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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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Prize:
(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!

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1 Emily ricketts June 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I am an email subscriber.

2 Stephenie from Decorating Addiction June 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I offer incentives for the number of hours my 9-year old daughter reads. Some are small -- like trips to get ice cream, while others are larger -- like going camping and being able to bring a friend. She loves it and looks forward to it every summer. We also read a lot together.

3 Stacy June 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm

My son has just decided that reading is not all that bad so he does it on a regular basis now and my daughter is 3 if you let her "read" the book to you it works great!

4 Stacy June 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I get your email

5 LISETTE June 13, 2010 at 11:38 pm

JUST SIGNED UP FOR EMAIL!!
ALSO BY THE WAY I LOVE YOUR SITE... ITS PERFECT
I CAN ALREADY SEE MYSELF ADDICTED TO IT!! THANKS

6 LISETTE June 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm

WE ACTUALLY HAVE SCHEDUALED READING TIME 3 NIGHTS A WEEK WHERE WE ALL INSTEAD OF WATCHING TV OR PLAYING A FAMILY GAME. WE GATHER W/ OUR BOOKS AND ENJOY OUR OWN READING TIME!! TRIED IT LAST SUMMER WORKED GREAT....

7 Alicia June 14, 2010 at 1:01 am

We get our daughter, 2, to read by singing songs about the pictures on the pages. it keeps her engaged in the story if its very long.

8 odile June 14, 2010 at 1:29 am

1. Show the kids that reading will introduce them to a whole new world, take them to faraway places, and let them travel through time. Start a family or neigborhood book group.

2.5. Have your kids recommend their favorite books to friends and get their friends' recommendations.

9 odile June 14, 2010 at 1:30 am

1. Show the kids that reading will introduce them to a new world or environment, take them to faraway places, and let them travel through time. Start a family or neigborhood book group.

2.Have your kids recommend their favorite books to friends and get their friends' recommendations.
Gives them some motivation! :)

10 Shawna OBrien June 14, 2010 at 1:39 am

My son is a math wiz, but not so great in Reading. Truth is he does not read on his own, so we require him to read a minimum of 30 minutes per day outloud to a family member. He gets to choose the book and he has 100s of books at home to choose from. He also goes to the library once per week to choose additional books that he'd like to read.

11 Shawna OBrien June 14, 2010 at 1:40 am

I'm an email subscriber to this blog.

12 Shawna OBrien June 14, 2010 at 1:43 am

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13 aaron June 14, 2010 at 7:44 am

Make reading fun! Read with your kids. Lead by example by sharing your love for reading.

14 Melissa June 14, 2010 at 8:39 am

I subscribe via email

15 Melissa June 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

We read outside on nice days with a cook drink in hand!

16 Laura June 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

We have an hour of quiet time in the morning and one in the afternoon. They can read or sleep. They would rather read!

17 Laura June 14, 2010 at 9:01 am

I am a subscriber.

18 Angie June 14, 2010 at 9:26 am

Reading aloud in the car. One child gets to read aloud while we all listen. When the reader finishes a chapter she gets to ask questions to see if we were listening. It makes reading a game and they love to see who can get the questions right.

Read the book, then watch the movie. We like to read books and then watch the movie to see the differences.

19 Angie O. June 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

I take my kids to our local library to pick out books to read. They really love that and ask to go back. I think it's because they are able to pick out their own books to read and since there is such a great variety that they have fun doing it. Once we get home they play library together and read books to eachother. They use their imaginations and are reading together!

20 Chris ODonald June 14, 2010 at 9:36 am

Set aside a certain time each day and reading time. I like after lunch!

21 Lori June 14, 2010 at 9:52 am

I try to find books that have been made into a movie. We read the book & watch the movie. The book is always better.

22 Holly June 14, 2010 at 9:57 am

I get my kids to read by making it a nightly ritual before going to bed. We all snuggle up on the couch or someone's bed and read a couple of stories each night!

23 Holly June 14, 2010 at 9:57 am

I get the email feed of your blog! Thanks!

24 melanie June 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

I try to make reading as exicting as a movie by reading aloud to my littler ones with plenty of emotion and enthusiasm so that they really get into each caracter and really feel connected to what is going on, so by the time they are old enough to read on their own its more then just words on a page to them, it seems to have worked, my 5&1/2 year old is already reading on her own and it is by far her favorite pastime.We are rapidly running out of new books,but we live about an hour from the nearest library so i have to try to find books on sale. Its increadably worth it to work it into a tight budget especially when my two year old comes running in with a book begging to read like its the most exciting thing in the world.

25 Valerie Stayton June 14, 2010 at 11:18 am

We let them each get their own library card and go once a week. They each use their own canvas bag to go pick their own books to read for the week. Then they can go with their own library card and check out their selections. This has worked so far since they get to be big kids with their own card, bag and own book selections.

26 Valerie Stayton June 14, 2010 at 11:19 am

I am an email subscriber.

27 Sandie June 14, 2010 at 11:41 am

I subscribe to your blog and receive it through my email addy.

But, I have to say that as far as getting kids to read, the trick is to keep up with your kid/s' interests. The extra bonus is getting to really know your child's interests, and that's priceless. For my son, first it was skateboarding books, then the Vietnam War, then economics, etc. While he might not like to read fiction very much, he does read quite a bit of non-fiction.

I'm proud to say that he includes books on his Christmas "wish list" that he gives me every year, so that's what worked for us - just keeping up with his changing interests.

Also, I have to add, taking him to book stores with me to just hang out for a couple of hours also helped. What else is he going to do but find a book to read? He finally discovered the world of knowledge through books and I couldn't be happier.

28 Valerie Stayton June 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I added you to my blogroll. :-)

29 Lynda June 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I'm fortunate my kids love to read.

30 Lynda June 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I subscribe to your emails.

31 Marianne June 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I am an email subscriber.

32 Jodi June 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

We join our local library's Summer reading program where they earn fun prizes for reading ;)

33 Jodi June 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm
34 Jodi June 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Subscribed :)

35 Tabitha June 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I have no problem getting my children to read all year long. They have inherited my love of reading and my 8 year old son reads on a 9th grade level! He reads everything he can get his hands on.

36 dina June 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm

The youngest can't read yet, but is always asking us to read to him, and our oldest is getting to where we have to remind her. She likes to read but needs to work on her out loud reading, which she does not like to do. Mainly I just let them see me read, which I prefer over almost any other activity.

37 dina June 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm

and i'm a subscriber

38 dina June 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm

and i joined the forum.

39 Cori Westphal June 15, 2010 at 12:28 am

We just read every day! that way it's just habit. My kids are still learning to read, they are 6 and 7, so I also pick chapter books for me to read to them. They are so excited to hear what happens next in a story!

40 Cori Westphal June 15, 2010 at 12:28 am
41 Cori Westphal June 15, 2010 at 12:29 am

I'm an email subscriber, coriwestphal at msn dot com.

42 Cori Westphal June 15, 2010 at 12:29 am

I'm a forum member: coriwestphal

43 Betty N June 15, 2010 at 4:21 am

Get lots of interesting books from the library and have a time when all family members read (including mom and dad). In addition read books to your children that they cannot read for themselves and discuss them.

44 Betty N June 15, 2010 at 4:31 am

You are on my blogroll
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45 Betty N June 15, 2010 at 4:32 am

I am subscribed by email

46 Rosie Krattli June 15, 2010 at 9:48 am

I subscribe via email.

My son hasn't started school yet, but one way that I get him to read is to sit and read a book with him, then let him "read" it back to me.

47 AKelly June 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Let the kids have extra time in bed to read. :)

48 Sadie June 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I get your emails

49 Sadie June 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I am a forum member

50 Sadie June 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

we participate in the bookworm program at the local library

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