{giveaway} *Winner Announced* "The Secret Olivia Told Me": School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest Day 7

The Secret Olivia Told MeI am so excited to host the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest, which is 10 days of daily giveaways starting September 1st and ending on September 10th!

Today is day seven of the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest.

Today's giveaway for the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest is The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy and illustrated by Nancy Devard.

The Secret Olivia Told Me is one of my favorite books of all times. It has special place in my office and in my heart.  I learned about this book from an AMAZING artist and teacher, Alison Babusci, during one of my long-term substitute school counselor positions.

The Secret Olivia Told Me is about a secret between friends that turns into a rumor. The Secret Olivia Told Me is the whole package. The children in the book are multicultural, the pictures are engaging, it has a strong message, and it rhymes!  

I absolute love the artwork in The Secret Olivia Told MeThe children pictured in The Secret Olivia Told Me are silhouettes, which could be a great collaboration between you and the art teacher at your school! Another artistic detail I love is the balloon in the book. The contrast between the silhouettes and white background make the red balloon stand out. The string of the balloon comes out of the child's mouth when they spread the secret. The red balloon keeps growing and growing each time the secret is spread. Students absolutely love The Secret Olivia Told Me and are quick to point out these details.

I have used The Secret Olivia Told Me with 5th and 6th grade for a lesson I call Rumors and Toothpaste. I often use this book during individual sessions and group sessions with students in 5th and 6th grade. 7th and 8th grade students tend to pick up this book too because the cover just draws you in. I would recommend The Secret Olivia Told Me for grades 4-6.

The art teacher at my current school helped me to make a door decoration of The Secret Olivia Told Me for an African American History Month door decorating contest we held at my school. I tried to save it, but I couldn't find a way to laminate it without cutting it. :(

I am so excited to share The Secret Olivia Told Me with a lucky winner! I hope it impacts your school as much as it has impacted the students I serve and me!

The Giveaway:
One lucky winner (U.S. only) will be chosen at random to win a copy of The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy and illustrated by Nancy Devard. The contest for this giveaway will be closed at midnight and a winner will be announced on this item's contest page on September 8th.

How to enter:
Add a relevant comment to this contest page about how you would use The Secret Olivia Told Me in your work with students. The comment must appear on this item's contest page (this page). 

Want bonus entries?
Share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your Blog, about the contest or a specific item's contest page. Make sure to provide links back to the contest page or a specific item's contest page. For each place you visit and do this, come back to the item's contest page and leave a comment explaining where you shared information about the contest!

Good luck everyone!


Congratulations to Rachel B!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and shared great ideas of how you would use The Secret Olivia Told Me in your work with students!

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

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