If there is one thing that is held sacred around here, it is the bedtime story.
Both Big Sister E and Little Sister B are huge fans of being wrapped up in their pajamas, beloved blanket and stuffed animal in hand, and listening to my husband or I read them just about any book within reach. I can't blame them, really. There's just something so comforting about listening to tall tales or melodic rhyming or just gazing at the pictures in so many of our favorites.
So what could make that more fun? How about joining hundreds of thousands of other families by taking part in the fourth year of the largest annual bedtime story event, America's Biggest Bedtime Story? And we're not talking just for kids, this is something that the whole house is going to want to snuggle up for as this year it stars the one and only Justin Bieber.
Developed to motivate children to read more and help them develop a lifelong love of reading, America's Largest Bedtime Story was created in 2007 by the BOOK IT! Program in response to research that revealed that nearly half of all American parents (48 percent of those responding to a BOOK IT! Program survey) did not have a nightly tradition of reading to their kids before bed.
Setting out to change that, BOOK IT!, the reading incentive program sponsored by Pizza Hut, teams up with a celebrity reader each year and invites families to log in on their computer to listen to a well-loved book together. What a great way to promote reading!
Last year more than 200,000 people joined the webcast, setting a new record for the event. So this year Pizza Hut is challenging classrooms and families across America to join the 2011 event and if total attendance surpasses last year’s attendance record, then BOOK IT! will donate $25,000 to the Pencils of Promise charity (a global movement that partners with local communities to build schools in the developing world).
Pretty great, right? Just pull up your favorite teddy bear, turn on the computer and let your kids listen to one of the biggest superstars around read his favorite childhood story, The Cat in the Hat. I have to admit that up until now I haven't really understood the Justin Bieber craze, but he has moved up quite a few notches in my book for being a part of this great cause as well as having good taste in kids' books!
Don't miss this fun event! It all starts on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 8 pm CST right on the BOOK IT! website, so whether or not it is a part of your family tradition to always read a bedtime story, this is one that you're not going to want to miss.
The webcast will be available online until 11:59 pm CST on February 18 and will feature Justin reading as well as activities, a chance to win prizes and tips on how to raise a reader. When else are your kids going to have a chance to have a book read to them by a Grammy-nominated pop singing sensation?
And, if that's not all, thanks to the generosity of Pizza Hut one family will have the opportunity to really be ready to take part in America's Biggest Bedtime Story because...
One lucky person will win a PJ Pizza Party Pack including a $10 Pizza Hut gift card, a copy of The Cat in the Hat and Justin Bieber 3D Purple Sunglasses (perfect for his new movie)!
To enter to win: Tell me about the bedtime traditions in your house, for instance, are books read? Also, do you think your children would enjoy listening to Justin Bieber read The Cat in the Hat?
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