Wishes Inspirational Kids Book and $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Wishes is a fun kids book written by Claudia Trinklein-Engman and illustrated by award winning illustrator, Chris Hill.  The author (also a child psychologist) self-published this cute and uplifting book called WISHES in order to foster imagination in a uniquely engaging manner, involving the entire family!

Wishes- Kids Book Cover

One is never too old to believe in the power of hope!  And the kids book, WISHES takes you through a memorable day filled with a variety of ways to make a wish- from the familiar wishing on the first star you see at night, to a host of other quirky ways to make wishes!  It is fun to read and give you lots of great ideas that may become new family traditions- such as making wishes when you cross railroad tracks!

Wishes Book Excerpt

Wishes Book Excerpt

WISHES is clever, fun and you’ll learn a little Spanish too!  The WISHES book has fourteen Spanish phrases interspersed throughout the book (like the one above in blue) and a Spanish/English Glossary at the end.

What people are saying-
“In an age where media saturation supplants children’s urges to dwell in their own imagination, Claudia’s book invites children to find imaginative opportunities everywhere throughout their day, and weaves magic into the activities of everyday life. ”  —Jonathan Kopp, PhD, Child Psychologist

You can buy WISHES at Wishes on Amazon or you can get a personalized, signed copy at Alemar Publishing!  Pretty cool!  You also have the chance to win a WISHES by Claudia Trinklein-Engman right here along with an Amazon gift card to make some wishes come true!

WISHES Autographed Book and $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway:

One lucky reader will win one WISHES autographed children’s book by Claudia Trinklein-Engman and one $50 Amazon Gift Card.

WISHES Book Giveaway Dates:  January 28- February 11, 2013 Midnight CST

How to Enter:  Enter through Giveaway Tools- just sign into the widget and click the entries you want to complete.

Giveaway Announcement:
Winner announced above in the Giveaway Tools widget on February 12, 2013. Winners will be selected through Giveaway Tools and I will notify by email. Winner must respond within 4 days or the prize will be forfeited. Your email will not be shown and will be kept private.

I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.  Opinions expressed are my own.  Prize provided by Author.


  1. Clover Field says:

    Whenever I see a shooting star, I make a wish!

  2. Candice Long says:

    I LOVE Amazon gift cards, and my granddaughter will love the book!!

  3. Neat book for children! We make a wish when we blow out our birthday candles or see a falling star.
    Thank You!
    Ross Olson

  4. I like that it includes some Spanish too!

  5. We like to wish upon a star

  6. My children and I love to make wishes when we see falling stars! Cute book!

  7. My favorite way to wish is at 11:11 or your “birth time”- my birthday is November 9th, so my birth/ wish time is 11:09

  8. wishing upon a star

  9. We like wishing on a star.

  10. “When you wish upon a star….makes no difference who you are!” Love wishing on stars!

  11. I need to teach my grandkids about wishing on a star

  12. Teresa Jones says:

    We wish on falling starts, Blowing out candles, crossing railroad tracks, tossing coins in a wishing well

  13. kim burnett says:

    daughter will love the book

  14. So inspiring

  15. I would love to give this to my nephew

  16. Michelle.A. says:

    I think it looks so cute. Our favorite way to make a wish is on the first star of the night.

  17. Love to wish on a star.

  18. Priscilla S. says:

    I like that it encourages hope in a cute way.

  19. christina moore says:

    When I see a falling star

  20. I love that the book is about Hope! Cute pics too:) Thanks!

  21. I love shooting stars and dandelions!

  22. i love throwing pennies in fountains

  23. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    I make a wish, when I see a falling star or dropping a coin in a fountain.

  24. Becky Richied says:

    I repeat all of my well wishes for others and quick wishes fowewhen the clock reads 11:11

  25. amy pugmire says:

    we like to throw money into water fountains and make wishes

  26. I love the fact that the book is so upbeat and positive! What a beautiful way to spread optimism and hope to children!

  27. We make our wishes by blowing out the candles on our birthday!!

  28. Dianna Thomas says:

    I like the way that the book encourages the child to open there minds, dream , and go forward, to use the imagination.

  29. I love that the book fosters imagination.

  30. Upon a star!

  31. I love wishes because they hold such magic, and the kids get so excited. this sounds like a nice book

  32. cathy henatyszen says:

    the book sounds great… I was taught as a child growing up near a river, that the rocks with white lines that went all the way around them/through them were ‘wishing rocks’ and we’d make a wish and toss them into the river

  33. Mark Laporte says:

    Best wish is when you blow out the birthday candle.

  34. I like to make a wish with a penny in a fountain. Thanks

  35. pinky sade says:

    I like to make a wish when I only see one star in the sky

  36. We like to make a wish by throwing a penny in a fountain!

  37. If some sees the clock says “11:11″, someone says “Make a Wish”

  38. Cindy Merrill says:

    What a clever way to teach children some words in Spanish!

  39. Wishing upon a star is my favorite, especially if it’s the first star you see.

  40. sandra davis says:

    on a star

  41. We like to make wishes when we blow out birthday candles :-)

  42. Kim Pollock says:

    We love throwing pennies in fountains and blowing out candles!

  43. i like how it takes you all over the day making wishes

  44. I like the look of the books because the concept of wishes is something my son is currently very interested in!

  45. when I see a falling star

  46. debbie jackson says:

    that it has spanish words

  47. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    when i notice its 11:11 I make a wish

  48. The kids and I throw a penny in the fountain and make a wish :)

  49. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like wishing wells

  50. Debbie Welchert says:

    We wish when we blow out the candles on a birthday cake.

  51. I loved the “Wishes” book because it shows that no matter where you are or how crazy it seems , you can make whatever kind of wish you want in whatever kind of way. It opens up your imagination and shows you all these different possibilities on making a wish.

    Though this book does gives you many ideas ( Of which my daughter and I can’t wait to try. ) if you don’t know where to start. ;)

    Here are mine and my daughters top 6 favorite ways to make a wish. :)

    1. Wishing on a shooting star
    2. Throwing a coin into a wishing well or fountain.
    3. Making a wish while blowing a dandelion
    4. Making a wish every time we happen to look at the clock and it has the same hour/minute. Such as 12:12, 11:11,10:10 etc.
    5. Making a wish when we blow out our birthday candles.
    6. At exactly 12:00 am on New Years day.

  52. throwing pennies in the fountain

  53. Mary Beth West says:

    I love that this book encourages kids to use their imagination and believe that anything can happen! We wish on birthday candles!

  54. bobbie c. says:

    I make a wish whenever I see a ladybug

  55. Gloria Walshver says:

    I remember hearing the poem Wishing On A Star, that inspired me to look at the stars and make a wish.

  56. Olivia Rubin says:

    We save the wishbones from chickens and freeze them in a jar so we have a jar of wishes

  57. I love that this book includes Spanish words. Our family is beginning to learn Spanish together and books like this is wonderful!

  58. My girls like to blow dandelion “fuzz” and make a wish.

  59. I’m going with the dandelions- it was always too cloudy for stars growing up!

  60. Patricia Mohl says:

    Wish upon the first star at night.

  61. I like to wish upon a star!

  62. Ashley Nolan says:

    I like making my wishes in a wishing well or on a star!

  63. Whenever an eyelash falls out I wish on it and then blow it away.

  64. favorite way to make a wish is either by praying or by looking at a star :)

  65. We each make a wish when two people say the same words at the exact same time…..
    such as “good morning!” !
    I enjoyed reading all of the other wishing ideas…
    I just made a secret wish, can you guess what it is?!

  66. kelly nicholson says:

    what is your favorite way to make a wish?

    i like to wish for cash or naked chicks…still wating

  67. looks like a great book….I love learning the different ways to make a wish, maybe one will work for me!!!


  68. i like how it incorporates learning a bit of spanish

  69. I love wishing on a star

  70. Jennifer T. says:

    My favorite way to make a wish is to have my daughter take an eyelash from her cheek, put it in her palm, close her eyes, and blow. If the eyelash is gone, her wish will come true.

  71. On a shooting star.

  72. sandra davis says:

    we love to make wishes on the first star we see at night and love to throw pennies in a fountain and make a wish

  73. steve weber says:

    wishing upon a star.

  74. Robin Wilson says:

    My niece could learn some Spanish in a fun, easy way!

  75. Vivian Sun says:

    I make a wish when I blow out birthday candles .. Always the same wish since I was a kid!

  76. I wish upon a shooting star

  77. Christine burd says:

    I made wishes by blowing on dandelion fuzz as a child

  78. laurie damrose says:

    Not only do children make wishes but so do we,very nice book

  79. Sylvia Zajis says:

    My children always make a wish in the sky when we see fog (the dragon’s breath).

  80. Vickie Couturier says:

    I like making wishes whenever I see a red bird land

  81. Holly Trudeau says:

    I still make wishes when I throw a penny into a fountain :)

  82. Debby Chandler says:

    wishing upon a star or whenever you blow out a candle even when it’s not someones birthday.

  83. Cassie Korando says:

    Oh goodness, I wish on shooting stars.

  84. Carla Bonesteel says:

    I like to wish on my last cigarette.

  85. Tamara Burks says:

    I like the wish upon a star . It’s a classic.

  86. Deneen K Berry says:


  87. On a falling star

  88. when i blow out candles on a cake/cupcake!

  89. Christine Waddell says:

    I wish on the time such as 11:11 or 3:33….anytime the numbers are all the same.

  90. Taryn Pasco says:

    My favorite way to make a wish is to throw a coin over my shoulder at a fountain :)

  91. i like to make a wish on a falling star

  92. Terri Herman says:

    Oh, on the first star!

  93. I make a wish when I blow out birthday candles.

  94. Laura Jacobson says:

    I love to make a wish looking to the stars and moon!

  95. Michelle C says:

    I would love to share this book with my youngest daughter who has just learned to read! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  96. Alfredia Bowers says:

    I love contest with amazon gift cards, there like gold :)

  97. Tammy Owens/Botzon says:

    I like how the book has spanish words incorporated in it!

  98. I make a wish on a stray eyelash. Make a wish & blow it away…

  99. Susan Johnson says:

    I like that it engages children’s imagination, not only through the pictures in the book, but by the child making various wishes for things. I’m not sure what the purpose of the interspersed random Spanish is, to me it doesn’t make sense, but it doesn’t keep me from liking the book in general.

  100. Every night when you wish upon a star!

  101. molli vandehey says:

    i have always wishedo n dandelions when i blow them!

  102. Christine M says:

    wish bone

  103. Patti Hess says:

    My favorite wish is to say a Prayer

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  104. Gina Brickell says:

    I love to make a wish on a shooting star!!

  105. I love to make a wish on the first star at night!

  106. I love the illustrations and that it includes some Spanish for the kids to learn. Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!


  107. I like that the book encourages children to actively try something.

  108. since i was a kid, i would make wish at night looking up at stard and doing the starlight starbright, first star i see, i wish i may, i wish might have the wish i wish tonight.

  109. Pamela Halligan says:

    I like that it teaches children a little Spanish while telling a good story. I still like to make a wish while blowing away Dandelion seed pods.

  110. This would be great for my grandkids.

  111. Great book for my son’s age.

  112. nannypanpan says:

    my favorite way to make a wish is to blow a dandelion

  113. I like to make a wish when I blow out my candles for my bday:)

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

  114. Someone told me in kindergarten to wish on green M&Ms. I still do.

  115. Tara Liebing says:

    I wish on the first star I see

  116. Crystal W says:

    My kids and I always make a wish when we see the clock say 11:11!

  117. Kristina Vieweg says:

    I love that it promotes hope, it’s a great quality to have! I remember having a rabbits foot when I was younger, I thought it was magical!

  118. Audra Weathers says:

    I think the illustrations are cute and looks like a book my daughter would enjoy.

  119. christina o says:

    I like to wish blowing out birthday candles.

  120. I still make wishes on a star.
    I still make a wish then blow on the dandelion to send my wishes to the sky.
    Our family still plays the wishbone game every Thanksgiving with the ‘wishbone’

    Wishing is a daily part of my life! :)

  121. soha molina says:

    wishing on a candle

  122. Alexandra Roach says:

    I love how colorful it is!

  123. SHORONDA FIFER says:

    Wishing upon a star

  124. A way to keep children thinking positively and probably how to make good things happen for them.

  125. Kyaw Sein says:

    a way of letting your kid think positively with expectation for a good future

  126. Patricia Treskovich says:

    like to wish on birthdays

  127. My favortite way to make a wish is to pray the rosary!

  128. We do the ‘lift your feet’ thing at railroad tracks, but for us it’s ‘touch a screw and lift your feet’! I also make wishes at 11:11 and when the clasp of my necklace is in the front. I’m superstitious!

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  129. I liked the art n the book.

  130. Fav way to make a wish…throw a coin in a fountain!

  131. golden storm says:

    i like how it shows your kids to keep wishes alive and that it has spanish also

  132. Ann Fantom says:

    I like to make a wish when I find a four leaf clover

  133. Kathy Lane says:

    My favorite way to make a wish is what I grew up hearing.Star light Star bright first star I seen tonight.I wish a may I wish I might get this wish I wish tonight.You say that when you see the first star at night.I have taught it to my kids.

  134. Christine Jensen says:

    I always liked birthday candle wishing ;)

  135. Michelle Hudak says:

    I like to make a wish when I throw a penny in a fountain

  136. Tari Lawson says:

    I like to make a wish when the clasp of my necklace comes around to the front and I have to turn it to the back.

  137. Cynthia C says:

    I like making a birthday wish when I blow out the candles.

  138. My favorite way to make a wish is throwing a penny into a beautiful fountain!

  139. Wishes made when blowing out birthday candles are my favorite wishes!

  140. Theresa Shafer says:

    I make my wishes over birthday cakes. Then I eat the yumy cake. lol

  141. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    By throwing a penny in the pond

  142. My favorite wishmaking method is picking up your feet and holding your breath going through covered bridges.

  143. jennifer pot says:

    when blowing out bday candles!

  144. Christine says:

    when we blow out our birthday candles

  145. i hope i win

  146. Ashley Morrissey says:

    I love shooting stars!

  147. Wishing when 11:11 hits!

  148. Christina says:

    I like that Wishes promotes an attitude of hope

  149. Stephanie Larison says:

    We throw a penny into fountains and make a wish! :)

  150. I love that it encourages imagination and the Spanish is a bonus – my daughter goes to a Spanish-language magnet school and has Spanish three days a week!

  151. I like how it gives kids freedom to use their imagination!

  152. Tammy Dalley says:

    we wish upon a star!

  153. I love to wish on a star! I did that seconds before my husband Proposed. I’ve got a good track record. :)


  154. Wishing at 11:11

  155. I like to make a wish upon a star.

  156. Angie Madore says:

    We just introduced our daughter to wishbones at Thanksgiving. We have fun with that now!

  157. Rich Hicks says:

    like to make a wish finding a 4 leaf clover

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  158. Megan Blumenthal says:

    Looks like a cute book. I love that it has a little Spanish in it too. Great way to learn.

  159. Amy Green says:

    I have always loved tossing coins into a fountain.

  160. On a star

  161. Action 1: When I see a shooting star, I make a wish.

  162. Crystal F says:

    My daughter said her favorite way to wish is by blowing out birthday candles. Thank you!

  163. my favorite way to make a wish is to close my eyes, cross my fingers, turn around left to right in a circle 3 times and then jump up for joy.

  164. Toni Jones says:

    I like making a wish on birthday cakes because it only comes once a year.

  165. Throw coins in the fountain

  166. It sounds like a wonderful book, I’m 38 and I still wish -old and new ways. The wishbone from holiday meals, B’Day candles, stars….and I never tell my wish (I still worry it won’t come true)

  167. My favorite way to make a wish is on a star

  168. Dena Albright says:

    That is one thing we can never get taken away from us as we get older “The power to still be able to Wish”

  169. Pamela Arbour says:

    great prizes

  170. Monique Rizzo says:

    When I find a penny face up!
    Thanks for the chance.

  171. 11:11 I make a wish!

  172. I like the way it shows how to make everyday activites fun

  173. Jennifer R says:

    We wish on rainbows.

  174. Sheila Hickmon says:

    I like to make a wish at 11:11!

  175. My favorite way to make a wish is by tossing a coin in a fountain.

  176. i love making a wish on a shooting star!

    annae07 at aol dot com

  177. Tami Valentine says:

    I love that there are many Spanish words in the book. I often work with Spanish speaking students so this would be a very fun book to share with them.

  178. My favorite way to wish is on the first star I see at night!

  179. I like making wishes when blowing out the candles on my birthday cake.

  180. jessica edwards says:

    wish on a star

  181. in a wishing well

  182. jeanette sheets says:

    we like wish upon a star

  183. Linda Dickson says:

    Love the Illustrations

  184. We make a wish blowing out birthday candles.

  185. I like that it has the Spanish words interjected in the story too :)

  186. Jill Myrick says:

    We always make a wish when blowing out the candles on birthday cakes and when we have a wishbone from a chicken or a turkey.


  187. radhika s says:

    My little niece would love this book! :)

  188. It has to be a shooting star

  189. cute book; we make a wish when we see a butterfly and also when blowing out birthday cake candles

  190. wish on a shooting star

  191. star light star bright 1 st star I see tonight is how I wish

  192. kathy pease says:

    I remember as a kid sitting on the porch with my mother making wishes on the stars

  193. i love that it incorporates learning spanish as well

  194. My favorite way to wish is on a star!

  195. Wishing on the first star is my favorite.

  196. I like to wish on a star.

  197. When I was a child my favorite way to make a wish was with a wishbone. That always was the highlight of eating a turkey dinner.

  198. I make wishes by just saying them to myself.

  199. My kids and I made wishes by blowing on dandelion

  200. Ed Nemmers says:

    I like to make eyelash wishes with Hugh Jackman!

  201. mary gardner says:

    my favorite is to throw pennies in the wishing well

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  202. We make eyelash wishes!

  203. Susan Smith says:

    I like to make a wish blowing out birthday candles

  204. This book really looks like a great book for my kids. I love how they do all different ways of wishing and the way they mixed a few spanish words that kids can have fun learning .

  205. A wishing well!

  206. We like to wish upon a star!

  207. Laurie Emerson says:

    I like to wish on the first star I see at night

  208. Vikki Billings says:

    I love to throw change in a fountain and make a wish

  209. I like to make wishses on stars

  210. i wish on eyelashes.

  211. like shooting stars ty.

  212. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    When I Blow Out My Birthday Candles <3

  213. Tonya Dean says:

    Throwing a coin in a fountain in my favorite.


  214. Our family always wishes on clocks like 11:11, 2:22 and so on.
    Thanks for the chance!

  215. My mom taught me to wish on white horses. There’s a little routine to it..

  216. Wish on the first star.
    Thanks for the contest.

  217. I like to use a wishbone.

  218. Lisa Fonseca says:

    This might be old school but I wish when I blow out birthday candles lol.

  219. Mya Murphy says:

    Blowing out Birthday candles :)

  220. My kids make a wish on the first star they see at night!

  221. I have several ways, such as three yellow lights in a row wishing, eyelash wishing and birthday candles wishing. All awesome.

  222. Barbara Stenby says:

    wishes are so important as a child they create hope and without them life is less happy, so thats why I still believe that wishes do count because sometimes they come true.

  223. My favourite way to make a wish is by praying or meditating :)

  224. I make a wish on a white horse.

  225. Wendy Mastin says:

    Wishes are really goals and it is a great way to teach a child that you can be whomever you want to be

  226. Aura-Lee Capps says:

    My 7 year old daughter would love this book… she loves and believes wishing on shooting stars and the first star out at night.

  227. Kari Flores says:

    I think its great that the book can create some traditions within the family on making wishes. My favorite way to make a wish is by blowing an eye lash that falls out.

  228. amy delong says:

    make wishes when I come across fountains

  229. We like to wish on stars and dandelions.

  230. I like that this book is positive and helps imagination.

  231. Wish upon a star.

  232. jessica schueler says:

    This would be a great book for my nephews.. We make wishes on stars and dandelions and wells

  233. Carolyn Daley says:

    I like the colorful illustrations and the creative ways to make wishes. My favorite thing to wish upon is a star.

  234. Blowing out candles

  235. Michelle Tucker says:

    Throwing a penny in the well has always been my favorite.

  236. We wish on a star. I like the illustrations

  237. Betsy Barnes says:

    My favorite way to make a wish, is when I see a shooting star :)

  238. We wish when we blow out birthday candles.

  239. cassandra mccann says:

    my kids love the birthday wish on a candle

  240. I love making wishes on shooting stars. They’re so hard to find, so they feel more worth it!

  241. I like to wish on a full moon.

  242. Alicia Zemer says:


  243. Alicia Zemer says:

    have fun

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