Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Well Read Crossword: FEATURED CREATURES

Are you ready for this week's crossword? FEATURED CREATURES is all about animals with recent picture book appearances! While the clues are fun facts about the various animals, you'll also find a corresponding picture book title to check out with your well-read reader!

And you could win! Keep reading below the puzzle for more info!



Wondering how to get entered to win?

Each week I'll post a new crossword puzzle (that's the goal anyway...go easy on me!). This week's theme: FEATURED CREATURES! Provide the answer to just ONE clue in the comments section (by the following Monday at 11:59 PM, Central Time), and you'll earn an entry into the monthly giveaway for your choice of one of the featured books! Please don't enter with more than one answer, so others can play, too!

Don't know the answers? Don't like crossword puzzles? Try one of these other ways to get entered each week!
  • Share a Well Read Crossword post on Facebook and/or Twitter (be sure to tag me or I won't know!)
  • Sign up to follow me via email (on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post): subscribers are automatically entered into EVERY contest!
  • Leave me a comment below with the name/author of your favorite NEW(er) picture book (published on or after May 1, 2016)

(Well Read Crossword: FEATURED CREATURES
answers must be submitted by Monday, May 15 at 11:59 PM, Central Time)
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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Well Read Crossword: I DON'T THINK THEY EXIST**

(**Not to say that Well Read Crosswords don't exist. Because they do...now! 😀 )

Hey, hey, hey Pickle Corn Jam readers! Want to win some picture book loot? Maybe your choice of one of the featured books?!? Come play the WELL READ CROSSWORDIt's new! It's exciting! It could win you some goods! 



Wondering how to get entered to win?

Each week I'll post a new crossword puzzle (that's the goal anyway...go easy on me!). This week's theme: I DON'T THINK THEY EXIST! Use the contact form in the sidebar to send me the answers (by the following Monday at 11:59 PM, Central Time), and you'll earn an entry into the monthly giveaway for your choice of one of the featured books! Please don't put the answers in the comments, so others can play, too!

Don't know the answers? Don't like crossword puzzles? Try one of these other ways to get entered each week!
  • Share a Well Read Crossword post on Facebook and/or Twitter (be sure to tag me or I won't know!)
  • Sign up to follow me via email (on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post): subscribers are automatically entered into EVERY contest!
  • Leave me a comment below with the name/author of your favorite NEW(er) picture book (published on or after May 1, 2016)
  • Bonus for this week: the first person to correctly identify the movie that this week's theme title comes from in the comments below will get an entry (or an extra entry)!

(Well Read Crossword: I Don't Think They Exist 
answers must be submitted by Monday, May 8 at 11:59 PM, Central Time)
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

#ProjectReadathon Million Minutes Campaign


Want to rack up some book donations for kids...just by reading? 

Visit Readwell.PenguinRandomHouse.com April 17-23, 2017 and read free, timed excerpts from Penguin Random House books and authors to score book donations for children in the United States, Mexico and Canada! The books will be donated to Save the Children, to be distributed to children who have few, if any, books in their homes. 

And the best news? It doesn't even require much time! Read a 20-minute book excerpt to "earn" five book donations; read 120 minutes to "earn" a whopping 60 BOOKS! 

Check back here, after the campaign officially begins on Monday, for more information. I hope you'll join me in racking up minutes towards the MILLION MINUTE goal! 



For more Penguin Random House Children's New Release titles like these beauties, go here!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hidden Talents (3 Word Challenge)

3 Word Challenge: Pink, Dance, Gymnastics
Challenge words selected by Jude (JUDE! I hope you see this - your email was returned!)


I'm not going to lie - this one was tough for me (which you'll see in my imperfect meter). BUT! I really, really wanted to incorporate some fun YouTube videos I found for Jude, who is a 2nd grade teacher! So...here goes (accompanying video links below)!

Video links: (ALLIGATOR ROARS AT TUBA PLAYER(DILLO JEAN(SLOTHS DO GYMNASTICS)

HIDDEN TALENTS

Though everybody listens
when alligator croons,
bring along a tuba
to really hear his tunes.

And if you’ve never seen
an armadillo dance,
without a doubt it’s time
to give those guys a chance!

I bet you never knew
that SLOTHS adore gymnastics
just like jungle monkeys
they really are fantastic!

When it comes to magic,  
octopus is tough to beat,
but when it comes to balance,
pink flamingo has the feet.

Everyone has talent –
sloth to alligator…
as long as you are you,
there’s really nothing greater.

The world is mystifying,
its beauty unexpected,
but that surprising splendor
keeps us all connected.



About 3 Word Challenges
I encourage every reader to submit three words to me which I will then craft into a poem, short story or story snippet. Please keep the words clean - this is a site about books and writing for kids, after all! Please also keep in mind that since the goal with these pieces is to connect the words in fresh and creative ways (quickly), I won't always meet your expectations completely. With only three words to go on, we might have a very different vision. I hope that you like what I write, but if you don't, feel free to contact me, or give it another go with three different words!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Super Fun New Read-Alouds

Although every picture book is meant to be read aloud, some books beg to be read aloud - or at least their tiny human counterparts beg to read them aloud, again and again and again. But with these books, you won't mind (well...one of them you might. But that's not because it isn't fun, it's just...tricky!)

I AM NOT A CHAIR
Ross Burach

This one made me laugh out loud in the middle of the bookstore. A snort laugh, too. Maybe that's not a selling point for some people, but for me that is a BIG thumbs up. When Giraffe is repeatedly mistaken for a chair by all the jungle animals, he realizes he needs to speak up. But just when he is ready to stand up for himself, a lion decides Giraffe is a chair. How can Giraffe speak up for himself to a LION? 




A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG
Emily Jenkins (Author) and Chris Appelhans (Illustrator)

When a greyhound and a groundhog become friends, they become a crazy whirling dervish of a tongue-twister: "A groundhog, a greyhound, a grey little round hound. A greyhound, a groundhog, a found little roundhog." This one is guaranteed to get the littles chuckling...just remember to laugh yourself as you read it!



WATERSONG
Tim McCanna (Author) and Richard Smythe (Illustrator)

I'm a fan of both Tim McCanna (BITTY BOT) and Richard Smythe (THE MESSY BOOK), so a McCanna-Smythe combo, of course, grabbed my attention. It did not disappoint. This is the story of a fox seeking shelter from a storm told only through onomatopoeia and (beautiful) illustration: "Drip drop / plip plop / pitter patter / pat." While it will probably be requested to be read multiple times by younger picture book readers because of the fun sounds and rhythm, older kiddos will still take delight with the words that they'll likely memorize to make themselves sound like a storm.


Just look at those book covers! How can they not make you happy?!

Don't forget to nominate your favorite teacher to give them a chance to win a set of Kelly Barnhill's THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON (perfect for 9-14 year olds) or a picture book pack featuring three picture books for kiddos ages 3-8! (THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED)

Happy reading!


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Monday, February 13, 2017

International Book Giving Day (with an AMAZING giveaway!)

February 14 isn't just Valentine's Day... it's International Book Giving Day!


And since there are few things that I love more than books, teachers and giving things away, I'm going to celebrate by giving away books to teachers! But I need YOUR help! 

I need you to NOMINATE a teacher below (yes, it can be yourself, but it could also be a teacher you love) who you think would love to win either:

THREE (3) COPIES of the absolutely BEAUTIFUL 2017 Newbery Medal Winner, 
THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill
or 
A PICTURE BOOK PRIZE PACK with a copy of each of: 
THE COOKIE FIASCO by Dan Santat, and 
ONE WORD FROM SOPHIA by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail

I will choose one winner for each of the prizes!

NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
I will contact the nominator to obtain contact information for the nominee once winners are selected.
You can earn additional chances to win if you are a subscriber. If you are already a subscriber, great! Thank you! Just select the option in the Rafflecopter box after you make your nomination. 
If not, go ahead and sign up for an extra entry! 


THIS CONTEST IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING ENTRIES


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Well Read Guess (guessing ends Feb. 13)

It's game time! New to the game? Don't know the quote? Keep scrolling down for rules and entry info. Ready to play? HERE WE GO! 

Quote #1: 
LOVE IS by Diane Adams and Claire Keane

"It's peaceful sleeping, no more peeping, tucked in tightly, head to toes."
Quote #2: 
MOSTLY MONSTERLY by Tammi Sauer and Scott Magoon

"...she liked to pick flowers. And pet kittens. And bake. For a monster, Bernadette was just a little too sweet."


New to the Well Read Guess? Start here: 
Each week I post quotes from 2 picture books - a new(er) picture book (from late 2016 to present) and an older/classic picture book.

Be the first to identify a quote (by the following Monday at noon, central time), and earn an entry into the WEEKLY monthly giveaway! Identify both the book and the author for a quote, and you'll get two entries. Identify both for both quotes, get four entries.

What could you win? A copy of the featured new picture book (quote #1's answer)!

Don't know the quote? 
No problem (but don't forget to check Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook for clues)...try one of these other ways to get entered each week!
  • Be the first to identify the book and/or author
  • Share the Well Read Guess post on Facebook or Twitter (be sure to tag me or I won't know!)
  • Sign up to follow me via email (on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post). Subscribers are automatically entered into EVERY contest!
  • Leave me a comment below with the name of your favorite NEW picture book (published on or after September 1, 2016).
AND, from now through March 3, 2017, the Well Read Guess will feature WEEKLY giveaways!


(Well Read Guesses end Monday, February 13 at noon, Central Time, or until all the quotes are identified, whichever happens first)
Rules Governing Sweepstakes


Congratulations to last week's winner: Brittney Boling! 

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Well Read Guess (guessing ends Feb 6)

It's game time! New to the game? Don't know the quote? Keep scrolling down for rules and entry info. Ready to play? HERE WE GO! 

Quote #1: 
RADIANT CHILD: THE STORY OF YOUNG ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT by Javaka Steptoe
"Art is the street games of little children, in our style and the words that we speak. It is how the messy patchwork of the city creates new meaning for ordinary things."


Quote #2: MISS RUMPHIUS by Barbara Cooney
"'That is all very well, little Alice,' said her grandfather, 'but there is a third thing you must do.'
'What is that?' asked Alice.
'You must do something to make the world more beautiful,' said her grandfather."


New to the Well Read Guess? Start here: 
Each week I post quotes from 2 picture books - a new(er) picture book (from late 2016 to present) and an older/classic picture book.

Be the first to identify a quote (by the following Monday at noon, central time), and earn an entry into the WEEKLY monthly giveaway! Identify both the book and the author for a quote, and you'll get two entries. Identify both for both quotes, get four entries.

What could you win? A copy of the featured new picture book (quote #1's answer)!

Don't know the quote? 
No problem (but don't forget to check Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook for clues)...try one of these other ways to get entered each week!
  • Be the first to identify the book and/or author
  • Share the Well Read Guess post on Facebook or Twitter (be sure to tag me or I won't know!)
  • Sign up to follow me via email (on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post). Subscribers are automatically entered into EVERY contest!
  • Leave me a comment below with the name of your favorite NEW picture book (published on or after September 1, 2016).
AND, from now through March 3, 2017, the Well Read Guess will feature WEEKLY giveaways!


(Well Read Guesses end Monday, February 6 at noon, Central Time or when all the quotes have been identified, whichever comes first)
Rules Governing Sweepstakes


Congratulations to last week's winner: Subscriber "ashlynsoma"! 
Thanks for playing! I hope you enjoy WE ARE GROWING by Laurie Keller!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Well Read Guess (giveaway ending Jan 30)

Eek! I'm late! I must have gotten out of habit for the Well Read Guess! But no worries - here it is!

What could you win? A copy of the featured new picture book (quote #1's answer)!

Ready to play? HERE WE GO! 

Quote #1: 
WE ARE GROWING 
by Laurie Keller

But growing is HARD WORK. In fact  PING! Hey, just grew!

Quote #2: 
LEO THE LATE BLOOMER 
by Robert Kraus and Jose Aruego

"Patience," said Leo's mother. "A watched bloomer doesn't bloom."


New to the Well Read Guess? Start here: 

Similar to last year, I'll post quotes from 2 picture books - a new(er) picture book (from late 2016 to present) and an older/classic picture book - each week.

Be the first to identify a quote (by the following Monday at noon, central time), and earn an entry into the WEEKLY monthly giveaway! Identify both the book and the author for a quote, and you'll get two entries. Identify both for both quotes, get four entries.

Don't know the quote? No problem (but don't forget to check Twitter and/or Facebook for clues)...try one of these other ways to get entered each week!
  • Be the first to identify the book and/or author
  • Share the Well Read Guess post on Facebook or Twitter (be sure to tag me or I won't know!)
  • Sign up to follow me via email (on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post). Subscribers are automatically entered into EVERY contest!
  • Leave me a comment below with the name of your favorite NEW picture book (published on or after September 1, 2016).
AND, from now through March 3, 2017, the Well Read Guess will feature WEEKLY giveaways!





(Well Read Guesses end Monday, January 30, 2017 at noon, Central Time are closed! Check back next week for a new round!)
Rules Governing Sweepstakes


Congratulations to last week's winner: SUSIE SAWYER! Thanks for playing, Susie! I hope you enjoy THE MESSY BOOK by Maudie Powell-Tuck! 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Well Read Guess is BACK (and BETTER THAN EVER)!

Some of you may remember my weekly picture book contest from last year. When summer came around, I kind of...sort of...gave it up. But recently I got a couple of comments that I should start it back up, and I think that is a fantastic idea! 

But to bring it back, I think it needs to be even BETTER than before. So this time around, the prizes will be WEEKLY prizes. That's right y'all! WEEKLY giveaways. From now through March 3, 2017, the Well Read Guess will feature WEEKLY giveaways!

What will the giveaway be? A copy of the featured picture book!

Similar to last year, I'll post quotes from 2 picture books - a new(er) picture book (from late 2016 to present) and an older/classic picture book - each week. 

Be the first to identify a quote (by Friday at noon, central time), and earn an entry into the WEEKLY monthly giveaway! Identify both the book and the author for a quote, and you'll get two entries. Identify both for both quotes, get four entries.

Don't know the quote? 
No problem (but don't forget to check Twitter and/or Facebook for clues)...
Try one of these other ways to get entered each week!
  • Be the first to identify the book and/or author
  • Share the Well Read Guess post on Facebook or Twitter (be sure to tag me or I won't know!)
  • Sign up to follow me via email (on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post). Subscribers are automatically entered into EVERY contest!
  • Leave me a comment below with the name of your favorite NEW picture book (published on or after September 1, 2016).

Are you guys ready to start playing? HERE WE GO! 

Quote #1: THE MESSY BOOK by Maudie Powell-Tuck and Richard Smythe
"Eww. I'm wet. And now the mess is soggy. Please, please, PLEASE can we clean it up? Hello, penguin hat."

Quote #2: JUST A MESS by Mercer Meyer

"First, I put a few things in the closet. I put my clothes in the drawers. I straightened up my games." ..."Everything was just about perfect."

(Well Read Guesses end FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 at NOON CENTRAL TIME are closed)
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