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Congratulations to Our IRA Raffle Winner!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on May 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the IRA and entered our Lucky Draw raffle to win a set of Story World Real World texts. Here is the name of our lucky winner!


of Manor Independent School District in Manor, TX!

Congratulations, Tonda!

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Topics: Story World, Real World, Conference, Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Our 2014 North Carolina and Michigan Reading Conference Raffle Winners!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 14, 2014 8:30:00 AM

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booths at the Michigan Reading Conference and North Carolina Reading Conference and entered our Lucky Draw raffles. Here are the names of our lucky winners!



of Monroe, NC!

Cheryl won the entire Blue Set of the Joy Cowley Collection!




of Lapeer, MI!

Rachael won a set of the Underwater Encounters series!


Congratulations, Cheryl and Rachael!


To learn more about the Joy Cowley Collection or Underwater Encounters, click the images below to download an information sheet with series highlights and key features!

New Call-to-Action Underwater Encounters Sales Sheet

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Topics: Joy Cowley Collection, Underwater Encounters, Conference, Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Our Reading Recovery Conference Raffle Winner!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Feb 11, 2014 1:13:00 PM

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Reading Recovery Conference and entered our Lucky Draw raffle to win a set of Zoozoo Animal World leveled informational texts. Here is the name of our lucky winner!


of Marion County School District in Bradfordsville, KY!

Congratulations, Paula!

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Topics: Conference, Zoozoo Animal World, Raffle Winner, Reading Recovery

The 4 Things We Learned at the 2013 International Reading Conference

Posted by Kevin Yuen on Apr 24, 2013 3:33:00 PM


The International Reading Association Conference in San Antonio this year may not have had the big attendance numbers of the best shows from yesteryear, but it was still a terrific opportunity for us to connect face-to-face with educators to discuss their classroom needs and to tell them about our new products (and some of the old favorites too!). We met teachers from all around the country and all over the world for that matter. For those of you who entered our raffle for a chance to win our newest series - Story World Real World - we've announced the winner below (read to the bottom)! First, here are the four things we learned at IRA:

1. Everybody
still loves Mrs. Wishy-Washy! Regardless of city, state or country, teachers everywhere unanimously expressed their great enthusiasm for the wonderful storytelling of Joy Cowley & her Mrs. Wishy-Washy brand of stories! It is always fun to see teachers who are as excited about Mrs. Wishy-Washy as their students must be. I can't tell you how many educators stopped by our booth just to take their photo with Mrs. Wishy-Washy like our very own Randy Padua did here:

Randy & Mrs Wishy Washy

Or, like Mrs. Wishy-Washy Fan, Kt, who posted this photo and message on our Facebook page:

Mrs. Wishy-Washy Facebook Post

2. Our newest series - Story World Real World - by Alan Trussell-Cullen was a hit! We received wonderful feedback about the uniqueness and timeliness of this series, which bridges traditional literature to informational texts. With most schools gearing up to address Common Core, Story World Real World offers an excellent way to meet the CCSS reading requirements for narrative and informational text by using traditional tales to introduce informational topics. Note: the series is available for pre-sale now and will ship in May!

Story World Real World Brochure 

3. The blood, sweat & tears were not in vain. It took us more than twelve hours from start to finish to assemble our 20 x 20 booth space, but in the end, it turned out to be one the best we have ever had. We have set the bar high for 2014 in New Orleans! Here are a few photos of the space:

The Booth IRA

Letter Buddies at IRAMag letters at IRA

Striving Readers Wall ArtEarly Childhood Wall Art

MWW Finger Puppets at IRAZoozoo at IRA

Busy Booth

4. It's better to give than receive. We had over 500 people enter the raffle for a chance to win a complete set of Story World Real World... (Learn more about the series here.)... and the winner is:

Kathy Spiel, ELA Coordinator from Apple Valley USD (Apple Valley, CA)

Congratulations to Kathy! We hope your students will love these books! For those of you who entered and did not win, we appreciate your visit to our booth and to thank you for your time, please claim a FREE SHIPPING code here (offer will expire 6/30).

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans next year, or at a local conference near you! If there is anything we can do to be helpful, never hesitate to ask us! Thank you for being a part of the Hameray family!


Kevin Yuen

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Topics: Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Story World, Real World, Conference, Raffle Winner

The Winner of The Joy Cowley Collection is...

Posted by Jacqueline Jones on Feb 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM



The winner of the Joy Cowley Collection raffle is: Joanne Dietz of Liberty, NC! Joanne is a Reading Specialist at Liberty Elementary and the lucky winner of a complete set of wonderful stories by Mrs. Wishy-Washy creator – Joy Cowley. The Joy Cowley Collection is a 60 book series that brings back well-known and much-loved characters, including six new Mrs. Wishy-Washy books, promoting "learning with laughter." Students love the engaging characters and rhythm featured in each story. Click HERE to learn more about Joy Cowley's newest series or to view each book by reading level - click HERE!



Connect with us on Facebook, and Twitter for more contests, giveaways, and fun! Find unique new pins on our Pinterest page, and don't forget the Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Facebook page too!


Request a 2013 Catalog (click image below):

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Topics: Joy Cowley Collection, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Joy Cowley, Leveled Readers, Raffle Winner, Giveaway

Raffle Winner of Leveled Readers Series – Kaleidoscope Collection!

Posted by Kevin Yuen on Feb 12, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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Last week, we had a wonderful time at the 2013 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference in Columbus, OH. It is always one of the best literacy shows that we attend annually. It's where we meet and share our materials with some of the most dedicated teaching professionals around the country – a truly impressive group of educators!

At the conference, we launched the sixty new titles of Kaleidoscope Set C - the third and final installment in Hameray's Kaleidoscope CollectionThe Kaleidoscope Collection is a series of K-2 leveled readers written by an experienced team of Reading Recovery Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Literacy Coaches, and Reading Specialists under the editorial guidance of Joy Cowley (click to read what KC Series Editor & the author of Mrs. Wishy-Washy says about the series).

Kaleidoscope Collection Assorted Covers

To celebrate the series' completion, we raffled off a complete set of 150 titles and would like to announce the lucky winner (from a group of over five hundred entries):

WINNER: Bonnie Bourg of St. Charles Parish Public Schools in Iowa

Congratulations to Bonnie Bourg! We hope that the books will be enjoyed by many, many students. And, thank you to everyone who came by our booth, enriched our experience, and participated in our raffle. We look forward to seeing you again sometime very soon!


Kevin Yuen

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Leveled Readers, Kaleidoscope Collection, Conference, Raffle Winner

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