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A great LeapFrog Tag giveaway, for you and a library!

Fiona amd her TagI will be the first to admit that reading to my kids has fallen off in our house.  My son is seven and tearing through books on his own.  Right now he’s obsessed with the Captain Underpants series.  I bought him the first four books without asking and I think he objected to not being in on the choice (“But I was in Barnes & Noble and saw them and thought of you!” meant absolutely nothing to him).  But of course, he eventually cracked one open and now I have to take them out of his hands so he can eat. I’ve been trying to get him into Harry Potter but again, no interest.  I think he’s scared by the size.  But I’ll just leave it laying around and someday he’ll pick it up.

My daughter is four, and on the verge of reading.  She’s fascinated by letters, and spends a lot of time, both at home and at school, copying whatever she can get her hands on – cereal boxes, newspapers, etc.  It’s kind of perversely hilarious to have your small daughter hand you a piece of paper that clearly reads “Rapist sought in two different incidents.”

LeapFrog gave us a Tag last year and my daughter uses it almost every day.  She used to have it read her a whole page at a time, but now she likes to run it over individual words, and I think she’s just about to have that Hellen Keller moment where she makes the connection.

But sadly, I have not been reading to her.  Until about six months ago, I used to read to her every night before bed.  Then she started wanting to play on my bed and do my hair.  And, well, I love it when people play with my hair, so I didn’t dissuade her.  Now I only read to her when she specifically requests it.

But no more!  LeapFrog is asking parents to pledge to read to their kids during the NEA’s National Reading Month (now!), and they want to get 1,000,000 hours in pledges.  I went to the pledge page, and pledged to read to Fiona for 10 minutes a day.  I know it doesn’t sound like much, but five hours a month is probably about five times as much as we’re doing now.  Plus, I got a printable certificate to give to Fiona (the girl loves certificates!) and a coupon off of Tag readers and books (or you can get the same discount at checkout by shopping for Tag products on,

Tag ReaderTo help spread the word, LeapFrog is giving away more Tags!  One of my lucky readers will receive a Tag of their very own with five Tag books, PLUS an expanded-memory Tag and ten Tag books to donate to their local library!  To enter to win this great prize, all you have to do is go to the pledge page on the LeapFrog site, make your pledge, and then come back here and leave a comment telling me how many minutes you pledged to read to your child.  And if you don’t have a child?  Well then, tell me whom you’d give the Tag to.

You can get an extra entry by Tweeting about the contest, with a link back here.  Just make sure you leave a separate comment about the Tweet.  That’s a total of two entries per household, please.

The contest ends on Monday, March 30th, probably around noon.  The winner will be chosen by  For full contest rules, go to the giveaway rules page.  Prize can be shipped to U.S. addresses only.

Good luck!

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31 Responses to “A great LeapFrog Tag giveaway, for you and a library!”

  1. ginabad on March 18th, 2009 10:35 am

    I pledged to read 10 minutes a day to my 6 year old (she is learning disabled, not sure we can do more than 10 minutes at a time!). She’s learning site words so this is the perfect way to commit to reading. I just retwitted …great contest. (I’m Thanks!!

  2. ginabad on March 18th, 2009 10:51 am

    woops, forgot here is my tweet about the contest:

  3. Cara on March 18th, 2009 3:40 pm

    no kids to read to but this would be waiting for them when they arrive along with anything else i have won on your site :)

  4. Leslie M. on March 18th, 2009 5:09 pm

    I don’t have any children , but I would give the tag to my nephew:)

  5. Leslie M. on March 18th, 2009 5:13 pm

    I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted :)

  6. Belinda P. on March 18th, 2009 5:53 pm

    I pledged 10 min. a day. Both of my little guys would love this. It looks to be very educational. Thanks for the chance!

  7. Marci on March 18th, 2009 8:32 pm

    I already read 30 minutes a day to my 3yo daughter, I just made it official.

    My 6yo daughter also loves to read so I pledged her 10 minutes a day beyond homework reading.

  8. Jen on March 18th, 2009 8:59 pm

    I pledged to read to my daughter 10 minutes per day. Which is more than I do now (sadly.) I would really like to win this I think it would really help her to learn to read, she’s three years old. This is perfect for her age level. I hope I win :)

  9. Deirdre on March 18th, 2009 9:41 pm

    I pledged 30 min a day reading to both kids.. my daughter could have me read 3 hrs a day!

  10. valmg on March 19th, 2009 6:12 am

    I pledged 20 minutes a day fior my younger son, who is not able to read.

  11. valmg on March 19th, 2009 6:14 am
  12. Jen on March 19th, 2009 9:52 am
  13. emmedix on March 19th, 2009 10:34 am

    I pledged to read 30 min a day to my two boys.

  14. ab on March 19th, 2009 10:43 am

    Did I win yet? You said all I had to do was send you 20 unmarked $50 bills and I did. So…um..did I “win”?

  15. adiaha on March 19th, 2009 10:02 pm

    I pledged to read to Alana and Asherah for 10 minutes a day each.

  16. adiaha on March 19th, 2009 10:07 pm
  17. Steven on March 20th, 2009 8:27 pm

    I would love to win this so i could help my son to read alot better. he would love for me to use this with him. thanks for the great giveaway.

  18. Denise on March 23rd, 2009 8:25 pm

    this one is more my speed

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  21. Erica Cosgrove on March 26th, 2009 5:49 pm

    I made the pledge — an ambitious 20 mins per day! I”ll have to work hard at that though both kids love to read right now so it shouldn’t be too hard. Would be fun to have a Tag for my toddler to try!

  22. JessicaAPISS on March 30th, 2009 6:34 pm

    I am totally down with reading to both my kids everyday – so important and I see the betterment of their behavior the more I read (and the less TV they watch!)

  23. JessicaAPISS on March 30th, 2009 6:36 pm
  24. bonggamom on March 30th, 2009 6:41 pm

    I pledged 30 minutes per day to each of my 3 kids. Thanks!
    bonggamom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  25. Elizabeth Hostler on March 30th, 2009 6:42 pm

    Love Captain Underpants! Tra-La-La! Thanks for the giveaway – I hope I’m not too late.

  26. bonggamom on March 30th, 2009 6:48 pm

    I tweeted!

    bonggamom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. jodifur on March 30th, 2009 7:12 pm

    my son has a tag but I would love the books!

  28. jodifur on March 30th, 2009 7:13 pm
  29. Diane on March 30th, 2009 7:27 pm

    I pledged 20 minutes a day with my 2.5-year-old. She would love this!

  30. Diane on March 30th, 2009 7:30 pm
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