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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 3, 2012

Enter to win one of 3 book packages that include Twilight Tales: A Collection of Chilling Poems and Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland by author J.T. Holden.

Each book comes with 2 White Rabbit bookmarks & 2 Twilight Tales bookmarks!

Giveaway begins January 31, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends February 28, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Twilight Tales: A Collection of Chilling Poems

Reading level: Ages 11 and up

Paperback: 114 pages

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 30, 2012

Marla Frazee

Marla Frazee is the award-winning author and illustrator of many celebrated bestselling books including The Seven Silly Eaters, Stars, The Boss Baby, Roller Coaster, and the Clementine series. Her acclaimed books All the World and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever received the Caldecott Honor Award. She lives in southern California with her husband and three sons, where she works in a backyard studio under an avocado tree. I’m willing to bet she makes some crazy delicious guacamole.

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By Billi Tiner, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 30, 2012

Welcome Home is the story of Jake, a large black Labrador Retriever mix.  For as long as Jake can remember, he has been having the same dream.  In his dream, he lives with a wonderful man in a beautiful home.  Jake has never seen the face of the man in the dream; however, he knows his voice and he loves him.  Jake is certain that when he is old enough to be given away to a new home, he will be chosen by the man from his dream.  When the day finally arrives, Jake is very excited to finally meet the man that has filled his dreams.  However, the man that chooses Jake is definitely not the man from his dream!  Jake is taken to a home where he is terribly mistreated.  During this time, Jake never gives up the hope of finding the man from the dream.  After suffering years of abuse, Jake finally escapes and is free to begin his search for the man he has been dreaming of his entire life.  Along the way, Jake meets some interesting characters, survives amazing adventures, and forms life-long friendships.  Join Jake on his incredible journey home.

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By Heather Payer-Smith, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 26, 2012

What good is a little green umbrella with a hole? That’s exactly what Annabel wonders when her mother insists she take it to school with her, just in case it rains. At first she complains, but Annabel soon learns that even an umbrella with a hole can keep those in need safe and dry.

“The Little Green Umbrella” teaches children that while kindness is sometimes taken for granted, those who put others first can find unexpected rewards in a selfless act.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.