Perfect Picture Book Friday: JACKIE AND THE MONA LISA Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. Today’s featured book is very meaningful to me. It focuses on an event that took place in February of 1962. I had turned fifteen and was caught up in wanting my hair to look just right and my clothes to be so stylish. And who better to model myself after than the attractive young First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. I remember the television special where she took us on a tour of the White House. JACKIE AND THE MONA LISA is the story of how that tour came to be. The book launched on March 15th and you can order a SIGNED copy here. And thanks to the generous publisher, Sleeping Bear Books, there is also a copy up for grabs as a giveaway – make sure you leave a comment on this post, share on your social media, and tag someone who would definitely enjoy reading this book.

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Celebrity Reveal on the Importance of Reading

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Reading is one of the most important activities you can do with your child.  Even if you only have a few minutes a day, grab a picture book and sit down with your child and read.

Here’s what several celebrities have to say about reading.

“A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages and looking at its pictures goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.  Once a child learns how to use a library, the doors of learning are always open.” – Laura Bush, former First Lady of the U.S.

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.  Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy, former First Lady

“The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, children’s author

“My advice about reading is to do a lot of it.” –Stephen King, author

“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

“If you have a question about anything, the answer can be found in a book.” – Bill Cosby, comedian

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald, author

Reading with children is fun for everyone…the reader and the listeners!

If you need some help choosing which picture books to read with your children, you can ask your local children’s librarian, visit Susannah Leonard Hill’s blog or one of the many other websites that deals with children’s literature or pick up a copy of Show Me How that will give you the story suggestions along with craft and cooking acitivities.