I was an avid reader as a kid. In fact, I used to read everywhere – in the car, under the covers in bed at night, EVERYWHERE. While that love of reading hasn’t gone away, I definitely have less time to enjoy a good book these days. Once I became a teacher, I could see firsthand the difference that being continuously exposed to books makes in a child’s education and development. I won’t bore you with a bunch of statistics, but let’s just say it really is crucial to make sure kids are reading as much as they can.
I realize there are a lot of things fighting for kids’ attention these days – video games, tv shows, sports. That’s why it is important to expose kids, not only to books, but to books they will want to read! LJ didn’t inherit my I-can’t-stop-reading-until-I-get-to-the-end kind of passion for reading, but he enjoys it and is reading above grade level, so I can’t complain. In our house, we set aside time each night to read before bed. LJ’s school has Scholastic Book Fairs twice a year and I usually let him pick out several books that he wants to read. (I love that his school does not mark the books up to make a profit, but sells them at their cost to get more books into the hands of kids – bravo!!)
EVEREADY® is giving away a free book when you purchase qualifying products and submit the enclosed codes. What you do is:
1) Purchase either two specially marked packages of EVEREADY® Gold® batteries or EVEREADY® flashlights.
2) Find the 12 digit codes on the packages.
3) Go to www.EVEREADY.com/Reader and enter the codes
4) Select your free book to be mailed to you!!
The selection of books contain some of my own personal favorites.
The book giveaway is a great time to review emergency procedures as well as check that you have fresh batteries and working flashlights in case of an emergency. EVEREADY® and Scholastic have also teamed up to provide you with some wonderful Emergency Readiness Resources at www.EVEREADY.com/READER
You can download a Form for Emergency Contacts, a Battery Check Reminder, and an Emergency Kit Checklist. You can also browse great articles on How to Create a Safety and Evacuation Plan for Your Family, 5 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained During a Power Outage, and How to Make a Kids Safety Cuff.
While this post was compensated, all opinions are my own.