I could have said “Finding a Way to Spread the Word with Jon Scieszka” but I’m not gonna lie. Jon has been hanging about here at Finders and Keepers so much, I’m thinking of renaming the blog.
BUT, the man has been busy. Now he’s teamed up with Cheerios and First Book to distribute 100,000 books to kids in need around this great country. And on this day before Thanksgiving, I thought it might be nice to lend a hand and spread the word.
I’m so grateful that I always had books in my house when I was growing up. I remember that my mother ordered an entire set of children’s books for me when I was a wee, little girl. My favorite book was A Pickle for a Nickel. I’m not sure that book could be found now, but it was definitely a keeper. My mom didn’t keep those childhood books of mine, but I’ve kept several (okay, TONS) of kid’s books, including quite a few of Jon Scieszka’s. There will always be children’s books in my house, even if the children are all grown up.
And I’d love to see children in Georgia get tons of books, too. But honestly, I’m happy for any state to get these books. So get over to the Cheerios 100,000 Books Giveaway and play the trivia game to determine which five states will get the books. I played my fingers off, and I’m not gonna lie. I scored pretty high!
First Book is asking everyone, “Do you remember the magic of your first book?” If you do, you can tell them all about it. And while you’re at it, you can vote for your state (or another state, if you so choose) to receive 50,000 new books from First Book. Yeah, baby, 50,000 books!
And another thing. You can read what celebrities chose as the first book they remembered…people like Kenny Chesney, Chipper Jones and John Smoltz, John Lithgow and Emma Thompson, and yes, even children’s book authors like Judy Blume.
The first book I remember reading and loving was “A Pickle for a Nickel.” I don’t know who wrote it, but whoever it was captured my child heart forever. That was the beginning of my love affair with reading.
Imagine writing a book that opens the door to reading for a child! But even if you haven’t written that book yet, you can still open the door to reading for a child. Go vote at First Book now… time is running out (deadline September 15th)!