Kohl’s Cares: Book Review and Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

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.



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1 Michelle Adams May 30, 2011 at 12:14 am

What a wonderful giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance!

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2 Krissa May 30, 2011 at 1:26 am

I love the Llama Llama books! :)

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3 MJ May 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

I REALLY need these for my kindergarten classroom.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

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4 SnowflakeDay (Audra) May 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

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. :-)

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5 debbie May 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

I would love to have this, it is a really nice giveaway.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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6 Marilyn May 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

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!

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7 Christine Jensen May 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

The llama books look darling!

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8 Mia Dentice Carey
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May 30, 2011 at 10:14 am

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

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9 Stephanie O May 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

Get giveaway.

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10 Kristie May 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

What a great giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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11 Joanna May 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

LOVE the Recipes for Lunchbox!

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12 LT May 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

I would sure put the Lunchbox recipes book to good use this fall! Thanks for the chance to win!

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13 Adelina Priddis May 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Love these books!

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14 welcome to our wonderland May 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

we love the llama books and it’s great timing since this is the read for the record book in october

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15 Beth T. May 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

What a generous giveaway. Those llamas are a favorite of mine. :)

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16 Jen May 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm

We’ve bought several of the book/stuffed animal combos at Kohls. Always great!

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17 Nancye Davis May 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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18 Becky May 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

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!

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19 Jennifer H. May 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Thanks for the giveaway
jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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20 Annette W May 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

We love the Llama books. I’ve also borrowed a Top Secret book from my SIL. What a great giveaway!

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21 Tammara Acerra May 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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.

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22 Mona Garg May 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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.

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23 Ruthie B May 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

How cute! Anyone remember the Me & My Llama song from Sesame Street?

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24 Some Lucky Dog May 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Thanks to you and Kohl’s for the great giveaway!
someluckydog at gmail dot com

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25 Jessica May 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

We love Kohls and the Llama Llama books!

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26 Beth
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May 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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

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27 Angel S. May 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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!

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28 Junglewife May 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

We LOVE the “Kohls Cares” products. Great books and animals at a great price!

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29 Casey May 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm

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!

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30 melissa May 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I would love to win this! thanks for the great giveaway!

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31 Tammy Gordon May 30, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I’d love to win these!

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32 Sam Z May 31, 2011 at 12:00 am

We were just playing with all of these in Kohls on Saturday! What a great giveaway!

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33 Jackie May 31, 2011 at 2:07 am

Kohls is my absolute favorite store – and these books look so great!

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34 LaVonne
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May 31, 2011 at 3:44 am

I love the Kohls cares products too! Thank for the chance to win.

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35 Terra Heck May 31, 2011 at 4:00 am

I think the Kohl’s Cares program is wonderful and affordable. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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36 hollowsins May 31, 2011 at 4:21 am

This would be great for my daughter who starts school next year

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37 Kristy c May 31, 2011 at 7:45 am

What a great giveaway! The lunchbox book looks fabulous.

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38 Leah Courtney May 31, 2011 at 8:13 am

I would love to win these!

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39 Kathy Stevenson May 31, 2011 at 8:47 am

I love Llama Llama books!

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40 Sarah at themommylogues May 31, 2011 at 9:50 am

My girls LOVE the Kohl’s stuffed animals, and Llama Llama books are my 6 year old’s favorite!

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41 Jen E May 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love the Kohls Cares books – such great deals! I’d love to win those llama books and stuffed animals for my kiddos!

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42 Marlena U. May 31, 2011 at 11:22 am

We love that Kohls supports the community while offering us great books!

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43 HappyMomC May 31, 2011 at 11:48 am

Would love to win this!

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44 Becky M May 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!

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45 Shari May 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Love Kohl’s and love what I’ve seen of these books! I know a little boy who would love them. :)

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46 Deb May 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I love Khol’s too! These books sound wonderful, and the recipe books would be great to have.

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47 Ali May 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

What a great gift package. I love Kohl’s too!

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48 Stacey May 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I would love to have these books. Kohl’s is really good to help children out.

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49 Erin May 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

How cute! I have to get Elijah some of those Llama Llama books! He’s a llama loving boy! lol

ejsmomej at gmail

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50 Jennifer May 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

My daughter is learning to read and she loves book! This would be great!

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51 vickie couturier May 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

my grandchildren would love these books

vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

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52 Idaho Jill May 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I love those cheesy biscuits! and chili’s salsa! I need to go get that cookbook! thanks :)

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53 Paige May 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

How cool! Llama is a favorite book amoungst my nieces…all six.

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54 angie May 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

these books would be so fun to share with the little ones in my life
shopannies@Yahoo.com

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55 nan May 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

thanks for the chance
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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56 Cori Westphal May 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Oh so very cute!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

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57 Linda Kish May 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm

This would be great. Thanks for the chance to win.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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58 Tina June 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

These would be so perfect to read to my Kindergartners.

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59 Kerrie Mayans June 1, 2011 at 8:14 am

I love these books. Kohl’s for kids always pick great classic kids books that make a great starter library fr any child.
kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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60 Ruth Hill June 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

This would be wonderful for my daughter–thanks!

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61 Vilmarys June 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

I love Kohl’s and the books are too cute! Thanks for the chance :)

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62 June June 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

Very nice books for the whole family.

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63 riTa June 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

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.

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64 Debra June 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Kohl’s is very good about trying to help kids. All of these books would be great to own.

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65 Brett June 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

My neices would love to own these books. Kohl’s is a great company!

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66 Alison June 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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

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67 Leah Walker June 2, 2011 at 12:39 am

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

lewalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

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68 Debra June 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Kohl’s is really good to help out children. Great gifts.

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69 Stacey June 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Great books to have. Love Kohl’s too!

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70 Alison June 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

My girls would love these books and stuffed animals. Thanks for the chance of winning!

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71 Jessica T June 3, 2011 at 12:59 am

I’d love to win!

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72 Kim J June 3, 2011 at 9:47 am

My kids would love these books!!

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73 Gayle June 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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

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74 Elena June 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Great giveaway! My son will love these books!

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75 staceyk June 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Books are always great!

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76 Staci A June 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

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.

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77 Mona Evanochko June 4, 2011 at 2:20 am

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

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78 Christy June 4, 2011 at 2:53 am

I love the healthy lunchbox book!

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79 Dena June 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

LOVE the Kohls Cares books!

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80 Dee June 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

Great Giveaway! Thank you.

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81 Sara Netherlain June 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

These prizes are awesome!!

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82 Francine Anchondo June 4, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Thankyou for the giveaway

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83 Michelle Willow June 5, 2011 at 1:38 am

My girl would love these books with matching plush animals!

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84 katklaw777 June 5, 2011 at 7:01 am

The Kohl’s Cares promotion.is a good thing.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

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85 Wehaf June 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

These would be perfect for a baby shower!

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86 melissa June 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

I would love these books! Thanks so much!

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87 phxbne June 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

I need The Top 100 Recipes for a Healthy Lunchbox!

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88 Debra June 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I love Kohl’s for helping children all the time!

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89 Ali June 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

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

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90 Brett June 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

These are great gifts and my son would love to have the books for sure

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91 Stacey June 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

Love Kohl’s and these book would be great for my grandkids.

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92 Kelly D June 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Please enter me. The llama is so cute!

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93 hj June 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm

My niece would love it!
hmcnaron at gmail

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94 Al June 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I love Kohl’s too. They are very helpful to childrens organizations.

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95 Christopher B June 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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.

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96 Gilbert June 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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

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97 Debby June 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Kohl’s is a great store, good prices and they always help out children.

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98 Jennifer June 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Would love to win! Thanks!

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99 Michelle June 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I haven’t heard of these books, gosh they sound cute!! What a great giveaway!!

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100 Lisa June 10, 2011 at 9:14 am

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

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101 Kristin June 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

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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102 Debra June 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Kohl’s is great and a good sponser for children

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103 Ali June 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

A great gift t win. Good luck everyvody!

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104 Brett June 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Kohl’s is the best place for men that are not average height and size.

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105 Wayne June 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Cute books and animals, Great for kids.

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106 S.Long June 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I love Kohl’s and these books and animals are very cute

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107 Hattie June 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm

These look like fun books for kids and the stuffed animals are adorable.

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108 Mama Zen June 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I love Kohl’s!

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109 Alicia Arnold June 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I would love to have these for my little boys!

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110 LIttle Monkies Preschool June 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm

My preschool kids would love to have these. They look like so much fun!

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