Calling All Kids: Read 10 Books This Summer, and You’ll Make Money

Summer reading program
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Reading is awesome.

I mean, I’ll admit I’m not a totally unbiased source. I am a writer, after all — and I grew up with my nose almost permanently pressed into a book.

But there’s nothing quite like escaping your own life to get into a good writer’s story or headspace. Plus, reading’s got all the makings of a fantastic hobby: It’s cheap, portable — and best of all — it goes great with coffee.

But the love of reading — or a complete disinterest in books — starts early.

If you want to pass your bookwormishness on to your children, you’ve got to get them interested now. And since reading is a skill sure to help your kids in their future careers, it’s a worthwhile project.

So we were so excited to find out about this cool promotion from TD Bank.

TD Bank’s Summer Reading Program: Free Money!

If you’ve got a child in kindergarten through fifth grade, listen up: Your kid can earn $10 this summer, just by reading.

Once your child has read 10 books (psst — here are 11 ways to get ‘em for free!), print out this form and fill in the completed titles.

Bring the completed form to your nearest TD Bank by Aug. 31, and the bank will deposit $10 into your new or existing Simple Savings account.

The cool part? There’s no maintenance fee on the savings account for the first twelve months — or if the account holder is under the age of 18. So this is a great way to introduce your child to the world of saving, too!

Good financial fitness is probably the only thing higher than a love of reading on the list of “things best learned young”.

So take advantage of this opportunity to teach both to your kids at the same time. Here are the deal’s full details.

And while you’re at it, here are some other posts we have to help you teach your kids to become boss Penny Hoarders:

Happy summer reading!

Your Turn: What was your favorite book as a kid?

Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder and lifetime bookworm. Her writing has also been featured at Word Riot, DMQ Review, Hinchas de Poesia and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.