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Thursday, April 21, 2016

April Books & Mailing Dates

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Here is a list of the 928,071 free books mailed in April 2016 for all countries. This list includes mailing dates.


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"The Little Engine That Could" Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book - First book sent to registered children
Australia - “Where is the Green Sheep?” - 4/21/16
Canada - "The Little Engine That Could" - 4/1/16
United Kingdom - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" - 1/4/16
USA - "The Little Engine That Could" - 4/1/16




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Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016

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“Sassy: Bedtime for Baby”

Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia - “Ladybird Snuggle and Cuddle: Bouncy Lamb” - 4/21/16
Canada - “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” - 4/1/16
United Kingdom - “First Words” - 1/4/16
USA - “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” - 4/7/16



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Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015
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“Sassy: Let’s Count”

Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia - "Little Hide and Seek: Pets" - 4/21/16
Canada - "Pouch!” - 4/1/16
United Kingdom - "My First Body Board Book" - 1/4/16
USA - “Sassy: Let’s Count” or “Pouch!” - 4/8/16


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Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014



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"Jake at Gymnastics" By Rachel Isadora


Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia - "Me and You" - 4/21/16
Canada - "Cool Time Song" or “Zero Kisses” - 4/1/16
United Kingdom - "What am I? Truck" - 1/4/16  
USA - "Jake at Gymnastics" - 4/11/16


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Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013
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"Max and the Tag-Along Moon" By Floyd Cooper


Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia - "A Summery Saturday Morning" - 4/21/16
Canada -  "Max and the Tag-Along Moon" - 4/1/16
United Kingdom - "Meg’s Veg" - 1/4/16
USA - "Max and the Tag-Along Moon" - 4/6/16



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Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012
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“Ten Thank-You Letters” By Daniel Kirk

Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia - "Our Island" - 4/21/16
Canada -  “Ten Thank-You Letters” - 4/1/16
United Kingdom - “Funnybones” - 2/3/16
USA - “Ten Thank-You Letters” - 4/5/16


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Group 6 - Registered Children Born in 2011
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“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” By Beatrix Potter

Group 6 - Registered Children Born in 2011
Australia - "The Worm Who Knew Karate" - 4/21/16
Canada - “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” - 4/1/16
United Kingdom - “Kicking a Ball” - 1/4/16
USA - “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” - 4/4/16



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Graduation Book
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“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book - Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia - “Starting School” - 4/21/16
Canada - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 4/1/16
United Kingdom - "Just Imagine" - 1/4/16
USA - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 4/4/16

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Five Ways To #ReadMore

Here are five easy ways to jump-start your reading goals with your child and set them on the path to Kindergarten-readiness.


Our friends at Read Aloud published a new study showing only 34% of parents read to their child for 15 minutes each day. It seems there are several contributing factors including:
  • 40% say they "can't find the time in the day"
  • Four in 10 say "it's easier to find video games than books for their child"
  • 50% feel age-appropriate books are "too expensive"

We see these numbers as an opportunity to challenge ourselves and you to find ways to Read More! Here are five suggestions to help you jump-start your reading journey with your child.

Set a Timer
That's right set a timer. Depending on your child's age and the length of books you are reading using a timer is the best way to ensure you read for the entire 15 minutes. Use your smartphone, the kitchen timer or a stopwatch. The device is not important but what is important is making sure you devote 15 minutes to reading out-loud with your child each day.

Bedtime and Beyond
Bedtime is a great time for reading, but it may not always work for your family. Consider some alternatives to bedtime reading including bath time, meal time and nap time. Bathtime is a great time for reading to your child especially for kids who can sit up and play independently in the tub yet still need supervision. Reading while they play allows them to be active while listening to the story. Snacktime and meal times provide more opportunities to enjoy books. Getting some kids to settle in for a good nap can be challenging that's why taking 15 minutes to read before a nap can work well. Begin with fun and exciting stories then gradually work your way through to calmer, softer titles and your little one will be resting in no time.

Break The Rules
Don't let the idea of what storytime is supposed to look like get in the way of your reading goals. We've all seen hundreds of photos of moms, dads and grandparents sitting in a cozy chair reading to a child. But if storytime at your house looks more like your two-year-old standing on his head while you hold the book upside down to show the pictures, don't sweat it. What matters is that you are showing your child that reading is important.

Read Love Repeat
Yes, we all know that one book you have read so many times you know it by heart and so does your child, regardless of their reading ability. Repetition matters and helps children retain knowledge and forms a bond with them and the book. Let them recite along with you and encourage them to "read" it on their own.

Spread The Word
The best encouragement any parent can get is from another parent. Ask your friends about their child's favorite books. Make reading a part of your playdates and talk to your friends about their reading goals. By sharing the importance of reading out loud every day for 15 minutes, we can all work to help give our children the best possible start to their life-long learning journey.

Read the full survey results from Read Aloud.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March Books & Mailing Dates

Here is a list of books mailed in March 2016 for all countries. This list includes mailing dates.

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"The Little Engine That Could" Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book - First book sent to registered children
Australia - “Where is the Green Sheep?” - 3/8/16
Canada - "The Little Engine That Could" - 3/1/16
United Kingdom - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" - 2/3/16
USA - "The Little Engine That Could" - 3/1/16




Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016
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“Peekaboo Morning” By Rachel Isadora

Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia - “Bedtime Peekaboo” - 3/8/16
Canada - “Baby Sounds” - 3/1/16
United Kingdom - “Baby Animal” - 1/3/16
USA - “Peekaboo Morning” - 3/14/16



Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015
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“I Love My Daddy Because…”
Written by Laurel Porter-Gaylord & Illustrated by Ashley Wolff


Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia - “Animals: Pull The Tab” - 3/8/16
Canada - "Off We Go!” - 3/1/16
United Kingdom - "Peekaboo Farm" - 1/3/16
USA - “I Love My Daddy Because…” or “All of Baby Nose to Toes” - 3/14/16





Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014

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"Following Papa’s Song" By Gianna Marino


Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014

Australia - “Peppa Pig: Dentist Trip” - 3/15/16
Canada - "Following Papa’s Song" - 3/1/16
United Kingdom - "Dear Zoo" - 1/3/16
USA - "Following Papa’s Song" - 3/10/16




Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013
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"Pretend" By Jennifer Plecas


Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013

Australia - “Big Red Hen & the Little Lost Egg” - 3/8/16
Canada -  "Pretend" - 3/1/16
United Kingdom - "Hairy Maclary’s Bone" - 1/3/16
USA - "Pretend" - 3/4/16




Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012


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The First Strawberries
Retold by Joseph Bruchac & Illustrated by Anna Vojtech


Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia - “Blinda” - 3/8/16
Canada - “The First Strawberries” - 3/1/16
United Kingdom - “Harry and the Dinosaurs Go To School” - 2/3/16
USA - “The First Strawberries” - 3/3/16






Group 6 - Registered Children Born in 2011
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“Last Stop On Market Street” 
Written by Matt de la Peña & Illustrated by Christian Robinson


Group 6 - Registered Children Born in 2011
Australia - “Tiddalick: The Frog Who Caused a Flood” - 3/8/16
Canada - “Last Stop On Market Street” - 3/1/16
United Kingdom - “The Getaway” - 1/3/16
USA - “Last Stop On Market Street” - 3/2/16





Graduation Book
Last book children receive when they graduate from the program


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“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book - Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia - “Starting School” - 3/8/16
Canada - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 3/1/16
United Kingdom - "Just Imagine" - 2/3/16
USA - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 3/1/16


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February Books & Mailing Dates

Here is a list of books mailed in February 2016 for all countries. This list includes mailing dates.

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Welcome Book - First book sent to registered children "The Little Engine That Could" Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book - First book sent to registered children
Australia - “Where is the Green Sheep?” -2/18/16
Canada - "The Little Engine That Could" - 2/1/16
United Kingdom - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" - 1/2/16
USA - "The Little Engine That Could" - 2/1/16





Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016
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“Whose Baby Am I?” By John Butler

Group 1 - Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia - “Kissed By the Moon”- 2/18/16
Canada - “Whose Baby Am I?” - 2/1/16
United Kingdom - NA
USA - “Whose Baby Am I?” - 2/4/16

Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015

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"Night-Night, Forest Friends” By Annie Bach

Group 2 - Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia - "Peppa Pig: George’s First Day At Playgroup” - 2/18/16
Canada - "Night-Night, Forest Friends” - 2/1/16
United Kingdom - "If You See a Kitten" - 1/2/16
USA - "Night-Night, Forest Friends” - 2/12/16



Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014

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"ABCers" Written by Carole Lexa Schaefer and Illustrated by Pierr Morgan


Group 3 - Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia - "Chatterbox” - 2/18/16
Canada - "ABCers" - 2/1/16
United Kingdom - "Hairy McClary Scattercat" - 1/2/16
USA - "ABCers" - 2/10/16

Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013

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"Truck Stop" Written by Anne Rockwell and Illustrated by Melissa Iwai


Group 4 - Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia - "Rascal Takes Off ” - 2/18/16
Canada - "Truck Stop” - 2/1/16
United Kingdom - "Peppa Pig: George and the Noisy Baby" - 1/2/16
USA - "Truck Stop” - 2/5/16




Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012

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“Luke Goes to Bat” By Rachel Isadora

Group 5 - Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia - "Stickybeak” - 2/18/16
Canada - "Luke Goes to Bat” - 2/1/16
United Kingdom - "Master Track's Train” - 1/2/16
USA - “Luke Goes to Bat” - 2/4/16



Group 6 - Registered Children Born in 2011
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“As An Oak Tree Grows” By G. Brian Karas

Group 6 - Registered Children Born in 2011
Australia - “A Nice Walk in the Jungle ” - 2/18/16
Canada - “As An Oak Tree Grows” - 2/1/16
United Kingdom - “Starting School” - 1/2/16
USA - “As An Oak Tree Grows” - 2/3/16



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Graduation Book - Last book children receive
“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book - Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia - “Starting School” - 2/18/16
Canada - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 2/1/16
United Kingdom - "Just Imagine" - 1/2/16
USA - “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” - 2/1/16