Black History Month Book Giveaway!

In addition to giving away signed copies of Janna and the Kings on the main site, we’re giving away three sets of six books each on this here blog at the end of February. Why a Black History Month giveaway at the end of February? Because Black History is still worth teaching all year long!

Here’s how it works:

  • You enter the contest by midnight, February 28th, 2010. There are four ways to enter:
    • Tweet/ReTweet it on Twitter (make sure you include @LEEandLOW).
    • Comment on this post, telling us your favorite Black History Reads or why you want to read these books.
    • Subscribe to this blog (make sure you tell us in comments, so we know it’s you).
    • Post about this on your own blog (if you’re not hosted by WordPress, make sure you tell us in comments).

    You get one entry per action—do all of the above and you have four chances to win.

  • We randomly pick three winners.
  • We send each winner one of the three sets of books, shown below.
  • The winners use these awesome Black History books all year round.

And now, the books! Click on a cover to learn more about the book.

Set 1:

Set 2:

Set 3:

Good luck! (Side note: all comments are moderated, so don’t worry if yours doesn’t immediately appear)

No purchase necessary. Open to residents of the United States or US Territories only, and we will only ship books to US/US Territory addresses. There will be no substitution of prizes and no cash awarded in lieu of merchandise. Employees of LEE & LOW BOOKS, Inc., and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the contest. All federal, state, and local laws and restrictions apply. Offer void where prohibited, or otherwise restricted under federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations.

62 thoughts on “Black History Month Book Giveaway!”

  1. I was pleased to give The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby a favorible review in Library Media Connection(March/April 2009). When I was on the state awards committee in Indiana, I learned the Lee & Low books consistently published high-quality multicultural books. I teach a year long unit entitled “U.S. History Through Picture Books,” and any one of these sets would strengthen that curriculum.

  2. I would love to win these books to share some amazing stories with the children in my library! I especially appreciate that these aren’t just about the handful of people and events that often get covered during Black History Month – there are some wonderful and inspiring books about Martin Luther King, Jr. or Harriet Tubman, but it sure is nice to see some variety.

  3. I just subscribed to your blog :)

    I am in grad school, working on my MLIS degree. This semester I am taking a multicultural children’s literature class. I hope to be a children’s librarian and would love to have these books!

  4. I am a fifth grade teacher, and these books would be a wonderful asset to our classroom library! My students would definitely benefit from learning about the authors and reading their books.

  5. So glad that you are doing this. I was hoping to see movement in the book industry that supports Black History. There are many cultural books that I love to read to my children: Happy to Be Nappy, Jump Up Time, The Village Basket Weaver, and The Jazz of Our Streets. The books above that you are offering would be such a value-add to our collection. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  6. First, thank you for hosting this contest. Books that have enlightened and educated me about Black History include Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and Richard Wright’s “Black Boy.” Being that these books are geared towards older readers, I’m particularly interested in picture books depicting Black History that I can share with younger children. Thank you again.

  7. One of my favorite books is Mirandy and Brother Wind. I discovered it in an undergraduate children’s literature class and it’s been a favorite ever since. If I win these books, I plan to donate them to my hometown library, which is very small and has limited resources dealing with black history.

  8. So glad to see this contest! I love “I and I” (love Bob Marley) and also any Jerry Pinkney, Bryan Collier, Kadir Nelson, and Javaka Steptoe illustrated books! Would appreciate to win a set of books to add to my collection which I hand out to local kids!

  9. My favorite black history books are too numerous to mention but some of my favorites to read to my students about slavery are “Friend on Freedom River” by Gloria Whelan, “Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine, “Almost to Freedom” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson,”barefoot” by Pamela Duncan and “Under the Quilt of the Night” by Deborah Hopkinson. I would love to win set #1 because I have been trying to purchase the book “Secret to Freedom” through an independent bookseller. Slavery is only one part of Black History that I read with my students. I would also like to mention that the The 18th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair, will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2010, 1:00-3:00 PM, Community College of Philadelphia, 17th Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA, in the Gymnasium. The event is free and opened to the public. Many African American authors and illustrators will be present to sign copies of their books.

  10. I think that too often children are only exposed to black history during the month of February. If I had these books, I could expose my nieces and nephews (and eventually my own children) to important black history stories year round.

  11. I love too many titles to name just one, but my student’s favorite this year was The Story of Ruby Bridges. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great books.

  12. This month I am sharing with my very pale students Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose, Martin’s Big Words by Dooreen Rappaport. I also do this long and envolved lesson plan that begins with The Declaration of Independance, a passage of Rifles for Waite, which explains why slavery was allowed in the constitution, and ends with Rosa by Nikki Giovonni.

    I am also subcribing to this blog.

  13. Thank you for publishing and celebrating multicultural children’s books. One of my favorite Black history titles is George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor, illustrated by Frank Morrison. I shared it with an African-American girls book club I lead. The girls were proud to learn the inventor of the potato chip was part black and part Native American. After we discussed the book, we tasted different kinds of chips. So much fun. Another favorite is Moses by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. I’ll spread the word about your contest on my FaceBook author page. Keep inspiring!

  14. Wow… what a great give away. I love introducing kids to Langston Hughes. My children attend a small charter school and would love to add these books to our small library.

    And I’ve added you to my google reader (does that count as a subscription?)

  15. This is indeed an awesome giveaway. I’d like to win so that I can include these books in class lessons and in my classroom library. I’m certain my students would love to read them.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  16. I would love to win a set of these books. My favorite Black History book is Ruby Bridges.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  17. I love your books. Earlier this week I attended an event led by a museum volunteer who spoke about African American artists. When she mentioned Augusta Savage, I wanted to wave my hand like a five year old. I wanted to tell her about your wonderful book.

    Thanks for all you do. If I won, you know I would read and then pass the books along. I am committed to connecting readers with great books.

    First of more links to come here:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Color-Online/127400032548?ref=mf

  18. I would love to win these books so that I can read them with my grandchildren. I like for them to see themselves in the characters.

  19. I have so many favorite books but tI am currently using the following books for February; Moses (Harriet Tubman), Henry’s Freedom Box and If a Bus Could Talk (Rosa Parks). As a Studies Teacher with access to all grades in my school, I feel compelled to instill a sense of self in my students as well as teach them to embrace diversity. This book collection would be a great addition to my collection of books. I hope I win!!!

  20. I love to read Bernice McFadden’s books, especially Sugar. In addition,the collection of books in each set are great for me to use with my students.

  21. I teach second grade. I have several of your books in my classroom and would love to have more of them for my students. Actually, though, if I won, I’d give half of them to my school library and half to a friend’s school library. That, of course, would be after having a Lee and Low festival of reading with my own class!

  22. This is great! I read about your give away on Twitter and retweeted it right away. My current favorite book from Lee & Low is Ian I Bob Marley. Great book! I am going to review it tomorrow for the Nonfiction Monday round up on my blog http://awrungsponge.blogspot.com. I already subscribe to this blog and I love it. If I won the books I’d donate them to a little neighborhood school in the city where I used to teach. (I already have many of these titles, but not all, in my personal collection and in my current school library). I think it’s so important to give our children a broad sweep of history. I am so glad to know about your work in publishing. And I am delighted to see you encouraging us to read Black History all year long.

  23. These are some wonderful books. Some books that I have enjoyed myself and sharing with my children was the story of the Greensboro Sit-in. One reason I enjoyed this book, is that my Mom would eat at this lunch counter when she was in beauty school. This was not too long before these sit-ins happened. I would love to share these books with my children.
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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