Worldwide giveaway of two translated Children’s Classics!

posted in: 2. Illustrators and Authors | 67

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m passionate about children’s books in translation, and so today I’m especially glad to have the opportunity to give one lucky reader copies of 2 translated books I believe are exceptional: I have a worldwide giveaway of The Cat who Came in off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt, translated by David Colmer and The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt, translated by Laura Watkinson.


These are two of my family’s very favourite books: they’re so good we’ve read them multiple times in both their original Dutch, and in translation!

I summarised what I think of both books yesterday in this post – but basically, these are outstanding books in any language, and both have received rave reviews here in the UK, as well as back home in the Netherlands.

The nitty gritty

  • This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.
  • To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post.
  • For extra entries you can:

    (1) Tweet about this giveaway, perhaps using this text:
    Win 2 exceptional children’s novels great for sharing as a family over on @playbythebook’s blog

    (2) Share this giveaway on your Facebook page or blog

    You must leave a separate comment for each entry for them to count.

  • The winner will be chosen at random using
  • The giveaway is open for two weeks, and closes on Wednesday 30th July 2014 5pm UK time. I will contact the winner via email. If I do not hear back from the winner within one week of emailing them, I will re-draw as appropriate (please note this if you are likely to be on holiday the first week of August).

  • Best of luck and happy reading!

    dutchwinnerUPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. It was won by entry 63, Sanja Stajdohar.

    67 Responses

    1. Connie Goh

      I would love to have these books as a gift for my first born who will become a big sister this coming August.

    2. Audrey Skinner

      These are 2 great books that I would love to win for my great-nephew.

    3. marian boll

      What a great prize for my great granddaughter!!! Yes please!!!

    4. Sica McQuillan

      Excellent- I’ve heard good things about The Letter for the King. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

    5. Thitima

      I love reading and I want my kids to love reading too. Thank you for the giveaways. 🙂

    6. Emil

      I hope I win to this contest. I like the book, If by chance I win, I’m going to give it as a present to my niece for her upcoming upcoming this August. She likes reading books.

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