Win 3 Fabulous Picture Books

datePosted on 11:02, March 25th, 2011 by Small Town Mommy

I had Joanna’s teacher conference today.  One of my big concerns with Joanna is reading.  While she reads fine, she doesn’t have the same passion for reading that Libby and I enjoy.  I spoke to her teacher to try to come up with new ways to encourage a love of reading.

This ties in perfectly with my giveaway today.  Pine-Sol (the cleaning product people) recently sponsored a study through the Taste & Smell Research Foundation that found that children who associate their homes with clean smells do better in school.  I choose to interpret this as the reason for Libby’s straight As.  Of course, it doesn’t explain Joanna’s not so straight As but I am choosing to ignore anything that doesn’t reflect positively on me.

The study found that children who perform better at school almost always identify their homes with scents associated with clean.  Those students who recalled their childhood homes are being an environment with negative smells or aromas were twice as likely to have a lower GPA than those who did not.  The percentage of students with a GPA of C or less, remembered negative childhood home aromas including urine, fecal and mold (can I just say ewwww) was double the percentage of those with higher GPAs

Since I am trying to encourage reading in my household, I have decided to help you to encourage reading in your household as well (because that’s the type of person I am).  I am going to giveaway 3 books (and a cute little tote bag since it really is all about how you look when you are reading).

The books are The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, a great story about encouraging creativity.  My People by Langston Hughes, a tribute to “his people.” Finally, The Lion and The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, who used to be a client of my mom’s although that has nothing to do with my liking his fabulous illustrations.

These books are all amazing, educational picture books that help to encourage reading in younger children (although my Libby is 11 and she likes them too). So, do you like to read?

Here is how you can enter to win all 3 books (and the fabulous tote bag to carry them…

Leave me a comment below with any suggestions for encouraging a love of reading for Joanna (because it is all about me).  You will not receive extra entries for offering to come clean my home so my kids can do better in school, but all offers will be accepted.

For additional entries:
Like Pine-Sol of Facebook: for every 2 likes, Pine-Sol will donate a book to Reading is Fundamental, so again, you can win my doing good (leave me a comment to let me know you did this).
Follow SmallTownMommy on Twitter (again, leave me a comment for this).
Retweet this giveaway (leave me a comment and use @smalltownmommy on your tweet so I can read your brilliance).

So, go ahead and enter.  The giveaway is limited to the US and Canada (see Canada, I do love you).  The giveaway will be open until March 31, the end of National Reading Month.  Now, I better go clean to get everyone’s grades up.

This giveaway was sponsored by Pine-sol. I received compensation for running this giveaway but all thoughts, ideas and pleas for cleaning are my own.

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Ann Claeson on March 25th, 2011 at 11:23 am
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Reading is a stepping stone to many things … imagination, creativity, socialization, and FUN. The more you read, the more rounded you will be.

Enjoy it!

Barbara Templeton on March 25th, 2011 at 12:34 pm
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In order to promote a passion for reading in children it’s important to keep reading to our kids even as they grow and mature. Who doesn’t like being read to! I also think that in order to make reading a habit it should be considered fun and part of the “in” thing to do. So choosing your own books is key and observing everyone reading, like D.E.A.R (drop everything and read) programs are beneficial.

melissa on March 26th, 2011 at 6:19 am
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What an interesting study. I will keep what I really think to myself. Anyway at my house, DJ and I are the reading lovers. My husband hardly ever reads. Caitlin reads but I won’t say she loves it. For me to encourage a love of reading I try not to force reading books they don’t enjoy. I won’t read a book I don’t enjoy so why should they? Because we homeschool this gives me a lot of flexibility in what they read. My son also reads every night as a way to fall asleep. He knows I do this so that is where he gets it from. I think when Caitlin can read more fluently on her own, she will too, at least I hope she will. There are so many great kids books, it is a shame kids don’t take advantage. I liked the Pinesol page, and I already follow your awesomeness on Twitter. Good luck to all who enter, but of course I want to win LOL! As for cleaning your home, I will do yours if you do mine.

Nessa on March 29th, 2011 at 5:31 pm
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for my 4 kids the way i got them to read was to really delve into what interested them the most. It’s simple but so many times parents get kids the books that are popular, never realizing that popular doesn’t always mean it’ll be a hit with EVERY kid. One of my kids love books about reptiles, so we read the crap out of those. One liked books about dragons so we read those til i was ready to scream. One just liked jokes but hey that’s reading too! My daughter held out on me til she was 14 and the darn vampire books came out but damned if i didn’t FINALLY get her reading lol.

Nessa on March 29th, 2011 at 5:34 pm
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I “liked” pine sol. I actually bought that today too lol coincidentally. I love the stuff. Didn’t know they had a facebook page!

Nessa on March 29th, 2011 at 5:42 pm
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i follered and I tweeted too under NessaJTx……..;)

Pricilla - Famous SpokesGoat on March 29th, 2011 at 6:25 pm
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Ready was a great escape for me as a child. I won’t go into why…

Pricilla - Famous SpokesGoat on March 29th, 2011 at 6:26 pm
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I liked pinesol on facebook

Pricilla - Famous SpokesGoat on March 29th, 2011 at 6:26 pm
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I follow you on twitter, well the publicist does @BrokenTeepee

edmontonjb on March 31st, 2011 at 2:18 pm
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We have book store trips where my kids can choose any book they want. I find that they get excited about choosing their own books that they get to keep. They are both proud of their book collections.

edmontonjb on March 31st, 2011 at 2:18 pm
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I follow you on twitter as edmontonjb

edmontonjb on March 31st, 2011 at 2:19 pm
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I follow pine-sol on facebook as Jb Hartling