Monday, February 8, 2010

Non-Fiction Monday: Giveaway for Black History Month!

What better way to celebrate Black History Month AND Non-Fiction Monday than by hosting a giveaway? Details on how to enter are below.

D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet by Nancy I. Sanders and illustrator E.B. Lewis

Part of the now famous and much loved Sleeping Bear Press Alphabet series, this one is a fantastic overview of different events and people in history for both young children and older kids.

Each letter represents a person/place/event/etc. and is explained with a short rhyme. On the sidebars, more detail and facts are given, expanding knowledge on the topic featured on that page. The rhymes are great for the young kiddos, the sidebars perfect for references for projects or the opening up of discussion of a particular subject.

I'm always impressed with these alphabet books, but this one is really exceptional. The illustrations are beautiful and the information is vast for such a small book. I learned about Malcolm X, Tuskegee Airmen, the March on Washington, quilts, and so much more.

Great for classrooms or home shelves. And you should really head to the library and check out the entire series...there are tons of these books and all of them are well planned, written nicely, and incredibly educational.

D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet
Nancy I. Sanders
32 pages
Non-Fiction Picture Book
Sleeping Bear Press
September 2007 
Review copy received from publisher

Pappy's Handkerchief by Devin Scillian and illustrator Chris Ellison

This one is from another of Sleeping Bear Press's awesome series, Tales of Young Americans. Moses and his family, fish mongers from Baltimore in 1889, decide to make the long journey to Oklahoma where rumor has it there's free farmland.

Ice storms, sickness, floods, and other difficulties hammer the family as they make their way, but they're determined to be able to finally have their own farm. Once they arrive, however, the family isn't so sure the rumors they heard were true.

An adventure story for sure! The author's note explains that this particular book is not about any one family, but is a "medley of the struggles and experiences of thousands of families who journeyed west to live as pioneers on the prairie." Inspirational and educational. So even if it's not true "non-fiction" it is certainly based on real facts and events in history.

Great for units on westward expansion and blacks in history. I personally never knew that black families were pioneers as even I learned something!

Pappy's Handkerchief
Devin Scillian
37 pages
Picture Book
Sleeping Bear Press
September 2007
Review copy received from publisher

Sleeping Bear Press has been kind enough to offer a copy of each of these books up for a giveaway! Open only to U.S. residents. 

To enter, leave a comment on this post by Friday, 2/12/10 at 11:59pm Eastern time. Make sure you leave your email address if you don't have a blog for me to find it on. 

Extra entries? You betcha! 
+1 if you Tweet this giveaway. Make sure you tell me your Twitter name so I can check up on you!
+2 if you have been a follower of this blog
+1 if you are a new follower

I'll email the winner on Saturday morning.


Bridget said...

I love the Sleeping Bear Press Alphabet books. Thanks for reviewing and offering the giveaway. I tweeted about the giveaway and I follow your blog. My twitter name is bridgetrwilson.

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

I'd love a copy of either book, but especially Pappy's Handkerchief which our local libraries don't have. I'm a follower of your blog, and love your new design! I will also tweet about your giveaway (@MaryAnnScheuer). Thanks!

Myne Whitman said...

Nice giveaway.

Kim said...

Sleeping Bear Press is my absolute favorite! Honestly, it never fails that I will finish reading a picture book to my children, comment on what a fabulous book it is and only then notice it's Sleeping Bear Press! I have subscribed to your blog for about 18 months now; love the new look.

Branflakes said...

count me in for the giveaway!

CeeCee said...

Please enter me. (I'm a follower too.)

stiletto storytime said...

I'm a follower! Thanks for the great giveaway! I really like your new design!

sharon54220 said...

Both books sound great. It sounds like I would really learn something that I didn't learn way back when.

I'm a subscriber and follower.

Joannof10 said...

I love the Sleeping Bear Press books! Thanks for the chance!

Joannof10 said...

I am now a follower of your site

Infant Bibliophile said...

Thanks for the great give away.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I have been a follower for awhile now.

Kristi Bernard said...

This is great!