Children’s Book Week Giveaway!

May 8th, 2011 by

A couple days ago, we posted a recap of our amazing night at the Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala. We spoke of the all-star authors and illustrators, the singing, the cross-dressing, and of course the winners. What we didn’t mention is that the event kicked off Children’s Book Week 2011, which ends today.

But we REFUSE to let it go out without one final hurrah. So today kicks off our Children’s Book Week Sweepstakes! Keep the kidlit spirit going, yo!

We’re giving away our awesome swag from the gala: the gift bags, posters, and books that we snagged at the end of the night!


• Commemorative Children’s Book Week 2011 tote bag
• Children’s Book Week 2011 poster
• A copy of Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce


• Commemorative Children’s Book Week 2011 tote bag
• Children’s Book Week 2011 poster
• A copy of Finally by Wendy Mass



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 June 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 5/30/2011. See official rules.

Children’s Choice Book Awards 2011

April 17th, 2011 by

Last year, Karen let you know about the super cool Children’s Choice Book Awards, which lets YOU vote on your favorite books, authors, and illustrators. Last year’s winners for favorite books turned out to be Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Grades 3-4 Category) and Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life (Grades 5-6 Category).

So what will it be this year? Check out the finalists!

For Grades 3-4:

For Grades 5-6

While the finalists for the Grades 5-6 category are pretty different from last year (and so hard to choose from!), there are a few returning series for Grades 3-4. Will Lunch Lady prevail again? Make sure your vote counts!

Finalists for Favorite Author include returning finalist Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series) and Rick Riordan… That’s a battle of wits and writing I don’t want get in the middle of!

What will you be voting for? Tell us why in the comments!

— Nancy

Nancy just noticed that if you look at the Grades 5-6 category above, the book covers say: “It’s a Book. Smile.” … and she totally did!

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Finally by Wendy Mass

September 19th, 2010 by

finally-wendy-mass-book-reviewSubmitted by Jenna, Age 12 from Maine

Rating: ★★★½☆

Excited to turn twelve? Wishing that it would happen so you can do all of the things your parents have promised you you could do when you’re twelve?

This is exactly what Rory Swenson wants. If she could have her wish, she would automatically turn twelve, and then she would be able to do everything her parents have been promising her over the years. “You can get a pet when your twelve, you can get your ears pierced when your twelve….” She’s even been making a list about things she can do when she’s twelve.

But when Rory finally gets to do everything on her list, she realizes the tough life that twelve year olds have, and the perils that she experiances speak for that. Read Rory’s obstical course of becoming a twelv-year-old!