Enter to Win Free Spirit’s Survival Guides for Kids

Enter to win Free Spirit's Survival Guides for Kids!This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Callista Fedde-Unruh!

This month we’re giving away a set of seven Survival Guides for Kids, including the new Survival Guide for Kids with Physical Disabilities & Challenges. Straightforward, friendly, and loaded with practical advice, these books give kids the tools they need to not only survive, but thrive. The winner will receive:

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us which Survival Guide you’re most excited about, and why. This giveaway is now closed.

For additional entries, leave a separate comment below for each of the following tasks that you complete:

Each comment counts as a separate entry—that’s four chances to win! Entries must be received by midnight, September 18, 2015.

The winner will be contacted via email on or around September 21, 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 Free Spirit’s Survival Guides for Kids

  1. Regena Williams says:

    I’m a daycare provider and i work with two students that has ADHD. I read stories to them about other kids that has ADHD. I use hand puppets to help me with reading and demonstration. I also do flannel board stories where i let them interact by placing the flannel characters on the board. I use lots of sensory activities with them.

  2. Karen Wills says:

    Thank you! as a child psychologist, I love them all …

  3. Its is so hard to choose just one! I work with a large population of students with ADHD and behavior problems and love the ADHD Survival Guide’s approach to help students understand their role in adapting and managing the struggle with ADHD.

  4. Christine Laffler says:

    I am so excited about many of these books but if I had to choose one, it’d be the survival guide to ADHD. I have 3 students this year, all unmedicated , which is great- but they oliver suffer from being too tough on themselves. If they get in trouble at recess they come in saying “I’m dumb” or “I always screw up.” They could really use a book just for them! My 9 gifted students could also greatly benefit from the gifted survival guide and my inclusion students with behavior disorders would benefit for that guide, too! So much help for oliver my kids who vary widely and are so unique and diverse.

  5. lara says:

    Would love to share a copy of the friendship book with ALL elementary girls – I work in a catholic school that has a strong commitment to integrity and compassion, but am amazed that “bullying behaviors” are surfacing in 1st & 2nd grade…I was thrilled to see this resource and believe it would be wonderfully beneficial to share with the staff. Honestly, all the topics in the series above are wonderfully timely topics for educators today and will be helpful resources.

  6. I own Survival Guide for ADHD, which is an awesome book! I would love to add the other books in this series to my resources when I work with kids in a school setting. I have the good fortune to be able to work with kids from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. We are in need of these materials which will be shared with other social workers in my district!
    Thanks for all you do for us!!

  7. Meredith Moore says:

    followed on pinterest

  8. Meredith Moore says:

    followed on twitter

  9. Meredith Moore says:

    liked on facebook

  10. Meredith Moore says:

    I am most excited about the survival guide for kids with ASD. There has been an increase in students being identified as ASD in my district which prompts a need for such materials to recommend to students and their family members.

  11. Naomi Kochen says:

    I am now retired as an elementary school counselor but have started my new career as a volunteer/mentor. I am especially excited about the Survival Guide for Kids with Behavioral Challenges since I will be able to share the book with the students that I have begun to work with!

  12. I would love to add the survival guides to the resource library at The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center in Des Moines, Iowa. It would compliment work we currently do with our CHARACTER COUNTS! programming.

  13. Karnesia George says:

    I am excited about the survival guide for students with challenging behaviors. I am a first year scool counselor that spends much of service time assisting students with behavior challenges that contribute to or are the result of behavior problems. I believe each book in the pack would be beneficial to the development of my resource library as a new counselor to ensure more student success.

  14. Ann Marks says:

    Working with child with varying behavior concerns it is always welcoming to have new, fresh ideas to try. I would love to implement something new with the K-4 population I work with.

  15. Bethany says:

    follow on twitter

  16. Bethany says:

    followed on Pinterest

  17. Bethany says:

    liked on facebook

  18. Bethany says:

    I am most excited about the survival guide for disabilities and challenges. I have students that will benefit from each of the guides and I remember loving the guide for gifted kids when we used it in my elementary school.

  19. Julia says:

    I’m very excited about the survival guide for the gifted! Not only that, but I’m very curious about the guide for the physically disabled, as I struggle with disability.

  20. Angel Klank says:

    I recently purchased a set of books with serious topics like dealing with cutting, ADHD, bullying, etc for my older students. I was amazed that they couldn’t get enough of them. This survival set looks eye-catching and interesting enough that I know my younger students will love it as well! I’m sooo excited to see this set! I “liked” your Facebook page and follow you on Twitter.

  21. Ann Gomer says:

    Autism Spectrum. I Have Been Facing ThIs More And More In Our Small Schookl And Want To Be better Equipped!

  22. Jackie DeGroat says:

    I have the guide for kids with ADHD. I like the sound of the survival guide for kids with behavioral challenges, because I want kids to work on awareness and to be engaged in behavior plans rather than just being the object of plans.

  23. Mary Lou says:

    I think the survival guide for making and being friends would come in handy in my classroom if not in my whole school.

  24. Susan says:

    I have several Free Spirit books but would really like to have a copy of the behavior challenges book and the Autism Spectrum book. I use Free Spirit books in my student groups and also have a small lending library for students and parents who are unable to acquire the books on their own.

  25. Patti Stein says:

    The Survival Guide for kids with Autism looks excellent. I would use it at my school library, in addition to expanding my own knowledge of the subject. Thank you!

  26. Denise Hedtke says:

    I’m most excited about the Making & Being Friends book. I work with adolescent parents and their children. I think the ideas in this book will translate well to work with the children & the teens!

  27. BeckyR says:

    I am really excited about the survival guide for Gifted Students! I am the Gifted Education Coordinator for our school and also the mom of 2 gifted students. This would be a great resource for our teachers and students.

  28. mandymarie20 says:

    Follow on Pinterest

  29. mandymarie20 says:

    Follow on Twitter

  30. mandymarie20 says:

    Like on Facebook

  31. mandymarie20 says:

    On a personal level, I am most excited for ‘Physical Disabilities’. I’m hoping that it covers more than just the obvious issues that books about physical disabilities usually cover like wheelchairs, crutches, and Down Syndrome. Frankly, the mental issues are more troubling the the actual physical problems (again, personal experience), which I hope the authors focus on.

    On a professional level, the behavioral issue books are most likely the most helpful considering the explosion in the diagnosis of behavioral issues and behavioral related disabilities such as ADHD.

  32. Melanie Rivellese says:

    I am most excited about 3 of the guides
    1. ADHD
    2. Autism
    3. Making & keeping friends
    I have 2 children on the spectrum
    One also has ADHD
    They both have social challenges
    Thanks for continuing to create important publications like these

  33. Chris Burrell says:

    I’m most excited about the Gifted Survival Guide!!

  34. I am the Title one reading specialist, Gifted and talented specialist and RtI specialist. I wear many hats at my school. I would LOVE to have resources for the GT since that is an area that I would like to beef up at our school. There is definitely a need for resources and help in educating parents, teachers and students. I would love ALL the survival guides for they look fantastic!! Please, please, please pick me to receive your guides!!!

  35. Monica Durgin says:

    I am interested in learning more about the Survival Guide for Children with Behavioral Challenges and for Children with Autism.

  36. Mary Fulton says:

    I am most excited about The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHA. Because we see so many children struggle with their behaviors daily, I know they will find strategies to help themselves within the pages of this book, as well as myself.

  37. Jill Curry says:

    I am excited about the survial guide for making and keeping friends. I have a lot of students who struggle with this, and this book would be a great resource to share with them.

  38. Natalie Brown says:

    I am excited about the Survival Guide for Gifted Kids! The entire series looks fantastic, and I feel I could get great use out of all of them. Being a consultant, these would be so helpful to use.

  39. Ann Brown says:

    Making and Being Friends is the survival guide that I most look forward to reading! Friendship is such an important part of childhood. Many of our students experience friendship problems. This book will be a valuable resource to me in teaching students positive friendship skills. Healthy relationships rule!

  40. Kathryn says:

    Books make it real! They read it and know it’s not just someone telling them something. They can spend more time thinking about a particular point and therefore learning new ways to act. I appreciate these books for my middle school counseling office!

  41. Gayle says:

    I’m excited for all of these survival guides, because, back in the day, The Gifted Kids Survival Guide saved me more times than I can count!

  42. I am most excited about the survival guide for behavior challenges because I work with children with emotional disorders and we have behavior challenges daily

  43. Soila says:

    School Success and making friends

  44. Kelli Isamat says:

    Following on Pinterest!

  45. Kelli Isamat says:

    Following on Twitter! @mcisamat

  46. Kelli Isamat says:

    Officially liked on Facebook!

  47. Kelli Isamat says:

    The survival guide for school success! I am always on the hunt for books and activities to help my students be more successful at school- especially ones they will buy into!

  48. Melissa says:

    I am very excited about the Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges!

  49. Rachel Sain says:

    I am most excited about the Survival Guide for Kids with Behavioral Challenges. I have nw been blessed with an additional hat to wear…the behavioral specialist…

  50. Ann Duesterberg says:

    Kids with ADHD need a guide to help them understand their “invisible” challenge. They need to better understand why learning takes extra efforts for them and to honor their efforts to succeed. I am very excited about this guide as well as the others. Many guides for parents, not so many for kids.

  51. Melissa says:

    I am excited about the guide for kids with behavior challenges. I work with many children that exhibit anger and think this would be a helpful resource.

  52. Meaghen Long says:

    I look forward to the Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends. There are not many resources available on this topic. So many kids just need to belong and have relationships. This will be used often in my office!

  53. Vanessa Creech says:

    I have legal guardianship of my 8 year old grand-niece (for 5 years now). I discovered she had ADHD about 3 years ago. She is being treated for it – but, being so young, she has a difficult time understanding why she feels like she can’t sit still and/or focus on the task at hand. She is now in 3rd grade and reading well. I think this would be a book that could really help her better understand why she has certain feelings.

  54. Laura says:

    I am most excited about the Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges because I believe it will directly impact my daily work with at-risk students.

  55. J Zaske says:

    I very much enjoy the Survival Guide for ASD and have gotten good feedback from the families I have shared this with. I am looking forward to the new Guide to Physical disabilities and Challenges!

  56. Vivian says:

    Kids with Behavior Challenges is the one I’m most excited about.

  57. Betsy Douberley says:

    Following on pinterest

  58. Betsy Douberley says:

    “liked” on Facebook

  59. Betsy Douberley says:

    Now following on Twitter

  60. Betsy Douberley says:

    I already use the Survival Guide for Gifted Kids in my gifted resource classroom. I am excited about the Making and Keeping Friends guide, as some of my students have some significant social skills issues.

  61. Regena Sipiala says:

    I am most excited about the “Kids with Challenging behaviors survival guide” working with students K-5th grade we are ALWAYS looking for new ideas on how to work with kids who just don’t fit the mold. I would love to have this book!

  62. Christine says:

    I am most excited about the The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges. I am an intervention specialist at an elementary school (K-5) as well as have a child with behavior challenges at home.

  63. Susan says:

    Making and keeping friends

  64. Holly Boyer says:

    I would like all of them but the one about making friends looks useful!

  65. I am most excited about the survival guide for kids with behavior challenges. I am a pediatric occupational therapist and work with child with behavioral challenges daily, I feel this would be a great tool to use with them. I think the other books sound great as well!

  66. Kathy says:

    I have used the Gifted Survival Guides for years and they’re great but have been looking for something recently that will help students with executive functioning deficits so I’m thrilled to find the School Success version.

  67. Sharon Williams says:

    I have two children with ADHD who also have social skills deficits. Also one of my children has behavioral issues and is on the spectrum and is struggling in school so obviously will really benefit from at least 5 of these books.

  68. Kristin O'Nesky says:

    The survival guide for friends sounds great!! A topic close to so many kids’ hearts’!

  69. Kari Casarez says:

    I’m most excited about the survival guide for kids with behavioral challenges as I feel many kids are “mislabeled” as “bad kids” when really utilizing supports and teaching the child coping strategies can improve behavior significantly. A friend and co-worker raves about the book for children with ADHD and I am eager to read more about this one. The survival kit could be a great resource in the occupational therapy clinic and schools that I work in.

  70. Larissa says:

    I followed you on Pinterest! 🙂 http://www.pinterest.com/rissaaaaa

  71. Molly says:

    This whole survival set could prove to be extremely useful in my public preschool room. Over my 8 yrs of teaching and continuing my degree every year we learn about different learning challenges. I am interested in Kids with Behavior challenges and Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Fingers crossed 🙂

  72. Tori says:

    I am starting a new unit on understanding disabilities and would like The Survival Guide for Kids with Physical Disabilities & Challenges.

  73. Lisa Landu says:

    I would really be able to use the friend one. I work with kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade and friendship is always a challenge.

  74. Keichelle joyce says:

    Followed on pinterest

  75. Keichelle joyce says:

    Followed on twitter

  76. Keichelle joyce says:

    Liked on Facebook

  77. Keichelle joyce says:

    Do I have to pic just one?? I’m excited about the ADHD BOOK bc we are uncovering the joys & challenges of ADHD in my sons second grade year. The gifted thrills me bc he is also a 2e kid- twice exceptional, academically gifted plus has ADHD.!-and one of my nephews is on the spectrum so I would really benefit learning more with the book about autism.

  78. Kristin says:

    I love the gifted guide but would love to see/have the behavior one.

  79. Kristin says:

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  80. Kristin says:

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  81. Kay O'Connell says:

    I would love the Survival Guide for Behavior Problems. It would benefit many of our students!

  82. Nancy Boone says:

    I’m looking forward to the guide for kids with behavior challenges!

  83. Jill says:

    Would love the ADHD guide or the Making and Keeping Friends. Either would be great to have.

  84. Don says:

    ADHD guide….

  85. Deb Moe says:

    The Autism guide because I have a student in mind who would love to read it!

  86. Melissa says:

    I am now following you on Pinterest!

  87. Melissa says:

    I recently purchased Kids With ADHD and my son, Jacob, and I are reading and discussing it together. As both a mom and middle school teacher, I would love to have the other books so that I could use them as a resource for myself and others! I am especially interested in The Survival Guide for Making and Keeping Friends. I think many adults assume that kids can form and manage friendships on their own, without our help, but relationship management skills are something that we all must learn and refine in order to have healthy and fulfilling lives!

  88. Sheila says:

    Also following on Pinterest!

  89. Sheila says:

    Following on Twitter!

  90. Lisa says:

    I’m excited about the Survival Guide for kids with behavior challenges.

  91. Sheila says:

    I “liked” your Facebook page!

  92. Joey Taylor says:

    WOW–The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD!!! I am so excited to be able to be a better support to my students who are struggling with their ability to concentrate and focus. I discuss focus issues on a daily basis with students who admit their struggles and genuinely want to change!!!!

  93. Sheila says:

    I am most excited about the Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD and the Survival Guide for School Success. My son could really benefit, and his reading is one of the tasks he enjoys enough to stay focused!

  94. peggykid says:

    Following you on Pinterest

  95. peggykid says:

    Like your Facebook page 😄

  96. Stephanie Dobson says:

    I have loved working with the Autism Spectrum and the ADHD Survival Guides. The have really helped students and families navigate middle school.

  97. peggykid says:

    Kids with behavior challenges We are a foster family with six kids with all sorts of different needs and challenges

  98. Josh says:

    I am most excited about the survival guide for gifted kids. Too often gifted students are ignored or are assumed to be “the good kids” and we forget that they, too, need our support.

  99. Bridget says:

    I am a lower school counselor and am most excited about the survival guide for behavioral challenges. Always looking for new, positive tools for success!

  100. Kathryn Marget says:

    I liked your Facebook page!

  101. Kathryn Marget says:

    I have LOVED the Survival Guide for the Gifted for years, and the new one I’m very excited about is School Success. I would love to use that book in our AVID classes.

  102. Brenda Clark says:

    Following on pinterest

  103. Jane Dixon says:

    I am really excited about The Survival Guide of Making and Being Friends! We have some students who struggle with making friends and I would like to start a friendship group and this book would be an amazing resource!

  104. Brenda Clark says:

    Like you on facebook

  105. Brenda Clark says:

    The book I am most excited about is gifted children….I try to read whatever I can about this as my son is gifted and it helps me and his family understand him better. Thank you for the opportunity.

  106. Meg says:

    I’m most excited for Behavior Challenges! I’ve used the ADHD Survival Guide with students and they’ve found it very relevant – I think the Behavior Challenges guide will be even better for them!

  107. Meg says:

    I liked you on Facebook!

  108. Chris hughes says:

    I am especially excited about the Gifted Survival Guide. I am a mom of 2 gifted girls. I would also love the Friends book as we have some difficulties making and keeping friends.

  109. Hannah says:

    I also follow you on Pinterest — my username there is thehmkane as well. I especially love the educational games board!

  110. Hannah says:

    I follow @FreeSpiritBooks on Twiter! (thehmkane)

  111. Hannah says:

    I like Free Spirit on Facebook!

  112. Hannah says:

    I’d especially love to get my hands on a copy of The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents). I’m a librarian, and know several parents and kids alike who are always looking for more, better resources.

  113. Lisa Detrych says:

    I am very excited about the “The Making and Keeping Friends Guide” to help many of my Elementary Students who are referred to me due to limited social skills and/or interactions with their peers. I run many Friendship/Caring Peer Groups throughout the school year and this would be an excellent resource to utilize in the group!!! I have been very pleased with other Affective Tools I have ordered in the past from Free Spirit! Thank you for offering this opportunity to use more interesting tools to help my students!!!

  114. Linda Overstreet says:

    It would be difficult to select the most valuable resource as I am a K-5th grade counselor in 4 diverse buildings. We have all of the issues covered in the series. i would have to select the friendship issues survival guide, as I will be implementing Friendship Friday small group and classroom sessions this year.

  115. Bradley says:

    I am very excited about The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges, because as a counselor I work with my students to help keep them out of the principals office often trying to intercede before the behavior goes too far that I am not able to help them.

  116. Melissa says:

    I have one of the survival guides already. I love it! It has been very helpful for students.
    I am most excited about the Survival Guide for School Success. I work with students K-8. I find that organization is such an important topic for our students transitioning to Middle School. I also love the idea of “mental apps”!

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