The program is a campaign designed to get every child reading by third grade so that students can make the important transition from learning to read to reading to learn. And Target’s also pledged to donate $500 million to support education – doubling its support to date – for a total of more than $1 billion dollars.
As part of this initiative, Target decided to kick off the campaign by giving one lucky teach mama reader his or her very own iPad and a just-for-your family selection of children’s books, valued at over $599.
As you can imagine, being an English major and writer, anything to do with reading and literacy is near and dear to my heart. Plus, the chance to win an iPad and children’s books make it even more intriguing. So, I entered the contest.
Imagine my surprise a few weeks later when I received an email from Amy at teach mama that…I won!!!
Yep! Can you believe it?!? I certainly couldn’t. And, neither could my husband or son!
I received it just the other day, along with a collection of children’s books, including Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Shel Silverstein‘s Where the Sidewalk Ends, two Caldecott award nominees/winners (my son was ecstatic about these two): Where the Wild Things Are and Strega Nona, Bedtime for Francis and Papa is a Pirate.
Right now, I’m typing this post on the iPad, and we’re having a ball reading all the great books from Target and teach mama. We’re soooo grateful for this amazing blessing: to receive an iPad and books with which to continue to teach my son the value and joy of reading and with which my husband and I can have some fun with all the great apps! ;-p
Thanks so much, Amy and Target, for the chance to win this great prize. We’re looking forward to putting everything to good use!