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Having grown up in the Appalachian mountains, we didn’t have a lot of money for purchasing books. Our community library was only open one day a week, and that was usually during hours I would be at school. Our school had a library, but the books weren’t allowed to leave the building! On occasion, a teacher would give the class assigned reading and we’d be allowed to take those books home. To this day, I remember what escaping in those books felt like. My love for the written word was formed in those pages, and I declared that if I ever had children they would never thirst for good literature.
Since having children of my own, I’ve found many creative ways to get books into our home for little to nothing. One program I adore is Kellogg’s® and Scholastic free book program! During the back to school season, purchasing certain Kellogg’s® products will earn you one complimentary Scholastic book you can keep or donate. We went to our local Target store to explore this a little further and found that many of our favorite products were included in the promotion like Eggo®, Pop-Tarts®, Cheez-Its®, Fruit Snacks®, Nutri-Grain®, Townhouse Crackers®. Some of my our favorite breakfasts and snacks during the busyness of a new school year!
Here’s how it works:
1) Buy any participating Kellogg’s products by 9/30/18
2) Take a picture of your receipt(s) with qualifying purchases. Log in to Kellogg’s Family Rewards® and upload your receipt. Each receipt must be submitted separately and within 30 days of purchase
3) Get credit to redeem for a book of your choice to keep or donate. Credits must be redeemed by 12/18/18. Limit of 10 books per participant.
So you’ve got your breakfast, snacks, and free books. Now what?! How do you help to build a love of reading in your kids? Here are my tips for making reading a fun priority in your home!
Read at mealtimes. This was a habit we started when Liam was a baby, because I wanted to talk to him but also didn’t know what to say. Reading together during breakfast became something we’d both look forward to.
Surround them with books. Have books in as many rooms in your home as possible. We have little decorative baskets and bins filled with about 10 books each. I’ve read to my kids while they were in the bath tub, on the toilet, or more traditional venues like cuddled in bed or on the couch during “quiet time.”
Read outside. Bring a blanket, build a fort, pack a snack, read outside. Fresh air and great stories, I honestly don’t know of anything better!
Let your kids see you reading. When the boys were tiny, we’d all curl onto the couch and “read” our books. Sawyer has always loved books that are pictures only so he can create his own stories! We’d enjoy a little midday break time and it allowed the boys to see me reading, something I’ve always loved to do!
Ask them questions. Reading is awesome and wonderful and great, but don’t forget to engage with them over the content. This might feel a little weird at first, but asking them questions gets them talking more and retaining more of what they’ve just heard. Plus, kids are so hilarious.
Falling in love with reading isn’t hard to do, find little ways to make it a priority in your own home every day!
For fun: share your favorite children’s book in the comments below!
We picked up our favorite snacks at Target in the snack aisle and the freezer section!