Holiday Humor—and a Book to WIN

Giggle your way through the holiday season with the spirited (and very amusing!) new book Deck the Walls: A Wacky Christmas Carol, by Erin Dealey. Check it out at Sleeping Bear Press—or WIN my copy when you submit a comment to this week’s blog post. Submit your comment by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, December 9, 2013, for your chance to win. Good luck (or should I say, fa-la-la-la-la?)! (Update: congratulations to Jennifer H., who is our winner!)

Do you have your entries ready for the 2014 Animal Action contest from the International Fund for Animal Welfare? Students ages 4−18 are eligible to enter by writing on the theme “Imagine a world without animals” or submitting artwork depicting animals protected by the IFAW. Entries are due January 31, 2014. Get details and an entry form at

Happy birthday to Flat Stanley! Everyone’s favorite human pancake is celebrating his 50th birthday, and you and your students can join in the fun. Visit to get free Common Core–aligned activities, geography-themed projects, the 50th anniversary template, and more! ****************************************************************

Teach kids how to be safe while online. Using animated videos, eBooks, games, and more, this free website from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children teaches kids about key online safety issues, such as cyberbullying and online predators. The free Online Safety Education Kit has versions for grades K–5 and 6–8 and features lesson plans, pledges, a video presentation, a poster, and more. It’s all at

Registration opens this month for the International Reading Association 59th Annual Conference. The theme is “Reading…The Teachable Moment.” You’ll have a chance to hear authors Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series) and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants series) along with dozens of other authors, researchers, educators, and experts. Find out more at

Dive into learning about the amazing diversity of animals with free resources available from You’ll find dozens of teacher guides and classroom activities plus amazing episodes of ShamuTV. If that’s not enough, there are dozens more free materials coming in the new year. Check it out!

Good luck in this week’s giveaway!


198 thoughts on “Holiday Humor—and a Book to WIN

  1. I’m sure my students would love the book. i already take advantage of the information from the IFAW organization and Sea world and it is great! Our school corporation has adopted the Online Safety Information Kit to use with students at all levels.

  2. This sounds like a fabulous cross-curricular book. I’m sure my Music teacher as well as classroom reading teachers would love to collaborate with this book. I know the students would love to read this in the library as well. Can’t wait to add this to the Holiday Section of our school library!

  3. This would be a perfect read for my one little guy ready to move beyond the reading series. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  4. A wacky Christmas Carol? I’ve been looking for a version of the Christmas Carol that isn’t so scary for kids. The ghost of Christmas Past gave me nightmares as a kid.

  5. Deck the Walls sounds fun. We had Jeff Brown’s son visit our first grade class last year. One of the students’ family knows him. He came and talked about how his dad started the Flat Stanley stories. One of those memories that will stay with them forever.

  6. I just love new Christmas books and can’t wait to read “Deck the Walls.” I know my students will love it.

  7. I hope that this is where I am suppose to leave a comment in order for a chance to win the book “Deck the Walls”. This book looks like a fun and exciting teaching tool. I would love to have it to share with my class.

  8. I would love to read it, I just downloaded fluency readers from Teacher pay teacher of Holiday songs, this would be a great way to introduce them.

  9. I read books to my daycare kids everyday, but when it is Christmas season sometimes we read books ALL day long!!! We would love to add this amazing book to our collection !!!
    Thank you,
    In The Beginning Child Care

  10. I would love to win a copy of this book to read to my preschoolers. I loved the blog. Gave me a few nice resources. I’m a new teacher so those really help me. Thanks.

  11. Would love to add “Deck the Walls” to my teaching collection. Know my grandchildren would love to pull it out and climb up for a good read.

  12. As a new teacher that just finished student teaching, I would love to win a copy of this book. I need to build up my library!

  13. It would be great to win a copy of Deck the Walls to share the holidays with my students and have them write and publish their own wacky holiday tales!

  14. Absolutely love new books to read to my preschool children. With the right voice, body movement(s) and enthusiasm, the book comes alive for them!

  15. Hi,

    I’m the Assistant at the Amarillo Wesley Community Center and I am always looking for good books for our kiddos. We are on a limited budget and sometimes we can’t afford to purchase new books for our Resource Library. Sometimes the teachers themselves purchase new books that come out for their classrooms. We would greatly welcome a new book for our classrooms, especially a Christmas story.

  16. The word “wacky” will attract kids to the book when seeing it on the shelf! No matter how old the kids are they always enjoy holiday stories both old and new.

  17. Deck the Walls, A Wacky Christmas Carol looks Luke a great spin on the Dicken’s classic. Always like to have a variety of Holiday books. Merry Xmas:)

  18. My Pre-K kids would love Deck the Walls. The book sounds like a great way to share the Christmas spirit! Also we love to laugh!!

  19. We would love to win a copy of this book. My daycare kiddos and I are already trying to imagine what wording could be used in this book and making up our own lyrics. Thanks for the inspiration. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

  20. My 8th graders would get a kick out of this book. I love to show them how authors can take a classic and make it their own!

  21. Deck the walls of our school hallways falalalala lala la la! See the way our students all play! falalalala lala la la! I would love to win this book today falala lalala la la la Here’s my chance let’s see what they say falalalala la la la la!!!! 😀

  22. I would love to own this book. I teach Preschool, and I try to teach the children to love books as much as I do. I also have 7 (yes 7) grandsons under the age of 8. And they love books too. So, I hope I’m picked so I can Read this book to all my children! Thanks, Sandra

  23. I work with special needs children and they love when we read to them all they want to hear now id Christmas stories would love a new one to read to them.

  24. I would love this for my Kindergarten class. We love to compare stories so this would definitely get our creative juices flowing!

  25. Love books especially free ones. I have been reading between 6-8 books every day to my class and they keep asking for more.

  26. This would be so perfect for my classroom! Because sometimes you just have to be a little wacky to learn! Looks like a great book to share with the class before the holidays and after Benchmark testing. Still using all the great Mailbox magazines for lessons and bulletin boards.

  27. I will be ordering a copy of this book for my classroom library, for sure. It looks terrific! I teach second grade in Newtown, CT and know my students will thoroughly enjoy this book’s humor!! I will pass the title along to my colleagues as well 🙂 Thank you!

  28. I would love a copy especially since at our school, every teacher and staff member just got finished decking our walls last evening to get in the holiday spirit. This would be a perfect read aloud!!

  29. Would be nice to win for my head start classroom, we don’t have very many books and always love adding new books that the children wouldn’t normally get to enjoy.

  30. I would love this! I visit a second grade classroom everyday, 2 third grade classes on alternating days and a fourth grade class once a week!

  31. This looks like a fabulous title that I would love to share in Kindergarten. I am just beginning my teaching journey and always love a new story to add to my little collection. 🙂

  32. I purchase at least 20 books each year to add to the classroom library/themed units. I would be so grateful if I could win a copy of Deck the Walls to add to my holiday books.

  33. I have never gotten a chance to read this book yet. I would love to share this with my class! Thank you for the chance to win! Happy Holidays!

  34. Even 6th graders enjoy having books read aloud – especially humorous ones! I would enjoy having this book to add to my classroom library.

  35. Fa, la,la,la and hapy holidays for all. The new book is cute.We all need to laugh in this one of the most stressful times of the year.

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