Motivating kids to turn the pages

Motivating kids to turn the pages is tough! I bet you swore at the end of the school year (like I did) that you would keep the kids reading regularly.  You envisioned lazy days lounging around with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Captain UnderPants. Then…poof! June, July gone in a flash!  How did that happen?

Here we are in the middle of August and many of you are back to school already. We don’t go back until after Labor Day.  This schedule gives us a little more time to squeeze in those last fun books.

Did you know that studies show kids can slip as many as two reading levels over the summer if they don’t read regularly?  For this reason Barnes and Noble is once again offering a free book to all kids who read eight books over the summer.

Here’s the best news. The kids have until September 5th to bring in their completed journal and pick out any age appropriate book. If your kids are still on summer break there are still a few weeks to get in some exciting and fun summer picks. If your kids are back to school they can count their class assigned books towards their goal.  Either way the kids are reading and that is what I call winning!

KidC’s working on filling out his journal!


  • Theresa

    That’s a great idea! I told my child about it and she can’t wait to go pick up a journal this week.

    • KID C

      Oh I am so glad she is going to try it!

  • shelah moss

    Book clubs are so fun. This one from Barnes in Noble is awesome. What a great way to motivate the kids to read more.

    • KID C

      My son loves to read and the promise of a free book is like hitting the jackpot!

  • TheJerseyMomma

    I think it’s wonderful that Barnes and Noble does this every year! I actually love reading Young Adult novels, so my kiddo and I will read them together (mostly aloud at night).

  • Kyla Matton Osborne

    What an awesome idea! Our kids used to fill out a summer reading log when they did the library book club. They often had free books in the prize bin there too. It’s a good incentive to keep them reading throughout the warm weather.

  • Tina Hogan Grant

    Great Idea. i wonder if my son knows about this? Would be a wonderful program for the grandsons. I will be sure to ask him,

  • Aireona93

    Great post! I just saw some pictures from a bookstore that have picked out books for people who liked different video games. I think that is a great way to get kids interested too!

  • Patricia-Ann Que

    i do not have kids but reading is always good especially this days when even kids are very much involved with social media!

  • This is so great for kids! On a related note, I saw that McDonald’s is going to be giving away free books with kids meals!! How awesome is that!

  • Super Millennial

    Great for kids, reading should be a daily habit for everyone!

  • My husband is an avid reader and he said his parents started him very young. I can see why; I started very late but I still have LOVE for books.

  • Pam Dollesin

    I am definitely sharing this great post! Kids will love to know!

  • Dylan

    It is so important to get kids into reading! I am forever thankful for the opportunities I was given to read 🙂

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