Contests and Giveaways | November

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 Uncanny ExpressAll aboard The Uncanny Express! Win an ARC of Book 2 in The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters series! (Elementary/Middle Grade)

In the spirit of A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters stars Jaundice and Kale Bland—two sisters who avoid excitement at any cost.

Jaundice and Kale are back from their adventure on the high seas, and they are settling back into a quiet life in Dullsville, just the way they like it. . . until Aunt Shallot shows up and reveals herself to be anything but the dull relation they were expecting. Instead, she tells her nieces she is Magique, Queen of Magic, and she’s on her way to a big show and in need of two willing assistants. As Magique and the Bland sisters board the Uncanny Express, they meet a cast of mystifying characters. And when Magique goes missing, it’s up to Jaundice and Kale to solve the mystery—with the help of famous detective Hugo Fromage.

Abrams is giving away a limited number of advanced reading copies of The Uncanny Express!  Ten lucky winners will be selected at random and notified via email.  To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: November 17th, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses only – no P.O. boxes)

Learn about author Kara LaReau’s name from her Audio Name Pronunciation!


NefertitiWin a free 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. No one knew if the spider could 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, as she clocked a record-breaking 100 days in space, during which time she circled Earth about 1584 times, traveling about 41,580,000 miles. A 2017 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book.

MimsHouse is giving away three copies of Nefertiti, the Spidernaut. To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline:  November 20, 2017 (open to U.S. and Canada addresses)

Hear author Darcy Pattison talk about her name in an Author Name Pronunciation audio clip.


Writing RadarWin a free copy of Writing Radar! (Middle Grade)

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Writing Radar by Jack Gantos. The Newbery Award–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt shares advice for how to be the best brilliant writer in this funny and practical creative writing guide perfect for all kids who dream of seeing their name on the spine of a book.

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is giving away ten copies of Writing Radar. To enter to win, fill out this form.

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

Find resources with advice to help your students write at Jack Gantos‘s Website.


Letters to a PrisonerWin a free copy of Letters to a Prisoner! (Elementary)

Told entirely through illustrations, Letters to a Prisoner is a wordless story about the power of hope and the written word. Inspired by Amnesty International’s letter-writing campaigns to help free people who have been imprisoned for expressing their opinion, the book tells the story of a man who is arrested during a peaceful protest. In solitary confinement, he begins to despair — until a bird delivers a letter of support.

Owlkids Books is giving away five copies of Letters to a Prisoner. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line “Letters to a Prisoner Giveaway” and include your mailing address.

Deadline:  November 30, 2017 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Get your students involved in Amnesty International’s cause with the Letters to a Prisoner Social Justice Toolkit!


TerrorismWin a free copy of Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, Terrorization, and Solutions for Peace! (Middle Grade/High School)

Why did terrorists attack the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001? The answer to that question is ancient, complicated, and crucial to a perceptive understanding of the global community we live in today. In Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace, readers ages 12-15 explore the history, causes, psychology and potential solutions to the problem of terrorism in an objective way that promotes comprehension and empowerment.

Nomad Press is giving away 25 copies of Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace. 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: November 30, 2017 (open to U.S. addresses)

Engage your students in discussions of this important topic with the Teacher Guide!


Max and BirdWin a Max prize pack for Picture Book Month! (Elementary)

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling kitty is back with Max and Bird! When Max meets Bird, Max thinks he’d like to be friends with Bird. He would also like to chase Bird and maybe eat him as a tasty snack. But that’s not what friendship is all about…is it?

In honor of Picture Book Month, Sourcebooks is giving away five Max prize packs, including Max the Brave, Max at Night, and Max and Bird. To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: November 30, 2017 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Find fun activities to share with your students in the Activity Kit for Max the Brave!


Anna HibiscusWin a free set of books 5-8 in the Anna Hibiscus chapter book series! (Elementary)

“Then Anna Hibiscus realized: “If I can smile now, then no matter what happens in my life, I will still be able to be happy.”

“And that is the best thing that I could ever teach you, my daughter,” said Grandfather’s voice.”

In You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!, the final volume of the highly acclaimed award-winning Anna Hibiscus series, gifted storyteller Atinuke once again addresses a difficult issue within the context of tender, joyful, even humorous stories. Anna’s warm and loving family share their values of respect and compassion by their own actions and through the gentle conversations they have with her.

Kane Miller Books is giving away five sets in paperback of the four recently released books, volumes 5-8, of Atinuke’s Anna Hibiscus series. To enter, please send an email to with the subject line “Anna giveaway.” Please include your mailing address.

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

Listen to the author talk about why she wrote the Anna Hibiscus stories in the Meet-the-Author Book Reading with Atinuke!


The Notations of Cooper CameronEnter for a chance to win The Notations of Cooper Cameron! (Middle Grade)

After his grandfather dies, eleven-year-old Cooper invents obsessive rituals to protect his loved ones from harm. But when his strange behavior causes family relationships to fray, Cooper vows to cure himself and bring his damaged family back together. School Library Journal called this book “an unforgettable, much-needed story” in a starred review.

Lerner Publishing Group is giving away five copies of The Notations of Cooper Cameron. To enter to win, fill out this form.

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

Find discussion topics to get your students thinking about the issues in The Notations of Cooper Cameron in the Discussion Guide.


When Santa Was a BabyWin a free copy of When Santa Was a Baby! (Elementary)

Santa’s parents think their little one is absolutely wonderful, even though he has a booming voice instead of a baby’s gurgle, loves to stand in front of the refrigerator, gives his birthday presents away, trains his hamsters to pull a matchbox sleigh … and has an unusual interest in chimneys. An adorably funny portrait of an oddball kid who fulfills his destiny – and two very proud parents.

Tundra Books (a division of Penguin Random House Canada) is giving away five copies of When Santa Was a Baby. To enter to win, please email with the subject line “When Santa Was a Baby Giveaway” and include your mailing address.

Deadline:  November 30, 2017 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Get your students thinking about the book with the When Santa Was a Baby Educator’s Guide!


Bound by IceWin a free copy of Bound By Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story! (Middle Grade)

Bound By Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story is a riveting, true-life adventure. Written by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, a couple known for their nonfiction research and writing, it is the true story of George Washington DeLong and the crew of the USS Jeanette and their ultimately failed and tragic journey to find the North Pole in the late 1800’s.  The book, which Kirkus called “gripping”, has received two starred reviews so far.

Boyds Mills Press is giving away ten copies of Bound By Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story. Email to enter!

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

Help your students explore the history with research from the Bound By Ice Educator’s Guide!


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2 Responses to Contests and Giveaways | November

  1. Colette Eason November 15, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    Wow! Awesome books and who doesn’t LOVE Max???!!!

  2. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog November 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    SO many awesome giveaways! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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