Here’s How to Get a Kids’ Book From Barnes & Noble — Totally Free

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No matter how intent your kids are on staying outdoors this summer, there are going to be rainy days.

And now that I’m thinking about it, in today’s screen-mediated world, maybe it’s a challenge to get your kids to go outside in the first place.

Either way, there will be summer days when kids populate your couch. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a book in their hands instead of your phone?

Better yet: Wouldn’t it be great if you got that book for free?

Free Summer Reading for Kids at Barnes & Noble

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is back for the 22nd year in a row. That means children in grades one through six will once again have the chance to earn free books.

All your kids have to do is read any eight books this summer and record them in this Summer Reading Journal.

Then, help them bring it to your local Barnes & Noble, where they’ll choose from a selection of free books, divided by grade level.

This is not a ploy to get subpar books off the shelves — these are titles you and your kids actually want in your collection. I mean, Judy Moody!

The program runs from May 15 to Sept. 3. Be sure to check with your neighborhood location to make sure it’s participating.

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a writer whose work has been featured in “DMQ Review,” “Sweet: A Literary Confection” and elsewhere. Editorial assistant Jessica Gray updated this post.