Monday, June 9, 2008

CONTEST: Win An Autographed Copy of In My Backyard Book

Local Massachusetts children’s book author, Valarie Giogas, and her publishing company Sylvan Dell Publishing have generously offered a AUTOGRAPHED copy of Giogas' critically-acclaimed book In My Backyard for an exclusive contest for Bay State Parent magazine readers. In My Backyard , published in 2007, is highly recommended by Martha Stewart Living Radio, and it has been reviewed by such nationally recognized publications as School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and The Horn Book Guide. To enter, fill out the form at this link
Click OTHER in the pull down box. The deadline to enter is Saturday, July 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST The winner will be announced on the blog. The book will be mailed to the winner.
About the book: Baby dogs are puppies and they belong to a litter, but what is a baby skunk and what is the name of its group? This clever, rhythmic story tells us just that! Counting from one to 10, familiar backyard animals are introduced by baby and family group name. Each stanza also tells a bit more about each animal by providing clues as to what they eat, how they sound or where they live. The “For Creative Minds” section includes more animal fun facts, information on keeping a nature journal and how to watch for wildlife in your own backyard.

About the author: Giogas has been writing since she was a child. As a teacher, her favorite part of teaching was the books. She’s been writing for children ever since she discovered that she could combine her love for children’s literature with her passion for writing. The idea for In My Backyard began when her son was in preschool. They always drove by a gaggle of geese, and he would giggle when she told him the group name. When the geese had goslings, the idea for this book was cemented.

About Sylvan Dell Publishing: Based in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., it is on a mission to create picture books that excite children’s imaginations, are artistically spectacular and have educational value. The company specializes in “Science and Math Through Literature” and provides free supplemental parent/teacher resources for every title. Founded in 2004, Sylvan Dell’s family has grown to include more than 55 authors and illustrators in the U.S. and Canada, and 35 titles – honored as nominees, finalists or winners of more than 50 book awards – line their bookshelf. For more information about Sylvan Dell’s books and free parent/teacher resources, visit


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