Should I Get Hardcover or Paperback Children’s Books?

A question that may come to the mind of some parents is, should I get hardcover or paperback children’s books?

There are potential advantages to both.

Hardcover books obviously have more durable covers, and since children’s books are usually read multiple times, and since young kids might handle books roughly, durability is probably particularly relevant to kids books.

And one other nice thing about the solid feel of a hardcover book is when you cherish a book, its physical substantiveness or weightiness enhances the feeling of it being valuable.

Another potential advantage of hardcover books is size. Often the paperback version of a book is a smaller size. A bigger size has two benefits: you and your child will be able to enjoy the visual aspects of a book that has beautiful illustrations if the book is bigger, and the font size of the text may also be bigger, which makes it easier for sleep-deprived parents’ eyes to read.

But the downside of size is more weight and bulk, which makes it more work to handle if you are holding the book rather than setting it down on a table or other surface.

So one advantage of paperback books is the smaller size and lighter weight, and another is the potential lower cost as well.

In my experience with books for children in particular, many titles, and especially new titles, are not available in paperback versions. And even when they are available, I’ve sometimes seen hardcover versions on sale for the same price, or even a lower price, than paperback versions.

If you are like most parents, you will end up having a combination of hardcover and paperback books to read to your children.