No matter how intent your kids are on staying outdoors this summer, there are going to be rainy days.
And now that I’m thinking about it, in today’s screen-mediated world, maybe it’s a challenge to get your kids to go outside in the first place.
Either way, there will be summer days when kids populate your couch. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a book in their hands instead of your phone?
Better yet: Wouldn’t it be great if you got that book for free?
Free Summer Reading for Kids at Barnes & Noble
“Reading is like a sport in at least one way: developing the skill to do it well takes practice and commitment,” according to Barnes & Noble.
That’s why the retailer has marketed its kids’ book giveaway as a “Summer Reading Triathlon.” But don’t worry, your kids don’t have to get wet. Or own a bicycle.
All your kids have to do is fill out this flier and answer questions about which books have tested their reading strength and stamina in the past.
Then, help them bring it to your local Barnes & Noble location, where they’ll be able to choose from a selection of free books, divided by grade level reading ability.
The program runs from May 17 to September 6. Be sure to check with your neighborhood location to make sure they’re participating.
And don’t worry, it’s not a ploy to get subpar books off the shelves — these are titles you and your kids actually want in your collection. I mean, Judy Blume!
Then, watch your kids get to working out… from the comfort of the couch.
Your Turn: Will you and your kids participate in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon?
Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her creative writing has been featured in “DMQ Review,” “Sweet: A Literary Confection” and elsewhere.