Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 14, 2015

Women Who Changed the World – Book Give-Away

Laurie Calkhoven has agreed to offer her new book to one lucky winner. All you have to do is 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 on Christmas Eve and announcing the winner on Christmas Day.

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Laurie Calkhoven’s Journey to Publication and Description of Book:

WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD grew out of author visits to schools in the tri-state area. I had written a book for Scholastic Nonfiction group called I GREW UP TO BE PRESIDENT.  The book was popular with teachers and with students and often generated a lot of questions on my visits.  Kids loved hearing about the presidents’ childhoods as well as what they achieved in office, and the odd wacky story (Taft getting stuck in the bathtub, John Quincy Adams’ skinny-dipping in the Potomac) was welcome too. I made a point of telling them that presidents had all started out as ordinary boys who grew up to be extraordinary, and that they had the same opportunity.  Every time I talked about it, I mentioned that one day there was going to be a girl in that book.

I got tired of waiting. Why not write a book about ordinary girls who grew up to be extraordinary, I thought. And so I did.  I put together a proposal and sent it to my editor at Scholastic, and happily she and her colleagues liked the idea as much as I did. Beginning with Pocahontas and taking us all the way through to Misty Copeland, WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD is about 50 influential and inspiring American women who did just that—change the world.

I can’t wait to share this one with students, too.

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Laurie Calkhoven has always loved books and reading. When she got her first library card and was set free among the picture books, she wanted to be a librarian. Later she learned that that were actual people who created those magical books on the shelves, and she decided to be one of them. After a twenty-year career in book publishing, she did! In addition to her nonfiction, Laurie has written five novels for American Girl and historical action/adventure novels for her own series, Boys of Wartime. She lives in New York City and can frequently be found at the library.

Congratulations Laurie!

Talk Tomorrow,



  1. Oh my gosh, I would love to win this book! THanks for the chance.

  2. The book looks amazing, and important! Thanks for writing it, Laurie!

  3. Bookshelves need this book! I can’t wait to read it.

  4. Thank you for the opportunity to win your book – it looks amazing!

  5. This looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I’m glad you didn’t wait, Laurie. Very empowering!

  7. Sounds like a great book!

  8. This book looks awesome. I can’t wait to read it. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

  9. Hear us roar! Thanks for sharing the giveaway. 🙂

  10. I’ve always loved books that champion “girl power”. I would love a copy. I’ve also tweeted and posted this on FB.

  11. Thank you for introducing me to the work of Laurie Calkhoven. I would love to read her book about strong women!

  12. As a non-fiction author, I always keep updated about new releases, and can’t wait to read your book (whether I win or not)!

  13. Congratulations Laurie! Can’t wait to read it!

  14. What a great idea for a book. I hope it gets a strong following in schools – for both girls and boys.

  15. Congratulations on the new book Laurie! What a great and inspiring topic.

  16. Congratulations, Laurie! The book looks amazing – I’ll have to add it to my Follett order list for my students. They’d love it. 🙂 (Kathy, I’m tweeting & FBing, too.)

  17. Fantastic topic! Scholastic made a good decision with this one!

  18. Oh wow! What a fabulous book!! Thank you for championing girls and women in this way!

  19. I can’t wait to hand sell it where I work!

  20. Lovely book. My students in my elementary school library would love to read this.

  21. Sounds like an amazing book. I know two girls who I will definitely be buying this for!

  22. This book sounds AMAZING for all children to read (but especially girls). I so agree with you when you tell children we all start out ordinary but they all can grow up to do extraordinary things. Being extraordinary is not only for certain children. I can’t wait to see the book!

  23. Looks Fantastic! A must read for young women and men! The cover looks beautiful, too.

  24. Congrats, Laurie. I would love to win a copy of your newest book. Great topic.

  25. I’all definitely be reading this. Hope I win this copy.

  26. Looks and sounds awesome!

  27. Way to go cousin! Congrats!

  28. Laurie Calkhoven is the best!! Talented writer, wonderful friend — and she’s done awesome workshops for NJ SCBWI — and I’m so excited that she’ll be on faculty at January’s FL SCBWI conference in Miami — cuz I’ll be there too! (Will need to get my autographed copy then…)

  29. Always a need for a book like this.

  30. I love what you did for the cover, will share on Facebook

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