So let me tell you about how my daughter gets a free book every month. One day I was visiting our local library and upon checkout I saw a flyer for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, on the counter. I took the flyer home, read through it and immediately went online to register my daughter to start receiving free books.
At the time, I had no idea that there were free book programs out there that we qualified for. I was fine thinking we’d get a free one each time we visited our pediatrician lol. But thank goodness for Dolly Parton coming through with an awesome literacy program.
What Is Imagination Library?
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a literacy/book gifting program that sends books to kids ages birth to 5 years old. It’s open to communities across the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia.
When Can I Expect Free Books?
It took a while for the books to start coming. I registered late last spring and books started coming to our mailbox a few months later. She gets 1 brand new paper back book every month. They’re really good books too and age appropriate!
Just to give you an idea of what you can expect to receive from the Imagination Library, here are some of the free books we received.
Free Digital Books
Another way I fill up my kids libraries is by making sure their electronic devices are full of good digital books. Overdrive and Hoopla are great places to get free digital books. It’s just like borrowing from the library. You get to read the books free for a specified amount of time or you can only borrow a certain amount per month.
I find that when I stay on top of adding books to my son’s tablet or phone, he’ll read a good book over playing a video game.
But there are other free digital book sites where you can basically read without limitations. Here are a few below.
Free Interactive Storytime
If you want to hear a great book read by some of your favorite celebrities then check out: http://www.storylineonline.net/ sponsored by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The visuals are great and the books can hold even the most active toddler’s attention. I have to be honest, I get a kick out of listening to these myself lol!
⇓⇓⇓ Listen to Wanda Sykes read The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake ⇓⇓⇓
Some other FREE book programs that may serve your areas
Firstbook – provides free and low-cost books to schools and programs serving kids ages birth to age 18. https://www.fbmarketplace.org/register/
Lisa Libraries – If you have a small library at a daycare, after-school program or prison waiting area that you’d like to fill with age appropriate books, just contact Lisa Libraries. http://www.lisalibraries.org/
For Georgia, Florida & Montana Residents
Ferst Foundation – Free books from birth to age 5. http://www.ferstfoundation.org/about-us/participating-communities
Dallas, TX Residents
Ferst Foundation – Texas Only Free books from birth to age 5. http://www.ferstfoundation.org/texas
Here are some places to get SUPER LOW COST books in the U.S.
MeeGenius – Get access to 700 children’s books for $5/month. Download the app on Google Play or the App Store. http://www.meegenius.com/
Read Ferst Subscriptions – Low cost books from birth to age 5. Pay only $40/year (12 books) or $200/5 years (60 books) http://www.ferstfoundation.org/read-ferst
Literacy Empowerment Foundation – for $88 get 100 books – each set has 6 copies of 14 different titles for pre-k through 2nd Grade. Any literacy program regardless of size qualifies. You don’t have to be a school or a teacher. It’s also first come, first served. http://www.lefbooks.org/reading_resource_project/
What are some of your favorite places to score good books for your kids?