Juvenile Pile: I’m not above bribing my child to read

Juvenile Pile

Last month Christopher’s school had a Scholastic Book Fair. He loves buying books, but he’s not in love with actually reading them. So in an effort to motivate him to read more, I decided to bribe him a little. I told him that for every book he finished before the book fair, he could buy one book. The duration was about 3 weeks, I think.

I was a little worried because he could have conceivably finished 10-15 books during that time. Luckily, and unluckily I guess, he only finished 3 books during that time.

Books Read

Dog Man 3, Diary of a Minecraft Zombie 1, Notebook of Doom 1

A Tale of Two Kitties (Dog Man #3) by Dav Pilkey

A Scare of a Dare (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie #1) by Zack Zombie

Rise of the Balloon Goons (The Notebook of Doom #1) by Troy Cummings

Sadly, neither of the new series stuck.

Books Bought

So at the book fair I gave him money to buy these 3 books. He also spent a lot of his own money to buy books and other items at the fair, e.g. posters, a Pokemon writing kit.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Getaway, Lloyd: A Hero's Journey, I Survived the Eruption of Mt St Helens 1980

The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12) by Jeff Kinney

Lloyd: A Hero’s Journey (LEGO Ninjago Movie) by Tracey West

I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (I Survived #14) by Lauren Tarshis


Do your kids’ schools have book fairs? How many books do you let them buy?

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