As both a mom to littles and a librarian, I have a strong interest in early childhood literacy. Reading to your kids is so important, but it can be hard to afford books for your home library. Here are some ways to get free books for your home library! Isn’t that awesome?
Before we get to the list, here are some tips for encouraging literacy in your house:
- Store your kids’ books on the bottom shelves of the book shelf so they can reach them easily.
- Have books available in places your kids spend a lot of time: your car, grandma’s house.
- Lead by example. Not a huge fan of reading? Just start small by reading to your kids.
- Read as a family for 15 minutes every day.
- Get excited about the story — even if its the 100th time you’ve read it!
- Go to story time at your local library.
How to earn free children’s books
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
Kids in grades 1 and up can complete 3 reading triathalon activities and fill out the reading journal to receive a free book!
Here are some tips for starting summer reading as a family!
Don’t forget, story time every Saturday at 11am!
Year round program
Kids K-8 can read books, take quizzes, and earn points for cool prizes.
Teens 13+ can download 2 free audiobooks a week all summer long.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is partnered with United Way of Northern Arizona
Preschool children, ages 5+ will get a free book mailed to them each month!
Scholastic’s program allows kids to earn points for minutes read and be entered for prizes
Do you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood?
- Use the locator on her website to find a local organization supporting the library that you can sign up through.
- Kids up to age 5 will get a book in the mail each month! My kids love getting their books each month!
Sign up for all of them and grow your home library!
Resources for Raising Readers
Find some great resources on how to raise readers and why reading is so important–especially for the preschool-3rd graders!
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