Did you Get an Ereader for Christmas? Mr. Popper’s Penguins ebook giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

Did you get an ereader for Christmas? Or did your child or teen? I predict that’s one of the hot gifts of the year. If you did get or give one, I’d love to know which ereader and from whom it came (or was received).

Once you get that ereader, you need to stock it up with titles. The beauty of my Kindle is that I will never run out of books to read! What’s more, I make sure that there are titles on there for my kids as well. I keep a good eye out for sales (I bought several titles for me, and each of my 2 kids, for less than $4 a few months ago), and I’m always watching the Kindle Free bestsellers, which include small press and self-published books as you’d expect, but also has backlist titles from authors you love.

Today I’m proud to feature a wonderful ebook title from Open Road Media. I love the versions of books that I’ve read from them, including Pat Conroy‘s The Prince of Tides (they have published most of his backlist), and the Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins is one of their newest releases. This is a great movie (sharing very little with the movie except the heart and the name). My son read it last summer before we saw the movie, and enjoyed it. He’s a young, high-level reader, so it was perfect for him (a challenge, but no inappropriate content). I’d recommend this book for readers on the 4th – 6th grade levels, but I remember reading it aloud to my older daughter when she was much younger (5, I think).

This book also comes with enhanced features (available on a PC or a tablet that supports this format): extended, illustrated biography of the authors, photos, and two videos from Fox Entertainment: the first is the charming story of how Mr. Popper’s Penguins became a book, told partly by the Atwaters’ grandchildren, and the second is a trailer of the feature film.

One of you will win a free download of the enhanced version of the Newbery-Award winning Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Leave a comment, and we’ll announce the winner right here in our weekly book giveaway column on Monday January 9.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 se7en December 26, 2011 at 1:05 am

Thanks for the tip on looking for free books – I am always on the hunt for free books and keep our Kindle packed for the kids – totally brilliant to have a bookshelf in my bag packed with books to read… it is amazing how much has become available for kids in the last year – brilliant!!!


2 TaMara December 26, 2011 at 7:33 am

I got a Kindle Fire from my husband, and we gave our little reader girl a Kindle reader also. She would LOVE to have Mr. Popper’s Penguins on there. I am currently on the lookout for good free (or cheap) books.


3 peace love and rainbows December 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I did get a tablet and it reads ebooks I love ebooks now why oh why did I hold out so long. I still love books but ebooks are great too :)


4 Shannon Baas December 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm

We would love this.


5 Jennifer Thomas December 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

We got kindle’s over here, but I haven’t used it yet


6 Beachcomber December 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Cool. Thanks for the chance to win this.


7 Heather December 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I did get an eReader, and my daughter would love to have Mr. Popper’s Penguins!


8 Tammy Gordon December 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Would love to win this…


9 Mary December 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I bought a Kindle for myself this summer and LOVE it! I bought a Kindle Touch for my daughter and a Fire for my son-in-law. Thanks for the opportunity to win a great book download!


10 Beth C December 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

I did get a kindle for Christmas and now I’m learning to use it. Would love this book! Thanks!


11 Sue Borowiak December 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

We would love to win this for my daughter, an avid reader and new Kindle owner.


12 susan varney December 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

love to win for my grandson


13 Jackie Higgins December 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I’d love to win this as an ebook!


14 Jennifer Y December 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I love this book! I read it aloud to my kids when they were 5, 9, and 12. We haven’t seen the movie yet; we are more book people. :) I use the Kindle app on my iPhone, as do all of my kids (now 13, 17, and 21!!!!). I would love a Kindle someday, but this fills the need until then. :) Thanks for the giveaway!!!


15 Melissa P December 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!


16 Tami December 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I’m shopping for an eReader right now – it’s time! Would love to add this book ;)



17 Jennifer December 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Of course I would love to add another book to my Kindle…and I’ve been curious about this one! Thanks for the opportunity.


18 Audrey Griffis December 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I would love this on my kindle we love the movie and i’m alwasy looking for good kids book to bring on vacations


19 Milcah December 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I haven’t seen the movie, and I think this would be a good read from me to my children.


20 Hailey Ramsey December 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

We’ve had our Kindle for about a year and we LOVE it:) My hubby gave it to me for Christmas. We homeschool and it’s a lifesaver for sure. Ironically we are starting a unit on penguins in the next week or so that I was wanting to center around this book. What a blessing it would be to win and save a little! Thanks for the chance:)


21 Jenny December 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I’d love to win! I actually have two Kindles right now (the keyboard and the touch), but one of them has been passed on to my hubby :-) I love getting the free books, and I’ve also signed up for Lendle to borrow books for free. Pretty great!


22 Tristan December 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I have a Kindle and love reading to my 6 (soon to be 7) children from it. Would love to win this one!


23 Courtney January 2, 2012 at 12:26 am

Thank you for the tips. I would love to read this book to my kiddos!


24 Mozi Esmes Mom January 2, 2012 at 3:47 am

I’d enjoy this!

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25 Katie January 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

This book would be an excellent addition to our ebook library!


26 Erika January 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I’d love to win this book for my son! He would love being read to:) He is obsessed with penguins!


27 caitlinrmcclure January 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I’ve had a sony reader for a while now, love it


28 Debbie Kennedy January 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

Santa didn’t bring me an e-reader, so I’m saving to buy one. I’d love to have some e-books to get started when I buy it! Thanks for the chance!


29 Tia January 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

I have a nook Tablet but use a memory card with it so I am able to read Kindle books as well, I think my son would enjoy reading this.


30 Karen Gonyea January 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I would love this :)


31 Beth C January 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

My husband surprised me with an ereader for Christmas! I’d love this!


32 Selena January 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I got a Nook Tablet for Christmas so this would be great!


33 Alison S. January 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I got a kindle fire for christmas and would love to add this to my book collection!


34 Barb January 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

My daughter got a Kindle from her grandfather for her birthday, and she *loves* it.


35 desiree January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm



36 JoJo January 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

My husband got me a kindle but it is really for the kids. I prefer actual books, but we are saying it is mine, makes it easier for kids just to share mine. Have downloaded a lot for the kids from amazon. Really loved Lionel’s Grand Adventure, Andy the Spider and Willow Crossing for the kids.


37 James Coyne January 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Sounds like a great book


38 Jessica Dawson January 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I would love this!! My little boy would love this.

jessica d


39 Robin Blankenship January 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm

My daughter loves this book


40 LeAnn V January 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm

This was one of my favorite books as a child. I’d love to be able to add this to the family kindle. My girls would love it!


41 Heather January 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I got a Nook for Christmas. Thanks for the tips. I’d love some more books on there for the kids.


42 CAndie L January 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Please enter me. the boys would be excited if mommy finally got them a book for the ereader. tHank you


43 Laureen January 8, 2012 at 1:32 am

I know my girls would love to read this on our tablet! Thanks for the chance to win! :)


44 Julie Jones January 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Great movie. Would love to read the book.


45 heather c January 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm

We got ereaders last year (kindles) from each other to each other. The kinder reads with our kindles.


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