Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's #WRAD Day! #ReadAndReflect @Staples (with #Giveaway)

Disclosure: I was offered sample products to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Happy World Read Aloud Day!

March 4, 2015 is Happy World Read Aloud Day!

Happy World Read Aloud Day to you! Thanks to Staples, we're having a WRAD day, and I sincerely hope that you are too. If not...there's still time plenty of time to join in! Every first Wednesday of March, WRAD encourages members of their year-round programs to invite more people into their literacy community and help spread the message of WRAD to the world. So far, it seems to be working! 

Celebrated in over 80 countries and encompassing over one million people, WRADvocates everywhere, including Staples and Mail4Rosey, are encouraging children, teens, and adults worldwide to gather together to help celebrate the power of reading out loud. By raising our voices together, we help show the children of the world that we support them, their books, their reading, and their right to literacy.

The initiative has already reached 31 million people online alone, and with everyone doing their small part to share, let's hope that number increases exponentially!



To celebrate in our house today, we took out some of my son's favorite books, 


and some art supplies, all of the above generously supplied by Staples (where you will find a huge inventory of books and all things artsy), and we worked together to bring a story to life.


The first thing we did is pick out one of the books and sit around while we listened to my son read it aloud. He selected Laura Numeroff's, "If You Give a Moose a Muffin." Long a favorite author in our family of four children, Numeroff brings to life the silly and fun antics of a moose who likes muffins, and all the things that must go with them, like sweaters... Sweaters? Yeah, sweaters. ;) Read the book to see the funny connection...you'll find no spoiler alerts here!! ;) :)




Then we set to work on bringing the moose to life (on paper, of course). My son drew, cut, colored, and taped (he's got a love of all things office supply, including tape). The project was so engrossing that it required moving from the kid table, to the floor (an artist has to have room to work you know).


The end result was nothing short of spectacular (come on tell me, you've never seen such a cute construction paper replica of a moose, right?). :)

It was fun to #ReadAndReflect, and a big thank you to Staples for helping us do so. You can take part in the WRAD Day initiative too! Pick up a book and read aloud to your child, or better yet, have your child read aloud to you! Share the message on social media. Ask around to see if there are any local events in your area affiliated with WRAD today. Visit the WRAD initiative on their website. Or create a way to celebrate that's all your own! The important thing is to help get the word out that you support children reading. I know I do, and I know Staples does too!


To extend the celebration, Staples is offering a surprise assortment of art supplies and/or books to help your child(ren) learn to read and reflect too (book choice will be age-appropriate).

US entrants only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

154 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

So cute and seriously love that there is day for this!! :)

Danielle Day said...

I love staples easy to shop at.

Masshole Mommy said...

I love this day! I think it's so important for kids to read!

Echo A said...

We are celebrating this in our house today too!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

What a totally cool idea! (And yes, your son created a VERY handsome moose.)

Hmmm, I read a newspaper article out loud to my husband this morning... does that count?

Liz Mays said...

Bringing books to life is such a fun thing to do! His moose is the cutest lil moose!

Theresa Mahoney said...

We love those If You Give A... books! They are hilarious! Staples is our go to for back to school shopping. Since it's on the other end of town, we only get to go a few times a year, but it's always a fun trip!

heather meads said...

What a cute lookin' reading out loud moose!!

Jeannette said...

What a cute craft! I love how you brought the book to life. We ready to my youngest everyday - it's one of his favorite things!

RANE said...

I haven't seen a 96 Pack of Crayons ... Thanks to Staples and the organizers of WRAD all kids have an equal opportunity to literacy

Jessica Harlow said...

I love the idea of #WRAD! I love reading and hopefully will pass that love down to my girls too. So far, so good! Happy reading!

alissa apel said...

I love going to Staples. It's fun getting school and craft supplies there.

debdenny said...

This is an awesome pack From Staples. Cool they are doing this.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He made a moose!
A moose once bit my sister...
Moose bites can be very painful.
(Sorry, channeling a little Monty Python.)

Autumn Blues Reviews said...

As a family we use staples all them time. This looks like a great giveaway!

Tracie Nall said...

His moose is super cute!

We had fun celebrating WRAD today, too. Any excuse to celebrate reading!

Maria Long said...

I think this is great that you are doing these amazing book crafts. I love that Staples is supporting child literacy.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Reading with children and bringing them to the library and buying them books to read is the best! You son is so cute and great to see that he loves reading books!

Mrs. Brown said...

I love Staples because they have great deals on all kinds of things! I am always getting things for my classroom....reading to my kids each day is one of the things we love!

Pat Hatt said...

I think I'll have to read to the cat. Not sure he'll care though lol

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What fun! I just love seeing my boys read. It never grows old.

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a great way to celebrate literacy... and that's one WRAD moose, you betcha!

Rebecca Bryant said...

I love to read so this is something I can enjoy. Any type of holiday that involves reading and I'm in.

Jennifer Corter said...

I love reading aloud to my little guy! He has such a love for books, and its awesome! :)

Couponing Away Debt said...

I am all about reading with the kids and having them read to me! I love his moose, it came out so cute!

Michelle Martinka said...

SO much fun! Those are some of my favorite childhood books!

Brandy Tanner said...

I have never heard of read aloud day, how cool! I read aloud with my youngest every day, my middle son enjoys a book every day as homework and as pleasure just about once a week. Books are great, glad you were able to get some items to partake in this special day!

rayhe said...

"Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day" is my favorite!

Michelle Martinka said...

YES! I love to make books seem more tangible. I will have to do some of this with my toddler!

Christy Garrett said...

I am thankful that Staples realizes how important reading is and that they are helping raise awareness. Thank you for sharing, all the books look cute.

Sharon Ruggieri said...

Don't know a thing about Wrad, though I can't say that anymore, but I am BFF's with staples! LOVE THEM!

Alison Gibb said...

WRAD is awesome. I used to love reading books to my son!!

Pam said...

World Read Aloud Day is such a great way to instill a love of reading in your kids. I had no idea it even existed.

bxcrochet said...

I never knew it was World read aloud day! I will be reading a couple extra books to my daughter at bedtime.

Michelle F.

Maggie King said...

Your boys are adorable and look like They love reading! As a librarian, that makes my heart happy!

Binky said...

I never heard of this day, but it sounds like a great way to engage kids and to get them to read more.

Debi Gerhart said...

That First book was my favorite book for the longest time. I can not wait to see the movie.

Elephant's Child said...

I love it. Any reading is a plus. A big plus.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I love both those books your cutie's reading.

This is a great program. Anything that encourages reading is a good thing. Fortunately, many or most kids love books.

Be well, Rosey.

Jeremy Lagatule said...

Awesome! This is such a cute post and a great program, Love the cardboard moose he made... well done!

spiffykerms said...

I *think* I remember that Moose book from when I was a kid!!!! Such a cute post :)

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I love getting all my work supplies at staples. Their selection is amazing. Brittney House

Alli Smith said...

I always read aloud to my kids and now I read to my grandkids. Thanks to my mom and my first grade teacher, I've had a life long love of reading. Wonderful program!

Bismah Abdelgawad said...

This is a wonderful idea that all families should participate in! It is also great to see a company such as Staples give back to the community in such a way!

Kristi Maloney said...

I love your son's Moose! He did a great job. Isn't this an awesome giveaway? :) Glad to be a part of it too. We are having fun reading Because of Winn Dixie!

clc408 said...

As a retired teacher, I love this. Reading and creativity are so important.

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Happy World Read Aloud Day! I'm glad my son now has a fondness for books. :)

SnowflakeDay (Audra) said...

I've always liked Staples; was the only place I could find the correct supplies for my daughter at back to school time. -Audra O'Hara

Kristie said...

I thought I saw something about World Read Aloud Day on facebook yesterday. So neat! We read aloud nearly every day... we had 3 books going as of yesterday, but got one done! Yay! ;-)

That construction paper moose is awesome! Reminds me so much of my little guy...especially all the tape ;-)...our sons would surely get along great! :-)

Nico2317 said...

I have always enjoyed shopping at Staples, they are good with finding things if it is not on the shelves. I also love the World Reading Aloud Day, thank you for sharing.

Onica MommyFactor said...

What a fun way to participate in WRAD day. Those books look like great reads and love the moose craft project.

DeDa Studios said...

Cute moose - we love making make project while reading a story

Joyce Lansky said...

This would be a great gift for my grand niece and nephew, of course I rarely win. Thanks for the contest.

Ricci said...

I use to love this book when I was younger!! I also loved "Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" I saw that in your collection and it made me smile.

jules mcnubbin (buttmuffin) said...

my daughter loves to read and she loves shopping for supplies at staples- i have to drag her outta there :P

Jackie said...

I think World Read Aloud Day is a great idea. You chose some fun books!

nickieisis3 said...

I love staples easy to shop at.

Dhemz Apdian - Dias said...

awwwwww...he's so cute! I love shopping at Staples...what a great campaign to support!
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Crystal Rose said...

I've always liked Staples.

Crystal Rose said...

I've always liked Staples.

Yona Williams said...

I am a huge fan of Staples, and just go in there to scan their clearance items. Whenever I am in need of a new laptop/PC – they are the first place that I go to. I love your son's moose!

Yona Williams said...

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Crystal Rose said...

I love shopping at Staples.

Janet W. said...

I love shopping at Staples! They always have exactly what I need and the prices are great!

Erinn Sluka said...

I love Staples for these campaigns they do. I shop there often and love their rewards

Trisha Grimes said...

I didn't realize that the 4th was World Read Aloud Day! I'm familiar with some of Laura Numeroff's stories but haven't heard of "If You Give a Moose a Muffin." I'll have to pick this one up for my nephew! Great giveaway!

Chubskulit Rose said...

He did a great job on that project. My kids would surely love this kind of activity!

Brian Miller said...

its good not only for kids to read
but to reflect on what they read...and respond to it....
very cool...

McKim said...

I like the Staples Rewards program.

Beth Williams said...

Aw, I'm glad to see all those books are still popular. They were my favorite when I was little!

I actually wrote a blog post modeled after If You Give a Mouse a Cookie...
http://www.travelsintranslation.com/2013/07/if-you-give-a-deer-a-cracker/

Ivy B said...

I don't know why I don't think to shop at Staples more often ... I've seen quite a selection of art and school supplies that could get me into trouble ;)

kellyr78 said...

I like shopping for school supplies at Staples.

CindyWindy2003 said...

Our office uses staples, we love it, fast, easy, and they have everything we need. Love to encourage reading & art in any way, sounds like a great program.

Laura Funk said...

what an awesome "WRAD" program that staples is offering and you are correct that is a super adorable moose out of construction paper.

Cindy Gordon said...

My kids love this book and we read it very often! We also use Staples for all our home office needs. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mayla Moore said...

Such a great program. My sons favorite book to read aloud right now is 'Green Eggs and Ham'. Thank you!

Heather62 said...

We read a lot in our house but I don't always follow through with activities. Thanks for the great reminder of how easy it can be.

Amanda Love said...

What a great giveaway sponsored by Staples. We do a LOT of reading in our house and I always encourage everyone to read to their kids.

Dawn Monroe said...

I think its great that its worldwide and that they are encouraging reading. Its hard to get kids to pick a book over electronics and I think the key is starting young.

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

This is so great! I's important to encourage kids to read early on, and this is a great way to do it!

Pam said...

I love that cardboard moose! And that Give a Moose a Muffin book is too funny.

Sherrie Bama said...

I like anything that encourages kids to read. Great thing Staples is doing.

Michelle Klingen said...

Staples is a great store with quality merchandise

Jaredamy said...

I love these kid's books! Staples is a favorite store here too!

Patricia Figurski said...

I got the same kind of days in my home:) My 8 years old loves coming to me and reading books so I can hear it .

Penny Struebig said...

Great way to spend the day with your son! I forget that these things are available at Staples.

Lexie Lane said...

Wow! Very cool! Is the Alexander book associated with the movie? Very cool!

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

This is a great day; hanging out and reading with the kids.

Catherine Sargent said...

The moose turned out really cute. WRAD sounds like a great program.

Debra said...

We love that book series - and and Iove how you made a moose as part of it! Kids always learn more that way and it's so fun!

mail4rosey said...

Yep, one and the same. :)

Marcie W. said...

I love listening to my children read and it just amazes me to listen to their expressions and personalities when they get attached to a story. The books your son read are definitely some classics!

Christina Aliperti said...

I am for anything that gets kids to read and enjoy it. This is awesome and Staples is a great store to get arts and craft supplies.

Anonymous said...

I love shopping at Staples for office supplies
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Merry

crystal said...

I love reading with my kids. It's one of my favorite bonding times.

Joanna Grace said...

I love Staples' free rewards program - their 1-day free shipping is so convenient!

Vera Sweeney said...

I love Staples and their reward programs!! Those are some great children books and some of my families favorite books.

Pamela:: Still dating My Spouse said...

We don't have a close Staples to me but when I'm in the area I will stop in.

Terri Ramsey Beavers said...

This is a great giveaway. I started reading outloud to the kids the day they were born and they in turn started reading outloud to me as soon as they started learning to read. Reading is so important to me, I'm tickled that there is a WRAD day. And Staples! I can't say enough good about Staples.

Victoria said...

I love this idea. My oldest is learning to read and I try to make it as fun as possible for him.

Tracey said...

Happy World Read Aloud Day! What a fun craft to do!

Jen Temcio said...

You have some of my favorite books at your house! I love your son's moose :) Thanks for the cool giveaway - and thanks to Staples!!

Annie Stow said...

Way to go Staples! I love this. Reading aloud is so very important no matter what the ages of your kids!

Christie C said...

Reading and crafting is a great way to reflect on the book! What a great campaign

Ashley Howard said...

We love reading around here! My daughter and I do tons of projects with each book, but my son and I don't. He's such an artist, he loves to draw his own original pictures. I would love to do something like this with them! Anything involving tape keeps them happy. :)
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Ken Ohl said...

love the happy world read aloud day. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Cynthia Wright said...

That's one of my kid's favorite books! I had no idea about RAD day! Thanks for sharing!

Katrina Gehman said...

i haven't read that book but will have to look at it more. i bet my daughter would love it.

Kim Croisant said...

What a sweet read. I would love to have that Moose book to read to my 5 year old. We love reading and doing activities like that.

musingsonmotherhoodmidlife said...

Staples is a great store. I loved seeing all about WRAD--my daughter would love the Moose book and craft.
Estelle

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

Happy WRAD Day! It's my first time I've heard of Staples but they are having a great giveaway.

Marie Moody said...

Well, he's a little cutie pie for sure! You have a great little model there young lady! :) I personally love Staples. They have everything from soup to nuts. We always ordered from there when I worked for the law firms.

Jinxy and Me said...

Oh, I love his moose! It turned out great. I really wish we had a Staples close-by. That was always my go-to for office supplies.

Denise Morse said...

great program and project, we love to read

crystalf said...

I love to go into Staples for school supplies. They always have different and cute supplies that my girls love. Thank you!
crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

Da- HedgeHogi said...

We love Staples. You can get most of your items there!

Lauren said...

We love Staples for school supplies.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I have a Staples not more than 5 minutes from me. My Hubs shops there quite often.
That Moose turned out great!!!

Lisa said...

Those are all great books! I loved that you made crafts with them.

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

I love listening to my kids read. I really like the moose to go along with the book.

dropastitch@yahoo.com said...

I was just there yesterday buying paper clips!

hhkaufman78 said...

I love art supplies!!

Luxe Tips said...

What a neat idea! I am going to visit my nearest Staple on Wednesday to participate.

Xty C said...

I think my nephews would love this one

Eliz Frank said...

Reading stretches more than our minds so thank you for taking the time to share this important information.

Kim Keithline said...

I love staples it is such a great place to shop I get great deals and fast free shipping

2justByou said...

I hadn't heard of WRAD before, but it's definitely a great day to support and encourage others to support. Reading aloud is important, and it's fun.
Thanks for the great giveaway to go along with it!

MikiHope said...

I love that moose!! And since I am all about literacy I love this entire initiative!! I will definitely be sharing this one around-no doubt about it!! As everyone knows I read--all the time and my Mom and I are making sure my grand niece has plenty of books that can be read to her until she is able to read them herself. (My Mom reminds my niece all the time to read to her daughter!!)

Linda Bradshaw said...

We love to shop at Staples but we do not have one close to us. My parents do so when I go visit, I can shop there!

Darby Elizabeth said...

Staples has some pretty good deals!

~ Noelle said...

we had Read Across America day.. but I had never heard of WRAD ...
Broxton loves the Alexander book, but he was not happy with the movie :(
As for Staples... I am so upset, they just closed the one down the street from us... UGHHHHHHHHHHHHhh

SexyBrat said...

I go to Staples for all my back to school shopping.

RENNIE D said...

I go to staples for all of my office supplies and when i need large prints they have the best deals.

Heather! said...

I love Staples. Love love love Staples!

vanessa richard said...

love staples it a go to for office supplies they always have good deals and Alexander is a completely funny book love reading it to my son

jlee said...

We've been going to staples every year for back to school shopping!

Robyn Donnelly said...

I am grown and I still like art supplies to have around for fun.

Karen said...

I used to read to my kids from the day I brought them home from the hospital. They loved books. One loves books so much that she has a degree in Library Science.

Daniel M said...

we have a staples right around the corner from us, very handy - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Laurie Murley said...

I love shopping at staples their the best store their the only store that carries the ink for my printer

A Marie said...

I learned that #WRAD stands for World Read Aloud Day. I think its great that Staples is an advocate for literacy.

Erica C. said...

Staples is great for cheap school supplies!

Carolyn Daley said...

I have not heard of WRAD before today, but I think it is cool that this program exists to encourage literacy.

tina reynolds said...

So cute I had not heard of it yet I want to do this projct with my three kiddos

Nancy said...

I think WRAD is a great idea! Any promotion to get kids and families reading is a super thing.

Nancy
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Jodi Kershuk said...

I love Staples. As a homeschooler we spent a lot of time getting supplies there.

Stephanie Larison said...

I love going to Staples for all the back to school supplies needed for the kids.

Chip said...

Staples is my go to place for school supplies.

Sherry Conrad said...

I love Staples for so many reasons, and WRAD is great to get the word out. Reading is so important for kids - well, everyone really.

Anonymous said...

I learned that World Read Aloud Day, or WRAD, is now celebrated by over one million people in more than 80 countries and reaches over 31 million people online.

Leela said...

I love shopping at staples.

Michelle Tucker said...

Every time I read about Staples, it seems like they are doing something awesome for children. I LOVE that. Such an awesome company.

Sand said...

I like that staples has a great selection!

Amy Deeter said...

i love shopping at staples.great selections and the price is right !!!