Wanna Win $500 Worth of Books?


Wanna win $500 worth of reading goodies from Chronicle Books? Lord knows I do. Maybe both of our dreams can come true! If you help me win, I’ll help you win. This is how it works… I’m gonna give you my dream list of $500 worth of Chronicle Books (lord-e-Bee I could choose a $1000) and all you have to do is leave a comment and we both could win. Chronicle is going to choose one blog and one reader participating in their Happy Haul-idays Contest – Is it really that easy? Why yes it is! Onward with my list….


Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats Remember those Cake Pops & Cake Pop Carrier I made awhile back? I owe all my inspiration to Angie Dudley and her fab website Bakerella.

I want to start Tallulah early on the fundamentals of Indie Rock early and The Indie Rock Coloring Book by The Yellow Bird Project seems pretty perfect. Actually let me go ahead and add the Graffiti Art Coloring Book and Johnny Joe’s Coloring Book.

I have to add something to the list for the hubbs & loves him some skateboarding books. Sean Mortimer’s Stalefish: skateboard culture from the rejects who made it seems right up his alley.


I love home decorating books, especially ones that feature eclectic interiors. I have never seen To Each His Home: Inspired Interiors as Unique as Their Owners by Bilyana Dimitrova but it sounds like I would feel right at home flipping the pages.

At the ripe old age of 20 months Tallulah has made the rounds to most of Austin’s museums. It might be awhile before we can take her to the Moma, Tate or d’Orsay so in the meantime I think Mini Masters Boxed Set by By Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober might suffice.

I’m always looking for new activities to do with my toddler. Just this week we have painted pottery, been to the Jumpy Gym, hit up the Children’s Museum, visited the zoo, had countless play dates & we still have plans to ride on a glass bottom boat this weekend. However, I could always use more ideas and Lynn Gordon’s 52 Activities for You and Your Toddler (52 Series) seems perfect. Let’s not forget the baby on the way – I’d love a copy of 52 Activities for You and Your Baby as well.


I’d happily welcome any of the cook books from Chronicle into my collection. Lately I have been in a baking mood. As a matter of fact I just signed up for a cupcake decorating class this week. That being the case I think their Pretty Cupcake Kit would be perfect for me! As much as I enjoyed making my Recycled Cardboard Cupcake Coozies & Cupcake Toppers, having pretty ready made liners and toppers seems a lot easier. I’d heart some Cath Kidston Cupcake Liners too!

Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? by Kate Bingaman-Burt has been on my wish list for a good long while. If I drew everything I bought this week I’d be sketching out old Fisher Price Toys, kitschy Santas & some avocados among other things.

Here comes Santa Clause and I’m getting my house ready. A copy of Christmas Trees: Fun and Festive Ideas by By Peter Cole, Frankie Frankeny and Leslie Jonath could breath new life into my tinsel tree collection. I’d also love to get my hot little hands on I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes that Use Less and Mean More by Anna Getty.


You guys might remember my double post on Tallulah’s 1st Birthday Party. Fiestas like that one deserve to be documented in cute little spiral bound journals like Happy Birthday to Me Journal: A Keepsake Album of Your Celebrations

I can’t decide if I want Pops!: Icy Treats for Everyone or Perfect Pops: 50 One of a Kind Popsicles That Will Rock Your World. Cupcakes and Doughnuts are so last year – right now it’s all about the Macarons. I figure popsicles will be the next big thing.

Tallulah and I recently picked up Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden from the library and the smile that came across her face every time we did peek-a-choo-choo was priceless.


I wish I had stroller cards when Tallulah was wee, but it is not too late for baby #2. I’d happily stroll with any of the cards but MoMa Shapes and Colors and Eric Carle Touch and Feel Cards seem especially fun.

I know Easter is a ways off, but I like to plan ahead. I have just started decorating for Easter and now that I have a kiddlet (2 by next Easter) I have started crafting for Easter too. That being the case seems like Easter Eggs: 40 Fabulous Projects for the Whole Family and Easter Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family (Creative Crafts) would help a mom out.

Tallulah is just stating to get into birds. As a matter of fact making a bird feeder is very high on my to-do list. My husband is also into birds and talks of going on a bird watching tour. Seems like we would all find Bird Songs Bible: The CompleteI llustrated Reference for North America enjoyable.


Top Chef is by far my fave show on TV. Top chef Master, Just Desserts, All Stars – you name it, I watch it! I’d love to test my skills with a few recipes from Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook and Top Chef The Cookbook.

I’m not sure what the difference is between the two One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book (Five Year Memory Book) but either one would be nice to start baby number 2 off on the right foot. I wish I had had one of these journals when Tallulah was born.

My hubby loves trivia books and Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: What Your Teachers Never Told You About the Men of the White House sounds like a real page turner.

Wow did we make it to $500? I could keep going, but I won’t! Remember just because you leave a comment does not mean either one of us are going to win, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for both of us! Any books from Chronicle on your wish list?

P.S. You might enjoy some of my older posts about various Chronicle Books – most include a fun how-to project. Check out: Handmade Hellos, Stencil 101, Sukie & Mike Perry Iron On Kits, Wallpaper Projects, and Sublime Stitching Bib Kit.

146 Responses to “Wanna Win $500 Worth of Books?”

  1. Ammy Belle

    Cool contest and nice list – I love that you want to start your toddler early on the good music! πŸ™‚

    Thanks!
    apereiraorama @ gmail.com

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  2. CJG

    I love Chronicle Books and all of their other products! I just popped over to their site this morning and bought a couple of gifts!

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  3. Jessica, aka Laydeedancer

    $500 in books is like the best prize EVER! I would love,love, love to win!

    I want Farm Together Now, The Little Book of Letterpress, Silhouette Art, Stencil This and Southern Pies. Hell, I really just want it all!

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  4. Niina

    500 dollars to spend on books? There are too many to choose from. Well, at least BakerellaΓ€s book would be on e of them…

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  5. Rachel

    I've always loved interesting coloring books & I've been on the verge of making cake pops..forever. I could really make my way though this entire list. To Each His Home~ forgetaboutit!

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  6. Deborah

    WOW! What a FANTASTIC prize!

    I looked through "To Each His Home: Inspired Interiors as Unique as Their Owners."

    It's not simply inspiring, it's incredibly moving to see inside the homes, inside the minds, and inside the lives of the creative, "doing" inhabitants!

    This book alone would be a great prize – needless to say, I would LOVE to

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  7. Saundra

    What a GREAT reading list! I think I just shopped for 75% of my Christmas gifts while reading it! πŸ™‚

    I also have a 20-month-old, so 52 Activities… is definitely on MY list, along with the Indie Rock Coloring Book. Stalefish would be for me. πŸ™‚

    Good luck!

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  8. Kelly Lynn

    I would love that Pretty Little Cupcake book! Everyone loves cupcakes and it would be so much fun to make them more interesting and beautiful! I would love to look thru the Green Christmas book too!! I love making special gifts and could use some ideas for the upcoming holidays!! πŸ™‚

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  9. Last_Hired_Loser

    Oh my gosh! Librarian's dream come true! AND I think a lot of these books could help me out in my programs with kids. Gifts for me and gifts for the library! Yay!

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  10. Laurel

    Love Chronicle! I always stock up on things for myself and friends/family during their friends & family sale. I also love Top Chef.

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  11. Lisa Cash

    I have a whole colony of bookworms in my house. I would LOVE to win – then all my Christmas would be DONE! The hard part would be deciding which of these fabulous books to choose. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  12. ozlynda

    I simply adore Bakerella and her book is on my wish list too.

    Here in Australia we have also been watching Masterchef and tonight I just watched the junior Masterchef finale. My kids would love some of those books too.

    What an awesome prize. Hope you win it.

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  13. Katie

    Those books sound awesome! And they are some of my favorites too! The green christmas book is a fun one that I've checked out from my local library.

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  14. oona.

    Radness! The best list I've seen yet! I like the Happy Birthday to Me Journal so much! Good luck!
    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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  15. Leslie

    Yours is the best list of books I've seen so far. So many yummy books and ones I can share with my little monkey of a nephew!

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  16. Leslie

    Sigh, I really hate when I sign out of accounts. That previous comment was from me:

    Yours is the best list of books I've seen so far. So many yummy books and ones I can share with my little monkey of a nephew!

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  17. Lisanne624

    Most of the books from Chronicle are on my wish list! LOL! I'm especially interested to read "London: A Field Guide for the Curious" since I'm always eager to find out more about that great city!

    lahlstedt (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. Stacey

    My favorite list of selections!!!!! Awesome, here's to us both winning! πŸ™‚

    woody10303 at aol.com

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  19. windycindy

    You books are all fabulous choices!
    I love to read and enjoy books whether by myself, with my children and then sharing with others…
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  20. Anonymous

    This is a great list and I want to thank you for the chance to win with you.

    Have a Great Holiday!

    Cynthia at
    cpharney(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. charleneamelia

    Chronicle Books has the best creative and unusual books. I love their childrens books and order them for my grandchildren but love them so much I keep them for myself(I'm still a kid at heart) If I win this "book haul" I will choose books for everyone on my Christmas list, how wonderful will that be!!!!

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  22. Tanya

    I would love to able to share these with my family (my sister & mother in-law as well as myself are avid crafters). what a great idea for a contest!!

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  23. Haylee

    Um please please PLEASE win. Wow I seriously think I would cry if I won all these books!

    happy_haylee_3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. Mystery Man

    Where have Cake Pops been all my life? I have always loved anything baked, but everything tastes better on a stick. Thank goodness for Bakerellas for saving the universe from a Cake-pop-less existence! Well chosen, Naughty Secretary!

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