LeapFrog Reading Month Campaign



To know me is to know that I love to read.  For as long as I can remember, getting lost in a book has always been my perfect escape.  I can remember hiding under the covers with a flashlight and Ramona Quimby, Age 8, when I was young – trying desperately to sneak in a few extra pages of a book I had already several times over.

These days, I stick close to F. Scott Fitzgerald – also known as the author who helped me survive the tumultuous high school years.  It simply doesn’t matter how many times I read a book or short story, I always find something new to love with each reading of my favorite tales.

As you can imagine, I’ve spent a lot of time reading to my kids.  I read to them when I was pregnant.  I read to them when they were infants.  I read to them when they were toddlers…and we still continue to read.

One thing that I’ve fought along the way, though, is reading technology.

I love the feel of the pages of the books between my fingers.  I love the sound of pages turning.  I love the scent of a brand new book, as well as the scent of a book well-loved over the years.  I wanted to stay true to real, organic reading with my kids.

But then I was given a LeapFrog Tag.  I have to be honest with you; it’s kind of a game changer.  While Liam memorizes words and numbers as if he has some sort of hard drive for a brain, my sweet little Riley is a dreamer.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s learning her site words right on schedule.  But she lives in her imagination, just as I did at age six, and she often gets lost in thoughts and ideas.  And when the words don’t come to her easily?  She gets frustrated.

Having the LeapFrog Tag gives her the opportunity to work through some of those difficult moments without me sounding out the words and watching.  I can sit back and listen while she works through the story with the help of her Tag.

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And Liam?  He loves the little games and challenges that break up the story…and he learns to recognize new words each time he uses it.

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Studies show that the more children read, the better readers they become.

But it’s not simply about reading more. Children who are actively engaged as they read—thinking about what they are reading versus looking passively at the words on the page—have been shown to regularly outperform children who are less engaged in what they are reading.

When I was given the opportunity to write about LeapFrog Reading Month – I just couldn’t wait.

Riley’s school makes a push for reading to your kids for 20 minutes a day, and I tend to agree.  We need to do at least that much to keep their minds active.

My kids have already learned a lot from using the Tag products – truly, I can’t say enough good things.  You can head over to shop for Tag products and get $3 OFF HERE.

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Also?

GIVEAWAY!!!

One lucky (U.S.) reader will win 1 LeapFrog prize pack:  Tag Leap and the Lost Dinosaur, Tag Get Ready for Kindergarten, Tag Junior Toddler Milestones, Tag Junior Animals Around the World. Approximate value of prize pack items is $50.

To enter:

Leave a comment below.  That’s it.  Super easy.

***This giveaway ends on March 22nd.  Please make sure that I have your email address so that I can contact you!

Good luck and happy reading!

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective but content and opinions expressed here are my own. To take the LeapFrog Reading Month pledge, please visit their Facebook page. #LFReadingMonth #spon

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About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes freelance for Everyday Family and allParenting, and blogs for The Huffington Post. She has a rock and roll husband and two kids. Katie believes in love, lattes, and the power of play.

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  1. Tabathia B says:

    My favorite book from childhood was Frog and Toad

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  2. Melissa M says:

    My 2 and 4 year old boys would love this!

  3. I have 3 kids 5 and under and this would be so much fun for them! Oh and by the way, I used to hide under the covers and read Ramon Quimby too! She was the best! I love books! I hope my kids will always love to read too!!! (katbiggie1@gmail.com)
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  4. Stacey kelly says:

    Mia spent first grade DEVOURING the Ramona series (I loved them as a kid too). We have never use the tag system, but I bet Jackson and Quinn would love it!

  5. D SCHMIDT says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! As a child I adored the Anne of Green Gables series, my four year old son’s current favorite book is Guess How Much I Love You. I have actually created a reading corner in his room to encourage his love of books.

  6. My daughter would love this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. My son would love this prize. We were looking at the leap frog system at the store. My son loves reading Disney books.

  8. My kids love LeapFrog!

  9. Thanks for the review! I have been looking at different e-reader options for my toddler. I think she would love this.

  10. the deadline is my due date with ben- and the day before his 6th bday. fingers crossed!

  11. Livivua Chandler says:

    wee love the mother goose series

  12. To say we are readers in our house is an understatement! I always have to be in the middle of a book. I squeeze reading time in whenever I can. A few minutes in the quiet of early morning, while I take a few sips of hot coffee. While I’m waiting in the car with two sleeping babies in the backseat. Before bed every single night.And both children have caught the reading bug as well. Joseph plops in our laps with a board book whenever he has the opportunity. And Stephanie…she is just like her mama. She reads and reads and reads. She’ll beg to watch a movie and then flat out ignore the tv as she sits on the couch reading a pile of books. She can recite her favorites word for word. We’ll go on playdates and she’ll head right to her friend’s bookshelf and sit down to read. I read her 4 books before rest time and 4 more before bedtime. I love, love, love that she is as avid a reader as I’ve always been. :)
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