Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Books That Help Children Feel Good About Themselves (Book Giveaway!)

I love how so many books today help children to feel loved and valuable. So often, we focus on the things that our kids do wrong and forget to say the things that we appreciate about them. Following are three children’s books I’ve read lately that you and your children will love:

Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain (Giveaway!)
By Sylvia Lieberman
Illustrated by Jeremy Wendell



Archibald Mouse is ready for his first trip beyond his home behind the wall to seek his own food. He sneaks into a grocery store, but after the owner closes up for the night, it’s kind of dark and scary in there. And after eating a bunch of food, he gets stuck in the mouse hole when he tries to return home! But then he has the clever idea to oil up his tummy with his greasy paws, which are covered with butter and cheese. That does the trick! On his next trip to the grocery store, Archibald climbs inside a glass case holding a huge piece of cheese. But, of course, he gets stuck again! Will he be able to escape this time? I won’t give away the rest of the story, but it’s safe to say that Archibald learns a valuable lesson about self-sufficiency and ingenuity!

BONUS: Read to the end of this post to find out how you can win an autographed copy of Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain!

Along Came You
By Karona Drummond
Illustrated by Estelle Corke



Along Came You is a beautiful book in which a mother tells her daughter how her life has changed since she became a mother. For instance, she tells her, “Before you, my house was decorated in style. After you, my home is decorated in love.” The picture shows the mother taping her daughter’s artwork to the refrigerator as her daughter paints in the kitchen. The book continues in that vein, with the mother comparing her life before and after her daughter arrived. It sends a wonderful message to children about the joys and wonders they bring to their parents’ lives. And I love the colorful and sweet illustrations in this book.

Dudley’s Solo
By Tiffany Alexander
Illustrated by Jeremiah Carstarphen



Dudley is a little boy who cannot hear or speak, but he wants to be in the children’s choir at his church. All of the children are excited for an upcoming concert, except for Dudley. He wants to do a solo, but can’t figure out how that’s possible. Then the other kids come up with a plan. When the night of the concert arrives, the other children do their solos. But then it’s Dudley’s turn. How will he do it? You’ll have to read the book to find out! This wonderful story teaches children about people with disabilities and how they have their own gifts to offer the world. Visit www.ChildrensBand.com to learn about more books planned for this series.

GIVEAWAY!

And now it’s giveaway time! If you’d like to win a copy of Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain, visit www.archibaldmousebooks.com and leave a comment on this post telling me the name of one of the other characters in the book (besides Archibald). You must do this to enter. For optional additional entries, you may:

- Put a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog. (The code is in the upper right-hand column of this site.) Post a comment with your blog’s URL.

- Follow me on Twitter (@ParentingAuthor) and tweet this giveaway. Leave a comment with the URL to your tweet.

- Post this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a link to the post.

- Subscribe to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS or as a Follower on Blogger. Leave a comment with your subscription method.

- Sign the guestbook at Archibald’s Clubhouse at http://www.archibaldmousebooks.com/clubhouse.html. Leave a comment that you did this.

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified entries received by midnight on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Be sure to leave an email address if you don’t have it posted on your Blogger page. The winner will be emailed and must respond within 72 hours or a new winner will be selected.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to Andria!

75 comments:

  1. Momma Mouse looks cute. But, I really like the cat.

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  2. This is adorable and I like Momma Mouse
    Thanks
    matternu@aol.com

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  3. Added a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on my blog
    www.pegsplay.blogspot.com
    matternu@aol.com

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  4. Subscribe to Susan Heim on Parenting via email
    matternu@aol.com

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  5. Signed the guestbook at Archibald’s Clubhouse
    matternu@aol.com

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  6. Mr. Hochmeyer is another character in the Archibald books!

    spitfyr323 at hotmail dot com

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  7. Mr. Hochmeyer.

    This looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

    I'm also a Blogger follower of your blog.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  8. I'm an e-mail subscriber!

    spitfyr323 at hotmail dot com

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  9. Of course, there is Momma Mouse!
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  10. "Tweet!"
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/2437746882.
    Again, thanks much!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  11. I am an email subscriber to your
    blog.....
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  12. I also signed the guestbook at Archibald's Clubhouse.
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  13. I like the Cat....So Cute

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  14. I have subscribed in E-mail. I like to know about children's books..I love purchasing them for my grandchildren....

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  15. Momma Mouse is another character in the book.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  16. I subscribe via E-mail.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  17. I signed Archibald's Guestbook.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  18. I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

    Thanks,
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  19. momma mouse mverno@roadrunner.com

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  20. Mr Hochmeyer

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  21. The cat is another character. This looks like a really cute book

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  22. elaine11:37 PM

    Momma Mouse is another character in this delightful book!

    Elaine R
    emrosser@shaw.ca

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  23. elaine11:38 PM

    subscriber.

    Elaine R
    emrosser@shaw.ca

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  24. MR. Hochmeyer

    jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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  25. Momma Mouse is another character.

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

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  26. I suscribed to your feed.

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

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  27. The other characters besides Archibald are The Cat, Momma Mouse, and Mr. Hochmeyer.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  28. I subscribed via email.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  29. I also signed the guestbook at Archibald's Clubhouse.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  30. Mr. Hockmeyer is another character - thanks! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

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  31. The cat is cute. Thank you.

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  32. I'm an email subscriber

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  33. Anonymous10:53 PM

    Momma mouse and the cat.

    denise_22315(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. subscribe to feed

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  35. tweeted - http://twitter.com/phxbne/status/2572263996

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  36. The cat looks adorable, although I suspect in a book about mice it might play a sinister role!

    Thank you so much!

    lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I am now following you on Twitter (username: uwsreader), and I Tweeted about this giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/uwsreader/status/2574172616

    Thanks!

    lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I'm now following you on Blogger; thanks!

    lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Of course there would be a cat in the book, but I think Momma Mouse is sweet too.

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  40. I have your button on my blog

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  41. Momma Mouse is another character.

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  42. Being a Momma myself, I'd pick Momma Mouse!! Thanks.

    Thanks!!
    pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  43. Mr. Hochmeyer
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  44. Mr. Hochmeyer

    autielady[at]live.com

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  45. Mr. Hochmeyer.

    Looks like a very cute book!

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  46. Anonymous5:48 PM

    Momma Mouse is another character!

    Thank you!
    Leilani
    one18fifteen@aol.com

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  47. I like Momma Mouse!

    kngmckellar@hotmail.com

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  48. Mr. Hochmeyer is a character in the book. :) macd82 at gmail dot com

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  49. http://twitter.com/klp1965/status/2656731773

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  50. following your blog klp1965
    kathy pease

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  51. i signed the guest book :)

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  52. Momma Mouse of course
    helencutie06@aol.com

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  53. Mr. Hochmeyer

    penguinchick@comcast.net

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  54. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Sweet!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  55. I signed the guestbook!

    penguinchick@comcast.net

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  56. monna mouse is adorable

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  57. i signed the guestbook

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  58. Momma Mouse is another character!
    doot65[at]comcast{dot}net

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  59. I'm following on blogger!
    doot65[at]comcast{dot}net

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  60. Anonymous10:40 PM

    I love the Momma Mouse. Such a darling character that any child would love.

    Barbara Rawe
    tykelly1@yahoo.com

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  61. Another character is Momma Mouse.

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  62. I subscribed by email.

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