I am thrilled to be hosting a wonderful Mother’s Day giveaway, courtesy of my friends at Raincoast Books!
Open to Canadian residents, ages 18 and up, one lucky person will have the chance to win a great collection of six books and gift items valued at $140.
Here is a rundown of the beautiful prizes offered in the giveaway:
Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp
This colorful and reassuring picture book follows Babysaurus on an adventure as he enlists his prehistoric friends to seek his Mamasaurus. Is his Mamasaurus the fastest in the jungle? No. Is she the loudest? No. Is she the best flyer? No! Of course, Mamasaurus has been right there all along. And when Babysaurus needs a little help, she is ready with a big hug and a sweet, leafy snack. For Babysaurus, his Mamasaurus is the best mamasaurus in the world! Stephan Lomp has illustrated several books in his native Germany, and in this debut as both author and artist, he has created a fresh twist on a perennial theme that will win the hearts of little ones and their mamas as they snuggle up to read a new favorite.
Cute but definitely not fluffy, sweet but not saccharine, I found Mamasaurus to be a fun and wonderfully illustrated read. I think it could make for a solid preschool read aloud- the colours of the prehistoric creatures are captivating and the illustrations are expressive enough to draw all eyes in. Readers who enjoy their dinosaurs will likely gobble this one up; those who are perhaps less swayed by dinosaurs will likely still be taken in with the fun artwork and happily-ever-after story of a mama and her baby.
You can read my full review of this terrifically illustrated, vibrant and funny picture book here!
Letters to My Mom: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever by Lea Redmond
Mom will truly treasure this keepsake forever. The twelve fold-and-mail-style envelopes (ten prompted, two blank) invite sons and daughters to capture memories and express gratitude for Mom, seal up the envelopes with the included stickers, and postdate the letters. When Mom breaks the seals in the future, she’ll receive an invaluable gift: a tangible reflection of her child’s love.
Mothers of the Village: Why All Moms Need the Support of a Motherhood Community and How to Find It For Yourself by C. J. Schneider
So many mothers feel like something is out of joint, something is missing and maybe the truth is that we’re all just missing each other. C. J. Schneider found herself in the middle of a perfect storm after giving birth to her third child and moving to a new neighborhood. Conditions for misery and postpartum depression were ideal: she was isolated, lonely, and exhausted with three young children at home. As she started talking with other mothers, she realized that she was not alone in her experience of feeling alone. In her unique voice, Schneider intelligently and compassionately offers practical advice on how to create the essential community that mothers need.
Daily Motherhood: 365 Days of Inspiration for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love compiled by Familius
Every mom needs a pick-me-up now and then,so why not every day? With 365 gorgeously designed quotes about motherhood,one for every day of the year, Daily Motherhood is the perfect gift for every mother. This beautiful quote book will inspire, uplift, and energize moms, reminding them why they do what they do and recommitting them to the world’s greatest job: motherhood.
The Dreamday Pattern Journal: Heraldic – Paris Coloring-in notebook for writing, musing, drawing and doodling (Laurence King Publishing)
The Original Pattern Journals are a new concept in luxury stationery. Each journal contains patterned pages for coloring-in and doodling interleaved with blank pages for taking notes and drawing. Each has a visual theme associated with a particular period or place, whether Renaissance Florence, 1920s Manhattan, or Mid-Century Scandinavia. Composed of cream and gray stocks and featuring colored endpapers, richly patterned covers, and a bellyband, the journals are a perfect blending of the traditional blank journal and the current craze for coloring-in books. This is a series that can be used as beautiful, functional stationery but each volume will also become a unique personal notebook with your own designs and coloring.
Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening by Becky Blades
No matter how hard they try, parents never have time to teach their children everything they need to know before they leave home. Luckily, Becky Blades has compiled the best tidbits of advice into one thought-provoking, conversation-starting book. Covering everything from posture to finances, with a hint of motherly sass, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone is the perfect gift for leaving-the-nest kids, or anyone in your life who could use a little bit of coming-of-age common sense.
The contest is open to Canadian residents only, and entrants must be aged 18 and up. The contest will run from April 30, 2016 until May 6, 2016. One winner will be randomly selected at the end of giveaway via Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to respond by emailing me at fabbookreviews[at]gmail[dot]com, confirming their name and their mailing address. Raincoast Books is providing fulfillment of the prizes.
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Giveaway is now closed!
Congratulations to the winner: Sunshine H.!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and participated in the giveaway!
I received a copy of Mothers of the Village for the purposes of this giveaway. I received a copy of Mamasaurus previously in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Opinions and comments regarding the titles are my own. Prizes provided by Raincoast Books.
I think the weirdest advice I got was from a stranger (always the best place) when my daughter was 7 weeks old who was shocked I wasn’t giving her water yet because ‘if you don’t give them water starting when they are born, they will never drink water’.
The funny advice I got when my premie was born was from the nurse who told me I should bath her in a roasting pan (which I did) LOL!