Thursday, August 18, 2011

Support Literacy Education: Win 10 Books For A Teacher's Classroom Library

I'm hosting a giveaway.  No, you can't win, but someone you appreciate can.

In honor of Back to School season, I am donating ten new MG/YA novels to a classroom library.  One thing I remember about teaching is new books are hard to come by, especially given the massive budget cuts districts are facing.  By entering this giveaway, you give your nominated teacher an opportunity to receive this awesome prize package to share with students.

The Books:

1.  Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Patillo Beals (Memoir)

2.  Tangerine by Edward Bloor

3.  Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

4.  Night Hoops by Carl Deuker

5.  Losing Faith by Denise Jaden

6.  A Wrinkle in Time by Madison L'Engle

7.  Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

8.  Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

9.  Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

10.  The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

How To Enter:

1.  Comment on this post no later than Wednesday, August 31, 11:59 EST, nominating a classroom to win the book package.  Why would you like to see the books go to this teacher?  Your comment does not need to include the teacher's name and should exclude information about where he/she works.  Some examples are as follows:

  • My son's fifth grade teacher motivated him to read.
  • My former 8th grade English teacher got me interested in writing.
  • My daughter's Reading teacher improved her comprehension skills.
  • My neighbor teaches in an underprivileged school with few resources for new books.
2.  That's it.  I will use to generate a comment number, and that classroom/teacher wins the books.  The winner will be announced and notified on Thursday, September 1.

3.  Though it is not required, I'm appreciative of anyone who mentions this giveaway and/or shares the link on twitter, facebook, or in a blog post.

4.  New here?  Like what you see?  Make my day and click the follow button!  And drop a line; I like getting to know everyone.

The Rules:

1.  Unfortunately, this giveaway is not international.  The winning teacher must live in the United States or Canada to receive the shipment.

2.  The winner will need to provide an address for shipment.  This can be handled one of two ways:
  • The teacher is e-mailed a heads up and the books are sent directly to him or her at school (the person who entered on their behalf can send me a note to include in the package).
  • The books are shipped to the person who entered the contest and he/she delivers them to the  school.
3.  You may nominate one classroom each day, but please do not nominate the same classroom twice.

4.  If you are a teacher or school librarian, feel free to nominate yourself by leaving a comment below.  The goal of this giveaway is to get books in the hands of students and keep them reading.

Thanks in advance to everyone who participates.  And thanks to those who help spread the word.

Good Luck!  #SupportLiteracyEducation #YASaves


  1. I'll mention your contest in Friday's post!

  2. What a great contest! Thanks for including LOSING FAITH--I'll help spread the word in hopes that it gets out to a deserving classroom.

  3. I saw your post via Alex's blog. This is awesome. Many schools are suffering because of the economy. I'm so impressed by this that I'm now a follower. :)

  4. My friend and roller derby teammate not only works to motivate her students at an urban public middle school, but she spends her off-hours working to revitalize a community center in their neighborhood so they'll have some place to go after school as well. I hope she wins!

  5. This is a great list--I teach public middle and high school in a very large city and I know my students would love these books. (I definitely know they will love Milkweed--a very reluctant reader I taught two years ago loved it so much he kept my copy!)

  6. I nominate my classroom! I teach at a New York City public high school and getting our hands on books can be a challenge....

  7. What a great idea! I would like to nominate the alternate education classroom at my high school. Many of the students in this classroom come from troubled backgrounds, have never owned a book and do not read on grade level. YA and even younger books are prefect for them.

  8. I nominate my school Queens Collegiate! I teach in NYC schools and we always need books!!!

  9. Congratulations, Dayna! generated your comment number, making you the winner of the book package described above.

    Please e-mail me your shipping information and I'll get that sent out early next week.

    Thanks to all who entered!


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