case you’ll love my list of how to get your hands on books for free…
1. Grab a Bookstart pack
Bookstart gifts free books to all children at two key ages before they start school – The Bookstart Baby pack for under 1s, and the Bookstart Treasure Gift for 3-4 year olds. You will usually be given these by your health visitor and childcare provider, but if you haven’t received your packs by the time your little one turns one and five, staff at your local library will be able to help.
Bookstart pick some excellent books for their packs – recent freebies have included Hairy Maclary and Kitchen Disco.
2. Visit a library
There are 1000s of books waiting to be discovered at your local library. And what’s more – it doesn’t have to cost you a penny. Joining your local library is easy and free, and you can sign your little one up from any age. If you’re looking for a specific book or author, your librarian should be able to reserve you a copy if it’s out on loan or at another library. Lots of libraries also host regular interactive storytelling sessions for under-5s which are free and well worth attending. Find your local library via this handy list of local authorities from Bookstart.
3. Host or attend a book swap
If you fancy reviving your book collection without the cost, why not host a book swap? Our friends at Prenderland Books have got some brilliant free resources for hosting your own book swap play date, party or event, including downloadable invites and posters. Plus, their handy step-by-step guides take the stress out of organising.
I love owner April’s suggestion of a book swap playdate, where each child brings a small selection of books to swap with their friends – all the books are laid out for the children to see and they each pick one or more they would like to take home and read.
4. Join the Let’s Talk Picture Books Exchange (#LTPBExchange)
Every quarter, the #LTPBExchange pairs families from around the world to take part in a picture book exchange. Since it started, over 200 people from 28 countries have taken part. If you don’t want to post overseas you can opt to swap with another UK-based family.
To sign up for free, pop on over to @LTPBExchange on Instagram and comment on the most recent open post to say you’d like to participate.
Find out more at letstalkpicturebooks.com
5. Enter one of my competitions
If you’ve met me at a baby show, you’ll know I run event-based competitions to win a bespoke bundle of books, but did you know I also host competitions across my social media accounts from time-to-time? Follow me on facebook or instagram to keep up to date with my latest competition news.
If you’d like to share how you’ve got your hands on some free books, please let me know in the comments – I have a feeling I could be writing a second post on this!