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. Jackie Watson says:

    My 22 month old son has always loved Goodnight Moon and for Christmas Santa gave him “My World” (the companion book) — He loves that one too!! It’s really helping him with his words.

  2. My absolute favorite of all time is The Giving Tree. My husband has his orginal copy from when he was a little boy and now I read it to our children. My youngest sons preschool teacher approached me recently with concerns that he may be dislexic. Not sure where to turn at this point but reading is now more important than ever…not just for the memories it can make but just to open his little world.

  3. I love Patricia Polacco’s “For the Love of Autumn” and everything else she has written. We also love the Frances books and one of our favorites for older kids is “The Little White Horse” by Elizabeth Goudge. I love reading with my kids for the snuggle time, for fostering a love of reading and learning, and for experiencing a story together. I love that I can say quotes from our favorite books and my family gets it. Love the shared culture that reading together brings to my family.

  4. I loved all the Narnia books growing up and now I’m enjoying reading them to my son!

  5. Wow, what a great idea! We read to our two young boys every night. I read, as well as my husband, and we allow the boys to pick out their favorites. We have a lot of books to choose from (I am a former elementary school teacher), so the favorites are always rotating!

    My favorite children’s book is The Little House in the Big Woods. It is timeless, and I still feel the need to read it every now and then. Whenever it snows I feel the need to heat up some maple syrup and try making candies in the snow–just like Mary, Laura and Ma did! :)

  6. Anything by Madeline L’Engle was, and continues to be, my favorite. Especially “A Ring of Endless Light.” And while there are many good reasons to encourage reading, the heart of it is that I enjoy reading, I feel books took me places and taught me empathy when I was young, and I want to share that love and excitement with my son.

  7. We LOVE any book by Shel Silverstein! Right now we are reading Runny Babbit. My kindergarten daughter laughs so hard at the first-letter switching! It is amazing watching her master each word and learn as she goes. She’s reading full sentences now and it is crazy to think that it wasn’t that long ago that she was just learning to recognize each letter!!

  8. Ah, it is so hard to choose one favorite book – I have too many of them! They all teach different things and guide my child through different stages of his life. I grew up in Russia and Ukraine and read different books then what my child is reading now, but I do read him books in Russian too and glad to share with him my favorite childhood books. Books are so important – they shape our soul, create bond between generations, help to get through hard times, take us on travels to different places and to different times. Books are the foundation of everything we are.

  9. We have read to our son almost every night since he was born over 3 years ago. Our current favorite is “Little Monkey’s One Safe Place.” I love reading the older ones that he has seen so many times because he continues to pick out little things he has noticed for the first time.

  10. My favorite is the house at pooh corner. I loved it as a kid and am completely enjoying rediscovering it with my 4 year old. Our favorite chapter is when tigger comes to the forest and has breakfast. I love reading to my kids because th house can get chaotic with 2 boys under 5 running around, but when we open a book everything else stops and it is just us, a cozy blanket and a wonderful story.

  11. My favorite seems to change frequently, but I have a dear place in my heart for the Sesame Street Golden book _Monster at the End of this Book_. I read to my children because it exposes children to words and images that help them imagine and grow. Later, they can tackle the world with their own ability to read
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  12. There are many that I love but the Chronicles of Narnia books are my absolute favorites – both to read to my children, and myself!
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  13. We love to smush into our little rocking chair at the end of the night and read together, sometimes till we can’t keep our eyes open. It’s a magical time for us, when noone is worried about anything else that’s going on and we can just enjoy each other and a good book. It makes all the craziness of life tolerable.
    We are currently reading (over and over) Dinosaur Roar and Olivia Saves the Circus.

  14. I’m raising 2 bilingual girls, 2 1/2 and 4 month.
    One of our favorite is
    Lupe, lupita donde estas?
    10 little lady bugs
    Reading will open a whole so many door and languages.


  15. Curious George Collection and Disney Collection books are favs in our house.

  16. “Olivia” is a favorite at the moment. So cute & funny.
    Why is reading to kids important… so many reasons! One is that it provides a bonding experience. Nothing better than a kid in my lap, engrossed in our book.

  17. My favorite kids’ book would be “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” I read it countless times as a child, and look forward to reading it to my 2 yo daughter. She begs to read all the time, bringing be book after book saying “Read, Read”. It’s so important to me that I foster this love of literature. It is the key to so much knowledge, and whole worlds of imagination and beauty.

  18. I love reading to my three children; 4 1/2, 3 and 1. Our first and foremost favorite book… The Bible.

  19. My favorite children’s book right now is any Eric Carle book, today it’s “Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me” Our favorites change regularly, since we try to go to the library every week. Reading teaches children such valuable lessons both in the content and in the act.

  20. My favorite children’s book (right now) is most certainly “Ms. Nelson Is Missing.” I still chuckle at the end and my toddler gets a kick out of it. It is so important to foster that love of learning through reading.

  21. My children all read, all the time!! One of our many favorite younger children’s book is “Tell me something happy before I go to sleep”. It is a beautiful story about a brother/sister loving relationship. Thank you Target and Simple Kids for taking the time to offer this to all of us, but even if our family is not blessed with this package, we will continue to read as a family every night.

  22. Jennifer Johnson says:

    The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of my favorites that I grew up with. I love the illustrations and it’s just a good read. I started reading to my son as an infant and now that he is a few years older he likes to cuddle close when I start to read aloud. So I would say that the bonding during those moments is one of the important parts of reading.

  23. Robyn Lilly says:

    My kiddos love reading. Our favorites right now include easy readers, Poppleton and Friends, Pinkalicious books, and Dr. Seuss easy reader books. Our all time favorite for the young kiddos is still Good Night Moon. We love reading together as a family. It is an activity that brings us together to share and enjoy the love of reading and celebrating the exploration and learning it engenders in our kids.
    So great to see my girls ages 3 & 5 growing in their love for books.

  24. I loved all the books by Madeline L?Engle, and i still have a lot of them for my kids to read when they are older.

  25. It would be impossible for me to choose an all time favorite, but this week, our favorite book is Elsa Beskow’s “Pele’s New Suit.” My four year old son adores the sweet illustrations and is fascinated by watching the process of Pele’s little lamb’s wool become a new suit. It also teaches the importance of exchanging labor or barter, as Pele barter’s such things as picking weeds for his grandmother so that she will card the wool, or running errands for the local painter to buy dye for the wool. I believe reading is absolutely crucial, not only because it gives children a rich vocabulary, but because it expands their world and their imaginations, and perhaps most importantly, it gives us all a moment to slow down, snuggle up, and be together in a calm and focused way. I have treasured the stories my parents and grandparents read to me, and saved many of the same books, and I now delight in sharing them with my own children.

  26. Oh, my! Picking one favorite children’s book is way too hard! I’m in the picture book phase with my son, and we LOVE to read Eric Hill’s Spot books and the Clifford series. As for older children’s books, we love (along with so many others) the Chronicles of Narnia and reading the NIrV version of the Bible together.

    Reading is such an essential skill that is used in nearly every other component of learning! Reading together is a great way to spend time together: it sparks conversation, introduces new words and ideas, and boosts creativity. We love to cuddle up together with a good book!

    Thanks for this kind opportunity.
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  27. I loved all the books by Madeline L’Engle, and i still have a lot of them for my kids to read when they are older. to me reading to my kids is a great foundation. it encourages them to want to learn and it’s also great bonding time.

  28. Jon Brusco says:

    We have many popular reads in the house. I am really proud how my kids have taken to reading. It all stems from my wife. She’s provided a great environment for the kids to read and we’ve done whatever it took to provide the books they were interested in.

    Love your site & I look forward to many more posts…

  29. I love reading On the Night You Were Born to my kids. I think reading is important because it’s the key to learning just about everything they’ll learn as they grow other. The best thing I think I can do for them while they are young is develop a love for reading.

  30. Our list of favorite books seems to change weekly. Harry Potter, all seven of them, are favorites with all three of my children. I think reading to my children is important on many levels: time to together, discussions, character development, and so much more. My youngest is dyslexic so reading to him is even more important because he has developed an incredible sense of literature from all of the reading aloud we do. Hopefully one day he will love to read himself.

  31. Kathrine Quintana says:

    My favorite children’s book is Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”. I love the flow of the words and it contains some of my favorite life quotes. I think it inspires every child’s (and adults) imagination. It also teaches children that there are times they will fail and be afraid but that they can overcome those obstacles.

    My daughter will be two next month and already shares my love of this book!

  32. My absolute favorite book is the Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg. He is one of the most creative authors out there, and my kids become mesmerized by his stories. I love the calm I feel being sandwiched between my two daughters as I read. Reading is important on so many levels- it fosters a child’s creativity and learning. I can honestly say that we bring home and read more than 50 books a week- I lug home two huge bags, and get comments about how many books we are checking out all the time. Thanks for this great giveaway Target and Simple Kids!

  33. Kathrine Quintana says:

    I accidentally hit post before writing why I think reading is important.

    Like so many others have posted, I believe that reading to children is the best gift a parent can give their child. Not only are you helping lay an early foundation for reading, writing, and learning in general but you are giving them the gifts of knowledge, creativity and imagination.

  34. amy ashley-raher says:

    I love the classic “Ferdinand the Bull” and read it to my kids regularly. It is a lovely story that honors the uniqueness of each of us.

  35. We have so many favorites around here, but one I always love to read to my kids, especially as babies/toddlers, is Give Me Grace by Cynthia Rylant. I just love the rhymes and the sweetness of the poems/prayers and the simplicity of the artwork.

    Reading with my kids is important for all the reasons others have mentioned — the bonding, the learning, the exploring of new worlds — but as a voracious reader and an English professor, I also think family reading is important because it allows me to share my passion and life’s work with my kids.
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  36. One of my favorites growing up was Dr. Seuss’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Reading develops my children’s minds, imagination, and vocabulary. When I read to them, I am also giving them the attention and nearness they crave. They are learning to love books, which will serve them well for decades to come!
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  37. My four children have all loved “Two Little Trains” by Margaret Wise Brown. It draws lovely parallels between the voyage of a train heading west and our own life, marked by ups and downs.
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  38. I absolutely love the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books – they are just the best! Even as a teenager, I remembered her “tricks” and put my own spin on them while babysitting. I just love the pure imagination and spunk of them… I’ll never was a dish without thinking if the “Evil Queen” or forget a dozen other of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s “cures” :-) I cannot wait to introduce my girls to her magic as they get older!

  39. We really like the “When I’m Feeling…” series by Tracey Moroney. These are great books for gently helping your toddler/pre-K child learn to deal with sometimes overwhelming emotions.

    We make it a point to read with our son every day – usually for about 20-30 minutes prior to bedtime as a way to wind down the day. Not only do I consider reading to be developmentally vital, but I also consider it to be a vastly-superior alternative to digital stuff. Reading engages the imagination and flexes the brain; DVDs & videgames do not. Reading is (inter)active; digital stuff is largely passive.

    Unplug your kids – read to/with them!
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