It’s that time again — time to redeem the Golden Tickets for free books!
As in past years, my kids cranked out their reading early, racing each other to accumulate the hours they needed to earn one of these tickets from the library. It’s one of those rare times when the competitive spirit between the twins actually works out for the better.
They were reading like it was their job — and it sort of was. It’s like kid currency. Seriously, they’ve earned all kinds of free stuff just by reading, such as loads of free books:
They’ve gotten t-shirts, food coupons, free mini-golf, and gift certificates. They’ve been invited to a free pizza party at the end of summer because they participated in our local state representative’s book club. By reading for 360 minutes each earlier in the year, they even earned free tickets to Six Flags, which we just redeemed before the August expiration date. All these things they received by reading whatever books they liked.
I wish I could earn stuff like that. Wouldn’t you love a Groupon-like system where hours of reading would translate to coupons for goods and services? Let’s say, every 25 hours of reading equals $25 of free groceries. I’m telling you, that would be one way to keep my teenaged son fed. Or read for 100 hours and get your carpets professionally cleaned. Man, I’d be all over that one.
If you could earn something free by reading, what would it be?