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World 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.
Planning ahead is key. Otherwise your kids might be dressing as an Argos catalogue like comedian Joe Heenan’s kids…
I love 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.
Your health visitor, provides 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.
2. ROALD DAHL DAY
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. Dahl’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.
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.
3. DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY
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.
4. LOCAL LIBRARIES
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. 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. Find your local library here.
Our local library has lots of author events which means free story-times with the authors themselves! To hear stories read by their author’s really enhances the experience.
5. FREE KIDS KINDLE BOOKS
Amazon have huge amounts of children’s books for free download straight to Kindle. You can filter by age group and reading age too. This way you’ can find something suitable for your little one. I like that you have full control over what they’re reading too. Choosing a reading topic together is half the fun. The search function on Amazon is the best plus you get further recommendations.
I hope you like my Top 5 List of free ways to get your kids reading. Tootles the Taxi is my childhood favourite. Now I read it to my boys. Even more fulfilling for me is that the boys choose to pick up a book and read to themselves.
Enjoy your freebies! Let me know if you find other ways to get free books. Some of these could even make great birthday or Christmas presents.