Children’s Book Week 2014 – Blog Hop giveaway

by Mary Sutton / @mary_sutton73

CBW-Kid-Lit-Giveaway-Hop-2014-Banner-FINAL-1024x296It’s summer time. Kids are eager to get out of school – and maybe parents are eager to stop fighting the kids over homework. But do we want our kids to totally tune out for the summer?

Children’s Book Week to the rescue!

No doubt, summer is a time for swimming pools, beaches, and hanging out with friends. But too much tuning out makes returning to school in the fall that much more difficult. Yes, September looks a long way away in May.

It’ll look a lot closer in August.

Plus, maybe I’m weird, but some of my best summer memories involved reading. I was a mystery girl, so you could easily find me across the street, in my favorite tree, reading Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden.

Adult swim at the pool was boring for most kids. Me, I just took out a book.

And the world of kids literature – from picture books to YA – is so much bigger than it used to be. Fantasy, mystery, coming-of-age – it’s all out there. Just check out the YA and MG sections on Amazon, or at your local bricks-and-mortar store. Kid’s literature is where it’s at.

So here’s my challenge for your summer: Get your kid to read at least one book a month. For bonus points, try an author you (or your child) has never read before.

It’ll open a whole new world to them – guaranteed.

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31 Replies to “Children’s Book Week 2014 – Blog Hop giveaway”

  1. When I was a kid we had a Library Bookmobile that came through the neighborhood every three weeks during the summer. We flocked to it. When my kids where young, I always enrolled them in the local library’s summer reading program. We brought books home by the boxful. Now my kids are doing the same with the grandkids. It’s a good tradition.

    1. I love how many “reading challenge” programs exist now. Not only do schools do them over the summer, but you can find them online at places like Goodreads or Scholastic’s website. I know I’m going to have a tough time with my son this summer. Now that the weather is nice, he’d rather play basketball.

    1. We didn’t have a bookmobile when I was growing up (for whatever reason). Lucky that the library was within walking distance. Of course, at the rate I went through books, I don’t think the bookmobile could have come around often enough.

    1. Oh, Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. Two of my favorites (at different times in my life, of course). Although I do remember reading “Are you there God?” and wondering what all the fuss was about (what can I say, I was a precocious reader).

  2. I’m trying to remember if I had a favorite summer read as a kid…all that’s coming to mind is reading The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Very unsummery, all about snow and cold…but that was the point, because I didn’t like the hot weather!

  3. It’s good to connect with you on Twitter, Mary. I spent a big chunk of my summer school vacation reading as well. (Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree or Wishing Chair series, and then later on, The Fear Street series, come to mind.) I’m not in the U.S. so I can’t join your lovely giveaway. Still, want to wish you Happy Children’s Book Week!

    1. Claudine, good to connect with you too. If your in Canada, Great Britain or Australia, the giveaway is open in those areas as well.

    1. You are the second person here to mention Enid Blyton and I must admit, I’ve never heard of her. Of course, I moved to more “adult” writers such as Agatha Christie very early. I was what you would call a “precocious” reader.

  4. Its hard to say what my favorite summer read is, because I never stop reading. I will say the summer I read The Lord of The Rings was absolutely unforgettable. 🙂

    1. Oh, Lord of the Rings. I remember the first time I tried to read it, it was so hard (I was 12). Tried it again a year later and devoured it. Still one of those things I make time to re-read every few years.

  5. I think one of my remembered reads would be any Lassie Book and I loved reading books like Han Brinker and the Silver Skates,

  6. I have to tell you, Mary, I don’t read any differently according to the time of year, so I’ll just tell you what I’m reading currently and REALLY enjoying!


    P.S. Storm Clouds would be the one for me if I win anything. It’s PRINT! 😀

    1. I never did either – I read whatever I like whenever, although some books do lend themselves to summer reading. Your preference is duly noted. 🙂

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