Support Reading is Fundamental + a 3 Book Giveaway

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March is National Reading Month & Pine-Sol has teamed up with the non-profit group, Reading is Fundamental, to donate books to children in need around the country. Reading is Fundamental is the largest family and children’s literacy nonprofit organization in the US and they give away 16 million new books per year to children in need.  Pine-Sol has already donated over $40,000 to Reading is Fundamental in 2011 & they now have offered a way that all of us can get involved in supporting this organization.  All you need to do is “like” Pine Sol on Facebook & for every 2 likes, they will donate 1 book to Reading is Fundamental (up to 5000 books).

The makers of Pine Sol recently commissioned an interesting study by the the new Taste & Smell Research Foundation to look at the link between academic performance & a clean, well-kept home.  The study found that children who perform better at school almost always identify their homes with scents associated with clean. The study also showed a correlation between memory of positive scents and performance, demonstrating that it begins at an early age and is something that parents can impact.  So, as you’re working hard on those mundane household chores, hopefully this will give you that little extra motivation you need.  I know I need that extra motivation with the ongoing cleaning &  picking up after kids that it feels like we do {I’m just SO glad my 2 yr old has finally stopped throwing her food on the floor at mealtimes. It felt like that stage lasted forever, especially since we no longer had a dog to find the scraps as we did with my older daughter. }

One last note – Pine Sol also has 2 brand-new scents you’ll want to check out – Garden Fresh & Outdoor Fresh scents. They’ve also improved 2 of their classic scents. And they’ve developed the first ever easy-to-pour flip-cap which offers controlled pouring.

Giveaway: 3 Beautiful Hardcover Children’s Books & a Tote Bag

In honor of National Reading Month, I have the opportunity to give away 3 hardcover children’s books to 1 lucky Thrifty NW Mom winner.  There is also a small tote bag included as well.  The books to be given away are:

  • “My People” illustrated by Charles R Smith, Jr – 2010 Winner – Coretta Scott King Award
  • “The Lion & the Mouse” by Jerry Pinkney – 2010 Winner – Caldecott Medal
  • “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds

This giveaway will end on Tuesday March 29th at 9pm pst.

The winner will be drawn using “And the Winner Is” plugin and announced on the blog.  I will also email the winner. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me, otherwise a new winner will be drawn. US residents only & you must be 18 yrs or older to enter the giveaway.

Here’s how to enter this giveaway:: Tell us your favorite Children’s Book .

Disclosure: I was given these 3 books to facilitate my review. The 3 books also  will be given to  1 lucky Thrifty NW Mom winner randomly chosen.  All opinions are 100% mine. See my disclosure statement for more details.

This post was sponsored by Pine-Sol through a compensated Mom Bloggers Club member program.


  1. Favorite children’s book? Oh too many to name but I guess right now it’s, “King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub” by Audrey Wood.

  2. Yeah! Great giveaway!! My favorite children’s book is Sybille von Olfers’ _The Story of the Root Children_ (not that my son every cares to have me read it to him ;-).

  3. Hands down, my favorite children’s picture Bible: The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. 2007. The illustrations are fantastic. And the text so engaging … not at all boring like so many are written. So well done I always want to keep reading.

  4. Such a hard decision to just choose one! I’m gonna have to say ‘Love You Forever’ by Bob Munsch because now I read it to my son

  5. My latest favorite, when reading to my daughter, is Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis and David Soman. She loves it too…

  6. My toddler & I are currently reading “Harold & The Purple Crayon” series on heavy rotation.

  7. oh just as everyone has said there are so many. Recently we were given “Russell the Sheep” by Rob Scotten

  8. My favorite is Where the Wild Things Are. My son’s favorite is anything with trains.

  9. My favorite children’s book is The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe series…My 9 year old and I are having so much fun revisiting these classics again!

  10. Ah I am a Kindergarten teacher every new book I read to my class is favorite. I love all of the books by Mo Willems especially the pigeon books, they are really fun to read and the kids love them. I would say I like “Piegon wants a hotdog” the best.

  11. Oh we have many favorites, but a few are wocket in my pocket and where the wild things are,,,,,good night moon is also another favorite, just too many to name , with 6 grandchildren you think i would know the names of books by heart

  12. I have many favorites, but I really love “The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every story Whispers His Name.”

  13. Goodnight Moon has been a favorite for me from my childhood and is now a beloved book for my three boys. Right now we are reading Runny Honey over and over again.

  14. Lots of books I loved as child, and still do……the first one that came to mind is Hop on Pop!! :-)

  15. I love all of the Mo Willems books-especially “Knufflebunny” and any book with Pigeon in it. I also love all of the David Shannon books, especially “Good Boy, Fergus”, “Too Many Toys”, and “No,David”.

  16. My favorite to read to my 6 year old is “Ferdinand the Bull”, or as he says “Ferbinand.

  17. I love “Wonderful You”
    When my kids were a little bit older, probably my favorite is/was “Oh, The Place You’ll Go!” (and of course we enjoy reading Bible stories, too)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Favorite children’s book: the Pink Maple House. I read it several times – I wanted to trade my family in for that family!

  19. Well, obviously a very hard choice, but I’ll go with one that is currently a favorite of my 3-year-old’s and was also one of my favorites growing up – “Bread and Jam for Frances” by Russell Hoban.

  20. My older son loves all of the Cat “Warrior,” books. He has read everyone at least twice.

  21. Hands down, my favorite children’s book is Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. (Actually any Frog and Toad story is great. Read “Cookies” if you want to fall in love.)

  22. I loved reading The Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson-so good but so sad. Also, a great book for boys or anyone who loves a wilderness experience, a great read is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

  23. So many favorites. One is The Give by Lois Lowry – I love how it explores the idea of utopia when everyone is the same. It makes you realize what we take for granted. Another is The Big Box by Toni Morrison – a reminder to let children be children.

    Thanks for the chance =)

  24. My favorite children’s book, and my daughter’s current favorite book as well is “If you take a mouse to school”.

  25. Favorite children’s book of all time…Secret Garden! Loved it as a kid, and can’t wait to read it to my daughter when she gets old enough.

  26. My favorite is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. My son still doesn’t understand how Max could get sent to his room without any dinner (we never withhold food)

  27. My favorite children’s book is The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.
    go girl power!
    luckyseattlemom at gmail dot com

  28. My favorite children’s book would have to be SkippyJon Jones! I’m a preschool teacher and I remember fondly the first day I discovered this book with the first class I ever taught, it became an instant favorite. One of the best read aloud books ever!

  29. My favorite picture book is Princess Justina Albertina. Kids love it because it is funny, and there’s a valuable lesson at the end.

  30. I have so many favorites, but one of them would have to be Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I remember really enjoying this book when I was first learning the alphabet and now when I read it to my two year old she lights up. I’m not sure what it is about the book that makes it so special, because as an adult, I don’t really get it. All I have is the memory of once getting it, like the adults in Polar Express once being able to hear Santa’s sleigh bells. But any book that can reach children and make them smile and learn simultaneously is a gem in its own right.

  31. So many favorites!!! Where the Wild Things Are, The Snowy Day, Corduroy, Blueberries for Sal, Goodnight Moon.. Just to name a few!

  32. I love If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and the others like that… a pig a pancake, a moose a muffin…

  33. My favorite children’s book is Tar Beach by Faith Riggold. The pictures are amazing, and the storyline emphasizes why I love to read…

  34. As a child my favorite book was “The Monster at the End of this Book”. Both my kids love it now too.

  35. I liked the pine sol facebook page! My favorite book has to be The Very Hungry Catipillar! I love the pictures and it’s a great learning book as well!

  36. My favorite for the moment is ‘I Know Not What, I Know Not Where’ by Eric Kimmel. I am reading to my 6 year old daughter. It is our first venter from picture books and we are loving it!!

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