Contests and Giveaways | May 2018

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

Win a free copy of Rhyme Flies! (Preschool / Elementary)

“The clever, surprising rhymes encourage read-aloud participation and subtly build pre-literacy and vocabulary skills (not to mention listening skills!),” says The Curious Reader. “Absurd and stylish (not to mention absurdly stylish), this witty new board book is a natural fit for anyone who loves Jean Jullien’s board books. Highly recommended for those of us who enjoy goofy humor.” Rhyme Flies presents one surprising rhyme per spread, revealed behind a dramatic gatefold. With each turn of the page, readers will delight in wagering guesses as to what rhyme they’ll find before casting their eyes on the pleasing visual conclusion.  Complete with gross-out laughs and full of rhyming silliness.

Phaidon is giving away five copies of Rhyme FliesTo enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: May 20, 2018 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Download a Make-Your-Own-Rhyme-Zine activity.


World War IIWin a free copy of World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb! (High School)

Why did the world find itself immersed in another global conflict only two decades after World War I? World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb introduces kids ages 12 to 15 to the political, military, and cultural forces that shook the globe from 1939 to 1945 and beyond. Middle school students examine the events leading up to, during, and after WWII and the repercussions of these events on populations around the world, from Germany’s invasion of Poland to the resulting domino fall of events that engaged several countries and caused the deaths of 60 million people, including 40 million civilians. They also see how the dark side of Hitler’s ideology was always present, eventually resulting in the Holocaust, the systematic murder of 11 million people, including 6 million Jews and other populations.

Nomad Press is giving away 25 copies of World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb. 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:  May 31, 2018 (open to U.S. addresses)

Expand your discussion of World War II with the Classroom Guide from Nomad Press!


You are StardustWin a free collection of STEAM books! (Elementary)

In order to best serve their students, twenty-first century teachers are keenly focused on extending learning beyond knowledge and understanding. Today’s teachers are engaging students in deeper learning. They are implementing strategies where communication and application of knowledge and skills are used to promote critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. Through deeper learning, students develop twenty-first century competencies.

OwlKids Books is giving away a collection of 5 STEAM-focused books (You Are Stardust, Why?, Winter’s Coming, Is This Panama?, My House Is Alive) to accompany their STEAM Starts Teacher’s Guide. To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line “STEAM Books Giveaway” and include your mailing address.

Deadline:  May 31, 2018 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Get your classroom STEAM going with the STEAM Starts Teacher’s Guide and Introductory Video.


Enter for the chance to win a copy of Sea Otter Heroes! (Middle Grade)

Marine biologist Brent Hughes discovered a surprising connection between seagrass and sea otters at an estuary in California. Learn about the delicate balance of ecosystems and follow science in action as Brent conducts the research that led to his discovery in this 2018 Sibert Honor Book by Patricia Newman.

Lerner Publishing Group is giving away five copies of Sea Otter Heroes. Fill out this form for a chance to win.

Deadline: May 31, 2018 (open to U.S. Addresses)

Hear about how Patricia Newman found this story in the Meet-the-Author Book Reading


The UnderneathWin a free Skype visit with award-winning author Kathi Appelt and free copies of her National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor Book, The Underneath! (Elementary/Middle Grade)

The Underneath, Kathi Appelt’s beloved story about an lonesome hound dog, a calico cat and her two kittens, and a mean old man, celebrates ten years in 2018!

In celebration of the book’s anniversary, Atheneum Books for Young Readers is giving away a free Skype visit with Kathi Appelt and a 20-book set of THE UNDERNEATH to one lucky school or library! Fifteen runners up will receive a paperback copy of THE UNDERNEATH, personalized and autographed by Kathi Appelt. To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: June 15, 2018 (0pen to US addresses)

Get your students involved with these new activity pages for The Underneath!


What’s in Your Dream Basket? Win 1 of 5 copies of Neema’s Reason To Smile! (Elementary/Middle Grade)

Neema wants to go to school but her mama can’t afford the uniform and supplies. Neema saves her money and dreams big dreams until one day…(you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens!)

Lightswitch Learning is giving away five copies of Neema’s Reason To SmileTo enter to win, fill out this form

Deadline: June 15, 2018 (open to U.S. addresses)

Hear all about this inspiring story in the Meet-the-Author Book Reading!


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10 Responses to Contests and Giveaways | May 2018

  1. Lori Milliner May 8, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    The link to the Rhyme Flies form does not work.

  2. Katie Giacomini May 9, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

    Thank you for letting us know! It should be working now!

  3. Monica Millen May 10, 2018 at 5:33 am #

    Isn’t working this morning. Something about the organizations domain.

  4. Katie Giacomini May 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    Hm. I can’t seem to replicate the problem. It’s a Google Form. Can you tell me the error you are seeing or what happens when you try to follow the link? Maybe we can figure out what the problem is and see if it can be fixed!

  5. J Park May 11, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi Katie,

    The link to the Google form for Rhyme Flies is restricted to internal users. If you use a private/incognito window, you may be able to replicate the problem.


  6. Kam May 13, 2018 at 10:03 pm #

    This is the error that’s appearing:

    You need permission

    This form can only be viewed by users in the owner’s organisation.

    Try contacting the owner of the form if you think that this is a mistake. Learn more.

    Hope this will help fix the form….cheers!

  7. Katie Giacomini May 14, 2018 at 8:22 am #

    I can’t seem to get that error anymore, but please let me know if it continues to be a problem and I will reach out to the publisher again!

  8. Kam May 14, 2018 at 10:27 pm #

    It’s working now! Thank you!!!

  9. Tricia Vilcan May 18, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    Sea Otter Heroes asks for email address where a first name should be. I had to then enter my email again to get it to accept the form.

  10. Miriam DesHarnais May 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

    It’s such a great activity! Love it.

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