Help Keep Kids Reading This Summer {Kobo $250 value Giveaway}


Summer is in full swing and little ones everywhere are enjoying the outdoors and a break from school. Unfortunately while on a break and away on vacation they may also fall out of a regular reading routine. For this reason Kobo wants to arm families with everything they need to make it easy and fun for them to keep it up.

Below they are sharing some wonderful tips for parents to have fun reading with their kids this summer plus a list of top children’s books. They are also giving away a prize pack worth $250 to one lucky OneSmileyMonkey reader, details after the tips.

Helpful Reading Tips:

  1. Let them choose:Part of the fun for kids is being able to pick what they’re going to read. Get them excited about new stories by allowing them to explore different authors and genres.
  2. Establish a routine: Carve out a set time every day to take a break with a book. Kids will come to anticipate this special activity and will look forward to your time together.
  3. Set goals and rewards: Motivate kids with treats for reaching reading milestones. Whether it’s purchasing the next installment in a beloved series or going to a live book event, they’ll be that much more excited to keep going.
  4. Recap the story: Once you finish a book together, talk about it! Revisit the major events, pictures and themes, and engage your child further by drawing parallels between the story and their life.
  5. Lead by example: Your kids are more likely to become passionate about reading if they see you doing it regularly. If you always have something to read on you, they’ll realize it’s a great way to pass the time.

Top Children’s Books

  1. Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley
  2. Sidekicked, John David Anderson
  3. Magyk, Angie Sage
  4. Only Ever Yours, Louise O’Neill
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

What are your children’s favourite books?


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Win it: One lucky Canadian reader will win a prize pack that will include a Kobo Glo HD (Kobo’s newest eReading device), a Kobo Glo HD SleepCover, a $50 Kobo gift card and a cute plush toy (total value approx. $250). Enter to win this fun giveaway below via Rafflecopter. Good Luck all!

I was gifted product as a thank you of posting, this is however not a paid post and all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

286 responses to “Help Keep Kids Reading This Summer {Kobo $250 value Giveaway}”

  1. We love Robert Munsch books! They are so good!

  2. Jillian Jigs and her Pigs!

  3. My favorite book right now is The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges

  4. Robert Munsch’s books.

  5. His is Goodnight Moon

  6. My favourite right now is the ASOIAF series.

  7. My daughter loves Thea Stilton books.

  8. Harry Potter all the way!

  9. would love to win one of these thanks for the chance

  10. we love the drumheller dinosaur book

  11. My favourite is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

  12. I have just finished I heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk it was really good and am not going to read her other books

  13. I loved Charlotte’s Web.

  14. ive been enjoying books by Lianne Moriarty. Most recently, the husbands secret

  15. I always loved curious George!

  16. My favourite book was “The Secret Garden”

  17. I am re-reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  18. My nephew loves to read Curious George books and a book a family friend just published, he reads that one a lot.

  19. My favourite book is “The Wedding” by Julie Garwood
    Great read…I’ve read it 4 times

  20. I loved Red is Best

  21. Anything by Dr Seuss

  22. Harry Potter!

  23. My son is loving the Geronimo Stilton series!!!

  24. My daughter loves Harry Potter and Geronimo Stilton. French and English books for her. Gets expensive!

  25. I am waiting to read Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. So exciting as To Kill a Mockingbird is my favourite book.

  26. I love you Forever

  27. To Kill a Mockingbird

  28. Harry Potter for sure.

  29. My grandson is loving Hop On Pop by Dr Seuss

  30. Thea Stilton and the Legend of the Fire Flowers

  31. I kids (teens) love books series like “Hunger Games” and vampire stories.

  32. I like “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Goleman. Great book on psychology! 😀

  33. My grandchildren are reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  34. it’s curious george right

  35. Dr. Seuss!

  36. I love anything by Graeme Base! His writing is beautiful and the illustrations are stunning.

  37. My son just got two new books for his birthday that he’s obsessed with: Monsters Love Underpants and 10 Little Pirates.

  38. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  39. My daughter currently loves the paper bag princess!

  40. Mortimer by Robert Munsch. Just don’t read it as a bed time story or the LOs will get ideas!

  41. Fuddles is her favourite book. She loves that cat.

  42. Robert Munsch is a favourite for sure.

  43. my kids a bit older and love Manga, Pokemon and the step grandkids love Dr. Suess books right now.

  44. My favourite book right now is anything by Francine Rivers.

  45. Harry Potter

  46. She loves The Cat in the Hat

  47. Anything by Robert Munsch!

  48. Right now my child is obsessed with all the Paddington Bear books we brought back from a trip to London. She especially loves Paddington at the Tower.

  49. My favourite was Charlotte’s Web

  50. Harry Potter

  51. Anything Superhero or LEGO

  52. My nephew loves Goodnight Moon.

  53. My favorite movie is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi P.

  54. no kids, and while I love to read, I actually don’t have a book on the go right now!

  55. My favourite book is Grapes of Wrath!

  56. I’ve always had a soft spot for Anne of Green Gables.

  57. Girl on the Train. Definitely not suitable for kids though!

  58. My son’s favourite book is The Runaway Bunny

  59. Enjoying the fault in our stars

  60. to kill a mockingbird

  61. At the moment I’m reading all the Tom Clancy books that I have (again!) before donating them. A book I thoroughly enjoyed reading was I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (a pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes) I just loved this book & couldn’t put it down, brilliant!

  62. The Velveteen Rabbit is a favorite right now and I am glad I always love reading the book. I love the message.

  63. My son likes Harry Potter

  64. Dr. Seuss books have always been my favourite!

  65. We are preparing for a trip to PEI, so Anne of Green Gables is the favorite book right now!

  66. Harry Potter!

  67. Monster Knows Patterns!!

  68. right now anything detective is what is being read.

    • nancy drew

  69. he is liking Corduroy right now

  70. Magic School bus

  71. 11/22/63 by Stephen King is my favorite and interesting

  72. Love you forever – Robert Munsch

  73. Goodnight moon is my kids favorite book right now.

  74. Harry Potter!!

  75. dr seuss is my favorite

  76. My son is reading the first in a series that a friend of mine wrote…the ultimate agent. He’s really enjoying it and that says a lot since he’s 13.

  77. Just picked up Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey! I’ve read them all, can’t wait to start this one 🙂 Cheers

  78. My kids like Robert Munsch’s books.

  79. Any Clifford book 🙂

  80. Robert Munsch!

  81. Basically any Robert Munsch book. Classic!

  82. Favorite book right now is the Nemo book , she loves it.

  83. Harry Potter

  84. Any Gardening book, they are stacked up everywhere so I can browse at any opportunity

  85. The Day the Crayons Quit is a favorite.

  86. His favorite book is the Lost My Name book. He loves it!

  87. They loved Pinocchio. Great book. This package is so nice. Love everything in it.

  88. The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

  89. Berenstain Bears. My 8 year old daughter who read them with me when she was 3-4 has suddenly regained her love in them and we’re reading them

  90. My nieces love most books, but at the moment anything with Curious George is a big hit.

  91. My little guy’s favourite right now is Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta. I think I have it totally memorized!

  92. I have always loved Robert Munsch’s books, especially “The Paperbag Princess”

  93. My child’s favourite books series right now is the Maze Runner series.

  94. Heritage Tomatoes

  95. I have just read A Kind of Blistered Love about hiking the PCT which was amazing 🙂

  96. My child’s favorite book right now is The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh. It’s so incredible because I loved Winnie the Pooh when I was young!

  97. My kids love the book Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch

  98. Favourite Book is The Wizard of Oz

  99. Curious George is the favorite right now. Next week….who knows?

  100. Anything by Robert Munsch

  101. My son loves all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

  102. Dr Seuss is the best

  103. Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

  104. My daughter loves the book “mommy doesn’t know my name” (I like it too!)

  105. Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones

  106. My daughter loves Harry Potter

  107. My name is George so of course it’s Curious George all the way for me…

  108. My little guy loves Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches! 🙂

  109. My favorite boo right now is Extraordinary means by Robyn Schneider

  110. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

  111. Anne of Green Gables

  112. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

  113. I Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch

  114. Mary Poppins

  115. Charlotte’s Web is my favourite.

  116. My son doesn’t have just one favorite book. he loves them all. He does really like Bernstein Bears though. I really like any kind of thriller books. My favorites are by Tess Geritson

  117. Green eggs and ham by Dr.Seuss

  118. My nephew is reading the Minecraft Handbooks right now.

  119. A Chair For My Mother by Vera B Williams

  120. My son’s favourite book right now is The Hobbit

  121. My favorite book would be the mixed up files of mrs basil e frankweiler.

  122. My granddaughter has been reading the Little House on the Prairie Series and she just loves them along with mystery books!

  123. I like the book, Your Money or Your Life

  124. My son’s favorite book right now is Charlotte’s Web.

  125. Mystic River is my summer read.

  126. My son’s favourite book is The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and his current favourite toys are his plush Peppa Pig family

  127. Something from nothing.

  128. my 2 year old loves goodnight moon! he loves to find the mouse on each page, and knows most of the words by heart 🙂

  129. Right now it is any of the Scardey Squirrel books.

  130. We are big fans of Robert Munsch!

  131. rainbow fairies are she has on her mind right now

  132. Cinderella

  133. right now I love reading woman career books like Darling you can’t do both and lean in

  134. Robert Munsch’s “Mortimer”

  135. My little granddaughter’s favourite book currently is Sandra Boynton’s books, especially The Barn Yard Dance.

  136. C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia”

  137. Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

  138. My daughter likes Dork Diaries.

  139. I love anything by Lisa Unger or anything else that’s suspenseful/thriller!

  140. Green Eggs and Ham, of course. It is my fav, my kids fav and the grandkids fav. Rhymes make teaching kids so much fun and then they go on and make their own rhymes.

  141. I love you Forever by Robert Munsch.

  142. My favorite book to read to my grandson is PIGS by Robert Munsch

  143. The Kids love Winnie the Pooh books

  144. We’ve been reading peter pan and a dora colours book a lot.

  145. Curious George is a favorite right now and it’s a classic

  146. I have been enjoying Jodi Picoult novels.

  147. My favourite children’s book is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”!

  148. Garfield is a household fave!

  149. My favorite book is ASOIAF series.

  150. My 9year old is rereading the Harry Potter series. My 7year old just finished, and loved Because of Winn Dixie.

  151. My sons favourite book is First Book of Letters. He is 20months and this book has always been his favourite.

  152. The Dust Lands trilogy

  153. She LOVES her Baby Einstein books right now

  154. I am hooked on Lisa Gardner.

  155. My kids are currently loving all the Olivia books. They’re such fun books.

  156. I don’t have a favourite book but my favourite author is Karen Rose.

  157. The Neverending story!

  158. It would be Harry Potter right now.

  159. Robert Munsch’s books are his favorite

  160. My favourite book right now is “Winners”, by Danielle Steel. Thanks for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway and for the opportunity to participate.

  161. Reading the latest from July Blume, In the Unlikely Event

  162. Where the Wild Things Are!!

  163. I love the book about filling each others bucket

  164. My favourite book right now is Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.

  165. The hungry little caterpillar

  166. I love the classics like charlotte’s web , wizard of oz , alice through the looking glass

  167. My boy likes “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown.

  168. My daughter loves green eggs and ham

  169. The Richard Scarry books are a favorite and I’m sure every Mom can recipe the Goodnight Moon book by heart!

  170. My favourite book right now is The Gruffalo.

  171. My favorites are the entire Harry Potter series!

  172. One of,my kids is reading the Hobbit and the other loves vintage Archie comics, it changes every week what they like!

  173. I’m reading the new Judy Blune book right now. I loved her books when I was in elementary school!

  174. Mine is A Court of Thorns and Roses, and my child anything Ever After High.

  175. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a favourite in our family!

  176. my daughter loves Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

  177. My favourite is Pete The Cat I love my white shoes

  178. My favourite book is Ender’s Game.

  179. my daughters all time favourite book is Superfudge

  180. My son’s favorite book is a rescue bots book!

  181. My grandson loves it when I read the I Love You Forever book, by Robert Munsch to him.

  182. My sons current fave is Pete the Cat. He also loves books about superheroes.

  183. My kids always like anything by Dr. Seuss

  184. My son loves his ‘Colours’ book right now!

  185. The entire Harry Potter series of books 🙂

  186. My favorite book is the Zodiac.

  187. anything seuss!

  188. My daughter is still young. I can’t wait to read her Charlotte’s Web, a childhood favourite for me.

  189. Goodnight Moon

  190. Robert Munsch’s books…

  191. My favourite book at the moment is “Killing Monica” by Candace Bushnell.

  192. Heidi by Johanna Spyri

  193. My favorite kids book series is Harry potter

  194. Alice in Wonderland!

  195. My newest favourite is Reconstructing Amelia

  196. The Geronimo Stilton Series!

  197. I was (and still am) a voracious reader, so are my two boys. I loved a lot of different series as a child; the boys love the Harry Potter books, they also really enjoyed the Robert Munsch books when they were little.

  198. I like anything by Jackie Collins

  199. “Where the Wild Things Are” is always popular at my house!

  200. My kiddo likes guess how much I love you.

  201. The Hunter Moon was my favourite book as a kid!

  202. I loved anything Robert Munsch or Dr. Suess.

  203. I’m reading Dr. Sleep by Stephen King right now

  204. Harry Potter

  205. thank you, this is amazing!

  206. My son LOVES Robert Munsch’s books

  207. I’m currently reading ( and loving) The Girl On The Train!

  208. Its a Story for every night of the years , love it 🙂

  209. My son loves Diary of the Wimpy Kid

  210. Goodnight Moon

  211. The Lemony Snicket series!

  212. my forever favorite is Anne of Green Gables…

  213. My favourite book has always been Jane Eyre

  214. Le parfum de Patrick Suskind

  215. I just finished Day Four by Sarah Lotz and it was a total page turner and that doesn’t happen that often for me.

  216. Goodnight Moon 🙂

  217. my favourite was Soldier and Me

  218. My child likes Pete the Cat and Robert Munsch Books right now

  219. Catcher In The Rye is my favourite

  220. Great idea to get kids reading!


  222. My girl doesn’t have ONE favorite, but she loves anything by Robert Munsch.

  223. my kids love Dr. Seuss books!

  224. Shakespeare for Kids

  225. Arthur by Marc Brown

  226. She loves the Todd Parr books!

  227. We enjoy the Berenstain Bears books.

  228. Garfield

  229. The Kids like the book without pictures or the one about the girl and the bored potato. They can pretty much read them by themselves. Besos, Sarah Journeys of The Zoo…

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  230. My daughter likes to read to younger kids and help to stimulate them.!
    Right now Dr. Seuss is the most fun to read with all the rhymes.

  231. My 3 year old’s favourite lately is Robert Munsch’s 50 below zero. My oldest has really been enjoying Beauty and the Beast: a graphic novel. My five year old has been loving all the Berenstain Bears books

  232. My child’s favorite book is Clifford.

  233. My son loves anything Marvel related. My daughter is lately really into a writer for teens named Sarah Dessen. And I’m a Stephen King fan 🙂

  234. My son is loving the Lemony Snicket series.

  235. I feel that reading is very important. So this encourages children to read. Great idea!

  236. 🙂 we are LOVING ‘Creepy Carrots’ it’s won a caldecott award for the illustrations

  237. C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.”

  238. Her favorite book is Goodnight, I Love You.

  239. The Hunger Games series!

  240. Harry Potter series

  241. My favourite book right now is “1,801 home remedies”

  242. We love reading Green Eggs and Ham!

  243. Winners by Danielle Steel

  244. Anyway we can get children to read is a great thing.

  245. little one loves “Baby Babble”

  246. I just finished Zoo by James Patterson

  247. As a child, I really liked Judy Blume books and Charlotte’s Web. I also read a lot of mystery novels.

  248. We like the Chronicles of Narnia.

  249. I think I read ‘A Little Princess’ about a BAJILLION TIMES. 🙂 Definitely one of my favourite childhood books

  250. Harry Potter

  251. Any of the stories written by Dr Seuss

  252. My kids are just discovering comic books like TinTin and Asterisk

  253. My son is currently hooked on the Harry Potter series.

  254. my grandsons is franklin the turtle just like his daddys favorite book

  255. My fav books probably would be the His Dark Materials trilogy.

  256. Hand Hand Fingers Thumb.

  257. Harry Potter is always good.

  258. my daughter loves the goodnight book

  259. Of many Dr. Seuss books, the favourite is Green Eggs & Ham

  260. My 2 year old loves Sandra Boynton; my 5 year old loves Robert Munsch; my 7 year old has just gotten into the Jedi Academy books!

  261. Mine and my children favorite book is Dr. Seuss Green Eggs And Ham

  262. My son is enjoying the Maximum Ride series.

  263. Chicken cheeks

  264. My daughter loves “The Twits”, by Roald Dahl.

  265. my kids love Magic treehouse books ..we love reading together

  266. goodnight moon

  267. My kids love the Mo Willems books, especially We Are In A Book!

  268. My granddaughters current favourite book is 50 below zero by Roberts Munsch

  269. My kids really like all the books from Dr seuse

  270. My daughter’s favorite book is Because I Am Furniture

  271. Harry Potter is great for older kids!! A classic 🙂

  272. Nice Prize.

    • Oops, daughters fav is currently ‘Summer Falls’

  273. I love the book God Gave Us You

  274. Mortimer by Robert Munsch was always a favourite

  275. My kids love that book called Are you My Mother. Its one of those I can read books and one of my favs when I was a girl. Love how they know all the words and can read it to me now 🙂

  276. Right now i am reading Reluctant Genius: the Life of Alexander Graham Bell. What a great book! I just got back from holidays where i went to the museum in Baddeck NS! He was a great man with a great wife behind him.

  277. Harry Potter

  278. My daughter is reading the Divergent series right now and loves it!

  279. My grandson reads a wide variety of books. He likes fantasy, but right now he is reading a lot of books by Beverly Cleary.

  280. Robert Munsch books are the best!

  281. My daughter and I (she’s 16 btw) both enjoyed The Lovely Bones.

  282. My son loves Old Yeller

  283. I love the Harry Potter series

  284. MY granddaughter loves any Dora books!

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