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. We read before bed every night to our 3 kids (6,4,2) and they each get to pick out a book. We love the cuddle time and it is helps relax them (and me!) at the end of the day. I love Grumpy Bird and Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

  2. My daughter loves to read (just learning how) and I absolutely love reading together. Our favorite books are those that spark our imagination and allow us to have great discussions when they are all done.

  3. Karyn Hostetter says:

    My favorite children’s book is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I remember reading this as a child, and I hope my children will soon be able to read and remember some great books as they get older.

  4. Our favorite children’s book is probably Harold and the Purple Crayon.

    I think reading is important because it can help instill a lifelong love of reading. My parents both dutifully read to me as a child daily, and I think that’s why I love books as much as I do now.

    Thanks for the chance,
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  5. Meggan D. says:

    My favorite books are the Little House books. We just read them with my daughter and we’ve had a little Laura dressing up in our house. I love the bonding time reading with my children provides.

  6. My current favorite children’s book is Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman. It’s a Halloween-themed book with a ghost, witch, vampire and mummy but my daughter is in love with it! We’ve read it so many times that I now recite it to her in the car. Reading to children is important because it sets the foundation for them to become readers as teenagers and adults. It allows them to use their imagination instead of being force-fed what a story looks like by movies and television.

  7. Sara Schwabedissen says:

    My favorite book is “Where the Wild Things Are”. I have fond memories of my mom reading that one to me when I was little and I look forward to reading it to my kids someday. I think reading is imporant because when you read a book as a child it become a part of you in a special way…which is why I favor books my mom read to me.

  8. Instructions by Neil Gaiman is a fantastic book. It’s a little advanced for my daughter right now, but this book and others encourages the imagination. It’s so important to give kids the opportunity to create these worlds in their own minds, it’s the most rich experience they could have!

  9. Shannon Browne says:

    Reading is important because it fosters life long learning and is a great way to spend quality time with your kids.

  10. Our favorites our the “An Elephant and & Piggie” stories by Mo Willems. My kids love to read them to me and for me to read to them. It’s not only important to read for educational purposes, but it let’s us explore and get our creative juices flowing and let’s our imaginations run wild. One of my favorite things is listening to my daughter make up her own stories and then we put them into notebooks for her to read later.
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  11. I love reading Christina Katerina and the Box. It is about a little girl that uses her imagination to create all sorts of things with just a box. It is great book to spur on creative play.

  12. Kathleen LaBell says:

    My favorite children’s book is HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child’s First Collection. This book, as the title states, brings together classic children’s stories all in one place. These well-loved stories are timeless favorites that my children and I have read over and over and over. However, reading anything that sparks my child’s interest(s) is important. It fosters a love of learning as well as opening doors to a world that may never be experienced or discovered if it wasn’t done through a story, novels, text books, etc.

  13. My favorite children’s book is The Polar Express – I have fond memories of it from my childhood and want to share the love of it with my kids. Reading to and with them helps encourage the enjoyment you can have in a story but also helps with their imagination.
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  14. We have read to our baby since he was very young. At 14 months, his favorite nap time book (or anytime) is Goodnight Gorilla. For some reason he finds it absolutely hilarious and it always make us want to read it to him just to hear his laugh!

  15. Two of my children have learned to read on the Little Bear and Frog and Toad books, and they have a very special place in our family as a result. My 8-year old is currently reading the How to Train Your Dragon series. The first book of the series was the basis for the movie, but the series is just really well done. My 6-year old has started the Magic Tree House series and is looking forward to reading more of them. My three-year old is currently into the Olivia books and asks me to read them over and over. I have now started reading the Winnie the Pooh books to my kids at bedtime because they are just so full of sweetness and wisdom.

    I think it is an important part of my job as a mother to instill in my children a love of books and reading. It is not hard to do, actually — you only need to read to them daily when they are little and, when they are older, encourage them in their own reading adventures.

  16. For me it is the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. My set from when I was a girl is waiting on the bookshelf for my Kindergartener to read them. Reading is such as wonderful form of entertainment, education and creativity builder all in one that in our house there isn’t a room without a book!

  17. My just turned 3 year old told me the other day that her “most important” things are her blankie and her books. I asked her which books and she said “All of them Mommy, I don’t think I could choose”.

    Anyway, I think her current favorite is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Mine are the classics- Madeline, Stellaluna, Owl Moon, Blueberrys for Sal…she must get it from me, there are just too many to choose!

  18. It depends on the age. After mastering the basic skills, my children progress to The Boxcar Children, as their first chapter books, and then onward to The Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys….and then wherever their imagination (and taste) takes them. We also do a lot of audiobooks in the car, especially books they don’t want to read, but that I know they will like.

  19. Julie Dixon says:

    My favorite children’s book is A Wrinkle In Time. It was the book that opened my eyes to the wonder of reading as a child and it has done the same for my children. Reading to a child is important for a multitude of reasons. The most important one I think is that it shows the child they are loved and worthy of your time and attention. It introduces them to the excitement of sharing wonderful literature. I could go on and on!

  20. I’m reading classic fairytales to my 2 & 4 year olds at the moment, but our all time favorite is Guess How Much I Love You. I can’t wait until they are a bit older and I can start reading Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree series to them.
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  21. My favorite book(s) are “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis…especially “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

    Reading provides a safe place to open yourself up to new adventures and discover who you are and the world around you!

  22. Marci Pritts says:

    Currently, my favorite children’s book is Guess How Much I Love You. My 5 year old and 3 year old continue to enjoy its timeless message of unconditional love. Reading with my kids is an important time to unplug from the frenetic every day pace and enjoy quality snuggle time. An added bonus is that it nurtures their inquisitive and creative nature and creates a foundation for learning.

  23. Hmmmm….if I go back to a book that took me to another place as a child it would be “Mandy” by Julie Andrew Edwards. I absolutely loved this book as a young girl.

    • Oh, thank you for mentioning this book. I just loved it as a little girl. I read it over and over, and the story has stayed with me all my life. Anyone reading these comments, please give it a try.

  24. I love the Sandra Boynton books for their silliness and musicality. Reading is important because it encourages imagination.

  25. I loved reading Little House on the Prairie. I’m looking forward to being able to read them to and with my children when they are just a bit older. A favorite book is a hard choice… I have so many.
    I think it’s SO important to read. It can get you thru life! Reading as a family brings us together.

  26. Bedtime stories are my favorite part of the day! Although my daughter always seems to try to find the longest one possible… so we have daytime books and bedtime books. She is really in to Dr. Suess right now, but I love the classics like Goodnight Moon.

  27. My favorite kids book changes with each of my child. My 6 year old son and I just finished reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder series- this was his first time hearing it but for me it was like visiting an old friend. My youngest is 2 years old and we are enjoying all the Curious George books- she loves the messes he makes! We read books every night and it is definitely the highlight of the bedtime hour!

  28. I love reading Dr Seuss books to my daughter. She’s still young but the rhymes and cadence help give the book a song-like quality, which she loves. I also try and fit in reading the scriptures to her daily.

  29. My favorite book to read to my 17-month old son is Guess How Much I Love You. With my older boys, ages 8 and 6, I’ve enjoyed going through some of my favorites with them, Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, Superfudge, Henry and Ribsy, etc. My oldest read Little House on the Prairie at school and was very interested in the life back then, so we may continue on in the series.

  30. Sarah Gainey says:

    My favorite children’s book is A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’engle. My favorite librarian told me I would love it and she was right! As a fourth grader, I was an avid reader already, but I couldn’t put it down. My mom, sensing how important it was to me gave me special dispensation to stay up late and finish : )

    Reading to children and fostering a love of books is so important for children because it gives them opportunities to expand their imagination and gives (if chosen well) positive examples of how to work out strong emotions. So many of my make believe worlds were based off my favorite stories. A “Little House” style cabin in the woods, a swing that was really a time machine, etc. I hope my children have the same wonderful memories when they’re adults.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  31. As a home school mom, reading is so important. It opens up my childrens eyes to places unknown and helps grow their vocabulary. The Narnia series has probably been our favorite read over the years. Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for sure. :)
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  32. Oh man, want/need same thing with an iPad, right? :)

    Our favorite children’s book is the collection of Winnie the Pooh stories. They are epic poetry and life lessons rolled into the sweetest books. Love!
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  33. My 6-year-old daughter’s favorite books are by Bill Peet (from the 60’s and 70’s) and the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel.
    My 3 year-old loves Clifford the The Berenstain Bears.

    We have read to both of our children from the day they were born. I love to read myself and so I also model reading for pleasure for my kids. I think reading opens up whole new worlds and I love reading together with my children.

    What a great initiative (and prize!)
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  34. My kids are so young so their favorite book changes from day to day but the only book my 2 year old asks me to read ‘again’ is Green Eggs And Ham. I think he’s actually starting to memorize it!
    As a family that tries to limit the kids movie/t.v time, books make up a huge part of our day! I think it’s important for them to learn how much reading can teach them, but that it’s also so much fun!

  35. My fav children’s book is The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Reading to my child is important to me for the following reasons: 1) reading together is a great way to interact and get to know one another 2) literacy is foundational to learning

  36. I have a 1, 2, and 4 year old and they all LOVE Goodnight Moon. It has been a constant in our home since the oldest was born. We also really enjoy reading “God Gave Us You”, but I tend to get a little sentimental and tear up every time I read it! My 4 yr old always says, “Mommy . . why are you crying?” To which I respond . . “because, God Gave Us You!”

  37. I have so many favorite Children’s books. Though we really love Eric Carle Books. Dd1 is really getting interested in chapter books, we hope to start reading books like Little House on the Prairie, American Girl and Charlotte’s Web. Dd2 is into simple picture books with bright colorful pictures.

    Reading is so important because it teaches children across multiple domains and can even help them in dealing with situations they come across in life. It can help foster a love of learning and gives them skills to help with communication.

  38. My favorite book for children is The Little Prince because it presents such an original & engaging narrative. Another favorite is The Alchemist which I think every child should read once they’re hooked on reading.

    I believe reading to your children is important since it brings the family closer as well as develops a passion for reading that will last a lifetime.
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  39. Darnetta Bolton says:

    My kids really like Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale. We read it at bed time and they can just about recite it by memory. Other favorites are Good Night Moon, I went walking by Sue Williams, and anything with a Big Bad Wolf. I think it is important to read to children because it helps form strong bonds and a love of learning.

  40. My favorite children’s book is the Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s such a cute story and the dreamy images are beautiful. I think it is important to read to kids so that they learn the importance of being lifelong readers. It’s also important for them to see their parents reading books for themselves. I grew up watching my Mom read daily and now I do the same.

  41. Such a hard decision… but a few of my faves are: The Quiltmaker’s Gift, Understood Betsy, The Little Bear series, Frog & Toad books, and lots of Beatrix Potter’s stories.

  42. I have a lot of favorites, but my current one is Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type. I’ve been reading to my daughter since she was born. She is so articulate now, and I know it’s largely because of our reading.

  43. Right now we love Nick Butterworth’s “One Snowy Night” – it is cozy and cute and cuddly for winter!

  44. How to ever pick a favorite children’s book! I think my personal favorite is The Velveteen Rabbit.

  45. The Chronicles of Narnia: I’ve just finished reading the fifth one to my children! Two to go!

  46. facebooked about this!

  47. My favorite children’s book is “Bear Snores On”.
    My kids love it when I read to them.
    Reading is important because if you know how to read, you have unlimited possibilities. It helps children exercise their “imagination muscles” in stead of sitting in front of the TV.

  48. The book my daughter and I enjoy reading together most is “Goodnight Moon,” but some of my all time favorites are “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” and “The Jesus Storybook Bible.”

    Reading to and with children is so important for so many skills: learning new concepts and facts, building imagination, and creating a life-long desire to read. I have always loved to read and I hope to instill that in my daughter as well.

  49. Christie Sclafani says:

    My favorite children’s book to read to my kids is Caps for Sale. I started the Before Five in a Row with my 3 year old and we both love that story. As a kid I loved Curious George and I enjoy reading those stories to my kids. Right now my girls like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and other Mo Williams books. They make us laugh!
    Reading is the foundation for learning. If you can read you can learn or do anything you set your mind too.


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