My v-day free giveaway!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dearest L-O-V-E-ly Blog Followers,

Happiest Valentine's Day wishes to you and yours! 

Though, I believe that we need to show our love each day and not only when it is dictated by a commercial holiday, sometimes it's hard not to give in to all the hype of this pretty pink and red heart filled day!

Today I would like to say thank you from my heart for following the blog with a fun V-Day/Family Day Giveaway!  

Seven books will be given away for free through my Instagram page @joannebabalis.  These books came from The Magic Suitcase Ltd.

They include the following:

Here is how to participate and win one of the seven free children's books:

  • Follow me on Instagram
  • Like the contest post
  • In the comment section tag (mention) at least five friends who are either in education or parents to young children
  • All the contestants will be added to a random draw
  • For your name to be added more than once into the draw, visit the blog and leave a comment or re-post this contest photo on your social media (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) with the instructions and link for your followers to find their way back to my Instagram feed and blog. 
  • The seven winners will be announced on the evening of Family Day and the books will be mailed out shortly after! 
  • Thanks for participating and good luck!

You can give without loving,

but you cannot love without giving.

                                                                                                                 -Amy Carmichael 


  1. All of the things you do are amazing! Truly an inspiration! You have inspired me to start a blog of my own. I would just like to say thank you for providing resources to DECEs and ideas as to how I can transform aspects of how my students learn.

  2. Joanne, I've said it many times before, I'll say it again, you inspire me to do my best where I am right now! You are amazing

  3. I'd love all of those books! After listening to you talk on Monday, I've been rethinking my entire classroom and a bunch of my program. Everything you do is absolutely amazing.

  4. You are such an inspiration!! Can't wait to take one of your courses :)

  5. Thank you for all you do! Really enjoyed your talk on Monday. I really enjoyed that you were okay with the attendees to ask questions during your lecture. It was comforting to hear that other teachers had similar questions and concerns :)

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  7. What a cool idea! Thanks for putting on this contest and for all that you share, hope to see you soon! :)

  8. This contest is one of my favourite contests I've ever entered. I love your blog and am an avid follower. Everything you do is truly an inspiration. I think this contest is wonderful. As a new teacher I have spent the years trying to collect many amazing picture books to add to my collection and one day have in my classroom library when I have my own class. Picture books represent a unique literary form that blends two of my
    Favourite things - story with art. In a picture book, the illustrations and text work together to form a story. I think it's important for students to have their hands on a variety of different picture books to enhance their reading experience. That is why I have tried to collect many books over the years. I find myself constantly lugging big containers full of picture books for my students I tutor to read and we often take fun trips to the public library. We even discuss our favourite authors. We have many! I don't think reading picture books should stop at a certain age. I still find myself deeply immersed in the text and the illustrations. It continues to increase my imagination and creativity and has hooked me into a lifelong love of reading. Thank you for posting this contest. Continue to do great things and inspire many. I re-posted this to my Instagram and tagged you in it. I also joined your aq on Friday. (I've been checking the website everyday). I can't wait to continue to learn and increase my knowledge with you. Instagram- stefa10

  9. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome giveaway.

  10. Great giveaway! What a wonderful way to end the day!

  11. Thanks so much for this contest. Great idea for connecting those who love books and education.

  12. Keep doing what you're doing! You inspire so many people on a daily basis! (Including myself!)

  13. Love this contest idea !!!
    And thank you for allowing us to be part of your blog on a daily basis !!! What great inspiration !!! Love it !!! 💜💜💜💜💜