Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Do you want a free book?

 

These are 2 of my very favorite books. Favorite doesn't even describe how much I love these books.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is just all about what it means to be like Christ. I don't even think it's possible for me to read it without getting teary eyed. This book is a fine addition to any family home evening talking about Charity.

Squids will be Squids by Jon Scieszka is off the wall and just my speed. I refer often to this book when teaching my own children or if asked to do anything in Relief Society. Case in point, there was an "Organize and Revitalize" type activity and out of desperation I was asked to speak on how I organize my house. Because I will tell you flat out, our play room is clean maybe 10 times a year. (I mean really, what's a play room that isn't used?) After I laughed a good 20 minutes, I whipped out this book to the story of Duck-Billed Platypus vs. Beefsnackstik. They argue who has better the better stuff (Duc- Billed is a mammal that can lay eggs, Beefsnackstik has soy ethorobate and food coloring #42, Duck-Billed has webbed feet and fur....yada yada) and finally Beefsnackstik yells out, "OH yeah! Well I have beef lips!!" The moral of the story continues on: Just because you have a lot of stuff, don't think you're so special. Hence, I tried to make the point, clean out your garages and be at peace. I also made a big push for people to relax, if the house doesn't get clean, oh well. Whip out some Bob Marley and do it later, just make sure it gets done later. But the question is, why am I not getting to the point?

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.... I'm having a giveaway and all you have to do is leave a comment with your name, contact info. and favorite book!

These are not brand new books, but they are in excellent condition. (They are hardback) I don't buy books new, I always buy used. It's not that I'm cheap, but I am.

Monday Night, I'll pick two random winners!!! Happy Books!! Woot Woot!

65 comments :

Captain Hi-speed said...
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Anonymous said...

I would love to win a new book. I have read the Shel Silverstein book, but not the Squids to Squids. Sounds like a great one. As for favorite books, for kids, anything Dr. Suess. I think my favorite might be Mr. Brown Can Moo, I love to hear my 18 month old make the sounds. SOOO CUTE! For me, I loved Hearts of the Children series.

abbott.heather@gmail.com

california smiths said...

My kids favorite book is 'Ten Little Fish' by Audrey and Don Wood. We bought it 6 years ago and it has been taped together more times than should be possible, but every child has grown up loving it. Cute book for everyone!

ahslv@hotmail.com

Skousen Seven said...

I LOVE The Giving Tree!!!! As for my favorite other book, I can't remember the correct name of it, but it was about a girl in the 4th grade who was very tall. I loved that book because I was also a very tall girl in the 4th grade. My mom read that to me and made me feel so much better.

dwskousen@gmail.com

Avalon said...
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Avalon said...

Love those books. One of my favorite books is "My Friend Slug". So funny when you read Slug's parts in a nasally annoying voice. Had my Pre-Kers rolling on the floor laughing.

avalon.marsh@gmail.com

Kiama Dawson said...

I haven't read either of these books, but I LOVE the kind of books that leave you with that good feeling afterwards! My favorite book to read to my kids right now is You Are Special by Max Lucado... another one of those awesome "feel good" books.

Henckel House said...

One of my favorite kids' books is "A Home for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle. I could list off a million, but that one is sticking out right now.

Henckel House said...

Oh yeah, Home for Hermit Crab and my name is Laura and here is my address
henckelhouse@yahoo.com

Hifam said...

I have so many favorites. I love the Giving Tree and the other books by Shel Silverstein. I hadn't heard of Squids to Squids, but now I want to check it out. One book I remember from when I was a kid and now read to my children is "Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."
hickenfam at hotmail dot com

Darcy said...

so many favorite children's books.......but i love "animals should definitely not wear clothing" and "Tuesday". Lots of laughs. I'd love to win either of your favorite books-thank you for the chance! darcy.allan@comcast.net

Tara L. said...

Fun! My kids love Dr. Seuss, especially Green Eggs and Ham. tspendlove@hotmail.com.

Ford Family said...

My favorite book is "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" by far! I think it's because it was my son's favorite and we would come up with a song for almost every page. It was so much fun!

Teresa
teresa4green@yahoo.com

Adrien and Marty said...

I love books! The only talk I remember giving when I was in primary was from "The Giving Tree" so it's special to me. I would love to read "Squids to Squids" it sounds great. As far as adult reading goes...can I just say Jane Austin? I am a huge fan of any of her books. I would love to win, thanks for the give away. Me address is amhintz@yahoo.com and my name is Adrien. PS- Thanks for all your great tips too!

terryandkori said...

I love "The Empty Pot."

terryandkori@earthlink.net

SaMaTo said...

Haven't read either book. Sad! I would love them & so would my kids! ;)
saratoro@yahoo.com

Jessica said...

would love to win!! i teach an organizing class each year in our stake--this book sounds perfect for it! my favorite book as a child was "if you give a mouse a cookie."

jklippel@cox.net

Karla said...

My favorite one is probably "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Suess. I find myself often quoting it, "sometimes unslumping yourself is not easily done." The Giving Tree is great too, but I have never heard of the Squids one. I will have to check that one out.

karlaandrobert@gmail.com

Universitybabe said...
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Universitybabe said...

This would be great. On of my favorite books is Oh the places you'll go by Seuss. universitybabe at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My favorite book to read with my kids was always, "Good Night Moon" my four kids have memorized it- so have I. I personally love Shel Silverstein as well. Thank you for your wonderful - helpful - blog. It is very inspiring in regards to primary.

Hills said...

I LOVE this site, i am on here almost daily! Thanks for putting SO Stinking much time in. As for books i love You are Special!!!
the3hhills@hotmail.com
thanks for being such a help in my calling!

Jeni said...

"The Giving Tree" is definitely a must have. I also like to read "I Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch to my kids. So sweet. But some of my favorite illustrations are in the Mercer Mayer Little Critter books..."Just Me and My Dad", etc. The facial expressions crack me up.

keithnjeni@aol.com

Jeff and Andrea Neitzel said...

I adore The Giving Tree! My kids adore the Dr. Seuss books! You know, the classic ones: The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat comes back, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish, Two Fish, etc.
amneitzel@gmail.com

The Uffens Family said...

Love "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." Helps with perspective!! (Some days are just like that...)

: ) Polly
jnpuffens@yahoo.com

LeAnn said...

I love Turk and Runt! It is such a great book! I'm going to have to read Squids to Squids.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE books! It is too hard to pick a favourite. My kids and I really like The Quiltmaker's Gift. And, Oh, The Places You'll Go is excellent...we also like Nephi, Nephi the Scriptures Are True...I'd better stop there. I am familiar with Shel Silverstein's Where The Sidewalk Ends, but not The Giving Tree. Both books sound wonderful. We would love to win a new book. Thanks for the opportunity, the great blog and the list of new books to read from all the comments made. Leslie.
pretzel@live.ca

The Garrett family said...

I would love one of these books!
I have 2 four year old daughters that would love one as well..
Melissa
Melissadgarrett@yahoo.com

Brittney said...

What a fun giveaway! My favorite books to read to my kids are "The Gruffalo" and "The Gruffalo's Child." As for grown-up books, my favorite is "The Gift of Acabar" by Og Mandino. Thanks!

Brittney
afprimarymusic@gmail.com

Holly said...

I love The Giving Tree! I haven't read the other book. My favorite child book was But No Elephants.

Email is stone9672@bellsouth.net

Our Little Baby! said...

Pick me Pick me Pick me!!

Kellie Wells
Kelanne23@hotmail.com

Dawson Family said...

I am new to your blog, looks fun. My favorite book is "A Wrinkle in Time" as far as my kids they LOVE anything new and anything "Barbie"
Thanks, Amy
dawson4ever@gmail.com

East Meets West said...

You make me laugh! I love books too - and am not (AM) cheap and hit every yard sale I can to scope out used books. Have you used paperbackswap.com? It's a fun way to get rid of the books that aren't your favorite and add to your collection. Anyhoo, one of my favorite children's stories is "The Blue Spruce" by Mario Cuomo. It's so insprational and reminds me that hard work and faith can lead to happiness, even in small things. Thank you for all you do! And even if I'm not a winner - I am going to be looking for Squids to Squids - I've never heard of that one.

Julianna said...

I would love those books. We don't have either at our house!! My children books are the Boxcar Children series. I have several at my house and I can't wait until my kids are a little older so I can start reading to them!

jsnsl@hotmail.com

East Meets West said...
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East Meets West said...

I forgot to leave my contact info.
janelwillis@netzero.net thanks :)

Colette said...

Whenever I enter a book store I gravitate to the children's section. I love books - expecially children's books. I love The Giving Tree. I don't own it but I cry everytime I hear it/read it but the Squid to Squid book sounds great too. Thank you for all your Primary helps - I'm the chorister and I love my calling and my kiddos!

Colette said...

Favorite book? Too many to name my favorite - how can anybody pick just one? Colette's contact info: nscolt23@aol.com

Melanie said...

I love The Giving Tree. My grandma had that book growing up. Another one I love reading to my boys is I Love You Through and Through.

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momwouldgo said...

I check in to your blog each week as I prepare for Primary. I love your ideas, your perspective, and your links. You are the Giving Tree. Giving your self to the leaders of the new generations. Insuring that Primary is fun, the children well rounded and the Leaders are happy. You are a gem...these ideas will be circulating for years to come. Thank you!!!

donnabullinger said...

I love the book the Giving Tree. I used to read it to the preschool class that I taught. It has a very good message. It exemplifies what how the Savior would want us to live. donnabullinger@yahoo.com

Cherrybaby said...

One of my favorite kids books is "If you were my Bunny." It is a bedtime book involving new words to well known lullaby's. I also really like "My Friend Rabbit." I would love to win Squids to Squids. It sounds fun and I've never read it.
cherthebookgirl(at)gmail(dot)com

rychelle said...

"The Cat in the Hat." This is a definate favorite in my house!

rychellejordan at rocketmail dot com

Lindsay said...
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Jay and Camille said...

What fun books! My all time favorite book is A Monster at the End of the Book. LOVE IT!

Parley and Anna and family! said...

oooohh...We love books! I've never heard of the first one, but the 2nd one is one I've been eyeing.
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Anonymous said...

I have so many that I love, but I'd have to say my favorite kid book is "A Bad Case of Stripes" by David Shannon. I even painted my body in stripes for a favorite book character halloween party. Yup--I like it that much. Thanks for the blog!

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Team Jensen said...

I haven't read either of those books to my kids. Would love to, though. My favorite to read to my kids is "I Love You Forever". I cry like a baby each and every time...and so does my husband!
Lisa
lisarae2.0@gmail.com

meleofa said...

I've never read either of those books, but I love reading great books with my girls, and so I am going to check those out. :) As for my own favorite book, it is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, I also love You Are Special by Max Lucado. My name is Mele'ofa and my email is meleofabaker at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

I have enjoyed both of these books as well, and recently I have discovered your blog. I love it! Keep up the great work!!

Karalea-Karalea said...

I'd love either of these wonderful books....and I love that you use them to teach church concepts...'likening the scriptures.' My favorite children's book has got to be Where the Wild Things Are....or Oh, The Places You'll Go. Fingers crossed...pick me, pick me.

And They Lived Happily Ever After said...

A new book would be great! The Giving tree sounds like a good one...My boys 3 and 16 months LOVE reading and their favorites today are "The Foot Book" and "The Icky Bug Alphabet Book" but it changes every day! Thanks for the great ideas and helps its much appriciated!

My name is Melanie
Mbearbr@yahoo.com

M and M Madsen said...

Our favorites change by the week around here, Wacky Wednesday, More Peas Please, Animal ABCs, No No David. The list goes on, and we LOVE books! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas. Michaun@gmail.com

twiggsmother said...

I too love these books. I use Squids with my seventh grade English class when we study fables, and then they have to write their own. I also love free books. My favorite is "Don't play with matches", but the seventh graders like "Spanking head." I use your site to find nursery ideas. Thanks. KT

carlos said...

Hello! I adore the Giving Tree, haven't read Squids to Squids, but it sounds great. Thank you for all your great Primary ideas - I'm a huge fan. My favorite book will always be David Copperfield.
e-mail - arnoldo.mendoza86@gmail.com

Andrew and Marie Benson said...

Is it too late? Love The Giving Tree but am quite curious about the Squids. I always loved Barbapapa nad love it even more now that O is obsessed, too. And Richard Scarry is a genius-- our copies were used to shreds and now O is shredding his own. But The Little Prince always makes me cry. Am going to have to check out some of the other ones people suggested. You've got my email, right?

Anonymous said...

I have used your website several times for sharing time. It sure makes my calling easier. I like to read Love you Forever to my grandchildren. I haven't read either of your books, but both sound great.

w.ruthann@yahoo.com

Family Fun said...

I would love these books! I am always looking for good books for my kids. My 3 year old son's favorite books right now are the Knuffle Bunny books. They are real pictures of places around the world, with the animated characters added to them. It is a story written about by a father about the love his daughter has in her favorite bunny. Cute.

Ginger rosesv@hotmail.com

Peter and Linda said...

wonderful, wonderful books! I love The Mountain that Loved a Bird by Eric Carle.

Linda
findourstar (@) gmail (dot) com

Nicky said...

Are you kidding? Favorite Book? That is like choosing your favorite kid. Anne McCaffrey may be one of my favorite authors though and Jane Austin and Patricia C. Wrede and Brandon Mull and Shannon Hale........

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Knowhutahmean said...

I am always looking for great children's books for my grandchildren. Reading is a favorite activity. To pick a favorite is nearly impossible but two we love that have not been mentioned here are PARTS and RAINBOW FISH.

Knowhutahmean said...

I am always looking for great children's books to read to my grandchildren. Reading is a favorite activity. To choose a favorite is nearly impossible but two that we love that have not been mentioned here are PARTS and RAINBOW FISH.

Knowhutahmean said...

I am always looking for great children's books to read with my grandchildren. Reading is a favorite at Grandma's. To choose a favorite would be nearly impossible but two we love that have not been mentioned here are PARTS and RAINBOW FISH.

Sha said...

The first book sounds like fun, and I love the second book. Either would be a fun addition. As for my fav children's book, I would have to go with Tasha Tudor's "A Time to Keep". It's a beautiful memoir of her childhood with gorgeous illustrations. Jnschavez@gmail

Anonymous said...

When I was little I loved the Ramona series. My son loves the Henry and Mudge books.

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