Giveaway #8 of the 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways: Creative Christmas

Holiday Giveaway Winners Have Been Selected! Congratulations to:

Giveaway 2 Adopt Me-Piper Smith from WI
Giveaway 3 Lovable Characters-Janet Coffield from NC
Giveaway 4 Comic Strips-Debra Hays from LA
Giveaway 5 stories for Christ Eve-Amy Burbol from TX
Giveaway 6 Essentia Classics-Cassandra McCavy from MA
Giveaway 7 Pirates-Kristina Carter from NC
Giveaway 8 Creative Christmas-Nicole Lancasteer from AZ
Giveaway 9 Cultural Xmas-Adrianne Braun from MI
Giveaway 10 Fairy Tales-Silvia Rodriguez from IL
Giveaway 11 Christmas Spirit-Robin Marshall from MD
Giveaway 12 Peace on Earth-Laura Zeigler from IN
Giveaway 13 True Meaning-Nikki Watkins from FL
Giveaway 14 Handicrafted Christmas-Christy Hawkes from UT

The books and games in this wonderful pile from Thames & Hudson are so incredibly creative and original, I am tempted to keep them myself! This publisher releases only the highest quality titles, and there’s no other publisher with a brand anything like Thames & Hudson. There will be one very fortunate winner for this four-book giveaway, and the child who receives these treasures will be joyous indeed!

Scroll to the bottom for Giveaway Rules.

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Giveaway #1 – Happy Hanukkah!

Giveaway #2 – Adopt Me! Books

Giveaway #3   -Loveable Characters

Giveaway #4  – Comic Strips

Giveaway #5 –  Stories for Christmas Eve

Giveaways #6 – Essential Classics

Giveaway #7 – Pirate’s Christmas

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Book #1


My Big Art Show

•    Targeted Audience:  Lower & Upper Elementary (Ages 7-10)
•    Genre: Children’s Game and Art Book
•    Author: Susie Hodge
•    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
•    Publication Date: September 30, 2014
•    Binding: Box with Paperback
•    Dimensions: 9 x 6
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 60 Pages
•    Retail: $16.99
•    ISBN: 978-050065039

Never to Young to Be an Art Curator!

My Big Art Show is actually a game that comes in a beautiful, sturdy 9 x 6 inch box with a  book of rules, info about artists and their works and answers to questions, and a big set of cards containing images of beautiful famous paintings. Here’s how the Publisher describes how the game works:

Each card represents a work of art as well as key information, such as artist and date. The cards also use symbols and colors to indicate which movement and theme the work represents. There are twelve movements: Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Pop Art, and six themes: People, Places, Objects, Animals, Story, and Religion. The aim of the main card game is to be the first to “put on a show,” or collect three and four of a kind. The game encourages children to become familiar with great art works and movements from the last five centuries, and helps them recognize the styles and themes that paintings share. The cards show reproductions of over fifty major works of art—by Michelangelo, Velázquez, Degas, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Picasso, Dalí, Warhol, and others.


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Why You’ll Love My Big Art Show

Part of being a smart, well-rounded child includes a cultural education. Learning about famous artists and their works of art makes children more worldly and teaches them to appreciate the beauty in paintings. It also gives them a lesson in history and geography, builds memory skills and teaches them to follow directions. The box and everything in it is made from the highest quality materials. Your children will be proud to show you all they know about art history after they play the My Big Art Show game. What a brilliant idea to teach kids about art!

Book #2


Funny Face! Find the Surprises! Draw, Color and Fold!

•    Targeted Audience:  Lower Elementary (Ages 5-8)
•    Genre: Children’s Activity Art Book
•    Author: Jacky Bahbout
•    Illustrator: Hannah Warren
•    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
•    Publication Date: November 11, 2014
•    Binding: Paperback
•    Dimensions: 9.5 x  8.5
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 64 Pages
•    Retail: $18.95
•    ISBN: 978-0500650363


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Funny Face! is not your every day kind of activity book. There are many cut-outs in the pages, and the book is meant to be turned upside down and sideways, and the pages are meant to be folded backwards and forwards in places. There are arrows indicating just where to do this. Not all the pages are full size either, and there’s a reason for every time you see a partial or divided page. Kids use crayons or markers and their imaginations to color in faces, then manipulate the pages to see what surprising results unfold. Every child loves funny faces and these turn out to be the most clever and witty gags. Doodle through a die-cut and shaggy eyebrows on one picture turn into a droopy moustache on the picture beneath. Open a gatefold to make a little boy’s tiny ears become gigantic. Draw pictures on split pages to create faces with different hats, noses, and beards. Turn the pages back and forth to find all the tricks and make all the funny faces.


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Why Your Child Will Absolutely Love This Book

Children love to draw and doodle even if they aren’t all that interested in becoming artists themselves. Funny Face! is so cleverly put together, it entertains kids and really gets them excited about how their art will be transformed next. The book is beautifully put together and printed and directions are straight forward and easy to follow. This is a must have book for bringing out the artist in all kids.

Book #3


Make Art With Your Hands and Feet: Draw Aroound Your Hands and Feet to Make Pictures

•    Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 2-5)
•    Genre: Children’s Activity Art Book
•    Author: Jacky Bahbout
•    Illustrator: Momoko Kudo
•    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
•    Publication Date: September 16, 2014
•    Binding: Paperback
•    Dimensions: 14 x 11
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 64 Pages
•    Retail: $17.95
•    ISBN: 978-0500650387


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Hand and Foot Art Taken to a Whole New Level

Make Art With Your Hands and Feet! goes way beyond hand turkeys, not that there’s anything wrong with those. Kids trace around their hands and feet to complete 32 different wildly creative pictures. There’s a little round key on every page indicating whether to use your hands, fingers, feet or toes. Complete a picture with your toes to draw the people inside the windows of an apartment building.  Use your fingers to draw the teeth inside a shark, with its mouth wide open, use your feet to finish a waddling penguin or your fingers to put ears on some rabbits.  The pages are printed on only one side so they can be torn out and hung on your walls, framed or made as gifts.

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There’s a lot of empty space for kids to add their own personal touches on every picture; they’re only limited by their imaginations. Make Art With Your Hands is simply a vessel for kids to be super creative and make pictures they can be proud of. Art is an important part of learning, and it develops many different skills for students to be successful in academics. This book is original and fun and would make an excellent gift for toddlers and kindergarteners on your shopping list.

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Book #4


Okido Let’s Play a Game

•    Targeted Audience:  Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 4-8)
•    Genre: Children’s Activity Art Book
•    Created by: Okido
•    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
•    Publication Date: September 16, 2014
•    Dimensions: 9.5 x 13
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 64 Pages
•    Retail: $24.95
•    ISBN: 978-0500650400

Six Clever Games in One

71CLH1HYQwLThink of OKIDO’s Okido Let’s Play a Game as six board games all rolled into one. Each game can be played with two or more players. All the rules are printed on the inside cover separated by boldly colored boxes. Remove the three reversible game boards from the slot in the box, unfold them and begin to play. The games include: Space Race (steer your rocket through outer-space obstacles back to Earth); Noisy Game (make body noises as you match them with their body parts); Slither and Climb (go up and down as you meet all the animals); Ready, Steady, Disco! (follow the actions to make dance sequences); and Superbuzz! (how long will you fly between the flowers before you get eaten by a bear or caught in a spiderweb?).

Why You’ll Love This Game Set

Okido Let’s Play a Game is the most portable, sturdy set of games I’ve ever seen. The entire game is housed in a one piece, two-sided cover made from thick, sturdy card stock. The games help develop math, memory, reading and hand-eye coordination skills. And as with all Okido products, this one is beautiful too. Okido is collaborative effort from London-based designers, illustrators, and authors who create an art and science magazine of the same name for young children.

Enter for a Chance to Win All Four Thames & Hudson Titles on this Post and Be on the Lookout for Many More Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways All Week Long

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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) with your name and mailing address. In the subject line of the email write Creative Christmas 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. You may enter any or all of our 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways but no person will be eligible to win more than one giveaway this week – we’d like to spread the cheer to as many readers as possible.
  3. Optional: You will receive one extra entry for leaving a valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me about your favorite art projects when you were a child or ones you do with your children now.
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  6. There will be one winner for this four-book/game giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  7. This giveaway starts on Thursday, December 11, 2014 and ends on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 5 pm.
  8. The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
  9. Books will be mailed by Thursday, December 18,, 2014.
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  1. I love hand a footprint ones!! We did a mistletoes one for my godson and salt dough handprint reindeer and santas of my daughters hands for gifts

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