Is the Weather Outside Frightful? Settle in With a Good Book

When winter winds blow, there’s nothing better than snuggling under the covers with a good book. Well actually, there’s one thing that’s better—snuggling with a book that happened to be free!

Submit a comment to our blog to let us know which of this week’s freebies looks like a cure for the winter blahs. One lucky teacher will be randomly selected to win a prize pack of assorted children’s books for her grade level. Submit your comment by 11:59 pm EST Thursday, January 30, 2014, for a chance to win! (Update: congratulations to Brenda, who was our winner!)

Are your students always curious? Then let them know about the new series from Jeopardy! champion and best-selling author Ken Jennings. Junior Genius Guides cover maps and geography and also Greek mythology. A guide to the US presidents is coming soon. Visit for a free excerpt, fun facts, quizzes, printables, and more.

With the Otherworld Chronicles series from HarperCollins, middle grades students get swept into a world filled with wizards, dragons, spells, and swords. In The Invisible Tower, The Seven Swords, and The Dragon King, Artie Kingfisher (aka King Arthur) works to find the seven legendary blades and save both the present-day world and the Arthurian world. Download a free A–Z guide to Arthurian legends, browse inside the books, and more. Click here now.

Fifteen lucky teachers will win a copy of What’s Your Favorite Animal?, which features illustrations and personal stories from Eric Carle, Lane Smith, Mo Willems, and a dozen other top-notch children’s illustrators. To enter, click here.

What could be better than snuggling up with a good book written by your students! With Studentreasures, classes publish a book for free! Sign up now at If you publish by March 14, 2014, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 grant.

Is creativity being drained away from the curriculum? Fight back with free resources from Crayola. The free Champion Creatively Alive Children series includes introductory info, videos and accompanying guides, flyers and handouts, and more to help you fight for arts-infused education. See all the free resources at


No doubt there’s a cold front coming through any day now, so submit your comment and enter our contests so you’ll have plenty of reading material. Good luck!


21 thoughts on “Is the Weather Outside Frightful? Settle in With a Good Book

  1. What’s Your Favorite Animal? is amazing. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. What a way to encourage children’s imaginations!

  2. Wow it sure would take care of winter blahs to win this. This is our 4th snow day of the month due to extreme cold.
    I love the new Eric Carle book.

  3. We have more snow and wind coming in now and reading is a great way to spend those cold days. I know my students would love the new Eric Carle book. Stay warm.

  4. The Junior Genuis Guides by Ken Jennings look amazing! We recently explored a unit on Greek mythology and my students were so excited to learn about the myths and Gods. Any of his books would be great!

  5. I am a huge fan of Ken Jennings. I think he could have bet so much more money each day on Jeopardy but he was so conservative. He donated lots of his money to his church, now he writes and shares his knowledge with children, great guy! It would be an honor to share his books with the class.

  6. Free books are always cures for the winter blahs! I felt most inspired by your post about the free classroom book published by This sounds like an excellent deal for teachers in schools where they don’t have the equipment to bind books for the kids. How exciting would it be for the students to feel like REAL authors when they get the finished project in the mail?!? I am going to share this with our local group called HOPE for Teachers in Hampton Roads–so thanks! As the organizer for the group, I would also give the free book prize to the teachers. Thank you so much for this chance to win! 🙂

  7. The Seven Swords book looks like the perfect adventure to engage a young reader’s mind during the bitter cold days of wind and snow! It seems like it would take the reader into a whole new world!

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