Celebrate Reading! Max Spaniel Giveaway!

As you know, we love reading and playing chef in the Mamma Mia house. Mia has already learned to read and spell basic words. The cooking… well, we’ll work on that.  For these reasons, I jumped on the chance to partner with Scholastic to support the launch of David Catrow’s new book, Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch.

You might be familiar with some of David Catrow’s other books such as Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Lunch or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share. In Funny Lunch, Max, the loveable spaniel is back and serving up one hysterical meal after another at his very own diner.

To celebrate the launch of the book, we are giving away one prize pack including Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch and a Playful Chef Kids Cooking Kit. The kit includes all types of kid size cooking utensils including a whisk, pastry brush, mixing bowl, timer, apron measuring spoons and cups, baking pan, recipe cards and more! (info on how to enter below)

Playful Chef Cooking Kit

The giveaway fun doesn’t stop there. Even if you don’t win the “grand prize” with the cooking kit, we have two other Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch books to give away.

Three chances to win!

How to win: Leave a comment on the importance of reading with your child.

For bonus entry: Tweet this comment and leave a comment letting us know you did so.

This contest will run through May 24, 2010 and  is  open to U.S. citizens. Winners will be contacted directly.

More on the author: David Catrow is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and the award-wining illustrator of numerous books for children, including Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Songs by Alan Katz. He lives in Springfield, Ohio, with his wife, and their three dogs, Bubbs, Beetle, and Blue. Max Spaniel is based upon Bubbs!

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Posted on by Amanda in Food, Giveaways 45 Comments

45 Responses to Celebrate Reading! Max Spaniel Giveaway!

  1. Jill L

    My husband doesn’t get to spend much time with the kids with the long hours that he works. No matter what though, he reads to them before bed. He even reads to our 5th grader. I think it has really helped all 3 of them just excel in school. They all love reading by themselves and also look forward to dad reading to them too.

  2. Sherri B.

    I don’t think the importance of reading to your child can be stressed enough. Working in education, I see children on a daily basis who can’t read or spell. Not only is a great bonding time, it can really help in a child’s reading development.

  3. Lori

    wow, Mia is reading and spelling words already!! Go her! There are so many reasons why reading to a child is important………….it offers laughter and entertainment through one-on-one time with you and it’s an alternative to television, it improves attention span and it stimulates their imagination!

  4. marge mckoen

    We have family read time nightly in our house

  5. Kelly Ann T.

    We like to read before bedtime because it calms the kids down and gets them ready for bed without fussing. I believe a love of reading can serve you your whole life long. I know the kids enjoy the books and when we go to the library for special events the kids always have a good time.

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  8. Retse

    My kids love our nightly story time. It’s a good way to wind down and spend quality time together.

  9. Monique Rizzo

    It is SO important. My daughter reads at a 10th grade reading level (She is 8) because we read to her so much. She does better in school because of it.
    Thanks for the chance.

  10. SuZ

    I love reading… I read to Ava all the time and Avery loves it too. She smiles and coos all the time when we read together. 🙂

  11. Abbey

    We have read to Keefer since before he was even born when his Dad would read to my belly. He’s 9 months old now and currently has more interest in eating the books than reading them but I’m sure that will change as he gets older.

  12. Amberlayne Sealy

    reading sets up your child for a lifetime love of it. Its so good for their imagination! I believe in reading and make it a point to get it done no matter what every night. Its togetherness and its calming. The perfect bedtime recipe!

  13. Susan C

    My grandchildren love sharing books with me. We cuddle on the couch with a book-it’s such a sweet time between us!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  14. Linda

    I think starting out reading to a young child is very important and instills the love of reading in them.

  15. Shilo Beedy

    I read to my kids to help with there imagination and to show the importance of reading.

  16. Mary

    I think it can be an early step in training their minds to learn, and imagine. To instill a love of books early, is good competition against the ‘junk food’ entertainment that electronics can be. The time shared together is valuable, and rewarding too!


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  18. Jennifer S.

    Reading with your kids is incredibly important! It not only teaches important skills but it gives parents and children the opportunity to spend quality time together and might lead to important conversations.

  19. Annette E

    My husband and I have been reading to my 6 year old son since he was born. He is such a good reader now.

  20. cynthia layton

    it helps develope language skills

  21. Debra P

    Reading with your child helps them develop a love of reading. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

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  23. Sheila Newton

    I think it’s great to read to your kids. My daughter loves it, she loves the quality time we get and I love that she can (almost) read at the age of 5.

  24. Melissa B.

    Reading to my children has improved their vocabulary tremendously.


    It encourages learning & provides a good bonding experience with your children.

  26. dddiva

    I’ve read to the girls since they were newborns- and it took with 3 of them- the blonde not so much. Now we’re doing it with Ian and he’d rather read than almost anything.

  27. Kellie Conklin

    Oh goodness, how to express all the different reasons reading with children is important! Not only is it great personal interaction but it prepares them for all areas of school and helps to teach making connections early on. It’s tons of fun and relies on the importance of using imagination. I love reading with kids, the number of available books is endless! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Paula Hafner

    I believe that reading to a child, fosters a life-long love of reading. I think that also fosters a love of learning.

  29. Rosey

    The kids soak up everything. Our two-year old pays attention when we read, and he knows many story lines and he realizes you read from left to right, just from watching us read to him.

  30. carol y l

    Reading to your child is so important because it gives them a love of reading that lasts forever. They see Mommy and Daddy doing this and that makes them WANT to learn to read also. What could be better than that! They get excited about something that will be so important to success in thier life! What an example and what a learning experience-in more ways than one.

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  32. Gianna

    Reading to your child shows them interest in reading themselves.

  33. Helen

    Reading to your child is important because it gets them interested in learning and develops a life long love of books.

  34. Tara Fearon

    It is very important to read with the kids it keeps the kids thinking and keeps a close family. in the summer is so important becouse they some times lose what they learned.

  35. Lily Kwan

    It’s important because it encourages an interest in reading and helps to strengthen the bond between parent and child.


    i believe that reading with your child is very important. I think that reading will give the children a good foundation!

  37. kathy pease

    reading expands the imagigination and inspires creativity..i remember my mom reading to me it gives the child a memory he will never forget 🙂

  38. Veronica Garrett

    It is important to start reading with your child from an early age. It fosters a lifetime of love of reading as well as helps them before they start school.

  39. Denise

    Reading with children is important so that they’ll develop a love of reading themselves.

  40. Kerrie Mayans

    I think reading with your kids is very important. My older daughters who have been reading on their own for a few years now still like to be read aloud to so at bedtime we take turns reading books like Harry Potter or The Benedict Society or The 39 clues books aloud.
    And my preschoolers love to have picture books read over and over and over until they have it memoriezed and then they say they are reading it to me. 🙂

  41. Amanda

    Thanks for your entries. The three winners will be notified via email. We use random.org to select all contest winners.

  42. Lori

    Our prize came in the mail yesterday! Thank you so much! The book is adorable and we are so excited to start using all the cooking utensils together too! Thanks again!!

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