Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Croods Movie Book Prize Pack Giveaway

Who's excited for Dreamworks Animation's new movie, The Croods?  I know we are!!  The Croods is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world's first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed.  In their travels, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures--and their outlook is changed forever.  Voices starring in the movie include Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman.  Here's a clip!
Even more exciting for us are the books that are being offered by Simon and Schuster!  They have released some great new books based on the movie.  You can enter below for a chance to win 4 titles that the whole family will enjoy!  Check them out!  
The Croods Movie Novelization is a book geared for 8 to 12 year olds.  It's a 136 page book to get you hungry for the movie.  We just love reading these novelizations before the movie or even after the movie to increase our excitement or to compare the two stories.

Grug's Survival Guide (The Croods) is a survival guide for living in the Croodacious period.  This book includes stickers, tips and tricks to living, eating and dealing with all of the crazy creatures of the land.

Here Come the Croods (Ready to Read: Level Two)  This one is perfect for the younger readers in your house.  Kylie has zipped through this one a few times already!

Family Road Trip (The Croods) This one is geared towards the slightly younger crew.  Brynn has enjoyed checking out all the detailed pictures as we read!

Visit the official website
Like The Croods on Facebook
Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter #TheCroods
Re-pin great DIY tutorials, printables & more from The Croods on Pinterest!

 Comment below for a chance to win The Croods Book prize package giveaway:  The Croods Movie Novelization, Grug's Siurvival Guide, Here Come the Croods and Family Road Trip.  Two lucky winners will be selected by  This prize packs are valued at $20.96 each and are open to US residents only.

1.  Please leave a comment below by April 7th, 2013

2.  You can also Like Betterwithabook on Facebook  and leave a comment telling me you liked our page.  

3.  For an additional entry, follow betterwithabook on Twitter and tweet:
@betterwithabook I hope I win @DWAnimation's #thecroods book prize package!

4.  Daily comments allowed for additional entries.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Dreamworks Animation for providing The Croods prize package for us! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

If you like the American Girl Doll Book Series, Try These!!

Do you have a young reader at home who just loves the American Girl Doll collection?  I sure do!  We have read many of the accompaning stories and have loved them.  However, my little one is not quite ready to read the stories on her own.  A few weeks ago, I came across a series of books written by Valerie Tripp, an author to many of the American Girl books, and haven't stopped reading them!!  Check out the Hopscotch Hill School Series!  The books read much like the American Girl stories, but the level is right around a second grade reading level, perfect for those young readers who are just learning to read independently.  The stories center around a bunch of students who attend the Hopscotch school with their teacher, Miss Sparks.  Like the American Girl Doll series, each book ends with some type of positive message about learning, friendship or thoughtfulness.

Right now, we are reading Hallie's Horrible Handwriting.  Hallie seems to be having trouble with her handwriting and is getting very frustrated!  Some friends in the class leave her some special treats to help her with her handwriting and her very special note to some important classroom guests turns out beautifully.  What I absolutely love about each of these books by Valerie Tripp, is the section at the end of each of the books that explains a bunch of activities created by teachers and child specialists to help your children with skills, confidence and encouragement.  In this book, there are a bunch of handwriting activities, including writing with flashlights in the dark and adding sound effects while writing at home.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

These books don't seem to be in print at this time, but are still available used on  We own one of the books, but have borrowed the rest of them from our school library.  They're out there!  Apparently, there were even dolls to go along with each of the books!   There are several in the series!  Check them out!
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