Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 3, 2015

Kudos – Books Coming Out – 4 Book Give-Aways – Great Gifts

Can you believe that September is already here? The next thing we’ll be saying is, “Yikes the Holidays are just a few weeks away.” Thought you might like to hear about four books that are coming out that would make perfect gifts to give. Each have agreed to offer a book launch to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment to get in the running. Reblog, or tweet, or talk about it on facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you before drawing the winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I you are a winner, please email me your address, so I can send it out to get you your book.

The Four Winners of the September Book Give-Away Are as Follows:

Suzy Leopold – Hazel Mitchell’s – WHERE DO FAIRIES GO WHEN IT SNOWS
Sindhu Vijayasarathy – Chris Burton – THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA
Darlene Beck-Jacobson – Phyllis Naylor’s – A SHILOH CHRISTMAS
Michelle Kogan – Eileen Spinelli’s – THANKFUL


America’s Favorite beagle is back with Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s fourth book, A SHILOH CHRISTMAS in the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh series—following Shiloh, Shiloh Season, and Saving Shiloh—is full of heart-thudding suspense, as well as comfort and joy.

You can pre-order now. Pub Date: September 22nd


Thankful, by bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli, combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives. Spinelli exhibits her endearing storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.

Here is the Amazon link. 


Every December, The Nutcracker comes to life in theaters all across the United States. But how did this 19th-century Russian ballet become such a big part of the holidays in 21st-century America?

Meet William, Harold, and Lew Christensen, three small-town Utah boys who caught the ballet bug in the early 1900s. They performed on vaudeville and took part in the New York City dance scene. Russian immigrants shared the story of The Nutcracker with them, and during World War II, they staged their own Christmastime production in San Francisco. It was America’s first full-length version and the beginning of a delightful holiday tradition.

Hit the bookstores this past Tuesday. Click here to buy or read more.

where do fairies go

Award-winning illustrator Hazel Mitchell teamed up with author Liza Garden Walsh for her latest book coming out October, 15th. Both Hazel, Liza, and their publisher, Down East Books, are from Maine, so they probably are experts when it come to knowing where fairies go when it snows. 

Everyone knows fairies love spring flowers and summer sun, but what happens when autumn comes and the days get shorter and colder? Now, Liza Gardner Walsh, acclaimed author of the Fairy House Handbook and Fairy Garden Handbook, explores the matter in a charming children’s picture book of rhyming questions. Combined with delightful illustrations by Hazel Mitchell this whimsical book will help children discover just where fairies go when it snows and offer a subtle lesson about the importance of helping one another.

Click here to pre-order the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. These look like fantastic gifts for kids (and big kids, too)!

  2. Thanks for always keeping us informed about new books and giveaways! Congratulations everyone!

  3. Hi, I love Phyllis Naylor. i hope I win. I tweeted this and pressed it. Plan to share on facebook too. 😉

  4. PS, I would love to have you link up on my blog at :

  5. Reblogged this on Darlene Beck-Jacobson and commented:
    ALL these books look like winners! I tweeted, reblogged, and shared on FB. Good luck and Congratulations to all the authors!

  6. These books look like winners for sure! I tweeted, posted on FB, and reblogged this post. Fingers crossed!

  7. Thanks so much for the great gift ideas. I have two young nieces to shop for and these look like wonderful options!

  8. Thanks for sharing these books, Kathy. They all sound like wonderful reads. 🙂

  9. All of these books sound delightful! I’m always interested in hearing what’s new in the world of literature.

  10. My 3 year old would enjoy listening to all of these stories. And I’m a huge fan of Hazel Mitchell’s illustrations!

  11. Ahhh, I want all of them!

  12. These books look great! I’ve just become a Relax Kids Coach and these would be great in my sessions! I’ll share the link onto the Coaches page and Training pages 🙂

  13. Hazel Mitchell is someone I admire very much, I would love to know where fairies go when it snows. I will tweet this on waughtercolors.

  14. Beautiful artwork, interesting topics. seasonal and authors I adore !

  15. Would love any ne of these great books.

  16. These look like great books for the upcoming season! Can’t wait!

  17. Thsee look fantastic. They would be great in the hands of any child.

  18. Great gifts ideas! All of the books look very interesting, but my daughter favorite is Where the Faries go when it snows. The illustrations are excellent and the story wonderful! Good luck to the author. You are making many children, especially little girls happy!

  19. All of these books look fantastic. I’m really excited to see a Shiloh Christmas. Thanks for the opportunity! I did also post this on my FB page.

  20. Wonderful looking additions to the bookworld. can’t wait to get them into the Children’s Library at SDL.

  21. […] – that is a 22% chance of winning a book. Here is the link to get in on the action:  (must leave comment on the link […]

  22. Looks like some great book gifts! Tweeted about the new books, and book launch, @MichelleKogan. I’m partial to Eileen Spinelli and Hazell Mitchell, thanks for sharing all of them with us Kathy!

  23. I was captivated by the coverof Eileen Spinelli’s book and went to her web site, I can’t believe I have not heard or read any of her work. Thanks for introducing me to her world. I would love either a copy of her book or Lisa Gardner Walsh’s book.
    I have tweeted the link to this competition on my (@matthewsmaria92)
    thank you for bringing these authors to my attention.

  24. What a great collection of picture books. Any kid (or me!) would love these! Thanks for the chance to win…I can’t choose a favorite. They all look wonderful!!!

  25. They all look great. Thanks for doing the contest Kathy.

  26. Love that Shilo! Love Eileen’s poetry! Nutcracker & DownEast fairies! They all sound delicious!! I have four books with DownEast–a nice publisher.

    I enjoy your post, Kathy and recommend it to beginning writers and veterans as well on my website advice for writers. I shared this contest on FaceBook.

  27. Thanks for sharing these beautiful books, they all look awesome. I’ve tweeted, too! 🙂

  28. I am happy I caught this in my weekly subsciptions. Thanks for the oppurtunity.

  29. All of these books look wonderful. I’d be delighted to win any of them 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity!

  30. Thank you, Kathy! You are always paying it forward! XOX

  31. Great books.

  32. Thank you , Kathy, for the reminder. I would love to add any one of these books to my collection. I tweeted and facebook posted this offer.

  33. I always enjoyed buying holiday/seasonal books for my kids when they were little. I would love to read each of these, and I’d like to learn from Eileen Spinelli’s rhyming as well. Thanks for the reminder of the contest, and thanks for having it!

  34. Wonderful titles! I keep thinking of this little girl in book shop I was in asking for a book, all about fairies! I wouldn’t have known what to recommend to her, until now. I am a huge Eileen Spinelli fan. This is a must get collection of books. Thanks!

  35. Your generosity leaves me speechless. As always, my thanks.

  36. They all look great, and now I really want to know where fairies go when it snows!

  37. All of these books look delightful. I must read all four, for sure. I tweeted, blogged, and posted on FB.

    Thank you.
    ~Suzy Leopold

  38. Can’t wait to read them.

  39. These books all look fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. All four books look great and perfect for the upcoming seasonal changes.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this mini library. I would love to surprise my little niece with it 🙂

  41. Shared the blog article on Facebook and Twitter.

    Good Luck Everyone!

  42. Interested in the Nutcracker one for sure.

  43. Beautiful books! Dogs, ballet, poetry, and fairies. Just what my two granddaughters love.Would make perfect gifts.

  44. The Four Winners of the September Book Give-Away Are as Follows:

    Suzy Leopold – Hazel Mitchell’s – WHERE DO FAITIES GO WHEN IT SNOWS
    Sindhu Vijayasarathy – Chris Burton – THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA
    Darlene Beck-Jacobson – Phyllis Naylor’s – A SHILOH CHRISTMAS
    Michelle Kogan – Eileen Spinelli’s – THANKFUL

    Please send me your addresses, so I can pass it on to the author.



    • Congrats to all the winners. 🙂

    • How exciting! Hip, hip, hooray! I am so pleased to be a winner of WHERE DO FAIRIES GO WHEN IT SNOWS? by Hazel Mitchell! I am a winner just by reading the many excellent posts by you, Kathy.
      ~Suzy Leopold

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