3 Ways to Grow Your Child's Personal Library

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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I'm a firm believer that one of the best gifts you can give a child is the love of books.  I'm sure that part of the influence comes from the teacher within, but I really feel so strongly about exposing children to books and reading at any and all opportunities.  As a mom I started both Cohen and Lola's personal libraries before they were even born.  Now I burst with joy when I see their shelves and bookcases overflowing with tons of different genres, titles and authors.  It has been fun passing down some of Cohen's board books to Lola and watching these books quickly become favorites of her own.  I have slowly started accumulating a stash of books for Baby Girl and can't wait for the day to come when I can share some of my favorites with her too.

But every year I have a few students who don't have access to personal libraries.  Many times I get back blank reading logs only to be told that they didn't have any books at home to read.  And every time my heart breaks into a million pieces for these sweet little ones.  I immediately let them choose a baggy full of books from a leveled library I continuously fill up every year.  I know as their teacher it is my responsibility to share with my families different retailers that offer affordable books as well as simple opportunities that they can do from home to help grow their family's library.  Especially with school just two weeks away (I know, don't say that out loud again please) I like to make sure I have a list of resources ready to send home with them during the first week of school.  As I sat here thinking, I came up with three great resources to share with my families.

1.  Browse Garage Sales and Resale Shops
As we head into fall, many people will start cleaning and purging, which includes getting rid of books that are no longer needed.  I have found so many of my favorite authors and titles at garage sales or resale shops for twenty-five cents a book, and sometimes cheaper!  Usually if I tell them I am buying for my classroom to give out to my students I can get an even bigger deal.  I encourage my parents to talk with the sellers or stores and see what kind of deals they will offer to their family.  

2.  Free Libraries
This is a fairly new concept and I personally am so in love with it!  The local elementary school by our house has this adorable little free library in which kids can choose a book from the case in return for a donated a book that goes back into the free library.  Cohen, Lola and I have visited this free library many times this summer to trade out our "old" books for a "new" book.  Sometimes you have those books that you just grow out of, so the free library is the perfect opportunity to maintain your personal library with just right books at your own level.

3.  Kellogg's Family Rewards
I guarantee that almost every student in my class has one of these qualifying boxes in their pantries right now and hasn't even realized it!  I have to be honest and say that we did.  I didn't realize it until breakfast this morning!  How it works is you can purchase specific Kellogg's products and redeem the code for a free Scholastic book.  So, 1 Kelloggs product = 1free, full length Scholastic book, and each person can redeem up to 30 books!  In order to redeem the codes, you need to create a Kellogg's Family Rewards account.  It is really easy to get started and a great way to get more books for your personal libraries from the products your family most likely already enjoys!

Redeeming codes is easy, so I thought I would share with you a few steps to help you get started!

How to Redeem Your Kellogg's Codes for Free Scholastic Books
Step One:  Head to your local retailer (we ventured to Walmart) to stock up on your favorite Kellogg's products.  Make sure your products have the Free Scholastic Book offer on the front.  Be sure to redeem your code for your free Scholastic book within 14 days of purchase - no matter when you have the product, you have 14 days to redeem!

You can also purchase directly from Walmart.com and receieve a book from purchases made between 7/21/15 and 9/11/15.  (Look for the Buy Now button at www.walmart.com/KelloggsBackToSchoolBooks for a list of eligible items.  Ecommerce redemptions are made via receipt scanning.  Full details on site above.)  There are three ways you can upload your receipt, via text, via scanning into your computer or Kellogg's Family Rewards app, only when you purchase online between 7/21-9/11.

Step Two:  Enjoy your Kellogg's products!  This afternoon we had quiet book time as we ate our tasty Rice Krispies Treats.  Okay, I may have even had one as well.  Baby Girl didn't want to be left out!

Step 3: Sign up for the Kellogg's Family Rewards program.  It takes less than five minutes to fill out your information.   Once you have done this it will direct you to to the site where you can enter your code.

Step 4:   Once you have signed up, check your specially marked boxes for your code.  They are inside the package.  Then simply enter the code and choose the retailer where you bought your Kellogg's product.

Step 5:  Once you have successfully logged your code information, click Choose Your Book.  (You also have the option of donating your book too!) It will pull up a list of different genres and titles - there are 80 different titles!  You can even choose the level that best suits your reading ability.  Select your book and add it to your cart.

Step 6:  Double check that your shipping address is correct and then click submit.  The timeline for books to arrive is 6-8 weeks, but don't be surprised if it comes sooner!

Back to School Night will be here before we know it!  It truly makes my heart melt when I see these little sweeties become so elated over new books.   I'm excited to share these resources with my new families this year.  I mean, it is my job to mold these little readers, right?

Share with Me!
Be sure to check out more books available via this Kellogg's offer at http://cbi.as/gfgc. I'd love to hear your favorite book offered! #Back2SchoolReady

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