Borders’ Double-Dog Dare Summer Reading Challenge

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 10, 2010

Even though most of my older kiddos love to read, now that summer is here and all of the neighbor kids are knocking on our door, I’m having a tough time getting them to sit still with a book. Even my younger tykes would rather be running around outside or playing on their new park than sitting with me to listen to a story.

Well, I’ve teamed up with Borders this month to bring you tips on encouraging your young’ens to read. Maybe these tips will help me and my kiddos, too.

HarperCollins and Jon Scieszka, author of Robot Zot and Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka, have provided this week’s tip::

“If you want to inspire your boy reader, expand your definition of reading to include non-fiction, graphic novels, funny books, wordless books, audio books and magazines. Summer reading is a great time to explore texts that aren’t covered/allowed in school reading.”

To further foster a love of reading in your offspring this summer, Borders is hosting the Double-Dog Dare Summer Reading Challenge in stores across the country through the end of August. To participate, kids up to age 12 can read any 10 books they want, list them on a special form, and return the form to Borders for a free book!

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To give you and your kiddos a jump start on the dare, Borders is offering my friends a chance to win one of two (2) $100 Borders gift cards!

There are three ways to enter, but you must leave a separate comment for each entry to count:

  • What are your own tips for getting kids to read?
  • Tell me about your favorite book as a child.
  • Tweet the following -Encourage your kids to read w/ @Border’s Double-Dog Dare Summer Reading Challenge & enter to win 1 of 2 $100 gift cards http://bit.ly/afROVL

All entries must be received by 9pm on July 1st, when the winners will be chosen. Both winners will be notified by email shortly thereafter.

Borders and HarperCollins have teamed up to provide me with a Borders gift card in exchange for my postings about the Double-Dog Dare Summer Reading Challenge. Of course, as always, all opinions are my own.

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Jeanine July 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I try to get books about realistic characters to encourage my grandson to read.

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trixx July 1, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I get my daughter to read by letting her pick out her own books from the library.

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trixx July 1, 2010 at 7:35 pm

My favorite childhood book was Madeline. I still dream of going to Paris!

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Liza July 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

My daughter is too young to read currently. But, I enjoyed the 3 Little Kittens.

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Justine July 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I’d say the best way to get kids to read is to find out what they are interested in and then let them pick out what they want to read, easy!

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Justine July 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm

My fave book as a child was anything Dr. Seuss, particularly Horton Hears a Who, man I love those books!

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Justine July 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm
Debra F July 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm

We are a family of readers, so we encourage our kids to read by setting the example and modeling the behavior. We have bookcases and bookcases full of books, frequent the public library, buy bags and bags of books at garage sales, and usually our gifts to the kids include gift cards to book stores.

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Debra F July 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm

As a kid, my favorite books were the Nancy Drew series. I think I read the entire series each and every summer until I got too cool for Nancy Drew :)

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Julie Jones July 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I motivate my daughter to read with an online program called Readeo.com. She loves to read with her grandma who lives 2 hours away.

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Tina H. July 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I used to take turn reading with my kids. Now, they are old enough to read themselves and they love it and read often.

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Diane July 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

When my children were growing up they did not receive an allowance, but they could go to the book store and buy as many books as they wanted, as long as they read them. My kids are now grown and both continue to be avid readers. They still enjoy going to the book store. My three year old grandson is following in his father’s footsteps. He never goes to bed without reading multiple books.

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Julie Jones July 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

My favorite childhood book was Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. I would love to buy that for my Breanna with this gift card!

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Julie Jones July 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm
Geoff K July 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm

To motivate the kids to read, I try to hunt down books with extremely compelling characters, ones that would would grab their interest or be the kinds of characters they’d identify with, and I usually suggest that as a family we read the books at the same time and have a kind of family book club where we talk about what we read over pizza or ice cream. It also helps when there are movie versions of the book, because it’s always fun to watch them after reading and comparing the two. Thanks!

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Geoff K July 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm

My favorite book as a kid was definitely “Tom Sawyer” – I was drawn in by its mix of adventure and human drama, and I still find its themes really compelling and touching.

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Helen July 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Start reading to them early. My daughters both love books today and are always reading something and they are in their twenties. My Grandson is 2 and he loves his books. We could sure have a lot of fun with a Borders gift card.

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Charity S. July 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

My son has his own book club. (for Kids)

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Charity S. July 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I loved Charlotte’s Web.

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Charity S. July 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm
Chrysa July 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

If reading is just a “given” from birth on, it encourages kids to read. We always read before naps and before bed and other times during the day as well.
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Chrysa July 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I loved all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books!

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Chrysa July 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm
melissa July 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm

my favorite book as a child was probably the little engine that could.

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Sharon July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm

My favorite book was Han’s Christen Anderson’s Fairy Tales. “The Little Mermaid”,the REAL version of course was my favorite!
Thanks!

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Kathy Scott July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm
Kathy Scott July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

My favorite book was Are You My Mother?

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Kathy Scott July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I told my kids that I would always buy them a book. They are so much more likely to read if they choose the book. My boys reading addiction is now breaking the bank.

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brian e. July 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Thanks for the giveaway…

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R Hicks July 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm

We encourage our kids by setting a good example. They see us reading and they want to read. Also take them to the bookstore to let them pick out their own books

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brian e. July 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm

…my favorite book as a child was one that my Dad read to me over & over, “Treasure Island” by R.L. Stevenson.

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R Hicks July 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I fondly remember reading Jack In the Beanstalk as a kid

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brian e. July 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm

…during the summer when our kids had reading lists I would encourage them by often reading the same titles along with them, one year I re-read “Tom Sawyer” with them !

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Annette E July 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm

My #1 tip is to show your children that you like to read, too! Monkey see, monkey do. My kids love to copy me.

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Annette E July 1, 2010 at 11:01 pm

My favorite book was any of the Little House on the Prairie ones.

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DanV July 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Our tip is making reading a part of the daily routine

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Trina C July 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm
Sand July 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I love the Babysitter’s Club series as a kid.

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Trina C July 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm

We go to the library once a week and pick out a new book during the summer.

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CJ July 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm

My tip:
Reading to your child or grandchildren and getting them exciting about books is I think the first step in encouraging them to read.

Thanks,
CJ

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CJ July 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm

One of the books I enjoyed when I was a child was “Bread and Jam for Frances”
Thanks,
CJ

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Auriette July 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm

My tip for encouraging children to read is to find a book on a topic they’re interested in. Sometimes it seems that they’re always pushed to read something that they don’t find good or interesting.
Auriette´s last [type] ..Review- The Exile of Sara Stevenson novel

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Shellie July 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm
Shellie July 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm

My favorite book as a kid was B is for Betsy by Haywood.

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Auriette July 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm

When I was in middle school, my mom enrolled me in a horse book club. Back then, the book clubs would offer you several books for a penny or something like that, as long as you pledged to buy two more at full price. I was only in the club long enough to fulfill those requirements, but it gave me several books that I would enjoy reading over and over. My favorites were “A Filly for Joan” and “Big Jump for Robin.” They were both about girls around my age who wanted a horse desperately and ended up getting one. Of course, I never got my own horse, but I did have many hours of fun reading those books.
Auriette´s last [type] ..Review- The Exile of Sara Stevenson novel

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vivian July 1, 2010 at 11:47 pm

i like where the wild things are ty.

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Sarah L July 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I’ve made reading a part of their lives from when they were born. They see their parents reading and know that it’s something good. We also join the summer reading program at the library so they can earn fun things by reading.

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Shannon July 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I don’t remember one favorite book, I did really like pop up books though

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Sarah L July 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

My favorite book was (and still is) A Wrinkle in Time by M. L’Engle. Thanks for the contest.

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Sarah L July 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm
Gianna July 2, 2010 at 12:09 am

I loved calvin & hobbes when I was a kid.

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Lori June 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

What works best for me is to have my kids read in the morning after breakfast. They were always too tired to read at night.

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Lori June 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

My favorite book as a kid was “The Secret Garden”.

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