How to Host a Children’s Book Swap
We’re all about encouraging reading, right? And you know that one of the best strategies is to have lots of books around the house. Our children love to pick up the same books again and again – first having us read to them and then later reading them on their own.
But here’s a problem – the cost of building a home library adds up quickly. And we only have so much space. What to do?
I have the best solution for you – host a children’s book swap. It’s easy, it’s social, and it’s fun.
The ingredients are few – you need book lovers and you need books. Here’s how…
Invite 5-10 parents in your neighborhood
Don’t worry if they have children of different ages. The wider the range the greater the variety of books.
Ask them to each bring 3 children’s books
Encourage them to bring non-commercial/character books – the ones that you’d want in your home library.
Clear off your dining room table
You need just enough space for your guests to move around and check out the books.
Plan for some snacks
Bringing people together? Put out a few snacks and something to drink.
Each person selects as many books as they brought
It’s so easy that you might even want to make it an annual event.
Here’s a children’s birthday party variation – have each guest bring a wrapped new book to the party. When they leave they each select a book. Think about it – you avoid dollar store loot bags and the money you save you can spend on one larger gift for your child. Everyone wins!
I want to hear about your first children’s book swap. Report back, okay?
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