According to an extensive study from the University of Nevada, book ownership drastically increases children’s reading success, academic achievement, and long-term education goals. Owning books has a greater impact on children than their parent’s education levels or what country they’re born in.
Growing a collection of books for your child is one of the best things you can do, but finding good books isn’t always easy. Going to the bookstore and figuring out what books are worth the investment takes time and effort. And that’s something busy parents don’t have much of.
So, if you’re strapped for time and energy, here are five effortless ways to give your child the gift of book ownership.
Little Fun Club
Hands down, this is the easiest way to bring the best books into your home. Each month, your child receives a box of three books hand-selected for their age and interests. You can even customize your box to include multiple children (up to three). Since Little Fun Club has already done the heavy-lifting by researching and selecting only the best titles, you can rest assured that your child is receiving quality, award-winning books for a great price. Take 20% off your first box when you use this code at checkout: 02RF17
eBook Library Subscription
Small living quarters? On a tight budget? An eBook library is a great solution. You can instantly add thousands of bestselling and award-winning eBooks, audiobooks, and read-to-me books to your child’s digital shelf for the price of a cup of coffee. Epic is a digital library that offers wonderful titles and allows you to track your child’s reading progress. They offer a free 30-day trial for new subscribers.
School Book Fairs
Most schools host a book fair once or twice a year. These are great resources for acquiring new books with no effort beyond giving your kid a few bucks. I always let my kids buy a book or two that interests them. They’re more likely to read a book they pick by themselves. It’s also a good way for them to practice making decisions and being independent.
Scholastic Book Orders
Take full advantage of the Scholastic book order that your child’s school sends home. Scholastic offers wonderful books at a good price, with a fairly effortless system. This is how I built my kids’ book collection when they were preschoolers. I gave my child a pen and let them circle books that interested them. Then, I went to their website and ordered everything that was within my budget.
We got some wonderful books this way and some of them are still on our shelf of favorites. Plus, when you buy books from Scholastic, your child’s classroom earns points toward free books and resources.
When you think of Usborne Books, you probably think of book parties. But what you don’t know is that most Usborne consultants will happily sell you books outside of a party. I know a consultant that puts together custom summer reading packages for her customers based on each child’s age and interests. Parents don’t have to do anything other than specifying how many books they want. Locate a consultant in your area and ask them to do something similar for you.