Happy Friday readers! For the time being it is nice and sunny out, and I am highly anticipating tomorrow's historic Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course! Besides trying to find a suitable dress to wear that will cover my ever growing baby bump I'm also busy trying to figure out who to bet on, with so many good horses in the field it's going to be a tough one to handicap, but I'm going to give it a shot! This week's Friday giveaway comes from Amy Mangiaracina, a local mom and Barefoot Books Ambassador. Barefoot Books is an award-winning, independent children's book publisher, committed to bringing art and story to children from all walks of life. It was started by two mothers who were seeking books that inspired children's creativity and imagination, while also instilling respect for other cultures and the planet. Amy sells their books, music, and more online, at in-home events, and at community fundraisers and events. Amy has provided a $20 Barefoot Books gift certificate for this week's giveaway. Looking for a great pick for the back-to-school season? Check out Ruby's School Walk, the perfect book for this time of year. Ruby has a very active imagination and sees all sorts of hidden dangers - crocodiles, bats, scary beasts - during her walk to school with her mother. Her mother dismisses her sightings, but Ruby keeps reminding herself that she must be strong and brave. Once they arrive at school, however, she doesn't feel very brave at all. It's a great story with lots of rhyming text, and the illustrations are very colorful and really bring Ruby's fears to life. Here's a quick review: “Ruby’s School Walk is an excellent book for helping children face their fears about starting school. Filled with imagination and an understanding about the ‘back to school’ jitters every child goes through towards the end of summer, the book will help turn their worries into excitement for the school year ahead.” Michael Elkort, MD, MA, FAAP, Pediatrician, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Not the gift certificate winner? Enter discount code AMBTWY to save 20% on your next purchase at Amy's website, www.amym.barefootbooks.com. Interested in hosting an in-home Barefoot Books event, organizing a fundraiser for your school or nonprofit, or becoming a Barefoot Books Ambassador? You can contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org. To WIN this awesome giveaway, you must answer my TRAVERS TRIVIA QUESTION: In the 1921 Travers Stakes, who was rumored to have rigged the race so his horse Sporting Blood would win the race? We will pick the winner randomly from among the correct answers (you must also "like" Mamatoga on facebook to be our winner!), and don't forget, you get the %20 off even if you don't win! So start off this Travers Weekend a winner with Mamatoga and Barefoot Books!