Monday, May 2, 2011

Children and Mothers and Giveaways

Today marks the beginning of Children's Book Week, the national celebration of books and reading for youth. This year there will be events in 25 cities throughout the United States.

To celebrate Children's Book Week, I will give away two Advance Reader's Copies of books I have reviewed over the past few months for, a great site to learn about upcoming children's books--as well as contests to win books for kids.

The first ARC I'm giving away is "Girl's Best Friend" by Leslie Margolis, a mystery featuring Maggie Brooklyn Sinclair. Brief summary: While walking dogs in her Brooklyn neighborhood, Maggie notices several pups have gone missing. "Girls Best Friend," published by Bloomsbury Children's Books, is appropriate for young readers aged 8-12 years old.

The second ARC is "Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: Fear Itself," by Andrew Clements, the author of Frindle. Brief summary: Best friends Ben and Jill have less than a month to save their historic Massachusetts shoolhouse, which is going to be destroyed to make way for an amusement park. "Fear Itself," published by Atheneum Books for Yound Readers, is appropriate for readers aged 7-10 years old.

To win one of these ARCs:

* Sign up and become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post.

* If you're already a follower, leave a comment on this post by the end of the week.

* Be sure to include which book you would like to win

* Include your e-mail in your post.

* I will select two names at random.

* Winners' names will be announced on or around May 8th.

Now, on to mothers:

To honor of mothers, my friends at are sponsoring their Sixth Annual Mother's Day Contest by giving away a basket filled with books and other goodies.

If you want to enter, act FAST. The deadline to enter is TODAY, May 2.

While you're at the site, check out my review of the late New York Times bestselling author Beverly Barton's romantic suspense "Dead by Morning."

Tomorrow I will announce details about this week's special guest blogger. Stay tuned!


  1. I love Children's books. Place my name in the hat for "Girl's Best Friend." Yes, I follow you and your are part of my blogroll.

  2. Hi Mary,
    You're in. Good luck!

  3. Oh, can I enter to win both? (If not, just put me in for one or the other - they both sound good!)

    Side note: I gave the last ARC I won here to a little girl who loves to read. I put a note with the book explaining what an ARC was. Well, I believe she took it to school for Show and Tell she was so excited. And she's enjoying the book, too! :)

  4. I'm glad I stopped by your blog today. I did not know it was Children's Book Week. I'll have to see if there is one by me.

    If I win I would like "Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of School." I love to read this for myself and for my son.

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  5. I read your review, but I guess I was too late to enter the Mother's Day giveaway! Darn!

    "Dead by Morning" sounds like a very good thriller! I am really enjoying your blog, Donna!!

  6. Children's books are Amazing. I was Just looking at those Clement books today at my local bookstore. It sounds really good.

    My e-mail is achinghope(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thank you for offering this contest! :)

  7. Hi Madeline,
    Got you down for both. I'm so happy the young lady you gave the previous ARC to enjoyed it.

    Hi Tiger85,
    Got you down for the Benjamin book.

    Hi Judie,
    thanks for your kind words.
    Sorry you didn't enter the Bookreporter Mother's Day Contest before the deadline. Keep checking their website. They generally have contests running all the time.

    Hi Spakedom,
    Thanks for becoming a follower, and welcome. I got you down for the Benjamin Pratt book.


  8. I am a follower aand I would like to win Girl's Best Friend. Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. Donna, I'm always in for a book give away. Sign me up for Ben Pratt. Have a great week! sdlbishop2(at)att(dot)net.

  10. Hi Donna! You know I'm a follower and I would love to win Girl's Best Friend! Thanks for having such cool contests!

  11. Hi Margo,
    You're in and good luck.

    Hi Sally,
    Got you in for Ben Pratt.

    Hiya Becky,
    Got you in for GBF.


  12. Hi Donna, Please put me down for the Benjamin Pratt. My days as children's librarian are long gone but I cannot resist the wonderful kid's books that are currently being published! I used to be ankle deep in Children's Book Week activities by this time. Therefore I must make it up by writing new books of my own (watch for a new juvenile mystery,Junkyard Bones, later this year from High Hill Press!)

  13. Thanks for the give a way! I love children's books. Put me down for Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School. I am a follower. Thanks

  14. Hi Betty,
    Got you down.

    Hi Janet,
    Got you in, too.


  15. Hey, Donna! I came over from Cathy Hall's blog and am now a follower. I have several children who are in the perfect age range for these books. If I had to choose, I'd pick the Benjamin Pratt one. Enjoyed your blog and I'll be back!

  16. Hi Debra,
    Welcome. Thanks for becoming a follower. Good luck with the contest. I'll post the names of winners soon.

  17. Oh my gosh. I sent folks over here (Hey, Debra!)and forgot to drop in myself. So, I'm feeling pretty lucky about Pratt. Throw my name in the pot!


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