Jun 272012
 

When I was little I read almost every book in my parents’ book collection, which included books inherited from my grandparents and great grandparents. There were a lot of great classics in between including classic books for children, but I will admit that I probably read 30 Barbara Cartland romance novels before I turned ten.

I have always hoped to pass on my love of reading to my boys, but I will admit that it did not come as easy as I had hoped. I have surrounded them with books, spent a lot of time at the library, and we participate in all the book programs I can find. Still, instilling a love for books in my three boys, when they are constantly bombarded with fast-moving books and computer games has definitely been difficult, so I have had to be creative.

As soon as school was out, I stepped up my game a little, and while I still cannot get my boys to pick up their books and read voluntarily, they are now reading without protesting every day. My job is to make sure that they always have lots of books to choose between, and while the library is great, I have been able to put together quite a collection at home by buying used books, reviewing books and finding great book sales.

I recently managed to find a stack of used non-fiction books about sharks, the ocean and air planes for $1.60 per book including shipping at Half.com, but I could only use this discount one time, so I started searching at Amazon. (Read more about the free shipping at half.com here)First I looked at the used books, but with the $3.99 shipping fee, the books easily came within a dollar or two of the new books’ price.

Instead I decided to check out the 4 for $3 promotion, which includes thousands of children’s books, and this is definitely one of the best ways to find great books for a great value.

My nine-year-old son is reading chapter books, and after he recently read Huckleberry Finn (a $0.58 thrift store find), I knew that it was time to pull out the classics. So, after looking our local Books A Million and Barnes and Noble stores, I decided to check out Amazon’s prices for classic children’s books. The prices ranged from $2 – $10 per book, and used books were usually $3.99 and up.

With the 4 for 3 Amazon book promotion, I was able to get 8 new classic children’s book for $25.45 with free shipping, which averages to $3.18 per book including shipping.

amazon books 4 for 3

 

$3.18 for a new chapter book is a fantastic price, and luckily I have lots of Amazon gift certificates from my online earning sites (see the Earn Money Online tab in the top navigation bar for my favorite sites).

 

How To take advantage of the 4 for 3 amazon Book Promotion:

  • Go to the 4 for 3 amazon Book Promotion Page
  • Choose 4 or 8 books participating in the 4 for 3 promotion (adult or grown up).
  • Make sure that the books are in the same price range, as the 4 for 3 Amazon promotion will only give you the cheapest item for free.
  • Choose books that qualify for free shipping on orders of $25+

 

 

A few 4 for 3 Amazon scenarios:

Buy 7 books at $3.99, and buy 1 at $5.99 = $33.92 – (2 x $3.99) = $25.94 and qualify for free shipping ($3.24 per book)

Buy 6 books at 3.99 and buy 2 books at $4.99 = $33.92  – (2 x $3.99) = $25.94 and qualify for free shipping ($3.24 per book)

Buy 4 books at $3.99 and buy 4 books at $5.99 = $39.92 – (2 x $3.99) = $31.94 and qualify for free shipping ($3.99 per book)

buy 8 books at $5.99 = $47.92 – (2 x $5.99) = $35.94 and qualify for free shipping ($4.49 per book)

The above are just a few combinations, but you can tailor them for your need. Just remember the tips above, and you can find affordable classic books for your kids.

 

Dover Thrift Editions offers books for as low as $2, but I personally recommend the Stepping Stone Books. These are affordable classics that are adapted for young readers, and these usually costs $3.99 each.

 

Some of my favorite classic books for children participating in the 4 for 3 amazon book promotion:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Amazon Price $3.99 + Eligible for Free Shipping and participating in 4 for 3 Amazon promotion.
5 out of 5 stars


Anne of Green Gables (A Stepping Stone Book)

Amazon Price $3.99 + Eligible for Free Shipping and participating in 4 for 3 Amazon promotion.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Great Expectations (A Stepping Stone Book)

Amazon Price $3.99 + Eligible for Free Shipping and participating in 4 for 3 Amazon promotion.
5 out of 5 stars


The Secret Garden (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

Amazon Price $3.99 + Eligible for Free Shipping and participating in 4 for 3 Amazon promotion.

4 out of 5 stars


Treasure Island (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

Amazon Price $3.99 + Eligible for Free Shipping and participating in 4 for 3 Amazon promotion.

4 out of 5 stars


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

Amazon Price $3.99 + Eligible for Free Shipping and participating in 4 for 3 Amazon promotion.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars



Black Beauty Anna Sewell (Puffin Classics)

Amazon Price $4.99 + Eligible for Free Shipping and participating in 4 for 3 Amazon promotion.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars



Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Amazon Price $4.99 + Eligible for Free Shipping and participating in 4 for 3 Amazon promotion.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

You can find all of the the children’s classic books participating in the 4 for 3 Amazon discounthere.

 

 

Our Summer Reading Program:

To encourage reading my kids have signed up for some great summer reading programs, but the most effective reading program is our own family reading program. For every book my kids read they earn $0.10, although books with 100+ pages will earn them $0.25. My oldest son also earns $0.15 per book report, and he is required to do a book report for every chapter book he reads. While my six-year-old needs to read one book per day, my oldest son needs to read 45 minutes per day, and there is no computer or tv time, until their reading and summer school work has been completed.

The book earnings can only be used towards books, but the kids can choose any book they want. They have each browsed our local book stores, but they quickly realized how expensive a new book can be. Instead we wrote down the names of their favorite books at the bookstores, and then we went on Amazon to find the used version or a cheaper new version. So far our own family summer reading program is working out great, and my oldest son is getting extremely good at reading. At the moment he is reading the first Wimpy Kid book out loud for his brothers, and they do not even bicker about it anymore.

 

What classic children’s book would you love for your child to read?

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