Reading Is Fun Giveaway – Christmas Giveaway Event Day 10

Welcome to A Spectacled Owl’s “30 Days of Christmas Giveaway” Event!  Each day for the month of November, there will be a new review/giveaway posted. There are AMAZING sponsors & AMAZING prizes included.  I am so excited to bring this to all of you wonderful readers and hope you will be excited as well.  Here is how it will work:

  • 30 Different Reviews/Giveaways, each posted one day after the previous one
  • Each giveaway will run 7 days
  • All Reviews/Giveaways will be listed HERE so that they can be found easily
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Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great day!  I’m excited to bring you 3 books to give away today.  We will have 2 winners!  I love reading and love that all 3 of my kids love reading as well so I’m excited to give away these books!
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The first giveaway is two books from the “My Friend Paris” series.  This series of books was started by a young girl, who is now only 14 years old.  These softcover books follow the main character, Paris, as she visits different cities like San Diego, New York & Italy.  These stories teach kids about the city the travel is taking place, what kind of activities they would do in that area, what kind of food they would eat, etc.  I’ve really enjoyed looking at all of the illustrations and my kids like them too because they are so colorful & have a lot of detail.
The 1st book I am giving away is “Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe”.  This book follows Paris as she boats on the lake, takes ski lessons and visits areas around the lake.  The 2nd book is called “My Twins’ First Christmas”.  This book shows up Paris and her twin sisters celebrating their first Christmas.  Paris teaches them about Christmas and a bit about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, as well.  You can find out more about the Paris books on their website, where you can find all the books for sale, plus adorable apparel and fun free printables to color.  Check Paris out on Facebook, as well.
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The second giveaway is for a book called The Sparkle Box.  This hardcover book contains beautiful pictures and follows Sam as he is getting ready for Christmas.  The book reminds us to not only think about ourselves this holiday season, but to remember those that are less fortunate than we are.  There is a sparkle box included with the book so you can start your own tradition of helping others in need.  This book appealed to all ages, from my 13 year old son down to my 4 year old son.  I do want to mention that the book does talk about it being Jesus’ birthday.  I just want to mention that :)  You can visit The Sparkle Box site, where you can learn more from the author, watch a trailer about the book, or buy your own copy. Also, you can like the author’s page on Facebook.  This is one of those books that you will pull out every year to read to your kids or grandkids.


Two readers will each win a prize (Set of Paris books or The Sparkle Box book).  Please enter on the Rafflecopter below.  Make sure to leave a comment on which prize you would like the most, if you have a preference.

Winner: Hilary V.

By: Tara Kramarsky

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Tara is a mom & wife who lives with her husband & 3 kids in San Diego, CA. A Spectacled Owl was started in June 2012 because Tara loved entering giveaways on other blogs & wanted to do the same thing for other people. It's quickly grown & turned into much more than she could ever have imagined.
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  1. Carren Larsen says

    I think my Granddaughter would enjoy Paris Goes to New York. Besides she will be going there herself next summer.

  2. lisa lo says


    Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday.

    Great idea. Glad they carried the tradition on.

  3. Tami Vollenweider says

    I learned that The Author(Jill Hardie) began putting a gift under the tree for Jesus, many years ago,to help bring meaning back to the Holiday

  4. Darlene Freiboth says

    The true meaning of Christmas! I already knew that though, this would be a great book to share with the kids.

  5. Becca Wilson says

    I love that the Sparkle Box commends acts of kindness :) We are trying to instill this in our son and this book would be a great reinforcement.

  6. Nicole Lancaster says

    On the Sparkle Box website I learned that Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday.

  7. kathy pease says

    Network for Good™ is the web’s leading charitable giving resource and an excellent place for parents and children to go to research charitable giving opportunities. Over one million charities registered in the United States are featured on Network for Good.

  8. Mandi Miller says

    I love that this book helps to reiterate the true meaning of Christmas! This is a great idea and definitely a tradition worth starting!

  9. Vanessa W. says

    I haven’t heard of this book or author before, so I learned that she helps others start great traditions like the gift for Jesus , as she has done with her own family!

  10. april says

    I learned that the inspiration for Jill Hardie’s book was her own family’s tradition of putting a gift box under the tree.

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