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Half Price Books: Free Books for Children

Thanks to for reminding me to post again about the .

All you have to do is read to your child or have your child read for at least 15 minutes a day each week, fill out , and turn it into Half Price Books and you’ll receive a free $3 gift certificate. Best of all, you can do this every single week through August 2, 2008.


For the past two weeks both kids have been participating in the Half
Price Books summer reading program. Each day, I note how long I read to
the kids (minimum for the program is 15 minutes, 5 days per week, but
we read a lot more than that so it’s no problem) on a simple form. At
the end of the week I turn it in to Half Price Books, which is
conveniently near our library branch anyway, and they give me a $3 gift
card for each child.

Best of all, there are LOTS of classics
priced under $3 at Half Price Books, and if you buy a book that is less
than $3, you get it free. So far we have added "Dr. Seuss’ ABC" (which
we had checked out of the library for the past six months
continuously), "Are You My Mother?" by PD Eastmann (another favorite),
"The Story About Ping" by Marjorie Flack, and "Bringing the Rain to
Kapiti Plain" by Verna Aardema.

I didn’t have to pay ANYTHING out of
pocket for the books, all of which were seemingly never read before we
purchased them by the looks of it! It’s wonderful to build up our
collection of good books and such a joy to see the kids come to love
certain characters and stories…

You can learn more about the program
or at your local Half Price Books. The age limit says up to 10 years,
but there is no minimum age, and you can participate each week until
August 2. You don’t need to keep track of which books you read, just
how long you read. That’s ideal for us, since we usually read a lot of
books per day, and favorites nearly every day.

We have a Half Price Book store in the Kansas City area but it is a bit out of the way for us. Does anyone know if you can fill out the forms and turn 8 weeks’ worth in at once? I’m guessing not, but I just wondered if anyone knew since it wouldn’t be worth it for us to drive there every week for two free $3 gift certificates.

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  • says:

    Today we chose the CiCi’s route (you can choose Half Price Books or CiCi’s) because it is more convenient for us and we were hungry!

    The cashier wasn’t sure how the count the buffets for free but it worked – one free child’s buffet with paid adult buffet for bringing in the “reading log”.

    I’d like to know about bringing in multiple sheets too! 🙂 We might make a special trip to Half Price Books for that.

  • says:

    When I went in to ask about this program, I was the first person to ask and the manager actually thanked me for telling him about it! When I asked if I could bring in all the logs at the end, he said okay. There is not anything on the forms that states how these are to be turned in.

  • Deanna says:

    We’ve done it for 2 weeks now!
    We are there when they open and we hit the clearance books. So far we have lots of books and 1 unused coupon.

  • says:

    We don’t have Half Price Books in our area but we do have CiCi’s Pizza. 🙂 Thank you so much for the info. I have also found about another summer reading program at Barnes and Noble. You can check out my blog at

    Enjoy your summer reading!

  • says:

    My little one is two and clearly cannot read, but does reading to them count. I for sure read to her for over 15 minutes a day. Does anyone else do this for thier toddlers and get the gift card? Thanks!

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