Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Spotlight on Maria Dismondy and a Giveaway!

Today, I am so proud to discuss author Maria Dismondy's latest book and to offer one of you the chance to win your very own, signed copy.


Maria is a woman who wears many hats. Her favorite hat is, by far, being the mother of two little ladies. Next up (maybe even tied with being a mother) is being a wife to her best friend. Before becoming a published writer, Maria taught elementary school. She also teaches fitness classes. Maria loves photography and scrapbooking and tries to squeeze in taking classes on both in any free time she has. Reading is one of her favorite past times. She reads everything from young adult fiction to cookbooks to romance novels.

In 2007, Maria and her good friend Meg started a Non-Profit Organization called Making Spirits Bright. Together, they strive to make a difference in their local community. You can find out more about them on their facebook page.

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, Maria’s first book, made her an award-winning author winning both an Eric Hoffer Award and a Gold Mom’s Choice Award. It was based off of Maria’s childhood experiences of being teased and bullied for her big hair and funny concoctions she ate for lunch. Maria co-authored The Juice Box Bully with Bob Sornson in 2010 and her third book, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three came out last January.

Inspiration for this story came from experiences in her own life. Maria has witnessed children struggle with wanting it all. She was inspired by stories of children who have barely anything and give away what they do have. After years of researching bullying, Maria has found that what the world needs is an increase in EMPATHY. The Potato Chip Champ teaches empathy and contentment in a silly story with witty characters. Maria writes stories that children need to hear.

You can follow Maria on facebook or twitter. She has a blog called Be The Difference and writes about her experiences as a mother and gives advice and ideas to be used when parenting, teaching or dealing with character education.

You can purchase her books on her website at or on amazon or

Maria is currently hosting this blog tour. You can find the schedule on her website under events. There will be more giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more.

If you have ever read any of Maria's books, you will see how incredibly talented she is, as well as, passionate about developing important character traits in children.

This latest book is about two boys who are as different as two kids could be. Champ has everything and always wants more, and Walter has very little, yet is always seen with a smile on his face. You can't help but love him! In the end, Walter teaches Champ, and everyone who listens to the story, a valuable lesson about character.


This book will make a wonderful addition to anyone's home and classroom library. There's no doubt that you'll feel happy when you finish it. It will definitely be enjoyed by you, your family, and your students.

Now for the good news! You can enter below to win your very own signed copy of this award-winning book. Good luck to all of you and happy reading!

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Tomorrow, the tour takes you to Misty's blog! I hope you check out her post!
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  1. Thanks for sharing! I will need to check out Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun!

  2. I have been following her on Twitter for awhile. All her books are on my wish list. Thanks for the great giveaway, fingers crossed:)

    The Busy Busy Hive

  3. These books look great! Thanks so much!

  4. Looks like a great book! Enjoy your blog.

  5. What a great giveaway. My fingers are crossed that I am your BIG winner, but just in case I'm not, this new book (and The Juice Box Bully) are in my cart over at Amazon. Thanks for this opportunity Lori!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  6. I would love to win this book!

  7. I own the Juice Box Bully and I absolutely LOVE it!!!! how awesome would it be to win and autographed copy of this book :-)
    Thank you for the chance to win!!

  8. I've heard about The Juice Box Bully, and I would love to win this new book!

  9. Maria's book is awesome! After reading it to my class they decided they needed to work on being more kind to one another. (I'm not kidding it was their idea!) We made a kindness contract and we have been referring to it when our friends get out of hand. I love the power of a good book. :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac
    Second Grade Freebies

  10. I love Maria's books...I really hope I win this giveaway..I'd love to add this book to my collection! :)

  11. I just wanted to say thank you for the Noun and Verb Scoot you donated to Teaching is Colorful's giveaway! It's great!! I'm so excited I won!

    The Lower Elementary Cottage

  12. I am so intrigued by these books......Your write up really has me wanting to get copies of these books. They sound wonderful! Would love to win an autographed copy of the newest cool would that be?!!!


  13. This book looks fun! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  14. I love these books and was thrilled to learn that there are more and to learn about her blog. Thanks!

  15. Lori this is a wonderful post! Maria is a favorite of mine and I've linked up with her blog to follow along! So excited to have a chance to win her new book! Yay!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  16. I am so glad you posted about this book, I am heading over to Amazon to pick several of them up!

  17. I am intrigued. I'm going to look up her books now. Thanks for giving the information...and the fun opportunity!

  18. My fingers are crossed!

  19. Awesome giveaway! I LOVE Maria's books! This one looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  20. I love Maria's book! Keeping my fingers cross. :-)

  21. I would love to win!!

    Monica Hiatt


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