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Where To Get Free Books for Gifts

I always say that books are the best gifts. It's a great way to relax, learn, escape and make a new friend in a favorite character. If you're on a budget where can you find the best bargains for books for the holidays, birthdays or whatever?

Book Giveaways This is a great time of year for getting free books. Book bloggers are doing themed giveaways to get rid of books they've accumulated all year. Kristi's Book Nook saves up books from reviews and donates them to kids in need for the holidays.  It's a great idea to participate in some awesome giveaway hops. Kristi's Book Nook does book giveaways weekly, so you'll want to stop by to see what cool books are there. Kristi's Book Nook does special giveaways to newsletter followers so you'll want to sign up there too. Below is a list of bloggers who are known for giving away books, gift cards and more.

Bookhounds has themed giveaways all year long.

I Am A Reader Not A Writer has book giveaways all year ar…

Creative Minds Publications

FOUNDED BY KATHRYN STARKE, URBAN LITERACY SPECIALIST  I greatly appreciate your support of my work in reading education over the years and more recently with your Tackle Reading showcasing! I'm thrilled to share that a Tackle Reading, a new resource, just released this week. Tackle Reading is a book, tour, and national movement created to motivate children, support parents, and inspire teachers to love literacy at home and in school. Over 45 contributing writers, including NFL athletes, authors, literacy leaders, celebrities, and educational organizations donated their time and words of wisdom for this book. We have tips/tricks, guidance, lessons, activities, and inspirational stories for families to promote reading. We are receiving national attention in media including the Huffington Post and I Heart Radio and upcoming stories in publications including SEE the Change Magazine.  I have included the links to Amazon and Barnes & Noble; bulk rates are available at www.creat…

The Cybils Awards Judges Are Announced!

It's official! The Cybils Awards Judges Are Announced!
Kristi's Book Nook is a panelist for Round 1!
I'm so excited to be able to read so many books and cast a vote for the best of the best in children's literature for 2016. Stay tuned for more reviews of some really cool books. My category for judging will be EarlyReader/Early Chapter books. 

Cybils Awards Mission The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious. Important DatesAugust 17: Call for judgesSept. 14: Deadline for judging applicationSept. 19: Judges announced.Oct. 1: Nominations openOct. 15: Nominations closeOctober 16-25: Publisher submissionsOct. 1-Dec. 29: Round 1 reading periodDecember 1: Round 1 review copy deadl…

The 2016 KidLit Conference Program Is Out!

This year’s theme is Gatekeepers and Keymasters: Connecting bloggers, librarians, teachers, authors, and parents to promote literacy.
Here’s where this theme came from: At every KidLitCon, some of the most lively discussions involve the idea of “gatekeepers”—the grown ups who write, review, sell, and buy children’s books for kids and teens. How do we, the grown ups (mostly) writing our on-line reviews and promoting books in the field, assess what books are good fits for which kids? And how do we contribute to the process of getting those books to the kids? We hope to discuss the whole idea of “gatekeeping” itself as a role, with those involved not authoritarian abstractions but book-moving engineers—road pavers and bridge builders. How does an individual (reviewer, agent, editor, translator, teacher, parent, librarian bookseller), or group within the industry shape the world of kid’s books, and how can opening this circle to new cultures and voices potentially reshape it? Topics we wa…

Hashtags Do's and Don'ts

Is It Always a Good Idea to Use Hashtags on Social Media?
By Jill Kurtz, APR on April 28, 2016 Featured Member Post Locowise did a study last year that looked at best practices for the use of hashtags. The study examined how brands use hashtags in their posts, how many hashtags they use, and what the engagement rate is depending on number of hashtags used. Three months of data from Instagram and Twitter were examined. The engagement rate is defined as the percentage of total followers who either click on like or comment (or retweet on Twitter) on each post. You can apply this information to your personal Instagram or Twitter hashtag use, too.

Read more here.

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Social Media Must Do's

For many of you working on your social media platforms can seem to be tasking. Although very important, you can limit yourself to this bothersome task by doing 5 simple things. Managing your social media with these tips will keep you organized, as a result, you will spend less time fiddling with your social media accounts.

Today, I'm sharing an article by Jill Kurtz from Blogher. If you're serious about your social media outcomes you should read this article.

5 Things to Do Every Day on Social Media
By Jill Kurtz, APR on July 25, 2016 Featured Member Post
You know that you need to be on social media to connect with your audience, but what should you do once you get there? Here's a list of the 5 things you should do every day to connect with your audience on social media.
Daily Post your text and images to your various accountsRespond to messages and comments from followers/connectionsMonitor and respond to mentionsFind and engage with people you want to connect withDo somet…

Author Nathaniel Wyckoff

Social Nudge is proud to share author Nathaniel Wyckoff and his words on reading and writing!

You can learn all about this amazing author from the interviews at Kristi's Book Nook, The Neophyte Writer and BlogHer where he discusses his writing journey, how to get your kids reading and his view on diversity in today's literature.
Kids are gonna love these amazing family adventure stories created by Nathaniel Wyckoff.

Read the review at GoodReads

Uncle Jed's Barbershop

Uncle Jed’s Barbershop

a new family musical created by Kenneth Grimes, David Wohl, and Susan Einhorn, is based upon the Coretta Scott KingAward-winning– and popular Reading Rainbow— book by the same name, written by Margaree King Mitchell and illustrated by James Ransome. Margaree King Mitchell, Author of the book, Uncle Jed’s Barbershop:
I absolutely loved it! Seeing the characters I created come to life is simply amazing. The songs draw you into the story from the very beginning. I laughed! I cried! If you loved the book, you must see the show! You will love the show even if you haven’t read the book! More accolades 2016 Henry Awardnomination (Outstanding New Musical) 2015 True West Awards Join the FACE BOOK community for Uncle Jed’s Barbershop!


Mary Kay Gifts From Nya Igambi

Have you met top selling Mary Kay director Nya Igambi? This month she is offering a special gift just for you.

For a limited time via Social Nudge Nya is offering a $10 gift certificate for you to use on your next purchase of Mary Kay products. Visit Nya's website at and use the code SN10. This offer is good until June 30th. 

Are you looking for a way to earn extra money? Visit Nya's website to see how easy it is to become a Mary Kay beauty consultant.

Mary Kay isn't just about makeup. There are plenty of products for basic skincare and the diva in you.

Feel free to share this post and use #MaryKay.

Tiny Stitches by Gwendolyn Hooks

Social Nudge is proud to share the newest release by author Gwendoly Hooks!

by Lee & Low Books
Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
Illustrated by Colin Bootman, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award Winner.
Overcoming racism and resistance from his colleagues, Vivien ushered in a new era of medicine—children’s heart surgery. Tiny Stitches is the compelling story of this incredible pioneer in medicine. Read more about Gwen here.

Tackle Reading by Kathryn Starke

Social Nudge is proud to share Kathyrn Starke's fight for literacy. How are you tackling reading? Kathyrn Starke a literacy specialist with Creative Minds Publications has a great idea. Buy a t-shirt and give a gift of literacy to a child.
I'm excited to share information about #TackleReading, a national movement that promotes quality reading instruction for all children. Our Tackle Reading book is a reading resource written by over 45 NFL players, celebrities, literacy leaders, reading organizations, and fellow educators. This title has stories, tips, lessons, and activities to motivate children, support parents, and inspire teachers to love literacy!

Our t-shirts became available today for purchase ( Please feel free to share on your social media and directly with anyone you think would be interested. Each shirt purchased gives the gift of reading to a child in the US! We have multiple colors and sizes for men and women. I'm picturing a bunch …

Quick Tips On Growing Social Friends

5 Things All Big-Traffic Bloggers Do By Melissa Ford on April 26, 2016 BlogHer Original Post I wish I could tell you that there is a magical shortcut that will guarantee that you become a better blogger, but anyone who promises you that is scamming you for page views. But just because there is no shortcut doesn't mean that there isn't a direct path, in which doing one, simple thing can improve your writing skills, help you organize your thoughts and bring you more traffic. Lean in close, I'm going to whisper the answer: It's reading blogs. That's it. Just reading blogs. If you comment, even better. But just passively reading the same blogs will help you understand what they are doing to have continual content and high traffic. Here are the things you will notice if you start filling up your feed reader. READ MORE HERE.

The Definition Of Social Sharing

Social sharing is about connecting with people who are also interested in connecting. What are you doing to connect?

Missouri Writers' Guild 2016 Conference

If you are a writer looking to improve your work the Missouri Writers Guild his having a conference featuring well known authors who are willing to help you hone in on your craft. Click on the links below to sign up and learn more. Starting today bring a friend and get your way in for half price!

2016 Conference
Place your ad in the conference brochure here! Missouri Writers’ Guild 101st Annual Conference April 29 – May 1, 2016 Hilton Hotel at the Kansas City Airport Click Picture or link below to go to the Hilton room reservation page. Hotel rates are $85/night single or double occupancy. For Main Conference Registration: Click here: For Conference Schedule: Click here:

Book Giveaway of Type 2 Diabetes The Owner's Manual

Everything you wanted to know about diabetes is here in a quick, easy and informative read. Get control of your disease today.

Book Giveaway! For a chance to win be sure to share and leave a comment. Offer expires 4/23/16
Title: Type 2 Diabetes The Owner’s Manual Author: Daryl Wein Publisher:  Daryl Wein ISBN:  9781522858270


Diabetes is a problem that has been in existence for a long time. “Centuries ago it was well known that some people produced a very sweet tasting urine. They urinated a lot and tended to be poor in health,” according to the research of author Daryl Wein. The name given to this diagnosis was “diabetes mellitus.” Over time the name diabetes seemed to stick. People today with a diagnosis are categorized into type 1 and type 2. Wein points out that the two diagnosis are very different. His opinion is that type 2 diabetes should be referred to as carbosis. Wein feels carbosis is not diabetes and explores how common and unique this medical condition is and how it can…

3 Reasons Your Small Business Needs Social Media

There are a lot of small business owners out there that don't utilize social media to grow their business. If your business is new and you are a little overwhelmed with providing new clients with what you sell, then you probably don't have time to sit around figuring out which platforms will work best for you. Perhaps you’re not savvy with a computer. Here are three reasons why you should start using social media now.
1) People Need To Find YouThe first thing I do when I hear about a new business or I want to visit a new business I Google it. If I don’t see a website, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest account I become a little baffled. Everyone should be on social media even if it’s a simple website. Chances are I won’t buy from you if you aren’t on the web.
2) You Need To Build A CommunityWhen people visit your business and buy your product and like it, they want to share it with others. Word of mouth will always be the best advantage you will have to get potential clients to yo…

Cover Reveal For Author Rick Starkey

Leap Books, LLC Presents:

Author Rick Starkey's new book and fantastic cover!

Title: Blues Bones Author: Rick Starkey Release Date: March 7, 2016
Thirteen-year-old Rodney Becker has found the perfect cure for stage fright. Voodoo!

Armed with the stolen finger bones of a dead blues guitar player and a mishmash of voodoo spells from the Internet, he and his best friend enter a graveyard at midnight to perform their ritual. Now, all that stands in his way of winning a local guitar competition is the power of RETURN – a side effect of the voodoo that spells disaster for Rodney.

His cure has become a curse. How else can he explain jamming his finger so bad he can't hold a guitar pick, his part-time dad stealing his guitar, and his mom getting into an accident that could have taken her life?

How much is Rodney willing to risk to achieve his dream of being a guitar legend? Pre-Order Sale Price of just $2.99 – regular price starting March 7th.
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About Rick Starkey:

Simon & Schuster Is Celebrating Black History Month

Dream Big.BROWSE:BOOKS|AUTHORSLearn More »The Short and Tragic Life of Robert PeaceBy Jeff HobbsAn instant New York Times bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Entertainment Weekly. This celebrated account of a young African-American man who escaped Newark, NJ to attend Yale, but still faced the dangers of the streets when he retu