Kidsmomo 2011: Behind the Scenes

January 3rd, 2012 by

Last week, Nancy posted a great Top 11 list of our past year at Kidsmomo. I thought it would be fun to take you behind the scenes to see what was really happening in some of those moments…

Guys Read: Thriller Video

I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow this video shoot ended with our friend, Taylor, shaking tree branches all around his head while Nancy (and the camera) looked up his nose.


I suppose I could have helped by doing the shaking for him, but I was too busy snapping this photo and laughing in the background.

Halloween Tale of Terror

I purchased the teddy bear for this feature, and I got kind of attached to his cute little face and soft, cuddly body. So I forced Nancy to do the decapitating when it came time.


But my fondness for the little guy certainly didn’t stop me from taking photos as Nancy cut off his head and later artfully arranged his stuffing in the bathtub (lit beautifully by our friend, Connie, holding Nancy’s desk lamp).


LeakyCon Antics

We posted about a gazillion bazillion photos from LeakyCon right after we got back, but here are a couple we didn’t share:


The very first thing we did when we got into the Universal theme park that night? Nancy bought funnel cake, immediately cut it up into little pieces, and then gobbled those pieces as we raced to Hogwarts.


This is a version of the photo we incorporated into our review of Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Believe me, it took many many many MANY tries to get this…

As you can see, we have lots of fun behind the scenes of Kidsmomo… but we’d be nothing without you guys! Keep those book reviews and comments coming — here’s to a fantastic 2012!

— Karen

Karen’s favorite experience of 2011 was definitely attending LeakyCon. In 2012, she hopes to visit the Harry Potter movie studios in England. And then in 2013, she will find Hogwarts. For real.

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Kidsmomo Top 11 of 2011

December 31st, 2011 by

It’s New Year’s Eve! Are you ready for the countdown? I decided to reminisce a little and pick out my Top 11 Kidsmomo posts from the past year:

#11: Karen sings Christmas carols.
This one barely made it under the wire, but I’m glad it did!

#10: I obsessively nitpick over the Throne of Fire cover.
I did it in 2010 and I did it in 2011… Hopefully illustrator John Rocco and author Rick Riordan release the cover for the last book in the trilogy in 2012 so we can continue the tradition!

#9: We meet Origami Yoda.
Karen reviewed The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger and insisted I read it, too… and it totally made our YEAR better. Seriously. Any time either of us talk about Origami Yoda, we smile!

#8: I get the heebie-jeebies on camera.
With the help of our friend Taylor, we discussed the excellent anthology Guys Read: Thriller on camera — and my ridiculous (but very real) fear of bugs and lizards.

#7: Karen composes some poetry.
Karen thinks I don’t read her posts, but I totally do! (Most of the time.) I especially liked this one, in which she’s written odes to some of her favorite books.

#6: Quidditch World Cup V.
An afternoon spent talking about Harry Potter, watching Muggle Quidditch, and also meeting a giant koala mascot. Need I say more?

#5: An awesome review submitted by a reader.
We love getting book reviews, especially like this one submitted by Ayra, age 11! Send in a review of a book you liked or disliked and it may be featured in our next podcast.

#4: We replay how bad we are at Kidsmomo-ing.

Go on and listen, but don’t judge. Just laugh.

#3: Author Aaron Starmer visits from outer space.

His video started an awesome new trend of authors sending Kidsmomo wonderful, funny, and sometimes musical videos.

This was, hands down, one of my favorite blog posts to put together for Kidsmomo this year. Creepy photos of dolls? Check. Decapitating teddy bears? Check. An awesome story written by a 12-year-old? CHECK!

#1: We laughed, cried, danced, read, watched, lived and breathed Harry Potter for a week.

Leaky Con 2011! Deathly Hallows Part 2 screening! Potter-ful discussions! Costumes galore!

So that was just a glimpse of 2011. I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for Kidsmomo! Thanks for visiting, happy holidays, and tune in next time! 🙂

— Nancy

Nancy’s been practicing for the countdown: 10, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4… wait a minute, that’s not right…

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