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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?


Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please CLICK HERE to visit the original blog post to enter. Email entries will not be counted.

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. What are your tips for getting your kids to read over summer vacation?

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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!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 mrs spock June 13, 2010 at 11:18 am

I subscribe in my Google Reader.

2 Nicki N June 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I joined email blog updates :)

3 Pam June 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Suscribe to your feed

4 Pam June 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Love to readi in the summer. This would be perfect

5 Ashley June 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I'm lucky enough to have two great readers and they love the bookstore's Summer Reading Programs to earn free books. However, we get a little sneaky during the summer and choose AR books so that we they return to school in the fall, they have a backlog of tests to take to earn AR points! This is great because they get the year off to a great start by taking some of the pressure off of their AR demands!

6 Mami W June 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Subscriber here!

7 Donna Gregory June 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

My library has a summer reading program for kids. All free.

8 Rachel O. June 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm

It's fun to find movies that are based on a book! After you've read the book you can get the whole family together to watch the movie! (I can be reached at greatnarf [at] gmail [dot] com)

9 Rachel O. June 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I am an e-mail subscriber (subscribed under rachelowen [at] minatcomputers [dot] com)

10 Kelly June 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm

My son is young, so we read to him...easiest way to get him to read, lol!

11 Kelly June 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Im a forum member!

12 Kelly June 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Im a subscriber!

13 Karla June 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I;m a subscriber!!

14 Emily Quintana June 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I actually didn't do anything on purpose to get my kids to read more. I just have read to them since they were very little and so far, they all LOVE books. Throughout the day I will find them absorbed in one of the many books we have lying around the house. I think that also encourages them--to have lots of books accessible to them. Starting to read to them when they are young fosters a love of reading in them, but even if they're older, I think most kids would enjoy a story time with mom and/or dad & would be encouraged to read themselves on their own time. I also limit time with the TV to no more than 1/2 hour a day.

15 Emily Quintana June 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I added your button.

16 Emily Q June 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I registered in your forums

17 Emily Q June 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I subscribe to your feed via email.

18 Theresa Hackett June 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm

My daughter is 11. I try to find books she is extremely interested in. Sometime, we read the same books, example: The Twillight Series, then compare we we read and talk about our favorite parts of the book.

19 Nancy R June 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I am a long time subscriber

To continue my kids and grandkids to read,we read a book every nite at bedtime and also read during "rest time" during the day and always take a few books along when we are in the car on long trips or even errends.. We take turns reading fun books including all the classics, All the kids love it!!!
PLus it make spending time together more memorable!

20 Theresa Hackett June 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I subsribe to your emails. They are great my the way.

21 Angel June 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm

My 15 year daughter old has a summer reading list the length of my arm so this would sure come in handy. She loves to read, we all do. Good luck to all!

22 Jennifer June 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I'm a subscriber & my kids NEED TO READ this Summer!

23 Julie Kean June 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I'm an email subscriber and I love it! Thanks for all you do!

24 Lisa June 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I set aside a time frame at the beginning of summer, usually right before bedtime.

25 Mary Hall June 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I set an example by frequently engaging in reading instead of other things (like watching tv!)

26 Cyndy R June 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm

My niece and I read together. She's twelve and we did Twilight Series last summer. We checked in at the end of each chapter...and swooned over Edward. This summer? Its Vampire Diaries.

27 bmomma June 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm

email subscriber!

28 bmomma June 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm

our reading tip -
frequent library trips at different libraries.
we try to get new books every week, and we visit different branches so the selection doesn't get too old or too familiar. both me and my kids are excited to read our new selections together when we get home!

29 Jan June 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Pulled out all the old books I read to the girls when they were young. They have been going through them ever since. Nice memories for all of us

30 Lisa June 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm

My kids have to read 3 books over the summer for school and I've offered to pay them $1 for each additional book. Our local library also offers prizes for books read, so they have plenty of initiative.

31 Ashley W June 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

My girls are still young so I just read to them. However, growing up we each had 6 books to read over the summer. At the end of each two week period, if we had read our book, my my took us out for ice cream! I have 6 siblings so that was quite a task. It always made me want to read my books because I knew a big treat was coming! :)

32 Ashley W June 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I am an email subscriber.

33 Ashley W June 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm
34 Ashley W June 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I am a forum member as well.

35 Jackie Wright June 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm

As a teacher, I would read all of the books on my shelves and new books as they came out so that I could always suggest the perfect book for a particular child's interests. I think a great option to give a child to read who doesn't typically enjoy it are comic books. Calvin and Hobbes was one of the kids favorites in my class. It doesn't feel like their reading.

36 Joy June 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Thank you for the Borders tip on the Double Dog Dare reading program! My daughter was so excited to get a free book that she read all 10 books within 3 days! We picked up her new book yesterday and she's having a lot of fun reading it - especially since she put so much work into getting the book! Thanks DSM! :) I love your emails!

37 A. A. June 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

There is a summer reading program at the local library!

38 tara greco June 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

My son loves to read. He has a great list of books from his school for the summer.

I'm a subscriber

39 Kristin D. June 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm

My son isn't old enough to read (8 weeks), haha! I'd LOVE to use this gift card to buy him books to fill his bookshelves. :)

40 Tonya Boler June 13, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I have been very lucky in this department, all three of my daughters (ages 13, 11 & 6) LOVE to read!!!

41 Ashley June 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I try to find books about things that my kids are really interested in (my son loves sports), and it usually peaks their interest.

42 D. Keale June 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I tie books to events. For example when reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory we toured a local chocolate company. Also, we pick a favorite charcter and try to be that character through a meal or activity.

43 Shelly Farley June 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I have 5 children & I am focusing mostly on my 8 & 6 year old to keep them up with their reading over the summer. They have signed up the summer reading program at the public library & Barnes & Nobles. I plan to do Border's next. This way they will receive lots of free books. With my 8 year old I am also reading the same books as him so that we can discuss them. He is amazed that I like reading the same things as him. I encourage books in the car instead of toys for trips. Lastly, my children are earning Chuck E Cheese tokens. For every book they read they get a token for their jar, when the jar is full we are taking a field trip to Chuckie! (there are other ways that they are earning tokens as well)

44 a jones June 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm

i like to have the boys do thier reading and chores first thing in the morning before any outside play, swimming, park trip etc.

45 carol y l June 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I start asking them questions about the book and tell them taht when they get done we can go out for a little treat-such as time at the park, mall or an ice cream cone.

46 carol y l June 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Member of the Deal Seeking Mom Forums -carolpie.

47 carol y l June 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm


48 Susan June 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I have twin 7 yr. olds, We frequent the library.2x weekly I ask them to pick a subject every week and we look for books on that subject to keep their interest, works like a charm!!! Susan Davis

49 Patty June 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I am an email subscriber..!! I think parents should try to take their children to the library and book fairs over the summer (if possible). Children should be challenged and have available a variety of reading books. :)

50 Emily ricketts June 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm

ENter your kids in lots of reading programs like this one where they get incentives for their reading.

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