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Read for the Record and Win!

10:07 PM


While there are days I barely get to my dishes, struggle with getting all my blogging done, and don't get all the kids' school work done, there is one way I measure success as a parent -- can they read? With homeschool becoming increasingly challenging, it's hard to know what they are learning. Reading, however, is a skill that I'm confident -- if learned -- can get them the knowledge they need in any other area.

Walmart has recently teamed up with Jumpstart to help people Read for the Record. What's that? It's an awesome initiative to get everyone reading the same book on the same day -- to set a new record! Here are the details:

October 8th is the day. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the book.

Just pledge to participate (or donate). Then pick up a copy at your local Walmart (only $8) and prepare to help set an amazing record! All net proceeds from the sale of this particular book will go to Jumpstart to help keep kids reading and literacy strong in our communities.

Wanna Win? We are giving away one copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar just in time for you to get in on the challenge! To enter, just comment on this post with your favorite childhood reading memory. Feel free to visit either Walmart's site or the Jumpstart site for some inspiration :) You have until September 20th at 5pm CST to get your entries in. Please leave a way for us to reach you if you win!

Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!

You can also join the Twitter party September 24th from 8-10 pm CST to be entered to win a copy! Every 100th tweet with the #jumpstart hash tag will win!


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44 comments

  1. cdziuba@aol.com I loved when my mom would read to my sisters and me at night. We especially liked classic Fairytales. It was a wonderful way to drift off to sleep.

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  2. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE AND DR. SUESS

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  3. my mom used to read till I was in 1st grade and my fave one at that time was aladdin and magic lamp.thanks for the chance.

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  4. My choldhood reading memory goes all the way back to the Dick and Jane books that somehow,repetition most likely,taught us to read. jelly15301@gmail.com

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  5. I always liked the trips to the library to pick out books to read. lgrieser(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  6. My favorite childhood reading memory is when I was in elementary school, and our class would go to the library to pick out a book. I just remember how exciting that was as a child. Finding out what fantastic book I was going to read next!

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  7. When I was 9 or 10, I read my first adult book. It was Jane Eyre. I probably didn't quite understand everything, like the sexual tension between the main characters, but it really got me going as far as gothic romances go. I really liked that I could read the same books as my mother after that- it gave us something in common.

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  8. I really don't remember being read to growing up, so it's surprising that I love to read now. I remember reading Little Golden Books and later reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys.

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  9. I remember when i was a child. I would read my children's book to my father.

    jim.coyne2@verizon.net

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  10. My favorite reading memory was when my grandma would tuck me in at night, and read Charlottes Web over and over!

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  11. My dad would always read to us and he's use different voices to portray different characters.

    Tarah
    tarah716[at]ymail.com

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  12. My childhood reading memory is reading everywhere and anywhere I could. I would sit outside at recess under the cover of the side of the school and read while other kids played. I love to read :-)

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  13. My grandmother was a school librarian when i was growing up so I always remember going to her school and having her read Where the Wild things are and the Mr and Mrs series of books to me and then as I got bigger, I was able to read them to my sister while we sat on the bean bag chairs in her library afterschool

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  14. I remember my mom and/or dad reading a bible story to me each night before bed. As I got older I enjoyed reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Thanks!

    sueellison@hcecwildblue.com

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  15. I remember, very fondly, going to the library with my class and having the librarian read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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  16. My favorite childhood reading memory is when I used to read to my younger sister and it made her happy.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. I remember when my grandmother would read to us~And she would use different voices all the time :)

    One of my favorites was Little Red Riding Hood!

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  18. My Mom read The Little Prince to me as a child and I LOVED it! I asked for it to be read to me over and over again

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  19. This was one of my oldest sons' fave books when he was little.

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  20. Once or twice a year we would go to the big Barnes and Nobles downtown. I would go to the kids section and pick out a handful of books. They had the complete Oz series and each trip I would add one or two to my collection

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  21. My favorite reading memories are actually with this book. I remember I used to ask my mom to read it to me every night.
    fefebelkin(at)live[dot]com

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  22. My best memories are of going to the Public library and picking a pile of bookks, which I would later be read to-
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  23. I loved checking out books from the library my fave was Where the Sidewalk Ends :)

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  24. One of my favorite reading memories is Pat the Bunny

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  25. I loved that my mom would read to me every night before bed&now I read to my sons before bed

    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I'm 11 years older than my sister. I love the moments when I used to read to her when she was a toddler.

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  27. My grandmother had a book of fairy tales that she would read to us whenever we were at her house.

    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

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  28. my dad used to read to my sister & I most nights, and now my husband does it with our kids.

    onecrypticmama AT yahoo DOT com

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  29. Oh my I remember this book! A classic!

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  30. We were somewhat poor and didn't have a lot of books like my kids do today, but I remember my mother snuggling with me and reading and how special that time was for me. Thanks so much. pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  31. Mine would be my Mom reading Charlottes Web and I still love it and have read it to my children

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  32. My favorite reading memory is with my mom. She had this little reading set she bought me, to teach phonics and it had a little talking pen. We would lay in her bed at night and go through the set, with the books, it was like our little special time.

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  33. our library had fun summer activities to encourage the kids 2 read throughout the summer:)

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  34. I loved reading "the penguin that hated the cold" when I was a kid.

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  35. My favorite memory is when my dad and mom read stories from a big hardcover book of fairy tales to me when I was quite young.

    kngmckellar@hotmail.com

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  36. I LOVED the Monster At The End of This Book with Grover =)

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  37. My mom had a fulltime job and 4 kids,including one who was handicapped, and a live-in mom. She had no timefor herself,so when we were tiny tots and too small to know the difference she'd read Caucer and Beowolf to us! We all grew up as great readers thanks to that great lady, my mom.

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  38. My favorite childhood reading memory was reading The Secret Garden for the first time.

    lilyk@mail2world.com

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  39. My parents used to let me stay up past my bedtime as long as I was in the bed reading. I remember staying up late many a night with my Richard Scarry picture books! lol
    mannasweeps (at))) gmaildotcom

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  40. This is actually one of my favorite books to read. I loved it when I realized the children were actually reading the books on their own instead of memory. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I remember enjoying comedy sci-fi books such as the stainless steel rat when I should have been reading shakespeare in school LOL

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  42. my 15 yr old daughter would read to my 16 month old daughter. My 15 yr old passed away in an auto accident and now I carry on her love of reading to the younger daughter, just to keep her tradition alive.

    Hungry Caterpillar was my favorite book when I was younger.

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