Kohl’s Cares: Book Review and Giveaway

I’m a big fan of Kohl’s for so many reasons. My husband is taller than the average gentleman, and Kohl’s is one of the few places where he can find Tall-sized shirts, and a sizable selection at that. Back in the day, I purchased much of my maternity wardrobe at Kohl’s as well, happily paying significantly less for my purchases than when I tried (one time!) to shop at a maternity shop in the mall. Truly, Kohl’s selection and prices are appreciated, and there’s always a coupon to be found in the mail or in the paper.

One especially wonderful aspect of the store is the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, which donates a full 100 percent of the net profit from the sale of the featured books and plush toys to benefit kids’ health and education initiatives all around the United States. The program has been running for more than a decade, and it has raised more than $180 million for worthy children’s causes. The current Kohl’s Cares kids’ cause merchandise program features two beloved picture books and character plush animals, as well as two unique cookbooks perfect for families.

Are you familiar with one of the best depictions of a preschooler in a picture book… in llama form? Yes, the Llama Llama character created by Anna Dewdney is much loved in my family, and I really believe it’s because my children can truly relate to him, in all his playful (and sometimes tantrumy) glory. As part of the Kohl’s Cares program, shoppers can pick up a hardcover copy of Llama Llama Red Pajama and Llama Llama Misses Mama for just $5.00 each! If you’re unfamiliar with the books, let me just say that parents of young children will smile knowingly when reading either of these books, having experienced a bedtime or a drop off at day care or preschool like these depictions. These books are filled with a whole lot of heart, from the gentle portrayals of both the child and the parent’s perspectives. Having a soft Llama Llama or teacher Zebra stuffed animal to snuggle with while reading is just icing on the cake!

Moving from picture books to cookbooks, the Kohl’s Cares program is offering $5.00 paperback versions two recipe collections helpful for packing school or camp lunches as well as trying your hand at some of the most loved dishes at familiar restaurants. The Top 100 Recipes for a Healthy Lunchbox by Nicola Graimes features recipes for snacks, soups, sandwiches, wraps, salads, hearty lunches, and sweet treats. Think beyond the PB & J, for these recipes range from the fairly simple to more complex but still delicious and healthy options. For parents seeking to control for allergies or special food limitations, there’s also an easy symbol key showing which recipes are vegetarian, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, or contain eggs, nuts or seeds.

If you’ve ever gone to Red Lobster just for the cheesy biscuits (ahem), or have eaten your weight in Chevy’s fresh salsa, then you’ll be happy to know that you can recreate the yumminess in your own kitchen. Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 (Abridged): More Amazing Clones of Famous Dishes from America’s Favorite Restaurant Chains shares tips with readers for tons of recipes from over 25 familiar restaurants. I for one am making my shopping lists right now.

We’re happy to share a giveaway with you- one winner will receive all four books and the two stuffed animals as well! Please leave a comment here to be entered, U.S. mailing addresses only, and we’ll announce our winner on June 13.

And, remember you can pick up each of these books and plush animals for just $5.00 each at Kohl’s through June, with the profits benefiting a children’s cause!

  • The winner of our previous giveaway Paris, Baby is #37 Kim. The giveaway of $250 worth of gardening books and supplies is still open, so check it out now.

Written by 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn, who enjoys picture books and eating very much, thank you. She also blogs at my thoughts exactly.


  1. SnowflakeDay (Audra) says

    I look up “restaurant” recipes a lot on the internet, so I would enjoy that book. My daughter would of course love the kid’s books and animals. :-)

  2. Marilyn says

    I shop at Kohls on a very regular basis as well and have seen these books! Although $5 is very reasonable getting them from a give-away is even better! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  3. Mia Dentice Carey says

    Love the Llama, Llama books!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!! I wish we had a a Kohl’s closer to us.

  4. Nancye Davis says

    My daughter LOVES the Llama Llama books! thanks for this great giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  5. Becky says

    I usually try to pick these up (saving for grandchildren!) or to give to my daughter for her special ed classroom. Great giveaways here, thanks!

  6. says

    This is a great give away. I also love Kohls – their prices can’t be beat!

    And as for Red Lobster’s cheesy biscuits – OMG – they are heavenly! I always ask the waitress for a few extras (and tip her accordingly). I would LOVE to know how to make my own even though that could be dangerous knowledge.

  7. Mona Garg says

    Thanks for the great giveaway. My daughter and I enjoyed the llama books when we checked them out from the library so I would love to have them for her collection. She also loves stuffed animals. She names them, sleeps with them, and takes them with her on trips.

  8. says

    Love all of the Kohl’s Cares items over the years. Great for teacher gifts, new babies, and more. Thanks for the opportunity.

  9. Angel S. says

    I love Kohl’s books too! I checked out the Top Secret book from the library and was sad to have to return it. How nice to have my own! Thanks frot he chance!

  10. says

    I am the Kohl’s poster child. I hate clothes shopping, even more so since having kids. Kohl’s is my one stop shop. Will be definitely purchasing the Lunchbox book next time I’m there. Thanks!

  11. says

    Love, love, love the Kohl’s Cares promotion.
    Thank you for sharing about it.
    And I’d love the Llama set for my little grandson. I speak Spanish to him whenever I can.

  12. Alison says

    I love to purchase animals at Kohl’s when it is Christmas because we know they will be going to children. Great book offer!

  13. Leah Walker says

    Fantstic giveaway! Kohl’s rocks! We LOVE books in our house. Thank you so much.


  14. Gayle says

    Thanks for the give away. I love reading and have tried to instill that love to
    my grandchildren. Have a brand new little one. WE would love these books.
    Thanks again

  15. says

    We love all the Kohls Cares for Kids products! We always are happy to buy something for our son, knowing it goes towards a good cause.

  16. Mona Evanochko says

    A Great Giveaway, Thank you Khols for caring for Kids… I love reading to My Grand Children.

  17. Ali says

    I always purchase the animals that Kohl’s has for Christmas. These are very cute stuffed animals and books.

  18. Christopher B says

    I always find clothes that fit me at Kohl’s and the price is always fair. These are great books and I know my son would love to read them.

  19. Gilbert says

    Kohl’s is my place to shop. At Christmas I always buy the stuffed animals and books to help out children less fortunate.

  20. Lisa says

    The Top Secret Restaurant Recipes book sounds like it would be fun to look through. altern147 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  21. Kristin says

    We usually buy all the Kohls Cares for Kids products because we love books and they proceeds go to a good cause. We would love to add these to our collection. Thanks for the chance.


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