As you may have guessed, my computer got some nasty bug last week, and I’ve been out of commission for days and days. Yikes. But good news, I’m back – and even better news, Ying Compestine, author of “The Runaway Wok,” and her publisher were so delighted by our book giveaway, they’ve sent enough copies for everyone! So folks, I’ll be e-mailing you for addresses and you’ll have those books in hand by the time the firecrackers go off this weekend!
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Chinese New Year starts this week, and with it, dragon parades, fireworks and all sorts of tasty celebrations. So this is the perfect time to talk about award-winning Bay Area writer Ying Compestine and her newest book for kids. From hungry ghosts to “boy dumplings,” Chinese food, culture and folk tales have always appealed to Compestine, whose young adult novel about China’s Cultural Revolution, “Revolution is Not a Dinner Party,” won 19 major literary awards. Now she’s back in bookstores with a picture book for kids, “The Runaway Wok.” It’s the rollicking tale of a magical wok, a poor family and an unexpectedly splendid Chinese New Year celebration. Very, very fun – and it can be yours!
Click “comments” and tell us, do your kids celebrate Chinese or Lunar New Year? We’ll draw a winner’s name next week. (Meanwhile, congrats are in order for Marci, who won “The Grouchy Ladybag”!)
Kohl’s is doing one of its wonderful Kohl Cares efforts that combine children’s literacy efforts with philanthropy. And this month, the theme is Eric Carle’s books. Check out the details at that link, and swing by a Kohls store. But first, in honor of the Kohl’s program and Carle’s marvelous books, we’re giving away a copy of “The Grouchy Ladybug,” the tale of a very grumpy ladybug who tries to pick fights with everyone, from a yellowjacket to a whale. Adorable.
And it can be yours! Click “comments” and tell us, which Carle book is your favorite of all time? We’ll pick a winner’s name next week. Meanwhile, congrats are in order for Kay, who won the “My Favorite Recipes” cookbook!
New year’s is a time for resolutions — clean closets, healthy meals, all that good stuff. So, we’re guessing that somewhere on that lengthy to-do list, you’ve got something jotted down about spending more time with your kids, or teaching them to cook, right? Then here’s the book for you. Annabel Karmel’s new “My Favorite Recipes” is a freestanding flip book crammed with kid-friendly recipes for everything from corn chowder to chicken dippers and banana bites. Very, very cute! And it can be yours. All you have to do is click the “comments” button and tell us, what’s on your family’s New Year’s resolution list?
P.S. Congrats are in order for the lovely risapizza, who won the Angelina Ballerina dvd!
That adorable tutu-clad mouse is back, and this time Angelina is attending the Camembert Academy of Dance. And we’re giving away a copy of her newest DVD, “Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance.” It’s just the thing to help pass those chilly, wintry days after the fun and frolic of the holidays are over. Want it? Click “comments” and tell us about your memories of days at the ballet barre – or simply longing for a pink tutu of your own.
(Congrats are due, by the way, to Ellie, who won last week’s “Elves’ First Christmas” giveaway!)
Christmas is nearly here and we don’t know about you, but at our house, it’s a season that calls for books, books and more books. And this one – “The Elves’ First Christmas” by Atsuko Morozumi – is particularly charming. The Japanese author and illustrator is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, and we’re kinda wishing those illustrations were available as posters! Want a copy of the book? Click “comments” and tell us, what do you leave for Santa on Christmas Eve? A plate of cookies? A carrot for the reindeer? A glass of Scotch? (Hey, it’s cold outside!) We’ll draw a winner’s name on Monday, and get that book headed your way before the big day.
Meanwhile, congrats are due to Judy W, who won Lidia Bastianich’s “Nonna Tell Me a Story”!
Whew — got so behind on this whole book giveaway thing. Sorry ’bout that! But we’re back on track, and this time, we’re giving away a copy of Lidia Bastianich’s – yes, that Lidia Bastianich, of culinary and TV fame – “Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen: Nonna Tell Me a Story.” It’s the most darling book – in fact, we liked it so much, we included it in our newspapers’ holiday gift guide for foodies under “books for kids.” It’s a sweet recollection of Bastianich’s childhood holiday traditions, with recipes for 15 Italian sweets, including Almond Apricot Butter Cookies, Chocolate Stars and Crostoli. And Laura Logan’s illustrations capture not only Bastianich’s famous cherubic countenance, but her grandchildren’s too. It’s perfect for kids ages 4-8.
And it can be yours! Click “comments” and share your favorite childhood holiday memory. We’ll draw a winner’s name next week. (Congrats, by the way, to Noreen, who won the amazing maze book!)
If you’re anything like me, you’re starting to contemplate the holidays and those long road trips to grandma’s house. All that “over the hills” and “through the woods” stuff eats up a lot of miles, and prompts many a whined “Are we there yet?” Fortunately, we’ve got this cool new book – Elizabeth Carpenter’s “Mummy Mazes: A Monumental Book.” It holds 28 poster-sized Ancient Egyptian mazes, that are pretty much guaranteed to keep the backseat crowd quiet and happy for at least a little while. And one of you lucky people is going to get it! Click “comments” and tell us, what’s your best Thanksgiving travel tip? We’ll pick a winner next week.
Meanwhile, congrats are due to Ellie, who won the last giveaway – and that copy of “Thumb Love.”
Every kid has pesky little habits and thumb sucking can be one of the most difficult to give up. Fortunately, New York Times bestselling author Elise Primavera understands. The author of “Auntie Claus” and a dozen other books has a new one out and it’s devoted to “Thumb Love.” It’s the story of Lulu, her beloved thumb, and her adorable efforts to quit – and it’s a story any current or recovering thumb sucker (or parent) can relate to. And it can be yours!
Click “comments” and share your best tip for getting your kid to quit this or any other habit. What worked for you? Bribes? Encouragement? A sock over the offending digit? We’ll draw a winner’s name next week. Meanwhile, congrats are in order for Cindi, who won the last go-round. Cindi, that copy of “All the Seasons of the Year” is heading your way!
Happy autumn! This week we’re giving away a copy of Deborah Lee Rose’s charming “All the Seasons of the Year,” a wonderfully illustrated, rhyming recounting of all the ways children – and kitties, piggies and pupppies – are loved throughout the year. Too cute for words, with lines like, “I love you when autumn fills the sky – when geese spread their wings and start to fly, when trees wear a gold and scarlet crown and leaves come gently drifting down.” And it can be yours! Click “comments” and tell us about one of your family’s favorite autumn rituals. We’ll pull a winner’s name next week.
Meanwhile, congrats to Cathy, who won the last giveaway – “The Paranoid Parents Guide.“