Building and expanding on your children’s at home library is without a doubt, something worthwhile investing in doing on a periodical basis and it shouldn’t have to come at the cost of brand new books.

Young readers learn through repetition, and the reading of  well loved favourite stories over and over again as it gives them confidence. Therefore much loved and favoured stories and characters are always good to add to your child’s/children’s book collection.

But how and where can you find books cheaply or in other cases for nothing at all?

Hopefully the following list and suggestion will give you some new ideas or means to tracking down much loved titles for your at home collections and library.

  • Op shops are an incredible inexpensive source for books, not only can you pick up books that are often next to new, but there are a wealth of old classics out there as well. Which are great to build lovely memories with your children sharing stories from your childhood as well.
  • Investigate your local area and check on line for second hand book shops or antique book shops in your area, we have an incredible one here on the Gold Coast. These such shops have absolute treasure troves of books not to mention they often have bargain bins and also frequently buy good quality used books which could assist in funding the expansion of your children’s at home library.
  • Keeping with the op shops, if you live in Australia and are a Queensland resident the Lifeline Bookfest may come to town or region close to you. Check it out for thousands, upon thousands of used books all in the one place at an event.
  • Many councils and libraries around the country have Friends of the Library groups, and generally these groups have book stores where they sell old library books to make way for updated or new material in the local library branches. Check your local directories.
  • Try contacting a few friends and putting together a book swap morning tea. Where you bring along books you no longer want to swap for new titles to add to your at home collection. It could even be a swap for mums and bubs.
  • Brotherhood Books are online and based in Australia and deal with all sorts of books as well as collectible and rare books. They also take donations of unwanted books.
  • Finally it goes without saying that car boot sales, garage sales, school fetes are more often opportunities to add to the home library on a fraction of retail costs as well.

Do you have any other secret or hidden tips for adding books to your children’s home library on a budget? I often make the purchase of a book from the op shop as the children’s treat when we’ve been out on a thrifting adventure, which is wonderful as it’s an extension of the days fun to sit down later that night and read their new to them stories.

4 thoughts on “Expanding on the Children’s Home Library on the Cheap……

  • March 24, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Toowoomba has a wonderful Lifeline book shop with rare and vintage books. Trudie you would love it as they often have vintage children's books.

  • March 24, 2015 at 2:59 am

    I love Toowoomba Leisha, I will definitely check it out next time I'm that way. Such a pretty city. Thanks for popping by.

  • March 24, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I love your blog Trudie and have been following you got some time. Lifeline also has a large emporium including another book shop as well as a vintage shop. Toowoomba has some fantastic op shops .

  • March 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Thanks again Leisha. It's been a while since I've done a op shop jaunt in Toowoomba, perhaps I should put one on the agenda soon 🙂


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