Contests and giveaways | June 2012

Each month we 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 A FREE COPY OF The Five Lives of our Cat Zook (Elementary & Middle School)

This heartwarming novel for grades 3-6 explores themes of friendship, trust, family, and dealing with loss through an authentic character that readers will not soon forget.

Abrams is giving away 5 copies of The Five Lives of our Cat Zook. To enter to win send an email with your name and mailing address to The subject line should be “The Five Lives of our Cat Zook” and please include your mailing address. Books will only be shipped to U.S. or Canadian addresses.

Download a free activity kit for the book with discussion questions, activities, worksheets, and more! Download here.

Deadline: June 26th, 2012

WIN A FREE COPY OF The Watcher by James Howe (High School)

“Emotionally compelling to a heart-stopping conclusion.” (Kirkus) is giving away one free copy of The Watcher by award-winning author James Howe. Enter to win by liking on Facebook and leaving a comment about your favorite book by James Howe. Please include “The Watcher Contest” in your comment.

Read the In-depth Written Interview with James Howe here.

Deadline: June 26th, 2012

WIN A FREE COPY OF Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (Middle School)

New York Times bestselling novel now available in paperback, an NCTE Notable Children’s Books Award winner, an IRA Teachers’ and IRA Young Adults’ Choices Award winner, and the recipient of multiple state award commendations, Out of My Mind is “Unflinching and realistic. . . Rich in details of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy.” (Kirkus STARRED REVIEW)

Simon & Schuster is giving away five copies of Out of My Mind. Enter to win by emailing with the subject line “Out of My Mind” and please include your mailing address.

Download the reading group guide here.

Deadline: June 26th, 2012


WIN A FREE COPY OF Red, White, and Boom! (Elementary)

This is a multicultural, multigenerational celebration of Independence Day! “This title is made to order for the summer storyhour crowd.” (SLJ, starred review)

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is giving away 10 copies of Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw (2012).

To enter to win, send an email to The subject line should be “Red, White, and Boom contest entry” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: June 28th, 2012


WIN A FREE COPY OF The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math (Middle School)

Math rocks! At least it does in the gifted hands of Sean Connolly, who blends middle school math with fantasy to create an exciting adventure in problem-solving. These word problems are perilous, do-or-die scenarios. Each problem requires readers to dig deep into the tools they’re learning in school—fractions, algebra, geometry, probability, and more—to figure out how to survive. This book also aligns with the National Common Core Standards.

Workman Publishing is giving away 3 copies of The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math: 24 Death-Defying Challenges for Young Mathematicians. To enter to win, send an email to The subject line should be “Perilous Math Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: June 30th, 2012


WIN A FREE COPY OF White House Kids (Elementary)

Children have been roaming the halls of the White House ever since it was built and the Adams family moved in. Plenty of them probably jumped on Lincoln’s bed, too. Read about the antics of the America’s First Children from Washington to Obama.

Imagine Publishing is giving away 20 copies of White House Kids. To enter to win, send an email to The subject line should be “White House Kids Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

Watch the book trailer here.

Deadline: July 1st, 2012


WIN A FREE COPY OF Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes (Middle School)

Ruby, a genius code-cracker and daring detective, along with her sidekick butler, Hitch, work for a secret crime-busting organization called Spectrum. Just take a classic screwball comedy, add heaps of breathtaking action, and multiply it by Lauren Child’s writing genius, and what have you got? Only the most exciting new middle-grade series since, like, ever.

Candlewick Press is giving away of five copies of Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes each with a “Bored Beyond Belief – Ruby Redfort” T-shirt. To enter to win send an e-mail to with the subject line “Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes” and include your mailing address.

You can learn more about the book, see a trailer, read a chapter sample, and more here.

Deadline to enter: July 20th, 2012

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19 Responses to Contests and giveaways | June 2012

  1. Margo McIntosh June 19, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    sure would love to win :))

  2. Becky Wandio June 19, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    I would love to win any of these books. They all look fantastic. I love and reference it and recommend it to all the people I train in Balanced Literacy in our division! Keep up the excellent work!

  3. Laura Cass June 19, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I enjoy your book reviews and book suggestions.

  4. Valerie Ling June 19, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Please submit my name for the June Giveaway contest. Thanks! Have a great summer!

  5. Sofia Gutierrez June 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Great opportunity to expose my students to a variety of generes.

  6. Dr. Rosemary T. Smith June 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Thank You for all of the wonderful information. The Equity & Diversity Education Department is involved with the diverse and beautiful population of our students. We work closely with the American Indian/Alaska Native Parents & Students and they are spending the summer reading books. We work with all of our students and it is always good to have new books/materials for them to use.

  7. Jill K. Tinsley June 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this opportunity! I use TeachingBooks all the time and appreciate the wealth of information and opportunities it provides!

  8. Brenda Albert June 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I’m want to be entered into the contest.

  9. Marlene Crawford June 20, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    I would love to win books for my class.

    Thank you

  10. Marlene Crawford June 20, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    This is a good book I hope I can win it for my class.

    Thank you

  11. Karin June 20, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Thank you for publicizing these offers!

  12. Laura June 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I purchased this valuable website for my three elemenary schools and two middle schools. The teachers truly benefit from the resources but it is the students in the long run that will benefit the most. Updates such as these are wonderful.
    Many thanks for such a comprehensive resource!

  13. Hattie Yeldell June 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these book!

  14. Vicki Wright June 21, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Thank you very much for the opportunity to win some great sounding books! There are several that would be very good to use with my gifted and talented upper elementary age students.

  15. Bonnie Kelley June 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    I will share your email with the library media/technology specialists in Pinellas County Schools.

  16. Carmen Ruiz-Sanchez June 24, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Thank you for this contest and all the resources offered!.
    I am a teacher in a school in Calgary in the NE with a diverse population and eager readers.

    Yours sincerely,

    Carmen Ruiz

  17. Catherine Beyers June 25, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Thank you for the wealth of information. Our students and staff make regular use of the lesson ideas, interviews, and reviews!

  18. shelly pitt June 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    would love to read this.

  19. Jan June 27, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to share good literature with our youth! Love your website full of wonderful information!

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