Chookeriffic Children's Book Giveaway 2013 Day 1
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
I'm chookeriffically eggcited about all my suggestions for children's books that would make wonderful Christmas gifts for special young people in your life. Today, Wednesday and Friday of this week, I'll be sharing brief reviews of 18 books for a range of ages and interests. In conjunction with my mini-reviews, several Australian publishers are playing Santa: donating books to lucky readers of The Book Chook who are also Australian residents. Scroll down to find out more about the Giveaway.
I've been scouring websites and catalogues for months to bring you a variety of books that will make children's eyes light up when they unwrap their gifts. Here are the first six:
Penguin Books are giving away 3 copies of My First Animalia.)
Hardie Grant Egmont (2013.)
Banjo is a chook dog. Ruby is a chook. Theirs is an interesting relationship. But when Ruby needs him, Banjo is there, forging a special bond. Gorgeous artwork from Blackwood enhances Gleeson's heart-warming tale. (Hardie Grant Egmont are giving away 3 copies of Banjo and Ruby Red.)
Bloomsbury are giving away 3 copies of Off by Heart.)
I used this book over and over as a teacher. The language is simple but not dumbed down, and adheres to the Biblical version without being overly formal. It's perfect to use as a reader's theatre, read by a team of narrators and interspersed with improvised scenes. Children loved to read The Christmas Book for themselves and also begged me to read it aloud to them. The illustrations are so simple and childlike, perfectly matched to a story about a very special Child. This is a must for homes and libraries everywhere. (Hardie Grant Egmont are giving away 3 copies of The Christmas Book.)
Allen and Unwin (2013.) and tells the story of Rudolph's naughty sister, Ruby. It also feeds into children's secret fantasy - a reindeer of their own! Kids will love Ruby's naughtiness, especially as illustrated in riotous comic book style by Greenberg. I especially enjoyed the way Greenberg depicted the reindeer - as if they were made by kids from odds and ends. Superb! The Naughtiest Reindeer will also make a wonderful gift for teachers as I predict they'll instantly see its performance possibilities. (Allen and Unwin are giving away 3 copies of The Naughtiest Reindeer.)
Random House Australia (2013.) I like that Knight has chosen well-known and not-so-well-known Aussies from a range of pursuits, including three of my personal heroes: Mum Shirl, Gabi Hollows and Julia Gillard. The book is set out to encourage browsing - plenty of white space, a clean and clear interface, lots of interesting images, text boxes, quotes and call-outs. As well as a wonderful gift, I think it makes an excellent choice for libraries. (Random House Australia are giving away 3 copies of Australia's Greatest People and Their Achievements.)
1. Open to Australian residents only.
2. One email entry per family or library or school for the giveaway.
3. There are multiple copies of different books in the giveaway but a random chicken will appoint a winner to a book. You and I have no control over which book you get if you win. If that doesn't suit you, please don't enter.
4. The giveaway is open for one week. Winners will be notified via email. Publishers will post books out when they can.
1. Send an email
2. On the subject line of your email write Chookeriffic Giveaway.
3. In the body of your email write your name and Australian postal address.