Contests and giveaways | April 2012

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):

WIN FREE SIGNED COPIES OF A Little Book About Feelings and My Feelings Activity Book (Pre-K & Early Elementary)

A Little Book About Feelings (The Mother Company, 2011) is an engaging look at the origins and variety of feelings that helps young children boost their social and emotional skills.

Enter to win one of ten signed sets (one of each book) by emailing with the subject line “Ruby’s Studio’s books for kids” and include your mailing address.

More information on these books here.
Watch the trailer for Ruby’s Studio: A Feelings Show here.

Deadline: May 1, 2012

WIN A COPY OF Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World (Elementary)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring with a picture book biography of the pioneering environmentalist, Rachel Carson! One lucky winner will receive a hardcover copy of Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World (Holiday House, 2012) by Laurie Lawlor.

Enter to win by becoming a fan of Holiday House on Facebook and posting a comment mentioning your favorite springtime tradition—and make sure to include “RACHEL CARSON” in your post!

Deadline: May 1, 2012

WIN A FREE COPY OF How Many Jelly Beans? (Elementary)

This giant picture book offers kids a fun and easy way to understand large numbers. Starting with 10, each page shows more and more colorful candies, leading up to a giant fold-out surprise—ONE MILLION JELLY BEANS! With bright illustrations and an irresistible extra-large format, How Many Jelly Beans? (Chronicle, 2012) makes learning about big numbers absolutely scrumptious!

Enter to win by emailing with the subject line “How Many Jelly Beans” and please include your mailing address.

Go here to download activities.

Deadline: May 3, 2012

WIN A FREE COPY OF Guacamole (Elementary)

Enter for a chance to win a free copy of Jorge Arugeta and Margarita Sada’s Guacamole (Groundwood Books, 2012).

To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line “TeachingBooks GUACAMOLE Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

Watch the Guacamole book trailer here.

Deadline: May 10, 2012

WIN A FREE COPY OF The Surrender Tree (High School)

Add Margarita Engle’s Newbery Honor Book and winner of the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal, The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom (Henry Holt, 2008), to your book collection.

To enter to win, listen to this Meet-the-Author Book Reading with author Margarita Engle and post a comment below about how you could use this audio clip (or other online resources) to help teach/share the book.

Deadline: May 10, 2012

10 Responses to Contests and giveaways | April 2012

  1. Mr. Kinnaman April 20, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    This will be an excellent souce that the children can relate to in a text-to-self way, since there is only the first three years of their life that America has not been in a war.

  2. Phyllis Kopecki April 20, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    The audio could be used to create interest in subject (ie Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom) or genre (poetry). Other applications warrant exploration as well.

  3. Marlene Crawford April 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    This book was great I enjoys listening to it. My Kids would love to have this book and listen to it

  4. Vickie Linville April 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    The clip would be used to introduce the book–as an anticipatory set. The text itself would go with any type of Freedom Unit. I would end my end with students writing their own set/short book of poems on their own lives or as various characters/individuals learned about during our text studies.

  5. stephanie bondlow April 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    I would start a book club for teens including my 16 year old daughter and this would be our first book. This is a story that needs to be told.

  6. Kathryn Mackey April 24, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Love to win these books for my daughter a teacher

  7. c bowen April 25, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    this is a good collection of poems that students can relate to with the connection to the movie and the actors that have not been heard from.

  8. Amy J. Stickney Simcick May 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    My students really enjoy hearing (and seeing) an author reading from their own works. This clip could spark writing from their own experiences and feelings about freedom.

  9. Richard May 9, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    The book trailer for Guacamole is excellent – I love the illustrations.

  10. Tiffiny Duke May 10, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    I would use this book to teach my girls how life was as a child back in the day! Help them appreciate what they have!

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