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!
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.
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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  1. Carren Larsen says:

    That kids should be taught that there’s more to Christmas then getting presents. But I already knew that. :)

  2. Carren Larsen says:

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

  3. Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe
    A beautiful place to go. My niece would enjoy these books.

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    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.

  5. Tami Vollenweider says:

    My Niece would like Paris Goes To Italy!

  6. 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

  7. Darlene Freiboth says:

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

  8. Darlene Freiboth says:

    I think my daughter would like Catty Wompus

  9. 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.

  10. Becca Wilson says:

    My twins first birthday :)

  11. sindy murray says:

    I think my daughter will like Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe!

  12. sindy murray says:

    I like the meaning of the sparkle box.It hold the true meaning of Christmas!!

  13. Heather Wone says:

    I learned more about the author and illustrator of the book!

  14. Heather Wone says:

    Paris Goes to Italy

  15. that the author’s children have learned to not be as concerned about the gifts they are receiving.
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  16. Paris goes to San Francisco
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  17. Paris Goes to Los Angeles.

  18. I like that The Sparkle Box will spark a Christmas tradition of bringing Jesus’ light into thousands of lives.

  19. tiffany grudier says:

    Object i lovery the idea of giving a gift to god this way gettin a silver box soon.

  20. tiffany grudier says:

    Paris goes to new york its my favorite place to go!

  21. Paris Goes to New York! My daughter would love this one.
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  22. I like that Sparkle Boxes instills the true meaning of Christmas!
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  23. Crystal Irvin says:

    I like the paris goes to italy book

  24. Crystal Irvin says:

    highlights a family doing charity work together

  25. Stephanie Larison says:

    I love it has the true meaning of Christmas.

  26. Stephanie Larison says:

    Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe sounds cute

  27. Ed Nemmers says:

    Sparkle Box commends acts of kindness!

  28. I’d like to have the Paris Goes to Italy Book :)

  29. 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.

  30. Nicole Lancaster says:

    My kids would love to have Paris Goes to Los Angeles book.

  31. Susan Smith says:

    Paris Goes to Italy

  32. Susan Smith says:

    The Sparkle Box commends acts of kindness

  33. The author’s children are not as focused on what they are getting for Christmas now.

  34. Paris goes to los Angeles sounds good.

  35. 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.

  36. kathy pease says:

    id like to read Paris Goes to Italy

  37. 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!

  38. Mandi Miller says:

    I’d love Paris goes to France

  39. 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!

  40. Vanessa W. says:

    We would love to have Paris travels to Hawaii

  41. shirley zolenski says:

    I learned we should teach kids the true meaning of Christmas. (But I do that anyways)

  42. shirley zolenski says:

    I like paris goes to lake tahoe

  43. Laurie Emerson says:

    I learned that the author hopes that after reading this book, children will want to give a gift to Jesus.

  44. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would love Paris goes to Italy.

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

  46. Available in bookstores everywhere.

  47. Paris Goes to Italy.

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