Posted by: nancyisanders | November 18, 2018

The 12 Days of Children’s Books Gala Giveaway! Day 10

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Welcome to Day 10 of our 12 Days of Children’s Books Gala Giveaway. I’m part of an amazing group of writer friends who specialize in writing engaging nonfiction for kids. We’re the Nonfiction Ninjas!

Each day for for 11 days we are offering you the chance to win a free children’s book. Great for your little ones, for the classroom, for homeschooling families, and for libraries everywhere, these books are AWESOME! And they’re written by these talented gals I’m fortunate to know as my writing buddies.

During the giveaway, you’ll get to learn more of the story behind the story of each of these books. Plus you get to meet each member of the Nonfiction Ninjas! How great is that?!

Then, on the last day, Day 12, I’ll announce here on my blog the list of winners for each one of the books featured in this giveaway. So join in the fun. Every day for these 12 days! Here on my blog!!

(This giveaway is for folks in the continental US only. No overseas entries, please.)

Christine AtHomeInHerTomb 608x500 72dpi copy

At Home in Her Tomb:
Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui

by Christine Liu-Perkins
Hip hip hooray for today’s featured book in our 12 Days of Children’s Books Gala Giveaway! One of you will be our winner for today and will be receiving a free copy of this very historic and fascinating book in your mailbox.

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Christine, thanks so much for visiting my blog today and offering readers the chance to win a copy of your intriguing children’s book.

Christine, can you tell us what your book is about?
China’s most famous mummy was discovered in 1972: a two-thousand-year-old body so well-preserved that an autopsy could be conducted. At Home in Her Tomb explores what life for Lady Dai was like as revealed by the finds at Mawangdui, a set of three tombs with thousands of important artifacts.

Here I am at one of the Mawangdui tombs!

What questions drove you in writing this book?
What does Mawangdui tell us about people and their lives in early China? Many of the artifacts are objects that rarely last in ancient tombs: a library of books, a wide variety of foods, exquisite silk clothing and paintings, and, of course, the body of Lady Dai. What do the artifacts tell us about what people wore, ate, valued, thought about, hoped for, and did for fun?

What was the most surprising thing you learned while working on this book?
That each of the tombs was built to represent a home. The family furnished the tombs with everything they believed their lost loved ones would need for a comfortable afterlife. In Lady Dai’s tomb, there was even a space set up as a dinner party. On one side was a place for her soul to sit while enjoying dishes of real food. On the other side were wooden figurines of musicians and dancers to entertain her, plus servants to take care of her needs.

Thanks, Christine, for visiting my blog today. It was great to hear more of the “story behind the story”!


Hey everyone. Hop on board and join the fun!!!! You can enter your name once today for a chance to win a free copy of today’s featured book by one of our members of the Nonfiction Ninjas! All it takes is 2 easy steps.

Step One
Click on the icon on the right to follow my blog and get an occasional newsletter in your inbox featuring releases of new children’s books by the Nonfiction Ninjas, and chock full of helpful tips on how you can write for kids. (If you already follow my blog, you can skip this step.)

Step Two
Go to Rafflecopter and enter to win!
CLICK HERE to go to Rafflecopter and enter your name in the contest.

That’s it!

Be sure to stop back here on my blog tomorrow for Day 10 of our Gala Giveaway. You can enter your name for a chance to win our next featured children’s book. We’re giving away 11 amazing children’s books during our Gala Giveaway. And on Day 12, we’ll announce the winners, here on my blog. I hope you’ll be one of them!

But hey…why wait until the giveaway is over to get your hands on this children’s book? The paperback edition is great for holiday or birthday giving and perfect for your kiddos to enjoy. It also comes in library binding for your school or classroom library, and makes a great holiday donation to your local library! You can buy it today on Amazon or at your favorite online bookstores!


  1. I own this book and have read it. It’s a great example of how to take a prodigious amount of research and convert it into a compelling book for kids (and grownups).

    • Pat and Christine, this is on my purchase list!!! It looks amazing!!!

  2. This is a fascinating subject. Kids should really be drawn into this topic.

  3. Fascinating topic and I’ll be looking for this book to see how the author found a way to relate the story to kids. I’m always searching for better ways to bring history alive for young readers.

    • It’s a very exciting and informational read. You won’t be disappointed!

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