We all know how important it is to read to our kids. It strengthens their language skills and helps them concentrate and ultimately perform better in school. Here are five ways to find free books for your kids:
1. Imagination Library Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails free books to kids aged 0-5. Click to see if your neighborhood is registered and sign up each child in your family to receive one free book a month. If your neighborhood is not registered, you can apply.
2. Free books online Gizmo’s Freeware lists 200 different websites where you can read books online for free or download free e-books. Each site is listed individually with a link and a description of the types of books offered, whether the books can be read online only or downloaded, and other facts. WeGiveBooks is not just great for your family, but by reading books online through WeGiveBooks helps distribute books worldwide to kids in need. Children’s Library contains over 4,600 books, many of them classics that you will enjoy as much as your child.
3. Reading programs several companies offer free books or prizes after children read a specific number of books or all of the books on a list, depending on the program. For example, Barnes and Nobles offers a free book after a child reads eight books, while TD Bank offers $10 after a child reads 10 books. Some of the programs are offered throughout the year while a few programs are only offered for the summer. Click here for a list of nine of the most popular national programs.
4. Local libraries
Some local libraries have a donation center where families leave books they have outgrown, and you can pick them up for free. Other libraries sell excess books once or twice a year. I have found that if the sale lasts more than one day, the library reduces the prices on the final day of the sale, giving away many books for free. Check with your local library to see if they have a donation center or when their next sale is scheduled.
5. PJ Library PJ Library is an organization that sends free children’s books and music to Jewish (and interfaith) children on a monthly basis. Depending on the community, children ages 6 months to 8 years of age can participate. Click here to connect with the PJ Library in your community. If your community is not listed, you can request sponsorship through the website.
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