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My boys are getting close to preschool age, and many days nap time is replaced by quiet time. I've been wanting to give them a cozy space for quiet time that would foster their love of books, so I decided to turn a corner of our playroom into a reading corner. And I found a really easy way to fill our reading corner with free books, just by buying products we already use!
I decided to put together our reading corner after a trip to Wal-Mart, where we find all our favorite cereals and snacks. I noticed the boxes that said, "Free Book" - how could I not check it out?
Kellogg's is helping to spread the love of reading to all families by offering free kid's books when you purchase specially marked products. 1 Kellogg's product = 1 free, full-length Scholastic book, and each person can redeem up to 30 books. What an awesome deal - free books just for buying the foods we love anyway!
When we got home, it was super easy to redeem our products for free books. We logged on to the website listed on the box, created a free Kellogg's Family Rewards account, and entered the codes that we found inside each box. Then we picked our books! It only took a couple of minutes. You just have to redeem your code for a free Scholastic book within 14 days of purchase (no matter when you purchase the item). Trust me, we couldn't wait that long!
The hardest part was choosing from one of the 80 titles that are offered from beginning readers to teens. There's even Spanish and e-books too. We found some of our favorites like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Peppa Pig, plus we picked out a really cool Animals book that I know the boys will love.
Just a couple of clicks and our new books are on their way - shipped free of charge and arriving within 6-8 weeks (though most come much sooner).
In addition to building your own library, you can choose to donate a book to your local school, shipped directly to the school with a note showing that your family has donated. How great is that!
While we're waiting for our books, we put together our reading corner. I cleared out a really sunny spot in the playroom - I love to have natural light for reading. I added a soft rug, some floor pillows, and our big snuggly bear. If you don't have a giant bear, you can just use heaps of pillows or a small soft chair.
Then I added the most important element, books! I found a nice big basket so we have lots of room for all of our free books.
I also added a basket of stuffed animal friends for snuggling and play. Emerging readers can build confidence by practicing reading aloud to their stuffed friends and pre-readers enjoy acting out their stories with animal friends.
And no reading corner would be complete without snacks! I included some Frosted Mini-Wheats, Nutri-Grain bars, bananas, and Rice Krispies. We love to dip our bananas in Rice Krispies for a fun crunchy treat.
Our reading corner is complete! I'm so excited to have a quiet space dedicated to spending time with our books. Having a special spot for reading will really encourage my boys to spend time with their books to grow their love of reading.
Building our reading corner, and our personal library, could not be easier thanks to Kellogg's. Be sure to check out all the choices here.
We've updated our book storage in our reading corner! See the new solution here.