Being The Best Me! Giveaway

In honor of those of you who have to get to return to school today, I've partnered with my friends at Free Spirit Press to give away some of their new early education character-development books from 
the Being The Best Me! series.

It's never too early to start talking character with our littlest learners. 
Do you know the three domains of character development? 
1. Cognitive - Know what's right.
2. Affective - Love what's right.
3. Behavioral - Do what's right.
Without intentionally training our character kids, we are leaving too much to chance. We must flood their world with character in thought, word, and deed.  
We must make character a verb!
 Head. Heart. Hands.
This series, expertly scripted by Cheri J. Meiners and gorgeously illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, not only tells children to be good, but it talks them through the positive consequences of good choices in kid-friendly language.

In the Be Positive book, for example, there's a perseverance page that reads like this: Things won't always go the way I want, but I can keep trying.  In the Feel Confident book, it reads like this: I believe that I can do hard things. When I do my best and keep trying I get better at being me.

The thirty-two pages with brilliant pictures and easy-to-understand text for the children are followed by four pages of engaging enrichment ideas, reflections and activities for the character educators in their lives.

Here's the best part of this Best Me series ... 
I've got six (6) copies to give away!

So, inspired by Paula at Right Road Kids, I'm doing a KOGO (keep one, give one) giveaway. 
To enter, just leave a comment telling us 
whom you're going to share with if you win. 
From those comments, we'll pick three (3) names and send them a copy of each book, one to keep and one to give to a friend. How about that for a great way to kick off second semester?

Contest will be opened until Sunday, January 5th, at noon central.

This giveaway is now closed. 
Thanks for your interest in these books.


  1. Once again you have introduced me to something new!! These books look fabulous. I love the theme and especially how it addresses the whole person: mind, body and action. Who would I share with if I win? First the students at my school... secondly I've put in a proposal to do a presentation on blogging at the Cobb County school counselor mini-conference in February. I'll give away copies to another counselor there. thanks Barbara and keep on sharing the JOY!

  2. We host kids in need through Safe Families, and I'd love to send home a copy of these books with them when they return to their parents! I've gotten the impression they don't have many books, and books on positive topics like this would be great!

  3. If I would win, I will give them to the children at Ronald McDonald House here in Madison, Wi. I think these books would be perfect for them

  4. If I were to win, I would give the second copy to our school library so the book is available to both teachers and students. I am not familiar with Cheri J. Meiners as an author. This looks like a great series.

  5. AWESOME! I love these! One copy for home and one for school! My daughter would love these! (will purchase if we do not win - what a great concept - thank you for posting!) Lots of excitement...lots of exclamation points!!!! :)

  6. What a fun giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. If I'm lucky enough to win I'm going to give a copy to the grade one teacher at the school down the road from me. I taught there for 13 years .... It has its share of "characters" and I know she'd love it.

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  7. If I win, I would put one copy in our classroom library, and give one to our school library. katienussbaum87@gmail.com

  8. If I win, I would give it to my niece who is an avid reader, thank you.
    My email zora.brozina@gmail.com

  9. Exciting! I am not familiar with this series either, but I love, love, love the Three Domains of Character Development! Are they presented this way in the series? I sort of would like to change #2 Affective to "Feel what's right" instead of "Love what's right" because I teach my students (exhaustively) about "feeling" the right thing to do...it's empathy! But I could go with "Love" if that's in the series. I, also, would be interested in purchasing these even if I don't win. However, if I do win I'm sharing them with the brand new 2nd grade teacher I am mentoring this year. She is such a supporter of my "empathy crusade" and I know she would use them for good!! Thanks, Barbara!!

    1. That's a good question, Lisa. The books don't actually address the 3 domains of character but I felt like they covered them. You are right ... love it, embrace it, feel it ... they're synonymous in that 2nd domain.

      I didn't mean to lead you astray with my review ... thanks for keeping me on my toes.


    2. No, no! I wasn't led astray by your review! It's just semantics! I'm really thinking a series like this would be very beneficial to use with my youngest learners and, as I'm apt to do, I overthink things. If I've been using the term "feel what's right" and then I introduce "love what's right," would they be confused? Probably not...they don't overthink things like I do! I was just wondering if that particular phrasing was used in the series. Your review, as usual, was excellent, and only served to lead me to another potentially great resource. Many thanks!

  10. So fun! I'd share it with one of my friends from the other school I taught at so there'd be two schools who could use it. I love the KOGO idea! It makes it so much more fun! :)

  11. Love, love, love! I would share with a friend who is also a school counselor.

  12. I love these! I would make them a part of my classroom curriculum to talk about positive thinking and turning "stormy thoughts" into "sunny thoughts." I would also put them into the office so students have great books to read while they wait for their parents or suffer from tummy aches. Thanks!

  13. If I won, I'd give one to a teacher who did her internship in my room four years ago. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  14. These look really special! I love the illustrations! We share books with one of the school libraries that we visit. This is a very small school - Pre -K thru 12. A place that we dearly love, but that has few resources and a small library. What a fun way to start the new year! Thanks Ms Gruener for sharing!

  15. Would love to bring these books to the social workers in our community's homeless shelter. Eager to get to know these books!

  16. Oh how exciting! These books seem to be perfect for the little ones!!! My district just opened a PreK program this year. I would love, love, love to have these for my PreK, K, and 1st graders. I would place the other set in our district resource center with a shout out to all the other seven school counselors in the district so they can add them to their repertoire for our new little ones! What a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing!!!

  17. Feedback from Sue on my FB page: I'd share it with two schools and not keep any. The schools are Collegium Charter Schools in PA and Roberts Elementary in GA. These are schools my granddaughters attend and my daughter is a speech therapist in the GA. School!

  18. These are so great! I would definitely share this with a fellow counselor friend at another school in Cincinnati - she would love these for her students!

  19. Thanks for the chance to win! I'd share these with my nephew :-)


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