Celebrate @PBSKids Summer Reading Program and #Win $25 from @PotteryBarnKids – #PBSKidsVIP

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Disclosure: Two Kids and a Coupon is a 2014 PBS Kids Ambassador for PBS Kids. We were provided with a gift card and information on this program and a reader giveaway was also provided.  We’re sharing because we think this is great information and we have many readers who are parents of young children who could benefit.


Are your kids out of school yet? What are you doing to keep them reading all summer long?  We’ve been covering summer reading programs here on Two Kids and a Coupon and this year Pottery Barn Kids has teamed up with PBS Kids to partner together for their reading challenge.  The challenge, which runs through July 17, is designed to inspire a love of learning and literacy for kids and their families throughout the summer months.

Pottery Barn Kids is inviting children to ‘take the challenge’ by reading 8 books from a specially selected list of 20 children’s books. Each book was chosen based on favorites identified by Pottery Barn Kids customers, and features characters that excite the imagination in kids of all ages. The book list is available at Pottery Barn Kids stores in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec). Children that complete the book list and bring it to a Pottery Barn Kids location by July 31 will receive a free book and certificate of completion.

Special Weekly Story Time events with PBS KIDS character appearances and giveaways in partnership with PBS KIDS will also be hosted at Pottery Barn Kids stores throughout the country through July 17.

Families can get involved in the Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge and get more information about in-store events by visiting Pottery Barn Kids locations or the Store Events page on www.potterybarnkids.com. To learn more about Pottery Barn Kids, please visit www.potterybarnkids.com. Summer decorating trends are available on the Pottery Barn Kids blog, Building Blocks. For additional information on PBS KIDS, please visit pbskids.org.

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  1. Christy Spurlock says:

    I always get my grandson a book for every occasion. He loves to read and every chance he gets to read to me I totally encourage it.

  2. Rochel S says:

    We go to the library a lot so they always have new books to read. We read together every night before bed!

  3. Model, model, model…we have family reading hour, but my favorite is when the littlest one’s chapter book is so good that the older one comes running to hear a bedtime story still.

  4. shaunie says:

    Making it fun. Doing an activity or making funny noises (related to the text in the book) to get them to read. Also just encouraging them in general

  5. We read as a family as much as we can and spend a long time at the library.

  6. Jenny Q says:

    The best way to get kids to read is show them how much you enjoy reading both books for yourself and reading to your kids. And encourage them to find the books they enjoy at the library or bookstore.

  7. we read chapter books out loud each night-so its family snuggle time

  8. Jeccica Simpson says:

    They get to choose, their fav book each night, and read it to me or there dad

  9. Masooma says:

    My kids know that we have reading time at home so everyone puts down whatever they are doing and we all read together. Also, going to the library and choosing their own books gets them excited about reading as well!

  10. patricia says:

    My sons are not readers yet, but I will share what worked for my parents – they encouraged my sisters and me to read by reading in front of us and to us all the time and often taking us to bookstores and the library for story time. When my sons are older, I would like to have a family reward program that gives them prizes every time they read a certain number of books.

  11. Doris H. says:

    Lead by example. And have the kids read a story to you.

  12. bring home a bunch of books, Turn off the electronics and have them chose something else to do. forcing kids to read makes them feel like it’s a punishment and therefore they won’t enjoy it. let them make the choice

  13. I try to encourage them by allowing them to choose their own reading materials instead of trying to force my choices on them.

  14. Denise S says:

    Get books on the subjects they are interested in and they’ll want to read it.

  15. heather s says:

    Let them pick books they want to read so they enjoy it

  16. Nikki Strong says:

    When our kids finish a chapter book, they get to decide where we will have dinner out.

  17. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I make it fun by reading books with them and discussing.

  18. Cynthia C says:

    I always took my kids to the library weekly and had them enroll in the summer reading program.

  19. Cynthia C says:

    Subscribed in RSS Netvibes Reader

  20. April Brenay says:

    I make sure my boys read 30 minutes every day!

  21. Rebecca Graham says:

    Take them to story time at the local library or the childrens section of any bookstore.

  22. Misha Estrada says:

    We go to the library and I let them pick their own book.

  23. They have a lot of books.

  24. Kathleen Ophelan says:

    We do the summer reading program at the local library. We go to the library once a week in the summer and take out a bunch of new books!

  25. Michelle Weaver says:

    I let them choose from books they love.

  26. Monique Rizzo says:

    We have a rewards chart. As minutes add up they get things like a trip for ice cream or a movie day.

  27. Gayle S says:

    Setting a good example is one of the best ways for children to learn to read for pleasure. The more they see you do it, the more likely it is for them to be interested in books, too.

  28. Brittney House says:

    We like to read together as a family and make it a fun activity.

  29. Kristi C says:

    We go to the library each week to pick out new books.

  30. Priscilla Benavides says:

    My boys love to read because they love to imagine all the scenes that they read about in the books in their beautiful minds!

  31. We read funny books.

  32. Kristy Thiel says:

    Definitely having family reading time!

  33. I like to take my son to the library to check out a book so we can read it together.

  34. Our local library has a summer program for kids which gives them books to read and them activities and then, each week they attend a program at the library and play games/do fun crafts to correlate. They think its a lot of fun!

  35. Debra Hall says:

    i started reading to mine before they were born and never stopped

  36. Francine Anchondo says:

    If kids see you read they want to read. I read to my daughter when she was little and she loves to read now. So start them young :).

  37. soha molina says:

    I encourage them by taking them to the library and letting them choose what they want t read.

  38. Jill Myrick says:

    I have always told my children that they can go anywhere in the world by opening a book and reading.
    I try to pick up books about things that I know will interest them. We also sit and make up our own stories, write them down and read them back to each other.


  39. Erica C. says:

    Make it a habit and read together.

  40. Jennifer Reed says:

    My tip for encouraging kids to read is to have a family reading time each day where everyone turns off all electronics and picks up reading material.

  41. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    We get real expressive when they are little and they both love to read today.

  42. Mihaela Day says:

    I try to encourage them by allowing them to choose their own reading materials

  43. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    My kids get to read at bed time so they can be awake for another 30 min or so or they can go to bed. They typically choose reading, and it makes them sleepy. :)

  44. Jennifer says:

    Read with your kids so that they can see how much you enjoy it too.

  45. i take my baby sister to the library once a week and we go buy a new book once a month

  46. tina reynolds says:

    help them find books on things they love

  47. MARIA simon says:


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