Children’s Book Week Giveaway

May 12th, 2013 by


Kid Lit Giveaway HopGuess what tomorrow is! Well, yes, it’s Monday. And yeah, traditionally Mondays have not been our favorite days ever. But this week, we’re making an exception because tomorrow kicks off Children’s Book Week 2013!

From May 13th to May 19th librarians, teachers, publishers, kidlit bloggers (like us!), and children’s book lovers everywhere (us again!) will be celebrating how totally completely AWESOME books and reading are.

This year, we’re celebrating by taking part in a Giveaway Hop — which means that a ton of websites about kids’ books are all hosting their own Children’s Book Week sweepstakes at the same time! The brilliant idea of Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews blogs, the hop is kinda like a big virtual party in honor of kidlit — the only bad part being that you can’t eat virtual cake…

Here at Kidsmomo, we’re giving away two — count ’em, TWO — prize packs for our Children’s Book Week Giveaway! Check out our prize swag below, then enter for a chance to win!

Children's Book Week Giveaway Prize Pack #1

And after you do that, check out the other sweeps! NOTE: You guys can enter our sweepstakes yourselves, but a lot of the other Giveaway Hop sweepstakes are not specifically for kids. However, they are ALL related to books for kids, so please grab a parent and check out these sweeps together!

And also leave a comment and let us know: What are YOU reading right now, during Children’s Book Week 2013?

TWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE PACK EACH!
Prize Pack #1 includes:

• Children’s Book Week poster
Sidekicks
The Boneshaker
• Dear Dumb Diary, Year 2, Book 1: School. Hasn’t This Gone on Long Enough?
Vordak the Incomprehensible
Noonie’s Masterpiece

Prize Pack #2 includes:
• Children’s Book Week poster
Skulduggery Pleasant
The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid
Gossip from the Girls’ Room
Raja: Story of a Racehorse
ParaNorman

Enter before May 20th! See official rules.

This sweepstakes has ended.

2013 Newbery Book Giveaway

February 1st, 2013 by

A few days ago, we posted about the 2013 Newbery Award winners — aka only the mildly, slightly BEST BOOKS EVER of last year!

Well, we have some awesome news (because we are awesome): If you’ve been dying to get your hands on those award-garnering bad boys since the winners were announced, now’s your chance! We’ve got a prize pack featuring all four books!

ONE BIG WINNER WILL RECEIVE A NEWBERY PRIZE PACK!

• A copy of 2013 Newbery Medal winner, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

• A copy of 2013 Newbery Honor book, Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

• A copy of 2013 Newbery Honor book, Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

• A copy of 2013 Newbery Honor book, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Enter before March 1st! See official rules.

This sweepstakes is now closed.

DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier – Video & Sweeps!

September 6th, 2012 by

drama-raina-telgemeierWe’ve never appeared in a play, but we definitely still know all about drama — and that’s because we attended middle school!

As you guys know, life at school is more than just classes and homework; there’s a lot of crazy and meaningful stuff that happens in the halls, during lunch period, and in the middle of extra-curricular activities. And at Eucalyptus Middle School, drama certainly abounds.

That’s the setting in the new graphic novel DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier, which involves drama both on stage (in the school production of Moon Over Mississippi) and off stage (new friendships, a school dance, tears, laughter, and multiple unrequited crushes).

DRAMA just came out this week, and to celebrate, Raina stopped by Kidsmomo to give us a special behind-the-scenes look at how she draws Callie, the main character in the book. Check out the exclusive video below:

So cool to see an artist in action, isn’t it? And if you like that illustration of Callie, well, you’re in luck! We’re giving away the original illustration and a signed copy of DRAMA to one lucky winner!

Enter our sweepstakes below, and stay tuned for a Q&A with Raina in a couple weeks!

This sweepstakes is now closed.

Harry Potter Birthday Sweepstakes!

July 17th, 2012 by

Happy birthday to you,
You fought You-Know-Who,
You look like a Muggle,
But you know magic too!

Who could we possibly be singing to? Duh! Harry Potter, of course!

If the Boy Who Lived were actually alive, his birthday would be coming up very soon: July 31st. And since we’ve chosen to believe in the Chosen One, we’ve decided to celebrate! And since birthdays are all about presents, we’re giving away some Hogwarts swag in honor of this very Harry occasion!

TWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY PRIZE PACK!

EACH PACK CONTAINS:
• A commemorative butterbeer cup
• Golden Snitch keychain
• Box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

• Lightning scar temporary tattoo

This sweepstakes is now closed.

Win a Copy of Babymouse!

June 24th, 2012 by

babymouse-for-presidentShe’s been a race car driver, a rock star, a dragonslayer, a figure skater, and queen of the world — and now that it’s an election year, Babymouse is running for president!

On July 10th, Babymouse for President by Jennifer and Matt Holm will be hitting the shelves… but guess what? Some online friends of ours at the Nerdy Book Club are giving away copies of the book! And YOU can enter for the chance to win one by taking part in their contest and showing off your love for the Babymouse series!

All you have to do is snap a photo of yourself with a Babymouse book and ask your parents to email it to the Nerdy Book Club folks. Be creative with your photo, though! The pics will be judged by an esteemed panel of 11 judges, including authors Jennifer Holm, Dan Santat (Sidekicks), Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda), and Jarrett J. Krosoczka (the Lunch Lady series)!

Remember: Ask your parents to email in your entry (don’t send it in yourself). All entries are due by Sunday, July 1, 8 pm ET.

And if you’d like some inspiration, well, I couldn’t help Photoshopping some book + celeb pairings that I personally think would be pretty awesome:

President Obama is presented with Babymouse #1: Queen of the World!

 

Justin Bieber gets some pointers from Babymouse #4: Rock Star.

 

Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson love Babymouse #11: Dragonslayer

Okay, so maybe President Obama, Justin Bieber, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson aren’t REALLY holding Babymouse books in their hands. But if they did, they would never let them go!

— Nancy

If Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm were to create a Babymouse book based on Nancy, it’d be called Babymouse: Couch Potato and Internet Surfer.

More about Nancy »

How to Rock: Author Video, Interview, & Sweeps!

November 8th, 2011 by

Imagine one day you’re the undisputed leader of your school, and the next day everyone is making fun of you because of your new glasses and braces. Would you get revenge? Scheme to regain your status? Or enjoy meeting people in a new social group (especially cute people)?

In How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston, queen bee Kacey experiences all of the above — and it’s a wild ride to read about! And who better to tell you all about it than the author herself?

Meg Haston stopped by to say hi and answer a few of our questions — and we made her sing a song for you guys. Literally. Check it out, only on Kidsmomo:

ZOMG! She sounds amazing, doesn’t she? If she didn’t seem so sweet and innocent, we’d guess that Meg bribed a professional singer to stand in for her. We don’t actually see Meg doing the singing, right?

Anyway, here’s that interview Meg mentioned in her video:

The book is being adapted as a TV show on Nick. Are you involved? How closely will the show follow the original story?
Meg Haston: The show is a new live action comedy series called How to Rock, and will air beginning in early 2012. Like the book, the show will follow tell-it-like-it-is queen bee Kacey Simon as she figures out how to balance popularity with being a good friend and a rockin’ lead singer for the band Gravity. And like the book, music plays a major role in the story. The show stars an incredible musical talent, Cymphonique Miller, and will feature original music.

The development of the book and TV show are fairly separate. Translation: Sadly, I can’t get you an audition, or score your cousin a new gig as a background actor. I can keep writing books that will rock your socks off, if that’s any consolation.

(For more on the show and its stars, plus fun activities, check out LearnHowToRock.com!)

A rockin’ band plays a big role in the book. Do you have any “guilty pleasure” songs that you love?
Meg Haston: Since music plays such an important role in the book, music played an important role in my writing process. As I wrote, I listened to everything from Joni Mitchell to Beyonce to Bob Dylan. You can check out a playlist of the songs I listened to during the writing of the book here.

But you asked about guilty pleasure songs, didn’t you? Right now, my guilty pleasure is Katy Perry. And once, I downloaded a Lindsay Lohan song. Although there’s a little more guilt and a little less pleasure involved in that one. Sorry, LL.

In the book, Kacey has an advice segment on the school TV show. Here’s a letter from us to her. Any chance she’d give us some advice?

Dear Simon Says,

We have a major crush on a great guy. He’s smart, funny, and cute. Not to mention creative (he has his own band!). He totally gets us, and he likes us for who we are. But here’s the problem: he’s a character in a book! Is this relationship doomed?

Sincerely, Crushing on Kidlit

The response:

Dear Crushing,

Your crush sounds AMAZING! Funny, smart, totally adorable, and, um… fictional.

In related news, I saw a wisecracking golden retriever on TV last night that apparently meets your dating criteria. Interested?

Let’s get to the real issue, Crushed. You want a crush who’s cool, smart, and creative. A crush like Zander Jarvis from How to Rock Braces and Glasses. But you’re worried you won’t be able to find a non-fictional crush with those characteristics.

Simon Says: Guys like Zander are out there. I promise. But they can be tough to find. Follow my Dating Do’s, and you’ll be singing sweet duets in no time.

1. Do: Do something. Join a club, a sports team, or a theater group to find friends (and crushes) who are interested in the same things you are. You’ll have a blast, and maybe even meet a few cool peeps along the way.

2. Do: Put good karma out there, and you’ll get it back. Trust me, Crushing: I know what I’m talking about here. Putting good vibes out there means you’ll get good vibes back. And putting harsh vibes out there means… well, you’ll just have to read How to Rock Braces and Glasses to find out.

3. Do: Refuse to settle. In spite of your tendency to crush on fictional characters, I’m betting you’re pretty great. So give some thought to all the things you want and deserve in a crush, and don’t stop looking until you’ve found them.

And remember, there are always wise-cracking golden retrievers.

Signed,

Kacey Simon

Wow, thank you to Meg Haston for passing our letter along to Kacey! And for answering our questions and sending us a video — not to mention
singing just for us! Now that you know how awesome Meg is and you’ve heard from Kacey directly, why don’t you get to know them both even better by entering our sweepstakes for a chance to win the book?

ONE BIG WINNER WILL RECEIVE A SIGNED COPY OF HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before December 1, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 11/30/2011. See official rules.

Aaron Starmer: Author Video & Interview

October 11th, 2011 by

What do an evil principal, five child prodigies, one boy prophet, a mysterious machine, and a world without adults have in common? They all come from the mind of author Aaron Starmer!

His first book, DWEEB (for ages 8-12), is about a group of middle schoolers who are kidnapped by their principal and have to thwart his dastardly plan — pronto.

His new book, The Only Ones (for ages 10 and up), just came out last month, and we were delighted to receive a copy hot off the presses!

But we were even more excited when Aaron took a break from his intergalactic vacation to send us a video message about his books. Confused? Just watch the video — filmed exclusively for you guys here at Kidsmomo:

HA HA HA HA HA! We hope his lamp survived the video shoot…

Anyway, here’s that interview Aaron mentioned in his video:

In DWEEB, five kids band together and call themselves, well, DWEEB. Did you ever form a club with your friends when you were a kid? And if you could be in your dream club now, what would it be?
Aaron Starmer: I never had a club when I was a kid, but we definitely had a tight-knit group of guys who would build forts and play capture the flag and flashlight tag together. We weren’t quick to let other kids in on some of our adventures, so I guess there was a silly air of exclusivity about it. These days, I’m not ashamed to admit, part of me would still love to be in a band. I never had the patience to learn to play an instrument, but rock star dreams don’t ever completely fade away.

In The Only Ones, each kid in the village has a special skill they bring to the group to help the town run. One kid hunts, another purifies the water, another puts on elaborate shows for entertainment, etc. If you lived there, what do you think you would have done?
Aaron Starmer: I like to think I would be a halfway decent survivalist, who could build things and start fires by striking stones together. But that’s probably not the case. I would hope I’m a good enough storyteller that people would come over to my house in the evening to sit next to the fireplace while I would regale them with tales. In the mid-80s, when I was a kid, I lived in Australia and that was sort of my job there. As an American, I had seen all the TV shows that hadn’t yet reached Australia. So I could tell my new friends what was going to happen on The A-Team and V and Dukes of Hazzard, long before they were able to see it. For an 8-year-old, that was power!

Both books have a really interesting and unique cast of kids. Are any based on real people in your life?
Aaron Starmer: Not consciously, but every character is a little bit me and a little bit the people I know… and a lot of who-knows-what. I think every person has at least one thing that is remarkable about him/her, and I tend to start by defining what is remarkable about each character. Then I try to find contradictions in the character, because we’re all full of contradictions. I definitely borrow dialogue and anecdotes from things I’ve heard friends and family say, but that’s hardly the majority of the writing. It’s more about establishing a character and setting them loose in a world with its own particular rules.

Well, wasn’t that nice of Aaron Starmer to interrupt his space travels to say hello? Why don’t you reward his efforts by entering our sweepstakes for a chance to win his books?

ONE BIG WINNER WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE PACK, CONTAINING:
• Copy of DWEEB, signed by the author
• Copy of The Only Ones, signed by the author

[This sweepstakes is now closed.]

Erica Perl: Author Video, Interview, & Sweeps!

September 27th, 2011 by

when-life-gives-you-oj-jugIf you read Karen’s review of Erica Perl’s When Life Gives You O.J. a couple weeks ago, then you should have finished the book by now. Because that’s what everyone does when they read our book reviews, right? You all rush right out of your house and get the book and read it straight through until you’re done, forsaking all your normal responsibilities and previous engagements. Right?

Well, if you didn’t do that with When Life Gives You O.J., then we’re sorry to tell you, but you’ve made a big, big mistake. Because the book is really good, people!

But if you need a little more enticement than just Karen’s review, check out this exclusive video from the author, Erica Perl — made just for Kidsmomo! She answers three questions from us, and also introduces a furry friend — who bites!

(Btw, if you’re wondering why we asked Erica about Yiddish, then you clearly ignored Karen’s wise advice and haven’t read When Life Gives You O.J. yet. For shame!)

Well, if that video isn’t enough to get you to read the book, then I guess we’ll just have to give you a copy!

When-Life-Gives-You-OJTWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE SIGNED COPIES OF
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU O.J.
BY ERICA PERL!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win o prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before October 31, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 10/30/2011. See official rules.

A huge thank you to Erica Perl for stopping by Kidsmomo and signing books for our sweepstakes! As for you: why don’t you do yourself a favor and listen to Karen for once — enter the giveaway now!

Raymond Bean: Author Video, Interview, & Sweeps!

September 22nd, 2011 by

Let’s just get this out of the way, shall we:

Farts! *Giggle.* Air biscuits! *Snort.* Laying an egg! *Guffaw!* Cutting the cheese! HA HA HA HA HA! Ha ha ha! Ha!

Sorry, we couldn’t resist. But can you blame us? We’re talking about the Sweet Farts books by Raymond Bean, after all! But now that that’s out of our systems, we can move on. (Out of our systems! Get it? Okay, now we really are done.)

If you’re not familiar with Sweet Farts and the sequel, Sweet Farts: Rippin’ It Old School, well, we could tell you all about them. But why not get the 411 directly from the author himself? Check out this special video greeting from Ray Bean, just for Kidsmomo readers:

(Here’s a link to the German version of the book, Stinker, as mentioned in the video.)

Raymond was also kind enough to answer a few of our burning questions:

Describe a time when you let out an S.B.D. (Silent But Deadly)!
Raymond Bean: I’m kind of a wonder of science. I don’t pass gas. I have, however, been on the recieving end of more than my share over the years. Being a teacher can be kind of smelly at times.

Keith decides to take matters into his hands and investigate farts for the science fair. What were some of your own science fair projects you did as a kid?
Raymond Bean: I remember working on experiments that involved lots of fizzing. Vinegar and baking soda can be a very fun combination. I also liked to experiment with electricity. I think I did a project where I tried to generate electricity with lemons.

Did you have to do any fart-related research for the books? We want details!
Raymond Bean: As a matter of fact I did have to do “fart-related” research. I had been working on a story about a 4th grader who cured the smell of human gas. I knew the boy in the story would try to find a way to make gas have different scents. When I started looking for interesting ideas to include in the book, I learned that Benjamin Franklin had a similar idea. In 1781 he wrote a humorous essay calling on scientists to work to find a way to make human gas smell better. He claimed that it would be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. In the book, Keith sets out to make old Ben proud.

And now it’s your turn to make Keith proud! How can you do that? By honoring his work and entering our Sweet Farts Giveaway!

TWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A SWEET FARTS PRIZE PACK!

EACH PACK CONTAINS:
• Copy of Sweet Farts, signed by the author
• Copy of Sweet Farts: Rippin’ It Old School, signed by the author
• A box of SWEETARTS®

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before October 31, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 10/30/2011. See official rules.

A big thanks to Raymond Bean for stopping by Kidsmomo and providing the sweepstakes prizes! Now what are YOU waiting for? Enter the sweepstakes now!

Harry Potter Giveaway!

July 30th, 2011 by

As you know from the fact that we just can’t shut up about it, we attended LeakyCon 2011 a couple weeks ago. During this AMAZING Harry Potter fan gathering, we danced with wizards, ate pumpkin tarts, watched a Quidditch match — and gathered up lots of Harry-inspired goodies to share with YOU:

TWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A HARRY POTTER PRIZE PACK!

EACH PACK CONTAINS:
• A commemorative butterbeer cup
• Golden Snitch keychain
• Box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

• Lightning scar temporary tattoo

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win our prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before August 31, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 8/31/2011. See official rules.

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