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9th Annual SOLSC Prize Reveal

Giveaway Image V1 (1)We have been working hard behind the scenes in preparation for the 9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Are you participating this year?  Check back on our blog Sunday to sign up!

The 9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) will run from Tuesday, March 1st through Thursday, March 31st.   Everyone who participates in the challenge (the adult challenge, not the classroom challenge) for all 31 days will be eligible to win a prize at the end of the month.  To win a prize, you will need to write a Slice of Life Story every day during the month of March.  You will need to properly link your post in the comment section of the daily call for Slices.  Please remember, do NOT post your link on our SOL info page.  Post your link on the daily call for Slices.  If you complete the challenge, you will sign a pledge.  Prize recipients will be selected randomly at the end of the challenge using a random number generator.  Winners will be announced on April 1oth.

Of course, no one participates in the challenge solely to win a prize.  But it sure is exciting if you do!   Without further adieu here is the list of prizes for the 9th Annual SOLSC, all donated by our generous sponsors.  Please click on the links to visit their pages.



Bloomsbury Publishing is donating three prize packs of Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) to three separate winners.  Each winner will receive an ARC of How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin (for middle grade readers), The Eureka Key by Sarah Thomson (for middle grade readers), Little Shaq Takes a Chance by Shaquille O’Neal (for early readers), and Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange (for young adult readers).

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Candlewick Press is donating a set of books by Tricia Springstubb: Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe and Cody and the Fountain of Happiness, both of which publish in April.

Cody and the Mysteries

Cody and the Fountain


Charlesbridge Publishing is donating a set of ten picture books from 2016 spring collection to one winner.


Chronicle Books is donating five prizes.  Each winner will receive a book published by Chronicle Books, as well as a writing journal.


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Cinco Punto Press is donating three titles: My Tata’s Remedies: Los remdios de mi tata by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, Playing for the Devil’s Fire by Phillippe Diederich, and Seeing Off the Johns by Rene S. Perez II.

Tata's Remedies


Seeing Off the Johns

Harper CollinsHarper Collins Publishers is donating a prize pack of three books to one winner.  The winner will receive Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love by Kimberly & James Dean, Worm Loves Worm by T.J. Austrian, and Silly Wonderful You by Sherry Duskey Rinker.






Heinemann is donating eleven subscriptions to their Digital Campus Reference Library to eleven winners.

Digital Campus Reference Library

Additionally, they are donating a total of seventeen books.  Seventeen winners will receive one of the following books:

The Big Book of Details: 46 Moves for Teaching Writers to Elaborate by Rozlyn Linder

Big Book


The Unstoppable Writing Teacher: Real Strategies for the Real Classroom by M. Colleen Cruz

The Unstoppable Writing Teacher

Fearless Writing: Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire by Tom Romano

Fearless Writing

Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing by Penny Kittle

Write Beside Them

Read Write Teach: Choice and Challenge in The Reading-Writing Workshop by Linda Rief

Read Write Teach

The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching edited by Matt Glover and Ellin Oliver Keene

The Teacher You Want to Be

Lessons That Change Writers by Nancie Atwell

Lessons that Change Writers

Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell

Writing with Mentors

Children Want to Write: Donald Graves and the Revolution in Children’s Writing edited by Thomas Newkirk and Penny Kittle

Children Want to Write

Writers ARE Readers: Flipping Reading Instruction into Writing Opportunites by Lester Laminack and Reba M. Wadsworth

Writers ARE Readers

Learning from Classmates: Using Students’ Writing as Mentor Texts by Lisa Eickholdt

Learning from Classmates

Classroom Management Matters: The Social–Emotional Learning Approach Children Deserve by Gianna Cassetta and Brook Sawyer

Classroom Management Matters

From Ideas to Words: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners by Tasha Tropp Laman

From Ideas to Words

After THE END, Second Edition by Barry Lane

After THE END, Second Edition

Hidden Gems: Naming and Teaching from the Brilliance in Every Student’s Writing by Katherine Bomer

Hidden Gems

Self-Directed Writers: The Third Essential Element in the Writing Workshop by Leah Mermelstein

Self-Directed Writers

What a Writer Needs, Second Edition by Ralph Fletcher

What a Writer Needs


Kids Can Press

Kids Can Press is donating two prize packs to two separate winners.  Each winner will receive a pack of five Marianne Dubuc’s books.  The titles are The Animal’s’ Ark, Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds, The Bus Ride, Animal Masquerade, and In Front of My House.

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Mr Postmouse

The Bus Ride

Animal Masquerade

In Front of My House


LBYR_Logo (1)Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is donating two prize packages of books. One winner will receive a picture book package containing Pirate, Viking, & Scientist by Jared Chapman, Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine, and Birdie’s First Day of School by Sujean Rim.

Pirate Viking Scientist

Little Shop of Monsters

Birdies First Day of School

The second winner will receive the following books: President of the Whole Sixth Grade by Sherri Winston, Woundabout by Lev Rosen and Ellis Rosen, Minna’s Patchwork Coat by Lauren A. Mills, Drift & Dagger by Kendall Kulper, The Young World by Chris Weitz, and Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith.

President of the Whole 6th Grade

Minnas Patchwork Coat

Drift & Dagger

Young World

Hello Goodbye


Macmillan Publishing is donated a Fierce Reads t-shirt along with a Fierce Reads tote bag to one winner.




Penguin Publishing is donating five copies of The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley to five separate winners.

Random House is donating a box of young adult titles to one winner.

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Responsive Classroom is donating three books to three winners.  One winner will receive a copy of The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis.  Another winner will receive a copy of Energizers! by Susan Lattanzi Roser.  The third winner will receive a copy of Interactive Modeling: A Powerful Technique for Teaching Children by Margaret Berry Wilson.




Simon & Schuster is donating ten tote bags filled with an assortment of young adult books to ten winners.




Stenhouse Publishers is donating five separate prizes to five separate winners.  Each winner will receive a book of their choosing from the Stenhouse catalog.  Also, watch during our mid-month challenges to see even more prizes from Stenhouse Publishers.

Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, otherwise known as The 2 Sisters, are donating ten prizes. Five winners will receive a three-month online membership to The Daily Cafe, and five winners will receive a three-month membership to CCPensieve, an online classroom conferring program.

The Daily Cafe


In addition to these generous publishing companies, we also received donations from individual authors who support the mission of Two Writing Teachers.

Author Rose Cappelli is donating a set of three professional books to one winner.  The winner will receive Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature K-6; Nonfiction Mentor Texts: Teaching Informational Writing Through Children’s Literature K-8, and Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading & Writing Connections K-8.  All three books were written by  Lynn Dorfman & Rose Cappelli.


Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, authors of Assessment in Perspective, are donating two writer’s survival kits to two separate winners.  Each kit consist of a Slice of Life journal, the book One Word, dark chocolate caramels, and a candle.

AmyLV1-2Amy Ludwig Vanderwater is donating a copy of her book Everyday Birds to one winner.


Jennifer Serravallo is donating a signed copy of the winner’s choice of any of her published books.

Author Alan J. Wright is donating a copy of his book Searching for Hen’s Teeth: Poetry from the Search Zone.

Hen's Teeth

Finally, we also received donations from our own writing community of year-long Slice of Life writers.

Linda Baie is donating a prize pack of books to one winner.  The prize pack includes Bullying Hurts: Teaching Kindness Through Read Alouds and Guided Conversations by Lester Laminack and Reba M. Wadsworth, Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst, and Real Revision by Kate Messner.


Sally Donnelly is donating two journals to two separate winners.

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Glenda Funk is donating Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel to one winner.


Pamela Hodges is donating five of her coloring books, Color The Cats – Forty Real Cats From Around The World and Their Stories, to five winners.


Just when you thought we couldn’t possibly have more prizes… we do!  Keep your eye out during the month for our mid-month challenges.  There will be more prizes for those challenge winners, donated by Stenhouse, The Highlights Foundation, and Princeton Architectural Press!











Dana Murphy View All

Literacy Coach, Reader, Writer

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