Make friends with your kids and win an Ivy and Bean book

Did you have a best friend growing up? Someone with which you could waste hundreds of glorious hours? If so, they you will certainly relate to the wonderful Ivy and Bean from this best-selling series. If you haven’t met them, here’s a good intro from the Ivy and Bean website: “The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn’t be friends.” You can guess how that turns out!

Ivy and Bean books are great for early readers, especially girls, and fun for parents to read, too, either as a read-aloud, or just to get some info so you can talk with your kids about them. When your daughter slips the bookmark in her copy and goes to turn off the light, you could snuggle up next to her and talk about your own childhood friends. Did you do anything like Ivy and Bean? Does your daughter have a best friend? Ask her if they ever do anything like Ivy and Bean. I always find bedtime is the best time for confidence-inducing conversations.

These books are great for me right now because we just moved to a new house. The Wizard of Why is nervous about making new friends. He’s still at an age where he doesn’t mind if the books are about girls or boys, and I can’t wait to unpack my copy of Ivy and Bean and read it to him. He’s going to love the story. Of course, the prime audience for these books are early readers, and probably girl early readers at that, but there’s no rule that says you have to stick to that! Because the Ivy and Bean series starts out with two neighborhood girls who meet, it’s great for families who are moving.

One thing I’ve done with my son is talk to him about how I will be making new friends too. This week we tried out a new playgroup (our first one actually; I’ve never done one before) and I told him how he might find some new kid friends and I might find some new mom friends. And judging by the way he was rolling around in the grass in a middle of a pile of four-year-old boys while I gabbed on about working and staying at home, I think we both did. Of course, we can overload our little ones if we tell them too much–they need to know that we are the rock, that we are always there. But we can also model for them, show them that we also have things to deal with in life–like making new friends–and show them how it isn’t scary, but something exciting, and that most importantly, it is something with a solution. Reading and discussing books are often a great way to do that.

I’ve blogged about Ivy and Bean before, in this post here, and I will be doing so again (a lot!) as we count down to the release of the next book in their series.

What is an Ivy and Bean Blog-a-Bration?

1) Every week for nine weeks I will be giving away one Ivy and Bean book. (yea!)

2) On the last week (week 9), which will be in early October, one winner from all the previous winners on all the blogs participating will will an awesome prize package that includes a complete set of the hardcover books, Ivy and Bean paper dolls, an Ivy and Bean button factory, a poster, Ivy and Bean Silly Bandz (yes! we are THAT cool!), Ivy and Bean stickers, and a super-secret prize that is, apparently, still in the works (which may be why it’s super-secret?). On the right is a picture of all that awesomeness.

So, enter away! Leave a comment HERE (or at another location where this blog is posted) BEFORE MONDAY, AUGUST 20th, at midnight Eastern time and tell me one thing about your best friend growing up. Or, if you’d rather not, just tell me your name and a way to contact you.

And come back next week for another Ivy and Bean giveaway! If you want to know all the rules and how I will pick the winner, please read this. And if you can’t wait to win a contest, you can find the books at your local indie book store here.

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14 Responses to “Make friends with your kids and win an Ivy and Bean book”

  1. thanks for this giveaway!

  2. Hi Wendy – Stopping by after your post on the SCBWI-MI listserve. Love your blog and welcome to Michigan!

    I actually moved quite a bit growing up, so I don’t really have a best friend that lasted very long. I did have lots of pen pals, though! :)

    What a fun giveaway!

  3. Love your blog! Stopped by after your post on the SCBWI-MI listserve. Welcome to Michigan. What a fun giveaway. I didn’t really have any best friends growing up, since my family moved quite a bit. I did have lots of pen pals, though! :)

  4. Welcome to SCBWI-MI, Wendy! My daughter and I love the Ivy and Bean books, too. I was going to say no need to enter me in the giveaway since my daughter owns all the books, but if I win I’ll donate it to her school library. Thanks!

  5. My best friend and I, growing up. LOVED to go play in the woods behind our houses. We could go back there for hours. One time, we fell in the pond in the woods behind her house, on a fall day, and came back sopping wet and shivering. Her mom wasn’t too happy with us, but we’d had a great adventure.

    • I love this! Your comment is timely because I’ve seen a lot of references to the book “Last Child in the Woods” lately which talks about how kids don’t get to do enough of playing in the woods and falling in ponds anymore. :)

  6. I loved riding bikes with my best friend growing up :)

  7. Hi! I had two large boulders in my yard growing up and my best friends and I built a fort between them and would play there for hours.

  8. My best friend was the greatest. She a tom boy, me not so much. We would take turns playing our favorite activity. She loved to climb trees and would kindly put the step ladder out for me to join her. I loved to play with dolls and would agree that our dolls, dressed to the nines, would be planning a wild adventure to Africa. We often concluded our days of playing by coloring at the kitchen table. That was an activity we both could agree on. It was wonderful to be a kid.

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