Totally Free Literacy Resources and Contests—Plus a Book to WIN!

Now’s the time to get ready for the many literacy-related events coming up: Read Across America Day (March 2), National Poetry Month (April), Drop Everything and Read Day (April 12), and Children’s Book Week (May 713) will be here before you know it! And what better way to prepare than to sign up for freebies and contests?


Start off the celebrations with a new children’s book to read with your students. Just released this week, My Heart Will Not Sit Down by Mara Rockliff is set during the Great Depression. Inspired by true events, this book shares the story of a young girl in the African country of Cameroon who hears about children going hungry in New York City. More than anything, she wants to help. But how? To win a copy of the book, submit a comment to our blog by midnight ET on Monday, January 23, 2012, and let us know which of the literacy freebies and contests listed here are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win our prize! (Update: congratulations to Natalie, who won our prize!)

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Celebrate Read Across America Day with The Cat in the Hat! One lucky teacher will win six The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! DVDs and a set of ten books from The Cat in the Hat Learning Library. Plus 20 runners-up will win a The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! DVD. The contest is brand new; enter now at or click here!

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Looking for nonfiction? Enter the Who Was? sweepstakes for a chance to win $600 of nonfiction titles from Penguin Young Readers Group. Each Who Was? book offers a detailed account of the life and times of a famous person, including Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Sacagawea, Albert Einstein, and Barack Obama. To enter, email
and request a FREE poster with an official entry ballot.
Good luck!

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Win a visit by Jan Brett to your school—plus runners-up receive Jan Brett books or autographed posters! To enter, “Like” Jan Brett on Facebook. Then click on “Contest” and complete the entry form. Ready to get started? Click here now!

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Name that book and have a chance to win $250 of school supplies! Studentreasures is looking for fun and creative book titles. What would yours be? Enter and you’ll receive a free Studentreasures publishing kit. Then have your students contribute their writing and illustrations; your class’s book will be hardbound for FREE! Sign up at Click here!

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Download three free sample books from ETA/Cuisenaire’s WorldScapes series. This series builds literacy skills and content-area knowledge through cross-curricular fiction and nonfiction books. Don’t miss out on the freebies; click here now to get yours!

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Whew! Start clicking to sign up for these freebies and contests. Good luck!


15 thoughts on “Totally Free Literacy Resources and Contests—Plus a Book to WIN!

  1. All literacy resources are great, because i love reading. The Cat in the Hat always tops it for me, though! Winning $600 worth of books would be great, too.

  2. I just finished entering the Cat in the Hat contest for Read Across America. Thanks for the reminder about Read across America day. I was working on lesson plans.

  3. I ADORE anything Jan Brett, and since we live in snowy Michigan we have lots of opportunities to read and act out books like The Mitten. 🙂 I’m really excited about the Cat in the Hat DVDs though too.

  4. I love the Cat and the Hat series! The children love to guess the next rhyming word and the stories are always so entertaining.

  5. I like the “Who Was?” sweepstakes. With my 3rd graders, I struggle to get them to read nonfiction. I’ve started to slowly buy some nonfiction through Scholastic. I like the “Who Was” series … it’s informative and written at their level – without “dummying” it down.

  6. I am excited about all the literacy activties! I entered to win all the contests and I am going to publish with Studentreasures next month. I would love to meet Jan Brett. She is definitely one of my favorite authors. My class just finished a study of gingerbread that included a couple of her stories! We are planning Read Across America now. I can’t wait!

  7. I like all of these freebies, but I would love to win the Who Was? series of books. We are really stressing cross-curricular reading next year, and this would fit perfectly with my social studies and literature units. For this same reason, I think the WorldScapes series would also be excellent!

  8. My two favorite freebies were the Who was? and the Read Acrtoss America with the Dr. Suess books. Thanks for the list of freebies!

  9. My students had the best time reading about Harriet Tubman and creating projects related to her life. Would love to have more copies of your books for my classroom.

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