I’ve been home from the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration for about three weeks. The bags are mostly unpacked. The laundry is mostly done. The kids’ missed schoolwork is completed. The house is still a mess…but really it was a mess before we left for California…so no surprises there. My plan has always been to write a series of blog posts on our trip to Disneyland for #DisneySMMoms. I knew that I couldn’t do justice to the event in one post. I sent out a TON of tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts while I was there, but I really want to write about my experience…and that of my family…at this most magical event. Writing multiple posts was what was needed, but I couldn’t get started.
I was stuck. Writer’s block. Too many ideas floating in my brain and not enough time to sort the ideas in to a logical series of posts. The week after Disney SMMoms, two of my children and husband were on Spring break, but one child still had school. So hardly any writing happened that week. Then the next week, one child had Spring break, but my husband and other two children were back at school. Again, it was a week where my good intentions to write were not enough to put pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard. Throw in surgery for me (I’m doing really well, far better than I expected), which had me down for the count for a few days. Then there was “Take Your Child to Work Day” for one. A school field trip for another. A Strings Concert for yet another. And Dessert Drama Theater. And catching up on work for me and you can see why writing blog posts never happened. But…now I am clearer headed. The fog has lifted. I am ready to get writing. And boy do I have A LOT to share.
First up, I want to tell you about Disney Junior’s Give a Book, Get a Book program. Here in the Musings from Me house we are ALL about books. All books all the time. I’m the person who agonizes over getting rid of a book. When my children were babies one of my favorite activities was reading books to my children. But, while my home has books galore, the same is not true for every home.
Many, many children live in homes without books. Did you know that according to Reading Is Fundamental?
- As many as 2/3rds of America’s children living in poverty have no books at home.
- Public and school libraries are being forced to close or have reduced their operating hours.
- Children who do not have access to books and do not read regularly are among the most vulnerable Americans.
As a reader and a mom to avid readers, I can’t imagine a child not having access to books, which is why I am so excited to tell you about Disney Junior’s Give a Book, Get a Book program. This book program was launched at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration by LeVar Burton on behalf of FirstBook.org and Disney Junior.
Here’s how you and your child can Give a Book, Get a Book:
- When you purchase any specially-marked Disney Junior books or products, the receipts or packaging will include a redemption code.
- Kids and their families can use the redemption code to direct the donation of a book to First Book in the region of their choice.
- Kids can also access a free Disney Digital Book to share as a family.
More from me on the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Disneyland:
- Combining work with a family trip. Is it possible?
- Prepping for the Musings from Me Family’s trip to Disneyland
- New new kids’ clothes for summer? Check out the Disney Living Jumping Beans line of kid’s clothing at Kohl’s and giveaway.(Giveaway is now closed.)
- My husband — @DadKnowsBetter — even wrote about our trip!
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the DSMM Celebration. I paid my own conference fees and received gifts during the conference. All opinions, experiences, and thoughts are my own