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Charles Darwin

[Unpaid ad] Look at this stunningly beautiful new addition to our Little People, Big Dreams collection! Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara takes you and your little co-reader back to Charles Darwin’s lifetime.

We get to know about little Charles’s natural curiosity and how questioning things ran in the family. After his studies he takes us on board the HMS Beagle with him as he joins a scientific expedition to wonderful places such as Brazil and the Galápagos Islands. We learn how Darwin – after several years of research – discovered the process of ’natural selection‘, ended up publishing his book On the Origin of Species and became one of the most influential naturalists of all time. As usual, you can also find a facts and photo section at the back of book.

So far, this is one of most inspiring titles of the series and sparks joy on so many levels, not least to the uplifting message it sends and the brilliant illustrations by Mark Hoffmann. From the stunning cover, to the childhood scene where he reads with his father, to observing mockingbirds on the Galápagos Islands: this book is a must have for all kids!

It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
not the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

– Charles Darwin

So looking at this global pandemic with its multitude of effects on all of us and the constant need to change and adapt to new situations, I have to say that this book, published by Francis Lincoln Children’s Books, comes at the right time for little readers.

The German edition is due to be published on January 26 this year, so you just need to be patient for a little while longer. Don’t forget to mark your calenders though, German readers!

Now, for all of you who can’t wait to get your hands on this gem and want to give the English edition a try: listen up! I am giving away a copy to a lucky winner!

Here’s how to enter my international give-away:

1. LIKE this post here or on instagram (@mis_libros_abiertos)

2. Leave an emoji of your favorite ANIMAL or PLANT in the comment section

3. Make sure that you FOLLOW me here or on instagram 

🍀 GOOD LUCK! 🍀

Terms & Conditions:

The contest’s duration is January 13 – January 20, 2021. Entries close at midnight (CET) on January 20, for all comments here or on instagram. Prize (1 hardcover) will be sent by mail. Participants from any country are eligible. Void where prohibited. The lucky winner will be selected at random using a random number generator and will be informed by direct message on January 21, 2021.

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December Give-Away #3: A Promised Land

It is Sunday again, so it’s time for my third give-away for this holiday season. Today I am giving away two copies of Barack Obama’s bestselling memoir A Promised Land! [Unpaid ad]

It is not a children’s book as some of you may rightly point out. True. But it is also true that it does serve as an inspiration to you and your kids to see where curiosity and an early instilled love of reading can lead. The memoir beautifully shows that you need to dream big and never give up hope, and that democracy is a work in progress that needs everyone’s dedication and involvement, day by day.

But I did find refuge in books. The reading habit was my mother’s doing, instilled early in my childhood–her go-to move anytime I complained of boredom […] or when I had to accompany her to the office because she didn’t have a babysitter. Go read a book, she would say. Then come back and tell me something you learned.

Barack Obama, A Promised Land

Part of the argument I made to Michelle before running for president was that if I pulled it off, kids all over the world would see themselves and their possibilities differently. And that alone would be worth it.

Barack Obama, A Promised Land

The memoir is such a treasure. Not only is it uplifting and superbly written, but also an endless source of inspiration on many levels. To put it simply, it will provide you with one of the most enjoyable reading experiences of the year. So don’t miss out on your chance to win one of the two copies here! I’ll add a lovely owl-shaped bookmark for each winner, because even though A Promised Land is hard to put down, it also has 751 pages. So you will probably need to take breaks every now and then.

Here is how to enter this international Give-Away:

1. LIKE this post here or on instagram (@mis_libros_abiertos)

2. Make sure that you FOLLOW me here or on instagram 

3. Leave the TITLE of the book that sparked your love for reading in the COMMENT section 📚 (here or with the instagram post). For me it was Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

🍀Good luck!🍀

Terms & Conditions:

The contest’s duration is December 13 – December 17, 2020. Entries close at midnight (CET) on December 17, for all comments here or on instagram. Prizes (1 memoir and 1 book mark per winner) will be sent by mail. Participants from any country are eligible. Void where prohibited. The lucky winners will be selected at random using a random number generator and will be informed by direct message on December 18, 2020.

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International Give-Away: The Midnight Library

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This week Matt Haig’s new novel came out, and what can I say: I am making some extra time to read this weekend! I have already started and the story draws you in like no other. And such a gorgeous cover, don’t you think?

Here is one of my favorite parts up until now:

‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams,’ Thoreau had said. ‘Live the life you’ve imagined.’ Thoreau had been her favourite philosopher to study. But who seriously goes confidently in the direction of their dreams? Well, apart from Thoreau. He’d gone and lived in the woods, with no contact from the outside world, to just sit there and write and chop wood and fish. But life was probably simpler two centuries ago in Concord, Massachusetts, than modern life in Bedford, Bedfordshire. Or maybe it wasn’t. Maybe she was just really crap at it. At life.“ -Matt Haig, Midnight Library

To share the joy of reading, I have decided to give away a brand new copy of the novel, so  ➡️ here’s how to enter the international give-away:

1. ❤ LIKE this post
2. Leave the TITLE of your favorite book of 2020 in the COMMENT section (here or with the instagram post)
3. Make sure that you FOLLOW me (and stay ❤ — I would love that) 😊

Good luck! 🍀

Terms & Conditions:

The contest’s duration is August 15 – August 19, 2020. Entries close at midnight (CET) on August 19, for all comments here or on @mis_libros_abiertos.
Prize (1 paperback) will be sent by mail. Participants from any country are eligible. Void where prohibited. The lucky winner will be selected at random using a random number generator and will be informed by email or direct message on August 20, 2020.

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Friendship: International Give-Away

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“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.“

[unpaid ad] This quotation by Walter Winchell essentially captures what this wonderful story about Alexander the mouse is about. He adores Willy the wind-up mouse and secretly wishes to be just as popular as Willy. Little does he know that Willy’s popularity is not going to last. How a lizard and a purple pebble come into play and how the friendship between the real mouse and the wind-up mouse develops can be discovered in this fantastic book by Leo Lionni, shining with fabulous collages.

Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse was originally published in hardcover by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, already back in 1969. The message of the book, however, as well as the colorful collages are timeless. We love the story and  thus recommend it highly as most of the kids nowadays can still identify with the questions raised about friendship and popularity.

You can win the above pictured paperback edition of Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse which was published in Great Britain by Andersen Press in 2013.

Here’s how to enter the international give-away:

1. LIKE this post here or on instagram (@mis_libros_abiertos)

2. Leave your favorite QUOTATION about friendship in the COMMENT section (here or with the instagram post)

3. Make sure that you FOLLOW me (and stay ❤ — I would love that) here or on instagram 😊

Good luck! 🍀

Terms & Conditions: The contest’s duration is August 11 – August 17, 2020. Entries close at midnight (CET) on August 17, for all comments here or on instagram. Prize (1 paperback) will be sent by mail. Participants from any country are eligible. Void where prohibited. The lucky winner will be selected at random using a random number generator and will be informed by email or direct message on August 18, 2020.

GOOD LUCK! ❤

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December Give-Away #4: Other Words for Home

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Put simply, you just have to read this book. You have no choice. Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home is one of the most powerful refugee stories recommended for 8-12-year-olds that I have encountered in the past months. I found myself drawn into the story told in verse right from the first page and it keeps going strong throughout the six parts: Changing – Arriving – Staying – Hoping – Growing – Living. It is a stunningly beautiful poetic novel, with a flow and melody that will linger for a long time after you read the last page. [Unpaid ad]

 

Our town used to be

a place for people to laugh and enjoy

all the things that unite them like

family and sunshine and the sea and good food.

Not the things that divide them like

opinions and political loyalties.

 

But now everyone wants to know

where you stand.

What you think.

What you believe.

— Warga, Other Words for Home

Never would Jude have imagined that things would get so dangerous and out of hand in her hometown that she would even have to leave her country Syria, her father and older brother behind to move to the US together with her mum. She finds, however, that her love for American movies – especially those starring Julia Roberts – have not really prepared her for the loud and fast lifestyle and struggles to find a new home and a new identity. She always heeds her older brother’s words to „be brave“ and so overcomes challenges in high school. She even auditions for her new school’s musical.

This must-read story, published by Balzer + Bray in 2019, has 332 pages which are followed by a glossary of Arabic words, which I found extremely useful, as well as an author’s note and her acknowledgements. I would like to share with you what Jasmine Warga says about her own book in the author’s note:

We’re in a period of human history where empathy is needed more than ever. As the mother of two little girls, I’m constantly trying to teach them the idea that no one ever grows poor from giving. That sharing what you have does not make what you have worth any less. I guess that’s what this book is really about — the ever-growing need for generosity. And generosity is really just another word for love. So let’s work on giving more love to others as well as to ourselves.            — Jasmin Warga

I have decided to give away two copies of Warga’s masterpiece in my 4th give-away this December, because we need more gorgeous books like this on our children’s bookshelves. As Jason Reynolds puts it: „This is a necessary story. We’re lucky to have it in the world.“ We are lucky indeed, and I am also more than happy to share this powerful read with the world.

Here’s how to enter the international give-away:

1. LIKE this post here or on instagram (@mis_libros_abiertos)

2. Leave a ❤ in the COMMENT section (here or with the instagram post)

3. Make sure that you FOLLOW me (and stay ❤) here or on instagram 😊

Good luck! 🍀

Terms & Conditions: The contest’s duration is December 22 – December 27, 2019. Entries close at midnight (CET) on December 27, for all comments here or on instagram. Prizes (1 hardcover per winner) will be sent by mail. Participants from any country are eligible. Void where prohibited. The lucky winner will be selected at random using a random number generator and will be informed by email or direct message on December 28, 2019.

🎄 Have a wonderful Sunday! 🎄

 

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International Give-away: Welcome little one

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Just as the winners of last week’s give-away have been notified, I am getting ready to share the give-away for the week of the second advent. What an exciting holiday season this year! Don’t you think? I believe it is never too early to share a book with your child, so today I am giving away a copy of Sandra Magsamen’s Welcome Little One published by Sourcebooks Wonderland and Hanny Girl Productions. [unpaid ad]

Cute, colorful and captivating — this cloth book is just perfect for little ones! Here is what the publisher has to say about it:

From bestselling author Sandra Magsamen, welcome your little one to the world with this squishable, huggable cloth book. Delight your baby with fun crinkle pages that are perfect for the littlest hands. This soft and sweet book is sure to surround your little one with love and cuddles.

If you would like to win this delightful cloth book for your baby to fall in love with, this is how to join the Give-Away:

1. LIKE this post here or on instagram (@mis_libros_abiertos)

2. Leave your favorite animal emoji in the COMMENT section (here or with the instagram post)

3. Make sure that you FOLLOW me here or on instagram 😊

Good luck! 🍀

Terms & Conditions: The contest’s duration is December 8 – December 13, 2019. Entries close at midnight (CET) on December 13, for all comments here or on instagram. Prize (1 cloth book) will be sent by mail. Participants from any country are eligible. Void where prohibited. The lucky winner will be selected at random using a random number generator and will be informed by email or direct message on December 14, 2019.

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International Give-Away: Herbie’s Big Adventure

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Herbie’s Big Adventure by Jennie Poh is one of our favorite fall books of all time. Ever since it was published in 2016 by Curious Fox, an imprint of Capstone Global Library Limited, we have had a copy on our shelf and we keep recommending it as much as we can. Not only is it a fantastic story about courage, growth and adventure, it is also so gorgeously illustrated that you will find it hard to put it down again. [Unpaid ad]

Herbie’s mum decides that it is time for Herbie, the little hedgehog, to go and explore the world on his own. He doesn’t really want to leave, but with mum’s words of encouragement and the energy of a whirling westerly wind he is swept into his first foraging adventure. The wind takes him deep into the forest and Herbie enjoys rummaging for food, playing with the leaves on the ground and exploring his surroundings. But he has a hard time finding a place to sleep that resembles the coziness of his mother’s arms.

This truly wonderful book, suitable for readers aged three and up, sends the message to young kids that they are braver than they think. In our day and age an essential bit of wisdom that kids can’t be told often enough. You can order your copy (ISBN 978-1-68446-092-2) at your favorite local bookstore, or even better: win a copy of this fabulous children’s book here.

Give-Away:

1. LIKE this post here or on instagram (@mis_libros_abiertos)

2. Leave a hedgehog emoji 🦔 in the COMMENT section (here or with the instagram post)

3. Make sure that you FOLLOW me here or on instagram 😊

Terms & Conditions: The contest’s duration is November 16 – November 22, 2019. Entries close at midnight (CET) on November 22, for all comments here or on instagram. Prize (1 hardcover) will be sent by mail. Participants from any country are eligible. Void where prohibited. The lucky winner will be selected at random using a random number generator and will be informed by email or direct message on November 23, 2019.

THANK YOU Capstone for making this Give-Away possible by letting me have an extra copy of Herbie’s Big Adventure! ❤

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Brilliant Bookfair Find: Owen and the Soldier

 

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This truly incredible book is another one of my fabulous bookfair finds from this year’s Frankfurt Bookfair, and I have to admit that it has been a while since a story tugged at my heartstrings the way this one did. I read Lisa Thompson’s Owen and the Soldier on the train on my way home from work the other day and it had tears rolling down my cheeks by chapter ten. It is such a powerful and cleverly designed story about loss and loneliness, about courage and rememberance that it will stay with you for long after you finished the last sentence. [Unpaid ad]

Owen doesn’t like speaking in public and panics whenever he needs to say something in class. He doesn’t have anyone to talk to, and we learn that his mother is depressed. At home there is just the two of them. She seems distant and relies on Owen to take care of her. It so happens that he finds comfort in conversations he has with a crumbling stone soldier in the local park. Unfortunately, the town council want to remove the old stone soldier. Can Owen save the soldier or is it too late?

Short -87 pages in total- but with many layers, this emotional tale covers a multitude of themes while all the while being super-readable and thought-provoking. A brilliant read for 8- to 10-year-olds that shows them the power of poetry and the importance of fighting for what you believe in.

Here is the introductory paragraph to give you an idea of Thompson’s lovely flow:

Everyone has a secret, dont they? Not a big fat secret like they robbed a bank or they poisoned their grandma by accident. But small secrets. Something people keep hidden deep inside, hoping it would never bubble up their throat and burst out their mouth for everyone to hear.

-Lisa Thompson, Owen and the Soldier

The book in the picture above (ISBN 97-1-78112-865-7) shines with a stunning cover image by Mike Lowery and was published by Barrington Stoke in 2019.  Owen and the Soldier should be read in every classroom and copies of it should be available to as many students as possible. So if your school doesn’t already have some copies on the library’s shelves, this would be a perfect time to order your copies.

 

 

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Win a Rebel Girl Journal

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great start into this week. This year’s truly inspirational Frankfurt bookfair came to an end yesterday. I traditionally spend my bookfair Sunday traipsing around the halls and exploring new books and trends together with my children. Always great fun.

If for whatever reason you couldn’t make it to this bookish event this year, don’t be sad! We brought you a little something from the fair that you can win, provided luck is on your side!

Freedom

is the destination.

And the map

is yours to draw.

After their two Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls bestsellers, Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli continue to shake up the book market with their projects. Thank goodness! Last year they published this adorable illustrated journal I am A Rebel Girl by __________: A Journal to Start Revolutions. It provides a fabulous guideline for your little rebel girl to discover who she really is and where she wants to go in life. The gorgeously illustrated pages leave enough room to be creative and to write down what moves, motivates or scares her. From Villains I’m going to defeat, to What my future holds, to Things I think about when the lights go out to My business and People I want to meet, the journal provides a myriad of opportunities for her to connect with her inner strength and find her own identity.

Empower your girl and support her in learning that she can do and be anything that she dreams of by joining my international give-away of this lovely 224-page-journal which was published by Timbuktu Labs in 2018. If luck should not be on your side, you can always order one (ISBN 978-0-9978958-4-1) at your local bookstore. Since Christmas is sneaking up on all of us busy moms again, I’d like to point out that this journal makes an excellent Christmas gift for all young girls in your life! 😉

Give-Away:

1. LIKE this post here or on instagram (@mis_libros_abiertos)

2. Leave a COMMENT (here or with the instagram post) saying who your favorite rebel girl is

3. Make sure that you FOLLOW me here on instagram 😊

Terms & Conditions: The contest’s duration is October 21 – October 28, 2019. Entries close at midnight (CET) on October 28, for all comments here or on instagram. Prize (1 hardcover) will be sent by mail. Participants from any country are eligible. Void where prohibited. The lucky winner will be selected at random using a random number generator and will be informed by email or direct message on October 29, 2019.

THANK YOU Timbuktu Labs for making this Give-Away possible by letting me have an extra copy of this wonderful journal! ❤

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International Give-Away: The Truth Pixie Goes to School

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I will always remember last year’s Frankfurt Bookfair for the very many special moments I had with a variety of people and the myriad of outstanding books I got to discover. One of the coolest moments was receiving a copy of Matt Haig’s magnificent The Truth Pixie a week before it was published here in Germany. As we are approaching this year’s Frankfurt Bookfair (can you even believe it is less than 2 weeks away?), I would like to spread some joy myself by giving away a copy of the recently published Truth Pixie Goes to School which is –just like the first Truth Pixie book– a real gem. The link will take you to the review I wrote last year, and honestly, the Matt Haig/Chris Mould combo is every parent’s dream come true when it comes to brilliant children’s books. [unpaid ad / link]

This time around, Aada and her truth pixie have to go to a new school, and as if finding friends in this situation wouldn’t be hard enough already, the pixie’s telling the truth sure isn’t helping. Pixie stands up to Leena, the bully, who says mean things about her:

„The truth about you,

I can explain fully:

You’re being a nasty,

Insecure bully.

You pick on others

To make you feel better,

which is trying to dry

By getting even wetter.“  Matt Haig, The Truth Pixie Goes to School

so Aada a little later on denies their friendship because she so desperately wants to fit in. The pixie overhears the conversation with Leena and decides to leave Aada. Pixie returns to her home but she doesn’t feel comfortable around her brother Cyril who turned into a lie pixie, or the many elves and trolls he hangs out with. She ends up hurting a troll’s feelings by telling the truth, which in the end leaves her wondering whether she is just as nasty a person as Leena. Missing Aada terribly, she asks her old friend Father Christmas for help. Can he bring the two friends back together again? How is Aada faring without her pixie friend by her side?

This beautiful story will hit home with everyone who has a kid in school and has to deal with the nasty reality of bullying. It often is so hard to find the right words to support your kid in dealing with bullies, and absolutely heartbreaking to see your child go through tough times with intimidating people in school. Yet again, Matt Haig skillfully

„wraps it all into a fabulous story. [He] presents his uniquely compelling rhymes, partly sad, partly humorous so very charmingly and frames them with the unequivocally brilliant pictures by Chris Mould.“  (Me about The Truth Pixie, 2018)

Therefore The Truth Pixie Goes to School also reigns amongst the books that every student should have on their nightstands, because it will provide them with the most powerful bit of truth there is to know for a young person: the best thing you can be in this world is your one true self.  It is okay to be you, which kids nowadays cannot be told often enough.

I would like to enocurage all educators, social workers and librarians to make these wonderful 122 pages published by Canongate Books Ltd. available in your institutions so that as many kids as possible have access to this powerful book. You can order a copy at your favorite bookstore with ISBN 978-1-78689-826-5 or you can win a copy of this incredible book for a school kid in need of a heartwarming story like this one? Here is how to join the give-away:

 

Give-away:

1. LIKE this post here or on instagram (@mis_libros_abiertos)

2. Leave a COMMENT (here or on instagram) saying who your best friend was in school

3. Make sure you FOLLOW me here or on instagram

Good luck! 🍀

Terms & Conditions: The contest’s duration is October 4 – October 13, 2019. Entries close at midnight (CET) on October 13, for all comments here or on instagram. Prize (1 hardcover) will be sent by mail. Participants from any country are eligible. Void where prohibited. The lucky winner will be selected at random using a random number generator and will be informed by email or direct message on October 14, 2019.

Have a great start into your weekend! ❤