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. There are a ton of great books out there for children but one of our favorites right now is Harry Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd. In fact, I’m going to read it out loud to my middle daughter’s class as part of their school’s Reading Month celebrations.

    I think reading to kids is important because it allows them to develop their imagination and helps them actively engage with the story being told.

  2. Right now- my 3 yo’s favorite books is a Curious George counting book. My 5 yo’s favorites are the Bernstein Bear books! My absolute favorite is The Jesus Storybook Bible!

    My 5 yo asked me one day how I got so smart and I told him it’s because I read lots of books! :) That’s why I love reading–there’s so much to learn!
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  3. Stephanie says:

    My favorite books to read to my daughter are the ones I loved as a child. The Billy and Blaze series from C.W. Anderson is one I’m slowly collecting for when she’s a little older. My family made it a priority both to read to me and to read for themselves in front of me, which has translated to a lifelong love of reading. I want to do the same for my daughter.

  4. My favorite book to read with my children is “Where the Wild Things Are.” It’s a classic that we all have fun with. Reading was important in my family growing up and always helped my sister and I excel in school. I hope that it will do the same for my own children.
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  5. My favorite books are “A Little Princess” and “Over in the Meadow”. I believe it is important to read children so that their world is BIG!

  6. I love sharing the chapter books I loved as a child with my oldest son…Superfudge, Ramona the Pest, the Little House on the Prairie books, etc. and with my youngest son, we love sharing Head to Toe by Eric Carle and any books that get him moving.

  7. We are loving the Magic Tree House books, again, for our second child. They have sparked all sorts of discussions and investigations!

  8. My favorite stories to read to my daughter are Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and anything by Eric Carle. I feel that not only are the words important but so are the pictures. My daughter learns about the story through the pictures and I find her attempting to read to herself simply because she know what the pictures are.
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  9. So many favorites! We love Big Red Barn and Good Night Moon for the little ones. The bigger kids enjoy Dr. Dolittle, Trumpet of the Swan, and the Little House series. We love how the stories bring us together and get us sharing our thoughts and feelings.
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  10. I have different favorites from different ages. My kids are small right now, almost 3 and 5, and one of our favorite books to read together is “Miss Rumphias.”

    My husband is starting to share one of his favorites, The Hobbit, with our 5y/o. It’s been lovely to see them both enjoy the same book… I love the connection that reading together is giving us as a family.

  11. I can’t stop thinking of reasons why reading to children is important, but probably most of all, I have learned (from being the daughter of a librarian) that the best indicator of a future reader is for the child to see reading modeled as a favorite pastime by the other members of the family.

    We love to read. Right now, my favorite books to read to my children are the ones they bring to me with excited faces. For my 6-year-old, it is the Chronicles of Narnia, and for my 3-year-old, it is Froggy Goes to Bed.
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  12. Yikes! I can’t narrow it down to just one book. We have so many favorites in our house! My 3 year old loves books…being read to, flipping through them on his own, “reading” to his younger brother, picking out new ones at the library, etc…
    Hoping I can get the 1 year old to love them as much as his big brother!

  13. Wow! What an amazing giveaway! Right now our favorites are the Knufflebunny books (all 3 of them!) by Mo Willems and What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry.

    Reading with my son is important to me because I want to share my passion for books with him. Reading is such an amazing and versatile pastime-books can go with you almost anywhere! Reading books (both fiction and nonfiction) are fostering my son’s creativity, imagination and emotional development.

  14. My favorite book for my kids is still Goodnight Moon. Although my kids are now 6 and 4, I have so many special memories of reading this book to them when they were younger.
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  15. tiffany sexton says:

    My favorite children’s book would have to be The Giving Tree! Reading with our children is so important in so many ways it would take forever to list them all but some reasons are how much it sparks their imagination, improves their vocabulary which leads to better academics and of course the great family time together.

  16. Karina Zehr says:

    My favorite children’s book so far is Goodnight Gorilla. I love that my boys want to hear and see what’s going on in the book. I think reading is important because it lets them imagine and create images and stories of their own to share with me and their father later.

  17. Our favorite books right now is The Rainforest Choo Choo! We love animals right now and we really need to find another book because this one is falling apart.
    My kids are almost two and we read numerous books everyday. I love to read and I can tell they already do as well. It is important to start early and often to promote a love of books, and therefore a love of learning. You learn so many things by reading everyday.

  18. Kimberly Moteberg says:

    My favorite book to read as I was growing up was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. At 31 years old, I’m still reading it at least once a year!!! The truth is, until I married my husband (who is a voracious reader!) all the books on my bookshelf were self-help books. I didn’t read for pleasure. My husband has taught me that there are whole worlds to explore within books and I now enjoy loosing myself in them. :)

  19. My favorite books to read with my daughter are the Little House on The Prairie books, the Quiltmaker’s Gift, Soft House, The Full Belly Bowl, The Range Eternal, A Hole is To Dig, Big Chickens, and many others.
    Reading with children is crucial for developing not only literacy, but also imagination. It is a valuable way to spend time with kids and to nurture their awesome minds.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. My favorite book right now to read to my son is Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Blueberries for Sal is another good one by him. We have been reading to him since he was an infant and he loves books. His daddy is an English teacher so hopefully he will have the same love for books!

  21. My favorite children’s book was and is “The Little House on the Prairie” series by Laura Ingall’s Wilder — simpler times with a focus on the important things. I was very lucky to have a librarian I loved and who cared about “her kids.” She encouraged reading, sent us home with tons of books and was always excited when something new came in. Her love of books was contagious, and ultimately I received my Bachelor’s degree in English. This is why it’s so important to encourage children to read. Without the reading and learning skills I acquired, I would not have been as successful in my life and would have missed out on many learning opportunities and friends.
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  22. Machelle Anderson says:

    My son and I love to read the Fly Guy Book Series. It is funny, easy for him to read and it has just enough “boy” humor. He also loves it when I read the Magic Tree House Books to him. Reading is so important because it expands your vocabulary, your experiences and your imagination.

  23. My favorite books to read to my kids have been anything by Beverly Cleary. Reading to my kids has bonded us together like nothing else can. The whole world stops when we are cuddling on the couch lost together in a whole different wonderful world brought to us through this opened book.

  24. When I read to my kids (1 & 3) I get to snuggle with them, make funny voices and listen to them laugh, encourage them to participate in the story, and foster what will hopefully be a long life full of loving books. Our favorite books right now are “Betsy B Little” and “Gulliver Snip.” I know them by heart!

  25. My favorite books to read to the kids are Magic Treehouse, and mythology stories. These stories take my children to a different place, and broaden to history lessons as well. As a homeschooling family, books that expand to different subjects are very important to us. Great giveaway, and great initiative from Target.
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  26. I love reading with my kids because it’s a nice way to just relax and snuggle. My 4 yr old is really into the Ivy and Bean book series for some reason- she likes the girls because they remind her of our neighborhood gang around here. My 2 yr old likes the Llama llama books.

  27. My favorite book to read with my sons is “The Dangerous Journey”. I feel reading to kids is important, because it gives us consistant family time–we can discuss the books which help us get to know one another better, it helps build imagingation and certain books will teach us much.
    Thank you!

  28. We love to read! I am the daughter of a children’s librarian and so I grew up with a love of reading. Now I am trying to pass that on to my child(ren). Right now we love Harry the Dirty Dog, Madeline, Curious George!

  29. My favorite books growing up were the Little House on the Prairie series! I cannot wait until my little ones are old enough to enjoy those books! I have always been a book lover since being a child, and I hope to pass that love on to my children. It really does help in learning grammar, spelling, and it broadens imagination!

  30. When my daughter was little I read “I Love You Stinkyface” at least one time a day. Now, I read it to my son & although he is too young to give an opinion, I’m sure he is going to love it too. Reading to your children is so important as good Reading skills are required in order for them to excel in other areas such as History, Science, etc. Reading is the foundation of education.

  31. Current favorite of the four-year-old is _The Legend of the Candy Cane_, a holdover from Christmas. The 20-month-old like any book featuring dogs, so we read animal books a lot. The book I’m reading to them at naptime right now, though, is _The Lord of the Rings_. Seriously. Reading to kids is so important because it teaches them the rhythm of the language, the pattern of drama, what really makes a character, the significance of context, and the beauty of landscape. Even “kid’s” books–the good ones, anyway–show a little of each of those things, or at least whatever is appropriate to the story being told and the intended age of the audience.

  32. I loved Anne of Green Gables as a kid. With my own kids, who are preschool aged, we love reading anything be Eric Carle.

  33. Jennifer ross says:

    I love goodnight moon. My daughter insists that we finish night time reading with this book! I think reading to your kids sparks the imagination, and kids are able to learn about new things they would not ordinarily experience if it were not written in a book!

  34. My favorite children’s book growing up was Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. It’s filled with classics like How the Whale Got His Throat and How the Camel Got His Hump. I have fond memories of my dad reading them to me when I was but a wee lad. I cannot wait until my daughters are old enough to enjoy these stories and more!

  35. Wow what an awesome partnership & giveaway. I absolutely love reading the books I loved as a child, like Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber, and the Beatrix Potter books. I feel reading is important to stretch the imagination. There is nothing like getting lost in a book and just feeling like you can be and do anything.

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  36. My daughter’s favorite book is a story from “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss. I love reading…I have been on bedrest for the last four weeks and the only way to distract myself from being worried is to lose myself in a book. I hope desperately that my children love reading as much as I do!

  37. Judith Peach says:

    For children, probably my favorite is Love You Forever. It can span quite an age range and it touches the hearts of all involved. And reading can (and should, in my opinion) touch the heart, at least in some way. That is how we can make it a lifelong love for our children. Both the experience of being read to and the books themselves can touch the hearts of children–then they will want to read in several genres over the course of childhood and life.

  38. My favorite time of day with my daughter is story time. We always cuddle close and jump into whatever book we are currently reading. My favorite book is The Giving Tree and my daughter’s favorite book (right now) is The Littles. She is learning to read on her own but story time is still our special time together.

  39. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is my favorite book (although it is hard to pick because I truly have soooo many favorites). I read with my children throughout the day, reading is a wonderful way to connect, explore new places, learn new things and escape for a little bit 😉
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  40. Right now our favorite books are the Skippy Jon Jones books. We love the funny songs and rhymes that he sings in his best Spanish accent.
    Reading to kids is a good excuse for a cuddle, a way to improve their knowledge and expand their world.

  41. I’m a homeschooling mom so I read to my kids a lot! Reading to kids (as well as in front of kids and with kids) is important because that’s how we demonstrate the joys and benefits of reading.

    I never can choose one favorite book. A long time favorite is Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I’ve been reading the same copy to my three kids for the past 9 years. It has had to be taped back together. My recent favorite read aloud was the City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau.
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  42. Wind in the Willows or anything with animals….except Velveteen Rabbit (tear jerker)!!! Thanks Target!

  43. I love “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” and as for why I think reading to kids is important? As one of my favorite quotes says on the subject, “children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

  44. {amber P} says:

    Some of my favorite books to read my daughter are ‘Just in Case You Ever Wonder” by Max Lucado or “I’ll Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch, or “Say It!” by Charlotte Zolotow. I think it’s very important to read to kids because it will give them an interest in learning throughout their lives. My daughter is five and i’ve been reading to her since she was a week old. She still loves to read!

  45. My son loves pretty much any book, but he really likes the SkippyJon Jones books! I think reading is good for our kids because it helps develop their imaginations. It also builds up a strong vocabulary!

  46. I love reading Dr. Seuss to my son. I thinking reading is important because of the bonding experience plus the language development.

  47. My favorite book to read to my children is Miss Suzy by Miriam Young.
    I remember my grandmother reading it to me when I was young and when my son was born I couldn’t wait to share the book with him. I read it to him over and over even when he was too young to understand the words. Reading together every night before bedtime is a quiet special memory from my childhood and I am happy to help create that memory for my own children.

  48. My favorite books to read my son are the ones he says ease read that again… And again and again and If I say no he gets it and pretends to read it remembering most of the words.

    Why do I think reading is important? Because it’s a time to sit, snuggle, connect, use nice voices, explore and learn together. It’s some of my best memories As a child in bed with my three sisters while we cried as my mother read us grimke fairytales where the little mermaid died or we were terrified by the many witches. It taught me that books transport you to other worlds and words make you whole or break your heart and it filled me with a great love of them as I hope my son grows up to have.
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  49. Tamara Davidson says:

    My favorite book is Where the Sidewalk Ends. My daughter loves it as well and always asks for me to read her more “plums” (poems in grown-up language). I have always loved reading. When my siblings were sleeping in during our teenage years I was up at 7am reading in my bed. Reading can be so many things…a means of learning, an escape from reality, or an adventure to a place or time that you could never physically visit. My daughter and I read together every night and I hope to instill in her the same love for reading that began in my childhood and has been growing ever since.

  50. i love love love if you give a mouse a muffin and the books that followed. i love reading to my kids. it helps them to read better, it gives us all a sense of adventure, and it’s a time to connect with your children. thanks for giving us this amazing opportunity via a giveaway!