Contests and Giveaways | October

contests-giveaways-badgeEach 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


The Adventures of Henry WhiskersWin a free set of the two books in The Adventures of Henry Whiskers series! (Elementary)

Twenty-five generations of the Whiskers family have lived in Windsor Castle’s most famous exhibit: Queen Mary’s Dollhouse. Young Henry Whiskers and his best friend, Jeremy, find plenty of adventure in the first two books in this engaging young chapter book series!

Aladdin/Simon & Schuster is giving away five sets of the first two books in the series: The Adventures of Henry Whiskers and The Long Way Home. To enter to win, fill out this form.

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

Explore Henry Whiskers and his world with the Curriculum Guide!


ListenWin a free copy of Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing! (Elementary)

Pete Seeger, legendary musician and activist, used music to bring people together and fight social injustice. Pete Seeger’s inspiring life and an important period of American history are brought to vivid detail for young readers in this bold picture book biography of an American icon.

Roaring Brook Press is giving away five copies of Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing. To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: October 18, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses)

Learn more about Pete Seeger with the Listen Curriculum Guide!


Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX! Win an ARC of Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! (Elementary/Middle Grade)

Everyone’s favorite campers make the jump from comics to fiction in this thrilling new series of original adventures from Mariko Tamaki & Brooklyn Allen. ★ “With its just-right blend of giggleworthy jokes, LGBTQ-positive characters, and affirmative emphasis on friendship, this middle-grade charmer can make even the coldest, bleakest day feel like a sunny day at summer camp.” –Kirkus

ABRAMS is giving away advanced reading copies of Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!  Ten winners will be selected at random and notified via email. To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: October 18, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses – No PO Boxes)

Listen to author Mariko Tamaki talk about her name.


SleepersWin a free copy of Sleepers! (Middle Grade)

Earth finally hears from space: “You only live on land. Allow us to live in the seas.” Jake Rose is half-Earthling and half-Risonian. Jake accidentally discovers that Earth’s elite ELLIS forces are trying to sabotage Mt. Rainier by starting an eruption so that they can blame it on the Risonian aliens. Working to thwart them, Jake suddenly realizes his mother—the Risonian ambassador—is missing. Perfect for upper elementary and middle grade readers.

Mims House is giving away three copies of Sleepers, Book 1 of The Blue Planets World series by Darcy Pattison. To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: October 24, 2017 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Explore the science fiction and history connections in Sleepers with the Discussion Guide!


Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz

Win a free copy of Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz! (Middle Grade)

Clara Humble is back for a second adventure! In the follow-up to Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers, Clara and her best friend Bradley are pitted against each other on their favorite game show, Smarty Pants. Between the tension, sabotage, shenanigans, and a schoolyard battle between boys and girls, will their friendship survive?

Owlkids Books is giving away five copies of Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line “Clara Humble giveaway” and include your mailing address.

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

Test your knowledge with the Clara Humble online trivia quiz!


The Oregon TrailWin a free copy of The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country from Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad! (Elementary to Middle Grade)

The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country From Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad offers readers ages nine to twelve a fascinating look at the explorers and settlers who traveled this route during the westward expansion of the United States.

Nomad Press is giving away 25 copies of The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country From Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad. 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:  October 31, 2017 (U.S. addresses)

Get your students thinking with the questions in the Teacher’s Guide for The Oregon Trail.


Alien InvasionEnter to win a free book in the Level Up high-low series! (Middle Grade/High School)

A gaming corporation has chosen teenage gamers to live in one of their thousand virtual reality worlds to test the game for glitches. The most important rule: Win the game, or be trapped in the virtual world forever. Written at a third-grade reading level, Level Up will keep reluctant and struggling readers at the edge of their seats.

Lerner Publishing Group is giving away five copies of books from the Level Up series. To enter to win, fill out this form.

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

Find thought-provoking writing exercises in the Discussion Guide for the Level Up series!


The Thank You DishWin a free copy of The Thank You Dish! (Elementary)

“It’s dinnertime at Grace’s place. ‘Thank you, alpaca,’ says Grace.

‘Alpaca,’ asks Mama. ‘Why would you thank an alpaca?’”

A charming and heartwarming celebration of dinnertime and family time, The Thank You Dish offers a child-friendly explanation of the value of community, sharing, gratitude and … gardening!

Kane Miller Books is giving away six copies of the hardcover picture book The Thank You Dish. To enter, please send an email to with the subject line “Thank You giveaway.” Please include your mailing address.

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

Explore the themes in The Thank You Dish with the Discussion Guide!


The Danger Gang and the Pirates of BorneoWin a free copy of The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! (Middle Grade)

Indiana Jones meets Lemony Snicket in this hilarious new series–fully illustrated by picture book talent Arree Chung–that’s a must-have for all aspiring adventurers.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books is giving away five copies of The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo. To enter to win, fill out this form.

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

Author Stephen Bramucci talks about how to find adventure in this Author Post at the Nerdy Book Club!


The Border & ProtectedWin a YA bundle featuring The Border and Protected! (High School)

Timely and gripping, The Border follows four teens on the run from the cartel that murdered their families, whose only hope is getting across the U.S. border. With Starred Reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, Protected is an inspiring and achingly honest story of a girl with the courage to endure, hope, and heal in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

Sourcebooks is giving away fifteen bundles of The Border and Protected. To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: Tuesday, October 31 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Get your students talking about the themes in The Border with the Discussion Guide.


Space Boy and the Snow MonsterWin a free copy of Space Boy and the Snow Monster! (Elementary)

In this third book in the Space Boy trilogy, Niko and his trusty dog, Tag, blast off on another outer-space adventure, when suddenly Niko’s robot copilot is captured by a snow monster (who looks an awful lot like Niko’s annoying sister, Posh!) lllustrated in comic-book style and featuring easy-to-read text packed with humor, Space Boy and the Snow Monster is both a thrilling adventure and a celebration of the power of pretend play.

Boyds Mills Press is giving away ten copies of Space Boy and the Snow Monster. Email to enter!

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

Help your students explore the story elements of Space Boy and the Snow Monster with the Curriculum Guide!


Book of BonesWin a free Skype visit from Gabrielle Balkan and a free copy of Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals! (Elementary)

Inspired by books of world records, ten record-breaking animals bones are introduced in Book of Bones through a series of superlatives (the largest bone, the heaviest bone, even the spikiest bone!), set up as a guessing game with visual and narrative clues. Readers examine the animals skeleton and guess to whom it belongs — then the answer is revealed accompanied by an explanation as to why that particular animal’s bones are so special. Includes fun, relatable facts as well as touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!

Phaidon is giving away Skype visits with Gabrielle Balkan, each accompanied by an autographed copy of Book of Bones to five winners, as well as twenty autographed copies of the book to twenty more people who enter! Email with subject line “Book of Bones Contest” to enter to win.

Deadline: November 1, 2017 (open to all addresses)

Explore animals and their skeletons with the Book of Bones Activity Pack!


It's Winter, Dear DragonWin a free set of Beginning-to-Read Winter Titles! (Elementary)

Win five books from the Beginning-to-Read series. Dear Dragon books are fictional stories for beginning readers to practice reading high frequency words, expand comprehension, and improve oral language skills. Read and Discover books are their nonfiction counterpart that feature engaging, informative text and beautiful photographs.

Norwood House Press is giving away three fictional Beginning-to-Read books (Merry Christmas, Dear Dragon; Happy Hanukkah, Dear Dragon; It’s Winter, Dear Dragon) and their Twin Text nonfiction counterparts (Winter; Christmas). Please email with your shipping address to be entered into the contest.

Deadline:  November 6th, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses)

Find ways to use these books in your classrooms with the Dear Dragon Teacher’s Guide!


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2 Responses to Contests and Giveaways | October

  1. Rosemary Kiladitis October 12, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    This is a great rundown, thank you!

  2. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog October 13, 2017 at 7:54 am #

    Wow! So many wonderful giveaways and chances to win books for my school library. Thanks!

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