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My seven-year-old learned to love reading this year, and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me.

Sadly, my mother couldn’t say that about me when I was young. Though I loved certain books here and there, reading never ranked high on the list of things I wanted to do until I was a grown-up. I was a worried my little first grader was headed in the same direction when she got off to a rough start this year.

For the first few months of first grade, she was the new kid in school and felt like the only kid with parents getting a divorce amongst a sea of happy families. She had trouble holding her pencil right and getting her homework done. That was why, in February, when she picked up Superfudge and read it cover to cover in about a week, I was ecstatic. She read most of Blume’s books in that series, and then turned to tackle a 500 page anthology of classic children’s tales. I can thank a patient first grade teacher for this, and a school that works hard to instill a love of reading—not by pushing deadlines and homework and book reports, but by letting each child be free to choose the books they are naturally drawn to.

A couple weeks ago, I saw the new trailer for the Ramona and Beezus movie, and then remembered how I actually enjoyed the Ramona books when I was young, and hoped my daughter would as well. She finished finished the first book in about a week, and now can’t wait to read the next and  see the movie.

So, now to the giveaway part.

The prize is one hardcover copy of Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary, and a Fandango gift certificate worth $50 to go and see the movie!

To enter once, simply watch the trailer and place a comment in the comments section. You can tell me who your favorite actor in the movie is.

To enter twice, tweet this giveaway on twitter, and place another comment that you did so.

To enter a third time, register for the RSS feed to get email updates to this site. (If you are already registered, then you won’t need to again). Place another comment to let me know that you registered.

And finally, if you want to enter again, become a facebook fan on my facebook page. Then let me know that you are one in the comments.

And there you have it! Good luck to all of you, and I hope you have a wonderful summer reading!