Little Readers’ Storytime Book Club

Our friend Kristen (known on Instagram as @tojaneandrose) took summer reading to a whole new level by launching @storytimebookclub, a neighborhood book club for little readers. We encourage you to follow their weekly adventures as the kids gather on Wednesdays for a neighborhood story time play group like no other! Each week, neighborhood’s little readers join together for a new themed storytime and activity, and we’re way jealous.

We asked the @storytimebookclub creator and mom-in-chief if she had any advice to share and here are her tips and wisdom for getting something started where YOU live! Continue reading

Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program Check-In

fyb-thumbnailWe’re about halfway through our summer reading program, Feed Your Brain®! Summer is an important time for your little ones to keep reading and improving their language skills. Children who don’t read regularly during the summer may be in danger of the “summer slide,” a decline in their reading ability. This decline can have major repercussions as students get older and advance through the school system. But don’t fret! Avoiding the “summer slide” is easy. Just Feed Your Brain all summer long with fun and interesting books from Half Price Books!

Kids 14 & Under
Kids 14 and under can participate in the Feed Your Brain® program by picking up a reading log at your local Half Price Books or downloading a copy online. Children are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes each day. A parent reading to young children does count as part of reading at least 15 minutes each day. Once your child has read 300 minutes, stop by your local Half Price Books to turn in your completed log and earn $5 Bookworm Bucks in both June and July. You can then use these Bookworm Bucks to purchase even more books! We love seeing children reading and hope that this incentive program not only encourages them to read in the summer but also helps you create your own little library full of purchases from your local Half Price Books.

Teens
In recent years, we have expanded the Feed Your Brain® program to include teens (after all, why should kids have all the fun?)! For this portion of the program, we challenge teens to write and submit a review online about one of the books they read this summer. We’ll then email you a barcode to show at your local Half Price Books, which will earn you $5 Bookworm Bucks!

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Feed Your Brain Mid-Summer Check-Up

It’s time for a mid-summer Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program check-up, kids! What have you been doing all summer? Because our Half Price Books kids and teens have been reading.

How much, you ask?

As of last the end of June, we’ve had 4,596 Feed Your Brain Summer Reading logs turned in across our stores. Now, the way we figure it, if each kid reads a minimum of 15 minutes per day, that’s  1,378,800 minutes of reading.

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So kids, how does it feel to have read 22,980 hours with other Bookworms so far this summer? Continue reading

Let’s Get Binge Reading!: #SummerBookBinge

At Half Price Books, true booklovers never take a break, even in the summer. While all the kids are feeding their brains, we’re sending teens on a  #SUMMERBOOKBINGE!

“What’s a book binge,” you ask?!

It’s only the most exciting summer teen reading program around!  Join HPB and our friends at Penguin Teen on our Feed Your Brain Summer #SUMMERBOOKBINGE. Read a favorite! Start a series! Write a review! Let’s make binge-reading a THING! One book is a success, but read two and we are officially making you part of this summer’s #SUMMERBOOKBINGE.

The Penguin Teen selections for the summer reading #SUMMERBOOKBINGE this year are from some of our favorite authors. So will you read just two? Or are you going to binge-read like the rest of us?

THE SELECTIONS

JOHN GREEN
Srsly, everything he writes is pure gold, am I right? He rips into our hearts and has us feeling REAL feels. Have you read them all? Grab your sunshades, your beach towel and a tissue or two and read them again!

 

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Feed Your Brain: High Schoolers get in on the Summer Reading fun, too!

The bell just rang to dismiss your final class for the year and you’re ALREADY looking for something to do? The Feed Your Brain HIGH SCHOOL Summer Reading Program is for you!

Why?… Because reading CAN ACTUALLY BE FUN! I bet most of you know this already, though, right?

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All you have to do to get some Bookworm Bucks (a $5 coupon) is read a couple of titles just for fun, let us know about them and use your reading rewards at any Half Price Books location before the end of the summer.

Click here for details about the Feed Your Brain HS Summer Reading Program

We have a great list of recommendations, both new and classics for you this year. Pick one up at your favorite Half Price Books local store and GET READING now!

 

*NEW* MIDDLE-GRADE and TEEN FICTIONCapture

Doodle Adventures: The Search For The Slimy Space Slugs!
Author: Mike Lowery
Recommended for readers: 8-12 years
Published by Workman Publishing

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses sequel)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Recommended for readers: 14 years and up
Published by Bloomsbury USA

Queen of Hearts
Author: Colleen Oakes
Recommended for readers: 14 years and up
Published by HarperTeen

Theodore Boone: The Scandal
Author: John Grisham
Recommended for readers: 8-12 years
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

*CLASSIC* TEEN READING:

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank

The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

Feed Your Brain Q & A with a Half Pint Summer Reader

It’s time to learn a thing or two! My summers were either filled with lots of Texas heat or long camping vacations, all perfect opportunities to read. I long for the days of lazy book-filled summers and am always so happy to see that the tradition continues in the next generation! I found one first grade graduate who is excited about her summer full of reading.

I hope Mary Pope Osborne gets a chance to see this! Series books, like Magic Tree House, can be a great way to catch young readers’ attention and get  them excited about starting the next book!

Our little bookworm’s recommendations:

   

Are the little readers in your life busy feeding their brains? It’s not too late to get started! 

What do you think about these recommendations? Do you have any series books for young readers to add to the list?

 Have a great summer and don’t forget to FEED YOUR BRAIN!  — Becky 

Becky is Marketing Communications Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @Bexican75.

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)

What is 13,694 x 600? (BW Can Do Math Too!)

Now that all 13, 694 participants have turned in their Feed Your Brain Summer Reading logs (with at least 600 minutes each), BW was able to sit down to figure out the approximate total number of minutes read this summer by kids all across the country (see him concentrating?)

DRUMROLL PLEASE . . . . BW is thrilled to announce the GRAND TOTAL is:

OVER* 8,216,400 Minutes Read!!!

*(Because we know that many of you bookworms read well beyond the 600 minute minimum, but BW only has so many fingers to count on.)

Anyway– Wahoo, guys! That’s a LOT of brain food! Said Maxwell, age  9, one of our Top Readers from San Antonio, “Thank you, Half Price Books, for the summer reading program. I’ve read lots of books with the gift cards. I’ve read the whole Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Captain Underpants and Magic Treehouse series. Thank you for the support. I can always find good books I like at a good price at your stores. P.S. We have to read 10-20 books every 6 weeks at my school, and Half Price Books always has what I want.”

Here are some of our Top Readers, who logged the most minutes in their stores’ age groups:

     

           

Clockwise from top left: Lorelei, Store 051 (Greenfield, WI); Kyanna, Store 041 (Madison, WI); Megan, Store 051; Peyton, Store 041; Jordan & Talia, Store 063 (Pittsburgh); Lydia Jay, Store 063.

We also had one very special reader, Kiara, whose dad is stationed overseas (first in Afghanistan, then Italy). Kiara was another Top Reader from our Madison store, and she and her mom Karen read over 7,000 minutes this summer! Karen said that she & Kiara read an average of 10 books per day, some of those being chapter books (and since Kiara is only 4, that’s a pretty big deal).

Give them a round of applause! (and one for you too– be sure to keep feeding your brains all school year!) 

 — Kate (and BW)

Kids, Reading, Bookworms, Summer & Rewards (Or, Top 5 Things Our Plano Store Loves)

Earlier this week, HPB heard that with the sad news of its closing, many Borders stores would be unable to honor completed reading logs for their “Double Dog Dare Challenge” Summer Reading Program. Luckily, our “Feed Your Brain” Summer Reading Program is wrapping up right now, so we decided to honor completed reading logs from both HPB and Borders customers.  

Ms. Watson with Crossroads Learning Center in Leonard, Texas was very glad to hear this. Every summer, Crossroads hosts its own Summer Reading Program linked with the Borders challenge, so they were most relieved to hear that they could still get credit for their reading minutes through HPB! Yesterday, 48 young bookworms from Crossroads traveled to the Plano, Texas HPB to turn in their completed Borders reading logs in exchange for a $5 HPB Back-to-School Bucks reward

BW, the Half Price Books bookworm, greeted the students on the bus and then directed them to Young Adult and Half Pint Books to shop for their rewards. Kyle Cotten, Assistant Store Manager (pictured below with BW), and Kara Griswold, Dallas North District Inventory Manager, helped the students find what they were looking for, including books about Star Wars and chapter books from Junie B. Jones and The Baby-Sitters Club. One pint-sized student was the last to leave because he was determined to find something “scary,” so HPB bookseller Tracie Miller helped him find Scary Stories by Alvin Swartz. Before the young bookworms loaded the bus to return to school, they posed for a picture with BW and yelled out, “WE LOVE HALF PRICE BOOKS!” (Thanks, kids! We love you too!)

During the Feed Your Brain program, kids 14 and under were encouraged to read at least 15 minutes a day during June and July.  If kids read at least 600 minutes during the summer, they can bring in their completed reading log to their local store through Sunday, August 7 to receive $5 Back-to-School Bucks. HPB stores will award one top reader per age group with a TOP READER prize, a $20 HPB gift card. Although Borders’ Double Dog Dare Challenge readers are not eligible for the Top Reader prize, they can receive the $5 Back-to-School Bucks, which expire August 31.

What do you do during the summer to keep kids reading? Any tips or tricks for keeping young readers excited about learning?

Happy Reading! — Emily

BW’s Summer Reading Tips

Hi, Kids! My name is Kate and I am the official correspondent for BW, our Half Price Books Bookworm! A few things you should know about BW:  

Birthday: July 27, 1972

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Height: 6 feet 9 inches

Features: Bright green body with the alphabet written down his sides, yellow freckles, red antennae, and big wobbly eyes.

Scent: Musty, Bookshelfy

Greatest Moment: Visiting Washington, D.C. for the White House Easter Egg Roll

Hobbies: Reading, teaching others how to read, and making new friends

BW loves the summer because he gets to help kids with their Summer Reading! Here are a couple ways kids can be sure to keep their reading skills sharp for when school starts again: 

1. The HPB “Feed Your Brain” Summer Reading Program is a fun way to get started. If kids read 600 minutes or more by August 7, they will receive $5 Back-to-School Bucks as a reward! there’s also a Top Reader prize up for grabs, a $20 HPB Gift Card! Click here to learn more. [Download a Feed Your Brain Reading Log] 

2. Create your own family reading goals this summer, and give rewards to your kiddos to keep them motivated. Help your kids select books to read with these reading suggestions and post a reading log on the fridge to chart their progress. [Download Reading Suggestions] [Download Reading Log]

3. Think of fun, creative family rewards. Here are some ideas:

 • Take a trip to the zoo or amusement park.

  • Camp out in the backyard with family or friends.

 • Have a special lunch at your favorite pizza place.

 • Take a trip to your favorite bookstore.

 • Present reading reward certificates. [Download Certificate]

Happy Reading! BW is off to spread his love & excitement for reading around America — so we’ll see you next time!

Sincerely, Kate & BW