Contests and Giveaways | May 2015

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


Win a free set of Kate Walden Directs books (Elementary)

Readers in grades four to six will love smart and funny Kate Walden as she navigates the social scene of middle school while trying to make her own feature films. Between the best friend who suddenly isn’t, a bully situation that goes from bad to worse, and a host of on-set mishaps, Kate needs all the movie magic she can get!

Disney-Hyperion is giving away three sets of Julie Mata’s Kate Walden Directs books: Night of the Zombie Chickens and Bride of Slug Man. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line of “Action!” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: May 20, 2015 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Check out the common core aligned curriculum guide for Bride of Slugman.


Win a free copy of A Beach for Albert (Elementary)

A Beach for Albert is one out of fourteen titles in the Mouse Math series with more to come. When the People go away to the beach, Albert decides to make a beach of his own in the backyard sandbox. The only problem is—how to fill up his “beach” with water!  (Math Concept: Capacity)

Kane Press is giving away ten paperback copies of A Beach for Albert.  To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line of “TeachingBooks Beach for Albert” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: May 22, 2015 (Open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Make math concepts fun with the Mouse Math activity guide.


Win a free copy of Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon (Elementary)

This photo-documentary picture book is an inspiring nonfiction story of a real ten-year-old girl in the Amazon who does wild animal rescue, raising orphaned baby monkeys to later release them back into the rainforest. It’s a great starter for discussions or projects on rainforest ecology, endangered wildlife, and global youth involved in positive grassroots action.

Crickhollow Books is giving away five copies of Doyli to the Rescue. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line of “Doyli Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: May 22, 2015 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Integrate Doily to the Rescue across curriculums with this teacher’s guide.


Icon512_TransparentCorners-1Win a free promo code for Steam Train, Dream Train Book App! (Elementary)

The dream train pulls into Nightfalls Station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls (while zebras referee). Where will the dream train and its fantastic cargo go next?

Oceanhouse Media is giving away three promo codes for their Steam Train, Dream Train digital book app for iOS! This app from the author and illustrator of the NYT bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is perfect for animal lovers and budding train enthusiasts. To enter to win, please send an email to with the subject line of “Steam Train Giveaway.” No need to send physical addresses; the prize is digital only.

Deadline: May 25, 2015 (Open to anyone)

Listen to the name pronunciation for illustrator Tom Lichtenheld.


Win a free set of I Like to Read® titles (Elementary)

The innovative and award-winning I Like to Read® series, just right for emergent readers, features picture books by renowned and beloved artists. Evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels B through G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system, the books have: short texts; familiar vocabulary; repetition to reinforce learning; illustrations that are designed to be a part of the learning experience.

Holiday House is giving away one six-book set of our Spring 2015 I Like to Read® titles, including: 3, 2, 1 GO! by Emily Arnold McCully; The Cowboy by Hildegard Müller; The End of the Rainbow by Liza Donnelly; Good Night, Knight by Betsy Lewin; Grace by Kate Parkinson; and Look Out, Mouse! by Steve Björkman. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line of “I Like to Read Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: May 26, 2015 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Flash cards are available for all the books in the I Like to Read series.


Win a free copy of Over on a Mountain: Somewhere in the World (Elementary)

Discover twenty cool animals, ten great mountain ranges, and seven continents all in one story! Following the main story, this book is chock full of resources for parents and teachers, including facts about each of the animals featured (including the hidden animals) and about mountains. A simple world map makes it easy for children to locate the continents and the mountain ranges where the animals live.

Dawn Publications is giving away ten copies of Over on a Mountain. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line of “Mountain Contest” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: May 29, 2015 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Pair Over on a Mountain with this activity guide to study animal behavior.


Win a free copy of Sona and the Wedding Game (Elementary)

Sona has been given an important job for her big sister’s wedding: she has to steal the groom’s shoes. She’s never attended a wedding before, so she’s unfamiliar with this Indian tradition – as well as many of the other magical experiences that will occur before and during the special event. But with the assistance of her annoying cousin Vishal, Sona finds a way to steal the shoes and bargain for a very special reward.

Peachtree Publishers is giving away ten copies of this gorgeous multicultural picture book celebrating wedding traditions from India.  A special message from the author explains the origin of the book and makes connections to her personal story and experience. Wedding season is just around the corner! To enter to win, fill out the form at

Deadline: May 31, 2015 (Open to U.S. addresses. No PO Boxes, please.)

Enjoy Kashmira Sheth’s author name pronunciation recording.

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4 Responses to Contests and Giveaways | May 2015

  1. Patricia Skelly May 13, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    Thank you for the effort you put into setting up these contests. It is fun entering plus I become aware of that many more books I may not yet know about and can share that information. I have won some of the books which makes it even more fun!

  2. Lori Blevins May 13, 2015 at 8:09 am #

    Love the giveaways! Keep them coming!

  3. Annamaria BAsile May 14, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    Thanks so much for the chance to win some new books.

  4. Jan Groff May 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    Winning books and finding out in the mail is like getting an unexpected present! This is a great way to share new books with the teachers on our campus. Love it!

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