Your chance to win a book about 2011's useful trivia, understanding hurricanes and other wicked weather, and—watch out TIFF, here we come!—A guide to making making movies for kids.
To celebrate the back-to-school season, we have three books to give away this week. I’ll tell you about each of them, and tell you how to win our give-away copy:
1. Ever wonder when the first Popcicle was invented? In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson left his glass of fruit punch outside with a stir stick in the glass. When the temperature dropped below freezing, the ubiquitous icy treat was born. The 2011 Almanac of Facts and Stats is full of surprises like this. Amaze family and friends with your arcane knowledge!
To win it: Send me your best back-to-school/end-of-summer story. I’ll draw a name from these to receive the book.
2. It’s hurricane season again, and if you’re stumped when the kids ask you what causes these devastating weather events, Mother Nature Goes Nuts is the book for your family. Explore the reasons behind all kinds of wild weather with easy-to-understand diagrams and experiments. It even comes with a tornado in a bottle.
To win it: Send me your best crazy weather story from the cottage. I’ll draw a name from these to receive the book.
3. It’s also film festival season, at least in Toronto, as TIFF is in full swing. TIFF Kids (formerly Sprockets) is showing a great selection of films for kids. If your young film-fans go beyond simply watching movies to wanting to create them, our third book is The Klutz Book of Animation, so kids can make their own stop-motion movies. Its full of tips, such as how to make cars look like they’re going faster or how to make a sandwich eat itself (plus it comes with plasticine for making claymation video). Check out the kind of things you can do here. Then, hey, shoot for the stars— budding film-makers can enter their work to be considered for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival April 10-22, 2012.
To win it: Send me a story either about a movie you’ve made, a play you’ve put on, or a memorable time watching a movie at the cottage. I’ll draw a name from these to receive the book.
I’ll announce the winners next week.