Because Books Matter: Why The Story Starts Here (Giveaway)

Thank you to Scholastic for sponsoring this post!

My mom says that I started reading when I was two. I don't remember much about that time, but I do know that I read about every book we had in the house from an early age. When I ran out of age-appropriate things to read, my mom said that I started reading the phone book.

Now that I have my own kids, I'm big on books. I don't pressure the kids to formally start reading until they are ready, but I do make sure that there are lots and lots of quality, colorful, and engaging reads around the house for all the people in our home to enjoy.

Putting the books where kids can reach is important. I don't want them to have to ask when they want to look. In fact, many times they will get a book on their own and start reading together, with the older ones helping the younger ones. Yes, they ask to play video games, but they also spend much of their time willingly flipping through a good book.

Scholastic's The Story Starts Here picture book program is a wonderful way to encourage reading for kids from birth to age 7. Even babies should have access to great books (we keep a supply on hand near my 2-year-old's car seat for car rides.) They can recognize a good book from a very early age!

To make it even easier for parents, grandparents, daycare providers, and friends to give babies and young kids access to great books, Scholastic has worked hard to create a world within its picture books that gives a unique experience to the even littlest reader. There is literally (see what I did there?) a book for every child.  

Their The Story Starts Here website can help. It offers descriptions and samples of its books, coloring and activity pages, videos, tips for caregivers, author bios, event news, and so much more!

Check out a sample video to see why I'm so excited:

We were able to read some of their books to our kids this week, and they certainly had their favorites. The littlest one really liked Peek-a-boo Farm. The baby animal pictures and the easy-to-use flaps made it a highly interactive experience for him! (Click here for an activity sheet for this book.)

Peek-a-boo Farm

All of the kids, including my husband, LOVED the If You’re A Robot And You Know It book. This had robots that jumped, flew, and shot laser beams out of their eyes, all by pulling flaps or manipulating the page in some way. It was so goofy, and the movement made us laugh! (Click here for an activity sheet from this book!)

If You’re A Robot And You Know It
It's not always easy to get kids to read, but they really can't help exploring their world. If you make sure to have lots of easy-to-access books around them, where they can get to them without help. They are sure to want to look at them, from the youngest ages. They are too curious not to!

In what ways do you ensure that your kids develop an interest in reading? Be sure to visit The Story Starts Here site for more ideas to get your family reading! 

Wanna Win? We are giving away a great prize pack to encourage reading!  One (1) winner will receive a collection of Scholastic picture books, including:
Giveaway open to US addresses only.  Prizing and samples provided by Scholastic.  To enter to win, use the form below by November 29th at 11:59 pm EST.

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  1. I love to read. When my daughter was little she loved to read. Ive been winning books so I can instill my love of reading in my granddaughter. She's only 1 1/2 yrs old, but they are never to young to learn about books. I actually have a Broc and Cara book thst she loves. She cant sit still long enough for a story but I still read to her. Thank you for the chance :)


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