Saturday, July 19, 2008

Family Reading Challenge: This Week's Winner and Next Week's Giveaway

So, how is the Family Reading Challenge going for you?

There was only one night this week that I didn't read to my daughter because she was already in bed by the time I got home from work. "Splish Splash Tuesdays" at daycare wear her out. For the rest of the week, she's been asking me to read her book after book during our reading time. Last night, I read six board books to her, which I think is a record. I really enjoy reading with her at night. It's our special time together, and now that she's getting older and comprehending more, it's so wonderful to see things start clicking and watching her enjoy books.

As for me, I finished one book this week: Anita Amirrezvani's The Blood of Flowers. I had a late night insomniac night and finished it in one night. I think it was a very powerful and gut wrenching book but would only recommend it to adults because of its mature subject matter. I also finally got around to staring Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga. I'm about a third of the way through Twilight and am enjoying it immensely.

This Week's Winner
Now for the winner of the 10 Smithsonian's Backyard books: Jeanette from A Comfy Chair and a Good Book! Congratulations Jeanette! Please send your mailing address to thewellreadchild AT gmail DOT com, and I'll get the books out to you this week!

Next Week's Loot
For next week's participants, I'm offering up two middle grade novels:

First up is Chris Grabenstein's novel, The Crossroads. (read my review here) This is a nice choice for both boys and girls who are into a little horror, mystery, and suspense. If you win the book, you may want to read it first to see whether or not your child can handle it. It's got lots of spooky parts, and a violent ghost tries to kill the story's main character. You know your child best, and lots of kids are into this kind of stuff.

Second is Jeanne Birdsall's The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. It's the follow up to her award-winning The Penderwicks. I've been holding onto this book, waiting to read the first one before I started it, but I realize it's low on my priority list. The book has received a lot of rave reviews, and it deserves to be in the hands of someone who can really savor it. From what I've read, it's a fun, wholesome book that appeals to girls.

Entry Rules

The contest is open to all participants who've signed up for the challenge. If you haven't signed up and want to join, please leave a comment here, and I'll add you to the list. Read this post for more information about that challenge. Next week, I'll choose a winner using, so be sure to check back then to see if you've won.

Good luck, and have a great week reading!


  1. Oh wow! I am so excited that I won.
    Our reading week went pretty well but maybe not as well as I would have liked. I've got reading to my three year old down but reading to my one year old is a bit of a challenge. I've started reading to her in her booster seat while she is eating. This seems to be working pretty well.
    We got 3 new books from the library that we are really enjoying.
    -In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck
    -Engelbert Sneem and the Dream Vacuum Machine by Mr. Daniel Postgate
    -Big Plans by Bob Shea and Lane Smith

  2. Hi Jeanette!
    Until fairly recently, my reading sessions with my 16-month-old didn't last more than 5 minutes. She was just too wriggly and too curious to stay still for more than that, so I understand your challenge with your 1-year old. I like the booster seat idea!

    I LOVE In a Blue Room!

  3. Congrats, Jeanette! Enjoy those great-looking books. :)

    We picked up a really cute but this week at our library's used book store. It's called Chicken Bedtime is Really Early, and it's been in heavy rotation since we brought it home. Cute!!

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  5. I received my books from the first weeks challenge. Thank you, they look wonderful!

  6. Please sign me up! This looks like one of those sweet British children's books that I loved so much as a child. Its like entering some special alternative universe...where things do turn out well, no matter what the mystery or disaster...unlike "real life"