Excite Books

December 3, 2008 by Kailani  
Filed under babies, books, games, giveaways, kids, reviews

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your participation.
The winner is Amira.

Ever heard of Excite Books? It’s kind of like a “Netflix of Children’s Books” where for a monthly fee you’ll receive great books for your kids through the mail. Each time they complete reading a book, they’ll place a sticker on their Progress Calendar and when they’ve filled 12 spots, they can donate Basically how it works is that you sign-up for their free introductory offer and pay only $4.99 shipping + handling and they’ll send you a product sample kit containing:

  • 3 age specific Excite books
  • 1 educational activity
  • 8 free gifts
  • Excite Kids pilot wings
  • Space Shuttle Cockpit Poster
  • Excite Reading Completion Stickers
  • Excite Reading Progress Calendar
  • Movable Propellor Airplane Glider
  • Thank you letter with each order

Then if you’d like to continue with the program, for a low monthly cost you may elect to join for as low as $4.99 a month. When they send you your 12th book, they’ll also include a pre-addressed, postage paid envelope big enough to hold up to 4 lbs of books. You can then decide which, if any, books you’d like to donate to this school in need. The great part is that you can also include your own books by placing them in this envelope.

At first I was a little skeptical because I prefer to select my kids’ books. However, I was impressed with 2 sets of titles we received – 102 Dalmations, Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger Too, The Emperor’s New Groove, Disney Year Book 2008, Sticker Activity Fun Teddy Bears, & Sticker Activity Tough Trucks. The gifts were pretty great, too – Matching Items Activity, Magic Mix-a-Bubble, & Flying Gliders. The girls were thrilled!

I explained the program to Girlie Girl and she immediately went to her bookshelf and selected a few books to donate. “I don’t read these anymore, Mommy. Someone else might like them.” she said.

It’s a great way to receive great books for your children and to also teach them the importance of helping those less fortunate. Give the gift of learning.

Win it!

How would you like to try Excite Books out for yourself? I have all the items in the above kit for one lucky winner. You even get to select which age group you’re interested in. To enter:

  • Excite Books before midnight, Dec 11th and view a sample their books.
  • Then come back and mention which one is your favorite. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified on Dec 12th.
  • The winner will have 3 days to claim their prize.

For extra entries, you may do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each extra credit that you’re doing.

  • Subscribe to my feed.
  • Blog about this giveaway with a link back here and to Excite Books.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to US addresses only.

In addition, if you want to start a monthly subscription of your own, you can get a bonus fourth book by entering “4th Book Free” in the Personalized Message field when you submit your order. You may also type in a personal message that will be included with your order for your child.

About the author:
Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.


148 Responses to “Excite Books”
  1. yoshi says:

    I just don’t know how you keep doing this! finding all these cool things. I bow down to you!

  2. Melissa says:

    My twins would so enjoy this! Great idea! We would like the toddler books since the boys are 2 now.

  3. Melissa says:

    I subscribe to your feed

  4. Melissa says:

    Your button is proudly displayed on my sidebar

  5. Maggie M says:

    This would be a terrific gift for my daughter-in-law, who owns and operate a pre-K school for infants and toddlers, as well as having a 2 and 4 year old herself. I think the toddler book collection would be terrific! Great giveaway!!

  6. Maggie M says:

    I’m a subscriber by email!

  7. staceyk says:

    I would be interested in the Toddler age group and the Franklin Rides a Bike book looks great.

  8. staceyk says:

    Also subscribe via google reader. Thanks!

  9. Tiff@Three Peas says:

    I like the book Five Minutes Peace. It’s too cute!

  10. Tiff@Three Peas says:

    I subscribed

  11. Michelle M says:

    I like the toddler portion, “Five Minutes’ Peace” looks interesting!

  12. Stacey says:

    I think my toddler would like “Five Shiny Stars”

  13. Stacey says:

    I’m a subscriber

  14. Stacey says:

    I have your button on my blog as well.

  15. Rebecca says:

    Shel Silverstein! I love him! Of course it would make more sense for my family to get either the infant or toddler set…or even the cooking set. But when my little one gets older we will have A Light in The Attic, The Giving Tree, and all the other awesome stories and poems by him. (Sorry to gush so hard, it can’t be helped)

  16. Rebecca says:

    I get your RSS feed through Google Reader!

  17. Timothy Sternberg says:

    Great idea!

  18. Tammy W says:

    Hmm: Should I be good and says I’d like the toddler Books for the youngest…or be selfish and say the Cookbooks??

  19. Tammy W says:

    I’m subscriber ;)

  20. Sarah Small says:

    Five Minutes Peace would be my choice

  21. Sarah Small says:

    I am a subscriber

  22. Melanie B says:

    Five minutes peace looks so cute! Looks like they have a great selection of books!

  23. Melanie B says:

    I have your button

  24. Miss Blondie says:

    I would really like the Giving Tree for my son!!

  25. Miss Blondie says:

    i have your button!

  26. Cindy B. in Montana says:

    “Franklin Rides A Bike”…My grandson loves the Franklin books. What a unique idea this is!

  27. Miss Blondie says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  28. Cindy B. in Montana says:

    I’m a subscriber!!

  29. John says:

    Get Into Gear is my favorite…

  30. Muthering Heights says:

    “The Giving Tree” is by far my favorite children’s book! :)

  31. Muthering Heights says:

    I’m a subscriber

  32. Muthering Heights says:

    I have your button on my sidebar

  33. sandra kao says:

    the giving tree is one of my favorites. it makes me sad though.

  34. sandra kao says:


  35. Christina G. says:

    My favorite is Strawberry Girl!

  36. Christina G. says:

    I subscribed to your feed.

  37. Christina G. says:

    I posted on my blog: http://gouldgalore.blogspot.com/2008/12/island-life-book-giveaway.html

  38. Christina G. says:

    I added your button to my blog: http://gouldgalore.blogspot.com/

  39. Autumn @ My MoonBean says:

    Oh I like Five Minutes Peace, and it’s awesome that they also offer cook books and books for older children as well as teens! What a wonderful concept!

  40. Autumn @ My MoonBean says:

    I have your button

  41. Autumn @ My MoonBean says:

    and I subscribe!! :)

  42. Jenn S. says:

    The Green Dog in the Fifth grade section.

  43. clenna in NH says:

    I love ‘The Giving Tree’. It’s a beautiful story.

  44. clenna in NH says:

    and i subscribe

  45. Linda White says:

    great sets! books are wonderful gifts!

  46. Lisa says:

    wow, what a cool give away!

  47. jodi @ bpr says:

    I think my little guy would love Franklin Rides a Bike! So cute!

  48. roosmom says:

    My daughter would love the teens book-Sledding Hill & Wake.Also the Thinker 2 puzzle book..

  49. Keeling says:

    We love the Franklin books!

  50. Keeling says:

    I have your button!

  51. Vicki Wurgler says:

    3rd grade- Swamp monster in third grade

  52. jodi @ bpr says:

    I have your button!

  53. Sandy says:

    would do the cook or teen books

  54. Sandy says:


  55. Sarah Barclay says:

    Five Minutes’ Peace…that might be heaven

  56. jodi @ bpr says:

    I subscribe to your email feed

  57. Cherie J says:

    I like the Cars: Get Into Gear book. My son would love reading that. Thanks for the contest!

  58. Cherie J says:

    I am a subscriber.

  59. tanya says:

    My kiddos would probably love “The Green Dog”. This is such a neat idea!

  60. Stephanie V says:

    Like the look of Franklin rides a bike!

  61. Maja says:

    the giving tree

  62. Maja says:


  63. susan varney says:

    tickle me elmo

  64. christopher h says:

    five minutes peace

  65. Shannon Baas says:

    The giving tree is a great book.

  66. adrienne Gordon says:

    five minutes peace for me

  67. Eloise says:

    My 6 year old daughter would absolutely love this, she loves to read and this would be such a great gift for her. I would choose the Hannah Montana book as her favorite, she love Hannah Montana. Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway!


  68. Eloise says:

    I am also a subscriber, thanks again!


  69. crystal says:

    I think Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook sounds great. Kids could help in the garden and the kitchen too:)

  70. crystal says:

    I am a subscriber:)

  71. Aidan's Mommy says:

    Five Minutes Peace! How can you go wrong with a title like that?

  72. Aidan's Mommy says:

    I subscribe to your feed!

  73. Linda says:

    I am a subscriber.

  74. Julie From Inmates says:

    I would have to go with Lightning McQueen on this one. Get Into Gear would get along fabulously with my 2 boys. Thanks!!! =)

  75. Carol Lawrence says:

    Five Shiny Stars.

  76. David Bertolo says:

    My Grandson loves Bambi, makes him cry every time.

  77. Dree says:

    I like the My First Word Bath Book.

  78. Dree says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  79. david basile says:

    mensa sudoku

  80. Robert Doscher says:

    I like Get into Gear and Lightening McQueen.


  81. judy brittle says:

    I would love the 1st grade set but my favorite book would be Bambi in 2nd grade.

  82. judy brittle says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  83. Kate says:

    the my first word bath book has been a BIG favorite in this house. My oldest loved it and now his little brother loves it. It is very durable too!

  84. Kathy Scott says:

    I would like to have my son read Wake.

  85. Noreen says:

    the princess book under 1st grade looks cute and my girls adore the disney princesses

  86. Heather Weber says:

    I’d love the Toddler Books!

  87. kari says:

    The giving tree

  88. kari says:

    Im also a subscriber!!

  89. Christine says:

    This is a great idea! 5 Minutes Peace looks cute! Thanks,

  90. Christine says:


  91. Carolyn D. says:

    I like the Night at the Museum. It is tricky to get 3rd grade boys to read. This may be just the right thing!

  92. Carolyn D. says:

    I have your button!

  93. REBECCA TOWNER says:

    would love the toddler books-my 2 year old granddaughter LOVES books

  94. Rebecca C says:

    The Giving Tree is a really good book!

  95. Rebecca C says:

    I have your button on my blog: Here


  96. Rebecca C says:

    I am a subscriber!


  97. Rebecca C says:

    I blogged about this giveaway: Here


  98. Terra Heck says:

    The teen books would be great for my daughter. My favorite is The Sledding Hill.

  99. Erma says:

    I would love to win this for my daughter. Thanks for the chance to win.

  100. Kathy Conley says:

    It’s Not Easy Being Mean is my favorite one!

  101. Marie says:

    The first grade books would be great for my daughter!

  102. Lance Pearson says:

    I would like Franklin Rides a bike.

  103. Lance Pearson says:

    I’m a subscriber

  104. Jennifer hedden says:

    Five Shiny Stars

  105. Jodi says:

    Love the Toddler books, Franklin is one of our favorites.

  106. Jennifer M says:

    My favorite is “Franklin Rides a Bike.”

  107. Ed Nemmers says:

    It’s Not Easy Being Mean

  108. Rosanne Morrison says:

    I like 5 shiny stars toddler book

  109. Rosanne Morrison says:

    I’m a subscriber

  110. Steve Scott says:

    I would love the Teen Novels.

  111. tina hartley says:

    we love to read

  112. Hesper Fry says:

    I would love to win this for my daughter. Thanks for the cool giveaway!

  113. Heather C says:

    I’d love Room 207 for the kinder. Thanks!

  114. Heather C says:

    I subscribed to your feed via google.

  115. Brenda S. says:

    I like the book Five Minutes Peace.

  116. Jaye says:

    I love the third grade books. I remember the Goosebumps books were my favorite growing up, and though they might be a bit mature for my brood right now, I’d rather they be able to grow into the books then outgrow them quickly! Plus I can always read to them what they can’t read on their own.

  117. Jaye says:

    I’m a subscriber. Happy Holidays!!!!

  118. Dawn fiske says:

    The Giving Tree is my favorite.

  119. Roseann K. says:

    Franklin Rides a Bike looks like a nice book! Thanks!

  120. Chrysa says:

    I like Five Shiny Stars. Thanks for the giveaway!

  121. Chrysa says:

    I’m also subscribed to your RSS feed!

  122. kathy pease says:

    i like the sledding hill :)

  123. tim brown says:

    It’s Not Easy Being Mean

  124. Terri L says:

    Fourth Grade Rats looks like a good book.

  125. Amira M says:

    I love the toddler set of books, my favorite being five minute peace…brings back memories

  126. bridget says:

    Right away I saw Trucks Trucks Trucks which my two year old son would love – he is obsessed with trucks and trains.

  127. Veronica L. says:

    I have two little ones that would go crazy over this since they are such huge book readers! Thanks for a great giveaway :)

  128. Erin says:

    This would be great for my son. The my first words book would be so nice now. He loves when i read him the words and show him pictures. Thanks!

    Twitter: @erinjeany

  129. Erin says:

    I have your button on my blog sidebar.

    Twitter: @erinjeany

  130. Erin says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

    Twitter: @erinjeany

  131. Catherine KingChuparkoff says:

    What a novel idea! My daughter would love any of the books in the first and second grade category.

  132. skena megahed says:

    I liked the 2nd grade books

  133. Steph says:

    My favorite was the Tigger Movie book.

  134. Kate says:

    Franklin Rides a Bike is my favorite!

  135. Michelle H. says:

    I have kids in various age groups, but would probably choose the toddler group.

  136. Veronica Garrett says:

    The Sledding Hill is my favorite.

  137. Peggy Gorman says:

    The Giving Tree is a wonderful book,thanks for the awesome contest

  138. Marcy Strahan says:

    The Giving Tree is one book I would really like to share with the kids.

  139. Miranda Allen says:

    the giving tree

  140. Donna K says:

    I like Judy Blume-Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

  141. Donna K says:

    I am a subscriber

  142. Donna K says:

    I put your button on my blog.

  143. Kailani says:


    Congratulations! You are the winner of the Excite Books giveaway at An Island Life. Please contact me within 3 days with your mailing address to claim your prize. Thank you for your participation.

    Happy Holidays!

  144. Shelf Talk says:

    For those looking for further inspiration for gift books for younger readers this year, the public librarians (aka the original Netflix for Children’s books) who blog at Shelf Talk have posted several lists of recommended titles. Take a look!

  145. Austin says:

    Hello everyone. Thanks for commenting and checking out ExciteBooks.com. I would love to have all of you as customers and the Free Trial is still avail. Pay only shipping ($4.95) and get 3 books, 1 educational activity, 8 free gifts. Congrats to the winner and hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. http://www.ExciteBooks.com


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