Triple Travel Book Giveaway!

March 5th, 2017 by

Spring is around the corner, and it’s got us feeling itchy! Not, like, with a rash. (Gross.) No, I mean we’re itching for a break from winter, a break from our everyday schedules, a little trip… or maybe a big adventure!

In that spirit, we thought it was time for a Triple Travel Book Giveaway! We’ve got three prize packs that will transport you out of your regular life — to another country, another time, or another world.



  • Paris for Two by Phoebe Stone
  • Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder
  • Mission Mumbai by Mahtab Narsimhan


  • Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
  • My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
  • Tru & Nelle by Greg Neri


  • Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
  • Wandmaker by Ed Masessa
  • Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel

Enter before April 1st! This sweepstakes has ended. Check back regularly for more chances to win!

Back-to-School Book Giveaway!

September 5th, 2016 by

2016-btsWell, it’s Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer. Goodbye, swimming pool. Goodbye, barbecues. Goodbye, beach time. And most monumentally: Goodbye, summer break. ivermectina onu

On the other hand, hello to seeing your friends every day. Hello to new beginnings. Hello to your favorite clubs and sports. dosagem ivermectina para cachorro And hello, Kidsmomo sweepstakes!

To celebrate the start of a new school year (or to soften the blow, depending on how you look at it), we’re hosting a Back-to-School Book Giveaway! With this new pack of books in your bag, you’re sure to be the envy of all your friends, frenemies, actual enemies, and most importantly, your crushes! Well, maybe not… But we’ve still got a big pack of awesome books to give away!



  • The World from Up Here by Cecilia Galante
  • Saving Wonder by Mary Knight
  • Big Wish by Brandon Robshaw
  • Summerlost by Ally Condie
  • Josh Baxter Levels Up by Gavin Brown
  • Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes
  • Life of Zarf by Rob Harrell


  • My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman (signed by the author! ivermectin paste for people rosacea and mites )
  • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  • The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
  • Save Me a Seat by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks
  • Class Dismissed by Allan Woodrow
  • Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

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The Classy Crooks Club: Book Giveaway & Author Interview

April 4th, 2016 by


Imagine you’re living with your grandmother for the summer — but she’s not the awesome kind of grandma who bakes you cookies every day and always wants to give you hugs and presents. No, you have to live with a grandmother who wants you to behave “properly” all the time and even give up your favorite activities (like skateboarding) if she doesn’t deem them acceptable.

If you’re anything like AJ, the main character in The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry, then that sounds like just about the worst summer ever. And at the beginning, it is. But then AJ discovers something shocking about her grandmother and the other elderly women who come to visit on a regular basis: They’re actually a heist club, intent on “liberating” other people’s possessions for their own motives.

The Classy Crooks Club is a really fun read. Overall, it’s a light-hearted caper with some definite suspense. But besides AJ’s training as a thief — ahem, “liberator” — there’s also a storyline about AJ’s misunderstandings with her best friend, which we can all identify with. In other words: something for everyone!

alison-cherryAnd if you think this book could be for you, then you’re in luck because the author is offering a signed copy for one lucky Kidsmomo reader! Just enter the book giveaway below — but first, check out our Q&A with the author herself:

We’ve read books where kids organize heists, but we’ve never seen a story about a group of old ladies who run a heist club — until now! Where did you get the idea for this book?
I often get ideas for books that have way too many moving parts and need to be split in half or don’t have nearly enough content and need to be combined. This book was an example of the first. My original idea was to write an epistolary novel between a girl at sleepaway camp and her best friend, who was living with her super-strict grandma for the summer and having a horrible time. I spent a weekend with some friends as that idea was percolating, and when someone said the words “old lady” and “pirate” in the same sentence, I suddenly thought, oh my god, what if the strict grandmother were a pirate?? But that didn’t seem quite right — I couldn’t see her on a ship — so I ended up making her a thief on dry land instead. That new twist gave me so many ideas for the grandmother story that I abandoned the epistolary plan altogether, and the sleepaway camp story became its own book. It’s called WILLOWS VS. WOLVERINES, and it comes out next year!

If you were going to “liberate” an item from someone else’s possession, what would it be?
If my living arrangements were equipped for such a thing, I would steal a platypus to keep as a pet. But I’m pretty sure a platypus wouldn’t be very happy in my Brooklyn apartment, so I’d steal a painting from a museum instead — maybe Van Gogh’s “Wheatfield with Cypresses,” or Toulouse-Lautrec’s “The Bed,” or Girodet’s “Endymion.” It would be such a delight to wake up every day and see them on my walls…

We have to ask: In the book, AJ has a fear of birds based on a traumatic run-in with a swan as a child. Did anything similar happen to you?
Nope! I actually like birds a lot, including swans — The Trumpet of the Swan was my favorite book as a kid. My only traumatic childhood run-in that still affects me today was with the movie E.T. I saw it when I was in kindergarten, and it terrified me so much that I still picture the scary scenes in great detail, despite not having seen it in almost 30 years. I guarantee I will never watch it again.

the-classy-crooks-clubEnter for a chance to win a signed copy of The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry!

Enter before May 1st! See official rules. 

This sweepstakes has ended.

Review copy and prizing provided by the author.

Demon Dentist by David Walliams: Signed Book Giveaway

March 29th, 2016 by

Demon Dentist_David WalliamsMost people don’t enjoy going to the dentist, but it has to be done. Having your teeth checked by a professional is very important for your health, and your dentist just wants the best for you.

But what if there was real reason to be genuinely afraid of your dentist?

As you might have guessed from the title — in Demon Dentist by David Walliams, the new dentist in Alfie’s town is seriously creepy. Miss Root insists that children call her “Mummy,” and the toothpaste she passes out is deadly toxic. This is bad news for Alfie, who loves sweets and hasn’t gone to the dentist in years.

Even though Miss Root might send shivers down your spine, this book is actually hilarious. There are lots of laugh-out-loud moments, like when…

  • Alfie finds himself the target of a high medium speed chase from a moped.
  • Alfie concocts outlandish excuses for missing his dentist appointment — we’ve all been there, right?
  • The author uses made-up words that make perfect sense.
  • Someone eats too many coffee-flavored sweets, leading to some intense tummy rumbling and an uncomfortable dash to the toilet.
  • And much, much more!

One of my favorite parts of the book are the illustrations by Tony Ross. The ludicrous humor of the story combined with the drawings will remind readers of the legendary pairing of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, which is not a bad comparison to have!

Demon Dentist has been available for a while in other countries, but now it’s finally available in the United States! If you’ve read it, leave a comment below — and if not, enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a SIGNED copy and more!

Enter before May 1st! See official rules.

Prize Pack Includes:


  • Hardcover Demon Dentist signed by author David Walliams
  • Chattering teeth toy
  • 2 pencils, 2 teeth-shaped pencil sharpeners, 2 bookmarks, and 2 teeth-shaped erasers

This sweepstakes has ended.

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy actually does enjoy visiting the dentist, but as established a long time ago: she’s a super weird.

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Gabby Duran and the Unsittables: Giveaway!

May 11th, 2015 by

gabby-duran-and-the-unsittablesBabysitting can be a breeze when the kids behave well, or it can be a hassle when the little munchkins decide to turn into full-on terrors. But no matter what kind of babysitting experiences you’ve had, chances are they’re pretty tame compared to what Gabby goes through in Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners.

Here’s the scoop (aka the official case file from the publisher):

The Association Linking Intergalatics and Earthlings (hereby known as A.L.I.E.N.) has a new member. After months of investigation, Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, has proven herself to be a babysitter extraordinaire. Her celebrity clients fly her around the country to care for their rambunctious little humans. Our spy, Associate 4118-23432B, otherwise known as Edwina, believes Gabby can be trusted with the truth: aliens are living among humans on Earth. And here at A.L.I.E.N we believe that even extraterrestrials need a babysitter now and then. No one was up to the task…until now.

After accepting the top-secret position, Edwina has paired our new associate up with her first charge, a little girl from the planet Flarknartia. The timing for associate 4118-25125A is less than ideal. It’s a school day on Planet Earth, Gabby’s audition for the solo part in the band is tonight, and this tiny alien is a bit more than meets the eye.

Can Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, First Sitter to the Unsittables, keep her otherworldly charge safe in the unpredictable halls of middle-school and keep A.L.I.E.N hidden?

Well, we know the answer to that question because we’ve read the book already. But obviously we’re not going to tell you exactly what happens! Besides, we’re sworn to secrecy by A.L.I.E.N.

Instead we’ll just say that the story is fun, the aliens are hilarious, and the whole thing is a blast to read. It’s not an epic adventure, and it doesn’t pretend to be — instead, it’s a quick, funny, wacky read.

And if you want to read it yourself, you can enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win a copy of the book! (You can also read an excerpt from the book if you just can’t wait.)


  • A copy of Gabby Duran and the Unsittables
  • A branded tumbler
  • A branded UFO light-up flyer

Official sweepstakes rules

Prizing and advance copy of the book provided by the publisher.

This sweepstakes has ended.

Greenglass House and Bluecrowne Book Giveaway

December 8th, 2014 by

Greenglass-House_Kate-MilfordBack when we started Kidsmomo, our very first book giveaway was for The Boneshaker, the chilling tale of a girl who suspects there’s something amiss with a traveling medicine show that arrives in her town. (If you haven’t read it yet and you like a good creepy story, definitely check it out.)

Well, now we’re partnering with the same author for another sweepstakes. This time, author Kate Milford is offering signed copies of her two latest books: Greenglass House and Bluecrowne!

(Scroll down for the handy-dandy entry form!)

Greenglass House is a perfect read for the holiday season because it takes place in the days leading up to Christmas. Lots of wonderful descriptions of hot chocolate and baked treats. But also, it’s a quiet but gripping mystery — think The Westing Game set in a snow-nestled inn. Usually the hotel is empty around Christmas, but this year a bunch of brand new guests all arrive on the same night. When people’s belongings start to go missing, it’s up to to Milo (whose parents own Greenglass House) and Meddy (the cook’s daughter) to get to the bottom of the peculiar connections that bring these strangers to the inn.

Bluecrowne is set in a totally different time and place than Greenglass House, but it’s kind of related. But we’ll let Kate Milford herself explain! As part of our giveaway, she agreed to answer some of our questions:

Some readers may be new to the stories that connect Greenglass House with Bluecrowne and your other books. What would you say to those new readers?

Kate: That’s a great question. Let me first explain the connection between Greenglass House and Bluecrowne, because they have a special relationship. Greenglass House is set in an inn in the city of Nagspeake that’s described as looking as though it had been cobbled together from pieces of a dozen different houses in a dozen different cities. Later in the book, Milo is told that the original family for whom the house was built never lived in it. Bluecrowne is the story of that family, and why they didn’t stay. It’s also the big connector between Greenglass House and the rest of my books — primarily to The Broken Lands and The Left-Handed Fate, which comes out in 2016. But I think it’s entirely possible for someone to read The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands and not have a clue how Greenglass House is connected to them — but that wouldn’t disrupt their reading at all, because each book was written to stand alone. There’s no “right” order to read them in, either. I look at those little connections as Easter eggs — they’re there if you look for them, but you don’t have to. (For the nerds who love to find connections, though, there are lots to find!)

Greenglass House is a delightful book to read at any time of year, but it’s a special joy to read it now, during the winter holiday season. But the Christmas timing doesn’t seem completely pivotal to the plot of the book. What made you decide to set the book around the holidays?

Kate: Well, you’re right in that I didn’t set out to exactly write a “Christmas book,” but I definitely did want to write a winter book. I love winter, always have, and Christmas was and remains a big deal in my family — a lot of the traditions of Milo’s family are lifted from my own. When I made the decision to set this book in winter, it just made sense to me to set Greenglass House in the days leading up to Christmas, particularly since it goes a long way toward making things as completely inconvenient for Milo as possible.

In Greenglass House, Milo and Meddy play a role-playing game called Odd Trails. If you were playing, what kind of character would you be?

Kate: Oh, man. So I have limited RPG experience, but I like to play rogues, which in Odd Trails would translate to blackjacks. I like tricksters, which is maybe something you can tell if you’ve read The Boneshaker or The Broken Lands. Right now I’m in the middle of a D&D game with my husband and some friends, and I’m playing a rogue, but she’s a really bad rogue. Like, really ineffectual, I mean, and not because I decided to make her that way. I just have really bad luck with this character. In tabletop games, you decide what your’e going to do and then you roll dice to determine how successful you are. I just consistently roll so poorly. There was a memorable instance a couple weeks ago when my poor rogue walked into a rake, Wyle E. Coyote style. On the other hand, in real life I actually can pick locks, sort of, and while I am clumsy as all get-out, I have never actually walked into a rake.


  • A signed copy of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • A signed copy of Bluecrowne by Kate Milford
  • A set of Kidsmomo bookmarks


This sweepstakes has ended.

Enter before December 31st, 2014. See official rules.

Blood of Olympus Sweepstakes

October 8th, 2014 by

The Blood of Olympus by Rick RiordanYesterday probably seemed like a normal day to most people. Just another Tuesday. But most people don’t know anything and anything because yesterday was actually a momentous day: the official release of The Blood of Olympus!

That’s right! The final book in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series is finally here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will the crew of the Argo II defeat Gaea? Can the war between Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood be stopped? Will the gods recover from their split personality disorder? And after all they’ve been through, will Percy and Annabeth finally get to live happily ever after?


Also, did Karen or Nancy guess correctly in their Death Predictions for the book? (Karen guessed Nico; Nancy guessed Frank.)

AGAIN, WE DON’T KNOW!!! We haven’t read the book yet!

And since it just came out yesterday, we’re guessing you haven’t read it yet either. But we can help with that… 



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Blood of Olympus Sweepstakes Prizepack
Enter before November 1st! See official rules.

This sweepstakes has ended.

Phantom Tollbooth: Event Recap & Book Giveaway!

June 2nd, 2014 by


Have you ever traveled to Digitopolis, Dictionopolis, or the Mountains of Ignorance? Have you perchance ever met a Humbug or a watchdog named Tock? Or maybe you’ve eaten your words, or perhaps sampled some Subtraction Stew?

If you’re nodding your head right now, then that means you’re part of an ever-growing club where all the members greet each other like long-lost family — even if they’re total strangers. That’s because the club is people who have read and loved The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer, and we are all united in our fierce devotion to the book.

(If you haven’t read the book yet, don’t worry — you can enter our sweepstakes below for a chance to win your own autographed copy!)

Recently, we attended an event put on by some extra dedicated members of the unofficial Phantom Tollboth fan club — who just happen to be famous authors! They gathered at McNally Jackson bookstore in New York, took on roles from the book, and performed a scene from the story.



Check out their rendition of eating a square meal (in this case, what appeared to be construction paper cut into squares):

Here’s the full cast of characters:

  • Sophie Blackall (Ivy and Bean illustrator) – Officer Short Shrift
  • Matthew Cody (Powerless author) – King Azaz
  • Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm author) – the Earl of Essence
  • Claire Legrand (The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls author) – the Spelling Bee
  • Kekla Magoon (Camo Girl author) – the Humbug
  • Kate Milford (The Boneshaker author) – the Undersecretary of Understanding
  • Michael Northrop (Plunked author) – the Count of Connotation
  • Jeffrey Salane (Lawless author) – Tock
  • Courtney Sheinmel (My So-Called Family author) – the Minister of Meaning
  • Natalie Standiford (The Secret Tree author) – Milo
  • Mary Thompson (Escape From the Pipe Men! author) – the Duke of Definition

Barbara Marcus, President/Publisher of Random House Children’s Books

After the performance all the authors answered questions from the audience, and some editors from Random House (the publishers of The Phantom Tollbooth) divulged behind-the-scenes info about how the book came to be.

For example, did you know that Norton Juster wrote The Phantom Tollbooth as a form of procrastination because he didn’t want to work on a different nonfiction book that he was getting paid to write? And guess what — he never did end up finishing that other book!

(For another fun behind-the-scenes story about the books origins, check out this Kidsmomo post from a few years ago.)

We wish you all could have been there with us for this one-of-a-kind event. But since we unfortunately don’t possess the power to transport people through space and time, instead we’ll just offer the next best thing: a book giveaway!


Enter before July 1st! See official rules.

This sweepstakes has ended.

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah: Video, Pics, & Sweeps!

October 24th, 2013 by


Big announcement: My Basmati Bat Mitzvah is an AWESOME book, and you can enter for a chance to win your own autographed copy!

Full disclosure: We know the author, Paula J. Freedman, personally. But we promise, we’re not fans of the book just because we’re friends with Paula. It’s truly a really good book, and we’d say that even if we didn’t know the author!

That’s because the characters are realistic, the writing is both funny and moving, and the subject is interesting — and not covered nearly enough in other books:

My Basmati Batmitzvah Book Release Party

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah Book Release Party

Tara is half Indian and half Jewish, and she’s trying to decide whether she’s going through with her upcoming Bat Mitzvah. A) She’s worried she’ll lose some of her Indian side if she does it. And B) She’s not even sure she believes in God. ivermectin ontario

But those aren’t her only worries. Tara is also dealing with Sheila, a girl she really DOES NOT like (and the feeling seems mutual). Plus, why is Ben-o, her best friend since forever, acting so weird around her all of of a sudden?

By now, we bet you’re dying to run out and get your hands on a copy of this book. Well, do it! But when you read it, be sure to keep it nice and clean — you’ll want to give it to a friend if you win our sweepstakes. Why? Three (count ’em, THREE) winners will get their own autographed copy of the book, plus some other cool stuff:

Prize Pack includes:

• Autographed copy of My Basmati Bat Mitzvah
Tube of henna ink
Rakhi bracelet

Enter by November 15th! You must be under age 18 to enter. See official rules.

This sweepstakes is now closed.

Paula also invited us on an exciting night out — we went shopping for Paula’s favorite Indian snacks and then went out for dinner at a South Indian restaurant! Check out the photo gallery below for pics, with captions from Paula herself!

If you’re still not convinced about the total and absolute awesomeness of this book, then check out this video of author Paula J. Freedman reading an excerpt! We took this video at the book release party in Brooklyn:

Kidsmomo End of Summer Sweepstakes!

August 26th, 2013 by

Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

The new school year may be right around the corner, but don’t let that ruin the rest of your summer!

We know you’ve got a very busy schedule doing important things like eating popsicles and hanging out by the pool, so we’ll cut right to the chase:

It’s time for an End of Summer Sweepstakes! In other words, FREE BOOKS, people! Enter below for a chance to win our prize pack.


And if you want even more chances to win book prizes, we’ve got good news for you: We’re taking part in a Giveaway Hop — which means that a bunch of websites about kids’ books are all hosting their own book sweeps at the same time! (Thanks to Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews blogs for organizing!)

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, over your summer vacation?

Prize Pack includes:

Loki’s Wolves
Bamboo People
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide

Enter before September 7th! See official rules.

This sweepstakes is now closed.

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