Military Children Everywhere Invited to Write about Their Favorite Books for A Chance to Win Great Reading Prizes

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In celebration of April as the Month of the Military Child, Blue Star Families’ Books on Bases program hosts an essay contest focused on reading, for any military child from kindergarten through fifth grade. One winner will be chosen from each of four age groups for a chance to win great reading prizes, including a Barnes & Noble Nook.

A military child reads her favorite book.

“This is a great opportunity for every military family. Reading as a family is so important, especially for military families. Plus, who wouldn’t want a free Nook?”

Military families love to read! One of the greatest gifts parents can give their children is the ability to read and Blue Star Families wants to know what books your military family is reading together. During April, the month of the military child, Blue Star Families invites military kids everywhere to share their family’s favorite book for a chance to win great prizes!

“April is a great time to remember all the sacrifices that military children make when their parents serve, as well as the positive experiences of being in a military family,” said Mark Smith, executive director of Blue Star Families. “Our essay contest focuses kids and their parents on the family fun that comes from reading together, and the highlights the benefits of doing so.”

Since 1986 April has been designated the Month of the Military Child and throughout the month, Blue Star Families is hosting an essay contest for military children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Any child with a parent or sibling in active duty, Reserve or National Guard service can enter by answer the question, “What is your favorite book to read ALOUD as a family and why?”

From the 100 word or less entries, Blue Star Families will select four winners at the end of the month for prizes including a Barnes & Noble Nook, a set of 20 new books, a webcam, a certificate for a free story from Be There Bedtime Stories, and a certificate of achievement from Blue Star Families.

Added Smith, “This is a great opportunity for every military family. Reading as a family is so important, especially for military families. Plus, who wouldn’t want a free Nook?”

Each entry should be sent to contests(at)bluestarfam(dot)org before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 28, 2012. Visit http://bluestarfam.org/essaycontest for more details and the full rules, terms, and conditions.

About Books on Bases
The Books on Bases program works positively impact the lives of military children through the power of reading.  Blue Star Families continues its mission to promote literacy among military children by providing books to military children, military base libraries, Department of Defense Schools, military impacted public schools and community libraries.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit http://www.bluestarfam.org.

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Stephanie Himel-Nelson
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AnnaMaria White
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