How to Host a Children’s Book Swap

by , posted on April 15th, 2013 in Parties & Celebrations, The Reading Nook

how to host a 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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5 Responses to “How to Host a Children’s Book Swap”

  1. Anne Says:

    April 22nd, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Totally love this idea. I have been looking for something social and “booky” for my little one :)

  2. Sandra Says:

    May 1st, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    It’s a lot of fun to do and sooo easy! The perfect combination.

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  4. Jenny Says:

    March 21st, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I love this idea. I have passed books back and forth, but this would be so much more fun!

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