Once Upon a Story
April 2, 2015

Hooray! It’s that time of year again.

It’s the day I can totally overindulge on chocolate cake and queso and whatever else my heart desires and not feel an ounce of guilt because

Hey! It’s my birthday!

Once upon a time I could sleep in late, too, but now there are little people in my life for whom “sleeping in late” means sleeping until 7am. And then they want cake. For breakfast.

It’s all about the cake.

Okay, the cake and the books.

Because it has become tradition around here to share the joy with a little birthday book giveaway!

I’ve done something a little different ever year. It’s always somehow personal to me (it is my birthday, after all), but also a chance to share some of the celebration with YOU.

So here’s what I’ve come up with this year.

In January, I picked a word to be my “guide” for the year. This is not a new practice, but it’s the first year I’ve done so. The word I picked was:


That means different things to different people, but for me it meant setting goals and reaching for them. Looking for the silver lining in tough situations. Focusing on the positive. Acknowledging the small gifts in the midst of all the negative. Being the shine for others.

For this year’s giveaway, I want to shine some light on a few books that, in one way or another, fit with my personal theme for the year.

Here’s how it works:

1. Check out the books below. I’ve selected two early readers, 2 picture books, and 2 middle grades.

2. Fill out the entry form (U.S residences only, sorry! One entry per household) by midnight on THURSDAY, APRIL 9th.

3. Submit.


That’s it! I’ll draw one winner and ship them the book of his/her choice.


That’s just as good as cake, right?

This year’s selections are:

(click on an image for more info)

Good luck!


Maria G. , enjoy your copy of FISH IN A TREE!


One response to “Happy Birthday to Me (AGAIN) and the Annual Birthday Book Giveaway (AGAIN)”

  1. So fun! Happy birthday, my beautiful friend!! xoxo

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