Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards 2014

March 26th, 2014 by

Lately, I’ve heard lots of people talking about March Madness — who they’re rooting for, which games they’re looking forward to most, how sad they are that so-and-so is out of the running now… BLAH BLAH BLAH.


Here’s the competition that I care about: the Children’s Choice Book Awards!

childrens-choice-book-awardsAs you may recall from last year, the awards are always a big part of Children’s Book Week (this year it’s May 12-18). Between now and then, YOU get to vote on the finalists. Then the winners will be announced during a live video broadcast at the official website on May 14 at 7:00 pm ET, hosted by Kate DiCamillo!

So check out this year’s finalists for Book of the Year and see how you can vote below!

If you’re in 3rd or 4th Grade… Vote Here!

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If you’re in 5th or 6th Grade… Vote Here!

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You can also vote for Author and Illustrator of the Year. Finalists include Jeff Kinney, Veronica Roth, and Rick Riordan.

Happy voting!

— Karen

Karen is seriously disturbed by the cover showing an alligator in the toilet. Also by the idea of bugs in her hair. Are these horror books or what?

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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?

Prize Pack #1 includes:

• Children’s Book Week poster
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

Enter before May 20th! See official rules.

This sweepstakes has ended.

Children’s Book Awards 2013 Finalists!

April 5th, 2013 by

*cue trumpet noise* doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doooo!


It’s almost that time of the year again! Children’s Book Week is coming up!

This year, Children’s Book Week is May 13 to May 19 — which means there’s just about a month left to vote for the Children’s Choice Book Awards that are part of the big celebration. As you’ve probably already guessed, these are book awards where the votes come from kids like YOU. Teachers, librarians, and other old fogies (like me and Karen) vote separately, so your vote is all the more important!

Check out this year’s finalists for Book of the Year and see how you can vote below!

If you’re in 3rd or 4th Grade… Vote Here!

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If you’re in 5th or 6th Grade… Vote Here!

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You can also vote for Author and Illustrator of the Year. Finalists include R.J. Palacio, Jeff Kinney, and Rick Riordan — all of whom always make us think…

We’re not worthy!

Happy Voting!


icon_nancyNancy hates voting because she hates making decisions. But we all gotta do what we gotta do…

Children’s Book Awards 2012 Winners!

May 13th, 2012 by

Finally! We solve the biggest mystery of 2012 (thus far): how to pronounce “Jarrett J. Krosocscka,” author of the Lunch Lady series and host of this year’s Children’s Choice Book Awards!

Check out this unbelievable, action-packed, hilarious introduction to the awards gala, starring our hero/host Jarrett J. Krosocska, last year’s host Jon Sciezka as the villain, and other awesome kids’ book authors:

Karen posted the finalists in each category last month, and now here are the winners!

Grades 3-4 Book of the Year was presented by Mary Pope Osborne, the author of the Magic Tree House series. And the winner was…

Click to reveal winner, or watch the video below:

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel!

Grades 5-6 Book of the Year was presented by Andrew Clements, author of Frindle, The School Story, Lunch Money, and many more! And the winner was…

Click to reveal winner, or watch the video below:

Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt!

And for the big kahuna: Author of the Year! Last year, Rick Riordan won this title, so the winner certainly has super-duper awesome big shoes with light-up lights to fill. And the winner was…

Click to reveal winner, or watch the video below:

5-time nominee Jeff Kinney, author of the Wimpy Kid series!

For more, you can watch the whole awards ceremony. Or, watch the ceremony and then read all the 2012 winners and finalists. Or, eat a banana and then read all of the 2012 winners and finalists. I think you and I both know what I’m getting at.

— Nancy

Nancy has read all of the winners except one, but she won’t reveal which one. Hint: it’s not Author of the Year Jeff Kinney.

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Children’s Choice Book Awards 2012

April 20th, 2012 by

Based on all your comments about this year’s Kids Choice Awards, it sounds like you guys are not so pleased with the results. Well, now’s your chance to cast your vote in another kidlit competition: the Children’s Choice Book Awards!

You have until May 3rd to vote, and then the winners will be announced at a big gala celebration in NYC. Last year, Nancy and I attended the gala (and positively swooned like crazed fans as we mingled with super celeb authors like Rick Riordan, Jeff Kinney, and R.L. Stine).

Around that time, there will also be a bunch of events around the country to celebrate Children’s Book Week. From Los Angeles to Washington, DC — and in cities in between — there are parties planned all over the nation!

Of course, even if you can’t make it to any of these events, we’ll report back to you on all the Children’s Choice Book Awards winners. But obviously, in order for there to be winner, YOU need to vote first!

The finalists are…

For Grades 3-4:

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For Grades 5-6:

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And you can also vote for Author of the Year and Illustrator of the Year. Finalists include Brian Selznick, Christopher Paolini, and Rachel Renée Russell!

So, who will you vote for? Leave a comment and let me know! And maybe this time, your pick will actually be crowned!

— Karen

Karen has read only a few of these books, so her self-esteem is pretty low right now. 🙁 Better get to the library!

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