Contests and Giveaways | November 2016

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

brambleandmaggieWin the four books in the Bramble and Maggie series (Elementary)

Young readers ready for first chapter books will love the Bramble and Maggie series about Maggie and her fun-loving horse, Bramble. Whatever their adventures, they are best friends through and through.

Candlewick Press is giving away 3 complete sets of the four-book series! Lucky winners will receive Horse Meets Girl, Give and Take, and Spooky Season in paperback and the newest book in the series, Snow Day, in hardcover.

To enter to win, click on this link.

Deadline: November 15, 2016 (open to U.S. addresses)

Find ideas for the whole series in the Curriculum Guide.


dinosaursWin a free set of the first two nonfiction titles in the new Animal Planet series (Elementary)

Engaging narrative nonfiction pairs with kid-friendly subjects in a chapter book series that’s perfect for newly independent readers. Sharks! and Dinosaurs! will captivate kids with amazing animal facts while supporting STEM goals for schools and libraries.

Time Inc. Books is giving away 5 sets of the first two books in the series: Sharks! and Dinosaurs!

To enter to win, click on this link.

Deadline: November 16, 2016 (open to U. S. addresses)

Find teaching ideas in the Curriculum Guide.


pugmeetspigWin a free copy of Pug Meets Pig! (Elementary)

Pug is happy with his bowl, his yard, and his bed. But then Pig arrives . . . Change is hard, but learning to make room for a new friend has its own rewards.

Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster is giving away 5 copies of Pug Meets Pig.

To enter to win, click on this link.

Deadline: November 17, 2016 (open to U.S. addresses)

Find great games and puzzles in the Activity Guide.


sistertrickstersWin a free copy of Sister Tricksters: Rollicking Tales of Clever Females (Elementary)

To celebrate the late Robert San Souci’s birthday, August House will be giving away 5 copies of this whimsical book of eight, illustrated tall-tales entitled Sister Tricksters: Rollicking Tales of Clever Females, by the award-winning San Souci brothers: Robert and Daniel. The stories are adapted from the classic characters of Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox with a clever twist – all of the mischievous characters are females. As they match wits, their exploits wreak havoc over a sleepy southern landscape.

To enter to win your free copy send an email to and write 2 sentences about how you plan to use this collection of epic folktales in your school. Be sure to place “Sister Tricksters” in the Subject Line of your email.

Deadline: November 18, 2016 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Visit illustrator Daniel San Souci’s website.


nefertitiEnter to win a copy of Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: The Jumping Spider Who Learned to Hunt in Space (Elementary)

Most spiders spin a web and passively wait for prey to come to them. Jumping spiders, by contrast, actively hunt by jumping to catch their food. What if a jumping spider was sent to the International Space Station? When it jumped, it would simply float. Could a jumping spider hunt in a weightless environment? This nonfiction picture book for elementary kids chronicles the amazing voyage of Nefertiti, the Spidernaut to the International Space Station and back.

To enter, send an email to with the subject “Nefertiti, the Spidernaut.” Please include your mailing address.

Deadline: November 22, 2016 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

See what author Darcy Pattison has to say on her blog.


unnaturaldeedsWin a free copy of Unnatural Deeds (High School)

Called “a PG-13 version of Gone Girl” by Kirkus, Unnatural Deeds is a novel of infatuation and obsession with an electrifying ending that readers won’t see coming.

Sourcebooks is giving away 15 copies of Unnatural Deeds. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line of “Unnatural Deeds Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: November 30, 2016 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Consider interesting questions from the Discussion Guide.


caseofmakermischiefWin a free copy of West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief (Elementary)

In the second West Meadows Mystery, Myron and Hajrah track down a robot thief! Myron’s unique perspective from the autism spectrum and his eye for detail make him a top-notch sleuth. In this second mystery, Myron must use his skillset to crack another case when he finds out his classmate Jordan’s robot has been stolen.

OwlKids Books is giving away 5 copies of West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line “Maker Mischief giveaway” and make sure to include your mailing address.

Deadline: November 30, 2016 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Read this author interview with Liam O’Donnell for insights behind the series.


50-best-books-for-9-and-10-year-oldsWin a tote bag and bundle of books from Brightly’s 50 Best Books for 9- and 10-Year-Olds (Middle Grade)

What are the best books to keep 9-year-olds and 10-year-olds reading, learning, and coming back for more? Brightly — a site that helps parents, educators, and just about anyone with kids in their lives grow readers — went to the experts to find out. Each book on the Brightly list was carefully selected by a panel of children’s literature experts. Their selections feature diverse characters and a wide range of voices across classics, award winners, graphic novels, historical fiction, fantasy, and more.

Brightly is giving away 5 tote bags filled with books from The 50 Best Books for 9- and 10-Year-Olds. To enter to win this prize package, please visit this link.

Deadline:  November 30, 2016 (open to U.S. addresses)

Visit the complete list to see all the great recommended titles.


moonofmyownWin a free copy of A Moon of My Own! (Elementary)

An adventurous young girl journeys around the world, if only in her dreams. She discovers both natural beauty and man-made wonders. And all along the way she’s accompanied by her faithful companion—the Moon. Always changing, yet always with her, the Moon remains her magical friend and loyal guide. The silhouette art suggests the wonderful places the girl travels in her fertile imagination—places on every continent.

Dawn Publications is giving away 10 copies of A Moon of My Own.  To enter to win, click on this link.

Deadline: December 1, 2016 (open to U.S. addresses)

Find fun Activities to explore the moon.


clickclacksurpriseWin a Free Event Kit for Click, Clack, Surprise! (Elementary)

Celebrate Little Duck’s first birthday with the Click, Clack, Surprise! event kit. Write out invitations, play games, and make your own birthday hat and picture frame with Click Clack crayons.

Simon & Schuster is giving away 10 event kits for Click, Clack, Surprise! To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line “Click Clack Surprise Kit Entry” and include your name and address. The first 10 entries between November 11 to December 1, 2016 will win a kit.

Deadline: Open for entries between November 11, 2016 and December 1, 2016 (open to U.S. addresses)

Find fun things to do with this Activity Kit.


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