Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Haul-idays from Chronicle Books

Could your classroom or home library use a little updating? Are there picture books you have just been dying to get your hands on?  Would you like $500 in books?  Well, here is your chance...and it won't cost you one single penny! That's right...this is not a joke.  I never joke about FREE BOOKS!!!  During this season of gift giving, Chronicle Books is offering an amazing opportunity to book bloggers and their readers in their Happy Haul-idays Giveaway!

Here's how it works.  Bloggers get to create a wish list of $500 worth of Chronicle Books that they would like to add to their collections. By posting about this giveaway and listing their “wish list”, bloggers are entered to win their entire $500 list of books. Not only that…any reader who leaves a comment on this blog post will also be entered to win the same $500 in books! That’s right $500 in books from Chronicle Books.

I have carefully chosen a variety of picture books (and a few chapter books) that would be fabulous additions to any classroom or home library.  There are a total of 36 books on the list!   I can barely contain my excitement about the AMAZING opportunity this truly unique publisher is offering!  All you have to do to get in on the winning is look over my wish list and see what fantastic titles are available for grabs. Then comment on what books you would most like to win off the list. Don't forget, with just one comment…you could win all $500 worth of books!

The Book Maven's Happy Haul-idays Wish List
(in no particular order...they are ALL great!)

Spot the Plot by J. Patrick Lewis  $15.99
Out of Sight by Pittau & Gervais  $19.99
Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen  $15.99
Ivy & Bean: What's the Big Idea? Book 7 by Annie Barrows  $14.99
Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier  $15.99
The Present by Bob Gill   $15.99
A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska  $15.99
Chicken BIG by Keith Graves  $16.99
Shadow by Suzy Lee  $15.99
Day & Night by Teddy Newton  $14.99
Look Out Jeremy Bean! by Alice Schertly  $14.99
Manfish:  A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne  $16.99
Spot 7:  School by Kidslabel  $12.95
Spot 7:  Animals by Kidslabel  $12.95
Spot 7:  Toys by Kidslabel  $12.95
The Other Side by Istvan Banyou  $15.99
Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes  $16.99
One Red Apple by Harriet Ziefert  $16.99
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston  $16.99
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston $16.99
A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Aston $16. 99
Picture This:  How Pictures Work by Molly Bang  $12.99
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal  $14.99
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal  $14.99
Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal $14.99
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal  $16.99
Emily's Balloon by Komako Sakai  $14.95
The World's Greatest:Poems by J. Patrick Lewis  $16.99

So there you have wish list of books!  Now don’t forget that this giveaway from Chronicle Books isn't just for me but for you, my readers too!  Just leave a comment  on this post about the book or books you are most interested in and you could win all $500 worth of the books on my wish list! Also make sure to leave me your e-mail address so that I can contact the winner! For a complete list of all the blogs participating click hereDeadline to enter for this great giveaway is December 10th.


  1. You are a crazy book MAVEN and I love you for it! I'm most interested in Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee because it's one Chris Van Dusen book I don't have...yet! I hope we win!

  2. Kelly Ann SturtevantNovember 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    December 10th is my birthday so I would LOVE to win those great books!!!!

  3. A Long Piece of String sounds like it would be a great pick! Glad to have found you! I am sure I am going to enjoy your posts! ;)

  4. Ivy & Bean have given me many smiles- a must read series if you haven't yet!
    Thanks for this opportunity to add these to my classroom!
    kduff (at)

  5. I'd love to win your list!


  6. Great minds think alike...I have several of these on my list, too! It's always fun to dream.
    pvilletoygirl @ g m a i l dot com

  7. I have never heard of Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee. I clicked on the link and fell in love with all the other Mr. Magee books. I am psyched to have found them! What great books for my grandson and my friend's grandkids. I love how "retro" they are!! Colorful and fun too. Thanks for turning us on to this publisher!

  8. I just got Wish! Wishing Traditions Around the World. I am going to have to start reading to see all the ways I can wish for a book shopping spree! Great list Book Maven! Thanks!

  9. "The Science of Snow" looks like it'd be great as a supplemental book. Especially since Maine brings COLD winters...:-)

  10. You're right - our lists are very similar! I'm most excited about Wish and Chicken BIG. They're both books I will undoubtedly purchase for my library in the event that I'm not a winner. :)

  11. slevecque@biddschools.orgNovember 29, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    I checked out a couple of the titles and thought they were amazing! Great additions to any library.

  12. What an amazing give away and offer. My choices from your list would be THE WORLD'S GREATEST: POEMS. Poetry is a genre I do not do enough of with my students. Using fun, engaging poems may "hook" some of them to this genre. My other choice from the list is PICTURE THIS: HOW PICTURES WORK. So many times when reading a story, illustrations are included, but students do not spend enough time engaged in the illustrations. This would be a nice addition to my classroom collection.

  13. Rachel Gallagher rwilson@biddschools.orgNovember 30, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Read 180 Would love to win this list! These books look amazing...

  14. Lindsey Nadeau
    Thanks for sharing more great titles with us. I am excited to read them!

  15. Susan,
    When I found this post I immediately scrolled to the bottom to see your amazing list of titles you'd like to have for your classroom. I saw some new ones I have recently purchased like, "Duck Rabbit" and "Little Oink". Then I noticed the Spot books. I am unfamiliar with these titles and am definitely going to have to check them out.

    Of course, then I went to the top to read the post in its entirety (a bit out of order I know ), and realized I could win these books and was even more thrilled.

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Here's hoping for a win! Good luck!

    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

  17. I love your list. I am a big Ivy and Bean fan as well.

    Diana Pettis

  18. I love Suzy Lee, Molly Bang, and AKR.

    situationswhereyoumayneedit at gmail dot com

  19. This is a GREAT list! Fingers (and toes) crossed!!

  20. Wow please win! I seriously think I would cry if I won all these books!


  21. Great selection of books.

    betsy_349 at hotmail dot com

  22. What a nice list. Good luck to both of us! And thank you
    Chronicle Books.

    jcamp2020 at aol dot com

  23. Great list of books that you have picked out. Good luck!


  24. What a great list of books!


  25. What a super list susan. I would love the Ivy and Bean series. I have not read them yet. Any Chris Van Dusen book would be great for this year! Judy

  26. What a fabulous blog Susan! I love being able to get recommendations from someone so knowelegable in children's literacy! Thank you!

  27. Wow, what a fabulous list of books! I love all the books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and kids do too. I am excited to read the new book by Chris Van Dusen...his books are fun, full of rhyme and repetition. What a great list!

    Thanks so much!
    Kerri L.

  28. Book Maven,
    Amy Krouse Rosenthal has you to thank for introducing me (and my class) to her wonderful book, Duck!Rabbit! They absolutely love that book and so do I!!!!

    Christine D.

  29. You were able to pick 36 books?! That's amazing! I was only able to get 22 books on my list. The Amy Rosenthal's books were a great pick. Good luck.

  30. Wanted to make sure I got over to comment because I knew you would have a fabulous list! We have so many of the same. "Chicken Big" has got to be one of my very favorite children's picture books of 2010! Good Luck and fingers crossed for us both!

    stilettostorytime at gmail dot com