Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

Welcome to Children’s Book Week ~ Kid Lit Giveaway Hop! May 12-18

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Are you a children’s book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book? Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

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I am very excited to participate in the Children’s Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. Children’s Book Week is a great opportunity to celebrate children’s literature and to encourage children to develop a lifelong love for books. So join in the fun and enter to win some really great books! AJ’s Children’s Books is giving away one middle grade novel AND one picture book of your choice.

Middle grade choices:

Gooney Bird and All Her Charms
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“It’s March!” Mrs. Pidgeon said as she wrote the day’s date on the chalkboard. “In like a lion, out like a lamb!”

The morning bell has rung at Watertower Elementary School, and it’s time for Mrs. Pidgeon’s class to turn to page 52 in their science books to learn about one of the most spectacular scientific subjects of all—the human body! As usual, Gooney Bird has a special plan to make learning more fun. But what on earth is in that scary-looking box that her uncle, Dr. Oglethorpe, has brought to the second grade? And what does it have to do with the charms on Gooney’s jingling silver bracelet? It looks as if another special story is in the works!

Poached by Stuart Gibbs
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Teddy Fitzroy’s back for another zoo mystery—this time it’s a koala caper—in this action-packed follow-up to Belly Up, which Kirkus Reviews called “great fun.”

School troublemaker Vance Jessup thinks Teddy Fitzroy’s home at FunJungle, a state-of-the-art zoo and theme park, is the perfect place for a cruel prank. Vance bullies Teddy into his scheme, but the plan goes terribly awry.

Teddy sneaks into the koala exhibit to hide out until the chaos dies down. But when the koala goes missing, Teddy is the only person caught on camera entering and exiting the exhibit.

Teddy didn’t commit the crime—but if he can’t find the real culprit, he’ll be sent to juvie as a convicted koala-napper.

The Dragon in the Library by Kate Klimo
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Dragon keepers Jesse and Daisy need help!

Emmy, their rapidly growing dragon, has become a real grouch, saying she’s missing “something,” and the cousins don’t have a clue what that something is. Jesse and Daisy go online to ask Professor Andersson, their favorite dragon expert, for help and end up seeing him being kidnapped!

The kidnapper is none other than Sadie Huffington, the girlfriend of their enemy, St. George the Dragon Slayer. She has hatched a wicked scheme to use the professor to both find St. George and capture Emmy. Now the dragon keepers and their dragon must storm Sadie’s castle and rescue the professor from the witch and her pack of vicious dog-men!

In this third fantasy book in the Dragon Keepers series, Kate Klimo introduces readers to a magical library filled with shelf elves and reveals the secrets of the gigantic red book that Jesse and Daisy discovered in The Dragon in the Sock Drawer. She keeps the action and adventure flying while bringing both heart and imagination to this tale of two kids and a dragon, growing up together.

The Dragon Keepers series is perfect for kids who crave books about dragons and magic but are caught betwixt and between—too old for Magic Tree House and not yet ready for Eragon and the Inheritance cycle.

Picture book choices:

Then the Twins Came by Sharon Rose Anderson
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THEN THE TWINS CAME is based on the heartwarming true story of a dog’s unwillingness to share her human Mom with the new twins born to the family. Ruby shares her canine perspective on the interruption in her family dynamics. Will Ruby learn to share? To find out, read this book by Sharon Rose Anderson and illustrated by Natalie Beus.

The Christmas Tin by Sheila Eismann and Ali F. Putz
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The Christmas Tin is a most delightful read for the young at heart anytime during the year! This endearing book is based upon a true story featuring the older of the two authors when she was a young girl and conveys the timeless message that “love truly is the best gift of all.” Children will especially enjoy all of the colorful illustrations contained within this treasure!

Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving
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WHAT’S IN MY MAMA’S PURSE? Much more than bandages and bananas! You won’t believe your eyes because so much fun hides in my mama’s purse. From a yellow moose and a caboose made of juice to a trout and numbers to count, Mama’s purse is full of super silly surprises. You’ll never guess what zooms out next!

Mama’s Purse has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services by the Mom’s Choice Awards® Other awards include: Top 10 Idaho Author, Top 5 Idaho book, and 1st Place Best Children’s Book at the Top Idaho Author and Book Awards, Best Picture Book 5 & Younger and Best Cover Design awarded by the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.

Enter the giveaway!

Make a comment on this blog post for the middle grade novel AND picture book you would like to win. Then, click on the Rafflecopter link to enter the giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway.

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Writing Conference

Top Ten Ridiculous Things People Say to Children’s Writers

Yesterday I attended a children’s writing conference at Boise State University. Jennifer Nielsen, New York Times best-selling author of the Ascendance trilogy, blew me away. Jennifer’s sessions, “Say This, Not That” and “What Publishers Don’t Tell You,” really hit home. She was incredibly honest and motivating. My writing flame is burning bright once again and I now have fresh ambition for the next time someone says one of the following statements to me…

What NOT to say to children’s writers:

1. I wish I had time to write a book.

Really?! Who HAS time to write a book? You make time. You wake up early. You go to bed late. You write while your kiddos are napping. Whatever it takes…you keep writing.

2. Writing is a nice hobby.

Writing is a career choice. It takes ambition and persistence. This is what I want to do. This is what I have to do. I am a writer.

3. Maybe one day, you can write a real book.

Children’s books are REAL books and they are REALLY significant in the industry. Just look at sales figures and top ten lists. Ever heard of Divergent?

4. How do you dumb it down for children?

Children require smarter writing. Children analyze, memorize, and re-read books. As a picture book author, I know it is incredibly difficult to write a book (with so few words) that will captivate kiddos. Every word has to count. Kids get bored easily.

5. Do you know famous writers?

Well, now I do. I met Jennifer Nielsen 🙂

6. You should write like these other famous authors.

Um…no. I’m not going to try to imitate famous authors. Yes, I get inspiration from them, but I have my own VOICE.

7. You’ll be rich.

I write because I love it. I want this to be my career, but I know it will take a lot of hard work. Money is not my motivation. I know I won’t earn six figures or get a movie deal for one of my PB manuscripts.

8. You’ll get used to the rejection letters.

Rejection stings. Rejection is part of the journey to success, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.

9. You might get bad reviews.

Yes. So what? Famous and popular books receive bad reviews all the time.

10. You’ll never make it.

This is my passion. I won’t give up. I can do it!

Thank you for this confidence booster, Jennifer! I look forward to hearing you speak again 🙂

Jennifer Nielsen
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New York Times Bestselling author, Jennifer Nielsen, was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her husband, three children, and a dog that won’t play fetch. She is the author of The Ascendance trilogy, beginning with THE FALSE PRINCE; Book 6 of the Infinity Ring series, BEHIND ENEMY LINES, The Underworld Chronicles, beginning with ELLIOT AND THE GOBLIN WAR; and the forthcoming PRAETOR WAR series. She loves chocolate, old books, and lazy days in the mountains.

Visit Jennifer’s website to learn more about her work: http://www.jennielsen.com/