Contests and giveaways | April 2011

We occasionally learn of special, free, and enjoyable opportunities for you that we feel support the mission of TeachingBooks. This month, we hope you enjoy learning about the following opportunities (in order of deadline):

DÍA RESOURCES! (Elementary) Libraries, schools, and families across the country are celebrating the 15th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children’s day/Book Day. Día is a community-based, family literacy initiative—and a daily commitment.

April 2011 Join the fun and browse the history and planning ideas.

LIVE WEBCAST! (Middle & High School) View a live, national webcast featuring Anthony Horowitz, author of the beloved Alex Rider series. He will discuss the finale of this popular series, the decision to kill off a major character, his writing and more … Anthony Horowitz will answer questions from viewers around the world. Hosted by NPR’s “All Things Considered” host Michele Norris. (Philomel/Penguin)

Friday, April 15th, 2011, 10:00-11:00 am EST Register for the event.


FREE SERIES BOOKS! (Elementary) Win a free set of all six books in the Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives series by Michele Torrey! These books are a fun way to reinforce basic scientific concepts in grades 3-5. (Blue Slip Media)

Deadline: April 28, 2011 Enter to win and find free Book Guides.


WIN A FREE BOOK FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! (Elementary) What could be better than a beautiful book of concrete poems to share with students during National Poetry Month? (

Deadline: April 28th, 2011

To enter to win a free copy of A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems illustrated by Chris Raschka click here to “Like” on Facebook.

Leave a comment on our Facebook wall and you’ll be entered to win.


Enter to win an ARC of Astronaut Academy, by Dave Roman. Astronaut Academy is the absolute best school in outer space. So it’s perfect for Hakata Soy, former leader of a futuristic super team who’s now on the run from his past. But will middle school provide the perfect escape? (First Second Books)

Deadline: April 30th, 2011 Enter to win.



LIVE WEBCAST! (Middle and High School) Join author Gary Schmidt as he talks about his writing, discusses his books including The Wednesday Wars and his new book Okay For Now, and answers questions, live from the Rare Books room of the New York Public Library. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Monday, May 9, 2011 1:00 pm EST Sign up to attend a live webcast with two-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt.



SCAREDY SQUIRREL SWEEPSTAKES! (Elementary) Grand prize winner will receive a Scaredy Squirrel print signed by Mélanie Watt and a set of Mélanie Watt books, including the Scaredy Squirrel and Chester series. Five second place winners will receive a complete set of Scaredy Squirrel books and a puppet. Twenty-five third place winners will receive a copy of Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party. (Kids Can Press)

Deadline: May 20th, 2011 Enter to win.
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