“How To Be A Lion” Book Giveaway

I want to introduce you to a new picture book by the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Max the Brave comes an inspiring and adorable picture book about a pair of unlikely friends who face down a pack of bullies, Ed Vere. How To Be A Lion shows kids that you don’t have to roar to be heard.

Leonard is a lion who has a duck named Marianne, as his best friend. One day the lion bullies come around, and tell Leonard they understand he is different, he likes writing poetry and being gentle, but not chomping a duck is going too far.

Leonard and Marianne find a way to show the lion bullies that there is more than one way to be a lion. In the end, the words Marianne and Leonard put together, show the bullies that they should worry about being themselves and let Leonard be who he is. 

The story reinforces the importance of accepting people for who they are and to stop using stereotypes of the way they should act. It is an important lesson that is conveyed beautifully on the pages.

Ed Vere’s new book is part of trend in children’s literature – books meant to empower boys to think independently, engage with their emotions, and not conform to traditional gender roles.

In a recent interview about the topic, Vere said: “Too often strength and sensitivity are presented as mutually exclusive. We need to teach compassion, respect and empathy at an early, foundational age. If we can teach this to boys at around five, and demonstrate that being gentle, sensitive or emotionally engaged isn’t a weakness, but part of being a fully rounded grown up man, then we’re getting the message through to them before toxic attitudes have a chance to solidify.”

Ed’s book, HOW TO BE A LION, is being praised for successfully conveying this important message.

  • “Positive role models showing boys how to be a whole person are few and far between these days. This marvelous book triumphs in that essential job.” – Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
  • “Vere’s fable makes a watertight—and charming—case for ignoring the pressures of conformity.” – Publishers Weekly
  • “Children will feel empowered after reading such a deliberate story of unyielding strength and self-awareness. Thoughtful and provocative words to live by.” – School Library Journal

Listen as I read the book in the video below:


Penguin Random House is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! One lucky blog reader will win their own hardcover copy of How To Be A Lion! Thank you to Penguin Random House for  review book and this king of a giveaway. Open to U.S. Residents.

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23 Responses to “How To Be A Lion” Book Giveaway

  1. Anne Higgins

    Walrus in the Bathtub – we have many adventures during bathtime

  2. Derek Miller

    So many to pick from…just one is a difficult task. llama llama is a go to in our house. But a new one I Am Not a Fox looks great and the author’s last name…Wolf!

  3. Barbara Lima

    Corduroy. I loved this for my children. My great would love it!

  4. beth

    I would like Lucy and the String.

  5. Carl

    Walrus in the Bathtub looks like fun. Thanks!

  6. Shannon Baas

    Lucy and the String.

  7. I would love to have the book Splash and Dash by Mickie Matheis.

  8. we love the hungry caterpillar !

    thank you!

  9. Tandi Cortez

    My daughter would LOVE the book, Seafire! It looks interesting! 🙂

  10. Kristen

    I’d like to read the book called OTIS.

  11. Antoinette M

    I like Calm with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  12. Ashley C

    I like the book walrus in the bathtub

  13. Leela

    Does Frankenstein Get Hungry?

  14. PattiAnn Green

    Let’s Have a Dog Party looks like a cute book. I’d love to read that one to my Grandson.

  15. mary chapman

    Flower Fairies of the Autumn looks like a neat book!

  16. susan smoaks

    i would love to get the my dog laughs book for our kids, they would love it.

  17. Sue E

    My granddaughter loves to read. I know she would like this book:
    When the Sky Fell on Splendor

  18. Roel Saenz

    I think my nephew would love “Does Frankenstein Get Hungry?”

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  20. Donna Clifford

    lama lama red pajama

  21. Cassandra D

    The Enormous Crocodile.

  22. Philip Lawrence

    I would like to read the “The Day You Begin”.

  23. Christian Alejandro

    Corduroy brings back some nostalgia.

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