As holiday gift giving is in full swing, it’s the perfect time of year to help put books in children’s hands. Between infancy and age six, a child could easily read 25 or more children’s books. Since children will outgrow books within a few months, you can acquire books in various ways that won’t break the bank.
- Library. If you have a library, it will have a children’s section. Remember that librarians are a wealth of knowledge. They can help you select the right books for your child’s age.
- Internet. While you’re at the library, you can use their computers to find websites that offer free books for children to read. Two such sites are Children’s Story Books Online – Stories for Kids of All Ages and Children’s Books Online: The Rosetta Project. The second site offers its books in a dozen or so different languages.
- Friends and Families. You can trade books with other young parents, or ask friends or family members to borrow their old favorites.
- Garage Sales. Most garage sales have books for sale, especially children’s books, at a minimal cost.
- Goodwill and Other Recycling Center. Some centers collect books for resale. Again, costs are low, and you can trade your books with other parents.
Reading doesn’t have to be limited to books, however. Take a trip to the grocery store or the doctor’s office. Read the cereal box on the breakfast table. Read words on TV, especially on Sesame Street and similar child-oriented programs. It’s easy for parents to build a home rich in literacy, setting their child up for a lifelong love of reading.