The Importance of Summer Reading & Giveaway!

We are going on our fourth week of summer vacation and the kids are getting a little antsy, to put it mildly. It’s been a struggle to come up with new games and activities to keep them occupied and happy. Usually during summer vacation we break our nightly reading routine and replace it for late nights and movies. It’s so important not to forget how beneficial reading is for kids (and adults!) and to keep them learning all summer long so they’re prepared for school, which for us starts in early August. It’s been proven over and over again that children who read don’t just do better at subjects like reading, English and history. They do better at all subjects and they do better all the way through school. Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain and strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections. I love finding short stories and new books that the kids love and I am so excited share with you one of their favorites today!

The Kings Lockett is a fairy tale was written by Jacob Stull, an Atlanta native, for his two daughters. The story is an allegory, and though simple and short, it has much deeper meaning. The book is intended to be read and discussed as a family, however adults enjoy and benefit as much from the story as children do. This story is full of vivid imagery brought to life by fourteen full-page illustrations. Each illustration depicts an important scene from the book. I love how this is a short story because having a 4-year-old and 2-year-old, their attention span isn’t always the greatest. My kids, especially Evelyn, have the most fun coloring in the adorable coloring book. Evelyn has shown to be my more “creative” child and loves to color and draw so she really took to this coloring book. If you’re looking for an a great book for the whole family, definitely check out The Kings Lockett which can be purchased on Amazon.

Today I have an amazing giveaway for you! The winner will receive a copy of The Kings Lockett, a digital copy of the book, The Kings Lockett coloring book, headphones and 100-count Crayola Colored Pencils. All you have to do is follow the 3 steps below. Giveaway is available to US residents only and ends Thursday June 22 at 9am! Good luck, friends!


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  1. I totally agree about the importance of reading — especially in the summer to keep their skills current until they return to school. If kids see parents reading, and placing importance of reading it helps create young readers!

  2. I totally agree with the importance of summer reading! It is so important to keep up with it all! You can definitely tell who reads over the summer vs. not!

  3. Summer reading was always one of my favorite activities as a child and I can’t wait to share that with my toddler. This book sounds great!

  4. Love this post! We’re book lovers and I totally agree!! We’ve got one last trip away and then we’re heading to the library to stock up for the rest of the summer! 🙂

  5. The best way to create a life long reader, is early exposure to books. I loved being read to as a small child. I also remember the thrill of making regular trips to our local bookstore, where I’d eagerly browse the kid’s section and pick out a new book or two!

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