Bailey, Review and Back-to-School Giveaway

It’s back to school time for kids of all ages, and in Bailey, a fun new picture book from Harry Bliss, the kids at Champlain Elementary School are joined by a furry friend.

Meet Bailey, a dog who surprises and charms his fellow human classmates with his irrepressible antics. In this funny new book from the bestselling children’s illustrator Harry Bliss, school proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing — and making friends!

From chasing the bus in the morning (because he was running late) to chewed up homework (the dog ate his own!), Bailey’s school adventures are funny, and what young child wouldn’t love to have an adorable canine classmate like him? Math, art, lunch and recess are among his favorite times of day, which no doubt will be something many kids can relate to. Short lines of text move the story along, but the details are in the “speech bubbles” that appear in all the illustrations. The inner thoughts of some children are shown, as well as the conversations that are had by the students and teachers at school, and it’s clear that Bailey has a great impact upon this school community! Harry Bliss’s humor shines here, guaranteeing giggles from the children who hear or read it. Attention teachers, this picture book will definitely make for a great read aloud option during this time of year!

Want to see Bailey in action? Check out the cute short book trailer:

Feeling dog-gone lucky? We’re happy to have three chances for you to win a copy of Bailey by Harry Bliss, along with a $25 Visa Gift Card, perfect for last minute school supply shopping. Please leave a comment here to be entered, U.S. mailing addresses only. We will announce our winners on September 26.

The winner of Where You Left Me is #29, Natalie Krusemeier.

5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Dawn is experiencing her own back to school fun these days, with her return to teaching preschool. Sadly, there are no canine members of her class. She does still strive to blog again someday at my thoughts exactly, once she gets this full-time work thing down again.


  1. says

    What a sweet giveaway! My children would really enjoy this book and I, being a teacher, would love to read it to them as well as spend me some money!

  2. says

    This book looks adorable. Would be perfect to help my PreK son with his fears and to get ready for kindergarten next year. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. says

    We’ve just started preschool around here and my kids are fascinated by all things “school” this book is sure to be a hit with them! I’ll add it to our list of books to find…

  4. Cindi says

    I adore Scholastic Books! This book would be very welcome in our
    dog-loving home. The trailer for the book is fabulous and I like how
    Bailey draws bones on the chalkboard for Math…Thanks for the
    chance to win this delightful family book and Visa Gift Card!
    Both would be very much appreciated!

  5. Liz says

    Think my home schooling niece would like this book very much.

    Thanks for the chance to get it for her. Please enter my name.

    • says

      Congratulations, you’ve been randomly selected as one of our winners. Please email me your mailing information to morninglightmama (at) gmail (dot) com.

  6. Martha says

    I’m a children’s librarian and always looking for books that encourage kids to learn math and science in fun ways. This is sooo cute! I’d love t win a copy!

  7. Maureen says

    My boys would so love this book, especially since my mom’s dog (whom they love!) is named Bailey. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

  8. Charity Lo Giudice says

    My daughter would like this book. She loves dogs and it looks really sweet. I would love the gift card too! Thanks.

    • says

      Congratulations, Kathy, you’ve been randomly selected as our winner. Please email me your mailing information to morninglightmama (at) gmail (dot) com.

  9. Bean says

    This is the first year my daughter has been in “real” school. Even in Kindergarten the supply list is amazing. I had no idea they would need so much! My daughter loves books and dogs so Bailey sounds great!

  10. Brett says

    My son just got a dog and he would love to read this book. He is in the third grade and the supply list goes on all year long. The gift certificate would certainly help me out!

  11. Jason says

    Bailey looks like a fun book for kids. Supplies are unbelievable today, and you need to bring more than what your child will use because some children are less fortunate. Sad, but true.

  12. funkeymunkeysee says

    Thank you so much for hosting this blog – I always enjoy the articles. I’ve missed a few days – it was a suprise to see the contest, so I def appreciate this (we, the readers do!).

    • says

      Congratulations, John, you’ve been randomly selected as one of our winners. Please email me your mailing information to morninglightmama (at) gmail (dot) com.


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