Scholastic gives away free books!
In these, the tightest of economic times and after the crazy holiday season, who couldn’t use a little something free? Scholastic, the folks whose business is making children smarter, is offering a free book to little ones. The offer promotes something called books that grow with your child, a line of age-specific works that are designed to promote early reading.
The books are available while supplies last. Call me a cynic, but I imagine there’s a catch. There always is. Maybe they’ll flood my mailbox with offers for stuff I don’t need like life insurance on my baby. I hope I’m totally wrong. I signed up today by sending in an e-mail to email@example.com with my name and snail mail address.
The point, I’m sure, is to get parents committed to reading to their little tykes every day. All the experts say doing so promotes language development and reading skills. And if the reading material is from Scholastic, score one for savvy marketers. Mommas who need help sticking to the daily reading commitment might be wise to check out reading circles at libraries or bookstores. The new Barnes & Noble at Wesley Chapel’s Wiregrass Mall holds story times every Saturday.
If you sign up for the Scholastic free book, be sure to let the Mommas know how things worked out for you. One program I can absolutely vouch for is Hillsborough County’s free book program, which provides reading material at no cost to any child living in the county who was born after Sept. 1, 2006. So far, my daughter has gotten a nice hardback age-appropriate book every month. The program ends when children turn 5. By that time, she’ll be ready for a library card.
Improbably, there doesn’t appear to be a catch. It’s just a plain, ‘ole super steal of a deal.
-- Sherri Day