For the past two weeks both kids have been participating in the Half Price Books summer reading program. Each day, I note how long I read to the kids (minimum for the program is 15 minutes, 5 days per week, but we read a lot more than that so it’s no problem) on a simple form. At the end of the week I turn it in to Half Price Books, which is conveniently near our library branch anyway, and they give me a $3 gift card for each child.
Best of all, there are LOTS of classics priced under $3 at Half Price Books, and if you buy a book that is less than $3, you get it free. So far we have added Dr. Seuss’s ABC (which we had checked out of the library for the past six months continuously), Are You My Mother? by PD Eastmann (another favorite), The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack, and “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain” by Verna Aardema. I didn’t have to pay ANYTHING out of pocket for the books, all of which were seemingly never read before we purchased them by the looks of it! It’s wonderful to build up our collection of good books and such a joy to see the kids come to love certain characters and stories. Today when I brought home “Kapiti Plain” Josh was even excited because it was one of his favorites growing up and he still remembered it (as did I) from the week James Earl Jones read it out loud on Reading Rainbow.
You can learn more about the program here or at your local Half Price Books. The age limit says up to 10 years, but there is no minimum age, and you can participate each week until August 2. You don’t need to keep track of which books you read, just how long you read. That’s ideal for us, since we usually read a lot of books per day, and favorites nearly every day.
If you’re not already doing this program I would highly recommend it!
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