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Week 2: Woobo’s ‘Teacher-Approved’ Kids’ Book Giveaway

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This week’s contest is over 🙁 BUT no worries! Head over to our blog post for Week 4 of our ‘Teacher-Approved Book Giveaway’ contest to enter!

With the summer coming to a close and the school year quickly approaching, let’s get some kids ready for the new school year with some amazing, hand picked books by our favorite teachers! Check out our featured teacher below, the four books we are giving away this week, and how to enter the contest.


Week 2: Featured Teacher

August Deshais


Mr. Deshais’ Favorite Books That He Wants to Share With You!

  • Connector.

    This is Not My Hat

    This is Not My Hat is a Caldecott Medal winner. It is beautifully illustrated and has a story that not only begs to be read again and again, but also invites meaningful classroom discussions on right and wrong.

    Author: Jon Klassen

  • Connector.

    The Most Magnificent Thing

    The Most Magnificent Thing is about a young inventor who is creating a most magnificent, and secret, thing and is a great place to start when addressing the importance iterative thinking with students.

    Author: Ashley Spires

  • Connector.

    Frog and Toad Are Friends

    Frog and Toad are Friends. Few things capture the magic of friendship better than a Frog and Toad story, and this book holds my favorite tale of all- A Lost Button.

    Author: Arnold Lobel

  • Connector.

    Feathers: Not Just for Flying

    Feathers: Not Just for Flying. Amazing illustrations accompany this non-fiction text, which can be read as a simple story, or more deeply explored as a springboard for a lesson on form and function in the animal world.

    Author: Melissa Stewart. Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannan

Week 2: Featured Teacher

August Deshais


Mr. Deshais’ Favorite Books That He Wants to Share With You!

This is Not My Hat is a Caldecott Medal winner. It is beautifully illustrated and has a story that not only begs to be read again and again, but also invites meaningful classroom discussions on right and wrong.

Author: Jon Klassen

The Most Magnificent Thing is about a young inventor who is creating a most magnificent, and secret, thing and is a great place to start when addressing the importance iterative thinking with students.

Author: Ashley Spires

Frog and Toad are Friends. Few things capture the magic of friendship better than a Frog and Toad story, and this book holds my favorite tale of all- A Lost Button.

Author: Arnold Lobel

Feathers: Not Just for Flying. Amazing illustrations accompany this non-fiction text, which can be read as a simple story, or more deeply explored as a springboard for a lesson on form and function in the animal world.

Author: Melissa Stewart. Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannan

About Mr. Deshais

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself!

    I teach kindergarten at Ridgewood Elementary, in Eureka, CA, a small school nestled between the redwoods and the Pacific Ocean. I was recently selected as the 2016-17 Humboldt County Teacher of the Year. In addition to my regular classroom duties, I am part of my district’s Leadership Team, a 2015 PBS Digital Innovator, current National Writing Project teacher-consultant, and co-facilitator of a monthly Next Generation Science Standards collaborative for K-12 teachers for my county office of education. I enjoy writing about innovative and creative teaching methods for various education organizations (including Graphite, Edutopia, Ten Marks, and more), infusing the maker movement into my teaching practice, and using my classroom 3D printer in new and novel ways as often as possible. Most importantly, though, I am the proud geek dad of three amazing kids!

  • Can you share something you find special about the children you teach?

    I love that kindergarteners are brave learners! They fearlessly explore the world around them, love coming to school each and every day, enjoy making new friends, and they make me love being a teacher!

  • Do you have any thoughts on reading with children that you’d like to share?

    I encourage families to read with their children even after their children can read them to them. Sharing a story, whether a picture or chapter book, is a great time to connect with children and builds comprehension skills.

  • Do you have any links or resources you’d like us to recommend?

    I’m a big fan of Edutopia.

Thank you, Mr. Deshais, for being a dedicated teacher and sharing your selections with us!


Now it’s time to win some books!


Week 2’s contest has ended! Click the link to the right to head over to our Week 4 blog post to enter!

  • thisisnotmyhat
  • TheMostMagnificentThing
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends
  • Feathers: Not Just for Flying

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Unfortunately, our Teacher-Approved Book Giveaway has ended 🙁 But get ready for a really fun contest we will launch in a few days giving away some of our favorite STEM toys over here at Woobo. Check out this youtube video for one of our favorites called a Makey Makey. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list to know when the giveaway begins!!

Thank you so much for being a part of our Teacher-Approved Book Giveaway! We are so happy to share these books with you and are so grateful to the teachers who participated!

Team Woobo