Travels with Gannon & Wyatt, Review & Giveaway!

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We LOVE reading in this house. I mean really, REALLY love it. The day I told the girls I had brand new books for them to read was a party and a half. They were so excited, and when we cracked open the books from the “Travels with Gannon & Wyatt” series it was all over. I mean, it’s ANIMALS! The girls immediately dove in and scanned for pictures first, because the pictures of the live animals (the alligator was a big hit for our little alligator), and they couldn’t wait to see every one of them. Once they’d settled down we sat down to read. The stories are told in journal form, with separate entries by both Gannon & Wyatt, which make for short “chapters” perfect for my ADD readers. I also love that each of the entries start with a great learning opportunity (or 2).  They list the location – with a longitude and latitude. Temperatures and weather listings are there too.  These gave me and the girls some great chances to talk about what these things are, and find a map (~cough~ or a computer ~cough~) to look them all up. Of course, there’s all the animals, which my kids LOVE.  Oh, and at the end, there’s a few pages with spots for journal entries.  The girls are dying to take a trip to the zoo to use them! Kennedy got to read first and eagerly dove in, and by the time she was home, she was dragging Molly over to join her. Hearing Kennedy say words like “Botswana” and “Kalahari Dessert” at her young age, is so much fun. She’s having fun, she’s reading, and she’s learning. Kennedy has taken a shining to the Botswana book.  It has all the animals she loves. Elephants, alligators, rhinos and cheetah’s. We love sitting down and devouring chapters as fast as she can. I have a feeling these books are going to be long lasting around here, so much to read and learn, and the older they get, the more they’ll understand! As you can see below, the girls HIGHLY recommend the books and want you to win a set of your own. (Look below the picture for how to win) Gannon & Wyatt have a Facebook Page and a Twitter account you should really follow to keep up on their latest adventures!! Giveaway Time!! Entry is easy… 1. Leave a comment telling me what you love about these books and why you want them for your kid!! (required entry) 2. For an extra entry, tweet the following exactly (copy & paste should do it). ~optional extra entry Travels with @GannonandWyatt, a review & a #Giveaway. Great books w/ learning opportunities! #GannonWyatt @sadiecass 3. Pin this post using the giveaway picture & leave a comment with the link to the pin! ~optional extra entry That’s it!  The giveaway ends on 11/25 at 9AM. The winner will only have 24 hours to get back to me, as I must turn in your info by the 26th!  There will be no second chances, as I have a deadline! There is another giveaway over at my dear friend, Emily’s place if you want more chances to win, head on over there! You should also know that Gannon & Wyatt are having a Kindle Fire Giveaway on their Facebook Page the month of November!! There’s still time to enter, so head on over!!   I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Read more »

The Reading List – and Whiny Kids

We all remember those reading lists from school. I always enjoyed getting it – except the year The Iliad was on it. This year the teen has a list. I wasn’t given the list, he just comes home and asks if we can pick up a book for him…because the school issues the books on their iPads. Denver doesn’t like reading on electronic devices. He wants paper and pages. The last book was To Kill a Mockingbird. A great classic novel I read in school myself. I was happy to run up to Half Price books and pick him up a copy. Then last night he came to me again and asked if I could pick him up another book at Half Price. He said it was from his reading list…and that it had replaced another. I said, of course I would and what book did he need. “A Painted House.” I wracked my brain attempting to remember this great, classic novel. Nothing. I asked him to repeat himself. “A Painted House by John Graham or something like that.” Erik and I both said, “John Grisham?” At Denver’s agreement I stared at him flabbergasted. “The school is having you read a Grisham novel? Seriously?” It was at this point that he informed me that the original story was Huckleberry Finn…”But a bunch of kids complained so they changed it.” I’m sorry, but WHAT? What has this world come to that a school will change a reading list because kids are complaining? What happened to the set reading list and you either read or you failed (You should see my grade for the test on The Iliad…eesh)? I’m beyond disgusted by this turn of events. I can’t imagine replacing a long-standing, time-tested classic novel like Huckleberry Finn. Certainly not because KIDS were complaining. I have a feeling my kid will be reading Huckleberry Finn too…because I don’t want him robbed of that opportunity because a school backed down to children. Why do we give our kids this much power? Aren’t we the ones that are supposed to be in charge? Read more »

by Sarah Cass

Multi-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.

Happy Meals for Happy Readers

On almost any day of the week you can find the members of this family with their noses buried in a book. Sure, the teen took a really, really long time to come around, but once he did he was unstoppable. The girls read well above their comprehension level just to get words on the page. So when I heard McDonald’s was replacing toys with books in their Happy Meals? I was pretty stoked. My girls will love getting books, and I love that McDonald’s is taking this step. Included in our Happy Meals are these fun titles that involve teaching children about eating right when sometimes it’s not so easy to do: But they aren’t stopping there, which is even better.  Want to know why? McDonald’s of Central Indiana is leading a “Give a Book, Get a Book” campaign. All around Indy, from November 1st through the 14th, at Ronald McDonald Houses, local libraries, and Indy Reads there will be Book Donation sites set up. In exchange for a donation of a new (or gently used) children’s book, you’ll get a “Be Our Guest” card good for a free Happy Meal! And to top it all off, participating libraries will host a “Happy Meal Day” filled with kid’s activities and McDonald’s Happy Meal books!! Since 2011 McDonald’s has been finding new ways to take action and fulfill their “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices”. Each of the stories in these unique, limited edition books, is a fun and nutritional message that kids can understand. Now onto the part I know you’ve been waiting for. My Giveaway!  One lucky winner will get a week’s worth of Happy Meal Coupons, a $10 Amazon Gift Card, and a copy of a Happy Meal Book! To make it easier, I whipped up a rafflecopter this time.  Good luck!   a Rafflecopter giveaway   Read more »