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Win-It Wednesday: $100 Borders Gift Card!

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 9, 2010 · 1,363 comments

Join me every week for Win-It Wednesday. I’ll be posting 24-hour giveaways at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET to give you plenty of chances to win!

As schools let out for summer, Borders is Double Dog Daring you with their Summer Reading Challenge. Getting kids to do anything that isn't on a bike, in a pool or in front of the TV during summer break can sometimes be a daunting task, yet continued reading is important for their minds to continue to grow and bend. Have your child under 12 years old sign up for the challenge at the Borders store nearest you. All they have to do is read any 10 books this summer and they'll receive a FREE book!

HarperCollins and Jon Scieszka, author of Robot Zot, have provided this week’s tip for getting kids to read:

“If you want to inspire your boy reader, expand your definition of reading to include non-fiction, graphic novels, funny books, wordless books, audio books and magazines. Summer reading is a great time to explore texts that aren't covered/allowed in school reading.”

One lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will win a $100 Borders Gift Card!

To enter, tell me one way you get your kids to read over the summer. What tips and tricks can you share that have them turning off the TV and opening a book?


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(1) $100 Borders Gift Card

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, 6/16 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use Comment Contest to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

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1 Selene M. June 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm

No trick is needed. Just turn off the tv, or video games, and tell them it's reading time. If they don't want to read, they must sit in silence. A book suddenly becomes inviting.

2 Selene M. June 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I'm subscribed via Google reader.

3 Kimber June 15, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I read to my daughter! She's not reading on her own yet but I want her to learn to love books and reading.

4 lurae nelson June 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I'm already subscribed. My kids just love to's a great time to get a snuggle from mom or dad!

5 Meaghan Duffy June 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

My kids are competitive, like most kids. So I set up a challenge between them. I read to them a little bit before bed each night, so the challenge goes something like this.
THey keep track of the books they are reading on a chart on the refrigerator. WHen it comes time to pick a new book to read at night, it is usually about once a month, we go to the book store and pick out a new book together. The trick is, whoever has more books read on the current fridge list, gets the final say in the book chosen. It is amazing how much more they read as the bed time book begins to come to an end.

6 Jennifer June 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Last night we challenged our boys to a reading challenge over the summer & I am going to join them!
This would really help us with our reading.. They just finished there first yr in high school and really want to help them be ready for next year!! we also have a 3yr old that LOVES to read and as she learns we need more advanced books!!

7 Rita June 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm

If you want some motivation for your kids, try for every hour of reading time they get an hour of tv or video game. Or modify it so that it works for you.

8 Rita June 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I also am already subscribed by email

9 Maria June 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

For my especially reluctant readers, I've found it helps to give them one character to be responsible for reading out loud (usually the funniest or the main character), while I read the other character's parts. They like doing funny voices and it really gets them into the story!

10 Mi June 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Taken them to the library for the summer reading program events.

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