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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Haul-idays from Chronicle Books

With the holidays approaching faster than many of us would like, it's time for Chronicle Books "Happy Haul-idays" contest. For those who didn't hear of this amazing festivity last year, Chronicle awards one lucky reader and one lucky book review blogger with the chance to win $500 in books. This year, they're adding a third winner - the blogger chooses a favorite charity to receive $500 in free books.

Most children and adults love books, so if you're anything like me, the thought of $500 in free books is enough to make me giddy! However, I learned about 10 years ago that not every child receives encouragement to read. My neighbor's son was 10 years old and had bounced from school to school without learning how to read more than toddler books. His reading and spelling skills were atrocious. By spending a lot of time in our house surrounded by books, he discovered Gary Paulsen's books and developed a passion for reading. The Children's Literacy Foundation strives to help children in Vermont and New Hampshire learn to read and develop a passion for reading. The organization does not receive state or federal funding, so all books come from generous donations from area residents and businesses. I feel they deserve a batch of books in time for Christmas.

It's up the blogger to create a list of books they'd love to be able to buy, something I have no problem doing! Given that, here is this year's list:

Cookbooks:
Fiction:
Non-Fiction:
Children/Young Adult:
Miscellaneous:

Ready to enter? All you have to do is comment on this post. Feel free to list any books I may have overlooked! There are lots of exciting options at Chronicle Books.

24 comments:

  1. I'd love to win some cookbooks --I didn't include any on my own list. If I can't win, I'd love to have a shot at yours. (Feel free to check out my picks. I'm having fun seeing what everyone chose, and finding some fun blogs in the process!)

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  2. I'm a cookbook fanatic and am always looking for new ones to add to my kitchen! Choosing them is so hard though.

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  3. Love cookbooks. My son is a book fanatic, and he can't even read yet. But he pretends he can, and reads to his toys after bedtime every night. Guess he thinks they don't get a story or something! Love that a charity gets books too.

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  4. Great choice of books! Especially the cookbooks (I can't get enough cookbooks!) Good luck to all of us!

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  5. What a diverse collection! Good luck to you!

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  6. You picked a little bit of everything..just right for the people on my Christmas list! Thanks for doing a great job! hehehe

    good luck to both of us :D

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  7. I don't think we picked any of the same books but kudos on your charity choice!

    Good luck!

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  8. I love your selection of books. Thanks for the chance to win with you.

    bamagv at aol dot com

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  9. Good luck to everyone who's entered so far. I try to mix things up since I know different readers have different tastes - and I'm pretty eclectic when it comes to books. Last year, I had a zombie version of Pride and Prejudice that I ended up reading after the fact, wasn't a winner last year, and spent a lot of my time laughing.

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  10. All those cookbooks look yummy! Good luck!

    Check out my list here

    xxsquigglesxx(At)Gmail(dot)com

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  11. Great list! I'd love to win these, if I don't win my own. Good luck!

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  12. I like how you included a bit of everything. Good luck!

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  13. OK this is a FABULOUS LIST. My sensible (ok only get what you really really want for you but get the rest for your kids) side came out on my list. Oh man your list is absolutely fabulous. Please pick me if you win.

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  14. What an excellent assembly of books you've chosen. I'm all for encouraging kids to read.

    find my list at:
    Tossing It Out
    Lee

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  15. Fresh from the Farmers Market seems like a good choice for many others to. I like it as well

    amhengst at verizon dot net

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  16. Good choice of books. Good luck with the competition. Great charity.

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  17. Great variety! Good luck :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  18. I also couldn't resist putting Tartine Bread on my own list!

    The Children's Literacy Foundation is a very worthy charity. I always find myself sad when I walk into a house without books, especially when there are children living there (NOT something that can be said of OUR house, though!)

    Good luck!

    knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Great selection of cookbooks!

    Good luck and happy holidays!

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  20. Good luck to everyone. The last chance to enter is tonight, so I should know who won soon!

    @Julie- I hear you. I have so many books in this house that my husband's often joked about strapping them to the ceiling because we're out of room on our bookshelves and have no where left to put in more bookshelves...

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