thriftymum guide to free booksWorld book day has inspired me to share a few ways to get free books!

I love seeing all the thrifty costume-making for World Book Day. There’s always some amazing achievements from very busy parents.

world book dayPlanning ahead is key or else your kids might be dressing as an Argos catalogue like comedian Joe Heenan’s kids

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I’ve always loved reading and worked in public libraries for 7 years whilst I was studying. Reading to the boys and developing their love of reading and quietly entertaining themselves is so important.

So today I have a Top 5 List of free ways to get your kids interested in reading.


Bookstart gifts free books to all children at two key ages before school. This is to help families read together every day and inspire children. Bookstart Baby and Treasure are gifted to children at 0-12 months and 3-4 years. They also have additional needs and dual-language resources on their website.

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Your health visitor, should gift this purple bag in your baby’s first year to help you share stories, rhymes and songs. It contains two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books.

 Your preschooler will receive their special gift envelope when they are 3–4 years old, from their nursery or children’s centre. Inside is a picture book for you to share, plus a friendly booklet with tips and ideas for reading together.


Disney Wonderful World of Reading is a book subscription service who have a great introductory offer. You can receive six free short and easy to read versions of Disney stories and a Mickey Mouse bookrack delivered direct to your home.

They will send you a couple of extra books to tempt you into buying them. If you’re not interested, just send them back and email them to cancel sending you any more books. These are some of the ones we received this week.

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I didn’t rate the free Mickey Mouse book rack but the books are really good quality with glossy covers and are nice and short versions of the stories – perfect for bedtime reading.


Nearly 100 years after his birth, Roald Dahl’s stories continue to inspire children and adults around the world. From his creative use of language to his memorable characters, Roald’s books have been adapted into musicals, films, plays, TV shows, operas, artworks, and much more.

Every year Roald Dahl’s birthday is celebrated and we’re encouraged to hold a special party in celebration of his life’s work.

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Visit the Roald Dahl website. There are lots of free activities to do with your children and you can sign up for a free party pack here. It is a downloadable pack with everything you need to hold a party whether you’re celebrating at home, in school or out and about.


The Imagination Library is a reading programme which provides a free book to children on a monthly basis and is funded by the Dollywood Foundation. You can find your nearest programme here so you can get involved.


Often only walking distance away, local libraries are a huge resource of free activities and things to do.

No more hushing librarians! Instead, there’s book clubs, reading challenges, free internet access, CD’s and DVD’s to borrow and some even have online e-book libraries where you can download your book at a click of a button. Anyone can join the library and it is free to join, borrow and request books and other items. You can find your local library here.

Our local library has lots of author events planned which means free story-times with the authors themselves!

I hope you like my Top 5 List of free ways to get your kids interested in reading. Tootles the Taxi is my childhood favourite and now I can read it to my boys.

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Hollie x


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6 thoughts on “ThriftyMum Guide to Free Books

  • 21/11/2016 at 10:48 am

    Some great tips! We live right next to our local library so are often popping in #kltr

  • 21/11/2016 at 1:36 pm

    Fabulous tips! I love libraries. I have such fond memories of my mum taking my brother and I to the library each week. I loved the smell of it! I take my boys to the library every week. #KLTR

  • 22/11/2016 at 8:54 pm

    Such a good idea for a blog post! My son’s nursery has a bedtime story shelf full of lovely picture books and you’re encouraged to borrow one to read at bedtime.

  • 24/11/2016 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you for the tips. I must get round to picking up baby’s first books at the library. #KLTR

  • 10/12/2016 at 3:25 am

    I really enjoyed this post and seeing the kids with the “Argos items” is funny. What a fun to read post and I love your sense of humour. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

  • 13/12/2016 at 11:29 am

    Wow what a fab post I didn’t know about some of these. Although love our local library. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR


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