Tips for Engaging Children in Reading At Home & FREE Scholastic Books plus Giveaway (ends 11/10/12)

My daughter used to love to read. She would read all the time. Sadly, the older she got the less she read. She will still read, but not as often as I’d like her to read. She most recently read the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflowers” (she loved the book too).

My son is the polar opposite of my daughter in many ways, especially when it comes to reading. He’s always hated to read. He loved it when we read to him but when it came to reading on his own he had no interest. We bought him tons of books on subjects he was interested in. He just never had any interest in reading them. He’s what some might call a “reluctant reader”. In hindsight I should have done more to encourage him to read.

If you are a parent or grandparent and you need ways to encourage your child/grandchild to read, here are some great tips that could help.

Tips for Engaging Children in Reading At Home 

Parents can help prepare their kids for success in the classroom by following a few tips on how to encourage reading outside of school.

Make reading a social event: Family book clubs can be a great way to turn reading into a social activity while incorporating family and friends.

Let your kids have a say: Let kids choose which books they want to read. Nine out of 10 children say they are more likely to finish books they choose themselves, according to Scholastic’s 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report.

Start the day right: Breakfast can help kids boost their academic performance by increasing their focus. Before heading out the door for school, have a complete breakfast. Cereal, fruit and milk is a convenient option that kids love.

Turn reading into a fun family experience: Add fun to reading by having an animated, read-out-loud session during an after-school break with snacks such as Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars or curling up with a great story before bedtime.

Kellogg’s and Walmart would also like to help families get into reading with a FREE book offer.

You can receive a FREE Scholastic book, valued up to $5.00, when you purchase two specially marked Kellogg’s products from Walmart.

Kellogg’s and Scholastic are teaming up to help families get a great start to the school year by providing a coupon for free Scholastic books valued up to $5 with the purchase of two specially marked Kellogg’s products at Walmart. The FREE book coupon can be redeemed at Scholastic Book Clubs and the Scholastic Store Online (shipping charges may apply from the online store).

The codes are found inside the specially marked packaging. Once you have the code from two different Kelloggs products purchased from Walmart, visit KelloggsFamilyRewards.com/Scholastic, and follow the instructions. After you enter the codes you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail. Then you can click here to choose your book!

For more information about this special campaign please visit www.Scholastic.com/Kellogg.

To help get you and your family started on some reading fun I have a special Kellogg’s Prize Package for a lucky winner. The Prize package includes a variety of Kellogg’s products (cereal, snacks…) as well as some books from Scholastic.*

*Limit one prize package per household. If you win from multiple sites you will only receive on prize package. You also must be a 18+ legal US resident to enter. Employees of Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on November 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Kellogg’s snack to munch on when reading – OR – tell me what your favorite Scholastic book was when you were growing up.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*The Kellogg Company has provided me with a Kellogg’s-Scholastic Kit to conduct a reader giveaway. However, my opinions about the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments toward Kellogg Company or its products.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. Abby Kraynick says:

    Cheez It’s for sure…..

  2. Terry Madden says:

    Nutrigrain bars or rice krispie treats are our favorites.

  3. looks like a great deal

  4. I like to snack on the FiberPlus Bars 🙂

  5. The movie sounds interesting and the cards would be for me.

  6. Carlyn Burgett says:

    Cheeze-its or the Keebler cookies. yum!

  7. Carlyn Burgett says:

    I read the book many years ago, when I was just out of highschool. I’m not a big fan of movie-adaptations of books I read and loved. But, I will watch it to see how Emma Watson does outside of the harry potter franchise and to determine at which age it will be appropriate for my boys to watch it. The cards would be for me?

  8. Katherine says:

    The keebler cookies

  9. Margaret Smith says:

    Cheez its…love them.
    Thanks so much.

  10. Ashley Hatten says:

    Love Nutrigrain bars!

  11. Katharine Davis says:

    Not sure what movie you are talking about, but we are collecting the scholastic codes from the Kellogg’s cereal

  12. We haven’t read any of these books, but my son loves reading stories, and these would be for him!

  13. Kelly Ann T. says:

    Keebler Fudge grams are my favorite.

  14. subscribed via rss google stacey0711n(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. april yedinak says:

    My favorite snack to munch while reading is Keebler Chips Deluxe chocolate chip cookies.

  16. I love snacking on Cheez-Its.

  17. I LOVE Cheez-Its, and I love how many different flavors they have!

  18. Debra Hall says:

    Cheez its are a big family snack at my house

  19. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I love the Rice Krispie Treats!

  20. We like Keebler cookies and an ice cold glass of milk.