This post was sponsored by Scholastic. All opinions are my own.
Today is Monday. On Mondays, I volunteer with Kid Writing in my son’s Kindergarten classroom. I’m the first to admit that I’m not the sort of person who could ever be a Kindergarten teacher (Hats off, teachers!) but I do love to help these early readers learn to write and create stories on their own. Those lightbulb moments are so much fun, and watching them beam with pride when they spell words is such a treasure. I know I’ll never regret devoting the time to these blooming readers and writers.
It’s happening at home, too. Every day, my son bounces into the house, telling me about his latest library book or “over and over” words. The enthusiasm is downright contagious, as his 2-year-old sister is showing a huge interest in reading already. I want to keep encouraging both of them as much as I can, and our new collection of The Story Starts Here picture and early reader books is helping me do just that.
Parents everywhere rely on Scholastic books to supply fun, educational, and affordable reading to kids of all reading levels. The Story Starts Here campaign grew out of Scholastic’s desire to introduce its rich list of picture books and board books to new parents and caregivers, as well as educators and librarians. Their goal is to instill in children a love of reading that starts on day ONE. The characters, stories, formats and art styles of all the books are so different, there’s something for every kid.
Scholastic Books for ages 0–7
- Peek-a-boo Farm by Joyce Wan
- If You’re A Robot And You Know It by David A. Carter (lyrics by Musical Robot)
- Where’s Walrus? And Penguin? by Stephen Savage (no words, just pictures!)
- Zen Socks by Jon J Muth
- Friendshape by Amy Krause Rosenthal (illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld)
Despite the difference in their ages, both of my kids loved the entire collection. The only one that didn’t appeal to my 6-year-old was the Peek-a-boo Farm, but that one is really designed for the littles, so I don’t blame him. My daughter loved it, though! The far-and-away favorite for both kids is this one:
You know the classic kids’ song, right? But you’ve never seen it like this before! (And it even comes with a song download.)
Here’s a peek inside the pages (someday I’ll learn to turn my phone the right way…)
I couldn’t get my girl to sing on the “clap your hands” page, but you should see how excited both kids get when we get to the “shoot laser beams out of your eyes” page!
The Story Goes Beyond the Page
The best part about Scholastic is how they keep the fun going long after the book is closed with The Story Starts Here online. Not only can you find additional Scholastic books, but they also provide peeks inside the books, “buy now” links, fun intros to the talent behind Scholastic’s books, and downloadable activities to accompany each story. There’s no disappointment when you reach the last page of your kids’ favorite stories if you can go online and download free activities (like this coloring page from our favorite book about robots!)
Stories for You!
Scholastic has offered one lucky winner the collection of Scholastic picture books shown above.
Prizing and samples provided by Scholastic. Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway open to US addresses only. Ends 12/7.