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Win-It Wednesday: 2nd Chance for a $100 Borders Gift Card!

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 23, 2010 · 827 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 I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Borders is Double Dog Daring you with their Summer Reading Challenge. This summer, they want to encourage kids to read -- and enjoy doing it -- with a fun reading challenge/ Have your child under 12 years old sign up 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!

Harper Collins has this tip for helping kids enjoy reading:

Bring Your Book to Life!

A good book lets your child’s imagination run free to visit new worlds.  After your child reads a book, help him or her to use other creative parts of their brain and build the world even more by acting out their favorite scene from the book. It’s a great way to have family fun on a summer night, or to bring together your child’s friends on a rainy afternoon.  Even better, video the performance and you’ll have a great memory to revisit later!

Here are a few tips:

  • Have your child imagine what the book would look like as a movie
  • Let them design what the scenery would look like
  • Encourage your child to choose their favorite character, and explain why
  • And have fun!

Today, another lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will win a $100 Borders Gift Card!

To enter, tell me what challenges you face in trying to encourage your kids to read more.


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!!!

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Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. What are the challenges to getting your kids to read?

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(1) $100 Borders Gift Card

This giveaway ends at 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday, 6/30 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!

{ 827 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Diana B June 24, 2010 at 6:18 am

My kids at 3 and 4 don't know how to read yet but we try.


2 Diana B June 24, 2010 at 6:29 am

I'm a subscriber via email.


3 Autumn June 24, 2010 at 7:04 am

Both my kids like to read, but they do it mostly in bed before falling asleep. I'd like them to choose reading as a fun activity during daytime hours.


4 Pat F. June 24, 2010 at 7:15 am

To get my teen daughter to read more is hard, I buy her books and often pick them up from the library, but with DVDs it is hard to encourage her to read it vs. watch it.


5 Pat F. June 24, 2010 at 7:16 am

member of Deal Seeking Mom Forums


6 Pat F. June 24, 2010 at 7:17 am

email subscriber


7 Holly June 24, 2010 at 7:50 am

My son actually loves to read with me - that's the key - he want my husband or I around.


8 Holly June 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

Email subscriber.


9 Lori Z. June 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

My daughter would still rather listen to us right now, so getting her to read is hard just because she doesn't want to make the effort.


10 Lori Z. June 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

I have your button in my sidebar


11 Lori Z. June 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

I am a forum member


12 Lori Z. June 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

I subscribe via email


13 Shayla June 24, 2010 at 8:36 am

My kids have trouble sitting still so reading a book can be rather challenging sometimes!


14 Shayla June 24, 2010 at 8:37 am

I have joined the forums


15 Shayla June 24, 2010 at 8:37 am

I subscribe through Google Reader


16 Charlene June 24, 2010 at 9:07 am

I subscribe via RSS


17 Cheryl June 24, 2010 at 9:36 am

i'm an email subscriber. :)


18 sofia June 24, 2010 at 9:48 am

I'm an e-mail subscriber and dealseeking mom facebook fan:)


19 Chris June 24, 2010 at 10:00 am

My challenge is trying to get them interested in non-fiction. A story can hold my childrens attention so well but the non-fiction seems boring to tham.


20 Chris June 24, 2010 at 10:02 am

e-mail subscriber


21 Suzanne June 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

They don't like having to stay inside when it's nice out.


22 Claudia June 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Receive your e-mails


23 Jennifer Nick June 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Just getting the to sit still long enough. They get into it once they're settled in!


24 Jennifer Nick June 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I'm also an email subscriber. Thanks!


25 laura June 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I read your blog everyday!


26 Dawn K. June 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm

We love to read, but it's hard to convince them to come indoors from the beautiful summer weather to sit down with a book!


27 Dawn K. June 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I subscribe via Google Reader


28 Carmen June 24, 2010 at 11:42 pm

My daughter is only 4 so the challenge is getting her to learn how to read!


29 Carmen June 24, 2010 at 11:42 pm

I am an email subscriber


30 Eve June 25, 2010 at 2:18 am

So far I don't have a problem getting my daughter to read. She love books and often asks me to read to her.


31 Eve June 25, 2010 at 2:19 am

I subscribe!


32 Lisa S. June 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I know these days it's difficult getting any child at any age to read when there's so many stimulating influences but you can always offer their fave for reading for a certain amount of time! My daughter loves to read so for me the only obstacle is getting her enough books to keep her indulged! so I would love to win the $100 gift card because times are tough & getting her more books is challenging!


33 Lisa S. June 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I am already subscribed & Love Deal Seeking MOm


34 Melissa June 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

I have trouble reading things with my 6 year old daughter who is a beginning reader without boring my 4 year old daughter who wants things to move along quickly.


35 Melissa June 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

I am an e-mail subscriber!!


36 cher June 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Since my kids are little I have the challenge of having them sit while I read a book to them!


37 cher June 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm



38 Tara @ Froogaloo June 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm

My son loves to read! So no problems here :)


39 Tara @ Froogaloo June 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm

subscribe in google reader


40 Laycie June 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Attention stealers like TV, internet and playstation/xbox make it difficult to get kids to read.


41 Laycie June 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I'm already a forum member :-)


42 Laycie June 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I already subscribe via email. :-)


43 Tabitha K June 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

My son loves to read even though he can't. LOL He's only 15 months old and brings books to me all day long.


44 Tabitha K June 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I subscribe to your emails


45 Todd Smith June 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

No Challenges, my daughter reads all the time. Keeping her with new library books is the challenge.


46 TANESHA E. June 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm



47 Stephanie R June 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I don't have kids of my own, but I teach special education. One of the biggest challenges I have in getting them to read is having books that they are interested in- and being able to buy them on an ever smaller school budget.


48 Rebecca Kelly June 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

The challenges for my boys 7 and 8 are just stubborness. They like to read when they want to read. But when I try to do the recommended 20 mins a day all the time they get annoyed with me :-) I use reading as a way for them to get what they want, which is video game time.


49 Donna B. June 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm

My son doesn't have the same love of books I had *sigh*

In this age of multi-tasking, ever-changing visual stimulation - books just don't hold the same allure. It also doesn't help that he has a slight learning disability so reading has always been a chore for him.

I usually tell him to give any book 30 minutes, or one chapter (depending)... if it's something good that's usually enough to suck him in :)


50 Donna B. June 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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