Keeping Kids reading and getting new books....

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
April 11, 2008 10:39pm CST
I encouraged my kids to read. Our library had a book rack full of books for 10¢ each. Now, I encourage my grand daughters to read. My 2 yo LOVES to be read to! Insists on it,even! I like to keep them in books (although she has her favs like "Five Little Monkeys" and "Cordoroy") The library doesn't have the selection like they used to. So I was looking to get her the set of "If You Give A Mouse a Cookie" (I have several but wanted the full set ) and a few others on Ebay and Amazon and they are $7 or more EACH! For a dozen page paper back book with one or 2 lines of words on each page- over $7! I can't believe it! Why are they so expensive? Best Sellers for adults are not much higher! I guess I'll just hit the yard sale trail this summer. That is how I have been getting them, but just wanted a few specific ones. But I can get them for 10¢ at yard sales. How do you keep your kids in books? DO you shop for their favs?
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@drannhh (15064)
• United States
13 Apr 08
Good for you. Yard sales are a great place to get books as are the annual library sales where they get rid of donated books they cannot shelve. Speaking of libraries. Going to the library and checking out books was the absolute highlight of my childhood, even though it was not always possible to go there.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
13 Apr 08
Me too! Trips to the library were fantastic! Always a program to encourage reading and we could check out any book we wanted. I remember my brother - 3 years older than me - he'd come home with a huge stack of books and I was so jealous! I wanted to have that many books and read them like he did! Dont' remember why I didn't check out alot, but for some reason, he did. Those thick ones too! And my other brother - 1,1/2 older - he'd get the series ones like the Wizad of Oz and Ozma of Ozz and those... I couldn't keep up with the story - over my head, but he'd read them and then we'd go outside and reinact them! Yes, books and library - funny how the simple things in life are what we often remember the most!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
We joined a family book club that every month sent a book to your children depending on their age. That was over fifty years ago, so do not know what it was called. After that, they got interested in reading themselves. We also had a set of books with several stories in each of them, sort of like an anthrology, and we went to the second hand book stores plus my father-in-law was a janitor and when there was a fire at the school he worked at (no he did not start it) he got the old text books that were going to be thrown away plus the primers, etc. So we were all set in the book department that way.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
13 Apr 08
They still have those book clubs, just from what I have seen they are just to expensive .. at least for my budget. I have found books at yard sales that were the books I read as a kid and remember loving hte book so I bought it for my grand kids - and they love them too! Little Black, a Pony -my most favorite - was not allowed to buy the book, so I checked it out at the library evertying time I went (and hopefully it was there!) for so long! I started reading it to my GD at age 4 and she loved it! - later when she was learning to read she'd always go for that book first! Now, she loves stories I read when little nad we even play library at home - I have collected lots of books at yard sales and some for now some for later when she gets to the next school grade so she loves playing library and then reads too!
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
12 Apr 08
I have TONS of books of the cardboard type, most given to us by my mil, or some that i've picked up here and there.. I asked for books for her 1st birthday from mil and for xmas too so she got a few more then. We also have a outlet mall i sometimes go to near here and they have a book store, some of the books are as low as 99 cents. ;) Do they not have lots of kids books on ebay ? The have lots of clothing, i have recently got some in the mail i purchased with my mylot money ;)
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I will be hitting the yard sales come summer. What a treasure trove it is for books! I used to sell kids books on ebay until the fess and all got to high and I just couldn't afford it - even tho my books were very low priced. But I dont' really do much on ebay - the thing with the high postage for a light weight item...I just don't have time to go through it all. I do occassionally, but Amazon.com I watch for sales there and over $25 is free shipping so I'd rather pay the same money for all books than for books and postage one ebay. My son did find a bargain last week on 2T clothes for his little girl - summer clothes, tops and shorts/skirts sets - all with tags, all Carter's brand and $12 each (on tags), and he got 30 outfits for $105. He showed them to me and so cute and a great buy!
@viewpoint (137)
• Philippines
12 Apr 08
My daughter loves to read. Whenever I go to the supermarket, I bring her along with me. She would ask my permission to go to the bookshop to check out some books. I would give her that freedom to read around and buy whatever book she feels like reading.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
12 Apr 08
That's really good you can do that. I am sure she loves doing it!
@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Two out of three of my kids love to read (or should I say read to). Our local library also has children's books for sale, so I always check what they have. A good way to keep your kids interested in reading is to reward them. I found a really neat website online that my kids absolutely love. It's called Book Adventure and it's ran by Sylvan Learning Center. They have a search option so you can find books that are age appropriate, they have quizzes your kids can do to earn points towards prizes, and best of all it's free to join. My kids have both just earned enough points for a free 6 month subscription to Highlights Magazine. Thier website is www.bookadventure.com. Give it a try and best of luck.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
12 Apr 08
When my kids were little the library had a summer contest thing - a game where they had to read books on certain subjects, like fairy tale, or biography, and then go back, give a brief summary to the librarian and then roll a coin and get a prize and move ahead on a game board and if they reached "finish" they got tickets to the local amuzement park! They loved it and got free tickets every summer and they got in the habit during the school year to read just before bedtime.
• India
12 Apr 08
Though i am not married ,in my opinion kids must have the habit of reading from childhood. Only if they can inculcate this habit early on they can overall develop their personality .Since the world is hungry for knowledge and information only a good reader can thrive in this ambience . with regards www.chocolatesavy.com
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
12 Apr 08
You got that right. IF they can't read, boy the problems they will have!
12 Apr 08
reading is definitely something you should literally force your young ones to do! i recommend www.bookadventure.com! use that! thats the way forward
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