Welcome! My name is Gail O’Connor. The purpose of Kid’sBooks Without Borders is to be able to put children’s books (and some young adult and adult books as well) in the hands of children and families living overseas.
When my children were young, they were avid readers (as teens and young adults they still love to read). Our weekly trips to our local public library was always a highlight. We would return laddened with large bags of books. My kids would settle on the couch and read for hours. Having grown up in France, without access to English books, I was thankful for all the books my own children were exposed to and the wide variety of books available to us for free.
I started building my own home library collection of favorites, mostly picking up used copies at thrift stores and garage sales. Then I would spot another copy of Blueberries for Sal or Charlotte’s Web, and I couldn’t pass them up at 25 cents each. Duplicates started piling up. I wanted to be able to share these great books with others. That’s how this ministry started.
I now have available over 2000 books, both picture books and chapter books, fiction and non-fiction, which are available to you at no charge, if you are living overseas. They are all books that I have read and which come highly recommended. I am mostly self-taught, but have read extensively about children’s literature. If you are overwhelmed by choices or do not know what books would be best for your child, please email me. I would love to give you recommendations if you let me know your child’s (children’s) age, gender, reading level and areas of interests.
All the books are free and there is no limit on the number of books you can request. However, I do ask that you pay for postage if shipped to a US address and half of the postage if shipped overseas. The majority of families living overseas ask that I send the books to US-based friends or family. The recipients then deliver them when visiting the person requesting them. This is the least expensive and most reliable way of mailing them.