Monday, February 27, 2012

My First Giveaway- Sweet Baby Moon



I'm so excited to do my first ever giveaway! As you know, I've posted a lot lately about my love of reading and how I hope that Kate will enjoy it as much as I do.  Well, this week I'd like to give away a GREAT children's book!!


A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Karen Henry Clark, author of Sweet Moon Baby.  She and her husband adopted their daughter from China a number of years ago.  As a result of her experiences, she wrote Sweet Moon Baby.  She stumbled across my blog and wanted to send me a copy of her book.  This is such a cute book, and is a great resource for adoptive families, whether you adopted internationally or domestically.  Further, I think it is a great children's book for ALL families.   

Here are a few words from Karen as to why she wrote this book.

When the nanny handed our baby to us on a summer day in China, I thought the journey was finished.  We could take our daughter home.  I smiled brightly until I read the orphanage report: "Baby found forsaking on steps of leather factory."  I wanted to cry.  I realized this tiny girl would always live with a mystery about her early life.  While I'd known this, I'd never felt its truth until that moment.  She would carry unreachable memories locked forever in her mind, her bones, her heart.
     So I began to dream of a history for her--something beyond the confines of that basket balanced on a step.  Then one night in our yard she looked up at the night sky and said her first English word: "Moon!" Her certainty and joy made me believe they had been dear friends from the very beginning of her life.  What else could she have seen in China that still inspired her games of make-believe?  Who's to say a turtle, peacock, monkey, panda, and fish weren't part of her life?  That basket on a step in China became the basket carrying a baby down a river from claw to paw to wing.
     What began as an answer for her ended up being an answer for others.  After I read my book at a school, I received my best review of all when an adopted Chinese kindergarten girl whispered to my husband, "I'm the real Sweet Moon Baby."  I suddenly understood how well the tale worked.  It held powerful possibilities for young children other than mine.  Many of the truest things in our lives begin with our imaginations. 


Would you LOVE to have this book... for free? Would you like to enter? It's easy!  Here are the rules:

I'm leaving this post open for entries from now until Monday, March 5th at 7pm.  You simply enter by leaving a comment...

1. For ONE entry- Follow my blog and leave me a comment that says "I'm following"!  If you already follow my blog, leave a comment that says "I'm already following!"  I don't care if you use blogger, or another reader, but please be honest!
2. For ONE additional entry per day- Leave me a separate comment with the title of one of your favorite children's books (because I'm always looking for new books).

So, you can get a total of 9 entries- 1 for following my blog and 8 more for listing your favorite children's books (one per day Monday night Feb 27 - Monday night March 5).

Again, you have until next Monday night at 7 pm to enter.  I'll pick the winner using a random number generator so it's totally fair!  I'll post the winner in ONE week (on Monday, March 5th) so be sure to check back to see if you won!  The winner will have ONE week to  get in touch with me via email (kelleyandkevin@yahoo.com) or I will re-pick and choose a new winner.  

Please note that because of shipping purposes, only people living in the US or Canada are eligible for winning.

Good luck!

34 comments:

  1. I taught Kindergarten for four years before leaving my job to stay home with my now 7 month old son. One of my favorite books to read to my students was The Kissing Hand. It is absolutely precious and has so many neat activities and crafts to go along with it.

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  2. I have tons of favorite books, I just love books in general! One of my favorites when I was little was 'Go, Dog, Go!'

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  3. One of our current favorites to read to the girls is "Snuggle Puppy" by Sandra Bouynton. All her books are fun:)

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  4. Another favorite book for little girls is Pinkalicious! A great children's book for girly girls!

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    1. Good suggestions! I will have to look for The Kissing Hand. We actually have Pinkalicious! It is so cute!

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  5. One of my fave books that I have bought for Future Baby B is "On the Night You Were Born"

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  6. I'm following! I'm not even sure how I came across your site but I loved reading about your adoption journey!

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    1. Thanks, Erica! It's definitely been a crazy, fun, AWESOME journey! I love the Llama Llama books too!

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  7. I am already following you my friend! :)

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  8. Our favorite read right now is "If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart." We read it each night! We feel it is NEVER to early to share Jesus with our sweet boy!

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  9. Another one of my favorite books was The Giving Tree (:

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  10. We like the "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" series...we own "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" and "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake". Good books and great pictures:)

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  11. "What Moms Can't Do" is a GREAT book!!! It is about how everyone thinks that moms can do anything, but there are actually some things that a mom can't do...like a mom can't put her baby to bed without a goodnight kiss, and things of that nature...SO adorable...and SO true! :-)

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  12. I also love to read Goodnight Moon to Brylee (:

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  13. One of our favorite books to read to Lillianna is God Gave Us You! =)

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  14. I'm already following your sweet blog too!

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  15. Our newest favorite is The Jesus Storybook Bible, Deluxe Edition. It beautifully ties together all the stories of the bible and shows how all of them point to Jesus. We love it! The deluxe part just means it also comes with CDs, perfect for car rides!

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  16. I was going to comment about the Jesus Storybook Bible today too! So wonderful and my very favorite book our girls have. If Kate doesn't have it, she's missing out:)
    We also recently got the Little Golden Book "A Blessing From Above" about adoption..it's sweet.

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  17. I'll Love You Forever was read to me by my mom, I read it to my ex's daughter when I was raising her, and someday I will read it to my child.

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  18. Are You My Mother? Is a fun one!!

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  19. I always loved "Tikki Tikki Tembo" growing up.

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  20. Another classic is "Pat the Bunny"...I loved the part where you can feel the daddy's scratchy face:)

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  21. My dad used to read us one called "Drummer Hoff". It had a lot of rhyming and a unique style of illustration.

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  22. There is a Little Golden Book called "The Monster at the End of This Book". It's told by Grover from Sesame Street, and it cracked us up as kids:)

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  23. I am already following AND my newest favorite book is by Weird Al - but its so so so cute - its "When I grow up"!

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  24. My favorite adoption book so far is "I Wished For You" Our birthmother gave it to us to read to our daughter, so I may be a bit biased. :)

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