Read for the Record 2012


Entries on this giveaway are closed, but you can still pledge to read!

Once again, Bright Horizons is the Chicago-area sponsor for Read for the Record, and I’m very excited to be a part of the campaign again this year too! If you haven’t participated in Read for the Record before, here’s what it’s all about:

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy in an effort to jumpstart a child’s future.  On October 4, 2012, adults and children across the country will be encouraged to read Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis, in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Learn more at

We’ve actually never read any of the Ladybug Girl books before, but I can tell it’s going to be a story Sophie will love.  :o) This is a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, especially this year – Sophie is in kindergarten now and I see her literacy skills growing daily; I wish every child could be as fortunate as mine. And that’s what this program is all about, making sure that ALL kids enter school with the skills they need to succeed.

If you’re interested in participating in Read for the Record, you can pledge to read here. If you don’t have a copy of the book, head to the bookstore, library, or read it online. Or enter to win a copy here - I’m giving away two copies of Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad!

Entering is easy – just leave a comment letting me know your favorite book to read to the kiddos. For a second entry, go pledge to read, then come back and leave a comment to let me know you did.

Two ways to enter, and the giveaway will close on Friday, September 28. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

Read for the Record (and a giveaway!)


The giveaway is closed and winners have been notified – but you can still pledge to read!

Today I want to tell you guys about a fun, easy way to make a difference in the life of a child.  Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, now in its sixth year, seeks to bring awareness to the early education achievement gap in this country.  Did you know that children in low-income neighborhoods start kindergarten 60% behind their wealthier peers – and that most will never catch up?  Eek.  We can do better than that!  And that’s what the Read for the Record campaign is all about – striving for a day when all children can enter school with the literacy tools they need to succeed, thanks to early education efforts.

This year’s Read for the Record day is October 6th, and the official book this year is “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama” – which just happens to be one of my kids’ favorite books!  :o)  I hope you’ll pledge to read to your kiddos online (it’s a simple form) and join me and over two million people in the largest shared reading experience ever!

If you don’t have a copy of “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama” of your own, you can find it in your local library or bookstore, read it for free online at – or you can enter to win one here!  Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool is our Chicagoland Pledge to Read sponsor, and has graciously donated two copies of the book for me to give away.

There are two ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite children’s book is.
  2. Go pledge to read at!  Then come back and let me know you did.  :o)

That’s it!  Two ways to enter (you must leave a separate comment for each, and please make sure you give me a valid email to contact you in case you win), and two winners will be chosen.  Giveaway will end September 25th.  Good luck, and thank you for joining me as we Read for the Record!

Pink, pink, pink!


Have you read Pinkalicious yet?  We finally picked up the book at the library a few months ago and no surprise – the kids (even Daniel) LOVED it.



Flipping through the paper a few weeks ago I was so excited to see that they actually made a musical out of the book!  We haven’t been yet, but are hoping to make it to the August 28th show.  Reviews I’m finding online are mostly positive, and for my two Pinkalicious-loving kiddos this sounds like a terrific intro to the world of musical theatre.

Pinkalicious is being presented by Emerald City Theatre at the Broadway Playhouse (Water Tower) and runs until January 7, 2012 (I swear when I first wrote this post it ended in September?) with shows Fridays, Saturdays, and alternating Thursdays and Sundays.  Tickets range from $16 to $22 and can be purchased online (but I’d recommend buying beforehand them at the box office to avoid Ticketmaster’s ridiculous fees).



Address:  175 E. Chestnut St – Water Tower Place

Phone number:  (773) 935-6100

Price:  $16-$22 per ticket


Have you taken your preschoolers to the theater yet?  I tried to take Sophie to a university production of Alice in Wonderland two Christmases ago and that did NOT go over well – we left within 10 minutes – so I’m hoping we do better this time!


Have you entered my giveaway for a year subscription to Time Out Chicago Kids yet?  If not, go here to enter!


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