Dollar store is affordable option for baby books

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Book CarIf you’re a frequent follower of Cracking the Cover, then you know how much my daughter (now 16 months) loves books. It’s a passion I have no problem fostering.

When I was little, we took books with us wherever we went, and I’ve continued that tradition with my little girl. That means keeping books in the car and in the diaper bag. But board books can be heavy and bulky, which can make carting them around a pain. My solution — the dollar store.

Yep. You read that right. I have discovered a treasure trove of books at the dollar store. Now as you might have guessed, the physical quality of books sold at the dollar store is not great, but that’s what makes them ideal for travel.

CarBooksThe material (usually cardboard) and varying sizes — makes them lightweight and easy to tote around. I love that they don’t take up a lot of space. There are ones specifically designed to get wet — perfect for the beach, bathroom or a restaurant. And the smaller ones often come in a package of two. At that price, you don’t really care if it gets lost or ruined.

I am discerning when it comes to the book content. You’ll often find big names attached to these books — Disney, Sesame Street, Hello Kitty, Playskool, etc. We’ve only bought three Disney books (I’m trying to avoid the whole princess thing for as long as I possibly can), but we snap up any Sesame Street ones we come across.

Sesame Street dollar storeThe dollar store is a once or twice a month thing, and I usually spend about $5, which equates to anywhere between five and 10 individual books.

We’ve been doing this for about four months now, and I’ve only thrown out two because the binding was broken past the point of repair. I have, however, reinforced the binding of a few favorites with tape. And “Hey Diddle Diddle” underwent an unfortunate teething event.

Books can be really expensive, but the dollar store is an affordable option.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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