WFMW - Giving it away {Give Away} Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of 28 days of Give Aways. I am linking up with We Are That Family this week.
I am giving away a free book today. A classic: The Very Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. This prize will be taken from my list of followers. So if you want to be included in this drawing, make sure you sign up as a follower.
Also, followers are eligible for many of the prizes this month, so even if you don't want to win this prize, you will be automatically entered in many of the future drawings.

So today's Give Away is all about books. We have a lot, and we seem to just get more. I used to buy books at yard sales, because that is the only price that makes sense to me. I am not sure if I have ever paid full price for a book before.

But I can't even buy them at yard sales anymore, because we somehow still end up with LOTS of books. Unfortunately we love them all. We read them all of the time. I cannot imagine not having books. Which is why as part of my Give Away today I want to encourage you to also give something away.

You see, there are so many kids out there who don't have so many books. They can't go to bed hearing the same story read to them over and over and over again until their parents can read it by memory. And yet, it is this repetition that creates a love of literature in a young reader. In fact, if you have ever read Freakonomics by Dubner and Levitt, they did a study about kids and having books at home. Having books at home was a higher indicator of future success in school than how many times you went to the library.

I want to challenge you today to go through your books (not just your kids books) and find books in good shape that can be given away. You don't even have to look for an official program, just get a box and take it to your local public school. Say, "I have a box of books I would like to give to kids who need them." Smile, and then go home.

Or you can get more involved, and offer to come and read some of the books to the kids at school, and then let them keep them. I will let you decide.

But know, that whatever you decide, you will be giving your kids a powerful lesson about money.
  • We never have so little that we can't share with someone who has less
  • There is always someone who is thankful for having books
  • Learning how to read is more important than having the best toys
  • You don't have to have money to give some thing somebody needs

Thank you for joining me for this Give Away. And that is how giving things away Works For Me.


  1. I LOVE this book!! I wanted to get it for my daughter for Christmas but I couldn't find it!!!!

  2. Thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog, and thanks for the invitation here! Thanks even more for this post -- what a great idea! One of the Scouts in our local troop put together a book drive for a badly-off school as his Eagle project last year; I'm sure the need is still there. And given the number of teachers I know, I'm sure somebody could use books for the age groups we'd be giving away.

  3. Great idea! I send books in to my daughters' schools frequently because I can't bear to just send them to Goodwill - somehow donating to the school feels better. And we, too, have zillions of books. But you can never really have too many books, can you? (Don't answer that!)