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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

It's that time again...

And we're giving away two prize packs of: 

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter, and happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013


For the month of October blogs around the kidlitosphere will be celebrating THE REAL BOY with reviews, giveaways, interviews, and posts from author Anne Ursu, illustrator Erin McGuire and editor Jordan Brown. Also be sure to check out all the exclusive reveals of illustrations from the final book. 

Here's the itinerary of all the upcoming tour stops: 

Monday, 9/30 - Maria's Melange - Maria's Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Tuesday, 10/1 - There's a Book - Danielle's Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Wednesday, 10/2 - sharpread - Colby Interviews Anne
Thursday, 10/3 - Novel Sounds - Elena's Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Friday, 10/4 - Word Spelunking - Aeicha Interviews Anne
Saturday, 10/5 - The Hiding Spot - Sara's Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Sunday, 10/6 - The Brain Lair - Kathy's Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Monday, 10/7 - Read, Write, Reflect - Anne Talks Oscar with Katherine
Tuesday, 10/8 - Librarian's Quest - Margie's Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Wednesday, 10/9 - Buried in Books - Heather's Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Thursday, 10/10 - The Book Monsters - Kristen's Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Friday, 10/11 - Cari's Book Blog - Cari's Take on The Real Boy + An Interview with Anne
Saturday, 10/12 - Unleashing Readers - Kellee Interviews Illustrator Erin McGuire
Sunday, 10/13 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers - Gina's Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Monday, 10/14 - Heise Reads and Recommends - Editor Jordan Brown Interviews Anne
Tuesday, 10/15 - Bulldog Readers Blog - The Bulldog Readers Debut Their Book Trailer

And here are all the blogs featuring exclusive artwork from THE REAL BOY. 


Happy blog hopping!


Celebrate Oscar of THE REAL BOY as he makes his first steps into the world. Oscar loves books. So books you shall have. Bound books, e-books, paperback books, hardcover books. Books in whatever format you want. $300 in books to be exact* for your classroom, your family, your friends, your library or your organization. Welcome to the world, Oscar!

Click anywhere on the image below to be brought to the sweepstakes.

If you have any image getting to the entry form through the image below, click directly on this link: 

*In the form of a gift certificate to the vendor of your choice. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Off to Oz Giveaway Hop

Brighten up your back-to-school blues with fairy tales! In the Off to Oz giveaway, all participating blogs are offering giveaways of classic books, classic re-tellings, or time travel books. We're giving away five signed copies of one of our favorite books of all time: BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu, a re-telling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen."

"Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into the forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it's up to Hazel to go in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," BREADCRUMBS is a stunningly original fairy tale of modern-day America, a dazzling ode to the power of fantasy, and a heartbreaking meditation on how growing up is as much a choice as it is something that happens to us."


NPR Backseat Book Club Selection Best Middle Grade Books of the Year
2011 Publisher's Weekly Best Books of the Yeaer
2011 School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2011 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book
2012 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best List
Nominated for six state book awards

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Last Hurrah Giveaway Hop

Summer is not over yet! There's still time to get some great beach reading in before the back to school/work rush takes over. Enter to win copies of some great Walden Pond Press summer beach reads by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. Happy reading!

Thanks to Candace's Book Blog for hosting this Hop!

Books up for grabs: 

Sidekicked by John David Anderson 
Superheroes. Super-villains. Only one will reign victorious.
Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka with stories by Tom Angleberger, Rick Riordan, Rebecca Stead, Kenneth Oppel, Eric Nylund, Neal Shusterman, Shannon Hale, D.J. MacHale, Shaun Tan and the late Ray Bradbury. 
Percy Jackson. Robot-shoes. Out-of-this-world short stories.

The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson
South Carolina. Centuries-Old Mystery. Can two young girls put everything right?

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Prince Charming. Happily-Ever-After. Rollicking re-telling of your favorite fairy tales. 

Best of luck to all who enter! Please note this giveaway is open until midnight on 8/25. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Celebrate #IndieThursday with Lemuria Bookstore!

Happy birthday to #IndieThursday which turns two years old today! In honor of this special day, we're back with another #IndieThursday feature. This week, we're chatting with Emily Grossenbacher, children's bookseller at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Welcome, Emily! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us about your store.
Give us a virtual tour—what do we see when we first walk in? Is there a certain section that jumps out at us?

The first things I see when I enter OZ, our kid's section, is the floor to ceiling red bookcases. They line every wall in OZ and are filled with books that lead the eye to the vaulted circus tent of a ceiling. Yes, the ceiling really looks like a circus tent, red and white stripes and all. OZ holds books for kids, baby to teen, and really feels like you are stepping into someone's exotic library. I am personally biased, but I must say I feel very at home back there.

How do you match a child or a parent with a book? What questions do you ask?
The first question I usually ask a parent is what kind of book they want. There are those who want classics, and then there are those that want books that are unique, maybe something they wouldn't find on their own.
As for kids, it differs between the non readers and the voracious readers. For the non-readers, I ask what their favorite things in life are. I have gotten answers such as kittens and trucks, to dirt bike racing and cheerleading. I try to think about these types of answers when I am buying for the store. As for the readers, I ask them what the last book they loved was and I try to get them to answer fast. I have found that kids usually have two different kinds of answers for this question: what they think adults want for an answer, and what they really think. I want the latter. Even if it is Wimpy Kid.

What are your favorite titles to hand sell right now?
Right now, I am loving Steam Train, Dream Train and Raven Boys.

Does your bookstore coordinate school visits with authors? Or do you work with local teachers and librarians in some other way?

We do! We have really revamped our relationship with schools in the last five years. We take almost every kid's author who comes to the store to a school and we offer great discounts and resources to teachers and librarians. This is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love helping the right people reach the right kids. We all have the same goal: to get kids reading.

Why are children’s books an integral part of your store?
Community is an integral part of our store and kids are a huge part of our community. Not to mention that OZ creates future adult customers. Our store has been around for 37 years; long enough for me to know for a fact that if you create a reader young, they will stay a reader as they grow. We have so many adult customers who started their relationship with Lemuria as children. 

Why are independent bookstores so important to the future of reading and literacy?
I thought about this one a lot, for while it is something that I believe to be true, it's hard to put into words why. Independent bookstores are unique from online sellers in that they are in the community, working and living with their customers and creating a reading conversation in their community. I think, at least in our community, that our presence is a large factor in what keeps that conversation going and binds the readers in our community. 

Find Lemuria Bookstore: 
202 Banner Hall 4465 I-55 North, Jackson, Mississippi 39206
Contact Information (general phone/email): 601.366.7619/

Thursday, July 11, 2013

SIDEKICKED Summer of Superheroes Sweepstakes!

You may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but you CAN enter the Sidekicked Summer of Superheroes Sweepstakes! It's not often we give out prizes like this, so don't miss out!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

SIDEKICKED: The Superhero Blog Tour

So you saw the new Superman movie, read all the comics you own, and watched the Star Wars movies (even the new ones) seventeen times. You even spent the last two weeks going to Starbucks every morning dressed as your favorite villain. But you still haven't gotten your fill of superheroes.

We've got you covered. For the month of July we will be celebrating superheroes EVERY DAY. I'm talking about the SIDEKICKED Superhero Blog Tour. From July 8th until the end of the month, we've go the summer hall pass to all things superhero - from H.E.R.O. Haiku to the Top Ten Lamest Superhero Powers - you don't want to miss one stop on this kick-butt tour. 

SIDEKICKED: The Superhero Blog Tour
*Note ALL tour stops are offering signed hardcover giveaways of SIDEKICKED! U.S. Residents only.*

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy book birthday to SIDEKICKED!

Happy book birthday to SIDEKICKED! We're celebrating by giving away a Nook HD Tablet loaded Andrew Bean's favorite books for your summer reading pleasure! Scroll down for entry information (this is a Twitter giveaway) and the e-books included with your prize.


Buy the Book!  

Meet the Author! 

How to Enter:
This is a Twitter giveaway. It begins at noon ET on Tuesday, June 25th and ends at noon ET on Thursday, June 27th. To enter tweet the following message including "RT" and our Twitter handle. It should fit the 140 character limit: 

RT @ Happy book birthday to #SIDEKICKED! To celebrate enter to win a Nook HD & more! RT 2 Enter:
To follow our Twitter feed: 

One winner will be chosen at random from all entrants on Thursday, June 27th at noon ET and contacted via direct message or @reply on Twitter. The prize will then be send to the winner provided he/she meets all the eligibility requirements. Please note, following @WaldenPondPress is strongly recommended as it will make it much easier for us to contact you in the event you win! U.S. Residents only, please! Scroll down for official rules.
Part of your prize: Andrew Bean's favorite books (in electronic form)!

Sidekicked by John David Anderson (okay, we know, but don't you want to read the book now that you've won?) 
Powerless by Matthew Cody 
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks 
The Hero Revealed (Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy) by William Boniface 
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy (not superheroes, but Drew would appreciate it's philosophical exploration of what makes for a hero and what doesn't)


Sidekicked TWEETSTAKES -- Official Rules

This promotion (the "Sweepstakes") is sponsored by Walden Media, LLC ("Walden Media"),
1888 Century Park East 14th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067.



To enter, using your Twitter account
1) Tweet or retweet the approved message. The entire message, including exact link, hashtags, and @reply, must be included to qualify. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. Multiple entries from one Twitter account and single entries from multiple Twitter accounts held by the entrant are automatically disqualified.  Automated means of entry and entries by any means which subvert the entry process are prohibited and all such entries will be void.

The Sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia eighteen (18) years of age and older, excluding employees and immediate family members of HarperCollins or Walden Media, LLC, and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, advertising, promotional and fulfillment agents, attorneys, and other representatives and the persons with whom each of the above are domiciled. Offer void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.

Each entrant in the Sweepstakes must be the rightful holder the Twitter account. In the event of a
dispute concerning the identity of the holder of the Twitter account, the holder will be deemed to
be the person who owns the email address that was used to register the Twitter account. The
Twitter account must be opened prior to the commencement of the Sweepstakes. 

The Sweepstakes will commence on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 12:00 noon (ET).The last entry will be accepted Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:00 noon (ET).

One potential winner will be selected by a random drawing from among the eligible entries. Winner will be chosen by no later than four (4) days following the end date above. The potential winner will be notified by Direct Message or @ Reply via Twitter. If the potential winner does not respond to the notification within three (3) days of delivery, an alternate winner will be chosen. The potential winner will be required to complete, sign, return and have notarized an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and where imposing such condition is legal, a Publicity Release (the “Prize Claim Documents”).  If a selected potential winner fails to return the signed Prize Claim Documents within five (5) days of the receipt of the Prize Claim Documents, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected.

There will be one (1) grand prize winner who will receive: One (1) 7 inch - Nook HD 8 GB Tablet and six (6) e-books chosen by Walden Media. E-books will be delivered to winner’s email address.  Estimated retail value (“ERV”) of prize is $189.00. The prize is non-transferable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. 

By participating, entrants affirm that they have read these Official Rules, agree to be bound by
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constitutes permission to use the winner's name, tweet, likeness, biography, and prize won for
purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation, except where
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Walden Media reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend this
Sweepstakes should a virus, bug, computer problem or other causes beyond Walden Media's control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Sweepstakes. Walden Media may prohibit you from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that you are attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking or employing other unfair practices or by abusing other entrants or the representatives of Walden Media.


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For the names of the prize winners, e-mail your request to no
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This Sweepstakes is conducted solely by Walden Media, LLC and is not sponsored or otherwise
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Celebrating Dads

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! To celebrate, here is a quotation from our own "ode to fathers" - the book COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce:
“Florida rang up to make sure I was watching. "Remember the surprise?" she said.

I'd completely forgotten about it. But I saw it now. Spelled out across the lunar surface, two words – ‘Hello, Dad!’…
My Dad looked across at me. He looked puzzled. Like he knew it had something to do with me. I said, ‘Hello, Dad.’ And he looked even more confused. When he hears this story maybe he’ll think I got them to write it there for him. And maybe he’ll be right. Maybe it was for both of us, and other dads too. For all the dads on Earth. And for all the dads not on Earth. And for their dads, outward in space and backward in time, all the way to Dad of the Universe.

And looking out into space, it sends a greeting from Earth to the Universe. Hello, Dad.”

- Frank Cottrell Boyce, COSMIC

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Celebrate #IndieThursday with Kid's Ink!

It's #IndieThursday once again! This week we're celebrating a very special store: Kid's Ink in Indianapolis, IN. The owner, Shirley Mullin, kindly agreed to chat with us about the store she has run for over 25 years.

Welcome, Shirley! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us about your store. Can you start by telling us what makes Kid’s Ink unique?   I don’t think of Kids Ink as being especially unique.  We’re like many other children’s stores that emphasize quality literature with a dedicated staff of readers.    One thing does continually amaze me in that Kids Ink seems to have a place in the community that totally transcends my ownership.    I really like that many people do not know who owns the store but just seem to think it just is and always will be!

Give us a virtual tour—what do we see when we first walk in? Is there a certain section that jumps out at us?  You can take a virtual tour on ourwebsite.  We have two large Playmobil figures that greet our customers outside…one is outside the back door and one is at the front.   The Princess and the Pirate didn’t seem to like each other so now they each have their separate positions.  Kids Ink is thirty percent toys so walking though the front door one sees puppets first and a big wall that currently has recommendations from staff grandchildren…a grand total of 19.
And, no tour is complete without visiting our bathroom with walls covered with author signatures, notes, and drawings.  Lunch Lady is above the toilet saying “You better wash your hands!”

How do you match a child or a parent with a book? What questions do you ask?
We typically ask children what they’ve read that they really liked or what kind of books they like to hear.  If possible, we always try to have the conversation with the child.  Then it’s easy to begin with, “If you liked
that book, here is another one that you might like.”

What are your favorite titles to hand sell right now?
We’re really enjoying Grumbles from the Forest by Rebecca Dotlich and Jane Yolen.  It’s a very fresh take on fairy tales.

Does your bookstore coordinate school visits with authors? Or do you work with local teachers and librarians in some other way?
We coordinate many author visits with schools.  This spring we provided books for visits from Jarrett Krosoczka, Rebecca Dotlich, April Pulley Sayre, Matthew Cody, Claudia Mills, and Mike Mullin.  We also sold at a number of conferences.  One of our favorites was a conference for teens at the Anderson Public Library.  The speakers included Steve Shenkin, Mike Mullin, and Stephanie Bodeen.

One of the most personally rewarding events in the last two years has been hosting the launch parties for Ashfall and Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin.   Ashen Winter is simply dedicated “To Mom.”  I’m that mom…a very proud mom.

Why specialize in children’s books?  I’ve spent all of my life with children’s books!  I was an avid reader as a child with little access to books.  Through a 4-H publication, I found that I could order books from the Nebraska State Library.  One librarian helped me chose books via the mail.  I always wrote her notes about what I liked and didn’t like and she would respond with the next packet of books.  This was a free service and a life-line for an isolated farm kid.

So, it was a natural progression to become first a teacher and then go to library school and become a librarian and finally open a children’s bookstore 27 years ago.

Do you sell books on your website?   We just went to the IndieCommerce site so we could sell books on the site but it’s been slow to take off.  Need to work on that!

Why are independent bookstores so important to the future of reading and literacy?
Independent stores expand the choices for whatever you are purchasing.  We have books that are not found in big box stores.

Find Kid's Ink: 

Contact Information:
Shirley Mullin
This link is fun...we’re being featured in the Delta Sky Magazine!

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Shirley! 

Have an indie bookstore you want us to feature? Let us know!