Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy 'Haul-idays' from Chronicle Books!

For the second year in a row, I'm taking part in a fantastic "haul-iday" giveaway from Chronicle Books. This eclectic independent publisher is giving away up to $500 worth of books to one lucky blogger (hopefully me), one reader of that blog (hopefully you), and the winning blogger's favorite charity. The winning reader will get the same haul of books as the winning blogger, and the winning charity will get to pick its own books. What a generous giveaway! And all you have to do to participate is leave a comment on this post...

My charity of choice is the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library (AFKPL). The AFKPL is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, that is helping raise money, collect books, and offer additional support toward the construction and long-term sustainability of the first public library in Rwanda. The effort to construct the library was conceived by and is being led by the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga.

Located in the capital of Rwanda, the Kigali Public Library will help introduce a culture of reading into this small African country, which has a complex history of violence and isolation that it's working hard to overcome. The library will also have a special focus on children's literacy, including many books in English, which recently became the official language of Rwanda.

Please consider leaving a comment on this post to show your support for the AFKPL and the Kigali Public Library, and to enter to win the list of picture books (all published by Chronicle Books) below. In the spirit of my blog and of the Kigali Public Library, all of the books on my list have artistic or multicultural themes.

If you want to enter the giveaway as a blogger or want to enter as a reader on additional blogs, you can find the full instructions here. The giveaway closes on December 2, 2011. Good luck to all!

Dance, Art & Music 
A Magical Day with Matisse
A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas
A Picnic with Monet
Dancing with Degas
Dem Bones
Dreaming with Rousseau
Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance
In the Garden with Van Gogh
Matisse: Dance for Joy
Monet's Impressions
On an Island with Gauguin
Painting with Picasso
Quiet Time with Cassatt
Sharing with Renoir
Sunday with Seurat
The Nutcracker
Twelve Dancing Princesses
When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat
Vincent's Colors

Around the World
Bintou's Braids
Dream Carver
Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah Book
I Can Do It Too!
Jacob Lawrence in the City
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Kokeshi Kimonos
Mama, Do You Love Me?
Moishe's Miracle
Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story
One Love
Papa, Do You Love Me?
Red Is a Dragon
Round is a Mooncake
Ruby's Wish
Sienna's Scrapbook
Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence
Ten Little Rabbits
Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World
You Can Do It Too!


  1. What could be better than helping a library such as Kigali, and reading an incredible list of books such as you've chosen? I hope, hope, hope you win!

  2. I'm a friend and colleague of Maria Hanley (Maria's Movers) and have been meaning to reach out, because I think your website is a great resource. I use books (as well as stories I invent) all the time in my dance and yoga classes and am constantly referencing what you and Maria are up to for ideas. I'd love to help support the AFKPL - and I wouldn't mind a few more books for my classes as well:)

  3. Wow, generous indeed! I would donate most of these books to my elementary school library, which has had its budget slashed down to the bare bones. Thanks for the opportunity, Kerry & Chronicle!

  4. What a great giveaway! I hope you win and I am glad I found your blog.

  5. Wow! That would be fantastic. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    TopsyTurvy Land

  6. I love Chronicle Books for doing this and I want to thank you for bringing your charity to my attention. I am inspired to find a way to help. Best of luck to us both.

  7. What a wonderful organization. I hope you win, and should I win the books I will donate them to my own local library, once I've enjoyed reading them myself, of course.

  8. I support The Salvation Army, who also has a base in Kigali and many other regions throughout the world. I love that you have chosen an excellent org, Rotary, to also support in Kigali because I know that they'll achieve the goals they've set there and make a huge impact, just as SA does.

    The reason that I'm commenting is because I want to win the books and give them to Salvation Army's Kroc Corps Community Center in Atlanta.
    They have an awesome Family Literacy Program, and this would be a huge blessing for them to have some new books for the families in their program to use. The program coordinator there is Gayle P. King.

    Please pick us so that we can duplicate your Kigali support efforts in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Atlanta and in the US. Unfortunately, the southern portion of Atlanta has the highest number of kids under 9 years old in poverty in the whole nation.

    By supporting the Kroc Center, my hope is to see the poverty statistics in South Atlanta reverse over the next 10 years and beyond. Helping to educate the parents and the children here is the only way that a permanent change can come in this area.

    Thank you in advance for your favor and consideration.

    Donna Johnson,
    President of WAHMs WIN | Volunteer at Kroc Center Atlanta | Devoted Wife and Homeschool Mommy

  9. What a wonderful opportunity, thanks for sharing this with the PiBoldMo gang. Best wishes!

  10. This is a very generous give away. I love how the holidays make us aware of being grateful for the lives we have and how we help others.

  11. Sounds like a wonderful contest and a great cause. Good luck.

  12. Good luck, Kerry! I'm crossing my fingers that you win for your charity. If I'm lucky enough to win then I will be able to donate my winnings to my Reading For Kicks programs which gets books in the hands of high risk children who might never have a book of their own otherwise...

    Donna Martin

  13. What a wonderful cause you have chosen... that's what the world needs more of: libraries. Thank you for sharing with the PiBoIdMo group and good luck!

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  15. Thanks, Kerry. If I win, I will donate the books to disadvantaged students through Big Brothers, Big Sisters. This is a true pay-it-forward event, in more ways than one! --Saralyn Richard,

  16. What a great prize and what a worthy cause! I hope you win :)

  17. Love your site. Great choice of charity! Happy Holidays!

    Feel free to check out my post:
    the bookish mama

  18. What an interesting list of books. I hope you win--what a great cause! Good luck!

  19. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for letting us know about it. Good luck! :-)

  20. #1--- I love your blog site design. Very refreshing! #2---ii love your selection of Chronicle books. #3---I'f I should win, I will go through each book and then hand it over to our school library to empower 750 students with reading enjoyment.
    Fabulous books!

    Sandie Sing

  21. Thanks so much, everyone, for your support of the Kigali Public Library and this giveaway. I've enjoyed reading all of your comments and hearing about some of your favorite charities and the generous ways you will share the books if we win. Fingers crossed for all of us!

  22. Hi Kerry,
    I just love your blog! I think this is a great resource not merely for children's book enthusiasts but also for dance teachers! Good luck in this Hauliday Contest. Your charity is wonderful.
    Jessica-Dance Exploration

  23. Thanks, Jessica. I really appreciate your comment. I'm glad you find the posts helpful, and I'm actually hoping to incorporate some more dance angles into the blog in the future :)

  24. Love the Art books you've selected.
    Good luck with the competition.

  25. I have several of your choices on my list too! :D

    What a great charity too. I'm loving finding out about the amazing groups out there bringing books and reading to people all over the world.

    Good luck and Happy Haulidays!

  26. Oh, my four grandkids would have a ball with that stack of books. Oh, what fun there would be. Don't you just love it when they delve into books.

    Saying that, good luck to both of us ;D
    jeaneC from CA
    jcamp2020 at aol

  27. What a lovely list! And for a wonderful charity that I wasn't aware of til now! (I have Vincent's Colors on my own list as well). Good luck to you!


  28. Bintou's Braids looks like a good book

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  30. Well, looks like we did not win the big haul. But thanks so much for leaving comments on my post. At least we tried! Here's a link to the Chronicle Books web page where they announce the lucky winner and provide a coupon for any book orders you might want to place. Happy holidays!


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