Free books for Kids

Ultimate Guide to Getting Free Books for Kids

Kids need books. Books are expensive. So I went out to search how I can get free books for kids.

Reading is so important for kids. I grew up in a “reader” family and I still love reading. We don’t have a TV in our house so we spend a lot of time reading. I’m used to this since we didn’t have one growing up either and so we spent a lot of time reading.

I firmly believe that it is important for kids to own their own books, not just have some that they borrow. Of course, this is not always an option since books cost money! Sometimes, a lot of money! Jewish books for kids are, in particular, often quite pricey. Having books that reflect your lifestyle and values are really important for kids. It is also important to make sure that kids are exposed to lots of different people and ideas through reading.

Free Jewish Children’s Books

We go to the library a lot and I utilize Libby- the library’s e-books section. However, only I have a Kindle, not my kids. I don’t want my kids to have one and it doesn’t help on Shabbos when we don’t use any sort of technology.

 

Free books for kids

Right now, we get books from the library and we buy used books. The library often has a few books for sale- often for around $0.25 each which is a great buy! I also found a small book store that sells used and slightly ruined books for 3 for $1. It’s very hit or miss, so I sometimes find things, sometimes not but I’ve gotten some great finds and we are slowly building our collection

 

We also get FREE BOOKS for KIDS!

Here are the two places that send us free kid’s books in the mail:

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Yes! Free kids books come to our house every month in the mail. Free books by mail- this is not a scam.

These two programs are very location dependent so you may not qualify but if you do then SIGN UP!!

 

You get a free book in the mail every month! What could be better? Signing up for both these programs will get you 2 free books every month!

 Ways to get free books for kids:

  1. PJ Library– PJ library sends kids starting from 6 months old a free, Jewish book every month. They also sometimes include activities to do or some other small project type of thing. We’ve been signed up for years and we love the books that we get. Here are some of the books that we’ve gotten. As you see, they are very well-loved. All the books have a Parent’s guide with some ideas for discussions about the themes in the books so it’s a great springboard for topics to discuss with your kids.
Free Jewish Children's Books
All from P.J. library! These are only some of them- we have tons more!
  1. Imagination Library– We actually just signed up for this so we haven’t gotten any books yet so I can’t show you any pictures. I am so incredibly excited to get them! Started by Dolly Parton, Imagination Library sends you a book every month.

Update: We just got our first book from Imagination library and I cannot be more thrilled! As you can see, its “The Little Engine that Could” which is a childhood classic so something I am so happy to own! Having these books for the kids to look at and read all the time is so important and its amazing that it is free!

Free Books for Kids
Free Books For Kids: The Little Engine that Could

And a 3rd place to get free books for kids that is a little more difficult:

3. Kellogg’s Family Rewards– I was hesitant to include this in the list because its not actually totally free. Kellogg’s has a program that for every participating box of Kellogg’s that you purchase, you can get a free kids book. of course, this means you have to spend money on cereal. If you are buying cereal anyways than its free. if you are buying cereal just to get the book, then not really free.

(Although if you are a savvy shopper and follow deal sites like hip2save then you may just score Kellogg’s cereal for super cheap on occasion- in which case you get cheap cereal and a free book for a kid so that would be the ultimate). This free book for kids program is different than the regular Kellogg’s Point Program so make sure to click on the right link to get your free book!

If you have any family members that don’t need books (ha!ha!) or are just generous that way you can ask them for their leftover cereal boxes as well to help you get more books- think grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. If they eat cereal but don’t have kids in the house they will probably be very happy to save the boxes for you and let you use them to get free books. Since its a limit of 10 books for a household they can also apply for their own books and you can get even more books!

 

If any of the books we receive are not suitable for our family then I simply pass them on to someone else or donate them to the library. As long as they are being read by a kid (or adult!) somewhere then all is good in the world.

4 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to Getting Free Books for Kids”

  1. I actually signed our now 3 YO up for Imagination Library in November, and just got the email in June saying we’d be getting books either this month or next. The Walton Foundation is the organizor/sponsor for my area and it is slow. I can’t wait to start getting new books for Elijah though, as he loves to be read to!

    1. Yes! We just got “The Little Engine That Could” which is an awesome book to own! Its so important for kids to own their own books.

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  3. I was an avid reader growing up and I remember tallying up the value of my books at one point around 7th grade. I had over $300 worth of books! It’s a good thing we had the public library and school library because I remember some days I would get through 5 books. It took me one day to read something the size of Twilight/Eragon and I would always request bookstore gift cards for the holidays.

    It’s good to see your little ones are enjoying reading; it is the best thing to have particularly with quarantine!

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