Candlewick Press best books Time Magazine list giveaway

Candlewick Press Best Books of All Time GIVEAWAY

TIME magazine recently published their lists of Top 100 Young Adult & Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time! With the assistance of industry experts, reviewers, and major literacy non-profits, TIME has compiled a list to honor the all-time classics, both old and new.

Candlewick Press has 4 titles on the Children’s book list and I’m giving away 1 complete set of their books! I am completely serious when I say that I want to keep these all for myself, but I am obliged to do the giveaway. To you perhaps! I’ll be a little jealous when you win, but that’s ok.

Candlewick Press Best Books of All Time GIVEAWAY

The prize pack will include copies of Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, Journey by Aaron Becker, I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (book & plush set).

Please enter Rafflecopter at the bottom to win this great set of books!

Candlewick Press, a leading independent children’s book publisher based near Boston, Massachusetts, has ten titles from this list have been selected for inclusion: 

Candlewick’s Young Adult Novels on Top 100 List

Feed by M. T. Anderson

Anderson takes on consumerism in this smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

* A National Book Award finalist

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo , illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

Note: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is in the Top 25 to be voted on for Best of the Best ranking by reader vote here.

Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

Rob, sickly and devastated by the death of his mother, moves to a hotel with his father for a new start. But after he comes across a caged tiger in the woods outside the motel, the unexpected find helps him overcome his sadness and open up to a new friend.

*A National Book Award finalist

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

* Soon to be a major motion picture

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

A dystopian thriller follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard — and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret.

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci

An unforgettable debut novel that follows an antisocial cinephile as she meets a quick-witted artist who’s savvy enough to see through her sci-fi disguise.

* Celebrating 10th anniversary in February 2015


Candlewick’s Picture Books on Top 100 List

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor– and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.

Note:  I Want My Hat Back is in their Top 25 to be voted on for Best of the Best ranking by popular reader vote here.

Journey by Aaron Becker

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

* A Caldecott Honor Book

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Michelle Knudsen’s disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers. An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Imagine the fun of going on a bear hunt-through tall, wavy grass (SWISHY SWISHY!); swampy mud (SQUELCH SQUELCH!); and a swirling whirling snowstorm (HOOOO WOOOO!) – only to find a “real” bear waiting at the end of the trail! For brave hunters and bear lovers, a classic chant-aloud.


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For anyone who really, really, really wants to win this book collection, please go to my friend Darshana of Flowering Minds blog to enter there. She’s also hosting this very same giveaway so you have 2 chances to win!!

About Candlewick Press Candlewick Press is an independent, employee-owned publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For over twenty years, Candlewick has published outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books UK in London and Walker Books Australia, based in Sydney and Auckland. Visit Candlewick online at To examine any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.   Candlewick Press best books Time Magazine list giveaway   I am an Amazon affiliate which means if you buy anything through my blog, I get a very small kickback at no cost to you. I use this money to pay the postage and handling for my giveaways. Follow PragmaticMom’s board Best Books for Kids on Pinterest.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Sarah

    I love your blog! As a homeschooling mom of 5 girls I always find something interesting on your page.

  2. Loved Tiger Rising. There are some interesting MG and YA books too that are intriguing like A Monster Calls.
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  3. Such great books!!

    Feed has such an interesting voice, and is a very powerful book.

    I also loved the two Kate DiCamillo books. I’m very excited because Edwin Tulane’s illustrator, Bagram Ibatoulline will be illustrating my upcoming nonfiction book on coyotes. His work is so intricately detailed and full of dynamism.

    Thanks, Mia!

  4. Its hard to pick one Mia.. there are so many good ones.. I love At the end of the sidewalk and Sick day for Amos Mcgee and we have read those two so many times, that we have them by heart!
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  5. Evelyn

    We love the book Blueberries for Sal

  6. On the children’s list, Journey is pretty spectacular! My personal favorites are Olivia (always) and Where the Wild Things Are.

  7. Library Lion and We’re Going On A Bear Hunt are two of my all-time favorites!
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  8. So many of my favorite books are from Candlewick. While they didn’t make the list above, while not on the list above, I must give a shout-out to the following-

    A Perfect Place For Ted
    I reviewed it over at “Talking Animal Addicts” and loved it so much I made a fan trailer for it! Leila Rudge’s illustrations have this simple charm to them you can’t help but immerse yourself in.

    Big Mean Mike
    Another great picture book by Michelle Knudsen (illus. Scott Magoon)
    I reviewed this on T.A.A. last year. I also made a fan trailer for it, too!

    I LOVED Elys Dolan’s pop art illustrations in this book, and while minimal in text, the pictures really carry the weight of the storytelling, and does a great job. My only “warning” to parents, it’s a BIG book (dimension-wise) but worth the extra real estate.
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  9. Gloria

    The Cat in the Hat and Charlotte’s Web

  10. beth

    The Snowy Day is my favorite. I remember my mom reading it to me.

  11. Elizabeth

    I LOVE I Want My Hat Back! I will have my own elementary classroom in the fall so I’m working on building a classroom library – these books would be SUCH an amazing addition! 🙂 Thanks for this giveaway!

  12. Cb

    I want my hat back, and library lion.

  13. Sarah J.

    I adore so many of them- any of the Dr Seuss, Little Bear, Katy and Mike Mulligan, Elephant and Piggie, The Pigeon, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Snowy Day… I’ll stop before I’ve just copied the entire list!

  14. Valerie

    The Miraculous Journey of Ed Tulane

  15. sandra

    I’ve always liked The Giving Tree

  16. lej

    We love a lot of them but Owl Moon and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus are two of our favorites that I regularly loan out from the library.

  17. Sarah W

    I’m so happy I found your blog! As a second grade teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom to 3 little girls, I LOVE books!! Seriously, can not get enough of them!! 🙂

  18. My favorite picture books on the Times Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time List are The Snowy Day, Tuesday, Click Clack Moo, Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Press Here, Peter Rabbit, Diary of a Wombat, Extra Yarn, We Are in a Book!, Journey, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and the Poky Little Puppy. Did I mention I’m a children’s librarian? It was hard to pick favorites.

  19. Lisa Coleman

    The Story of Ferdinand. I just love it and have since childhood.

  20. Sandra Kowalczyk

    As a reading specialist who frequently reads to students, it would be fabulous to win this collection. A recent study reported that 83% of children across age groups say they love being read to—studies also seem to suggest that if you do, they are more likely to become Frequent readers.

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