Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mom Made Us Write This!

I received an e-mail a couple of weeks ago asking if I'd like to review the book "Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer" by Ali Maier.  I received a copy of the book and the offer to give one away to one of my blog readers in return for a book review!  Click the picture to purchase the book on Amazon.

This book is written for children in grades 2nd through about 5th grade.  The story is about two twins Maggie and Max who get on each others nerves so their mother decides to have them share a journal to write in all summer long!  They take turns picking a topic to write on.  Then the other sibling reads the entry and writes little things in the margins before writing their own entry on the topic.  They write about things that children can relate to like ice cream, hotels, roller coasters, doctor visits, and back to school shopping among others.  They also get to draw and doodle all over the entries.  It is interesting to see the different funny views that each one has about each topic.

This story would make a fantastic read aloud or for children to read independently at school or even at home.  If you are a homeschooling parent of more than one child you may want to try this idea with your children.  Give them one journal and have them take turns picking a topic and writing on the same topic.  It's a great way for children to learn to share and get along with each other.  It could also work in the classroom if you pair students up.  It may be one way to get children to learn to love writing!

Check out the website Mom Made Us Write This to purchase the book, find out other journal ideas, read Max and Maggie's blog, and more!

Do you want to win a copy of this book?  Follow the simple Rafflecopter directions to enter.  You must be a United States Residence and you will have 48 hours to claim your prize by sending me your mailing address if you are the winner or a new winner will be selected.  The contest will end at midnight Eastern Time Zone on Saturday, December 6th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

About The Author Ali Maier

Ali went to John Carroll University and earned a BA in Elementary Education.  She lives in a Cleveland suburb with her husband and two
children. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family.  

Ali chose to write the Mom Made Us Write This series to encourage young readers to do something she loves – to read! Ali wanted to write a book series that would allow readers to laugh and encourage them to write and share their own stories.

Thanks for hoppin' by!  Keep on smiling!


  1. Thank you for always trying to help fellow teachers :)

  2. I work hard to inspire students with a love of reading by always having books around. :)

    1. I am happy to hear you have a lot of books for your students to enjoy. Good luck in the Giveaway!


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