Welcome to the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary Back-To-School Blog Tour. I’ve partnered with Scholastic and 15 amazing bloggers to bring you all things Back-To-School and I’m excited to be stop #2 on this awesome tour. I know, you’re probably thinking Is she off her rocker?! It’s still Summer! Let’s not stay in denial Mommas. I’m actually counting down the days until school starts. Anxious? Why, yes I am.
Today, I’m talking literacy, books, and encouraging your children to enjoy reading. Scholastic is a name I trust when I look to purchase new books for my children and they’ve developed a Brand New Children’s Dictionary that has my 8 and 6-year-old eager to discover the world around them.
With exciting features, accessible definitions and helpful illustrations and photographs throughout, the new Scholastic Children’s Dictionary is the essential resource that belongs in every home, classroom and library.
The 2010 edition of the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary features more than 1,000 full-color photographs, simple sentences, illustrations, and diagrams as well as newly commissioned maps of the world, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. The dictionary also includes guides on grammar, punctuation and idioms and simplified pronunciations created with real kids in mind!
Why I’m so impressed:
Let’s face it. Our children are growing up in a digital world. Everything can be “Googled” within seconds. It makes me a little sad that my kids didn’t even know what a reference book really was until the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary landed on our step. It was then that they sat for HOURS looking up words, brushing up their grammar, and discovering countries in the map section. Their favorite? The list in the back with the ALL the Presidents of the United States. This dictionary is SO updated that you even see our current President, Barack Obama listed.
That’s one thing I really loved about this reference book, is the fact that it’s tailored to kids with new and updated words and colorful pictures. The first thing they looked up was the word “Video Game”. Right next to it was a picture of a child playing the Nintendo Wii. Scholastic did a great job at bringing the book directly into a child’s mind and keeping them engaged.
Seeing my children “take” to a book so quickly brought back memories of myself as a child. I was in LOVE with reading (still am). I remember seeing a friend of mine read The Diary of Anne Frank and watching her expression made me run out to the library and check it out. I WANT to pass down my love for books and adventure to my children, but they have to make that decision on their own. The only thing I can do is provide the means through library trips, purchasing new books, giving them the environment to read, but most importantly talking about it. There’s nothing better than to jump into a book series WITH your child and go along for the journey.
The Scholastic Children’s Dictionary can be purchased from the Scholastic Online store for the suggested retail price of $19.99, however, it’s on sale NOW for only $13.99.
To celebrate literacy and my love for books and reading, I’ve chosen to give one lucky winner a $100 Scholastic Book Package to kick off Back-To-School. One lucky winner will receive the following titles/series (I tried to include various age groups):
- Corduroy Ages 2+
- How Do Dinosaurs….? (Pocket Library) Ages 4+
- Rainbow Magic Boxed Set (Books 1-7) Ages 4+
- Magic Tree House Boxed Set (Books 1-4) Ages 6
- Flat Stanley Collection Box Set Ages 7+
- Chronicles of Narnia Complete Set Ages 9+
- Scholastic Children’s Dictionary Ages 8+
Tell me, in the comment section, two things:
– Your favorite book series or book as a child
– Your CHILD’s favorite book series or book
Extra Entry Options:
- FIVE EXTRA ENTRIES if you “like” the Momma Findings Official Facebook Fan Page. Go ahead and comment once you get there! I love me some comments.
- TWO EXTRA ENTRIES by following me on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway. Great tweet would be: Win $100 worth of @Scholastic Books! I’m celebrating BackToSchool Reading at Momma Findings w/ @Sarann http://bit.ly/aWZ5oK.
- ONE EXTRA ENTRY becoming an email subscriber. Form on the right side.
- ONE EXTRA ENTRY becoming a Facebook Networked Blog follower.
- ONE EXTRA ENTRY follow us on Google Friends.
Contest starts today July 26th – August 10th Midnight Central Time and open to US residents only. Leave each entry in separate comments. You don’t have to be a blogger to enter, but please leave a valid email address for contact purposes.
Go on Tour with Scholastic for Back -To-School:
Scholastic has lined up some really AMAZING bloggers to participate in this Blog Tour. All will be talking about Back-To-School and conducting fun and unique giveaways. Be sure to check out The Mommy-Files Back-To-School post on Wednesday July 28th and mark your calendars for the rest of the stops!
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOG TOUR
Jolly Mom Stop #1 July 23
Momma Findings Stop #2 July 26
The Mommy-Files Stop #3 July 28
The Dirty Shirt Stop #4 July 30
1StopMom Stop #5 Aug 2
MommyMandy Stop #5 Aug 4
Guessing All The Way Stop #7 Aug 5
Serendipity Mommy Stop #8 Aug 6
The Divine Miss Mommy Stop #9 Aug 9
From Dates to Diapers Stop #10 Aug 11
MomDot Stop #11 Aug 12
My Sentiment ExactLee Stop #12 Aug 16
Mommy Niri Stop #13 Aug 18
3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires Stop #14 Aug 19
Mom Knows It All Stop #15 Aug 20
***CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED*** Congrats to Terra H. who said, “I don’t remember the author but my favorite book as a child was Today I Feel Like A Warm Fuzzy. My kids enjoy reading the 39 Clues and Magic Treehouse book series. Thanks.” Please check your inbox on how to claim your prize.
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