Target Read With Me (iPad Giveaway!)

I‘m excited to announce that Simple Kids is joining in to support Target’s reading initiative, Target Read With Me. Target’s goal is to launch a national conversation about the importance of reading with children and the critical role parents and caring adults play in nurturing a love of reading among children.

This giveaway is now closed.  The winner will be announced Wednesday, January 19.  Thank you!

Focusing on a goal of helping U.S. kids read proficiently by the end of third grade, Target is asking people to make a pledge to make time for reading to the children in their lives.

Target is asking you to make a commitment to reading with your kids on a regular basis.

“Whether that means starting each day by exploring the newspaper, being a reading buddy in your community, or reading an extra bedtime story on the weekends, every page is a step toward success.”- Target website

Target is helping adults make this commitment with resources and reading tips for pre-K to ages 4th grade and up on their website.  They’ve also got a pdf file with tips for a Family Reading Night.

By the end of 2015, Target plans to donate more than $500 million to support education, doubling its support to date, for a total of more than $1 billion.  And, you can do your part by taking the pledge to read to the kids in your life.  When when you take the pledge, Target will donate books to kids in need, donating up to 2 million age-appropriate books.

I know from past conversations we’ve had on this blog that reading to our children is important to Simple Kids readers.  I’m asking you guys to join in me in taking the Read With Me pledge.

Reader Sweepstakes – iPad Giveaway

To help spread the word about the Read With Me pledge, Target has asked Simple Kids to host a sweepstakes.

Prize: Target is offering one Simple Kids winner a Target Read With Me Prize Package consisting of a 16 GB iPad with Wi-Fi for reading books online, along with a selection of age-appropriate books.

To Enter: Leave a comment about your favorite children’s book and why you feel reading to kids is important. This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

The Fine Print

This sweepstakes is only open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. A winning commenter will be drawn at random after the sweepstakes closes on Tuesday, January 18th at Midnight EST. The winner will receive a 16GB Wi-Fi enabled iPad and a selection of children’s books, a prize package valued up to $599. After the winner is notified, he or she has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address, phone number and ages of their children, so that Target can ship the prize and select books appropriate for their children. If the winner does not reply in that time frame, he or she forfeits the prize and another winner will be drawn at random. Please note that we cannot ship product to a P.O. Box.  Thank you to Target for providing this prize package. Also, you should know that I was given a Target gift card for facilitating this giveaway.

This sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. The sweepstakes closes on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at Midnight EST. Good luck!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Since I am the primary teacher in homeschooling my siblings, we make weekly trips to the library! Some of my favorites for them are books I read: Hank the Cowdog, Babysitters Club, and Junie B. Jones

  2. Horton Hatches the Egg – reading is important because it lays the foundation for learning. I also love the time – such a great time to bond with my kiddos!

  3. without a doubt “i’ll love you forever”. i absolutely love our reading times together, since my boys were babies, and what a treasure to have my 6 yr old read to ME now! swoon :)

  4. For me, reading to my kids gives me energy…I feel completely connected to them, know that they are listening to my every word (when do we ever get that??!), and I love the feel of them next to me when I’m reading. It is one of my purest joys in life. If I had to pick one book that was my favorite to read it would be “Goodnight Moon” – brings back wonderful memories of reading to my children as infants and toddlers. :-)

  5. Joann Barth says:

    My favorite children’s book: Goodnight Moon when my boys were smaller. I am a 2nd grade teacher and reading daily is the most important thing parents can do with their children. Foster that love of reading it is a gift that keeps on giving. Would really love to win an IPAD to use in a reading center in my classroom.

  6. Monica Gainey says:

    Hilda Must Be Dancing – By Karma Wilson – Or really ANY book by Karma Wilson!

    Reading with my kids is SUCH a joy! I love the conversations we have that stem from a book we’ve read. And I love to hear them making up their own stories!

  7. Good night moon, the sneeches, Harold and the purple crayon… So many good ones. Reading promotes bonding, learning to read, vocabulary, the benefits of reading to a kid last them their whole lives.
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  8. I have three children 5 years old and younger. There’s no better way to teach your child how to read and instill a love of learning than by cozy times with mom and dad reading great literature. My favorite children’s books are the ones that I honestly find enjoyable myself. Once such book is The Cat in the Hat. Classic!

  9. Our favorite book to read is “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel”, Reading to our kids is important because it gives them our undivided attention and it exposes them to words and ideas they might not otherwise be exposed to. It opens a whole world of imagination to them.
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  10. Currently my favorite children’s book is Tickle Monster – my toddler son just loves it too! Reading absolutely helps us connect on a different level than other types of play.

  11. I have a lot of children’s books that I remember enjoying as a kid and that I am enjoying with my kiddoes. Right now, we are really enjoying Richard Scary’s What Do People Do All Day. I remember being fascinated by this book as a little girl…it was so interesting to see how mail gets delivered, how bread is made, how houses are built, etc. I love seeing my little boy study each page!

    I think reading to children is so important. Not only is it a great way to spend time together, it is a great conversation starter and a great way to build imaginations. I love when we are out somewhere and my little one says “Look mommy, its just like we saw in our book!” or even better “Can we go to the library?”

  12. My daughters favorite read aloud book when she was little was Go Dog Go! The simple sentence structure allowed her to “read” along with me, and it really is a funny book. Our bedtime ritual was to read 2 book aloud her pick each night. These days I often catch her under her covers with a book and book light reading after bedtime. I believe reading aloud helped to foster my daughters love of reading.

  13. “You are Special” by Max Lucado. Lucado is a gifted story teller, and in this story he portrays a village that is stuck in a place of judging one another, both good and bad. The hero of the story finds himself longing to be more and learns through the kindness of a friend how to not judge others and how to let go of other’s judgments. Beautifully written.

  14. I have been reading to my son (who turns 10 this week) since he was in utero. I still read to him, although he now reads right back to me too. It is too hard to pick just one book but one of my all time favorites is “Guess how much I love you” by Sam McBratney. You can NEVER say I love you too often!

  15. Goodnight Moon, Sneeches, Oh the Places you’ll go.

    Reading opens your mind to new experiences and allows you to dream of places you’ve never been, people you haven’t met and experiences you hope to have.

  16. We read every day (and night!) to our son because we love reading ourselves. We have so many favorites – ones about butterflies and foxes and steam shovels. One of my new favorite ones is Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems.

  17. There are so many reasons why you should read to your kids.
    My favorite reason is the cuddle time! :-)
    We LOVE “The places you’ll go” by Dr Seuss!
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  18. Katie Oseas says:

    The Giving Tree. It helps me try to teach my toddler about giving of oneself. (I hope). Reading with my kids helps me to teach concepts that I otherwise would not be able to come up with, and helps me be a more creative thinker.

  19. I love so many children’s books but a staple is definitely Goodnight Moon. I was read to and it instilled a great love of reading in me. I truly hope to pass this on to my children.

  20. I love sharing some of my childhood favorites with my daughter, such as Make Way for Ducklings and classic Curious George. Some newfound favorites since reading with her include the Maple Hill Farm books, Goodnight Owl (thanks to a friend), and Virginia Lee Burton books.

    Reading is important to our family on so many levels – as a foundational skill for later learning, as a means of bonding, and essential to being able to study the Word of God. Further, it stimulates imagination and creativity and allows us to experience things we would not otherwise be exposed to.

    We are book experts over here!
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  21. My favorite children’s book is “Pat the Bunny.” My kids love this book! Reading is great bonding time and fosters language development.

  22. Tara Young says:

    We love Good Night Gorilla. Beautiful pictures, and with so few words the reader can make up his or her own story. My two year old twins love looking for the mouse on every page.

  23. I’ve read to my daughter since she was an infant. She loved to follow along “reading” with me. My husband has really bonded with our daughter while reading as well. Two to Cuddle by Eileen Spinelli was our <3 fav. Now it's Pinkilicious!
    Thanks so much for this opportunity!!

  24. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McClosky is my personal favorite. My son is 3.5 going on 4 and to hear him quoting words and phrases from some of his favorite books while emmersed in play is such a joy! Just this morning he walked into the kitchen saying “We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared” – straight out of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. How wonderful!

  25. I have three wonderful grandkids — one of my favorite times with them is when they are in their pjs , smelling like bath soap — we all settle in with a stack of books of their choice. I like to point to some of the words as the five year old is starting to pick up on many words. Oh the joy of reading!!

  26. When I read with my grandchildren, I am transported back 30 years to the time of reading with my own daughters……….what joyful memories.

  27. We LOVE reading Amelia Bedelia books in our home! Reading helps develop a natural curiousity. The more you learn, the more you want to learn!

  28. Oh, how to pick one book as a favorite?! So hard! But one I never tire of reading is “I love you the world” it’s about a mommy rabbit describing how much she loves her baby rabbit. My daughter absolutely loves reading and I firmly believe this is because I have read to her so much ever since she was born. Now I have a baby boy to read to as well. It is so important to read to your children. It gives you a great opportunity to snuggle with each other and hug one another, and instills in them a love for reading.

  29. I’ve been reading “How the elephant got his nose,” by Kipling from the Just So Stories for 20 years and my kids request it by name once a month just to hear the various voices.

  30. Sean Conlon says:

    My favorite children’s book was Pickles the Fire Cat. I used to love when my mother read it to me. Maybe that’s why I like cats so much now that I am older. My son is partial to Thomas the Tank engine stories. It is important to read to children to familiarize them with our language and to encourage imagination.

  31. We just finished reading all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and they’re favorites for our whole family—Dad on down! Wholesome, clearly written, and cozy. We read to our kids as a way to share the best that literature has to offer and capture their interest so that, some day, they will be able to read for themselves! (Our oldest is six.) We won’t stop the read alouds when they’re reading, however. :)

  32. All of the grimm’s fairy tales are an absolute pleasure to read. Readind to kids is important because it is one skill that will never get outdated or outgrown.

  33. We are currently reading Little House on the Prairie as a family – family reading outloud is a new thing for us but we are all really enjoying it. Thank you for the great giveaway~

  34. Our first son used to ‘read’ (memorized) nursery rhymes to our second son while he was still in utero. What a joy the ring of words can bring to the heart and soul! Reading is fun, comforting and the best way to help our children be life-long learners:)!

  35. Jessica F. says:

    Right now I love reading the Pinkalicious books to my four-year-old daughter. My favorite thing to do as a child was read, so I hope to foster the same love in her.

  36. Reading is great for language development but also character development–the things you can teach because you can pause and talk about what’s going on in the story and why, how it relates to the real world and to your little child.

    My favorite children’s book, if you call it that when it is still a favorite now that I’m an adult, is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. For my four-year-old right now I love The Runaway Bunny.
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  37. My favorite children’s book of the day is The Root Children. I teach kindergarten. It’s hard to pick just one.

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  38. Monica Waugh says:

    The Lorax! The kids love it and it teaches a really important message as well.

  39. I love anything by Robert McCloskey, tonight it was One Morning in Maine. The kids’ favorites right now are Archie and the Pirates for the 5 and 3 year olds and The Hungry Caterpillar for the 18 month old!

    Reading is important as it gives my kids experiences outside of their own and stretches their imaginations! Plus, we get to cuddle.

    Thanks for the chance.

  40. My daughter absolutely loves this little board book called “Counting Kisses”. My husband first started reading it to her and taught her to kiss each page before he turned it. Now she kisses books when she’s reading. For us, instilling a love of books in her is setting a solid foundation for learning and growth and opening a world of opportunity for her. We may not be able to jet set her around the world and let her experience every single thing it has to offer, but we can absolutely instill in her a love of learning and understanding.

  41. Kari Bales says:

    Our favorite book to read these days is The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing. My four year old loves naming all the kinds of foods that the mother makes.
    Reading is very important in growing a child’s internal imagination.

  42. Sunny Herring says:

    Sam and I are loving the Bear books by Karma Wilson right now. They are the best books for settling him down and getting him to fall asleep and they are just beautifully written. They are so rhythmic!
    I’m a Reading Recovery Teacher and an Early Literacy Specialist so I’ve been reading to Sam since the first day of his life. I know the value of parents reading to children and I appreciate what Target does to support literacy.

  43. Our favorite is The Cow Buzzed. Reading is important to our family because it has given our children a HUGE imagination

  44. My son, age 5, and I love the Curious George series! I think it’s so important to spend time reading with my child so that he can have a better understanding when it comes time for him to start learning how to read. I can’t wait until he can read me an entire story – and I know he’ll feel such a great sense of accomplishment!

  45. i have so many favorite books, but if i had to pick one it would be The Quiltmaker’s Gift. i appreciate books that have beautiful illustrations and a powerful message. One of the wonderful things about reading to children is that it fosters the imagination and deepens the bond between the parent and child. telling our own made up or true stories and reading books are two of our favorite activities to do together as a family.

  46. My daughter and I love to read the book Snugglepuppy by Sandra Boynton. It’s a little love song, and she loves for me to sing the words to her. She’s a young toddler and we read books to her every day throughout the day. Reading books is so very important because it helps her cognitive development, is good for closeness and bonding, and is a habit we want her to develop for her whole life!

  47. Guess How Much I Love You! When you read, you can go anywhere in the universe, anytime in the past or the future! It opens whole new worlds for you! I LOVE reading!!!

  48. The author Mo Willems is a genius at bringing parents and children together over a great story. Whether it is Knufflebunny, Piggie & Elephant, or Pigeon trying to drive a bus, you are guaranteed to giggle and laugh the whole way through. Reading with your child is the best way to open the world to them. When I read to my children we discover new places & cultures, find new ideas and morals to discuss, learn great life lessons, and find so many wonderful things to try, think about, and wonder over. I love the feel of my children in my lap or cuddled up at my side…reading is wonder!

  49. We love Sandra Boynton around here for my young toddler. My 8 year old has read Charlotte’s Web several times. Our dear middle one is the only one these days who will sit on the couch and read book after book with me, reserving the favorites (“Underwear” and anything Dr. Seuss) for bedtime.
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  50. The Giving Tree by Silverstein is a definite favorite.

    Reading together gives them new ideas for imaginative play, builds vocabulary and family togetherness. Our kids start the day being read to and end the day the same way. :)