For the past many years, our kids have participated in the Barnes & Noble Reading Program, where they each earn a free book from reading. As a family with four kids on a frugal budget, getting a brand new book is a big deal, and actually being able to choose your own free book is even better.
Don’t get me wrong, our kids have bookshelves filled with books, and they read every day, but on our frugal budget we usually stick to used books. Still I always try to have at least two brand new books in between birthday gifts, but being able to choose their own book is surely special.
Each one of our four kids were able to choose a book of their own. Our youngest Bellamy Blue chose PinkaliciousBY Victoria Kann, our five-year-old chose Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins by Chris Kratt & Martin Kratt , 9-year-old Sawyer chose 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and 12-year-old RoRo chose Amulet byKazu Kibuishi.
As with everything else in the Frugality Is Free family we turned our trip to Barnes & Noble into a math problem, and the boys calculated that we saved $27 by participating in the summer reading program.
Participating in the Barnes & Noble reading program is easy, simply have each child fill out a form listing the last eight books they read and what they thought about them.
Find the B&N Reading Program display in the store (usually in the kids’ book department), and let them each choose a book. Take the books and the reading lists to the register, and that’s it.
You can get the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program form here.
While you are at Barnes and Noble make sure to check out the story time program, and as always check out the great deals and books they have throughout the store. Our four kids surely are thankful to Barnes and Noble for their free books, and it is a great way to encourage reading and to beat summer brain drain.
Did you kids get their Free book from the summer reading program at Barnes and Noble? Which books did they choose?