Where The Wild Giveaway Is

The first time my daughter pointed to my t-shirt and said “Mommy, that’s from my Wild Things book,” I knew I was having an impact. We read like crazy around here, and I keep crossing my fingers that the reading bug that bit both my husband and I a long, long time ago will keep her company throughout the rest of her life.

At her age, the books are “read” by herself in a corner where she makes up a story to match the pages or really read by us before bed or during breaks throughout the day. The Scholastic Read With Me DVD series takes that a step farther. Instead of a traditional movie rendition of their favorite books, the films are animated versions of the books. The words from each page appear at the bottom of the screen, and as the narrator reads, the words he’s imparted are highlighted – like that old bouncing ball over the sing-along movies.

We started Jillian’s collection with Where the Wild Things Are and Five More Stories by Maurice Sendak in a tribute to my Wild Things shirt and our adventures several nights a month off to the land where the wild things roam with Max. It’s helped me introduce her to some of Sendak’s other classics, including my old favorite, In the Night Kitchen, which I had somehow forgotten. I’ve already got it on our library list so we can sit down and pour over the real thing, but the stories on the DVD provide TV fare that we can feel OK allowing our children to watch.

Where the Wild Things Are and Five More Stories by Maurice Sendak is animated with Sendak’s original illustrations, retaining the flavor of the fun even as it’s redone for a new audience.

Thanks to Scholastic, the DVD is also up for grabs for one Inside Out reader! To enter, check out the Scholastic Store and find your favorite from childhood. Then come back, comment and tell me what it was and whether you’ve had a chance to share it with your child yet. I’d love to hear suggestions of new books to share with my daughter! For extra entries, grab my badge and/or blog about the contest, then leave the link in comments. The contest will close on Monday, October 27, and it’s open to residents of the US and Canada only. Make sure you check back to see if you’re a winner, or subscribe to be the first to know about any of our giveaways.

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  1. I just love The Little Engine that Could. It was one of my favs as well as Where the Wild things Are. My daughter loves both, but her very favorite is Froggy’s Little Sister. angelleslament @ gmail.com

  2. My favorite childhood story was a book called The Lottery Rose.I have not been able to share it with my son yet because he is too little but soon I will get that chance.

  3. I always loved The Giving Tree, I read it to my daughter oftenmommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

  4. I blogged about your giveaway: Heremommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

  5. I have your button on my blog:Heremommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

  6. I love Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day. I teach kindergarten and I still read the book or show the movie to my “kids” whenever we’re having a class-wide bad day. We talk about why our day isn’t going well and how we need to change it! Some days, they’ll tell me I need to read the book or show the movie!

  7. My favorites as a child would of been “clifford the big red dog” and “the very hungry caterpillar” And my lil one isn’t born yet but I have shared my love of clifford with my nieces and my lil sister! And well I think almost everyone has read the caterpillar book!

  8. i always loved the runaway bunny by margaret wise brown. my girls love it too…i read it to them and also recite it while i nurse them.andrewandkristan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. For me it was the Hardy Boys adventures. The Stargazer look interesting.

  10. The petting book looks cute. I cant wait to share my Nancy Drew collection.hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. I like the The Puppy Place:PrincessBy Ellen Miles

  12. wow this is one of my fav’s when it comes to story time i also like the little house and man with a millon billon trillon cats and lot of others too and well i love to win this so well my little one can full in love with this story abt a boy named max thanks

  13. My favorites were the Amelia Bedelia series…no maybe the Ramona books…or One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish since it was the first book I ever read by myself. So many fun memories! πŸ™‚

  14. this is one of our favorites as well as dr. suess. During moving many years ago I lost a favorite I had from scholastic and have never been able to remember the title- but it had a turquoise cover and a fisherman fishing on it..about a magic fishing pond- but never have seen it at the library or stores- but I loved it

  15. The Corduroy books were always my favorite as a child and my daughter enjoys the now too!

  16. Your button is on my blog.

  17. It’s gotta be Strega Nona. My mom is a retired kindergarten teacher and read it to all her classes and tome. I LOVE those books. We’ve tried to read them to my daughter, but they’re a little long for her yet.the_other_alice_(at)yahoo.com

  18. Oh The Giving Tree is fabulous, and anything by Margaret Wise Brown. There are just too many to name.

  19. I LOVED the magic school bus books. I also had SOO many of the Little Critter books!!! I need to find those!

  20. where the wild things are is my favorite book. As an older kid I loved the anne of green gables series. I hope the reading bug bites my kiddo too! thanks for the great offer leahrcole at yahoo dot com

  21. I love the Giving Tree!

  22. My favorite book when I was in elementary school was the Boxcar Children. Found it one day in the library and I was told by our teacher that I should choose something that was a shorter book. Yeah, right. I don’t like to do as told. So, the old, red hardcover with a sketch here and there was the book I chose that week and I was hooked. Can’t believe Scholastic now carries a set of 4!

  23. I remember reading the The Magic School Bus books in school, especially Out of This World. We would always read them and then get to watch the movies.

  24. What about the Little House books? I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  25. Ramona Beverly Cleary series was one of my favorites and yes I just shared it with my 9 yr old daughter and she loved it! ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

  26. For sure my fave is the Lady Who Swallowed the Fly. I love it! Thanks for the great contest!

  27. I like Giraffes Can’t Dance and I would love to share this with my grandson.janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. Your badge is on my sidebar:http://grammyjanetsplace.blogspot.com/janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  29. This is my hubbys favorite book and he bought each one of our sons a copy of it and wrote a great note inside the cover the day theywere born for when they are older πŸ™‚ I love the classic the little engine that could! Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

  30. I have your button on your blog πŸ™‚

  31. I love any and all Dr Seuss.. especially Green Eggs and Ham. My kids loved them as well and now its my grandkids time!Thanksnancyrobster@gmail.com

  32. I’m a huge fan of Curious George and all his little adventures. I’d love to share those stories with my daughter when she is a little older. I might even buy this collection…http://store.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_Scholastic+Video+Collection%3A+Curious+George+DVD_11387_-1_10052_10051m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

  33. One of our favorites that I also loved as a child is Corduroy!

  34. I put your badge on my blog!

  35. My favorite book as a kid was Alexander and the Terrible Harrible No Good Very Bad Day. I was also in a play honoring this book – I played the teacher. So when my DS was born my mother bought this book for him.

  36. I love all the Olivia books. That’s my favorite now, but as a kid I loved the Boxcar Children series. The first one was the first chapter book I ever read!

  37. The giving tree has always been my favorite – I haven’t shared it with my son yet but we asked for it for him for christmas.

  38. Curious George has always been my favorite book.tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

  39. I loved the Scholastic Book fairs at school when I was little. I had forgotten all about the Magic School Bus adventures until now – I can’t remember a specific favourite – but I know I loved the series. I was always a science nut. I know my son would be captivated by the Wild Things, thank you for the chance to win!

  40. I’ve got your button on my sidebar πŸ™‚

  41. I blogged about this giveaway here

  42. Caps for Sale!!! Yes, I read it to my daughter and it’s so much fun!

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