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Feed Your Brain Children’s Summer Reading Program is Back, with a Giveaway!

Ready…Set…Read! It’s time to FEED YOUR BRAIN with the HPB Kid’s Summer Reading Program! Children 14 & under can earn HPB Back-to-School Bucks by keeping an appetite for reading this summer. How does it work? Just head to your favorite neighborhood HPB store to pick up a reading log and start keeping track of how many minutes your children read during the summer months of June and July. Every child who reads 300 minutes or more each month is eligible receive $5 in HPB Back-to-School Bucks!

And why not start logging your minutes this Sunday at 2pm at your neighborhood HPB? All stores will be hosting a story time to kick off this year’s program.  Need some tips for fitting in 15 minutes of reading per day? Check out a few of our everyday ideas here - it’s easier than you think! Don’t forget, you can also count school summer reading towards the 300 minute goal (Psst…fill out our Reading Lists 101 form here and let us know your classroom’s required reading list so we can try and keep those titles in stock). Not sure where to begin? Julie’s post on 40 Books Every Child Should Read is a great place to start.

But kids shouldn’t have all the fun, right? Let’s kick off our children’s summer reading program with a little giveaway for our grownup readers.  Leave us a comment and let us know five books on your “must read” list for this summer. One lucky random commenter will win a $10 HPB gift card!

Happy (Summer) Reading!

-- Kate (and BW)

Reader Comments (24)

1. The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
2. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
3. The Crying Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
4. Time Again by Jack Finney
5. Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy

In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson
11/22/63 - Stephen King
The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
Fun and Games - Duane Swierczynski
Eye of the World - Robert Jordan

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMC

I have a giant pile of books to read this summer including Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, The Seven Per Cent Solution by Nicolas Myer, Malice in Maggody by Joan Hess for some laughs, The Magician King by Lev Grossman (my favorite of the list) and all five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Five "Must Read" books for me this summer are:

1. Takeoff by C.M. Kornbluth
2. Clans of The Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick
3. The Best of Damon Knight by Damon Knight
4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark M.

Insurgent. Lolita. Gone with the Wind, Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage. Cat Daddy..and many, many more. Too many to list that I'm dying to read.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne

On my summer reading list, I have:

1. The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
2. The Lucky One (Nicholas Sparks)
3. Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
4. 1984 (George Orwell)
5. Pandemonium (Lauren Oliver)

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Re-read the Harry Potter books
Re-read the Timothy Zahn Thrawn trilogy
Karen Marie Moning's Faefever series
A Joel Osteen book
Sarah Graves mysteries

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Ford

some must-reads for my summer...
1- the elegance of the hedgehog (muriel barbury)
2- a million miles in a thousand years (donald miller)
3- the odyssey (homer)
4- remarkable creatures (tracy chevalier)
5- a selection of poems (e.e. cummings)

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterruthie

Clockwork Prince
Grimalkin, the Witch Assassin (Last Apprentice Series)
City of Lost Souls
The Serpent's Shadow

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermaria

1. Songs of a Gorilla Nation: my journey through autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
3. Fall of Giants by Ken Follet
4. Elijah's Cup by Valerie Paradiz
5. Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books by Paul Collins

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarla Bethke

It is going to be an end of the world summer for me!

When Worlds Collide - Philip Wylie
Logan's Run - William F. Nolan
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon
Chrysalids - John Wyndham
Man Who Awoke - Laurence Manning

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

1. Nourishing Traditions by Fallon
2. Blackout by Willis
3. Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self Discovery by Albert
4. Iron Lance by Lawhead
5. Foxtrot Wrapped Up by Amend

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara Wright

Oh my, my list has about 50 books on it...but here are five

1. The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
3. The Passage, Justin Cronin
4. Insurgent, Veronica Roth
5. My son and I are reading the Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon. Hope to finish the series over the summer

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaribeth

We are looking forward to the summer reading program this summer!

Our family top five are:
Blackout by John Rocco (Disney · Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership)
Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.)
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.)
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press)

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Hodgkiss

The Phantom Tollbooth
The Secret Life of Bees
The Hunger Games
90 Minutes at Entebbe
A Walk in the Woods

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

For Kindergartner/1st grade age, but fun anytime:

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Lofting

The Story About Ping by Flack and Wiese

Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book by Scarry

Johnny Appleseed by Holland

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBjorn

I have had no time to read for my pleasure in so long I don't even know what's good. I did read the hunger games trilogy one night recently so I could talk about them with my nephew. They are a very compelling new aged drama and I enjoyed them. I am looking forward to having some time to read once my youngest goes to school in the fall, though I have the feeling I will just be busier then.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina Tabor

1. Everything by Jim Butcher starting with his Dresden Files
2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
3. Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
4. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
5. The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristie Belding

1. The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain
2. Choke Hold by Christa Faust
3. The Comedy Is Finished by Donald E. Westlake
4. Life by Keith Richards
5. Magic Treehouse #25

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElliott

The books I plan to tackle while my children are doing their reading are

1) The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
2) The Hangman's Daughter - Oliver Potzsch
3) In One Person - John Irving
4) The Inner Circle - T.C. Boyle
5) The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBruce

1. Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel Guterson, David
2. The Book Thief Zusak, Markus
3. The Giving Tree Silverstein, Shel
4. A Fine Balance Mistry, Rohinton
5. A Thousand Slendid Suns Hosseini, Khaled

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Browning

1. The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
2. Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst
3. Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers
4. Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Megan Mayhew Bergman
5. Shepherding a Child's Heart, Ted Tripp

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Gray

We're reading all the Harry Potter Books.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertravis

Maximum Ride: Nevermore; James Patterson.
Memoirs of a Geisha; Arthur Golden
Bitterblue; Kristin Cashore
Legend; Marie Lu
Ophelia; Lisa M. Klein

June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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