The Best Bookish Giveaways Happening This Holiday Season

by  | December 15

When it comes to the holidays, family free books are what it’s all about. From fat stacks of 50 books at a time to packages of holiday goodness (wine and fur throw included), publishers are serving up some of the best swag this time of year. Here are our five favorite giveaways happening right now.

1. Read It Forward’s Ultimate Shelfie Sweeps


Hosts: Read It Forward, Chronicle Books and Out of Print

Prize: 50 books (full list here), a bookshelf to put them on, and a selection of bookish items – from a library card mug to tongue-in-cheek literary paper dolls to an adorable banned books match set

Ends: December 27, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST

2. Win $100 to Spend at Powell’s


Hosts: BookRiot and Early Bird Books

Prize: $100 digital gift certificate to Powell’s

Ends: December 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST

3. David McCullough Library Sweeps


Host: Simon & Schuster and History in Five

Prize: One copy each of:

  • The Johnstown Flood
  • Mornings on Horseback
  • The Path Between the Seas
  • Truman
  • John Adams
  • 1776
  • Brave Companions 
  • The Greatest Journey 
  • The Great Bridge
  • The Wright Brothers

Ends: December 28, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST

4. Hachette Book Group Holiday Sweepstakes


Host: Hachette Book Group

Thriller Prize: 

  • Sting by Sandra Brown
  • No Man’s Land by David Baldacci
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
  • Ruler of the Night by David Morrell
  • Treason by Newt Gingrich
  • The Tourist by Robert Dickinson

Cookbook Prize Pack:

  • Big American Cookbook by Mario Batali
  • Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World by Jean-François Mallet
  • The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
  • My Two Souths by Asha Gomez and Martha Hall Foose
  • Gluten-Free Small Bites by Nicole Hunn

Geek Prize Pack: 

  • What the F by Benjamin K. Bergen
  • Unmentionable by Therese O’Neill
  • The Social Organism by Oliver Luckett, Michael J. Casey
  • What the Dickens by Bryan Kozlowski
  • TV (The Book) by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz
  • The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy) by James Islington
  • Small Town Talk by Barney Hoskyns

Ends: December 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST

5. The DC Comics Family Holiday Book Sweeps


Host: DC Entertainment

Prize: 3 winners will receive:

  • I Am Batman! Reader
  • Justice League Mind Games
  • Batman Classic: 5-Minute Batman Stories
  • Batman Phonics Fun
  • Wonder Woman Classic: I Am Wonder Woman
  • Superman Classic: I Am Superman

Ends: December 30, 2016 at 9:59 am PT

6. MIRA Holiday Sweeps


Hosts: BookPage, MIRA, and BookClubbish


  • A faux fur throw
  • A set of stemless wine glasses
  • A Knights Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers
  • Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
  • The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
  • Three Christmas Wishes by Sheila Roberts
  • Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
  • We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly
  • The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff

Ends: December 31, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST

7. Star Wars: Rogue One Sweepstakes


Host: DK Books


  • Star Wars Rogue One™: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  • Ultimate Sticker Encyclopedia: Star Wars Rogue One™
  • DK Reader L4: Star Wars Rogue One™: Secret Mission

Ends: January 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST