Each month we feature free and enjoyable book contests and giveaways!
We hope you will enjoy the following opportunities as well as the author and book resources available via TeachingBooks.net.
Win a free copy of TRY THIS! 50 FUN EXPERIMENTS FOR THE MAD SCIENTIST IN YOU (Middle School)
Discover what makes science fun in this engaging book filled with weird, wacky science facts, basic principles, and 50 creative science projects that take interactivity to a whole new level. Dynamic photos and art highlight projects step by step so kids can conduct experiments with confidence and accuracy.
National Geographic Kids Books is giving away 5 copies of TRY THIS! 50 FUN EXPERIMENTS FOR THE MAD SCIENTIST IN YOU. To enter to win, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “I want to win Try This!” and please include your mailing address.
Deadline: November 14, 2014 (Open to U.S. addresses)
Use this educator guide from National Geographic for ideas about how to use the book in your classroom!
This charming story, inspired by the Mexican folk tradition features chaos in the kitchen as the Spanish Viceroy is on his way for a surprise visit. The story of how Carlos saves the day explains the origins of molé, the popular national dish that combines chocolate with turkey, spices, and nuts.
August House is giving away 5 free copies of HOLY MOLÉ! to celebrate Thanksgiving. To win, send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Holy Molé!” and write two sentences about how you plan to use this classic picture book in your school. Please include your mailing address.
Deadline: November 14, 2014 (Open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)
Strengthen student comprehension with this lesson plan from August House!
In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.
Egmont USA is giving away 5 copies of GET HAPPY by Mary Amato. To enter to win, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “Get Happy on TeachingBooks.net” and please include your mailing address.
Deadline: November 18, 2014 (Open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)
Learn more about author Mary Amato and her books, visit her personal website!
Jason Segel, multitalented actor, writer, and musician, teams up with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening, middle-grade novel NIGHTMARES!, the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town.
Charlie Laird has several problems. 1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch. 2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark. 3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap. What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed. And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.
Random House Children’s Books is giving away 200 copies of NIGHTMARES! and a NIGHTMARES! classroom kit. All you need to do is read it and if you like it, send us a review quote that we can use. To enter to win, send an email to Schoolandlibrarymarketing@randomhouse.com with the subject line of “Nightmares! on TeachingBooks” and please include your mailing address.
Deadline: November 28, 2014 or while supplies last (Open to U.S. addresses)
For more information about the book, the authors and for activities and videos check out the book website!
Win two of the hottest teen titles from best-selling authors Becca Fitzpatrick and Scott Westerfeld!
BLACK ICE takes readers on a heart-pounding journey through the beautiful snowy mountains of Wyoming…where danger lurks behind every corner.
AFTERWORLDS is a thought-provoking and suspenseful contemporary romantic novel-within-a-novel that you won’t want to put down.
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing is giving away 10 copies each of Becca Fitzpatrick’s BLACK ICE and Scott Westerfeld’s AFTERWORLDS. To enter, e-mail Education.Library@SimonandSchuster.com with the subject line “Two Teen Titles” and please include your mailing address.
Deadline: November 30, 2014 (Open to U.S. addresses)
Bradley Bartleby is bad. Very bad. All the adults in Bradley’s life are running scared – except for Santa Claus, who refuses to give him anything but socks. Outraged, Bradley hatches a dastardly plan that could ruin Christmas!
Peachtree Publishers is giving away 10 copies of this Christmas story with a twist!
Enter to win your copy by sending an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Santa Trap Giveaway” and please include your mailing address. No PO Boxes, please.
Deadline: November 30, 2014 (Open to U.S. addresses.)
Have you ever wanted to catch Santa? So has author Jonathan Emmett! Check out his video!
Science fact meets science fiction in FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR, the first book in a new middle-grade series from New York Times bestselling team Jon Scieszka and Brian Biggs. Combining real science (and robots) with adventure and humor, this series encourages children to question the way things work, and discover how they, too, can experiment with science.
Abrams Amulet is giving away 3 signed copies of FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR. To enter to win, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Frank Einstein signed book giveaway” and please include your mailing address.
Deadline: November 30, 2014 (Open to U.S. addresses)
Have fun across the curriculum with this lesson plan from Abrams!
This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps. Thanks to Dr. Seuss’s trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, readers will, without a doubt, realize just how lucky they truly are. It’s a great way to bring laughter and gratitude to your entire family.
In honor of Thanksgiving, Oceanhouse Media is giving away 5 promo codes for Dr. Seuss’s DID I EVER TELL YOU HOW LUCKY YOU ARE? digital book app for iOS! To enter to win, please send an email to email@example.com with the subject line of “Lucky Giveaway.” No need to send mailing addresses; the prize is digital only.
Preview the book app from Oceanhouse Media!
MySELF Bookshelf (12 titles) is a delightful collection of illustrated stories that encourage social awareness, self-worth, and strong relationships with family and friends. These have been found to be key components in developing social and emotional learning skills at a young age.
Norwood House Press is giving away the complete series of MySELF Bookshelf (12 titles). To enter to win, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “MySELF Bookshelf” and please include your mailing address.
Deadline: December 1, 2014 (Open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)
Each book contains a Reader’s Theater script and correlations to the Common Core!
In her most powerful novel yet, Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin tells the story of a girl with mental/emotional challenges and the dog she loves.
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is giving away 10 copies of RAIN REIGN by Ann M. Martin. To enter to win, send an email to email@example.com with the subject line of “TeachingBooks.net Rain Reign Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.
Deadline: December 1, 2014 (Open to U.S and Canadian addresses)
Facilitate conversations about the book with these discussion questions from Macmillan!
THE MAYFLOWER is a beautifully illustrated picture book that narrates the historic journey of the 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower and their settlement at Plymouth Harbor. Dramatic gouache paintings fill this story with warm color and detail. A timeline lists the sequence of events and elaborates on the evolution of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Holiday House is giving away 5 copies of THE MAYFLOWER. To enter to win, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “Mayflower giveaway” and please include your mailing address.
Deadline: December 5, 2014 (Open to U.S. addresses)
Improve student engagement with these classroom activities from Holiday House!