Give the Gift of Reading {Scholastic Giveaway}

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

*CLOSED Congratulations Cindi!*

Phil and I both love to read. We wanted to pass that on to Tyler so we started reading to him when was a baby. It's been gratifying to watch Tyler's love affair with books develop. He was so happy to get his own library card! When we go to the library I recommend the books I read when I was his age.

He's almost finished with The Chronicles of Prydain series, he's started Judy Blume's Fudge books and some of the Encyclopedia Brown series. He's inherited his father's love of Sci Fi and Fantasy too. We think it's great that his bookshelves are so diverse.

I think reading opens so many doors. People who are well read are on their way to being well rounded. We see the benefit of Tyler's love of reading in his schoolwork and how much he likes to write stories. It feels good to see Tyler with a book. Loving to read is something he will always have.

When Scholastic asked if I wanted to host a giveaway so someone else could give the gift of reading I didn't hesitate. Books are one of my favorite new baby gifts. The sent me two books to review; Captain Sky Blue by Richard Egielski; and It's Christmas, David by David Shannon.

Both of these were really cute. It's Christmas, David is perfect as a bedtime story book for parents to read to young kids. The sentences are short and the pictures are colorful and fun. Captain Sky Blue is also a good bedtime book for younger kids but is also good for new readers.

Would you like copies of your own? Scholastic gave me a HUGE prize pack filled with the most popular children’s books in the marketplace to offer one lucky reader!

One winner will receive these titles: Captain Sky Blue, It's Christmas, David, Ook and Gluk as well as Tony Baloney, Odious Ogre and I Spy Christmas A Tree! The prize pack is valued at almost $90.

How do you win? You know I like to keep it easy. 

1. Is reading important in your home? What are your kids' favorite books? Do they love to read or is it a chore? Answer any (or all) of the questions in the comments and be entered to win (required).

2. I MUST have a way to get in touch with you! I will have to delete comments with no contact info.

3. Comments will close on Tuesday, December 14th at 11:59pm CA time.

4. I will use to draw the winner and post the results/notify winners via email and Twitter.

5. For two extra entries: (not required) Tweet, and/or blog about this contest and leave each of your links in a separate comment (three contest entry opportunities total). You will need a free Twitter account.

6. If the notified winner has not responded within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.

7. You do not have to follow or subscribe to this blog as a method of entry (but you're more than welcome to!). Tweet as often as you like, but only one Tweet will count as an extra entry. Leave one comment for each entry. Here is the URL to this post:

8. The contest is open to US entrants only. 
Thank you to Scholastic for supplying the review and giveaway items! Good luck!


  1. Hey Mel - My son adores books. Of course, he came to work with me every single day (for the first 7 months of his life) when I worked for a children's publishing company so he's literally been surrounded by books his entire life.

    Reading is such a huge part of our lives. He sees both me and my husband reading, plays "Library" and loves going to the real library, both at school and in our neighborhood.

    His latest thing is to write his own books so there's several stapled comic books on our bookshelves and I have no doubt there will be more and more as he grows up.

    I recently blogged about the Best of 2010 book lists (both for kids and adults) and look forward to checking out the titles you mentioned from Scholastic (whether or not I win)!

  2. Here's my tweet:

  3. I loved the The Chronicles of Prydain! And Encyclopedia Brown! And Judy Blume! Has Tyler read a Wrinkle in Time yet??? Oh Lordy. I can't wait until he does.

    Toots is loving the Magic Treehouse series right now and the Secrets of Droon. We have her read for 15 minutes everyday...but she tends to go over. I wouldn't say she loves loves loves reading the way her dad and I do, but it's not a chore. I hope she becomes an avid reader. Like you said, it opens so many doors.


  4. To this point, my granddaughter enjoys eating her books more than reading her books. But she does pick up a book and climb on my lap to listen to me and point out the characters. I get English Spanish books to expose her to a bit of Spanish at an early age.

  5. Reading is HUGE in our house. We all read, my daughter is in the 1st grade and is reading at 5th grade level. The kid reads on the way to school, on the way home, at home, anywhere we go really. I am proud of her. Once we went through the drive through at the bank, and she was reading a Ramona book, and the teller asked me "Is she really reading?" Um Yes was my reply. I guess she was shocked b/c the kid is still in a booster. My son, he is four. He's not as reading advanced but he "reads" too, we travel with a mobile library for both kids. I love reading to him. I expect once he gets the hang of reading on his own he will be just like her. We've read to both kids since they were born. I'm sure people thought I was nuts reading to a newborn. Ok, sorry for my book of a comment!

  6. I love to read. I have always loved to read. My girls love to as well. It is one thing that happens every day, no matter what - a couple of stories at bedtime. Tilly loves Each Peach Pear Plum at the moment and Poppy loves almost anything. Her favourites include Something From Nothing, all the Graeme Base books and Shirley Hughes books as well. I can think of about a dozen more.

  7. Reading is super important, and an activity my son loves. He is starting to recognize words and it is so exciting seeing HIM be so excited about reading. One of his favorite books is Llama Llama Mad At Mama. He has memorized it word for word! Of course, it makes me (a former librarian) just too proud!

  8. I think reading is one of the most improtant things for children - I was read to every single night and it gave me a real love of books.

  9. "Happy Holidays!"
    I try to be a good example of the importance of reading to our children.
    Not only do I read books, but, newspapers,
    magazines, etc. For the most part, our two children do enjoy reading, but with so much homework, there isn't a lot of free time for them! We also make weekly trips to our local library...
    Many thanks, Cindi

  10. "Tweet!"
    Many thanks to you...

  11. My kids (7 & 9) LOVE to read. They consider it a treat to go to the library and they've both asked for books for Christmas. (Don't get me wrong, they also enjoy their DS & computer games!)

    Reading has always been important. I have always read to my kids, starting with when they were newborns. I continue to read to them each night before bed. I'm expecting my third child soon & will continue the tradition with him.

    Our current favorite series is the 39 Clues. They enjoy mystery, non-fiction (facts), and science fiction - for example, the Goosebumps series. Any fiction book with an element of humor is also at the top of their reading list (Captain Underpants, Bad Kitty, Celementine, Judy Moody, Junie B Jones, Diary of a Wimpy Kid).


  12. eclairre(at)ymail(Dot)com

    They love to read - but not books, so they don't know it! but they are constantly reading video games or on the internet!

  13. I have two sons, but my oldest Brigham {who's almost 3} is crazy about ABC's and reading! He wants to read EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING! literally--the take out menu! We read all day long, but the one book we read every day before bed is a childrens bible. They love sitting with mommy and daddy and having "scripture time" before bed!!

  14. Have you ever heard of the book Pig William? My kids love that one! Reading is so important! You get many hours of extra reading if you read to your child at night. Your child is so far above the kids who are not being read to. Imagine the gift that is!

  15. We love to read in our house. We read throughout the day. My boys are really into all of the Christmas themed books right now. The Grinch and Merry Christmas Mouse are their favorites of the week. :)

    denise_22315 at yahoo dot com

  16. Reading is very important in our home especially in raising our three sons. We are trying to teach and show them that reading is important in every aspect of life. Our older son is receiving speech therapy and reading is a challenge for him and is currently below grade level. However he loves to read and we are seeing daily improvement as he is gaining confidence. His favorite book now is Go Dog GO. The youngest two also loves to read and be read to. They really enjoy animal and bible stories.

  17. Oh my goss I'm so glad I found this giveaway! My son LOVES to read! He is 2 1/2 years and he wants me to read to him ALL the time! He has his books memorized! It's so cute. He loves all books. He really likes Mercer Mayer books a lot! He also likes If you give a mouse a cookie and Alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day!

  18. reading is definitely not a chore in our house our favorite book right now is The Polar Express!

  19. Here is my tweet I also followed you on twitter @shuggysmommy

  20. I swear I entere this already, but my comments have vanished! Good thing I came back to check. Ladybug adores reading and we have no books for her at our house. And as much as she is there, we need to work on that! Winning this would be a great start.

  21. and here is my tweet!

    PS I am so jealous of your win yesterday!

  22. Well- I don't have kids of my own, but I spend my days working with kids of all ages- helping them be the best they can be! This month my non-profit, WitKids, is hosting a Book Drive so we can Give the Gift of Reading to kids locally, New Orleans and Kenya. Books open kids to a world of possibility, magic and humor- which is why we want to get books in the hands of kids in need. If I win this giveaway, all books will be donated to our "Wit-astical Book Drive"!
    Thanks hosting this event! :-) -


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