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Join the 2009 “Read with Kids Challenge”

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 1, 2009
For the second year in a row, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization, is hosting its annual “Read with Kids Challenge”. The goal: to raise awareness about the importance of adults reading with children. Last year more than 16,000 people participated by logging 3.8 million minutes of reading. This year, RIF is hoping to reach their new goal of collectively logging 5 million minutes spent reading with children from April 1-June 30. Participants can register and log their minutes on-line at www.RIF.org/readwithkids.

There are some wonderful celebrity names getting behind this great challenge by being honorary team captains, including: children’s book authors Mo Willems and Sandra Boynton, and TV personalities Al Roker and Jerry Seinfeld. You can create your own team and invite your friends to join it. You can also join our team: The Children’s Book Review (team code: 124112908486). Registrants can also join individually.

More fun stuff …

“Happy Passengers” is an area on the site that you can visit to see what other children are reading. You can even leave your child’s “happy” book for others to see. The “Fun for Kids” area has activity pages, on-line stories, and games.

But wait there’s more …

“All participants will be entered to win a grand prize drawing of a Walt Disney World®; Resort vacation package from US Airways Vacations, US Airways gift cards, and other great prizes. The team determined by random drawing will win the opportunity to select a featured RIF program, as well as a school in their community, to receive a special children’s book collection.”

“US Airways—the official airline of RIF—is also encouraging customers, employees, and readers nationwide to support children’s literacy by making a donation to RIF. Donors can receive a special edition of Off You Go, Maisy!–a children’s book by best-selling author Lucy Cousins-and be eligible to receive up to 5,000 US Airways Dividend Miles.”

What are you waiting for? Pick up a book and start reading with your children NOW!!

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