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Joy Cowley Contest Winner!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 1, 2017 3:15:00 PM

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We have our contest winner! Is it you? Click here to find out who won the grand prize!

 

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JOY COWLEY GIVEAWAY 2017!

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on Feb 28, 2017 11:50:00 AM

 

It's not too late to enter the Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway! The grand prize includes more than 100 leveled readers from the Joy Cowley Collection and Joy Cowley Early Birds series, a dream addition to any classroom library! JoyCowley_Contest2017_550px-add.jpg

All you need to do is fill out a short form to be entered for the grand prize, which features:

  • 60 Joy Cowley Collection leveled readers
  • 45 Joy Cowley Early Birds lower-leveled readers, including the all-new Little Rabbit series
  • 34 Joy Cowley big books, including her newest Mrs. Wishy-Washy big books
  • 1 set of finger puppets

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But wait! The Joy Cowley celebration doesn’t just stop here—THREE teacher-bloggers have teamed up with Hameray to host their own Joy Cowley mini-giveaways! Join Lyssa, Kathy, and Laureen’s giveaways to win a Wishy-Washy Garden big book at the links below:

The deadline for the Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway is March 1—don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

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Click the left image below to download a brochure featuring Joy Cowley's books. Click the right image below to enter the Joy Cowley Giveaway! 

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Topics: Joy Cowley Collection, Joy Cowley, Joy Cowley Early Birds, Contests, Giveaway

See Our Contest Winners Enjoying Their Prizes!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 26, 2016 3:36:35 PM

Classroom teacher Billie Fuller, winner of our Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway this year, was kind enough to send us some photos of her surprised and happy students opening their box and discovering the books and finger puppets that they won. She said they were very excited!

You can see them posed below with some big books, finger puppets, and more! Be sure to check back regularly and subscribe to our posts to find out when our next contest will be held! 

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To learn more about the books and other prizes that this classroom received, you can download the series highlights for the Joy Cowley Collection and Joy Cowley Early Birds by clicking below, or you can read about the audiobooks and finger puppets by clicking here

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Find Out Who Won The Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 14, 2016 3:20:26 PM

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The Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway 2016 wrapped up yesterday, and we're ready to announce our winner. And, because of the tremendous response to the contest, we also have TWO surprises for you! Read on to find out what they are, and find out who the grand prize winner is!

 

Surprise 1: Mini-Prize Winners


We picked extra mini-prize winners! The following ten people are our ten runners up! Here's what they won!

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One copy of What Is a Book? goes to these five lucky winners:

1. Susan Dee of Durham Community School in Durham, ME

2. Kari Meeks of Noah's Ark Preschool in North Port, FL

3. Carolyn Wojtera of McHarg Elementary in Radford, VA

4. Jacob West of Meadowbrook Elementary in Sturgis, SD

5. Wendy Davies of Mason Elementary in Lee's Summit, MO

 

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1. Carrie Hernandez of Leggee Elementary in Huntley, IL

2. Kim Barr of George Anderson Elementary in Allen, TX

3. Mary Ellen Vachta of Crestwood Elementary School in Cresco, IA

4. Debra Getsinger of Kiddieland in Shelby, NC

5. Jennifer McAdoo of Kinderpond Learning Center in Sheboygan, WI

Congrats to our mini-prize winners—we hope you enjoy your prizes!

 

Surprise 2: Preview 15 New Stories by Joy (Coming Soon!)

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You’ll be excited to know that Joy has authored 15 new stories! The adventures of Little Rabbit—the next installment of the Joy Cowley Early Birds series—are coming soon. Little Rabbit, his family, and his friends will delight and engage young readers with their cute and funny explorations. You can click here for a sneak peek into this fun new series of books.

       

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Congratulations to Billie, who has won a complete set of all of our Joy Cowley products—leveled readers, big books, audiobooks, and finger puppets—worth over $1,000. 

Thanks to everyone who entered this year, and we hope you stay tuned for our next contest by subscribing to our blog posts at the top of the page. 

Want to learn more about our Joy Cowley books? Click the images below to download series information sheets with key features, or visit this page to see the titles on offer.

 

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Teacher Bloggers Weigh In on Joy Cowley's Newer Characters, Pt. 2!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 6, 2016 2:04:00 PM

As part of our celebration of Joy Cowley during this year's incarnation of our yearly Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway (click here to enter BEFORE APRIL 14th, if you haven't already!), this year we had a group of teacher bloggers weigh in on some of Joy's lesser-known characters. We wanted to know, from an educator's perspective, what there was to say about these characters and the books that they are featured in. Our first batch of blogger posts came out on March 23 and you can see those here. Today we have an all-new batch of posts from different bloggers, giving more perspectives—some on the same characters, and some on different ones! If you want to know more, read on for a listing of where you can see these character reviews and some ideas for using these books in your classroom!

 

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Mrs. Price's Kindergators 

Learning Is For Superstars: Post 1 and Post 2

Learn more about Barbie the Lamb and Mr. Whisper!


Huggles and the Gruesomes

Primary Teaching Resources

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Kreative in Kinder

Learn more about Huggles and The Gruesomes!

 

Hairy Bear and Miniboy

Filling the Frame with Learning

Learn more about Hairy Bear and Miniboy!

 

Smarty Pants and Mr. Tang

Tales of a First-Grade Teacher

Beach, Sand, and Lesson Plans

Learn more about Smarty Pants and Mr. Tang!

  

We also created a brand new set of packages featuring only these newer characters, in case you had all the old favorites and wanted to bolster your collection with these fun newer guys! You can find the new character set here, and the guided reading version with six-packs of each book here!

I'd like to give a special thanks to all of the teachers who participated in this year's giveaway and character review! We love having the perspectives of educators and being able to share them with the wider educational and literacy communities!

If you are a teacher with a blog and would like to be considered as a contributor, either to our weekly blog postings or to be involved in our next contest, email tara@hameraypublishing.com and let us know how you'd like to participate.

— Tara

 

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Teacher Bloggers Weigh In on Joy Cowley's Newer Characters, Pt. 1!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 23, 2016 6:15:19 PM

As part of our celebration of Joy Cowley during this year's incarnation of our yearly Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway (click here to enter, if you haven't already!), this year we had a group of teacher bloggers weigh in on some of Joy's lesser-known characters. We wanted to know, from an educator's perspective, what there was to say about these characters and the books that they are featured in. Our first batch of blogger posts is in! If you want to know more, read on for a listing of where you can see these character reviews and some ideas for using these books in your classroom!

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Hairy Bear and Miniboy

Searching for Teacher Balance

Reading Toward the Stars

Laugh, Eat, Learn

Learn more about Hairy Bear and Miniboy!

 

Smarty Pants and Mr. Tang

Busy in Kindergarten

Learn more about Smarty Pants and Mr. Tang!

 

Sloppy Tiger and Oscar

Maggie's Kinder Corner

Swamp Frog First-Graders

Storytime Secrets

Learn more about Sloppy Tiger and Oscar!

 

  

We also created a brand new set of packages featuring only these newer characters, in case you had all the old favorites and wanted to bolster your collection with these fun newer guys! You can find the new character set here, and the guided reading version with six-packs of each book here!

I'll be posting the next batch of teacher blogger posts soon as our busy-bee teachers return from their spring breaks and test the books out on their students! Keep an eye out for the next update. :)

If you are a teacher with a blog and would like to be considered as a contributor, either to our weekly blog postings or to be involved in our next contest, email tara@hameraypublishing.com and let us know how you'd like to participate.

— Tara

 

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It's time to enter the Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway 2016!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 9, 2016 5:18:01 PM

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Dear Blog Readers,

You know what time it is! It comes every year! Welcome to the Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway 2016! This year we have more prizes than ever! One lucky classroom will win an entire set of Joy Cowley Collection leveled readers (60 books), Joy Cowley Early Birds lower-leveled readers (30 books), all of her newest big books (19 big books), and a set of finger puppets...PLUS this year we are also giving away three audiobook CDs that have Joy reading 45 of her stories out loud!

All you have to do is CLICK HERE to enter by telling us what you and your students love most about Joy Cowley's books! After you enter, you'll be given a chance to tell a friend about the contest—spread the joy! 

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We Have Our Joy Cowley 2015 Contest Winners!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 1, 2015 4:39:00 PM

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We're pleased to announce the grand prize winner of the

2015 Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway:

SHARON BROWN
of 
Dann C. Byck Elementary School

Sharon wins the Grand Prize Package, worth over $1000, of every leveled reader in the Joy Cowley Collection, the Joy Cowley Early Birds series, eighteen big books and a set of finger puppets!

Here are the ten winners of our runner-up prize: a copy of the classic Do-Whacky-Do big book!
  1. Curtis Green, North Florida Child Development/Early Headstart
  2. Jackie LanierMaysville Elementary 
  3. Cara HessPutnam Valley Elementary School 
  4. Brenda HustonMcCallen ISD 
  5. Dawn McCray CoutsMcKinley Elementary School 
  6. Patti NelsonKennedy Elementary School 
  7. Linda BakerPrescott Elementary School 
  8. Candace CraneHoulton Elementary School 
  9. Kari LopezHighland Primary 
  10. Phyllis BerkofskyPS 63 Authors' Academy

A big thanks to everyone who entered, and to all our participating guest bloggers. And a big congratulations to each of our winners. We will be contacting you soon to get your shipping addresses!

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Congratulations to the Winners of Our Mini-Contests!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 25, 2015 3:00:00 PM

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There's still a week left in our Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway, and you can enter by clicking here, but our participating bloggers have announced the winners of their mini-contests to win a copy of Joy Cowley's newest big book,
Do-Whacky-Do. Here are the winners!

Ysela Flores
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Heather Alexander
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Cherie Mae Ong
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Susanne Smith
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Lori Menees
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Stacey Litz Schwink


If you haven't yet entered the big contest, make sure to do so before March 31, which is the deadline. Congratulations again to the mini-contest winners, and stay tuned for the big winner next week!
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Have You Heard About the Mini-Contests?

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 10, 2015 5:52:51 PM

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By now, you've probably heard about our 2015 Joy Cowley Giveaway (if you haven't, you can click here to enter!), but did you know that there are also teacher bloggers running mini-contests? We got in touch with our network of bloggers to give them a chance to review some of our books and to hold their own mini-contests, raffling off a copy of Joy Cowley's Do-Whacky-Do Big Book!

One of the bloggers, our guest blogger Paula Dugger, has posted her information here

Another one of our guest bloggers, Lyssa Sahadevan, has her post up on her blog My Mommy Reads (which is a great blog to follow, if you don't already). You can see her post by clicking her screenshot to the left below! And then we also have a post from Amanda Ross at First Grade Garden, another one of our fabulous (newest) guest bloggers! Click the screenshot to the right to check her blog out and enter her contest! 

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