Contests & Giveaways | September 2019

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 TeachingBooks.


Little WomenGet free materials to feature Little Women with your students! (Middle Grade and High School)

Excitement is building for the upcoming Little Women movie — the most anticipated film of the year with its stellar cast! Directed by Oscar-nominee Greta Gerwig, the movie stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson (Meg), Laura Dern (Marmee), Timothee Chalamet (Laurie) and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. Opening on December 25, 2019, the film will bring Little Women alive to a new generation with the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms.

The trailer demonstrates why Little Women is both timeless and timely. Providing everything you’ll need for a robust event, the Little Women Toolkit features a link to the Great Books Foundation standards-based curriculum, discussion questions, recipes for Little Women-themed teas, and instructions for vintage games.

For teachers and librarians having Little Women programs, Sony Pictures has free Little Women bookmarks and mini posters while supplies last. Please email Sony Educational Consultant Rachel Breinin at and let her know if you would like 25 or 50 bookmarks and a few mini posters. Include your name, school or library, and mailing address. If you have any questions about the Little Women Toolkit or about hosting a Little Women event, Rachel can answer any of your questions. She is happy to help you plan Little Women celebrations and discussions. Rachel would like a brief report after your program for her status report to Sony. Events should be held prior to the movie’s December 25th opening.

Deadline: Supplies are limited, so ask early! (Open to U.S. addresses)

Share the excitement with the Little Women Movie Trailer and find everything you need for a Little Women event in the Event Kit!


Sweet Home AlaskaWin a free copy of Sweet Home Alaska! (Elementary)

This thrilling pioneer story for middle grade readers is based on the real Depression-era program that transported 202 families to Palmer, Alaska, in 1934 to become independent farmers and build a new colony. Seen through the eyes of a young girl excited by the new adventure, this historical fiction novel will captivate young readers.

Puffin Books/Penguin Random House is giving away 10 copies of Sweet Home Alaska. To enter to win, click on this link.

Deadline: September 20, 2019 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Find Activities, Discussion Questions, and more with this Curriculum Guide.


Filigree's Midnight RideWin a free copy of Filigree’s Midnight Ride! (Elementary)

Introducing At the Heels of History — a new chapter book adventure series inspired by historical events and told through the eyes, ears, and noses of dogs! In Book 1, Filigree’s Midnight Ride, a feisty Pomeranian stows away on Paul Revere’s famous ride in 1775!

Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster is giving away 5 copies of Filigree’s Midnight Ride. To enter to win, fill out this form.

Deadline: September 23, 2019

Engage readers with this Curriculum Guide.


Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes from Past and Present!Win a copy of Queer Heroes! (Middle Grade)

Discover the inspiring stories of these LGBTQ artists, writers, innovators, athletes, and activists who have made great contributions to culture, from ancient times to present day.

Visit this link to enter to win 3 classroom copies of Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past & Present! from Quarto Press

Deadline: September 30, 2019 (Open to U.S. and Canadian Addresses)

Learn more about author, Arabelle Sicardi on their website.


Astro the Alien Learns About Friendship

Win a set of Astro the Alien Learns about Emotions! (Elementary)

Astro the Alien landed on earth and now lives in Ben and Eva’s backyard in a space pod! In this new series, Ben and Eva teach Astro the Alien about social emotional traits such as being honest, staying calm, cooperating, sharing, patience and being a good friend.

Norwood House Press is giving away 2 sets of books from the new Astro the Alien series. Enter to win one of 2 sets of Astro the Alien Learns about Emotions books!

Deadline: September 30, 2019 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Explore and discuss further with these teacher’s notes.


The Truth IsWin a copy of The Truth Is!  (High School)

From NoNieqa Ramos, author of The Disturbed Girl’s DictionaryThe Truth Is follows fifteen-year-old overachiever Verdad as she struggles to meet her Puerto Rican mother’s expectations and process her best friend’s death. When Verdad falls for Danny, a trans boy, she starts to question her own identity.

Lerner Publishing Group is giving away 3 copies of The Truth Is. Enter for a chance to win.

Deadline: September 30, 2019 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Engage in discussion with this teacher guide.


Fossil Huntress: Mary Leakey, PaleontologistWin a set of four Picture Book Biographies about Women in STEM  (Grades 1-2)

Books in the Picture Book Biography series introduce young children to pioneers of science while making career connections for different STEM fields. Titles in this series include Fossil Huntress: Mary Leakey, Paleontologist; Space Adventurer: Bonnie Dunbar, Astronaut; Human Computer: Mary Jackson, Engineer; and Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan, Computer Scientist.  Nomad Press books in the Picture Book Biography series bring real-world figures to life through fun, engaging narratives paired with dynamic, brightly colored illustrations and quick activities that reinforce foundational learning. Elementary-aged children are encouraged to expand their perceptions of the roles of scientists and innovator by meeting women, people of color, and other minorities in the profession.

Nomad Press is giving away one set of FOUR Picture Book Biography STEM titles. 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: September 30, 2019  (Open to U.S. addresses)

Explore this classroom guide with discussion questions and Common Core connections.

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