You want to hear a terrifying statistic?
According the a poll released by the Pearson Foundation, 75% of Americans don't know that two-thirds of low-income households have absolutely NO books in their home suitable for or designed for children under the age of 5.
What does this mean?
A terrifyingly high number of children are starting school at a disadvantage because they are not being exposed to books from a young age.
On October 6, 2011 over 2,000,000 people across the United States will join together to read Anna Dewdney's adorable Llama, Llama Red Pajama to promote early literacy.
To join in and do your part, just take the pledge to Read for the Record which reads:
I pledge to read Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney with children in my life on October 6, 2011. By sitting down to read, I'll be joining more than 2 MILLION people in calling for an end to America's early education achievement gap. Together, we'll stand up to demand that all children receive the quality early education they deserve.
Nobody will check up on you, I promise 😉
For even more Read for the Record day fun, head over to your local Gymboree Play & Music for a free “red pajama reading party” on October 6th which will include all sorts of fun Llama themed activities (and, if I know Gymboree, probably some bubbles as well 🙂
To sweeten the deal a little bit more, you can get your own copy of Llama, Llama Red Pajama for FREE!
Mandatory entry: To get your very own copy, go take the pledge and leave a comment here telling me that you did.
For extra entries (leave a comment for each one):
1. Like peek a baby on Facebook
2. Follow me on twitter
3. Follow this blog publically on Google Friend Connect
4. Retweet this info with my twitter handle attached, @peekababy and leave me a comment with a link to your retweet.
5. Retweet daily for an extra entry, you must leave a comment daily to tell you did so with a link to your tweet!
I have 5 (!) copies to giveaway….so don't be shy.
This is going to be a short contest, because I'd like (though can't promise) winners to get their books by October 6th. So winners will be chosen on Monday, October 3rd.
If you don't get your book on time, read it online!
**Disclaimer: In exchange for this post, I am being provided with copies of the book to giveaway as well as a free month of Gymboree classes**