Thursday, May 25, 2017

5 Tips To Grow Your Child's Library (budget friendly!)

I have always had a HUGE love of books, stories, fairytales... as a kid I could sit in my grandmas comfy blue recliner and read for hours uninterrupted. When I found out I was expecting Elizabeth I knew I wanted to start building her a little library of her own. As you probably know, she is my first baby so I had to start from scratch for baby gear, clothes, etc. It was EXPENSIVE! Y'all, I knew babies aren't cheap, but when you start adding up every little necessity it is staggering. I decided there had to be a more cost effective way to get my girl plenty of options for bedtime stories without breaking the bank, and I think I've been fairly successful! So buckle up, your about to fall down a budget friendly rabbit hole. Let's go!

I'm going to be totally honest here. I LOVE Target, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million... but they are not always budget friendly in the book department. I turned to google and was not disappointed.

1. Imagination Library. Dolly Parton has an awesome program for children 0-5years to receive one book a month, completely free. Sounds to good to be true, but it's legit. The idea is that from infancy to the age of five children will have collected an entire library of their own! We love it and enrolled Ellie when she was a few months old. It does take a month or two to get your first book, but we aren't complaining. This is a wonderful program and we are super grateful to participate. Below are the books we have received so far.

2. Half Price Books. I have been going to HP since I was a kid. I love the idea of finding good reads at a very reasonable price. There's also something cool about reading a book that has been loved by someone before you. I don't know, maybe I am weird. We go there frequently and peruse the kids section and are never disappointed.

3. Thrift stores. Whether it's Goodwill or another similar store near you, it's almost guaranteed you will hit the jackpot. Our Goodwill always has well stocked shelves and each book is $1. Yes, one dollar. You can't beat that!

4. Facebook Marketplace. (Or similar apps) I tend to check the kids section of FB Marketplace frequently, as people tend to list things often. Several times I've seen boxes of children's books in great condition sell for around $5. That's a steal in my opinion!

5. The Dollar Tree. If I am looking for seasonal books, I check out the dollar tree first. They usually have a decent variety to choose from, but they do sell fast! My daughters favorite Christmas book came from there, but I picked it up in keep your eyes peeled.

There are so many ways to build a library for your child on a budget. You can ask friends and family to donate the books they no longer read, check out local flea markets or clearance sections in your favorite stores, and of course utilize the five tips I listed above. Let me know in the comments below a book or two that I should pick up for my littles! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. These are great tips! I have definitely found great deals on kid's books at thrift stores and library sales! I wish the Dolly Parton Library was available near us!

  2. Yay for 1/2 price books! I always ask for books for birthdays/ Christmas as well. :)

  3. Never heard of the Dolly Parton Library! Thanks for the tip!

  4. My girls get books from Dolly Parton, and it's fabulous...makes me love her even more! :)


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