Contests and Giveaways | March 2017

Each month we feature free and fun book contests and giveaways. We hope you will enjoy the following opportunities as well as the author and book resources available via


TheContestBetweenTheSunAndTheWindWin a Free Copy of The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind: An Aesop’s Fable (Elementary)

To celebrate the windy month of March, we will give away 5 copies of the award-winning picture book The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind by the creative team of Heather Forest and Susan Gaber. Based on a fable from Aesop, the Sun and the Wind test their strength by seeing which of them can cause a man to remove his coat, demonstrating the value of using gentle persuasion rather than brute force as a means of achieving a goal.

Enter to win one of 5 free copies – just send an email to: and write 1-2 sentences about how you plan to use this new picture book in your school. Be sure to place “Sun and the Wind” in the Subject Line of your email.

Deadline: March 15, 2017 (open to: U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Find fun classroom activities in the Lesson Plan.


HugThisBookWin a Free Copy of Hug This Book! (Elementary)

“You can spin and twirl and dance with this book./You can listen while someone else reads it./You can take your book to lunch./Just do not try to feed it.” And so goes Barney Saltzberg’s energetic, heartfelt, and humorous ode to book love which “bounces in perfect rhythm.  Young children will memorize and recite the text; older children can extend its message by adding lines of their own. Teachers can introduce units on poetry or graphic design. Circulation guaranteed.” (School Library Journal)

Phaidon is giving away 5 copies of Hug This Book! by Barney Saltzberg. To enter, send an email to

Deadline: March 17, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses only)

Play with this book using the activities in the Activity Pack.


Mapping My Day CoverWin a free copy of Mapping My Day! (Elementary)

In Mapping My Day, Flora takes readers through her day, drawing a map or diagram for everything that happens. Research shows that developing spatial skills helps kids achieve in STEM fields, and this charming story includes key mapping concepts such as scale, cardinal directions, compass rose, routes, and landmarks.

Magination Press is giving away 5 copies of Mapping My Day. To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: March 20, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses)

Have your students make their own maps with the Activity Pages!


Wisdom CoverWin a Free Copy of Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for Over 60 Years. (Elementary)

The oldest wild bird in the world is an ongoing true story. In February, 2017, she hatched a new chick at the age of 66. Perfect for celebrating Earth Day on April 22. Amidst the decades of her life, Wisdom dealt with plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean, dangerous long-line fishing techniques, and natural disasters such as the Japanese tsunami. This is an astounding story of survival.

To enter, send an email to Please include your mailing address.

Deadline: March 22, 2017 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Get ready for April 8 Draw a Bird Day with the drawing projects in the Activity Kit.


Holiday House Book CoversWin a free set of 3 brand new titles to celebrate Women’s History Month! (Elementary)

Read the amazing true stories of Caroline Herschel, the first woman to ever be paid for scientific research, in Caroline’s Comets: A True Story; Gertrude Ederle, Olympic champion and the first woman to swim across the English channel, in Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World by Storm; and six prominent women scientists in Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World, including Katherine Johnson who was featured in Hidden Figures!

Holiday House is giving away this set of books about amazing women. To enter to win, fill out this form with your Twitter handle to enter.

Deadline: March 24, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses)

Help your students make meaningful connections as they read with the Lesson Plan.


TheScienceOfScienceFictionWin a Free Copy of The Science of Science Fiction! (Middle School)

Alien civilizations, artificial intelligence, time travel—is there any truth in these exciting ideas? In The Science of Science Fiction, readers ages 12–15 explore the science behind classic and modern science fiction stories, many of which inspired today’s inventors and innovators.

Nomad Press is giving away 25 copies of The Science of Science Fiction. Please email and include your physical address, the grade level or age group of the students you work with as well as the school where you work.

Deadline:  March 30, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses)

Find classroom discussion ideas in the Teacher’s Guide.


Phoebe Sounds It Out CoverWin a Free Copy of Phoebe Sounds it Out! (Elementary)

Meet Phoebe. This five-year-old brings us through one relatable story about the challenge of learning to spell your name.

Owlkids Books is giving away 5 copies of Phoebe Sounds it Out. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line “Phoebe giveaway” and include your mailing address.

Deadline:  March 31, 2017 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Help your students sound out their names like Phoebe with the Activity Guide.



Meet the Green Bay Packers coverWin a Set of Big Picture Sports Books! (Elementary)

Big Picture Sports is an easy-to-read, nonfiction sports series featuring all 32 professional football teams for grades K-3. In a large format with super-sized photos, each book includes information about a team’s history, stadium, star players, uniforms and includes access to Team Spirit Extras – a website with updates on the teams even after the book ends.

Norwood House Press is giving away 2 sets of the new Big Picture Sports series titles (32 books). Please email with your shipping address to be entered into the contest.

DEADLINE:  March 31, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses )

After your students read the books, they can find tons of history and updated information about the teams at the Series Website.


Speed of Life CoverWin a free copy of Speed of Life! (Middle Grade)

The newest novel from Carol Weston, award-winning author of the Ava Wren series and “Dear Carol” at Girls’ Life, has received 3 starred reviews. Addressing issues like grieving, relationships, self-esteem, and more, Speed of Life is the heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a girl who thinks her life is over when really it’s just beginning.

Sourcebooks is giving away 15 copies of Speed of Life. Please fill out this form to enter the giveaway.

DEADLINE:  March 31, 2017 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Get your students thinking about the issues in the book with the Discussion Guide.


What Will Grow? CoverWin a free copy of What Will Grow? (Elementary)

From the duo who brought you What Will Hatch? comes the lyrical and beautifully illustrated book about starting your own garden,What Will Grow?

Bloomsbury Children’s Books is giving away 3 copies of What Will Grow?  To enter, please e-mail and include your mailing address.

Deadline:  March 31, 2017 (open to U.S and Canadian addresses)

Find creative ideas for using this book in your classroom with the Activity Guide.


The Only Game CoverWin a Free Mike Lupica Home Team Series Kit! (Middle Grade)

Enter to win one of 10 kits which include: a paperback copy of The Extra Yard and The Only Game, a hardcover edition of the new Point Guard, a poster with the reading group guide for Point Guard, a March Madness Poster, a Home Team series postcard, and a shelf talker.

Simon & Schuster is giving away 10 kits. Submit your name, school, email, and address to with the subject line HOME TEAM GIVEAWAY for a chance to win one of 10 Mike Lupica HOME TEAM series kits.

Deadline: March 31, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses)

Find great sports activities in the Discussion Guide.


Baby on Board CoverWin a Free Copy of Baby on Board: How Animals Carry Their Young! (Elementary)

As a baby, how were you carried from place to place? Usually, quite carefully! The same is true for animals and their offspring. Tucked in pouches, gripped in teeth, propped on backs or underneath—these are just some of the clever ways animals carry their babies. Take note, sometimes it’s the dads who do the carrying. Once again, children’s author Marianne Berkes has created a heartwarming—and informative—picture book for budding animal lovers, complete with endearing and realistic artwork by Cathy Morrison. The “Explore More” sections in the back of the book feature a matching game for kids and creative activity suggestions for parents and teachers.

Dawn Publications is giving away 10 copies of Baby on Board: How Animals Carry Their Young. To enter, fill out this form.

Deadline:  April 1, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses)

Find fun Activities to share with your class when you read this book.


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