Tintin's Lost Adventure: Tintin Travels To Dublin California!

Third time lucky!

Cover page of Tintin in Tibet
Tintin in Tibet
After two unsuccessful attempts to award a free Tintin book in my giveaway, the luck of my readers turned.

With the help of Random.org I picked Reshama from Dublin California as the new winner.

Alas, the first two chosen email subscribers did not contact me in 48 hours, so the prize was awarded to Reshama whose name was selected third in line.

My online book seller is already processing the order and Reshama's desired Tintin book will soon be on its way to California.

But which Tintin book did she choose?

Billions of Blue Blistering Barnacles! A new winner of the Tintin giveaway has been chosen!

Ten thousand thundering typhoons!
Captain Haddock curses. BIlions of Blistering Barnacles!

The winner of the Tintin book giveaway 
has not contacted me in time.

What does that mean? Well, a new winner has been chosen!

Yes, YOU just got a second chance.

And they say that in life you don't get many second chances.


The new winner of the Tintin giveaway is ...

You Have 48 Hours To Contact Me If You Are The Winner of the Tintin Book Giveaway!

Woo-hoo! It is time to learn who won my Tintin book giveaway.

Tintin puts his coat on and rushes away with Snowy
Hurry, there is no time to lose! 
My fingers have been itching to select a winner and I know you were waiting on the edge of your seat too.

Let me remind you, the winner gets to choose any single Tintin title from the 25 books or so about the intrepid detective that were authored and illustrated by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name of Hergé!

A little tidbit - Georges Remi used his initials backwards to get his pen name R G (pronounced Hergé in French).

But no, I must not keep you waiting any longer.

The winner of the giveaway is ...

Win a Free Book for International Children's Book Day!

April 2 is International Children's Book Day!

Did you know that?
24 Tintin books laid side-by-side
One of these Tintin books could be yours. You choose!
A list of all the books can be found here

Well, Read Aloud Dad didn't until ten minutes ago.

I saw it by chance on Wikipedia ... and who did I think of immediately?


My fabulous readers.

So, in order to celebrate this day, Read Aloud Dad is giving away a free children's book.

I'll make it as simple as possible to take part.

Read on...

The First Thing You Should Do When You Start To Read Aloud

Reading aloud is NOT the smooth sailing as many of us imagine it will be.

A man and a girl skydiving
Keep it exciting
Kids are hyperactive these days and they will often jump around, bang on the table or climb on the furniture while you try to read.

Other kids will slowly sink into a state of deep torpor the more you read and by the time that you reach the most exciting part of the chapter - you will hear loud snoring.

The more you read, the more critical they are.

Children will come to expect good books.

Better books.

How do you get around these hiccups?

You don't.

Bestselling Children's Books in Q1 2013

Everyone loves bestsellers. I know I do.

And each day many of you, my friends, buy children's books via affiliate links on my website.

Some books are more popular, some less.

Trends? Well, I can see them only after I crunch the numbers.

So, I decided to compile a list of the Top 10 bestselling children's books based on purchases made via the Read Aloud Dad site, so that we can all see which books were the most popular between January and March 2013.

So without much further ado, I will let the numbers speak for themselves.

The Story of Doctor Dolittle: The Best Illustrated Children's Edition

Some children's books simply amaze me.
The Story of Doctor Dolittle,  illustrated by Michael Hague
The Story of Doctor Dolittle
illustrated by Michael Hague

You know that glorious feeling when you unexpectedly come across a wonderful example of children's literature?

A book that expands your horizons.

Take, for example, The Story of Doctor Dolittle that was published back in 1920.

I know what you are thinking...

Read Aloud Dad ... that is so passé!

But wait a moment, great books are never passé.

Admittedly, everyone knows about Doctor Dolittle.

There are twelve books in the series and The Story of Doctor Dolittle is the first, but not the most famous book from the Doctor Dollitle series.

In fact, its sequel The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle won the Newbery Medal in 1923.

So, you ask... is there really something special about this first book, The Story of Doctor Dolittle?

Or is it merely 'the boring sibling' from the Doctor Dolittle book series?