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Season’s Readings: A Free #GiveABook Gifting Kit!

'Tis the season to give the gift of a good book! We at Quirk have put together a beautiful, free downloadable kit that covers all your book gifting needs—from bookish wrapping paper to bookmarks! Season's Readings!

Posted by Quirk Books Staff

A Round-up of Tools To Help You Finish Your #NaNoWriMo Novel

When November and #NaNoWriMo begins, there is no shortage of great ideas, inspiration, and motivation. You sit down at the computer convinced that by the time December rolls around, you’ll have easily surpassed 50,000 words.

Posted by Rose Moore

The Most Awesomely Bookish Halloween Costumes (According to Us)

October is the month of pumpkin flavored everything, chocolate bars in the perfect bite size, reading horror books, watching scary movies, and most importantly, thinking hard about our Halloween costumes!

This may come as a shock, but we have an affinity for bookish Halloween costumes—you just can’t go wrong! So here are some of our all time favorite Halloween costumes inspired by literature that we’d give ALL the candy to. Well, all the candy we haven’t already eaten.

Posted by Jamie Canaves

Warning: Banned Books Week Bookmarks For Download

Every year during Banned Books Week, we honor books that have been banned or challenged throughout history. We do so because stories that attract censorship are often speaking truths some are fearful of hearing. These are books that break down established norms, challenge authority, provoke critical thinking, and yes, make people uncomfortable in doing so. And when they are banned, we as a society are lesser for it. 

So this week, let's turn these so-called "dangers" into something to celebrate. Stick these printable bookmarks in your favorite banned book, and let the world know that the freedom to read is an intellectual right and privilege. 

Posted by Julie Leung

Quirk’s Educator’s Guides, Reader’s Group Guides, and Authorless Event Kits

Curious about what kind of educator's guides, reader's group guides, and event kits we've got? Follow us on Pinterest or scroll below! 

EDUCATOR'S GUIDES

The Tales from Lovecraft Middle School Series: Good news! You can download educator's guides for Charles Gilman's spooky middle grade series! This includes Professor Gargoyle, The Slither Sisters, and Teacher's Pest. Click the links below to access them all on the Lovecraft Middle School website.

Professor Gargoyle | The Slither Sisters | Teacher's Pest | Substitute Creature

The Nick & Tesla Series: Bring Science Bob and Steve Hockensmith's charming middle grade series into the classroom, thanks to these educator's guides. You can download guides for High-Voltage Danger Lab and Robott Army Rampage via the links below on the Nick & Tesla website. A guide for Secret Agent Gadget Battle and Super Cyborg Gadget Glove will be coming soon! 

High-Voltage Danger Lab | Robot Army Rampage | Secret Agent Gadget Battle | Super Cyborg Gadget Glove | Special Effects Spectacular

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Hark! An educator's guide is available for thee… alright, our New York Times bestselling author Ian Doescher is way better at that. Bring his series into the classroom with these handy guides. 

William Shakespeare's Star Wars | The Empire Striketh Back | The Jedi Doth Return | The Phantom of Menace | The Clone Army Attacketh | The Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge

READER'S GROUP GUIDES

The Last Policeman Series: Bringing The Last Policeman into your book club? Well good news! We've got a reader's group guide for The Last Policeman, Countdown City and World of Trouble. Download them via the links below.

The Last Policeman | Countdown City | World of Trouble

AUTHORLESS EVENT KITS

Find Momo: Andrew zips around the country in his yellow van all the time. But, in the event you can't get him out to your bookstore, we've got a great authorless event kit you can download. Check it out here

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: If Ransom can't make it to your bookstore because he's busy rummaging around for new vintage photos, you can download this fantastic authorless event kit here.

Lovecraft Middle School: Chances are, Charles Gilman is busy researching Cthulu lore along the shores of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. You can get information on how to get an authorless event kit here, which will help you create a fun event

The Nick & Tesla Series: Excited to share the adventures of Nick & Tesla with your bookstore or classroom? We've put together a fun event kit, just for you

Jane Austen Cover to Cover: We've got a special kit so you can have your own Jane Austen Cover to Cover GALLERY SHOW. That's right! Download the free kit on Scribd, here

Posted by impart

Five Days of Quirkmas: Smarts Games Giveaway

Contest is Closed!

Well Quirk fans, the holidays are here. And as we get ready to close up shop for the Winter, I'm going to run one giveaway a day up until we leave on break this Friday. So… welcome to Five Days of Quirkmas.

First up? A whole bunch of Smarts Co. card games.

Now, Quirk didn't make these cute games. We distributed them a few years ago, and we still have some around the office. Nicely packaged and cleverly designed, these quiz games dish out trivia on an array of subjects, and I've got copies of Sex Smarts, Wine Smarts, Baby Smarts, Paris Smarts, Chocolate Smarts and Coffee Smarts up for grabs. Each comes with 60 to 100 question and answer cards, a score pad, and a handy little guide on whatever topic the game covers.

How can you enter to win one? Just leave a comment (feel free to mention which game you'd prefer) or tweet this post while mentioning @quirkbooks. I'll select ten of you at random at the end of the week. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments, or I won't be able to contact you.

Check back tomorrow for another giveaway! Happy Holidays!

Posted by Eric Smith