Kidlit County

Worm Loves Worm Giveaway Winners!

Last month, in honor of Pride month, and in memory of the victims of Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I teamed up with Balzer + Bray to donate 20 copies of Worm Loves Worm to schools around the country. I am happy to announce the winners of the giveaway! Each winner has agreed to donate the book to a local school to help create a community of acceptance and understanding. We’ll be sending books and lots of love to…

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Aliza Werner
Jodi Moore
Mel Schuit
Michael Karg
Erin McKenna Nowak
Jaclyn Krusie
Jessica Lifshitz
Melanie Patterson
Kellie Cruz
Joseph Eyres
Crissy Claiborne
Beth Parmer
Nicole Bathcer
Dee Gambardella
Jana Eschner
Pernille Ripp
Denise M Cassano
Nicole Castrovinci
Terry Peerson

Congrats and Thank You!

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Kidlit County

Worm Loves Worm PRIDE Giveaway

Usually, when I think of Pride month, I think of celebration and acceptance. But this year, I think about loss. In the wake of the Orlando massacre, I feel emotionally exhausted. I also feel a need to do something.

I am a member of the LGBTQA community and the children’s book community. Since there aren’t too many of us who belong to both, I thought this might be an area where I can help bring about change. That was the reason why I illustrated J.J. Austrian’s beautiful book, Worm Loves Worm.

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It is so important that children see lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally characters in books. My wish for them is to live in a world of acceptance where people are trying to understand and appreciate each other’s differences. Our visibility is crucial. LGBTQ people need to be seen as real three-dimensional human beings. The inability for some to see us as human beings with real hearts and minds makes it easier for them to fear and hate us. We can help our kids be good friends and allies. We can help “different” kids love themselves. Books like this one for the youngest readers are a great way to start.

In honor of Pride month, and in memory of the victims of Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I’m donating 20 copies of Worm Loves Worm to schools around the country, courtesy of Balzer + Bray. Enter to win a copy for your school! Just tweet this this post on Twitter and include the hashtag #wormloveswormpride. On June 30th, we’ll select 20 random schools and mail you a copy!

Happy Pride month everyone!

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Some resources:

Worm Loves Worm also appeared on this awesome list that the Advocate published: 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Kid Should Read. Another great resource for middle grade and young adult queer titles is Lee Wind’s blog, I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell do I Read?

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Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Little Elliot on KidLit TV (and GIVEAWAY!)

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to hug Little Elliot in person! He is now a plush doll made by my wonderful friends at Merrymakers.

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Clair Frederick, President of Merrymakers, and I stopped by KidLit TV to talk about the process of making our little guy.

For a limited time you can win a signed copy of Little Elliot, Big City, Little Elliot, Big Family, and your very own Little Elliot plush from MerryMakers! Enter here to win!

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A winning small treasure! (and a few of my own)

Many thanks to all who participated in the Little Elliot BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY! People were asked to share what their favorite small treasure is. Our winner, chosen at random, is Marcilia Loubach Tartaglia of Littleton, Mass. She wrote:

“My favorite small treasure is my childhood stuffed blue bunny I used to carry around everywhere with me. It was a gift from my aunt and when we left Brazil to come to America it was my security blanket through all the chaos that was coming to a new country. Even after many beheadings to remove the stuffing from it so that my grandmother could wash her clean, and re-stitchings, she is still with me til this very day. Hopefully I can pass her on to my own children in the future.”

I was delighted that Marcilia won because this was definitely one of my favorite entries! Marcilia will receive a first edition signed copy of Little Elliot, Big City!

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We had many sweet entries. Here are just a few:

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Kidlit County, Little Elliot's Neighborhood

Little Elliot, BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!

If you’re like me, you’ve waited till the last minute to do your Christmas shopping. I thought I could help out some lucky person  by giving away a FREE signed copy of Little Elliot, Big City! We all know that Elliot loves small treasures. He wants to know what your favorite small treasure is!

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How to Get the Goods:

1. Like and share this post on my Facebook page and/or favorite and retweet this tweet on Twitter:

2. To enter, just comment on the Facebook post or reply to the tweet and answer the question “What is your favorite small treasure?” Be sure to use the hashtag #LittleElliot

3. Deadline to enter is 11:59PM Wednesday, December 17th, 2014.

It’s as simple as that! I will pick a winner on Thursday and ship it off that day!

Limitations: 1 entry per person. US residents only, sorry!

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