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Barnes & Noble Up to 40% Off Baby Sale + September Online Storytime!

by Michelle on September 17, 2011

Barnes and Noble Online Story Time Llama Llama

This week Barnes & Noble is having their Baby Sale with items up to 40% off!  Sale is good through September 23.  They have everything from baby basics and gear, developmental toys, baby books, baby gifts, lullaby CDs and Nook books for baby on sale.  Plus get free shipping with the 2 month free trial membership or on purchases of $25 or more.

Check out the baby sale HERE!

Also over at Barnes & Noble you will find LLama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdy featured for the September Online Storytime!  My daughter loves these!  The author or sometimes a celebrity reads the featured stories in an illustrated video for the kids to watch.  A new story is featured each month.

Check out this month’s story HERE!

Plus the featured story will be on sale for 45% off along with other books and toys of the same theme.  For the Llama Llama books the theme is family.  So you get 45% off select stories about family with plenty to choose from!

Enjoy!

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Barnes & Noble July Online Storytime Plus 40% Off Kids Summer Books and Giveaway Reminder!

by Michelle on July 2, 2011

Noble Online Storytime July 2011

July’s new book featured on Barnes & Noble’s Free Online Storytime is Ladybug Girl at the Beach! It is read by the authors David Soman and Jacky Davis Ladybug Girl at the Beach is from the Ladybug Girl Series and is about Lulu conquering her fear of the ocean when she remembers that Ladybug Girl can do anything.  You can also watch previous month’s stories by clicking the ‘See More Storytime Videos’ link below the video.

This month you will also find 40% off kids’ ladybug and beach books and toys HERE, in honor of Ladybug Girl!  You’ll find story books as low as $4.17 and cute sand toys for $4.77 and upThere is even an adorable Eric Carle Ladybug Plush for only $5.37!  Plus get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

**Be sure to also check our current giveaway for a Mega Digital Book Subscription to A Story Before Bed with a $99.95 valueRead, record and share stories via your computer or Apple devices with your little ones!   It’s super fun!  Giveaway ends July 6th and currently has low entries so your chances of winning are really good!  Enter HERE!**

Enjoy!

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*Ended* Giveaway – A Story Before Bed 250 Book Mega Subscription ($99.95 value)!!!

by Michelle on June 26, 2011

A Story Before Bed Mega Subscription GiveawayA while back I discovered a site called A Story Before Bed and immediately fell in love with it!  I created a free account and recorded some of the free books with my daughter as well as having my mother record a book for her.  Here are the books we first recorded:  What are Little Boys and Girls Made of? and Baa Baa Black Sheep read by Gianna and me and The Itsy bitsy Spider read by Grandma.  Currently you can record Xander and the Wind, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Baa Baa Black Sheep and I Love Summer all for FREE!

We also recently shared on Facebook my daughter’s adorable Father’s Day gift to her Daddy.  You can check it out HERE.  She immediately played it for him right in bed on Father’s Day morning from my iPhone.  He LOVED it!

Here’s why we all love A Story Before Bed…

  • With 3 subscription levels to choose from you can record as many books as you want.
  • You can record the books yourself for your children or for even more fun you can record the stories with them.
  • You can have distant family members and loved ones record books for your children as well.
  • Your older children who are readers can also record the stories themselves.
  • The recordings can be played back on your computer, your iPhone, or your iPad as many times as you’d like.
  • They can easily be shared via email and even Facebook and make very special gifts.
  • For all you lucky iPad 2 owners you can now record the stories from your iPad 2.
  • Even if you only have a free account they often add new books you can record for free (currently I Love Summer) and send out frequent special promotions.
  • They are regularly adding new stories and upgrading the site to make the experience even better.
  • The customer service is great and it is just plain fun!!!

Thanks to A Story Before Bed, one lucky Baby Coupons & Stuff reader will win the 250 book Mega Subscription!

Here is how to enter:

Rules

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You must do the mandatory entry! All others are extra but increase your chances of winning.

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me why you would love to win this subscription and how you would use it.  (Mandatory entry)

Extra Entries:

  • ‘Like’ A Story Before Bed on Facebook. (1 entry)  Tell them Baby Coupons & Stuff sent you!
  • ‘Like’ Baby Coupons & Stuff on Facebook. (1 entry)
  • Follow Baby Coupons & Stuff on Twitter. (1 entry)
  • Tweet the following message on Twitter:    I want 2 #win a 250 book Mega Subscription to @AStoryBeforeBed via @BabyCouponStuff! Easy to enter! http://bit.ly/jE0EQA #giveaway #contest (1 entry – Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!  Just be sure to come back and leave a comment.)
  • Subscribe to Baby Coupons & Stuff via email. You must activate email subscription for it to count by clicking the link in the first activation email from Feedburner Email Subscriptions.  (1 entry)
  • BONUS – Create a free account with A Story Before Bed and record one of the FREE books and share it on Baby Coupons & Stuff Facebook Page wall.  Once you record the book and save it just post the link on my wall with any message you’d like.  You can also tag A Story Before Bed in the message.  In order to tag them you must first ‘like’ them, then just use the @AStoryBeforeBed to tag by choosing their page when it pops up.  You can also post it on your own wall but MUST tag Baby Coupons and Stuff so I can verify.  (3 entries each – please leave 3 separate comments)

I would like to thank A Story Before Bed for sponsoring this giveaway!   Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on July 6, 2011. Winner will be selected randomly via “Pick Giveaway Winner” and will be posted on this site and notified by email.  The winner will have to create the free account to A Story Before Bed and provide me with the account details (email address) so that the account can be upgraded to the Mega Subscription. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Barnes & Noble Online Storytime New Book Charlie the Ranch Dog and 45% Off Kids’ Dog Books and Toys!

by Michelle on May 9, 2011

Barnes & Noble Online Storytime Charlie the Ranch DogMay’s new book featured on Barnes & Noble’s Free Online Storytime is Charlie the Ranch Dog!  It is read by the author Ree Drummond Charlie the Ranch Dog is a story about a cute basset hound named Charlie and his life on a ranch.  You can also watch previous month’s stories by clicking the ‘See More Storytime Videos’ link below the video.

This month you will also find 45% off kids’ dog books and toys HERE, in honor of Charlie!  You’ll find story books as low as $4.39 and cute dog plushes for only $6.02.  They even have a Webkinz 8.5 Inch Hound Dog like Charlie for only $8.77!

Enjoy!

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A Story Before Bed by Nana Plus Free Kids Books for Military Families & Upcoming Giveaway!

by Michelle on April 15, 2011

A Story Before Bed - Read Record Share
I recently shared about A Story Before Bed here in Online Storytime and here when they had a deal on Mamapedia.  I wanted to share about them again today not only because I LOVE this site but because today I have a special story to share read by my mom for my girls.  Special to us anyway!  :)  You can check it out HERE and if you’re so inclined, she reads an Easter story HERE.

So why is this so special you ask?  Well, my mom recently moved away from us back to FL (we’re in NC) and my girls don’t get to see her very often anymore.  So now she can read stories to them that we can watch anytime on our laptop, iPhone, or iPad.  And believe me, they are already asking for more stories read by Nana.

This is just one of the great things about this site.  We can recruit whoever we want to read the girls stories from wherever they may be.  So cool!  But another great thing is we can record the stories ourselves also.  My 3 1/2 yr. old loved doing this!  And as I mentioned you can play back the recordings not only on your computer, but also on your mobile devices.  You can also share them on Facebook or via email.  They do need to make an Android app though.  I’ll send the request.

So imagine how great this service would be  for moms and dads in the military who are serving away from their children.  Well they thought of that and have so far given away 144,500 stories to these families for FREE!  They are hoping to give away a total of 250,000 so if you know of any military families that would be interested please send them HERE.

If you are not in the military but are still interested you can find their subscription prices HERE or you can join for free and start recording the free books just to check it  out.  They are currently offering The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Ba Ba Black Sheep and Xander and the Wind for free.  You can also subscribe to their email newsletter and they will notify you whenever they are offering other books for free or offering discounts on subscription prices.

If you still want more but don’t want to pay the subscription prices at this time, then wait for my giveaway!  At the end of April I will be hosting a giveaway for the Mega Subscription which gives you access to record over 300 books for a full year (a $99.95 value)! So be sure to be on the lookout for when I announce the dates of the giveaway and be sure to come back and enter for your chance to win this awesome subscription!

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Our Top 5 Free Online Kids Books Sites

by Michelle on March 15, 2011

Online Kids Books

Being that I am on my laptop a LOT, my almost 4 year old daughter loves reading online kids books with Mommy.  It is a way for her to get my attention while doing something she loves, reading stories.  I wouldn’t say it is a regular routine for us but it is definitely something we both enjoy doing whenever we find the time.  We first discovered we enjoyed this pastime by reading a story from Barnes and Noble’s Online Storytime, or having one read to us I should say.  We then searched for more places to find stories online but had some trouble finding them.  So we turned to Youtube which entertained us for a while but I knew there had to be a better resource for finding online kids books and stories.  After further research I have come up with this list of some of our favorite sites plus some bonus sites we have yet to visit, but all with their own unique characteristics that are sure to bring hours of reading fun!

1- Barnes and Noble’s Online Storytime – Every month Barnes and Noble features a children’s story read by a special person such as the author of the story.  This month the featured story is Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond.  You will also find 45% off kids’ dog toys and books.  To hear past featured stories just click on the “See More Storytime Videos” link below the video.  You are sure to find some favorites.

2- A Story Before Bed -  This is probably one of our all time favorite sites for reading books online because you actually get to record yourself reading to view at a later time.  My daughter LOVES this!  It is not a free site but they do have a few books that you can try for free and if you create an account and subscribe to their emails they will often notify you of additional free book promotions.  Although, I do have to say that their paid membership prices are reasonable and probably worth every penny for the treasures you can create.  Plus you can download their iphone app for free and watch your recorded books on your phone.  Another great feature is that you can have a distant relative or loved one record stories too.  We had Nana record The Itsy Bitsy Spider and now my daughter can watch the video of Nana reading a story anytime she misses her.  Recording is easy also just as long as you have a video camera on your computer.  Click here to see one of the first stories we recorded!

3- Buttons Furrytales – Another really cute site that lets you personalize the stories with a name and a character that you design yourself.  There are also  jigsaw and paint features for digital puzzles and coloring which are really fun!  In addition there are several other activities to enjoy including offline ones such as downloading recipes to make.  Buttons Furrytales is an overall fun site and best of all it is totally free to join!

4- Speakaboos – This site offers stories read aloud, songs, nursery rhymes, games and worksheets.  There is lots to see and do here.  They do have a paid membership and offer a 14 day free trial, but there is plenty to do in the “Free Stuff” section.  Just about the whole series of Arthur by Marc Brown  is included in the free section.  All of the free stuff is labeled so be sure to only select those, otherwise you will just be given a preview.  Aside from the site not being completely free, it is still pretty entertaining with a lot to offer.

5- Storyline Online – This is a fantastic site brought to you by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.  There are many books to choose from and each are read by SAG members such as Betty White, Jason Alexander, James Earl Jones, Amanda Bynes and Melissa Gilbert.  Each book also includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.  This is another completely free site and you actually get to watch the actors reading the stories in streaming video.  We definitely  recommend this one!

So that is our list of top 5 free online kids books sites.  I hope you are able to check them out with your little ones and determine your favorites too.  Once you get through those you might want to check out these as  well…

magickeys.com

KOL Jr.

Mrs. P’s Magic Library

Story Time for Me

MeeGenius

For an added bonus, check out this post by makeuseof.com “7 Online Magazines for Kids That Are Worth a Read” and discover some really cute kids magazine sites too!

Tell me about your favorite online reading sites in the comments below.  I’d love to hear from you!

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