If your book wish-list is longer than your baby-gear registry (first-off I like you, let’s be friends) then check out these 5 ideas for quickly and affordably building your baby’s book collection:
1. Have a book baby shower. Center the baby shower around your favorite children’s book(s) or just around the concept of books in general, and ask guests to bring a (gently used) favorite children’s book instead of a card. This way you’ll start the library collection with classic favorites, and they’ll all have special notes written inside for your baby. (Because what are you really going to do with all of those baby shower cards anyway?)
2. Have a “library” themed first birthday party. The same idea as the baby shower, but as a birthday party. Your baby probably doesn’t need anymore toys, so politely ask for books (new or used) as gifts instead. And the library-theme party ideas are endless! See here for some inspiration.
3. Search for local library book sales. Keep an eye and ear out for any book sales or book fairs at local libraries and book shops. This can be a real gold mine for finding classic treasures for next to nothing.
4. Yard sales! Of course! Parents are always looking to clean out their children’s stuff, and old books are some of the most common garage-sale finds. That copy of Harold and the Purple Crayon might be outgrown for them, but it’s brand new for your little one.
5. Buy used books. If all else fails and you’re willing to spend money on a few favorites, buy used and save a few bucks. Although Amazon.com has a used-book selection, BetterWorldBooks.com has great prices and free shipping — plus for every book you buy, they donate a book to someone in need.
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