Read a Book to Help Other Dads (And Their Kids)

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If you're looking for the perfect Father's Day gift for your husband, I've found it. Plop your kid on Dad's lap in front of the computer. Then go out and get yourself a pedicure or something.

Oh, and before you go, make sure you log them on to We Give Books.

Here's why: A recent survey found that dads are less likely than moms to read to their children, even though they know that reading to kids is related to success in school. We Give Books wants to change all that, and thinks Father's Day is the perfect day to start. (I do too since my toes are looking pretty shabby.) And your child isn't the only one who will benefit.

Here's how the very simple program works.

  • Go to
  • Choose a campaign that you want to help. (Campaigns include organizations that support fathers and literacy for kids, such as United Through Reading and Room to Read.)
  • Pick a book that you'd like to read with your child. There's a variety of books by age group, and while there's not an overwhelming number to choose from, you're sure to find something fun.
  • After you've finished reading the book, the Pearson Foundation and Penguin will donate a "real" book to the organization you've selected.

So not only is your husband spending some quality reading time with his kid (and maybe he'll do it more often), but it's all for a good cause (and I'm not talking about the pedicure).

Does your husband read to your kids?


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