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The Reader

The Reader by Amy Hest & Lauren Castillo – Giveaway

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 9, 2012

Enter to win a copy of Amy Hest‘s The Reader

This is a gorgeous picture book for dog lovers, book lovers, and everyone in between!

Giveaway begins November 9, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 7, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages


In this timeless picture book, a new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase— click, click—and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of the reader reading their very favorite book to the very last page… the very last word.

Amy Hest’s spare evocative text is a true celebration of new readers and good friends everywhere, while Lauren Castillo’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, with their bold saturated colors against winter white, perfectly capture the wonder and delight of this magical day.

The Reader Illustration copyright © 2012 by Lauren Castillo

About the Author

Amy Hest‘s many acclaimed children’s books include the New York Times bestseller Kiss Good Night. A three-time winner of the prestigious Christopher Award, she lives in New York City. She claims to have absolutely no hidden talents, unless you count an uncanny interest in coffee ice cream and certain dogs in the Wheaten Terrier or Airedale family. Amy likes to take long walks (in the city), ride a bike (in the city), and swim (also in the city). She likes movies and reading, of course! For more information, visit her website at http://amyhest.com/.

About the Illustrator

Lauren Castillo grew up in small town Maryland, but now spends her time in the bustling borough of Brooklyn, New York, writing and illustrating books for children. She likes exploring the city, daydreaming in parks, doodling in cafes, and spying cute dogs on the street. Visit her website at www.laurencastillo.com and her blog at laurencastillo.blogspot.com. Drop by and say “hello” any time!

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  • Giveaway begins November 9, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 7, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST, when all entries must be received. No purchase necessary. See official rules for details. View our privacy policy.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • I love picture books and sharing them with the children at our library. This book would be great for the January “winter reads” display that I am planning.

    November 9, 2012
  • I’m excited because I love reading to my boys and this looks like a beautiful book to share with them!

    November 9, 2012
  • I cant believe a rafflecopter form, they are unreliable and many blogs are returning to a regular form *sigh*

    November 9, 2012
  • What a cute book! Perfect for a classroom!

    November 10, 2012
  • The illustrations!

    November 10, 2012
  • New to the reading to children scene BUT I am here to stay… reading to my grandson!! Excited to see all the book giveaways! Thanks

    November 11, 2012
  • It looks like a really fun book to read…plus I love dogs. 🙂

    November 11, 2012
  • Because my granddaughter would love this book

    November 11, 2012
  • Adorable! I can’t WAIT to read this one and share with my readers in my classroom! Thanks for the opportunity!

    November 12, 2012
  • Our whole family is a dog loving family.

    November 12, 2012
  • The illustrations look beautiful and I love books about reading

    November 14, 2012
  • This looks like a fun book for kids.

    November 14, 2012
  • This is a gorgeous book I’d love to share with my dog-loving grandkids.

    November 17, 2012
  • My daughter is too little yet, but I’m trying to build her a library she can appreciate as she gets past board books.

    November 18, 2012
  • I just found this website and am so excited. My boys love books, and I’m trying to continue their love of reading.

    November 19, 2012
  • My students love new picture books and I know they would love this one!

    November 19, 2012
  • I think this would be a wonderful book to share with my book- and dog-loving niece.

    November 19, 2012
  • My granddaughter loves to read.

    November 21, 2012
  • Brings winter to life! We do not get snow here in South Texas, so the illustrations in this book would give our students a sense of what it is like. Thank you for the opportunity!

    November 24, 2012
  • I would give it to our small school library!

    November 26, 2012
  • I’d like to win because I think my kids would really enjoy it.

    December 4, 2012
  • It looks like one my daughter could read.

    December 4, 2012
  • My grandson would love this book. The illustrations are beautiful as well.
    Carol L

    December 4, 2012
  • Great for my grandkids.

    December 4, 2012
  • This looks like a very cute book. I think kids should have books available to them beginning at an early age to develop a love of reading.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    December 4, 2012
  • Snow. I love snow and this looks like a lovely book to share with small children.

    December 4, 2012
  • Love any story about a dog and his best friend. Pictures look wonderful

    December 5, 2012

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