Spring Has Sprung Three Bird Books and One Pair of Felted Owl Earrings GIveaway

In honor of all of you who can’t wait for spring, I’m giving away three children’s books  about birds plus a pair of owl earrings made from wool felt

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Scroll to the bottom for simple giveaway rules for the Spring Has Sprung Three Bird Books and One Pair of Felted Owl Earrings GIveaway

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Handmade (by me) wool felt and crystal bead owl earrings

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Enter for a chance to win three Bird books and a pair of felted owl earrings:

  1. Enter the giveaway by Liking our Facebook Page (if you haven’t already).
  2. Leave one valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me about your favorite bird or what you love most about springtime.
  3. (Optional) Share this giveaway from our Facebook Page for TEN extra entries. Go to the Facebook page and from there, click share on the link to this giveaway. If you share it from your own Facebook status and not from the Smart Book Facebook Page, I will not know about it, so it will not count.
  4. There will be one winner for this Spring Has Sprung Giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  5. This giveaway starts on Friday, March 6, 2015 and ends on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4 pm.
  6. The winner will be notified via email on March 20, 2015 and has 24 hours to email me his or her mailing address. After that time a new winner will be selected at random.
  7. Book will be mailed by March 21, 2015.
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Giant Presidents’ Day Nine Picture Book Giveaway!

Congratulations to Jennifer Wexler from Wilton, NY for winning this giveaway! Like our Facebook Page to follow our giveaways.

Today we celebrate US Presidents with quotes about children, education and literacy and a nine-book giveaway! The books on this list are all outstanding and will add a wonderful eclectic mix to your home of school library! One lucky winner will get all nine titles on this list!

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The giveaway rules have changed from previous ones, so be sure to read all the rules below carefully.

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“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” – President Herbert Hoover

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“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.”  – President L.B. Johnson 

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“Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education.” – George H. W. Bush

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“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” – John Adams

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“The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail.” – George Washington

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“If we want to invest in the prosperity of our nation, we must invest in the education of our children so that their talents may be fully employed.” – Bill Clinton

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“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” – John F. Kennedy

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“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.” – Abraham Lincoln

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This title made it onto my Best Picture Books List 2014

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“If you’re totally illiterate and living on one dollar a day, the benefits of globalization never come to you.” – Jimmy Carter

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Presidents’ Day Nine Picture Book Giveaway Rules: Enter for a Chance to Win this Nine-Book Giveaway!

Read and follow these rules carefully for a valid entry. There are FOUR simple required steps.

  1. Enter the giveaway by Liking our Facebook Page (if you haven’t already).
  2. Send us an email to smartbooks (at) comcast.net with your name and mailing address. In the subject line of the email write Presidents’ Day Giveaway.  We will not share your email or address or use it for any other purpose than this giveaway.  
  3. Leave a valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me about the book on this list that interests you the most.
  4. Share this giveaway from our Facebook Page. Go to the Facebook page and from there, click share on the link to this giveaway. If you share it from your own Facebook status and not from the Smart Book Facebook Page, I will not know about it, so it will not count.
  5. There will be one winner for this President’s Day Giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  6. This giveaway starts on Monday, February 16, 2015 and ends on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4 pm.
  7. The winner will be notified via email on February 27, 2015.
  8. Book will be mailed by February 28, 2015.
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Valentine’s Day Picture and Activity Book and Handmade Note Card Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to winner Adrianne Braun from Michigan!

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Enter for a chance to win four children’s books about LOVE plus eight handmade note cards during our Two-Day Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

Hurry to Enter, as a winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday!

 

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Eight Note Cards with Envelopes

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Note cards are handmade from watercolor paper stock, cut card stock, ribbons and buttons.

Book #1

When You Were Born

When You Were Born

•        Targeted Audience: PreSchool, Lower Elementary (Ages 2-5)
•        Genre: Fiction Picture Book
•        Author/Illustrator: Emma Dodd
•        Publisher: Candlewick Press
•        Publication Date: February 10, 2014
•        Binding: Hard Cover
•        Dimensions: 8″ x 8″
•        Printing: Full Color
•        Length: 24 Pages
•        Retail: $12.99
•        ISBN: 978-0763674052

“When you were born, the rain stopped . . . the sun came out and the sky turned blue. When you were born the snow melted . . . the birds sang, and the flowers grew.”

Emma Dodd’s books warm the hearts of both the young children and parents who read them. They are simple, charming and show children just how much they are loved. In When You Were Born a mama seal tells her baby just how much joy she brought into the world on the day she was born. Big, colorful, darling illustrations are printed on matte paper highlighted by silver metallic ink. This is a book you read to your child just before bed to make him feel extra special, and if he is having a bad day, When You Were Born will remind him just how much he is loved.

Book #2

Everything

Everything

•       Targeted Audience: PreSchool, Lower Elementary (Ages 2-5)
•        Genre: Fiction Picture Book
•        Author/Illustrator: Emma Dodd
•        Publisher: Candlewick Press
•        Publication Date: February 10, 2014
•        Binding: Hard Cover
•        Dimensions: 8″ x 8″
•        Printing: Full Color
•        Length: 24 Pages
•        Retail: $12.99
•        ISBN: 978-1848778344

“When you smile your bright eyes twinkle and your nose begins to crinkle. Your laughter sets my heart aflutter. Your warm hugs make me melt like butter.”

Any book with koalas in it captures my immediate attention, and Everything is all about everything a mama koala loves about her little cub. Mama tells her wee one all the lovely little things he does that make her adore him so much. The endearing illustrations of mama and her baby will melt your heart. Just like When You Were Born this book is printed on matte paper but has gold metallic ink highlights that make the images extra special. Do yourself a favor and buy both Emma Dodd books to read with your child as you snuggle in bed.

About the Author

EmmaDoddEmma Dodd has created a host of books to critical acclaim. She works from a studio in Surrey, England. When not working, Emma and her family spend as much time as they can in North Cornwall, surfing and walking in all weathers. Read my review of Emma Dodd’s Forever here.

Book #3

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Lovey Bunny

•        Targeted Audience: PreSchool, Lower Elementary (Ages 3-7)
•        Genre: Non-Fiction Picture Book
•        Author/Illustrator: Kristine A. Lombardi
•        Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
•        Publication Date: March 3, 2015
•        Binding: Hard Cover
•        Dimensions: 9.25″ x 9.25″
•        Printing: Full Color
•        Length: 32 Pages
•        Retail: $14.99
•        ISBN: 978-1419714856

Aptly named, Lovey Bunny is the story of a girl bunny who loves just about everything – including her mama’s special handmade dress. Bunny simply cannot resist trying it on. And wearing it outside. And writing her skateboard in it. What? Oh no! What will happen when Mama sees her mess of  a dress? And what will bunny do to make it all better?  Pastel illustrations are printed on a matte finish with lively little details and charm. Lovey Bunny learns her lesson, and this story will teach your loved ones that no matter what happens, they will always be loved by you.

About the author

KristineLombardiKristine A. Lombardi worked in advertising for many years but is now a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Lovey Bunny is her first picture book. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

Book #4

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Make Your Own Theater: Cinderella

•        Targeted Audience:  Lower Elementary (Ages 5-7)
•        Genre: Fiction Activity Book
•        Author/Illustrator: Clare Beaton
•        Publisher: B Small Press
•        Publication Date: October 1, 2014
•        Binding: Paper Back
•        Dimensions: 11″ x 8.5″
•        Printing: Full Color
•        Length: 20 Pages
•        Retail: $7.99
•        ISBN: 978-1905710188

I previously reviewed other wonderful B Small Pop Up Activity Books, and what story says “love” more than the classic Cinderella? Make Your Own Theater: Cinderella contains all your child needs to make a theater and put on a show for you. The book includes an illustrated story of Cinderella plus a page instructing you how to use the book. The cover and middle pages, printed in color, form the scene. The black and white pages are for coloring and cutting out 12 figures to use as characters in Cinderella’s story. There are instructions with tips on how to use the theater to put on your own show too. The book is a marvelous tool to teach readers how to follow instructions and use their imaginations. Check out other fantastic B Small titles on the Independent Publishers Group website.

Two-Day Giveaway Rules: Enter for a Chance to Win this Valentine’s Day Picture and Activity Book Giveaway.

  1. Enter the giveaway by Liking our Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and sending us an email to smartbooks (at) comcast.net with your name and mailing address. In the subject line of the email write Valentine Giveaway.  We will not share your email or address or use it for any other purpose than this giveaway. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not include your mailing address in your email your entry will be discarded.  (We only require addresses so books can be mailed quickly and in the past we have found it difficult to contact winners to obtain their mailing addresses.)
  2. Optional: You will receive one extra entry for leaving a valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me about the best Valentine’s Day Gift you ever received.
  3. Optional: You will receive TEN extra entries for sharing this giveaway from our Facebook Page. Go to the Facebook page and from there, click share on the link to this giveaway. If you share it from your own Facebook status and not from the Smart Book Facebook Page, I will not know about it, so it will not count. Please mention in your email that you shared the link.
  4. There will be one winner for this Valentine Giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  5. This giveaway starts on Sunday, February 8, 2015 and ends on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4 pm.
  6. The winner will be notified via email on February 10, 2015.
  7. Book will be mailed by February 10, 2015.
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Caldecott Honor: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole Giveaway

In celebration of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole winning a Caldeott Honor on February 2, 2015, I am giving away a copy of this outstanding book.

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

  • Targeted Audience: Pre School & Lower Elementary (Ages 4-8)
  • Genre: Fiction, Picture Book
  • Author: Mac Barnett
  • Illustrator: Jon Klassen
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2014
  • Binding: Hard Cover
  • Dimensions: 8″ x 11″
  • Printing: Full color
  • Length: 40 Pages
  • Retail: $17.95
  • ISBN: 978-0763662295

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Giveaway Rules: Enter for a Chance to Win Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.

  1. Enter the giveaway by Liking our Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and sending us an email to smartbooks (at) DSC_0001comcast.net with your name and mailing address. In the subject line of the email write Sam & Dave Giveaway.  We will not share your email or address or use it for any other purpose than this giveaway. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not include your mailing address in your email your entry will be discarded.  (We only require addresses so books can be mailed quickly and in the past we have found it difficult to contact winners to obtain their mailing addresses.)
  2. Optional: You will receive one extra entry for leaving a valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me something special about your pet.
  3. Optional: You will receive TEN extra entries for sharing this giveaway from our Facebook Page. Go to the Facebook page and from there, click share on the link to this giveaway. If you share it from your own Facebook status and not from the Smart Book Facebook Page, I will not know about it, so it will not count. Please mention in your email that you shared the link.
  4. There will be one winner for this Sam and Dave Dig a Hole Giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  5. This giveaway starts on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 and ends on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 5 pm.
  6. The winner will be notified via email on February 17, 2015.
  7. Book will be mailed by Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
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Thank you Candlewick Press for making this giveaway possible!

Enter for a Chance to Win 4 Candlewick Press Titles Featured on Time Magazine’s Top 100 Children’s Books List of All Time

Congratulations to Beth Showalter of Milwaukee, WI for winning this giveaway!

TIME Magazine recently published their lists of Top 100 Young Adult & Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time. To celebrate having four titles on the Top 100 Children’s Book List, Candlewick Press has offered to give away one set of those four picture books to one Smart Books for Smart Kids reader!

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The Candlewick Press Prize Pack Includes:

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Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

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Journey by Aaron Becker

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I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

0763619795We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (book & plush set)

Thank you to Candlewick Press for This Amazing Giveaway Opportunity!

Giveaway Rules: Enter for a Chance to Win Four Candlewick Press Picture Books on Time Magazine’s Best Children’s Books List of All Time

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  1. Enter the giveaway by Liking our Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and sending us an email to smartbooks (at) comcast.net with your name and mailing address. In the subject line of the email write Candlewick Press Giveaway.  We will not share your email or address or use it for any other purpose than this giveaway. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not include your mailing address in your email your entry will be discarded.  (We only require addresses so books can be mailed quickly and in the past we have found it difficult to contact winners to obtain their mailing addresses.)
  2. Optional: You will receive one extra entry for leaving a valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me about your favorite children’s book(s) of all time.
  3. Optional: You will receive TEN extra entries for sharing this giveaway from our Facebook Page. Go to the Facebook page and from there, click share on the link to this giveaway. If you share it from your own Facebook status and not from the Smart Book Facebook Page, I will not know about it, so it will not count.
  4. There will be one winner for this four-book giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA or Canada.
  5. This giveaway starts on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 and ends on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 5 pm.
  6. The winner will be notified via email on Friday, January 23, 2015.
  7. Books will be mailed directly to the winner by the publisher, Candlewick Press.
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