Contests & Giveaways | November 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.

BirdsongWin a free copy of Birdsong by Julie Flett (Elementary)

There’s buzz in the air about Birdsong, a beautiful portrait of an authentic relationship between an elderly woman and a girl who lives next door. “This is a story about two friends who bring each other acorns, a story about two friends who nourish each other. It’s their song,” says Cree/Métis author/artist Julie Flett. Ideal for discussions about family, Indigenous people, friendship, emotions and feelings, nature and the seasons. Starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal.

Greystone Kids is giving away 5 copies of Birdsong. To enter, email

Deadline: November 15, 2019 (Open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Find activities to share with your students with this Birdsong Curriculum Guide!

Ordinary Hazards: A MemoirWin a copy of Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes! (High)

In her own voice, acclaimed author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a compelling and moving memoir in verse.

Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night – and discovered the magic and impact of writing. For many years, Nikki’s notebooks were her most enduing companions. In this accessible and inspiring memoir that will resonate with young readers and adults alike, Nikki shows how the power of those words helped her conquer the hazards – ordinary and extraordinary – of her life.

Boyds Mills & Kane will be giving away 10 free copies of Ordinary Hazards. Email to enter.

Deadline: November 15, 2019 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Explore this Ordinary Hazards discussion guide!

Win a classroom set of 30 cookie cutters along with a copy of Tough Cookie and 30 recipe cards! (Elementary)

Cookie tastes terrible. It turns out he’s not a delicious sugar cookie like he thought — he’s a Christmas tree ornament!

Henry Holt and Company/Macmillan is giving away six Tough Cookie classroom sets which include a hardcover copy of the book by Edward Hemingway, 30 special Tough Cookie cookie cutters, and 30 recipe cards that feature an ornament recipe as well as a delicious cookie recipe. Enter to win the Tough Cookie classroom giveaway.

Deadline: November 21, 2019 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Explore these activities for Tough Cookie!

Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of RancidiaWin a Free Copy of Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia (Middle)

Set in the faraway, terrible-smelling land of Rancidia, where it’s good to smell bad and bad to smell good, this middle grade chapter book is a hilarious send-up of the Snow White fairy tale following the adventures of the profoundly stinky Hobgoblin as he flees the jealous wrath of a democracy-hating ogre named Fiddlefart.

Hazy Dell Press is giving away 5 copies of Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia. To enter the giveaway, send an email to with your name, 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, 2019 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Learn more about Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia with this Meet-the-Author Recording from author Kyle Sullivan.

Win a Free Copy of High Five to the Hero! (Elementary)

Meet King Arthur, who rules by listening to others, and Prince Charming, who really wishes people wouldn’t typecast him, in this stereotype-busting follow-up to Power to the Princess. Focused on issues including self-image, confidence, LGBTQ, friendship, advocacy and disability, these stories are perfect for sharing between parents and children, or for older heroes and heroines to read by themselves.

Enter to win 3 copies of High Five to the Hero: 15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Boy Power from Quarto Kids.

Deadline: November 30, 2019 (Open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Explore illustrator Julia Bereciartu’s website.

Lonnie JohnsonWin a set of STEM Superstars! (Grades K-2)

STEM Superstars explores the diverse lives and careers of people who have made amazing STEM breakthroughs despite challenges and difficulties. Learn more about these people and their all-star work in science, technology, engineering, and math. Each book contains fun facts, a glossary, an index, and places to go to learn more.

Norwood House Press is giving away 2 sets of books from the new STEM Superstars series. Enter to win one of 2 sets of STEM Superstars books.

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

Explore and discuss further with these teacher’s notes for STEM Superstars.

Noodleheads See the FutureWin a set of the Noodlehead books! (Elementary)

Twin brothers Mac and Mac are Noodleheads—nothing upstairs!—but kids can use their own noodles to see where the brothers’ ideas go wrong. Encouraging readers to think for themselves, this Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning series has its roots in world folklore and traditional tales of fools.

Enter to win a set of books from the Noodlehead series from Holiday House!

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

Learn more from two Noodlehead series authors with this Meet-the-Author Recording with Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton.

Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines That Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel: With Hands-On Engineering ActivitiesWin a bundle of two new Engineering and Technology titles (Grades 4-7)

Build It Engineering books explore the engineering technology behind our daily lives with plenty of hands-on projects that inspire kids to think beyond the books! The titles in this set are Bots! Robotic Engineering with Makerspace Activities for Kids and Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel with Engineering Activities for Kids.

Nomad Press books in the Build It series integrate content with participation. Combining content with inquiry-based projects stimulates learning and makes it active and alive. Nomad’s unique approach simultaneously grounds kids in factual knowledge while allowing them the space to be curious, creative, and critical thinkers.

Nomad Press is giving away two sets of two Engineering and Technology titles. 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, 2019 (Open to U.S. addresses)

Enjoy this Crazy Contraptions classroom guide and pyramid demolition activity guide!

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2 Responses to Contests & Giveaways | November 2019

  1. Tricia Vilcan November 13, 2019 at 8:47 am #

    The form used for High Five to the Hero! does not accept physical addresses. I have been getting mail at my current address for over 10 years yet the form does not accept it. You may want to check the form to see why.

  2. Katie Giacomini December 4, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

    Thank you for letting us know, Tricia. I’ll let the publisher know that you were running into problems so they can see if they can address the issue!

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