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Katies Sunday Aftermoon

Katie’s Sunday Afternoon by James Mayhew

Exploring art is fun in Mayhew’s fourth book about a little girl who jumps into paintings. Children will come away with a deeper appreciation for fine art, as they join in Katie’s museum romp. It’s a Sunday afternoon, and Katie is bored. But Grandma knows just what will cheer her up — a visit to the art museum. There, Katie once again finds herself on an unbelievable adventure through the paintings of renowned post-impressionist painters Georges-Pierre Seurat, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Signac. Children will enjoy learning about art, as they join in on Katie’s exciting journey.


Thumbelina by Susan Jeffers

Join tiny Thumbelina on her magical journey from lost child to beloved bride in this glorious large-format picture book. Born in a flower, Thumbelina braves the enormous, dangerous world until, through her kindness and courage, she is delivered to a kingdom of people just her size. When Susan Jeffers’s original version was first published in 1979, School Library Journal called it in a starred review “a remarkable, lovely version of one of the author’s most beloved tales.” New jacket art, recolored and newly rendered interior art, and gold foil borders all add to the value and elegance of this reissue.


Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

David Balfour has never had an adventure. He has never spent a night camping in the Scottish Highlands. He has never sailed the high seas. He has never fought in a battle. In fact David Balfour has never even left home. All he knows is a quiet country life.  All this changes after the death of his parents. He suddenly learns that he, David Balfour, is a man of wealth and standing, and that he is not destined for a simple life after all. All he needs to do to assume this new station in life is to travel to the town of Cramond, Scotland, to collect his inheritance from his father’s younger brother, an uncle he had not even known existed. But David soon discovers that this is not as simple as it sounds, as he struggles to survive and outwit his treacherous uncle in this classic adventure story.


The Ugly Duckling retold by Stephen Mitchell

Once upon a time, there was a maligned misfit who grew into the most glorious creature of them all. Never has such a fairy tale transformation touched more hearts than the one in “The Ugly Duckling,” one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most familiar and cherished stories. Now, in the hands of esteemed translator Stephen Mitchell, an iconographic fable regains all the humor and pathos of its very first telling. And with their vivid, arresting collage illustrations, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher bring an oft-told tale to soaring new life.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The most popular pirate story ever written in English, featuring one of literature’s most beloved “bad guys,” Treasure Island has been happily devoured by several generations of boys—and girls—and grownups. Its unforgettable characters include: young Jim Hawkins, who finds himself owner of a map to Treasure Island, where the fabled pirate booty is buried; honest Captain Smollett, heroic Dr. Livesey, and the good-hearted but obtuse Squire Trelawney, who help Jim on his quest for the treasure; the frightening Blind Pew, double-dealing Israel Hands, and seemingly mad Ben Gunn, buccaneers of varying shades of menace; and, of course, garrulous, affable, ambiguous Long John Silver, who is one moment a friendly, laughing, one-legged sea-cook . . .and the next a dangerous pirate leader!

time machine

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

What is the world like far in the future? Is there peace? Is there horror? – The Time Traveler’s dinner guests listen in silence to his unbelievable tale. Has he truly traveled through Time on a machine? Is the future a dream, where the gently Eloi play all day? or a nightmare, haunted by something that lurks underground? – Perhaps only Time will tell.


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The first winner will have their selection of 3 books and the second winner will have what’s left.

#23 – Audra O’Hara

#11 – Donna Acre


June 8, 2014 - Posted by | Classic Reading for Kids, Free Giveaways | , , ,


  1. How wonderful to be able to introduce children to the beauty of the classics. There is really nothing quite like an H.G.Wells book, or the reading of The Ugly Duckling, and the wonderful Thumbelina. Thank you for providing your followers the opportunity to read so many high-quality books with their children. I would love to have all of these beautiful books, but my favorites are The Time Machine, The Ugly Duckling, and Thumbelina. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

    Comment by michellewillms2013 | June 8, 2014 | Reply

  2. Your page is always so nice.

    Comment by Topazshell | June 8, 2014 | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on The Neophyte Writer and commented:
    I love a great giveaway!

    Comment by Kristi Bernard | June 8, 2014 | Reply

  4. I have always loved classics and still read them. Kids of today are not exposed to classics like I was as a child. I try to get my 3rd graders interested in the classics. I like Thumbelina, Treasure Island, and The Ugly Duckling.

    Comment by Susan Floyd Fletcher | June 8, 2014 | Reply

  5. Thumbelina by Susan Jeffers
    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

    Comment by my flower | June 8, 2014 | Reply

  6. I remember reading a few of these classics to my own children. It would be wonderful to give them to my grandchildren now. Thanks for the opportunity to win these wonderful books.I’d love Thumbalina, Kidnapped and the wonderful Treasure Island.
    Carol L

    Comment by carol L | June 8, 2014 | Reply

  7. I remember reading two of these books as a child and they’ve really stuck with me over the years. Because of that, I would like to choose both of them. Thumbelina, and The Ugly Duckling. My last pick would be Katie’s Sunday Afternoon. This is my first time hearing about this book. I like how the girl can jump into artwork. It makes me think of reading and jumping into the story.Woops, forgot to leave a way for you to contact me too. It is:

    Comment by Alyn Y | June 8, 2014 | Reply

  8. My son just started reading and loves it. Kidnapped, Treasure Island and The Time Machine are perfect classic tales for reading adventures! eve2570 @

    Comment by Carmen Van Deursen | June 9, 2014 | Reply

  9. I remember reading Thumbelina as a child and being amazed by the thought of a girl being born in a flower. I would love to share that book with young loved ones. And, while I’ve never read them, I would love to read and share Katie’s Sunday afternoon, as going to the art museum is something I’ve enjoyed with my oldest nephew and the younger ones have wanted to go as well; we could learn about art appreciation before we head out to the museum. Finally, although I’ve never read it, The Time Machine sounds like a great adventure. Thinking about might happen in the future would be a great conversation to have around a dinner table!

    Comment by Julie | June 9, 2014 | Reply

  10. I know my son would love The Time Machine, and I can’t wat to read The Ugly Duckling and Thumbelina with my daughter. I am so glad my kiddos like to read! Summer reading rocks :).

    Comment by czbartlett | June 9, 2014 | Reply

  11. I’m moving to middle school English next year. I’m very excited to return to the classics. Kidnapped, Treasure Island and The Time Machine will all be explored in my classroom. I can’t wait. Thank you for encouraging the classics!

    Comment by Donna Acre | June 9, 2014 | Reply

  12. Oh, what a great selection of classic books! As homeschoolers, we’re always looking for great reads for the whole family.
    My top 3 choices from these would be Thumbelina, Treasure Island, and The Time Machine.
    Thanks for the chance!

    Comment by Jennifer Land | June 9, 2014 | Reply

  13. I remember reading some of these books when I was a child. It would be wonderful to share some of them with my grandchildren. The Ugly Duckling, Treasure Island and Katie’s Sunday Afternoon.

    Comment by Pat | June 9, 2014 | Reply

  14. Those are some of my favorite childhood stories!!!

    Comment by weidknecht | June 9, 2014 | Reply

  15. Classic books are so important to have in one’s library!! The Ugly Duckling has a great message for all ages.

    Comment by dedezoomsalot900300623 | June 9, 2014 | Reply

  16. My grandchildren love adventure stories and here are some classics: The Time Machine, Treasure Island & Kidnapped. I haven’t read these either & it’s about time I did!

    Comment by tmy56 | June 10, 2014 | Reply

  17. I think classic books provide a great foundation in reading and literature for children. I would pick Katie’s Sunday afternoon, The Ugly Duckling and Kidnapped.

    Comment by Merry | June 11, 2014 | Reply

  18. The Time Machine and The Ugly Duckling very my favorites. great giveaway.

    Comment by Tammy Riedl | June 11, 2014 | Reply

  19. I am a believer that children should read many different types of books and the classic books are beautiful and they last forever, I remember Thumbelina and thoroughly enjoyed it, I would love form my granddaughters to share the books Thumbelina, THe Ugly Duckling and THe Time Machine, I think that they would love them.

    Comment by Dorothy Teel | June 14, 2014 | Reply

  20. I’m currently in college to become a teacher. I’m trying to build up my classroom library. I would love to have Katie’s Sunday Afternoon, Thumbelina, and The Ugly Duckling.

    Comment by Christina O | June 16, 2014 | Reply

  21. I’m not sure which ones are age appropriate for my kids. I love the sound of Katies Sunday afternoon as it teaches about art. I think my daughter would love the colorful photos while learning. Thumbalina is next choice. I have memories of the song from my own childhood. The Time Machine is last choice. It sounds adventurous and fun.

    Comment by Larissa Brunken | June 17, 2014 | Reply

  22. Thumbnail a, treasure island & the ugly duckling!!!

    Comment by Amy | June 21, 2014 | Reply

  23. I’d love to read these to my daughter. Perfect kind of books to read a little each night before bed. My top 3 are The Time Machine (gosh I loved this as a child…one of my all time faves), Thumbelina (really like the large-format book…my daughter would like that), and Katie’s Sunday Afternoon (I’m an artist, so I like anything that helps introduce my daughter to the arts.)

    Comment by Audra O'Hara | June 21, 2014 | Reply

  24. I love the classics!! I think my son would certainly enjoy Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and the Time Machine. This is a wonderful giveaway, thank you. Books like this are so wonderful to share with our kids!

    Comment by lisa | June 22, 2014 | Reply

  25. As a grandparent, I love reading books like this to my grandkids. I think my grandsons would like treasure island, the time machine and probably kidnapped. Great selection.

    Comment by cynthia | June 23, 2014 | Reply

  26. 1. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
    2. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    3. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Comment by Lily Kwan | June 25, 2014 | Reply

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