Did you know that March is National Reading Month? The National Education Association (NEA) kick-started celebrations with Read Across America Day yesterday, Dr. Seuss's birthday, featuring Cat-a-Van Reading Tours and events across the country.
I'm bummed that the Cat-a-Van isn't scheduled to visit Palo Alto (or even California -- hey NEA, what's up with that?) but I'm not ready to rent a Cat-in-the-Hat costume and dance around with the kids. Especially when the best way to celebrate is to read, read, read. Does your kid have a short attention span? Keep trying. When 3Po and Jammy were babies I was seriously freaked out because they had absolutely no interest in books. But I persevered, found books they liked (i.e. anything with wheels, which were previously in short supply around the household), and now all 3 of my kids love books. Seriously, the more you read, the more they'll like it.
One of my favorite educational companies, LeapFrog, wants to encourage families to read together more. So for National Reading Month, they've launched the 1 Million Reading Hours Campaign. Check it out, everyone -- if you pledge to read to your child every day in March, and you'll receive a fun reading certificate, a reading calendar and some great coupons from LeapFrog and ToysRUs. I pledged 30 minutes daily for each of my kids but you can pledge as little as 10 minutes a day. You can also join their Leapfrog/Scholastic books Love of Reading Sweepstake -- 10 winners will receive a Tag Reading System, Tag books and Scholastic books!
To make reading even easier and more fun, I'm happy to announce that LeapFrog will be giving away a Tag prize pack to one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader! One winner will receive a LeapFrog Tag Reading System with 5 (count'em, five!) books for themselves -- plus an expanded-memory LeapFrog Tag Reading System, with 10 books to donate to their local library! Here's what you have to do to win:
Go to the 1 Million Reading Hours page and pledge to read at least 10 minutes a day to your child. Then come back here and leave a comment saying how much time you've pledged. Please do this first to be eligible for entry to this giveaway. Whether you win the giveaway or not, your child will love you for it!
For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following:
1) Follow Leapfrog on Twitter (leave a comment with your twitter id).
2) Follow Bonggamom Finds on Twitter (leave a comment with your twitter id).
3) Follow Bonggamom Finds on Blogger (leave a comment with your Blogger profile name).
4) Tweet about this giveaway (leave a commment with a link to your tweet). Here's a tweet you can copy and paste:
Celebrate National #Reading Month: Read to your child and win a @LeapFrog Tag at @bonggafinds! http://tw1.us/Q7
5) Blog about this giveaway (leave a comment with a link to your blog post).
6) Join the Leapfrog Community (leave a comment with your community user name).
7) Subscribe to Bonggamom Finds (leave a comment saying you've subscribed).
For each extra entry, please leave a separate comment (don't list down all your extra entries in 1 comment!)
The giveaway will be open throughout the month of March. On April 1st, I'll draw a winner from the eligible entries using random.org, and announce the winner the same day. Good luck, and start reading!