Our Free and Not-So-Free Books

Today the heat was oppressive and so I thought it was the perfect time to go to Barnes and Noble and redeem the children’s summer reading lists for their free books.

Finished Their Summer Reading List

It wasn’t an easy decision to make from the limited free selection.

Tough decisions

Looking at books, which I refuse to buy. I hate those character books more than the shows themselves.

Looking at books

Of course we couldn’t leave the book store without spending money on more books. The 5000 books we already own are not enough. I love books just as much as my children do so I never put up much of an argument, though I did veto buying 6 Boxcar children books. Because those are the sort of books I think are perfect for taking out of the library.

I am sure that most of you know already, but homeschooling parents are eligible for a 20% educator discount. You just need to apply in the store to get your card.

13 Responses to “Our Free and Not-So-Free Books”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    No, I absolutely did not know that! I knew about the educator weekend discount, but is this card good all the time?

  2. Mom on the Gulf Coast Says:

    I love your family pictures. Teva should be sending you swag for the free advertising you give them! Love the Crocs on Miles, we haven’t looked for our two-year old yet b/c we thought they would still run too big, now I know!

    I have no idea why I focused on the shoes in this post but they caught my eye.

    I lurk a lot on your sites, I really enjoy your writing it’s always inspirational, thank you! Now I sound like a freak, bleah…

  3. Katie Says:

    I adore the Boxcar children books. I’m reading them in order to my five year old. Can’t beat free books!

  4. Novaks8 Says:

    So where was the girl? Looking at Princess books?

    My daughter just freaked out over the Dora book the baby was looking at!

    “I want that, I want that, Pleeeeeeeeaseeeee!”


  5. jeans5kids Says:

    Hey it is sooooo hard to find a “down to earth” homeschooler with no hiden agendas. But you sound like one and I’m glad to read about it.
    about that Borders discount they always try to tell me it’s only for “school related” matterials like the books that my kids read aren’t school related they seem to thinks its only workbook type of stuff. But whatever I bet you it’s different at ever location


  6. Stephanie Says:

    I just heard about this too. If you can find a homeschool site that lists the book you want, print it off and take it into the store. Tell them that it is the curriculum you are using and bingo! Works most of the time.

    Stephanie in AR

  7. Cheryl Says:

    I just love those 5 pair of matching sandaled feet. :)

  8. Tay Says:

    Crocs on Miles = awesome.

  9. Heather Says:

    Had no idea about the discount, good to know!

  10. Hope Says:

    I found your blog linked at onetallmomma. I am the youngest of seven, and now a mother of only one, and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed! I am going to be checking in here periodically to see, as you note, exactly HOW you do it. I cannot even imagine. And you’re keeping up two blogs! Please don’t come and look at my blog, because, momma you do not have the time!

  11. Gretchen Says:

    Wow, you got reading certificates for 5 of them! I wish I had readers at my house. I’ve got the oldest 2 reading at bedtime, but I should have 2 more readers and they just refuse! It’s so frustrating, because I love books too. My 8 yo is still struggling to read fluently, and the difficulty with it discourages him.

    What accountability do you have in CT to the school district when it comes to homeschooling? In PA I find it difficult to comply with the law while at the same time letting the kids learn at their own pace. I find myself pushing them and forcing them to do “busywork” so I can fulfil the requirements. How do you make sure they do school every day, or do you? The kids’ lives would be a 265 day long summer vacation if I didn’t hit them over the head with their workbooks.

  12. Lisa Says:

    HEY! I didn’t know about the Barnes & Noble thing!! I’m so excited that I could…scream, or something…but my family’s asleep so I won’t. I love your blog, this one and the other one. Thanks for writing!

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