Contests & Giveaways | April 2021

Each 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.

Win a copy of Welcome Home, Whales by Christina Booth (Elementary)

Welcome Home, Whales

Winner of the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature, Welcome Home, Whales shares the story of a boy who befriends a whale and offers her understanding; with timely themes of empathy and conservation that will resonate with children concerned about wildlife, the environment, and how they can help make a better world, the book includes whale facts and a list of ways kids can help whales wherever they live.

Blue Dot Kids is giving away 10 copies of Welcome Home, Whales. Email jcollins.bluedotkids@gmail.com for a chance to win.

Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Open to U.S. and Canadian Addresses)

Explore the Teacher’s Guide and Drawing Activity!

Win a copy of Wood, Wire, Wings by Kirsten W. Larson and Tracy Subisak (Elementary)

Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

This riveting nonfiction picture book biography explores both the failures and successes of self-taught engineer Emma Lilian Todd as she tackles one of the greatest challenges of the early 1900s: designing an airplane. Emma Lilian Todd’s mind was always soaring—she loved to solve problems. Lilian tinkered and fiddled with all sorts of objects, turning dreams into useful inventions. As a child, she took apart and reassembled clocks to figure out how they worked. As an adult, typing up patents at the U.S. Patent Office, Lilian built the inventions in her mind, including many designs for flying machines. However, they all seemed too impractical. Lilian knew she could design one that worked. She took inspiration from both nature and her many failures, driving herself to perfect the design that would eventually successfully fly. Illustrator Tracy Subisak’s art brings to life author Kirsten W. Larson’s story of this little-known but important engineer.

Boyds Mills & Kane will be giving away 20 free copies of Wood, Wire, Wings! Email marketing@bmkbooks.com to enter for a chance to win.

Deadline: April 15, 2021 (Open to U.S. Addresses)

Explore the Educator’s Guide!

Win a copy of An Emotional Menagerie by Rachael Saunders (Elementary)

An Emotional Menagerie: Feelings from A to Z

An Emotional Menagerie—an emotional glossary for children. A book of 26 rhyming poems, arranged alphabetically, that bring our feelings to life.

The School of Life is giving away 5 copies of An Emotional Menagerie. Submit an entry for a chance to win!

Deadline: April 16, 2021 (Open to U.S. and Canadian Addresses)

Explore the Activity Guide!

Win a free virtual visit with author Leslie Kimmelman and/or two signed books in her Bat and Sloth Early Reader series (Elementary)

Bat and Sloth Throw a Party

Best friends Bat and Sloth live in the rainforest in this charming Level 2/Reading with Help early reader series. The two newest books, Solve a Mystery and Throw a Party, are perfect for beginning readers.

Albert Whitman & Company is giving away a free 45-minute Zoom visit with author Leslie Kimmelman and signed copies of Solve a Mystery and Throw a Party to one lucky Grand Prize winner. Three runners up will receive signed books. Submit an entry for a chance to win!

Deadline: April 19, 2021 (Open to U.S. Addresses)

Explore the Activity Kit!

Win a copy of Already a Butterfly: A Meditation Story by Julia Alvarez and Raúl Colón (Elementary)

Already a Butterfly: A Meditation Story

Mari Posa learns what it means to enjoy being yourself in this stunning picture book about mindfulness by two renowned Latinx creators.

Henry Holt BYR/Christy Ottaviano Books is giving away 5 copies of Already a Butterfly. Submit an entry for a chance to win!

Deadline: April 20, 2021 (Open to U.S. Addresses)

Explore the Mindful Meditation Tips!

Win a copy of The Secret Life of Kitty Granger by G.D. Falksen (Young Adult)

The Secret Life of Kitty Granger

In 1967 London, sixteen-year-old Kitty Granger, a working-class girl on the autism spectrum, is recruited to spy for the British government. On her very first mission, she must foil a fascist plot and save the country.

Lerner Publishing Group is giving away 5 ARCs of The Secret Life of Kitty Granger. Submit an entry for a chance to win!

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Open to U.S. Addresses)

Explore the Meet-the-Author Recording and more!

Win a copy of My Life with Autism by Mari Schuh (Elementary)

My Life with Autism

Stories matter. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we’d like to share Zen’s story with you! Win My Life with Autism, by Mari Schuh, art by Isabel Muñoz. Three lucky winners will receive one library-bound, hardcover copy of My Life with Autism by Mari Schuh.

Amicus is giving away 3 library-bound, hardcover copies of My Life with Autism. Submit an entry for a chance to win!

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Open to U.S. Addresses)

Explore the Author Interview!

Win a copy of Finish Strong by Dave McGillivray (Elementary)

Finish Strong: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days

Finish Strong: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days is the inspiring picture book biography of the ultimate marathon experience! In 2018, Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director, formed a team to attempt the World Marathon Challenge. In only seven days, the team ran marathons on every continent: Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and finally, North America. A true story of determination, Finish Strong inspires readers to work hard at whatever challenge they choose to take on.

Nomad Press is giving away 2 copies of Finish Strong. Submit an entry for a chance to win! Email andi@nomadpress.net with questions.

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Open to U.S. Addresses)

Explore the Classroom Guide!

Win an Earth Day book bundle (Elementary and Middle Grade)

How to Change Everything: The Young Human's Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other

Celebrate Earth Day with a book bundle full of books that help demonstrate the importance of caring for the environment! It will include some classroom essentials and brand new books, like Kids Who Are Saving the Planet, The Islanders, Arrow, Great White Shark Adventure, and How to Change Everything.

Simon & Schuster is giving away 1 Earth Day book bundle. Email education.library@simonandschuster.com with your name, school or library, and preferred mailing address, with the header or subject line “TeachingBooks Earth Day Giveaway”.

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Open to U.S. and Canadian Addresses)

Explore the Curriculum Guide for How to Change Everything!

Win The Bod Squad book set (Elementary and Middle Grade)

Adventures in the Circulatory System

Ever wondered what happens to your food after you swallow it? Or what causes the reaction to swat away a mosquito? Or maybe you can’t seem to figure out how the body separates dust particles from oxygen? Learn all that and more with The Bod Squad! These adventure-filled graphic novels provide information readers need to understand the different functions of the human body. Together we’ll learn how each system works, parts of each system, and how these systems help us daily.

Norwood House Press is giving away 2 sets of the new graphic novel series, The Bod Squad. Submit an entry for a chance to win!

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Open to U.S. and Canadian Addresses)

Explore the Series Teacher’s Notes!

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