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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*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 and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  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.

  21. Not sure what movie you are referring to… but great giveaway!

  22. I like to snack Cheez-its while reading.

  23. cheez its are my favorite.

  24. Tari Lawson says:

    I am confused about what movie the rafflecopter is talking about.

  25. rebecca williams says:

    We haven’t read this books but my daughter loves books and they’d be for her!

  26. We like the multi-grain Cheez-its

  27. We like the Rice Krispie Treats.

  28. I love the nutrigrain bars! I remember loving the Scholastic Book Fairs and getting the little papers of books home when I was in school.

  29. Not sure what movie or cards you are talking about as I don’t see a link, but I do like books made into movies and I’ve read quite a wide range of Scholastic books my favorite being the Magic School bus which is very engaging and a great book that teaches kids how to explore nature and learn about science!

  30. Jessica To says:

    I like to eat Rice Krispie Treats!

  31. We LOVE Kelloggs cereal!!

  32. I love munching on Keebler’s Chips Deluxe and Chips Ahoy when I’m reading and working!

  33. Amanda K. says:

    Keebler Cookies for sure…. for that sweet tooth!!

  34. allison s. says:

    I like to snack on cereal without milk…

  35. I really want to see Emma Watson and the movie looks good.

  36. Adore Rice Krispie Treats!

  37. Sarah Hall says:

    I love Cheez-Its.

  38. Jennifer T. says:

    I love snacking on Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal.

  39. Keebler Cookies

  40. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I have not seen the movie, cards would be for my son

  41. Jessica H. says:

    I love Special K Chocolate! Yum!!

  42. renee walters says:

    I love snacking on Cheez-Its and I have not seen the movie.

  43. Vicki Wurgler says:

    love Cheez-Its

  44. Rice Krispie Treats are my favorite snack while reading.

  45. Cynthia R says:

    think the question may be wrong but we love kellogs cereal and would love to read some of these stories

  46. Audra Weathers says:

    My favorite book was A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L Engle. That was one of the first “real” books I remember reading as a kid.

  47. Denise B. says:

    I like drinking Diet Pepsi and eating nacho cheese Doritos.

  48. Christine says:

    love Cheez its

  49. beth shepherd says:

    I love rice krispies treats and I would love to see the movie with my hubby as it looks good.

  50. i got a book called Maggie Adams, Dancer from scholastic and read that thing 1000 times I am sure

  51. Cheez-IIts are a favorite.

  52. Debbie Ritenour says:

    I love rice krispy treats! We just bought a box of them. The little mini Halloween ones! We also like to make them when we have a little time!

  53. Mary Calabrese says:

    I love Rice Krispie Treats.

  54. Stephanie Larison says:

    The movie sounds great

  55. Carolyn N. says:

    Rice-Krispies Treats are my favorites!
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  56. Michelle C says:

    Love the Chips Deluxe cookies! My 5 year old is starting to read on her own now, so we can always use new books, too! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  57. Christine Jensen says:

    Definitely CHeez-its (the question in the rafflecopter is about a movie…instead of the question listed in the text of the post)

  58. We love Rice Krispie Treats and the Chips Deluxe cookies are yummy too! My youngest daughter loves books and loves us to read to her every night, these books look fun! Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!


  59. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    this would be for my grandson
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  60. Debbie Ritenour says:

    My grand mom always ordered books from scholastic’s when we got the order form from school…about 3times a year….One time she bought me a book called Spooky tales….true tales! I loved that book and wish I still had it today because I loved the story’s so much! Also I am a huge cheez it fan!

  61. I like the Berry Nutri Grain Bars

  62. Patti Hess says:

    Rice Krispy Treats yummmyyyyy

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  63. kyl neusch says:

    the Keebler cookies

  64. mm…cheez-its are great. growing up, I read Harry Potter!

  65. My favorite Scholastic book was a book called the Wizard of Menlo Park about Thomas Edison.

  66. Christine says:

    I like the FiberPlus Bars.
    Thanks for the chance!

  67. Gina Brickell says:

    I love cheez its. I used to love reading Clifford the big red dog books when growing up!

  68. cheeze-its are one of our favs

  69. i like rice krispies

  70. Sandra Clark says:

    I love Chips Deluxe, but I try not to eat them very often!

  71. Mellissa C says:

    I like snacking on rice krispies.

  72. I like to munch on Cheez-its while reading.

  73. Rachel Kolker says:

    Nutrigrain bars are my fav! Thanks for the giveaway!

  74. I munch on corn flakes while I read


  75. Cheez-its!

  76. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Rice Krispies Treat

  77. My favorite Kellog’s snack is Cheez_it’s!

  78. We love to munch on Strawberry Pop Tarts while reading our beloved Clifford books- thanks!

  79. I love having a Rice Krispies Treat bar when I or my kids are enjoying a good book!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  80. Annmarie W. says:

    My favorite Scholastic books growing up were the ones in the Clifford the Big Red Dog series! And I love to snack on Pop Tarts!

  81. Cody Anderson says:

    We snack on Nutrigrain bars.

  82. I like Cheez-its.

  83. Melissa Nix says:

    Cheez-its have always been the household favorite.

  84. rice krispie treats! YUM!

  85. Kids love Cheez-Its equals happy kids.

  86. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    We love Cheese it party mix!

  87. Nicole Dean says:

    Cheez-Its are my favorite snack while reading.

  88. I like to snack on the Keebler Chewy Chips Deluxe cookies.

  89. Amber Porter says:

    My kids like fruit loops.

  90. love munching on special k with strawberries

  91. judy gardner says:

    cheez its!

  92. Gennie Lancaster says:

    I loved all the Clifford The Big Red Dog books when I was a kid!

  93. rice krispie treats!

  94. We love Rice Krispies Treats.

  95. I like cheez it crackers. Thanks for the giveaway.

  96. Little House On The Prairie was my favorite book & I still like snacking on Froot Loops 🙂

  97. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I would be eating Rice Krispies Treats.

  98. Cheez its Rule the World

  99. Alison Wood says:

    I love Rice Krispie Treats!

  100. Mary Cloud says:

    Pop Tarts are a snack my kids love


  101. snow day

  102. Miz Vickik says:

    I like Cheez-its!

  103. Nutri Grain bars are the favorites for reading time in my house

  104. Debra Ford says:

    We all love to munch on Cheez its

  105. My son loves Cheez-its!

  106. Keebler chocolate chip cookies.

  107. Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    I love to munch on cheez-it’s.

  108. I read so many scholastic books that I forgot. but I love kelloggs keebler cookies..especially the girl scout cookie style pb sandwiches

  109. tracey johnson says:


  110. I love nibbling on cheez-its while reading.

  111. Lisa Garner says:

    I like snacking on Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Original bars when reading.

  112. sheryl cullum says:

    Cheezits I just love we keep a supply and they are excellent with a mystery too

  113. Carolyn Daley says:

    I love Keebler cookies!! =)

  114. Rice krispies treats.

  115. A family favorite snack in my house is Cheez-its

  116. Jennifer Reed says:

    Kellogg’s® Nutri-Grain Blackberry Cereal Bars

  117. Cheez its are the best

  118. jeannine s says:

    i like keebler chocolate chip cookies

  119. Cheese Its, definitely.

  120. I like Frosted Flakes 🙂

  121. Tiffany Hearn says:

    I love Cheez-its! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  122. Susan Smith says:

    I love snackin on Cheez-Its

  123. I like to snack on Nutragrain bars…usually the apple one

  124. amy deeter says:

    i like the cheese its

  125. Angela Neynaber says:

    I like to snack on Rice Krispies Treats.

  126. Tanya Bartlett says:

    Rice Krispy treats

  127. I like rice krispie treats!

  128. Rice Crispies Treats!

  129. cheese its and nutrigran bars

  130. I loved the I Spy books! 🙂

  131. Kerrie Mayans says:

    We like Strawberry Nutrigrain bars with a glass of chocolate milk.

  132. Kelly Britton says:

    Rice Krispy treats!

  133. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I love cheez-its

  134. Chrissy Nestor says:

    I like Corn Flakes!

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  135. Lisa Canada says:

    Rice Krispie treats for me too!

  136. Nicole C. says:

    My favorite to snack on while reading is Cheez-Its.

  137. tina page says:


  138. cereal from the box

  139. We love Cheez Its

  140. susan smoaks says:

    i love to much on rice krispies cereal while i read!

  141. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I have to admit, my favorite snack it Cheez its…….. I love cheese……. and thes little snacks are very adicting……… got to love them though!

  142. Nicole Lancaster says:

    Cheez-Its are my favorite snack to munch on when I’m reading.

  143. I love the White Cheddar Cheez-it Crackers, thanks!

  144. kathy pease says:

    i love kelloggs raisin bran to snack on

  145. mary gardner says:

    blueberry nutri grain bars

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com


  147. Cheez It’s are awesome to munch on!

  148. Grasshopper cookies

  149. A special K Bar

  150. shirley zolenski says:

    I love their fiberplus bars

  151. rice krispie treats

  152. Thanks for the giveaway… a bowl of Raisin Bran !

  153. carol lewis says:

    Cheez-it! LOVE Them, can’t get enough!



  155. Crispix plain or with milk

  156. Saver Sara says:

    Rice Krispy Treats are the best

  157. cheez its

  158. Ruben Ramos says:

    Cheez it..could eat it all day

  159. We love Rice Krispie Treats!

  160. Vikki Billings says:

    Cheez its always!!

  161. I like Pop Tarts while reading a good book!

  162. FiberPlus Bars

  163. I eat Nutri-Grain bars while reading

  164. My favorite scolastic book was Clifford!

  165. Leah Shumack says:

    Rice Krispie Treats

  166. cheez its!!!

  167. Sarah Harding says:

    I make rice krispies all the time so I guess rice krispies

  168. Sarah Yurga says:

    I loved every word Judy Blume wrote – especially Blubber

  169. Samantha Meyer says:

    We like Nutri Grain Bars!

  170. Christian Alejandro N. says:

    Rice krispies! 🙂