Monday, February 27, 2012


I've already mentioned that this coming week is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known as the beloved Dr. Seuss. This amazing author and poet has published more than 45 children's books including the bestsellers The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

According to Wikipedia, Life magazine published a report back in 1954 that claimed illiteracy among children was due to the fact that they were too bored by the children's books on the market. At the time, the director of the education division at Houghton Mifflin, William Spaulding, who had read the report, challenged Dr. Seuss to create a book that children couldn't put down using a list of 250 words that they felt every 1st grader should know. The result was The Cat in the Hat.

Today, The Cat in the Hat is one of the most recognizable children's book characters. He is made even more popular by the PBS Kids' show of the same name. And to celebrate Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday, this Friday, March 2nd, PBS stations will be hosting THE CAT-IN-THE-HAT-A-THON, a two-hour marathon of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! The show is designed to help build STEM skills. And this Friday's CAT-IN-THE-HAT-A-THON features two new episodes, "Seasons - Spring and Summer/Fall and Winter" and "When I Grow Up/Doing It Differently."

As a new PBS Ambassador, I received a screener of the new episodes and a Cat in the Hat gift bundle that included the 3-D book, Chasing Rainbows, a DVD from the series, and a $25 gift card to the PBS KIDS Shop.

The book, which was provided by Random House, comes with 3-D glasses. My kids LOVED it! Which is funny, because they don't like 3-D movies. I guess it is different with a book. My son is not old enough to read all the words, yet, but my daughter is, so I let her read to him.

In our house, Saturday is the day that I allow them to watch movies or get up and watch the morning cartoons. My son immediately puts on The Cat in the Hat, which airs first thing in the morning. So this weekend, they had a special treat when I pulled out the DVD that NCircle Entertainment provided for the gift bundle, and let them watch an episode they hadn't seen before - "Wings and Things."

When I visited the PBS KIDS Shop, I had a hard time figuring out what to buy with my gift card, but eventually went with the What's in the Cat's Hat? game because I like the idea of them using their senses to figure out what's inside the hat.


Now I think the best part is that I have two extra gift bundles to giveaway. They include a copy of the book, DVD, and a $25 gift card to the PBS KIDS Shop.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment below.

The deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Friday, March 2nd. The winners will be chosen using and contacted via email - so be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment!

And to increase your chances of winning, you can:

1) Visit the PBS KIDS Shop and tell me what you would buy with your $25 gift card.

2) Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following: Win a Cat in the Hat gift bundle from @LatinMami & @PBSKIDS for Dr. Seuss' 108th bday! #cithathon #giveaway

Don't forget to let me know by posting a separate comment for each entry!

By entering this giveaway, you agree to the Official Sweepstakes Rules. No purchase required. Void where prohibited.

¡Buena suerte!

Disclosure: I am a PBS KIDS Ambassador. I received a screener and gift bundle for review purposes. All opinions are sincere and are my own.


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