Enter to Win Character Development Books for Children!

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This month we’re giving away the Being the Best Me! series to help children learn, understand, and develop character traits to strengthen self-confidence and a sense of purpose:

6 Being the Best MeBe Positive!
Feel Confident!
Have Courage!
Bounce Back!
Stand Tall!
Forgive and Let Go!

To Enter: This giveaway is now closed. Leave a comment below telling us how you help children gain self-confidence.

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Each comment counts as a separate entry—that’s four chances to win! Entries must be received by midnight, June 19, 2015. This giveaway is now closed.

The winner will be contacted via email on or around June 22, 2015, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim his or her prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Winner must be a U.S. resident, 18 years of age or older.

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119 Responses to Enter to Win Character Development Books for Children!

  1. Nichole says:

    Followed on Twitter.

  2. Nichole says:

    Liked on facebook.

  3. Syrinna Garza says:

    I am an elementary school counselor. I help students every day build their confidence and aim to help them believe in themselves. We have 690 students and I provide monthly character Ed class lessons, small groups and individual counseling to help meet all our students needs. I love to use free spirit books and could use more books for our students!

  4. maureen drach says:

    I am a school social worker and think the best way to build self confidence is to teach them how to build relationships with others!

  5. Susan Werner says:

    Followed on Pinterest 🙂

  6. Susan Werner says:

    Shared on Facebook 🙂

  7. Susan Werner says:

    I am a school social worker and I love to give kids opportunities for success because even what we think of as a little success really helps builds a child’s self confidence!

  8. Kim Muraskin says:

    As a school counselor, I work daily to help my students become the best they can be. I love to give them opportunities to learn new things, succeed, and build their confidence.

  9. Jl Johnson says:

    I also like you on facebook under Jl Johnson

  10. Jl Johnson says:

    I’m a teacher and we use Responsive Classroom and these books to help specific teach social skills. This would be perfect for our class library.

  11. Stacey Nichol says:

    I am a YW at a school grades 4-6. I run a lot of small groups around Social skills. Topic sessions include things such as self esteem, friendship, manners, following direction and listening.

  12. Allison Esposito says:

    I am a mom and a school social worker in an elementary school. I love teaching the students about social skills and self worth. I run groups in school for students who struggle in these areas. I also try to teach my son how to have self confidence and empathy for others .

  13. 1stgradefireworks says:

    I high five my kiddos daily! Lots of HUGS! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

  14. Diana rieker says:

    I work in a resource room for grades k -3 ..our students have many challenges .. we have a behavior program called PAX . Which we use to teach behaviors , bullying, sharing. We read books, ask question , and listen to our students .. which is very important for our students. . Thank you ♡

  15. Finally, I also follow you on Pinterest. And, I hope to win! I could use these with the counseling center where I work!

  16. I follow you on Twitter (@myoverthinking)

  17. I like you Facebook

  18. I help my children build self-confidence by catching them doing good and excelling and intentionally praising them in specific ways.

  19. Robert D. Broughton MS Counselor says:

    A child is a blank slate, it through the publication of books we are able to leave a memory of what Character, Citizenship, Sharing,Friendships,Tolerance, Bullying, dealing with grief, understanding growing up and so much more. Each book is a stepping stone in building character and developing young minds to look beyond the moment and see hope in the future. Given a tool box to deal with situations and a foundation of understanding is what these books bring to children. I have been a big supporter of free spirit publishing for years.

  20. Katy Smith says:

    I have followed on Pinterest.

  21. Katy Smith says:

    I have liked your FB page.

  22. Katy Smith says:

    I started a Kindness Project at the end of the year, where students would write an appreciation or compliment to another person each morning. They loved hearing that positive praise from their friends each day!

  23. lisa says:

    To encourage the kids to gain self-confidence in all areas I get super excited and we celebrate the little things like they were big. The big things get bragging rights to everyone we see, as in…did you see what M did today? After trying all year he was able to cross the monkey bars by himself or you get to read your book to the class since you are doing so well or take this home to mom and show her your lovely handwriting! We also work on the kids encouraging each other the same way:)

  24. Kathy says:

    I teach first grade. These would be great to read in the classroom to go along with our character trait lessons we teach in our entire school.

  25. Susan A. says:

    I am a middle school teacher serving students with intellectual disabilities. These books are exactly the kinds of resources we use in class.

  26. deb says:

    I am a school counselor. These would help when working with my individual students 🙂

  27. Melinda says:

    I try to help kids by allowing & supporting them to meet their own needs.

  28. Brooke Hughes says:

    I am a school counselor and I work with children individually and in groups all of the time to help their social and emotional well-being. These books would be great for classroom lessons too!

  29. Elizabeth Manly says:

    I help lead a leadership program for our 4th and 5th graders. They learn about good character and then go and teach another class in our building what they’ve learned. We supplement their lessons with all school assemblies. It’s great for the leaders, and helps build relationships throughout our school!

  30. Lindsey says:

    We believe in the just right challenge. Allowing her to work and grow but making sure she can be successful to gain confidence and develop a good self esteem.

  31. Susana Ginory says:

    I’m an Elementary School Counselor and could really use these resources when working with my kiddos. I am always using bibliotherapy as a way to reach my students and help them deal with everyday situations.

  32. Michelle S says:

    I’ve worked as a pre-school Autism day treatment therapist, a behavioral therapist at an Autism charter school for 4th-12th grade, and I currently work as a children’s mental health case manager. In my interactions with my clients I understand how important character development is, especially in regards to social skills. This would be an excellent series to have to be able to bond and provide encouragement for some of my younger clients – as well as to share with my colleagues!

  33. Lynda Ritter says:

    These books look great! As a Head Start Administrator, character books are really important in preparing children for school and for life. Many children need to see and hear these kinds of stories to better understand appropriate social skills.

  34. EJ Says says:

    My son develops self confidence by participating in social activities, practicing tasks like reading and being in karate. We’ve always used books to reiterate what he’s trying to learn.

  35. Sharon Yee-Garbade says:

    I teach kindergarten and I believe this is where character development begins, especially as these youngsters are learning to be a part of a group and making friends, often for the first time in their lives. This set of books would really help my students learn how to be better, caring individuals who are part of a larger society.

  36. autumn shaffer says:

    I work with children who have emotional and behavioral problems, so they have always been labeled “bad”. We work on focusing on their successes to help build self esteem. I do alot of character building activites ties into my everyyday instruction.

  37. autumn shaffer says:

    I follow you on twitter

  38. autumn shaffer says:

    I follow you on pintrrest

  39. autumn shaffer says:

    I liked you on facebook

  40. Winifred Greaves says:

    Always be genuine and find a positive in every situation

  41. Jody Haidle says:

    Every teacher needs to build a child’s self esteem through positive words and actions which in turn will build a child with strong positive character traits. These would be such awesome books to share during story time!!

  42. Stacey cunningham says:

    I would love these books for my 6 & 4 year old daughters!! They absolutely love love books and I absolutely love love that they love books 😄 📚📖

  43. Janeen Castillo says:

    Allow choices
    Validate feelings
    Listening – active listening

  44. Helen Schneider says:

    We are struggling with character building. Hope to build a better library of books that can help.

  45. adrienne profeta says:

    I like u on fb

  46. Patricia Merry says:

    I followed you on Twitter

  47. Patricia Merry says:

    Liked on Facebook

  48. Patricia Merry says:

    I let them solve their own problems. If there is a fight over a toy, we say “how many minutes until I get a turn?” and set a timer.

  49. Josephine Sanchez says:

    I have liked on FB as an entry to win, and also commenting here to enter to win. I encourage children to build confidence by allowing them the freedom and independence to do things on their own. I think it’s not enough to say “good job” or tell them how great they are, they must also feel this by accomplishment all by themselves. If they fail, try again. What’s most important is their effort and belief in themselves that they can do anything!

  50. Shelly canavan says:

    Ian a social worker by trade but now am a stay at home mom with twin four year olds. I am embarrassed to admit that this whole parenting thing is way more challenging than i realized. I struggle to teach my daughters how to be true to themselves and compassionate towards others. Sometimes I am not the role model I hoped to be – but we are learning together. I give them a lot of free reign to play both indoors and out doors. We are okay with them experimenting and trying new skills. We also read a ton and try to identify with what is going on for the individuals in our stories.

  51. I am following you on Facebook as https://www.facebook.com/NanasCountryKids. I am a special needs childcare provider, specializing in children with developmental and behavioral issues. I am always looking for materials to help with social and emotional development.

  52. Cathy Coats says:

    Followed on Pinterest

  53. Cathy Coats says:

    Liked on Facebook

  54. Cathy Coats says:

    i have coached youth sports and martial arts. Now I have my 1st grandchild and I get to foster her confidence! So excited!!!

  55. Traci Brazeal says:

    I’ve taught for 10 years. I’m 33 and would love these books to add to my library collection.

  56. Ann Cothron says:

    Like and following on Facebook!

  57. Ann Cothron says:

    Followed on Pinterest!

  58. Ann Cothron says:

    I am an elementary librarian. I help students build self confidence by creating a positive environment of independent learning as well as social interaction. When a student cannot accomplish a task on his or her own, I have them follow the rule of ask three before you ask me. I encourage them to try the task on their own. It they cannot do it by themselves, they may ask up to three other classmates for help. If they still cannot do the task they may ask me for help. Very rarely do I get asked to help. 🙂

  59. sara says:

    Liked on facebook

  60. sara says:

    by positive encouragement

  61. tammy layton says:

    I would love this for my preschool class we are aleays lrarni g about ourselves and how to bethe best ee can be what an awesome resource this would be thank you

  62. Amber Olson says:

    Following on Pinterest as geteacher

  63. Amber Olson says:

    Following on Twitter as @GE1Teacher

  64. Amber Olson says:

    In my classroom, students are responsible for setting goals and monitoring their progress. Of course, they monitor similar areas, but students also have individual goals: things that student has chosen (sometimes with my guidance😉) to improve upon. By choosing individual goals, students have the chance to shine, even if its not in academic areas like reading and math. Every student needs the opportunity to recognize their strengths and feel confident that they can achieve goals.

  65. Nichole says:

    I teach preschool and this would be a great resource for my class. I help children gain confidence by telling them everyday that they are beautiful. That they are beautiful on the inside and outside. We look in the mirror and I tell them to say I am beautiful. I also help them gain confidence by telling them they can do anything they put their minds too. They know this because when they practice on the material and then they learn the material. They come back and show what they have learned. They say you said “I can do it.” The can do attitude and model is what we do.

  66. Nancy Dang says:

    I am a classroom teacher in a one-room classroom that serves foster children who speak English as a Second Language. I try to build confidence by speaking Spanish with them and they can see that even with my errors, I am willing to take the risk to learn and to communicate with them. I incorporate social skills lessons and service into my classroom curriculum.

  67. Eva says:

    My work involves planning programs for High Ability students. Meeting their social and emotional needs is an ongoing challenge. What a great resource these character development books would be! Thank you!

  68. Monica Durgin says:

    I work with families to support their children’s academic and social-emotional development.

  69. Jan Kanzler says:

    I work with 406 children in a Head Start Program. We are always looking for new ways to integrate social skills in our teaching. These books could be used in our classrooms to augment our existing program.

  70. Sylvia Abrahamson says:

    Often adults as well as children are not aware of what it means to live a life of self worth and dignity by building character through daily practice of human virtues. Good character traits need to be taught by example of others and also by explicitly pointing them out, talking about them and having opportunities to practice them. This is why my sister and I have been running a girls club in our homes (1st-8th grade) for 9-years. Girls and mothers are given talks and lessons on various virtues at their perspective levels. Then they are given opportunities to practice each virtue over the month. It is fun, bonding and safe. Girls learn how to live a life of good character but also how to identify virtues in others so that they will seek good role models, avoid peer pressure pitfalls and lift others up around them. I have used these books for our groups and for my sons. I recommend them to many people. It would be great to have the whole collection. I liked to read all the posts. Never stop inspiring others.

  71. Ayda Basgul Martin says:

    We all children and we need to improve self confidence as well as others no matter the age group is. I have a 7 years old son and I try to encourage him to take risk to do sport or read a book and praise his action and let him know he could do that and he did an excellent job.
    I am a teacher as well and encourage my students to believe in themselves and they can be successful. I am admin of Children Books and Activities Fb page and encouraging parents, teachers by sharing the my experiences as well as learning from them. Liked the series and would like to read all with my little one.

  72. Kate Kolbosky says:

    A classroom should be about being a community or family. Students wont know how to work together if they dont have how to start with themselves. These are great for the classroom for that reason. You start the year off on how to be a better you than all those “yous” are more open and willing to become an us. If a student is not confident in himself he will have thoughts such as “no one likes me,” “no one wants me around,” etc. this is not good because then he/she wont contribute tonour classroom community!

  73. Anna says:

    As an Elementary School Counselor, I work continuously on helping to strengthen students self-esteem and to help them believe in themselves so they can stand up to bullying!

  74. Kelly Lee says:

    A colleague and I founded an overnight camp for youth with ASD called Camp Encourage. We encourage independence, social development, self-awareness, and self-esteem. 🙂

  75. Callie lions says:

    Once a month I am responsible for elementary school, junior high and high school kids, roughly 8 of them. We learn together by reading works from our mentor Dr. Daisaku Ikeda how to be world citizen’s that make a positive impact on our families, communities and the world. We also sing together and write down our goals and then chant for each other to accomplish them. It is such an amazing honor to be working with the future leaders of the 21st century and nurturing them. If we win these books we will study from them and also put them into action by embracing the messages with translated action.
    Thank you!

  76. MIndy says:

    It’s important for children to feel loved. That’s builds confidence!

  77. Jill Curry says:

    I believe in them so they believe I. Themselves.

  78. Michelle says:

    Play and be silly with them…happy relationships foster self-confidence 😊

  79. Belinda says:

    Followed on pinterest.

  80. Belinda says:

    Treating children as if they are people is so important – and so undervalued – for their self-confidence.

  81. 1stgradefireworks says:

    Giggles, grins, hugs & high fives! 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

  82. Gail Judd says:

    I work with very young ones (0-5) at a family-child interaction group and I greet each child when they walk in by making eye contact and calling them by name. I don’t approach them too closely and I allow them to determine how close they want to get. I try to convey a level of respect for them and get to know their individual character traits. Each one is a special gem!

  83. Joy Deal says:

    We try to encourage staff to use positive praise when dealing with school-age kids. These books would help tremendously in our afterschool planning/programming!

  84. Robin says:

    I work with kids on the Autism Spectrum. It is so important for them to feel successful. Teaching Them a task they can complete independently makes them feel great about themselves. In social skills teaching them they can be in control and helping them accomplish that is huge. Working with my students is such a rewarding job, I love it!!! These books would be a great addition to the classroom.

  85. Kim Borg says:

    I help children build self confidence by emphasizing the important balance of solving problems with peers and with adult help. My students know that the chain of command in problem solving starts with their own ability to talk it out with their peers, but they also know that I, or any other teachers, are always there for support.

  86. Kiley Gallentine says:

    I have liked the Facebook page

  87. I help children build self confidence by allowing them to problem solve their own challenging situations or minor conflicts with peers. I would love to have these character development books on our classroom shelves for the preschool children to review with an adult when the need arises.

  88. Deana Dall says:

    Using words of encouragement help strengthen self-confidence in our children today. “I knew you could work out that hard math problem “, “Look at how diligently you are working in order to be a successful reading student, and “there’s no one in the world like you and that makes you special “. I want to use these books to help my students use encouraging words to build confidence in others as well as themselves.

  89. Kiley Gallentine says:

    I help my children and any I work with gain self confidence by giving the child credit when they demonstrate pro social behavior, for example “You did a great job solving that problem!” I do not attribute their behavior in relation to myself. I don’t say, “You made me so happy when you put that puzzle together!”

  90. Heather Evans says:

    I like your page on Facebook and have bought some of your other publications would just love this series – Please pick me my kids would love & benefit from them! Thanks!

  91. Rebecca says:

    I follow on Facebook.

  92. Ann Brown says:

    As a school social worker, I strive to celebrate each child’s strengths and support their personal growth.

  93. Erica says:

    I follow your page on Pinterest!

  94. Erica says:

    I “like” your page on Facebook!

  95. Erica says:

    I am a school social worker for kids with severe behavior disorders. Each day, I tell my kids what is special and unique about them. Many of them don’t feel loved outside of school so I do my best to make sure they are loved and cared for at school. I truly love my profession and all my kids 🙂

  96. Barbara says:

    Our AmeriCorps members are focused on building the social and emotion regulation skills of preschoolers and promote reading daily at home with parents and caregivers through a six-book gift through out the service term. These books will provide additional support for our efforts to give children the tools they need for success in Kindergarten.

  97. Carole Olderman says:

    I tell children that how they feel about themselves and the things they do is what really matters. I sometimes will tell them that when I was growing up, many people did not like curly hair (including my own!). I explain to children that what was important to me was how I felt about my look.

  98. Terry baker says:

    I teach and model good character and good social skills

  99. Jami Imhof says:

    I am a school social worker – I help my students practice giving and receiving compliments so they know how it feels to hear something nice about themselves, as well as other students hearing something nice.

  100. Jan Van Patten says:

    I am a therapist and work with children and families. Character development is so important for all and character is important in overcoming difficulty.

  101. mandymarie20 says:

    I follow your pinterest

  102. mandymarie20 says:

    I follow on twitter

  103. mandymarie20 says:

    I’ve liked on Facebook

  104. mandymarie20 says:

    Love it, I’m in. Books explaining social skills are definitely necessary.

  105. Robbin Hair says:

    I tell my students that they can do and be anything they want. And, I have a poster up that says, “Yes! You can!” One thing that worked very well with raising my second graders’ belief in themselves was to teach them multiplication and division. They were very impressed with themselves for having learned what they called, “Big People Math”. I could see the pride and believe in themselves glowing on their faces.

  106. Diane Mayer says:

    I teach social skills to students with special needs. We read, write, discuss and role-play to practice and gain the confidence to use our appropriate social skills outside of the classroom. In addition, we help each other trouble shoot the more difficult situations that arise with other peers in the general population.

  107. Sydney Gagliardo says:

    My students are in special Ed and need self confidence about accepting their disability and the help they get and not viewing it as a negative thing

  108. Shannon says:

    I work at an elementary school and in conversations with students we are always looking for opportunities to build confidence, develop friendships and model that kindness matters.

  109. Deb Scherber says:

    I “Follow” Free Spirit Publishing on Twitter and “Favorited” the Tweet promoting this fantastic give-away! Thanks!

  110. Deb Scherber says:

    I help children gain self-confidence in and outside the classroom by providing challenging, appropriate educational opportunities while focusing on promoting a growth mindset and can-do attitude. My vehicle is the use of game-based instruction to support the development of executive functioning skills.

  111. mommasbacon says:

    Followed on Pinterest!

  112. mommasbacon says:

    Liked on Twitter!

  113. mommasbacon says:

    Building confidence through positive social interactions and reinforced communication really works. It’s important to discuss different situations and scenarios and ask questions each and every day as to how things are going and give your child the freedom to explain their emotions.

  114. Bethany says:

    I have followed your page on Pinterest.

  115. Bethany says:

    I have likes your page on Facebook.

  116. Bethany says:

    As a school counselor and Girls on the Run coach, I help student gain confidence by encouraging them to try new things, bounce back from failure, and speak up when something bothers them. Building confidence in my students is a high priority, particularly in our kindergarten classes, because it is so important to developing and mastering other skills.

  117. Lisa Detrych says:

    The character development books would be very beneficial to my Social work caseload of 70 students and I cover 2 elementary schools. We are in a lower socio-economic area and many of our Kindergarten students do not attend preschool. Therefore, many are not exposed to social skills or appropriate peer interactions. This would be an excellent tool to also go to lower elementary classrooms and present and share with the teachers as well.

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