Thursday, December 1, 2011

Win up to $500 in Free Books!

If you're visiting Rate Your Story, you're probably a writer.  Are you aware that the best writers often READ even more than they write?

In honor of this awesome writing tip, and a special holiday promotion from Chronicle Books, Miranda is posting her favorite titles from Chronicle.  Chronicle Books (and Chronicle Books for Kids) tend to publish quirky, non-main stream titles that always make for good reading.  They cover several niche markets.  And....they're one of the few publishing houses that still accepts unsolicited submissions!  (Remember to rate your story and revise first before sending, though!)

Anyway, back to that booklist and awesome giveaway.  Chronicle is giving away $500 in free books.  If Miranda wins, she's got to choose a FRIEND to also receive the books.    If you want to be that friend or know of a good charity that she should donate to (if she wins), COMMENT BELOW!!

And, a Charity will benefit if Miranda wins, too - Books for Africa.  Why Books for Africa?  Read all about their 1 Million Books for Gambia campaign that Miranda is involved with.

Now, if Miranda won $500 from Chronicle, here are the titles she'd choose (note, most of them are Chronicle Books for Children).  Oh, and she would request THREE copies of each - because she has two kids...and one for her!!

One Love

Adapted by Cedella Marley - Based on the song by Bob Marley
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
10 x 9-5/8 in; 32 pp;
Guided Reading Level: G
Published in August, 2011
ISBN 9781452102245
ISBN10 1452102244

Story Painter

The Life of Jacob Lawrence
By John Duggleby
10 x 9-5/8 in; 64 pp;
Full color throughout, Ages 8-12
Published in October, 1998
ISBN 9780811820820
ISBN10 0811820823

Round is a Mooncake

A Book of Shapes
By Roseanne Thong,Illustrated by Grace Lin
9 x 9 in; 40 pp;
full color throughout, Ages 4-8
Guided Reading Level: J
Published in June, 2000
ISBN 9780811826761
ISBN10 0811826767

Night of the Moon

A Muslim Holiday Story
By Hena Khan,Illustrated by Julie Paschkis
8 x 11 in; 36 pp;
full-color throughout, ages 4-8
Published in June, 2008
ISBN 9780811860628
ISBN10 0811860620

Just a Minute!

A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
By Yuyi Morales
8-1/2 x 10-1/2 in; 36 pp;
full color throughout, ages 4-8
Guided Reading Level: L
Published in September, 2003
ISBN 9780811837583
ISBN10 0811837580

The Space Between Trees

By Katie Williams
5-5/8 x 8-1/8 in; 256 pp;
unjacketed hardcover with laser cuts, ages 14 and up
Guided Reading Level: Z
Published in June, 2010
ISBN 9780811871754
ISBN10 0811871754



How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend

By Gary Ghislain
5-5/8 x 8 in; 208 pp;
1-color throughout, ages 12 and up
Guided Reading Level: Z+
Published in May, 2011
ISBN 9780811874601
ISBN10 0811874605

Dan Eldon: Safari As a Way of Life

By Jennifer New
6-1/2 x 8-1/4 in; 176 pp;
full-color art and photographs throughout, plus special features, ages 12 and up
Published in September, 2011
ISBN 9780811870917
ISBN10 081187091X


 Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

By Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
10 x 9-5/8 in; 32 pp;
full-color images throughout, ages 4-8
Guided Reading Level: J
Published in April, 2011
ISBN 9780811877824
ISBN10 0811877825

Remember, this promotion is sponsored by Chronicle Books (not Rate Your story - remember, we're a free site with no money to give away...).

You can enter to be the FRIEND Miranda considers giving her prize to if she wins by COMMENTING BELOW.  Help her win books for herself, you (hopefully), and Books for Africa's 1 Million Books for Gambia Campaign!

Want to get in on the original promotion?  Check out the details here!

Want submission guidelines for Chronicle Books?  Check out their submissions page.  But first, don't forget to get your story read and rated for FREE by a professional writer at Rate Your Story!


  1. I would love to help Miranda win books! What a fantastic opportunity. I would donate the books as well. I think that this is a great blog! I am excited to follow.

  2. Thanks, Sandi! I hope you enjoyed this and all the other posts here at Rate Your Story! And if you're a writer, don't forget that one of our volunteer judges will read and rate your story for free. Happy holidays!

  3. These are excellent choices, and I'd love to help Miranda win books, too. Children need good books to lift them out of momentary despair and to encourage them towards lifelong courage, strength and faith.


  4. Thanks, Claudine. I'll keep you posted if I win!


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