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Summer Reading Programs 2012 update

Three of the programs I mentioned in my previous post “Summer Reading 2012: Promote reading and earn prizes” have now been updated for 2012. Here are the details and links!

Barnes & Noble – When your child reads 8 books and brings in their completed reading log, they can earn a free book from a selection of books. Their website also includes fun activities, tips, and recommended books.

Pottery Barn Kids – For the PBK Summer Reading Challenge, children can choose from two different book lists depending on their reading level. When they have completed reading the books on their list, they can earn a free book at their nearest Pottery Barn location.

Half Price Books – This bookseller also hosts its own summer reading program, Feed Your Brain. After reading 300 or more minutes, kids can earn $5 Back-to-School Bucks to spend at their stores.

NOTE: H.E. Buddy has still not updated its website with 2012 information.

To see other Summer Reading Programs available this year, see my past posts:


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My favorite find – swapping books

Last year a classmate at UMSL told me about this great website where you can swap books with other people. I love it! It is called You can post any books that you want to trade and create your own wish list of books you want. When someone wants one of your books, you mail it to them and get a credit. You can mail it using postage printed from the site or go to the post office. Then you can use your credits to get other books you want. The site will automatically notify you when one of your wish list books is available. I have swapped a ton of books for home and for teaching! It is a great way to get something for books that you don’t want anymore. I used to sell my old books on Amazon, but now there are so many on there, that it is harder to do. I sometimes even buy books from the bargain tables at Borders or the .25 shelf at the library and then swap them on the site!

Day 186/365: Twilight in the MailThey also have a CD sister site and a DVD sister site. I have used the DVD site, too, and gotten lots of movies we wanted.

Put in my email address and I will get a referral credit. Thanks!

Other ways to get cheap books:
– secondhand book stores (you can sometimes swap books here, too, but you often only get half of what you paid there)
– Once Upon a Child resale shops (I have found tons of cheap kids’ chapter books at my local one in Creve Coeur)
– used book sales (like we have at our local JCC)
– Scholastic Book orders through your child’s teacher
– bargain books at bookstores like Borders or Barnes & Noble
– the .25 shelf at your local library (if they have one)
– garage sales

If you have any questions about swapping, let me know and I will be glad to help!

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