Contests and giveaways | October 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):


One child (ages 5-15) will win a small voice part in the animated film version of The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner!

Enter to win using one of the three methods below:

OnlineFacebook, or Twitter

Sponsored by Albert Whitman & Company and Hammerhead Productions. See all contest rules and instructions here.

Deadline: October 31, 2012

WIN A FREE COPY OF Counting on Fall (Elementary)

What if animals and plants knew math, just like you? Would leaves fall in patterns? Would whales enter a race? In Counting on Fall, the first title in the Math in Nature series by award-winning author Lizann Flatt, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of number sense and numeration

Owlkids Books is giving away 3 copies of Counting on Fall. To enter to win, send an email to using the subject line “1…2…3…Fall!” and please include your mailing address.

See the Book Guide for Counting on Fall.

Deadline:  November 1, 2012

WIN A FREE COPY OF Drummer Boy of John John (Elementary)

Musical text and sun-drenched paintings joyously transport readers to the Caribbean in this exuberant story inspired by the early life of Winston “Spree” Simon, a pioneer in the development of the steel drum.

Lee & Low Books is giving away 3 copies of Drummer Boy of John John. To enter to win, send an email to using the subject line “Drummer Boy Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: November 1, 2012

WIN A FREE COPY OF Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of Doom (Elementary)

Best-selling author Marty Kelley offers readers a hilarious debut chapter book about a boy who will do anything he can to win the school talent show. With short chapters and lots of action, this book is a perfect choice for reluctant readers.

Holiday House is giving away 5 copies of Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of Doom. To enter to win, “like” Holiday House on Facebook and tell us your favorite kind of muffin to eat and/or your least favorite! To enter to win a free Skype school visit with Marty Kelley, click here for more details.

For online fun, Marty Kelley invites readers to follow Simon’s scheming process, partake in some muffin throwing debauchery, and watch the trailer for the book.

Deadline: November 8, 2012 (to win the book), December 31, 2012 (to win the school visit)

WIN A FREE COPY OF Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford (Elementary)

Uma can’t help feeling small when she peers up at the night sky and she begins to wonder about infinity. Her thoughts about a very big concept make for a kid-friendly introduction to mathematical infinity.

Carolrhoda Books is giving away 5 copies of this charming book. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line “INFINITY AND ME Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

See the Book Guide for fun math activities for grades 3-5.

Deadline: November 8, 2012

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