5 Minutes for Books:
A Big Book Giveaway for Kids of All Ages

One thing that I love about books is that they are so readily available. With Barnes and Noble and Amazon still offering guaranteed Christmas delivery (not to mention gift cards!), with the wide variety of books out there — instructive or enjoyable or beautiful — books are appropriate for so many on your holiday lists.

The folks at Simon and Schuster have put together a great giveaway package that will go out to one of our winners (U.S. or Canada residents). The winner will get one copy of EACH of these books.

If you are still looking for ideas to fill some stockings, consider these books for kids of all ages:

For the Family:

Fablehaven Boxed Set
By Brandon Mull

For the Little Ones:

Snow Bugs
By David A. Carter (Lauren’s review at 5 Minutes for Books)

Olivia Acts Out (Jennifer’s review at 5 Minutes for Books)
By Jodie Shepherd

For Tween Girls:

Dork Diaries (My 11-year-old daughter Amanda thought this one was pretty cute)
By Rachel Renee Russell

For Tween Boys:

Pendragon Boxed Set
By D. J. MacHale

For Teens:

Robert Pattinson Fated for Fame
By Mel Williams

Taylor Launter Overnight Sizzlin’ Sensation

By Mel Williams

The Hollow
By Jessica Verday

For Teens — and Adults who are young at heart!

Leviathan (Since we are fans of Westerfeld’s Uglies series, I’m looking forward to this one)
By Scott Westerfeld

Night World No. 1
By L. J. Smith

*Disclosure: I did not receive copies of these books to review, but Simon and Schuster is generously providing a copy of all of them to one of you.

The winner will get a copy of each book listed, but as your entry, leave a comment saying which book interests you most, and who in your life would appreciate it.

We will not run a column next week, so we will leave this open for two weeks, announcing the winner in our column on January 4.

The winner of the beautiful Andrew Zuckerman books Bird and Creature is #34 Wendy M.

Written by book blogger Jennifer Donovan, who blogs at Snapshot and manages 5 Minutes for Books.


  1. susan says

    Snow Bugs By David A. Carter sounds like fun (he always has such engaging books) and my little one would love to add it to his library!

  2. says

    What an awesome giveaway!

    My daughter is a tween, so she’d probably like the “Dork Diaries”.

    My son is just turned into a teenager, but I’m sure he’d still enjoy the “Pendragon Boxed Set”
    and would like the “Robert Pattinson Fated for Fame”.

  3. says

    Oh! oh! oh! We could use so many of those! The only ones we wouldn’t need personally are the ones for “little ones,” and it’s not like we don’t have friends that would love those!!

  4. Barb says

    Robert Pattinson Fated for Fame
    By Mel Williams
    Taylor Launter Overnight Sizzlin’ Sensation
    By Mel Williams.
    My teen is enamored with then since Twilight came out.

  5. says

    Fantastic giveaway!! There are 2 that jump out at me the most: the Pendragon series for my tween boy, and Snow Bugs for my 3-year-old boy.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    [Pick me! Pick me!]

  6. Melissa Nunley says

    I like the two books under “little ones” – my husband and I are trying for a baby, so these would be great to put up :)

  7. says

    My daughter would love “Olivia Acts Out.” She likes the TV series and all the other Olivia books. Interested to see how the tie-in books compare to the originals.

  8. says

    This is an awesome giveaway! I might possibly die of happiness if I won…

    The Fablehaven boxed set interests me most but seriously there are so many in there I would love to read! My little one would love the books in the kid category. :-) Thanks!

  9. says

    My 11 year old son would love the Pendragon books – and my 13 year old daughter would drool over the Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner ones. :) Great giveaway – thanks!

  10. Amy B says

    My oldest daughter who is 11 would love the Dork Diaries but my youngest 2 (one boy and one girl), I think, would love the snow bugs. My whole family loves books and we read often.

  11. says

    I think a black lab is the dog for everyone. I have had three myself and have known probably seven or eight. They are the most intelligent and loyal dogs I have ever come across.
    As for your need to discuss your children’s health issues, what about starting a new anonymous blog. Just don’t let anyone know who you are and don’t use your kids’ names. Use fictional names. Just an idea.

  12. karen M says

    Leviathan, our guy read this over the summer, he enjoys reading books numerous times. I know he would enjoy having his own copy of Leviathan

  13. Laureen says

    All these books sound wonderful. We would probably be most interested in Snow Bugs as my children love snow. My 3.5 year-old daughter would probably be the one who would love this book the most. Thanks for the chance!

  14. judy brittle says

    My oldest grandson would love the Pendragon boxed set. He has really started enjoying reading and has been asking to read some of my books. I think he would thoroughly enjoy this. Thank you!

  15. says

    My 3 yr old twins love watching Olivia! My little girl loves to have books read to her! the other night we found them sitting in our guest bedroom , aka “papa’s Bed”, reading their little Bibles. It was precious! I am grateful that they enjoy books at such a young age. What a great giveaway. Merry Christmas!

  16. Kelly Deaton says

    I like Olivia Acts Out – for my 3 year old daughter who now goes to preschool & has learned so many new & wonderful things! (good & BAD)

  17. says

    The Fablehaven books would be the perfect thing to read together with my grandchildren. I will be taking an extended trip to visit and this would be wonderful. (All of them would)

  18. says

    I love love love the Fablehaven Series. I would love to share those books with my husband and children (when they’re old enough to read!) They are fabulous!

  19. Iriny Assanassios says

    Snow Bugs and Olivia Acts Out would be great for my son! Thanks for the chance to win and enjoy the holiday season!

  20. Amy says

    WOW! You and S & S ROCK!I am a middle school librarian (6TH-8TH GRADES) and love that you are promoting books! I too have Levithan on my night stand table to read SOON! I would love to share any of the books with any of my students but I am thinking that Snug Bugs would be perfect for my family! Thanks again for promoting reading!

  21. Shawntele says

    I think the kids and I would enjoy reading the Fablehaven series together; I have recently added it to our TBR list for 2010! :O)

  22. Dinghy S says

    I am interested in all of them! My entire family loves to read. The Snow Bugs will be wonderful for my twin nephews, my youngest sister would love the Hollow and the books on the Twilight characters.

  23. says

    We love, love, love the Fablehaven series and are planning to read it aloud to the family. We would also be interested in the Pendragon series (even though we only have girls!) Thanks for entering us!

  24. Roseanna Cannaday says

    My daughters’ birthday is coming up and she willbe turning three. She would love the Olivia Acts Out Book the most!

  25. virginia low says

    My three granddaughters, ages 2, 5, and 8, would love Olivia Acts Out. We already have Olivia books and love them all.

  26. says

    I’d love the Fablehaven book set, I’ve got the first two, and would love the chance to get a set and pass on my first two books.
    And my kids would love Olivia

  27. Julie Smith says

    This is a difficult choice for me, as I am quick to read my ‘children’s’ books as well as they are! :) I bought the first 3 books of the “Warriors” series for my 9-year-old for Christmas (as well as the classic “Tom Sawyer”) and he is eagerly gulping them down while my teen is busy with Brsinger and looking forward to reading the “Graceling” book she received. The book(s) that I am most interested in (because I think we ALL will enjoy them) are the “Fablehaven” and “Pendragon” sets. :)

  28. Brenda says

    My daughter would especially like the Olivia book, and she would no doubt grow into the others (and I would enjoy reading a lot of the books on this list!).

  29. Kathleen Gereg says

    My niece would like the Dork Diaries, as ‘dork’ seems to be a large part of her vocabulary these days!

  30. CherylS22 says

    The books that interest me the most are the Pendragon set because I think I’d really enjoy them. Thanks!

  31. Jennifer Barr says

    I think the Pendragon set would be most appreciated by my son. I think the dork diaries my daughter would love.
    Looks like all good books!


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