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Kids can earn free books by reading

Bookstores' summer reading programs offer rewards, and public libraries offer free kids' activities.

By Teresa Mears May 26, 2010 12:42PM

Bookstores want your children to read this summer, and they are offering free books as an enticement.


Of course, your public libraries always have free books available, as long as you're willing to bring them back on time. Most public libraries organize free children's programs in the summers, some with prizes. Our public library will offer teens henna tattoos in addition to organizing more traditional programs around books, film and music.

Libraries lend more than books, too. You can check out DVDs, videos, music and audio books.


Local independent bookstores organize free children's events and some also have summer reading programs. Many bookstores offer free regular story hours, too.


Here are three ways for your children to earn free books this summer:

  • Borders and Waldenbooks are offering a free book for children 12 and younger who participate in the store's summer reading program (.pdf file) and read 10 books. The offer is valid through Aug. 26.
  • Barnes and Noble is offering a free book to children in grades 1 through 6 who read eight books and fill out the 2010 Passport to Summer Reading (.pdf file). The deal is good through Sept. 7.
  • Half-Price Books is offering a deal in which kids could earn a free book a week this summer. The chain's Feed Your Brain summer reading program lets children 14 and younger earn a $3 gift card each week that they read for 15 minutes a day. The program runs June 1 through July 31.

If you're looking for more free or cheap books to entertain your children, you can always organize a swap with friends or visit a used bookstore. Thrift stores also carry books at bargain prices, and many libraries have used book sales.

Raising children who love to read? Priceless.


What's your best source for bargain kids' books?


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