I have cut back a little in blogging, mainly because my life is a little crazy with 5 children–and babysitting–and other responsibilities. I was not planning on putting up a post today, but I got a little excited about our prizes from one of our summer reading programs and wanted to share!
For those who have been reading my blog a while, you know that we are a book household. Both my husband and I love reading, and my oldest daughter does too. Our hope is that our other children will develop a love for reading as well. So, this summer I signed them up for 5 reading programs–2 local libraries, Barnes and Nobles, Half-Price Books, and a BJU Press Reading Program.
Before vacation, we went to one library and Barnes and Nobles and turned in those reading logs. All of the children got a free book and coupons (that we probably won’t use) at the library. We were able to find a book for each of the children that they were excited about. This was the same library that we actually won an iPad from last year, but this year they didn’t do any prize drawings. Oh well, the books were still great! Only two children got a free book from Barnes and Nobles, but once again it was a book that they loved and I would not have just gone and bought normally.
This past week, we went to the other library where they received coupons. They did get one free coupon for a child’s meal, so we will probably use that. They used to get a whole bunch of kid’s free meals, but maybe they don’t have all the sponsors they used to have. It really doesn’t matter to me–I’m just glad my children are reading.
Today, we went to Half-Price Books where each kid will get a $5 gift certificate to their store for reading 300 minutes in the book of July. We did it for the month of June, but we were not able to get to the store to turn in the reading log in time as the closest store is about 20-25 minutes away from us. So today, we got $25 of free books! I paid $2.65, and look at all the books we got–22 books in all with two of those books being a collection of stories!
Boy, were we excited. My oldest two daughters are getting into Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, and they had used hardcovers for $0.50 or $1!! Kristi was able to get 4 early readers, and Joshua and Kiley each got a new book that they wanted. Yes, it was a good day! Half-Price books won the Doiel award for Summer Reading Programs this year! Next year, I will have to make sure that we turn in June’s and July’s reading logs!
So if you have children, look into your local or online reading programs as it’s a thrifty way of getting more books for your children! I will put the links on next spring like I did this past year for information on children’s reading programs.