Book swap parties have become popular events for children and promote reading at the same time. They are simple to organize and fun to participate in. And, they are a wonderful way to add new books to your children’s collection without having to pay the cost.
If you’ve never been to a book swap party, here’s how they usually go. Pick a date that will work for you, your children, and others. Have your children select the books that they have already read and would like to swap with other children. Be sure to explain to them that once the book is swapped, it no longer belongs to them but to the other child. That way they understand that the book will have a new home.
Encourage your children to write a couple of sentences on an index card or post-it note as to why they liked those books. This will encourage other children to read the books too.
The children who are invited should also bring their books to swap. Plan refreshments and snacks, just as with a regular party. During the party, the children look at all the books and swap for the ones they want. For those books that are left over, donate them to your children’s school’s library or the public library.