Start the New Year With a Good Book—Plus Enter to WIN a Book for Your Class!

“Excuse me, I’m trying to read!” What could be more wonderful to hear? That’s the idea behind a fun new book by the same title from Mackinac Island Press—and you can win a copy for your class!

Submit a comment to our blog to let us know which of our fun freebies are your favorites. You’ll be entered into our drawing! Hurry, send your comment by 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, January 10, 2013. One lucky teacher will win! (Happy new year to Jayne, who is our winner!)

Here’s a rundown of stand-out freebies and fun book-related offers that you and your students will love.

Amelia Bedelia is turning 50—and you’re invited to the party! The big event starts on January 29, 2013, and lasts all year long. Click here now to download a free party kit. Then click here to request a free Amelia Bedelia poster! Get yours while supplies last!

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Every student can be a published author! Learn how—and earn free books for your classroom. offers two free hardback books when 10 or more students in grades K-8 publish by February 28, 2013. Enter code MB2B0113 for your free books. Submit stories online or via mail. Check it out!

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Encourage your students to read—and to help others at the same time! Read to Feed is a free reading incentive program that also raises funds to end hunger and poverty in the world. Get the details—and download your free lesson plans and stories—at

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Meet famous authors including Rick Riordan and Mo Willems and learn the latest about reading education at the 58th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, to be held in San Antonio April 19-22, 2013. The event includes more than 500 sessions and the opportunity to network with over 10,000 reading professionals. Register today; click here now!

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Manage your guided reading groups in a whole new way with WhisperPhone Select. This classroom tool allows you to monitor and model word decoding and pronunciation during guided reading. Discretely listen to each student. Learn more!

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Download free flash cards, games, and more to go with popular educational shows, including WordWorld, Sid the Science Kid, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, and many others. It’s all at



Don’t forget, submit your comment for a chance to win our free book. Here’s to a fun-filled, book-filled year ahead!


30 thoughts on “Start the New Year With a Good Book—Plus Enter to WIN a Book for Your Class!

  1. Two great things to do this year . 1st to celebrate Amelia Bedelia’s 50th Birthday & 2nd the new book “Excuse Me I’m Trying to Read”. Which one of my students told me last year when she was actually reading a Amelia Bedelia book. How amazing is that? LOL

  2. So hard to choose. I love Amelia Bedelia for her quirkiness and the language but I also see the new book “Excuse me, I’m trying to read!” and the website.

  3. Love reading and instilling a love of reading in my students! Can’t wait to read “Excuse Me I’m Trying to Read” with the students!

  4. I love the title of the new book. I can’t wait to read it. I’m sure my kids will love it as well. If I have to PICK which freebie is my favorite, I would have to say the free email reminder. Because it reminds me to go look at the site to get my freebies.

  5. Love the Amelia Bedelia 50th birthday party it. Can’t wait to do this with my kiddos. Also can’t wait to read the book “Excuse Me, I’m Trying to Read. I know my class would like it.

  6. The librarian in me loves free books, especially one with the title “Excuse Me, I’m trying to read!”


  7. I can’t wait to read Excuse Me, I’m Trying to Read!

    Students love, Amelia Bedelia and I know they will love
    celebrating her 50th all year long!

  8. I love Amelia Bedelia and can’t wait to celebrate her birthday. The book “Excuse me I’m trying to read” sounds wonderful. I would love to read it to my class.

  9. I’m new to third grade so, celebrating Amelia Bedelia’s birthday can be great…We could celebrate all our birthday’s on that day with a bang. I like the title, “Excuse Me I’m Trying to Read.” I wonder if it can go with “Thank You, Mr. Falker.

  10. What a great title! My husband loves to talk to me while I am trying to read, then never can understand why I didn’t hear what he was saying… I can’t wait to check out Entertainment that Educates. Thank you for the valuable resources. Happy birthday Amelia!

  11. Who doesn’t love Amelia Bedelia? No matter the age students love reading about her experiences. Happy Birthday Amelia!

  12. What a tough choice. There are always so many great freebies offered! I loved Amelia Bedelia when I was a child, so that thought of having an Amelia themed party is very appealing to me. I also love the idea of reading towards a charitable donation/purchase. It’s something I’d like to try and implement.

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