Time is often the greatest gift you can give your family, and there’s no better way to spend it than reading to, or with, your children. In celebration of Children's Book Week, we have listed six popular reads, showing that it’s possible to find some great, but cheap, children's books.
Peepo! is a great rhyming book to read to your babies and toddlers, allowing them to explore the book through various holes that peep through to the next page. To avoid burning a hole in your pocket, Sainsbury’s Entertainment online is £4.50, with Amazon’s hardback version second best at £4.68.
Highest Price: £6.99
Best deal: Sainsbury’s Entertainment (online) for £4.50
Runner up: Amazon for £4.68
A Tiger Who Came To Tea is about Sophie who answers the door to an unusual visitor just as she is about to sit down to tea. Sainsbury’s Entertainment offer a version that has a handy buggy attachment for £2.99, with Amazon offering the standard book for £2.99
Highest Price: £5.99
Buggy edition: Sainsbury’s Entertainment (online) for £2.99
Runner up: Amazon for £2.99
Superworm is a super long, super-strong..... errghh worm; renowned for rescuing other creatures. But who will come to Superworm’s rescue when Wizard Lizard captures him? Written by Julia Donaldson, accomplished children’s author who also wrote The Gruffalo. The online stores of the supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury’s win out at £5.
Highest Price: £10.99
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney and tells the story of schoolboy Greg Heffley from his witty diary around his eccentric family life. Each book will set you back around £3.85. The Book People offer the first six books for £11.79 including postage, making this a star saving.
Highest Price: £41.94
Best deal:The Book People for £11.79 or £8.99 with free postage (when you spend £25 or more).
Ratburger is the latest David Walliams book, following the story of a little girl called Zoe. Sheila her stepmother is so lazy she gets Zoe to pick her nose for her – gross! But that’s not all, as evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers is after her pet rat. Best price is a three-way split between Amazon, Asda and Sainsbury’s all at £5.
Highest Price: £12.99
Hunger Games had me enthralled in the cinema. Written by Suzanne Collins, it’s set in the future and based upon a terrifying reality TV show that makes eating Witchetty Grubs from I’m a Celebrity look like a mouth-watering alternative. The trilogy is available through The Book People and Red House for £7.79 including postage however both do free delivery when you spend £15 (Red House) and £25 (The Book People).
Highest Price: £17.99
Best deal: Red House £7.79
Runner up: The Book People for £7.79, however £4.99 with free delivery
Tips for even cheaper books
Buying second hand allows you to buy cheap children's books. World of Books sell used books; for example the Tiger Who Came To Tea was on sale for £2.75.
But you don't have to go second hand to get cheaper books. Take a look at these tips on how to get children's books for less.
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Marc Lockley is a coach and money saving writer. He is the author of How To Pay Less For More, a book showing people how to negotiate in shops, showrooms and even with the boss over working part-time. As a dad of two, Marc values his work/life balance and is a dab hand at using money saving techniques to keep the bills down.