11.09.2011

What? Free Books? For Me? You Shouldn't Have.


Thanks to Vasilly for connecting me with this Santa-rific way to kick off the holidays!  Apparently, Chronicle Books is offering this sled-full of books giveaway, and once I saw it, I just had to throw my name in.  Here's the deal (actually, here's the official deal; mine is the condensed soup version):

Browse the Chronicle stash.....

Choose your favorite $500 worth (it goes a long way, people!).....

Post on your choices.....

Get a chance to win said $500 worth of books for you, a commenter (hint, hint, that's you!), and a charity of choice.

That's pretty fantastic, n'est pas?

Without further ado, here's my hoped-for haul:

Chronicle has some pretty awesome small-people selections, so I have focused almost exclusively on that category, but definitely check out their art or photography books or stationary, and oh, did I mention they put out Moleskine?  I wonder if anyone will just wish for $500 worth of Moleskines?  That would be note(book)worthy.

First, is my most wished-for book of the year: Press Here
 
This book is seriously amazing.  See?

Next, for my ongoing quest for beautiful and informative books for the offspring:

My son's favorite dinosaur.

The covers of these books are lovely. I want several in each series.















These Art Activity Packs include information and several activities to spark the artist's imagination.  Also, I just had to include the doodle planner - seems like something my daughter would love.



In preparation for our upcoming (2013) trip to Europe, I am always on the lookout for titles that will pull my kids across the ocean.  This Charlotte series and the Citywalk books are perfect.






I don't have to have a good reason, do I?









These two will be perfect for our annual Halloween Bash:



And with my interest in the Caldecott medal winners and illustrators in general, this book was a no-brainer:

Beautiful books for my kitchen habit:




Last but not least, 
it is Christmas after all:



So, what do you think?  Looks amazing, right?  Comment between now and December 2nd.  If my post is the winner, you'll win the same stash, and my kids' school, The Montessori School of Chattanooga, will get $500 to bring home their own Happy Haul-idays from Chronicle Books.  Bon chance!




25 comments:

  1. What wonderful books! Looks like it would be fun reading for YOU and your offspring!

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  2. Wow! What a great thing. MERRY Christmas!!

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  3. Love these books, love free books, and love you and your beautiful family! Miss you all!

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  4. Did you see that "Press Here" video? Awesome! Maybe they'll make one for adults...ah, if only.

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  5. Lovely books for all ages! I made my own list at Book Dirt, but these would suit me just fine, too!

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  6. Great list! I would LOVE to win The Commonsense Kitchen!

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  7. Hi, Sara. I love your list. We do have many books in common, but I would love to have the ones that you chose and I didn't. This is such a fun contest. Thanks for checking out my list at Two Kinds of People.

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  8. Great choices! How did I miss that gorilla book when I was looking??

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  9. The Commonsense Kitchen is on my wish list. Good luck!

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  10. Your list is amazing, and looks a lot like my own. I really want Press Here also!
    Katie
    aclassofherown(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Love your list..you did a great, thoughtful job. I'll be happy to share that pile of books with you. hehehe...

    Good luck to both of us :D

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  12. Fabulous choices all around!

    Good luck!

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  13. Great choices. I love the kids' selections! Good luck to us both!

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  14. As a homeschooling Mom, I'd love to win your book selections. Thanks for the chance to win with you!

    bamagv at aol dot com

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  15. wow great list. All of the kids books make me want to go back to being 5 years old! I would love to win the list. If you get a chance, check out mine and comment to win!

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  16. LOVE the Charlotte books and Noonie's Masterpiece!!! Best of luck to everyone!

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  17. Great list! I'd love to win these, if I don't win my own. Good luck!

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  18. I have to check some of these out, great list!

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  19. I absolutely love your list. I have 4 children that would absolutely love the books on this list. Please pick me!

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  20. You laid out your post well. It made the book picks look very enticing.

    find my list at:
    Tossing It Out
    Lee

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  21. Good choice of books. Good luck with the competition. Great charity.

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  22. What a fantastic selection! I'd love to add these to our home library! Especially interesting to me are Press Here (with two very imaginative toddlers, they would L-O-V-E this one!), The Space Between Trees and your kitchen selections (as an aspiring (and often struggling) domestic goddess, I need all the instruction and education I can get!). Much luck!!!

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  23. Yes, your list does indeed look amazing :) .. I did the same - putting in some lovely kitchen books for myself, a moleskine for my daughter (actually ordered one this morning from Chronicle's site as it was on my Christmas shopping list too). I have The Space Between Trees and Thirteen O'Clock on my list as well.

    Good luck!

    knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I have the Charlotte books on my site as well. Don't they just look delightful? :)

    Good luck and happy holidays!

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