Books are an important resource to help your child learn to read, develop their vocabulary and help them acquire knowledge. In addition, it’s great for kids to be exposed to a wide array of genres of literature. The problem is books can be expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get free books for your kids.
Summer Reading Programs
I love the summer reading programs. Although school just got out, my daughter already turned in her summer reading log to Barnes and Noble. She had to fill out a reading log with eight book titles, the authors and a recommendation. Then, she brought the log to the store and was able to pick a book from a selection. Summer reading programs are a great way to inspire your child to read. Children under 10 years of age can also take part in the Pottery Barn Kids summer reading challenge. After reading books from the recommended book list, they can receive a free book.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a nonprofit organization that gives “free age appropriate books from birth to age 5.” You can register your child online to see if there is a program in your area. Each month books are sent to children through the mail. Unfortunately, the program is not available in all areas. However, you can find out how to start a program in your area online.
We Give Books
While I like the feeling of a real book in my hand, I also like the ability to read a lot of new books without adding clutter to my home. We Give Books has a variety of full color books to flip through on your computer. You need Adobe Flash on your computer. Arranged by age, the books also have activities to go along with them. There are both nonfiction and fiction titles to choose from and even popular books like the “Llama Llama” series.
Tablets and E-readers
If you happen to have a certain tablet (Kindle Fire, iPad, Windows PC and Android tablets) you can download Storia, a free application, and receive 5 free ebooks. In addition, every once and awhile you may find a free ebook for download on the site too. If you’re looking for free ebooks you might try the free Nook book section from Barnes and Noble.
It may seem obvious. However, the library is a great place to get free books. While you have to return the books, they are yours to keep and enjoy for a certain amount of time. With many locations, a library is usually only a walk, drive or bus ride away. Many libraries now have free ebooks and audio books available. Libraries also have storytimes where kids can listen to books and engage in some educational activities too.
Finding free books for your kids has never been so easy!
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