Sunday, August 21

Back To School Books From Scholastic: Giveaway

Giveaway open to Canadians for 7 days only!

I love Scholastic. When my PR contact asked me if I wanted to take a look at some back-to-school books, I was very specific: I'd be interested in some kindergarten-appropriate titles for my daughter, and an early chapter book that would appeal to my Grade 3 class. She certainly delivered! Here's what I have to say about these three picks...which, of course, you can enter to win below.

Eddie Gets Ready For School by David Milgrim



This one's a picture book, written in checklist form. Be forewarned that it's definitely not a real step-by-step for your kids, unless "drink root beer" and "put cat in backpack" are normal morning instructions around your house!

The illustrations are also funny, and kids can look to see how the pictures don't align with the words (e.g. "Get dressed" to Eddie means a pair of underwear on his head and a superhero cape!)

Bailey by Harry Bliss



This is another funny picture book, with speech and thought bubbles to spice up the story. As the jacket describes:

"Bailey is not your average dog. In fact, he's top dog at Champlain Elementary School. And with Bailey around, school has never been so unpredictable --- or so much fun! "

Although Bailey attends school with regular kids, he's certainly different...especially since he eats his own homework! It's actually a bit of a neat lesson about how the other students accept and love him anyway.

Marty McGuire by Kate Messner, illustrated by Brian Floca



This is an illustrated book with lots of short chapters, all about third grader Marty McGuire...who would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls.

My daughters really enjoyed hearing this story, and it will be a read-aloud for my class in September.

I'm always looking for books about Grade 3 students...and I'll never forget when I bought one with "Third Grade" in the title, didn't preview it, and had to think on my feet to change the story as the main character spilled the beans about the Tooth Fairy! (Don't worry...my students had no idea!) Now that I've read "Marty McGuire", I know it's a safe bet! Plus, it's the first in a series, so maybe I can hook a few kids in. Click here to check out the author's website.

If you're interested in receiving these books for little school-goers in your life, just fill out the form below. Extra entries for following me through GFC, e-mail or Twitter (links in my sidebar) or following @scholasticCDA on Twitter.

This will be a quickie contest, and will close on Saturday, August 27th at 11:59 p.m. so the prize can be sent to the winner ASAP in order to celebrate back-to-school. Good luck!

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