Isn’t it fun when you can both take part in a fun event, but also learn how to make a difference and help others at the same time?

That is exactly what I got the chance to do at last month’s Disney Social Media Mom’s Celebration. After a few days of fun and festivities, we had the chance to sit down to a breakfast courtesy of Disney Junior while we learned all about their Give a Book, Get a Book campaign.

Why Give a Book, Get a Book?

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While enjoying breakfast, LaVar Burton (Cofounder of Reading Rainbow), spoke to us about what it means to be able to give the gift of reading to a child. He also told us a bit about how we can help do the same through the Give a Book, Get a Book campaign with Disney Junior.

I was thrilled to be able to take part in something like this because literacy is so important. Anyone who grew up watching Reading Rainbow knows to “take a look, it’s in a book – a reading rainbow!”

It is hard to imagine not ever having books available since it is something that is commonplace in our home, but after listening to LaVar I realized that so many children go through each and every day without ever being read to, or even having a book available to them. The Give a Book, Get a Book campaign is looking to change that!

After the informative breakfast our families got to join us as we heard a special storybook reading from non-other than some of the Disney character voices themselves. David Arquette (voice of Skully – Jake and the Neverland Pirates), Ariel Winter (voice of Marina the Mermaid – Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia – Sofia the First), and Tim Gunn (Baileywick – Sofia the First) all took turns reading aloud to a roomful of excited kids and parents.

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After the reading we had a chance to visit with some of the cast, and baby girl and I even got a photo op with one of my favorite characters – Genevieve from Choo Choo Soul!

Genevieve also spoke to us about the Give a Book, Get a Book campaign, and shares a little about the program with us in this video:

More about Give a Book, Get a Book

When you enter your code at, Disney will donate a book to First Book, a non-profit social enterprise that provides new books to schools and programs serving children in need nationwide. I donated mine today!

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Disney will donate up to 1,000,000 books to First Book in support of Disney Junior’s Give a Book, Get a Book. The Give a Book, Get a Book program runs 4/1/14-9/30/15.



Disclosure: I was invited to attend the DisneySMMom Celebration. I paid my own conference fees and received gifts during the conference. The DisneySMMom sponsors provided product and helped make the magic happen. All opinions magical or otherwise are my own.

Photo credit: DisneyABC