"When I Grow Up" {Giveaway}: 2012 Back to School Giveaway!

I am so excited to host the School Counselor Blog Back to School Giveaway, which is 10 days of daily giveaways starting September 1st and ending on September 10th!

Today is day three of the School Counselor Blog Back to School Giveaway.

Today's giveaway for the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest is When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic.

In honor of Labor Day I wanted to give away a career related book. I decided to give away the same book I gave away last Labor Day, When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic. Yes, "Weird Al" wrote a children's book about career and it rocks! I couldn't resist giving this book away again... it really is that good!

I fell in love with When I Grow Up last summer by Kelly one of my Pennsylvania School Counseling Association (PSCA) colleagues introduced it to me. I have since used it in career lessons with 5th grade students.

When I Grow Up is a fun and engaging way to teach career development standards to students.  When I Grow Up is about 8 year old Billy who has many things he wants to be when he grows up.  There are some real and some zany jobs that Billy wants to be. The illustrations are great and give incredible detail to Billy's wild imagination.

The message that rings true throughout When I Grow Up is that career is a life-long journey and individuals may change careers. Billy's teacher tries to get Billy to pick one thing he wants to be. My favorite part of the book is at the end when Billy tells his teacher all the careers his grandfather has been and states that his grandfather is still not sure what he wants to be.

Below is book trailer video of Al Yankovic reading excerpts of When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up opens the door to so many conversations and lessons about career. When I Grow Up could be used for a lesson about how interests influence career choice and success, the changing workplace, lifelong learning, and much more.  I used When I Grow Up for a career lesson with 5th grade students.

When I Grow Up would be great for students K-5.

For this giveaway I am using Rafflecopter. The giveaway opens September 3, 2012 and will close at 11:59pm EST September 4, 2012.  

***IMPORTANT: In order for your entry to count you MUST leave a comment in the comment section below about how you would use this item in your work as a school counselor!***

School Counselor Blog Back to School Giveaway

September 1, 2012 - Day 1: A Year of School Counseling {Giveaway} - Carrie V. #19 Winner!
September 2, 2012 - Day 2: Confessions of a Former Bully {Giveaway} - Becky L. #142 Winner!
September 3, 2012 - Day 3: When I Grow Up {Giveaway} - Sabrina P. #116 Winner!
September 4, 2012 - Day 4: Tess's Tree {Giveaway}
September 5, 2012 - Day 5: ????????????????????????
September 6, 2012 - Day 6: ????????????????????????
September 7, 2012 - Day 7: ????????????????????????
September 8, 2012 - Day 8: ????????????????????????
September 9, 2012 - Day 9: ????????????????????????
September 10, 2012 - Day 10: ??????????????????????

Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

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. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


  1. I would love to use this book in a classroom lesson in teaching my kiddies about thinking of their future and that it's never too early---and humor in a lesson always helps! :)

  2. As a new school counselor I am still collecting things I can use with my students. Some times I am unsure how some books will really go over with the students but this sounds like one they would love and can help them have fun thinking about career choices.

  3. I would love to use this book in my career education unit with my K-2 students. There are lots of tools for the upper grades so I am always on the lookout for cute & colorful options for the younger groups!! This book is PERFECT! :))

  4. I have been a school counselor for nearly 25 years. After 5 years in middle school, I am back in elementary part time. I really need to refresh my resources, and this would fit the bill. Besides, I have loved Weird Al for a long time!

  5. I would use this book as a starter to our career pathways program I do with the freshmen.

  6. I'm in my final year of my Master's program. I would love to start my own collection of books and resources (outside of my textbooks). As a teacher, this would be great to read win them during Career Day. But, as a future school counselor, the possession of this book means that I have an opportunity during my internship to do a classroom guidance lesson and tackle some of the ASCAP standards...to truly gain some practical experience that will prove to be useful in my future career.

  7. I'm really looking to increase my career awareness materials, as I don't have too many for the younger grades right now. Thus would be great!

  8. How I have always loved Weird Al!!!! What a joy it would be to share his book with my students during our big career month in November!!!!! The whole month is dedicated to careers and guidance lessons vary from How Santa Claus Got His Job to onetonline.org for the older students! I can't wait!!!!

  9. I work in a school where over 80% of our students are considered low SES. As their counselor, I must emphasize the importance of education or having a marketable skill so that they can break that cycle of poverty. This book would be a great way to begin that career awareness at the primary and middle grades at my K-5 campus. I love using books in my guidance lessons, and this one looks like a must-have for my library!

  10. So far I dont have any career related books so this would be a perfect addition to my collection. I hope to conduct a group related to career exploration and confidence building. I would use this book in conjunction.

  11. Reading and literature are great ways to help keep children knowledgeable about what's going on around them. Weird Al is a very interesting guy and I would love to add it to my collection.

  12. It is never too early to teach my kiddos about careers! Especially using a fun book can be a great way to teach them about careers. Would love to be able to use this resource. Thanks!!!

  13. Perfect to use for career lessons at school!

  14. super looking resource for goal setting and humor is an excellent way to engage children


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Fabulous Find Friday: Pool Noodle (Funnoodle®)

FREE Career Interest Games and Inventories on VA Career View

Start With Hello Week Themes and Planning #StartwithHello