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24-Hour Giveaway: Help Spread the Word and Read for the Record!

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 17, 2009 · 206 comments

Very Hungry Caterpillar Read for the Record Jumpstart

Walmart is partnering with Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign this fall, and you can too! On October 8, 2009, join me in reading Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and help set a world record!

Children's literacy is an important issue because it lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Millions of children from low-income families have limited access to age-appropriate books at home, and Jumpstart is committed to making a difference in the lives of these children.

Join Jumpstart and Walmart in this year's Read for the Record campaign:

  • Take the pledge today to read this beloved children's book -- to your own kids or even at your library or community center -- on October 8th.
  • If you don't yet have a copy, pick up a commemorative edition at Walmart, where all proceeds from the book sales between now and October 8th will go directly to Jumpstart.
  • Join the Twitter party on September 24th from 8-10pm. Every 100th Tweet using the hashtag #jumpstart will receive a free copy of the book!

And be sure to check out these fun The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities to go along with your reading as well!

For your chance to win a copy of the commemorative edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, tell me what your favorite children's book is.

While The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my most favorite books to read with my kids (we have both the board book and the regular edition), my favorite book as a child was The Little Red Hen. Sadly, my childhood copy was destroyed when our basement flooded, but my mom bought me the same edition off eBay as a Valentine's Day gift a few years ago, and my kids love to read it with me as well now.

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Every reader has three methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two or three for up to a total of 3 entries!!!

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. What is your favorite children's book?

2. Go take the pledge to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar on October 8th. Come back and leave me a separate comment once you've made your pledge!

3. Tweet the following, and be sure to come back and leave a separate comment with the link to your tweet!

Join @DealSeekingMom and pledge to Read for the Record on October 8th: http://tinyurl.com/readfortherecord #jumpstart

Prize:
(1) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This giveaway ends tomorrow, September 18th at noon EST. I’ll use Random.org to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email on and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!

{ 206 comments }

1 Jilly September 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I took the pledge also.

2 Susan September 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I loved reading The Minpins by Roald Dahl to my Kindergarten and First grade students. I can't wait until my daughters are old enough for me to read it to them!

3 Jilly September 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I also tweeted it: http://twitter.com/sondouxange

4 Samantha September 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm

By far, my favorite children's book is "Where the Wild Things Are," especially after having and enjoying my own wild things (Jacob, 5, and Katie 2).

5 Bianca September 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm

My favorite is definitely "Where the Wild Things Are" too. We received it as a gift. My son's name is Max so he loves to read it with me.

6 rebecca meyers September 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm

I loved If You Give A Mouse A Cookie when I was little and now my son loves it as well

7 Mama Bear September 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I took the pledge! =)

8 Mama Bear September 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Favorite books here are "Brown Bear, Brown Bear..." and "Goodnight Moon" right now.

9 Bianca September 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I took the pledge!

10 Elena September 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm

My favorites have been the very hungry caterpillar and where the wild things are. i hope my daughter will love them as much as I have and now that where the wild things are movie is coming out I cant stop reading it!!! i hope the movie is just as good as the book!!!

11 LaVonne September 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I have always liked the book: Guess How Much I Love You

12 LaVonne September 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm
13 Maria K September 17, 2009 at 2:09 pm

My favorite children's book was Corduroy which I read to my children as well. Thanks so much for the chance to enter. :-)

14 dan s. September 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm

my favorite book is Danny and the Dinosaur.

15 Maria K September 17, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I have taken the pledge :-)

16 Annette September 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

We love The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch!

17 Kantoorpand / Bedrijfspand huren September 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Favorite books here are “Where the Wild Things Are,” especially after having and enjoying my own wild things!!

18 Dixon September 17, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I took the pledge

19 Fran September 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I love to read "Click, Clack, Moo" to my kids. It is so funny and works on many levels, for both adult and child!

20 Linda September 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm

we have so many favorites at our house. Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" ranks among them! Ira Sleeps Over is another one. Chicka Chicka boom boom is a recent favorite!

21 Makelle September 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Currently I am in love with the fancy nancy books, so cute and fun, my 3 year old loves them also.

22 Alison September 17, 2009 at 2:32 pm

My favorite childhood book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I also really like Someday by Alison McGhee.

Here is the link to my tweet!

http://twitter.com/alio4206

23 Alison September 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm

My favorite childhood book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I also really like Someday by Alison McGhee.

24 Amanda Watts September 17, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is one of my all time favorites. My son is too young for it right now. But, I enjoy reading the Veggie Tales books a lot.

25 Angela September 17, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I love The Napping House

26 Alison September 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I also took the pledge! Thanks for this opportunity.

27 Heather September 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm

The two favorite toddler books in our home are "Goodnight Moon" and "Peek-A-Who?" by Nina Laden.

28 Heather September 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I took the pledge!

29 Heather September 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm
30 Freda Yoo September 17, 2009 at 2:51 pm

My favorite children's book is The Little Match Girl.

31 Jennifer September 17, 2009 at 2:54 pm

One of my all time favorite children's books is Goodnight Moon. I loved it as a child and loved it again as an adult reading it to my children when they were very small. A couple of other favorites are The Giving Tree and We're Going On A Bear Hunt.

32 rachel September 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm

We love the "Brown Bear, Brown Bear..." and all it's relative bears (panda, polar and Mama)!

33 melissa September 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I took the pledge. Love the book, esp the large one that comes with a caterpillar puppet. Kids love it.

34 Jennifer September 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I took the pledge too...plan to read it to my son's kindergarten class that morning

35 Angie September 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Goodnight moon!

36 Gary LaPointe September 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Do you really mean August 24th?

37 Natasha September 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I think my favorite childrens book would have to be The Giving Tree . I just thought that book was the best thing ever as a child.

38 joyce September 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm

As a Kindergarten Teacher for 30 years, Eric Carle was at the top of my list. I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar!!!

39 Shelley263 September 17, 2009 at 3:11 pm

pledged!

40 Laura September 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm
41 Laura September 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm

My favorite children's book is The Little House. So adorable!

42 Mama Koala September 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Horton Hatches the Egg!

43 jennifer September 17, 2009 at 3:19 pm

We are huge fans of chicka chicka boom boom and good night moon at my house!

44 Carol Petropulos September 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

My favorite children's books are the Shel Silverstein ones. My favorite of those would have to be "The Giving Tree". It's such a sweet story.

45 Nancy September 17, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I had so many favorites as a kid since my parents decided it would be better for us to be surrounded by books instead of TV. I never lived any where with a TV until I was in college : ) So...One of my favorites was Lyle, Lyle the crocidile and any of the Bearenstein (sp?) Bears.

46 Traci September 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm

My favorite is Charlotte's Web, and I still it--given to me at age 6.

47 Savings and Stewardship September 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Our favorite book right now to read to our toddler girl is Pigeon Wants a Puppy - she thinks that book is hysterical! I must say, though, that The Hungry Caterpillar has a special place in our hearts - we took it with us to the hospital when we were in labor and my husband read it to our daughter when she was just a few hours old. The pictures are so tender!

48 Savings and Stewardship September 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm

We took the pledge!!

49 rachel September 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

My favorite book was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess. I read it now thinking, man it is a long book. But, maybe when my son is older it won't be so bad.

50 maria September 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I love that book!!

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