Children’s Book Giveaways – UPDATED

UPDATE: Congrats to Kaiya, the winner of Knut and Mama Zen, winner of The Cake Thief! Your names were drawn by my kids this morning. I will put in the mail to you on Monday. Thanks to everyone who responded.

I have two fantastic kids’ books for you guys. If interested in either or both, just leave a comment or send an email (jessica dot mcfadden at g mail dot com) and I’ll throw your name into the big yellow Bob the Builder hat.

Knut: How one little polar bear captivated the world
by children’s author Craig Hatkoff and his two daughters Juliana and Isabella, and Dr. Gerald R. Uhlich, CEO of Zoo Berlin
This is the tale of Knut, the first polar bear cub born at the Berlin Zoo in more than thirty years and the zookeeper, Thomas Dorflein, who nurtured him, slept with him and loved the little bear so that he would thrive. Born to a rescued circus bear, Knut depended on the parenting of the zoo, and his story won the hearts of millions. The hardcover keepsake book has beautiful photography of the fluffy white bear that children of all ages will adore. If you have a Hans de Beer “Little Polar Bear” lover in your house, this will be a winner. The non-fiction text is written at a third grade reading level.

The Cake Thief written and illustrated by Sally O. Lee
Gorgeous oil paintings tell the story of Clarence, a town thief who specializes in swiping cakes, and an important lesson he learns about giving and friendship. Midwest Book Review says, “The story is lively, the simple text is superbly enhanced by the whimsical art style. The result is a welcome and recommended addition to family, school, and community library picturebook collections for young children.”

My children and I love to bake and paint and so this book was a huge hit at our house. I really had to restrain myself from pocketing this one. Explore more of Ms. Lee’s books and art for children at her website Lee Publishing, and kids will enjoy the free coloring pages and print-out crafts at her kids’ site, Lucy’s Toy Box.

Thank you to Ms. Lee and Turtle Pond for the generous copies for A Parent in Silver Spring readers.

To parents in Silver Spring and beyond, may your weekend be full of books, animals and cake!


  1. Thien-Kim aka Kim says

    The Cake Thief looks great. I’m a sucker for kids’ books with great illustrations. Anything that will save me from reading the same 10 Clifford books all day long (her new obsession) is welcome! Please put my name in the drawing Jessica!

    It was great to meet you in person this week!

  2. rachel meit says

    I would love to have either (or both!) books, especially since I’m a children’s librarian and bibliophile. I imagine I’ll donate them to the library after my 4.5 y.o. daughter and I “test” read them, so that everyone can enjoy them.


  3. Both sound wonderful!

  4. I would love to read Knut and the artwork in the Cake Thief looks great!

  5. I know my nephew in Michigan would LOVE both books! 🙂


  6. windycindy says

    Hello! I love children’s books. These two are especially cute. I would be excited to win either of them. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks very much…..Cindi

  7. Hi there —
    Both of these books sound great, and I would love to have either one! My nearly 3-year-old is a true book lover, so we’re always looking for new stories!
    Thanks so much!

  8. Thank you! I’m so excited that I won!

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