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This month I’m giving away five of my favorite children’s books – in hardcover. These are books you won’t mind reading again and again. And even if you have already own one or more of these books, they make wonderful gifts. Plus, you’ll get a signed copy of Backhoe Joe!
And here’s the best part… there will be TWO winners!
Here are the books the winners will receive:
One Potato, Two Potato, by Cynthia DeFelice
This may just be my favorite children’s book ever.
Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady are a dear old couple – poor, but content. Mr. O’Grady digs up one potato from their garden each day. The two “call it breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and consider themselves lucky to have it.” But one day, when he digs up the last potato, Mr. O’Grady also discovers a giant kettle. It’s a magic pot – that doubles anything you put into it.Such a wonderful story! It’s long, but my kids have loved it from age two on up.
Cupcake, by Charise Mericle Harper
Cupcake is disappointed because unlike her siblings, she’s just plain vanilla. Candle hops up and laments that he’s just plain green. Together they brainstorm toppings that would make Cupcake special: pickles, spaghetti, smelly cheese… can you guess what turns out to be the perfect topper? This is a big favorite at our house and a personal favorite of mine.
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, by Elise Broach
When we put together a book list of funny dinosaur books, this was my favorite. What if you bought a dozen donuts – and got a dinosaur? What if every time you got a haircut – instead of getting a balloon, you took home a dinosaur? This is a hilarious story with fabulous illustrations.
Paul Meets Bernadette, by Rosy Lamb
This gorgeous book is an absolute treasure! Paul the goldfish used to have a very simple life going around in circles – back and forth and up and down; until the day that Bernadette dropped in! Bernadette helps Paul see that there’s a whole world outside the fish bowl. We love her perspective! The banana, she says, is a boat. The blue teapot is an elephant. As the two fish observe the teapot filling tea cups, Bernadette notes, “She is not too dangerous. But you must not disturb her when she is feeding her babies.” We laugh all the way through, and I love the tender ending.
Backhoe Joe, by Lori Alexander
This engaging book was an instant hit with my preschool boys (ages 3 and 4). Nolan is playing outside when he sees a stray…backhoe. But the machine is timid and shy, until Nolan coaxes him closer with the rocks he has in his backpack.
When Nolan brings the backhoe home, his parents aren’t so sure Joe will make a good pet. He buries his cone in the flower bed and leaks on the driveway. And when Nolan tries to train the backhoe, Joe digs in the garbage and revs at the mailman. Finally, Nolan learns that Joe already has a home. The book has a satisfying ending, and the twist at the end makes us giggle every time! (The two winners will each get a hardcover book signed by the author!)
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. TWO winners will be randomly chosen on or around July 20. Watch your e-mail and respond within three days, or new winners will be chosen.