Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Top 3 Tips For Choosing Summer Reading Books For Kids ~ Giveaway

Monday, April 30, 2012

Top 3 Tips For Choosing Summer Reading Books For Kids ~ Giveaway

Pamper The Earth Collection, 2012

With lazy, warm summer break days fast approaching, Moms everywhere are looking for ways to keep their children engaged in learning.  One of the best ways to prevent "summer learning backslide" is to have quality, educational materials available that are both engaging and entertaining.  Reading every day is a must.


When selecting titles to add to your home library, consider these top three tips for choosing summer reading books for children.

Tip One:  Match content to your child's interest and passions.

While reading is an excellent way to expand your child's knowledge base, starting with titles on subjects that are of especial interest will help eliminate potential battles to slow down and enjoy their reading.  With sunshine and fun pulling at your child's attention, establish a cozy reading corner and time each day to devote to reading together.  Once you've established a consistent, accepted pattern of reading every day, begin to introduce books written on other topics to broaden their knowledge base.



Tip Two:  Select books that offer education and entertainment.

Take time to read through new title possibilities, ensuring that message beyond the appealing book cover offers more than just a cute story.    What is the educational message?  Will the story provoke a meaningful conversation between you and your child?  A quality children's title will inspire your child to want to know more about the subject matter.  Make time to explore their questions together.



Tip Three:  Look for books that offer extra.

Beyond educational message, quality childrens' books text should be paired with engaging illustrations, drawing young readers interest into the story.  Additionally, seek out titles that offer educational facts and a peak into the subject matter, to assist you and your child in your further exploration.  Take the time to learn about the author and illustrator, as well as any interesting non fiction facts that may be offered.



This Mom Recommends

Having recently been given an opportunity to explore a collection of children's books from the Endangered Species, Empowered Communities Project, this Mom and her son are delighted.  Not only do these books highlight an endangered species in each title, these books are written by young women and volunteers from around the globe.

Based on stories written by 225 young women and children from 8 countries and produced by dozens of volunteers, the Endangered Species, Empowered Communities set of children’s book embodies the spirit of global collaboration and collective creativity.  The goals of the project are to empower girls, protect endangered species, and promote global education and awareness.
Filled with wonderful illustrations and unique and delightful text, each book features a different endangered species and corner of the globe.  Beyond the enchanting stories, parents will appreciate the full collection of related information to discuss with their young reader included within each book.  With facts about the endangered animal, the young authors, their corner of the world and more, sharing these titles with your child will be an educational adventure unto itself.

My son, although eleven, was immediately drawn to this collection, calling the illustrations, "Amazing," the stories, "Really interesting,".  As for the wealth of additional information:

These are really cool, Mom.  Can I take them to school?
For your family's summer reading needs, as gifts or as a donation to your local school or children's organization, this Mom highly recommends the Dot to Dot Endangered Species, Empowered Communities Project series of books!


***GIVEAWAY****
Through the generosity of the  Endangered Species, Empowered Communities Project, That's What She Said readers have an opportunity to win a full set of these extraordinary books!  This giveaway is open to residents of US, 18+ and will end on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:01am EST.

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I received a set of Endangered Species, Empowered Community Project books to explore for the purposes of creating this feature.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experience.  Some images and information sourced from various Dot to Dot sites.  Sponsor is responsible for supplying and shipping prize.  Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ are not involved in, nor responsible for this giveaway in any fashion.

37 comments:

Kathy said...

Yara's Amazing Nose sounds like it would be a good book. My son LOVE's books like this.

Robin O said...

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The Snow Leopard Dream book is my favorite--such a gorgeous and precious animal!

Robin O said...

I would love to gift this book set to our local public library, so all the children in our city could read the wonderful books!

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hendy said...

I love Sam Learns Some Lessons because elephants are my favorite animal and any book that teaches you lessons is great!
Hendy Martin

hendy said...

I think these books would be great for my niece, she just turned 4 and has a real interest in both books and animals.
Hendy Martin

CAJUNMAN12 said...

These books are good for young kids to learn about animals

Bonnye said...

Awww one of my daughter's first words was turtle- we would love to read about Carey the sea turtle!

Bonnye said...

It would be wonderful to donate this to our local library - Curtis Memorial Library!

Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

Somebody like me book looks good. When you have someone who does not look like you.
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Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

I would love to donate it to my sons PRE-K class, they love animals and would keep their attention!
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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

love the illustrations in the books
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susan1215 said...

My daughter would like the book Kajo and Akaris New Friend because she loves monkeys

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susan1215 said...

I'd love to donate the books to our Elementary school library

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Caitlin McClure said...

I'm pregnant and want to start collecting books!

Debbie Ellis said...

My Grandkids would love the books about the different animals. They love to read about them.

Debbie Ellis said...

I would love to get these books for my younger Grandkids. That would be great.

Gianna said...

The Snow Leopard because my kids would enjoy it.

Gianna said...

My kids because they like animals and like to read.

Kellie Conklin said...

I learned that there are many ways that everyone can help the cause listed on their website! One that stood out to me was to bring these books into a classroom and being a teacher, I know that this is one way that I can bring awareness to my students! Thanks for the giveaway!
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Kellie Conklin said...

I learned that there are many ways that everyone can help the cause listed on their website! One that stood out to me was to bring these books into a classroom and being a teacher, I know that this is one way that I can bring awareness to my students! Thanks for the giveaway!
kconklin1028@gmail.com

Kellie Conklin said...

I would love to share this with the kids I babysit for but then bring it into my classroom for many kids to see and read as well! Thanks!

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

The book that I looked at (Sam Learns Some Lessons) donates 20% of your purchase to girls’ education in Tanzania

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

I would love to get some of these books for my son.

MissMannah said...

I am starting to collect books for my baby who will be arriving soon and these would make a great addition! My favorite is Kajo and Akari's New Friend.

Stephanie H. said...

They price their endangered species books low so that they can sell as many as possible so children can learn about endangered animals and want to save the when they get older my favorite book is about the snow leopord

Stephanie H. said...

I would split these among my 12 nieces and nephews .

kroch said...

I learned that dot-to-dot's core values are Effective action originates in the first person, Social entrepreneurship is powerful, The world is driven by ideas—it is inspired by stories, and All people have something valuable to offer the world.

Carrie Phelps said...

As someone whom is compassionate to all living creatures it's important to me that my grandchildren be this way as well. We are now in the process of teaching my three year old grandson to be gentle with worms and ants! It's this important to me and these books would help instill the importance of all animals in our eco-system.

Carrie Phelps said...

I would love to gift these books to my grandchildren. It's important that they understand in the scheme of things how all animals are important to our eco-system.

Stephanie said...

I like the Carey's First,the book was written with the help of children from Nicaragua. We love to read in my house and go to the library weekly.

Stephanie said...

My daughters need this set, they both love animals and my older daughter also like anything with history or facts. (did the other comment get entered?) shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

Tamar said...

I think I would enjoy Somebody Like Me. We aren't that different.

Jennifer R said...

These books appeal to me because they highlight regions and cultures around the world, as well as important global issues.
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Jennifer R said...

We school at home and I would love to gift these books to my children who would most certainly enjoy them.

Joy said...

My nieces would love these. Thanks.
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AEKZ2 said...

My kids could use this because it would be a great learning tool

savannah said...

These look like amazing book that would teach kids a lot! I check out the website On my way to school looked like a good book for kids since it teaches the value of education :)

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