Importance Of Reading & Best Ways To Get Books

It’s no secret that we love books!!!

My greatest teacher Paa Naabab Yaanun instilled the importance of reading and learning in my husband and i before we had children and for many years, so when we decided to teach our children at home, it was a goal of mine to fill the house with books,

Even before the children came, I had always dreamed of having a room in my home which was just a study / library/ temple , which was full of books that I could go to to read uninterrupted for hours.

That dream hasn’t transpired yet, but we do have a whole heap of books. This is a picture of one of the 4 book shelves in our home and we were talking about need another one soon.

Reading has countless benefits to your child and many experts suggest that the 3 best things you can do for your child is to:

1) Read aloud to them

2) Have them read aloud to you

3) Help encourage them to read independently for fun (get them books on subjects they love, whether particularly educational or not)

Now I’m sure you already know that books can cost quite a bit, and I even heard a homeschooling mother advise AGAINST buying lots of books because of the cost.

You of course have libraries where you can borrow books for free for a period of time if buying them really offends you, but there are great ways to get low cost or free books to keep and build your library.

Here are my 3 main thoughts on buying books

1)”If you think education (in the form of buying books in this case) is expensive, try ignorance”

2) 1 book, read in the right way, can teach your child about possible every subject you want to teach them and spark discussion on countless other subject too, entertaining, educating and stimulating your child for hours, which to me is priceless

3) If you see the value in books but simply don’t have the finance to buy lots of brand new books, find other ways of getting them.

We have roughly 300 books ( at the last count), of them I’ve probably bought 30 at their full retail price.

Here are the main places  I get books for our homeschool room from (all books including fiction, educational, workbooks, dictionaries & encyclopedias)

1) Second hand shops – normally costing 25p – £1.99 tops for big encyclopedias, we always wipe them down before giving the children, one charity shop was selling any 6 children’s books for 99p the other day 🙂

2) Pound Shops /Dollar stores – Every few months, the pound shops or low cost stores like Poundstretcher or Wilkinson will have loads of story and educational books for £1 – £2 so we’ll normally stock up on every title they have.

2) Requested as gifts – Whenever their birthday’s are coming up and family ask us what they children want or need, we’ll normally ask for books or clothes

3) Ebay – I discovered job lots on ebay a few years ago and bought a box of 40 books for £15. When they came, about 15 were unsuitable so we gave them away but 25 books for £15 is pretty good. I’m sure and would have these too

4) Library sales – our library has little sales where they’ll sell their old books for 30-50p and we’ll pick up lots of good at these

5)  Ask the ancestors – There has been the odd occasion when I’ve randomly asked the ancestors to help me with new ideas or resources to bulk up or add a boost to the Mir and we’ll get a call from someone saying they’ve got a load of books etc to get rid of, so do we want to take them, or we’ll go to a relative’s home and they’ll have a box of books and teaching stuff waiting for us. So even the ancestors can hook you up.

You can also get them in markets and car boot sales too, but I’ve never bought them from there personally

Our oldest is an avid reader and can read several novels for her age a week, she’s read every book in the house (apparently) and always asks for more.

Our son and baby girl love us to read them stories too and also enjoy sitting and reading(!!!) to themselves.

The middle 2 girls aren’t as keen on reading voluntarily, but do like reading a few pages aloud to us during their learning time.



Let’s consider some reading stats:

“Why can’t I skip my 30 minutes of reading tonight?”
Let’s figure it out —MATHEMATICALLY!

Student A reads 30 minutes a night;
Student B reads only 5 minutes a night

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 7 times each week.
Student A reads 210 minutes a week.
Student B reads 35 minutes a week.

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 840 minutes a month.
Student B reads 140 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 12 months a year.
Student A reads 10,080 minutes a year.
Student B reads 1,680 minutes a year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of 28 whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only 5 school days of reading practice.

By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably, and so undoubtedly will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?


Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school….and in life?



*If daily reading begins at day one, by the time the child is five years old, he or she has been fed roughly 54,750 minutes of brain food!

*Reduce that experience to just 30 minutes two times a week for five years, and the child’s hungry mind gains only 15,600  minutes of nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and stories.

*Reading to a child just one time a week over the course of 5 years, means a child is only relieving 7,800 minuets of language.

*A kindergarten student who has not been read aloud to could enter school with less than 60 hours of literacy nutrition.


No teacher, no matter how talented, can make up for those lost hours of mental nourishment.



So if you want to stock up on books but funds are tight, now you can do it for less.

I hope this helps, peace family


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