Are you trying to build a homeschool library? Are you looking for high-quality books for your bookcase, but you want to do so without spending a fortune? Today, I am sharing some tips and tricks for building a homeschool library of books without breaking the bank.
How to Build A Homeschool Library Without Breaking the Bank
Reading aloud to your children and teens is the most important part of the entire homeschool day. The research on the benefits and importance of reading aloud is clear. The number of books a family has in their home is linked to academic achievement. Growing a high-quality homeschool library can be pricey, but with a little planning, you can build a fantastic bookshelf without going broke.
If you’d like to read more about the many benefits of reading aloud (and get some great book lists), I highly recommend the following titles:
- The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
- The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie
- The Book Whisperer by Donalynn Miller
- Honey for a Child’s Heart by Glady Hunt
- Reading Magic by Mem Fox
- Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin
6 Tips for Building a Homeschool Library of High-Quality Books Without Spending a Fortune
Here are six tips for creating a high-quality homeschool library, and surrounding your children with a print-rich environment, without going broke.
1. The Public Library is Your Homeschool BFF.
Let’s start with the obvious: your public library is a treasure trove. Not only is it filled with books, but many libraries provide museum passes, puzzles, board games, DVDs, audiobooks, language lessons, and more! An easy way to surround your kiddos with high-quality books is to visit your public library every week. Place a book basket in your kids’ bedrooms, the playroom, the family room, and leave some books in the backseat of your car. Boom! You’re surrounding your children with a print-rich environment and that is super important!
2. Libraries Often Have Incredible Book Sales.
Libraries know the best books to buy, but they ultimately run out of shelf space. Most libraries host semi-annual book sales. You can trust that the books at library sales are good ones! You can save a ton of money by visiting these book fairs, and you will be supporting the community. Here’s a tip: Google libraries in your area and get on their mailing lists so that you’re the first to know about upcoming events.
3. Create a Family Book Gift-Giving Tradition.
One easy way to beef up your homeschool library bookshelf is to create a book-giving tradition. When birthdays and holidays roll around, consider giving your children a book or two. You could also suggest a new family book-giving tradition. Ask grandparents, aunts, and uncles to give a beloved book with an inscription for every holiday and birthday. You’ll be building your bookshelf and making memories!
4. Trade Books with Other Homeschool Families in Your Area
A super easy way to provide your children and teens with more books is to trade books with homeschool friends. You could trade books for a period of time or host a book swap. We regularly traded books with homeschool friends over the past decade of homeschooling!
5. Buy Used Books! You Can Often Find Super Cheap Books at Thrift Stores and Yard Sales
Used bookstores are GOLD. They help you to grow your homeschool bookshelf with gently used books at a fraction of the jacket price. Some used bookstores even offer a discount if you donate books! Thrift stores and yard sales have tons of books! I love finding a yard sale where you can get multiple books for a dollar!
6. Little Free Libraries Are Awesome!
Little Free Libraries are all the rage right now and with good reason. You can leave a book and take a book without spending a dime! Are you looking for little free libraries near you? Check out this site.
Yes, books can be an investment, but it’s an important investment. By surrounding your children and teens with print, and reading aloud daily, you will be creating a foundation for a love of language and reading.
Your Daily Read-Aloud is the Single Most Important Part of Your *Entire* Homeschool Day.
Reading aloud has oodles of benefits for children, tweens, and teens. There’s tons of research to back it up. When you read-aloud to your kiddos, you are sharing sophisticated language and rich vocabulary with them. You’re growing their fund of factual information. Research shows that reading aloud is the best thing we can do, as parents, for our children’s future academic success.
But guess what? Reading aloud does so much more than boost those academic skills. It helps kids to understand the world around them, to put themselves in another person’s shoes, and to understand and care for others. Reading aloud also levels the playing field so that readers and non-readers can share the same experience and have amazing conversations together.
Creating a simple, sustainable read-aloud routine will help you to accomplish the most important part of your homeschool day, every day. Taking the time to create this routine will benefit your homeschool (and your entire family) for years to come.
But, how do you create a daily read-aloud tradition that honors your unique kiddos? And how do you keep at it when life throws you nothing but lemons? I’m sharing all of the details (plus *oodles* of homeschool tips!) in How to Rock THE MOST IMPORTANT Part of Your Homeschool Day, a self-paced digital course for homeschoolers.
Hundreds of homeschoolers have taken this course and enjoyed it. I’d love to help you craft a simple, sustainable read-aloud routine that honors your unique children and teens. Enroll today and have a brighter tomorrow!
Patience, Grasshopper. Good Things Take Time In Your Homeschool
Growing your homeschool library takes planning, time, and patience. Keep your eye on the prize. Books are a worthwhile investment not just in your homeschool, but in your child’s future. Giving your children the gift of books will help them to grow socially, emotionally, and cognitively. A solid reading foundation will help your children and teens academically and will also encourage a love of learning because if you can read, you can learn anything! And that, my friends, is priceless!