Trading Children’s Books with Other Parents

If you are interested in trading children’s books with other parents, you could make personal arrangements with other parents you know, or alternatively there are several websites that facilitate such exchanges.

Typically these exchanges work on point system, with the website serving as a centralized clearinghouse, rather than on a direct trading basis.

Here are some websites that help people trade books:

BookCrossing
Description from the site:
“It’s the World’s Library. It’s a smart social networking site. It’s a celebration of literature and a place where books get new life. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers.”

BookMooch
Description from the site:
“BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books. BookMooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.”

PaperBackSwam
Description from the site:
“List books you’d like to swap with other club members. Once a book is requested, mail it to the club member. In return, you may choose from available books! Books you request are mailed to you for free. No late fees. No hidden charges. Enjoy trading Hardbacks, Audio Books, Textbooks and more.”

Title Trader
Description from the site:
“If you have boxes of used books, dvds, and cds in your attic or basement, you are not alone. That is why this book club was created. Title Trader is the only place to swap all of those used books and other items for something else. Best of all, it is absolutely free.”

I have not personally used any of these sites, so I cannot vouch for how useful and reliable they are, nor do I know how active they are in the kids book category, but for parents interested in trading books for children, these sites might be worth exploring.