Raincoast Books – Spring-y Kids Books! ~Giveaway!

Yesterday morning I opened my blinds and thought, “Well, hello Spring!”

An inch of snow on the ground and more coming will do that to you! Haha! Ah yes, Springtime in Saskatchewan – you just never know whether it will be +15 or 0 or -5!

So to cheer our spirits and bring spring a little closer even if the grass isn’t very green yet, let’s talk about a few fun new kids books from Raincoast Books! After all, kids and books are always a great way to cheer a person’s spirits! I have three great new books to share with you!

The first is “Curious George Plants a Tree” by Margaret & H.A. Rey. I don’t know about you, but Curious George has always held a special spot in my heart and in my house. In fact, my soon-to-be-six-year-old still calls them the “monkey books” as she’s been asking for monkey books for years now! And since our kids have had a fantastic Kindergarten teacher who really teaches them about being “earth cleaners” and being aware of our world around us, our kids are very aware and concerned about trees and garbage and such! Therefore, this book was right up their alley! George and the man with the yellow hat were invited to help out with Green Day – by helping plant trees and by bringing along some paper to recycle. Now in typical George fashion, he has to get into a wee bit of trouble! While he does a great job of collecting recyclables around his own house, he does happen to also pick up some fresh newspapers off of the neighbour’s step, some paper cups off the almost-open lemonade stand and some boxes full of files from a moving van! He’s just a wee bit surprised when he gets to the library and finds a few rather upset folks coming along behind! However, all’s well that ends well. The misappropriated goods get returned to their owners, the proper paper goods get recycled and the trees get planted! As always, Curious George saves the day as much as he causes trouble in it! How typical of our kids, correct!? Oh, and there’s even a list at the end of the book of 20 Kid-Friendly Tips for a Greener World! Let’s give our kids a few more ideas about how to be kind to our earth!

The second book is called “John Deere, That’s Who!” by Tracy Nelson Maurer. You know, it’s always kind of neat when an author writes a children book that is based in truth! This particular book is actually about John Deere! I’m sure most of you have heard of the green farm machinery called John Deere! Well, it turns out that the man who created it was named John Deere, funny huh? John was a blacksmith who was down on his luck after having two fires claim his blacksmith shop. So he headed west from Vermont to Illinois to see if he could find a new place to call home! He ended up in a place called Grand Detour, Illinois and discovered there were lots of people who need their pots and pans and pitchforks and such repaired! Oh, and plows – there were lots of plows needing to be repaired! He heard the farmers’ complaints about the gumbo dirt sticking to the plow and how frequently they needed to stop to clean their plow. He fixed so many of them he had a good idea that he needed a heavier steel. So he started experimenting with a new design that just might cut through the gumbo, stop it from sticking, and not break so frequently! And guess what? He succeeded! The local farmers couldn’t believe it when he managed to dig twelve rows in a day! Being a farmer’s daughter, I found this to be a very cute book for kids – and I love the fact that the basis behind the story is fact – but that it’s written for kids and can teach them a bit of history! I also like the fact that this book is illustrated by a Canadian! Tim Zeltner did a fantastic job of really bringing this story to life!

The last book I have for you is called “What Will Grow?” and is written by Jennifer Ward. This one is a super sweet book written for our little ones. This one rhymes as well, which is always a plus in my books! As the title suggests, this one is all about what will grow. “Seed sow. In a row. What will grow?” The other fun part about this book – which always intrigues little kids – is that it has four pull page folds! One is a page with a sunflower that folds up. Another is a page with lettuce that folds out. I also love that while there are pages about all the different things that will grow, each set of pages also includes some bugs and animals – like ladybugs and bunny rabbits and raccoons and worms and deer! After all, our ecosystem wouldn’t be what it is without all those helpers too! The last four pages also include information about different seeds and the stages from seed to plant. I like it when a kid’s book is not only a fun book for kids but also an educational book!

So which one of these do you think will be your favourite? I’m hard pressed to decide which one I like best – because I like all of them for different reasons! However, if you figure it out, head on over to Amazon or Chapters or your local bookstore to pick out the one you like best! Thanks to Raincoast Books for sharing these with us! They rock at bringing in fabulous books!


One reader will have the privilege of picking out one of these books to have as their own! Please use the entry form below, open to Canadians only! Contest ends May 23, 2017!

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  1. Thats a very hard choice to make Curious George

  2. I think that “Curious George Plants a Tree” would win.

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    I would probably choose Curious George Plants a Tree

  4. Quite tricky to choose one. Everyone loves Curious George. As a farm person – the John Deere one, even though we’re CAT people. I think I would choose Curious George, as I plant a lot of trees. Just because I love trees

  5. Holly MacRitchie says:

    I would choose Curious George Plants A Tree

  6. Dianne G. says:

    I would choose “What Will Grow” as my grandson loves books with fold outs, animals and bugs.

  7. “Curious George Plants a Tree” would be my top pick!

  8. Curious George Plants a tree would be my choice.

  9. Jennifer P. says:

    I would definitely choose Curious George Plants a Tree – one of my kids is obsessed with Curious George, and we love reading his books. We don’t have this one yet, and she’d love it!

  10. Big fans of George on this house. So I would pick that book

  11. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I would choose “What Will Grow”

  12. Darlene Owen says:

    I would choose the Curious George Plants a Tree

  13. Doris Humber says:

    I would choose the book: Curious George Plants a Tree

  14. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’d choose What Will Grow?, that sounds like a great book and I love that there are folding pictures and also that a few bugs and animals are included.

  15. I think I would pick curious george plants a tree

  16. sherry moffitt says:

    My grandson would love them all but his favourite would be Curious George.

  17. Andrea Amy says:

    I would choose Curious George Plants a Tree

  18. nicolthepickle says:

    I would choose the Curious George one. My kids love it.

  19. I would pick “Curious George Plants A Tree”.

  20. We would pick curious George plants a tree

  21. I would choose the classic Curious George Plants a Tree.

  22. Sab Edwards says:

    I would choose what will grow as we have the Curious George book already (given as a baby shower gift)

  23. HEIDI C. says:

    I would choose Curious George Plants a Tree.

  24. I think I would choose Curious George Plants a Tree

  25. Lee-Ann S says:

    We pick “Curious George Plants a Tree” because we love the little monkey.

  26. I would pick Curious George plants a tree.

  27. Rhonda W G. says:

    “What Will Grow?” written by Jennifer Ward is my first pick…

  28. Rosanne Robinson says:

    My grandson would enjoy “Curious George Plants a Tree”.

  29. Sab Edwards says:

    congrats to the winner

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