Kidlit411 Birthday Bash Day 1: All About Picture Books

© Yvonne Mes

Welcome to Day 1 of the Kidlit411 Giveaway Days, celebrating our one year anniversary! We are so happy to have you are here with us. 


How does it work?

We are doing three days of giveaways:

  • TODAY, Jan. 5: All About Picture Books - win signed books from your favorite PB authors/illustrators & PB manuscript critiques
  • TOMORROW, Jan. 6: All About Craft  - win courses and critiques in writing & illustrating

Each prize will have its own Rafflecopter widget. You may enter into any and all of the giveaways.

All giveaways will end at noon, on January 15, 2015.


TODAY'S GIVEAWAYS


PRIZE 1:  THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, signed by author Drew Daywalt

Win an autographed copy of the New York Times Bestselling (78 weeks and counting) picture book.

PRIZE 2:  BAD KITTY: DRAWN TO TROUBLE, signed by author-illustrator Nick Bruel

This is the same giveaway found on Nick Bruel's Author-Illustrator Spotlight. If you have already submitted entries there, they will be counted here.  

PRIZE 3:   WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? signed by author-illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi (May 2015 publication)

What is happening to Spencer's books each night? Find out in Debbie Ridpath Ohi's first book that she both authors and illustrates, to be published in May 2015.

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PRIZE 4: OWL MOON signed by Jane Yolen

Win a signed copy of the Caldecott winning book, OWL MOON. A classic from the distinguished author, Jane Yolen.


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PRIZE 5: STREGA NONA signed by Tomie DePaola

Win a signed copy of the Caldecott winning book, STREGA NONA from the distinguished author-illustrator, Tomie DePaola.

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PRIZE 6: The Penguin Posse Picture Book Critique Pack (7 critiques!)


The team behind Kidlit411 is part of a picture book critique group composed of agented, contracted, and published children's authors. If you win this prize, ALL SEVEN OF US will critique ONE of your picture book manuscripts (under 800 words) just as we would each other's. Having seven critiques of the same story will give you invaluable feedback on what works and what doesn't in your story. Members of the team include: 
  • Alayne Kay Christian - author of award-winning independently published picture book, BUTTERFLY KISSES FOR GRANDMA AND GRANDPA (Blue Whale Press) and founder of Sub Six, a writer's support group for submissions. Her paid critique service is on hiatus now, so this is a great chance to get a critique from her.
  • Elaine Kiely Kearns - elementary school teacher, children's author, and founder of KidLit411.
  • Renee LaTulippe - kidlit poet with a published collection of poetry and poems in a number of anthologies; co-author of nine award-winning early readers; founder of The Lyrical Language Lab, which teaches kidlit writers to punch up their prose, and children's poetry blogger at No Water River
  • Sylvia Liu - children's author and illustrator who won the 2013 Lee and Low New Voices Award. Her manuscript, A MORNING WITH GONG GONG, will be published as a picture book. The other half of the Kidlit411 team.
  • Yvonne Mes - children's author and illustrator whose short stories have been published in The School Magazine (Australia) and anthologies. Her picture books, MEET SIDNEY NOLAN (Random House Australia) and OLIVER'S GRUMBLES (Dragon Tales Publishing) are scheduled for publication in late 2015.
  • Teresa Robeson - children's and adult author who has been published in Babybug, Ladybug, the SCBWI Bulletin, and other magazines; contributor to several science fiction anthologies; represented by Ella Kennen of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
  • Victoria Warneck - children's writer who has held editorial positions at McGraw-Hill, The MIT Press, Addison-Wesley, and Pearson Education.

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Celebrate with us and may you have a productive, creative, and inspiring 2015!

183 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Kidlit411! What an awesome way to celebrate!

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  2. Congratulations, Kidlit 411! This is exciting!

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  3. Congrats Kidlit 411. YOU guys are the one stop shop. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  4. Here's to many more happy birthdays.

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  5. Happy Birthday Kidlit411!! What a wonderful way to celebrate your one year anniversary!

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  6. Happy Birthday! I'm so glad Kidlit411 was born!!! I love it! Excellent site and extremely well done. Thanks for the giveaways and especially for creating this site!!! Birthday hats off to Elaine and Sylvia and the Penguin Posse!!!!

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  7. Congrats on your anniversary! Thank you for the gift of information!

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  8. Thank you for doing this Sylvia - and Happy Birthday!

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    1. And also thank you, Elaine, who is the other half of the KL411 team! :)

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    2. Thanks, Sylvia! We make a great team. :)

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  9. Happy Birthday Anniversary KidLit 411!

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  10. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Thanks for being a great resource all year long.

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  11. Congrats! And what awesome prizes.

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  12. Congratulations and Happy Birthday! All of your hard work is very much appreciated!!

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  13. Happy Birthday. I'm happy to have found you! Thanks, Renee.

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  14. What a fun way to celebrate! Thanks, KidLit.

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  15. Happy Birthday, KidLit!! Great prizes!

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  16. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I shall have to bake you a cake today. Congratulations.

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  17. This is fun! Happy Anniversary and looking forward to many more!

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  18. Congrats on Year One! And, WOW on the great book giveaways!

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  19. Happy birthday Kidlit 411! I love your website and find it so useful! Thanks for sharing such valuable information.

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  20. Happy Birthday! You're so generous!

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  21. I am so excited! KIDLIT411 is having a birthday! Thrilled to see so many people celebrating with us. You did a wonderful job of putting this all together, Syvlia and Elaine. So proud! HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIDLIT411!

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    1. Thank you so much for being a part of the team, Alayne! xo

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  22. Happy Birthday Kidlit 411! You guys are always fun and full of great info - not to mention wonderful surprises. Here's to a wonderful new year!

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  23. So proud of you, Elaine and Sylvia! You have accomplished so much in one short year. Happy Birthday KIDLIT411!

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    1. Thanks for being a part of it, Victoria! xo

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  24. Happy, happy birthday!!! Thank you for this amazing site! You are truly dedicated to the kidlit community and so giving of your time and love for kidlit. May 2015 be another great year of growth and sharing.

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  25. Awesome! This is really great!!

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  26. Happy 1st Birthday! I am so grateful I found this valuable resource!

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  27. Happy birthday, Kidlit 411! I love your site. :)

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  28. One year already? Happy birthday Kidlit411!

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  29. What amazing prizes! Thanks Kidlit411! Happy Birthday!!

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  30. What a great idea and what great prizes! Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  31. Happy birthday KidLit411! What a wonderful site - I've received so much here! And what wonderful giveaways!

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  32. Happy Birthday KidLit411! What a wonderful opportunity and helpful site!

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  33. Happy birthday to a tremendously valuable site! And thank you for sharing such amazing prizes!

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  34. WOwowwow! FABULOUS prizes - thanks, Kiidlit411 and Happy BIrthday!!!

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  35. Happy Birthday! KidLit411 has been SO helpful this past year. Thanks for that and the wonderful prizes today. For some reason it won't show my name! - Emily

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    1. We see you, Emily! Thanks for the lovely comments!

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    2. HaPpY BiRtHdAy KidLit411! What a great site and thanks for the opportunity to enter all the FANtastic prizes!!!

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  36. Happy birthday and thank you for these opportunities! Great prizes!

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  38. Happy Birthday KitLit411! I'm new so looking forward to the group!

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  39. Thanks for the great prizes and the motivation to do more writing in 2015.

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  40. Yay! Time really flies. Happy Birthday Kidlit411!

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  41. Yay!! This is so fun. Thank you for this group, and for the prizes.

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  42. What a great year. Happy Birthday!

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  43. What a fun way to celebrate! Opportunity in the new year, I'm ready for it!

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  44. Fun stuff! Great way to start off the new year! You have an amazing site!

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  45. Wow! Has it been one year already? Happy birthday!

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  47. Happy Birthday Kidlit 411! Love your newsletters!

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  48. Happy Birthday! Kidlit411 is a great resource. Keep up the good work!
    ~Lucy
    Kids Math Teacher

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  49. Happy birthday to your brilliant brainchild, Elaine, and kudos to you and Sylvia for making this one of the best kid lit sites out there!!! So proud of both of you! xo

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  50. Thanks and Happy Birthday, KidLit 411!

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  51. Love your site- it's an awesome resource! Thanks for all you do!

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  52. Happy happy birthday Kidlit 411!!! :D

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  53. Happy Birthday, and a huge thanks to the KidLit 411 team for providing this valuable resource for our community!

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  54. Happy Birthday, KIDLIT 411 and to many, many more. I joined last year, but this year I am getting the courage to actually participate! I have learned so much through all of you. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  55. Dear Sylvia,
    Book donor thanks to Jane Yolen, Drew Daywalt Nick Bruel & Debbi Ohi.
    KidLit411 Birthday Fireworks to Alayne, Elaine, Renee, Sylvia, Yvonne, Teresa, AND Victoria.
    Cheers for 2015, too.

    ~ j a n annino

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  56. Ok, this is embarrassing! Can I write on the individual authors posts and how can I do that? Technically-ungifted in Minnesota.

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    1. Sally - I'm not sure what you are asking. Each giveaway has a certain number of actions that will unlock entries (like leaving a blog comment). By commenting here as you just did, you've met the requirement of "leave a blog post comment" on all of the above giveaways. Hope that helps!

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    2. Sally, if you're looking to post on a specific past interview of an author, just scroll down to the bottom of the post and comment just as you have here! Thanks for joining us!

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  57. Happy birthday, KidLit411:) Hope there are many more to come!

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  58. Happy Birthday Kidlit4111 Thanks for your great presence!

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  59. Happy birthday Kidlit, thanks for all you do!

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  60. Wow! It has already been a year. Happy 1st Birthday!

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  61. Happy Birthday and much success in the next year!

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  62. Big congrats on a year--and a year's worth of great content!

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  63. Congratulations, Kidlit 411! Thank you for being a great tool for children's book writers. All of you are awesome!

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  64. Happy 1 year! I only found your site recently but I'm a big fan already!

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  65. Happy Birthday, Kidlit411! Keep Being AWESOME!

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    1. YOU keep being awesome too, Mr. Winner! :)

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  66. Happy birthday! You've got a great site!

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  67. Congrats kidlit 411. You are AMAZING!

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  68. Happy Birthday. Thank you for sharing the birthday love.

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  69. These giveaways are awesome! Happy birthday kidlit411!

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  70. Happy Birthday, Kidlit 411! What an amazing way to celebrate! Thank you for all you do for the kidlit community!

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  71. This is the way to celebrate! Thank you!

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  72. What an awesome way to celebrate! Congrats, KidLit411! Thanks for all you do.

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  73. What an amazing collection of prizes, wow!

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  74. Happy Birthday! What a fun way to celebrate! Thank you so much!

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  75. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KIDLIT411! I thought we were supposed to bring the presents!

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  76. Kitlit411 is a wonderful resource. These are great prizes for an important milestone!

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  77. Happy birthday, KidLit411! I can't believe it's already been a year, AND I can't believe it's only been a year! Ha! Many happy returns!

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  78. Thanks for giving us a chance to help you!

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  79. This year I notch up to a higher gear and what better way than with 411 and a giveaway. Happy borthday

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    1. happy birthday with an i :) See how much I need the support, I cannot even spell birthday. Chuckle. Happy New Year.

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  80. Oh my goodness!!!! These are some of the best prizes EVER!!! Happy, Happy Birthsary to you.I wanna win all the prizes. Is that being selfish. It is? Then...okay. I'm selfish. I want all the prizes. You do amazing work for our community.

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  81. Hey Kidlit411...a most Happy Birthday to you all!!!! But, it's YOUR birthday...we should be giving YOU prizes!!!! Love the wonderful resource you are for all of us...thank you!

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  82. Thanks for all the great love you give everyday. So I say, happy birthday, y'all. SO HAPPY for you. LOVE YOU, Elaine and Sylvia. MWAH!!!!

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  83. What a party! Happy 1st Birthday Kidlit411!

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  84. Happy birthday and happy new year! You ladies rock.

    Ping Wan

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  85. Happy Anniversary, Kidlit411! Love these picture books...and all your links!

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  86. Happy Anniversary. You all are an inspiration!

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  87. Every one of these prizes is a jewel. Yum yum yum!

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  88. Love this! Happy Anniversary! - Tanya Konerman

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  89. Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful way to celebrate and start off the new year!

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  90. ~ Happy Birthday, KidLit411 ~
    *throws confetti*
    Snoopy Dance everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  91. Thank you, Penguin Posse. I envy your group, but actually, I get to benefit from it in so many ways thanks to the Kidlit 411 that you provide.

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  92. Happy Birthday, KidLit411! Love the penguin posse, Yvonne Mes. <3

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  93. Happy Birthday, KidLit411. Your posts have helped me and my writing career in so many ways. I'd love to have an autographed copy of Bad Kitty! I wrote a PB about a cat, too. Calamity Cat is always getting into messes.

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  94. Happy birthday, KidLit411. Your generosity is inspiring!

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  95. Awesome selections all! No wonder you guys are having such success with KidLit411!

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  96. Happy Birthday! Thanks for all that you do!

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  97. Happy Birthday! Thank you for all you do for the community and the great giveaways! I love getting all the latest info to my inbox!

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  98. Happy Birthday, Kidlit411! Thanks for all the work you put into my favorite one stop shop for Kidlit news.

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  99. Woo hoo! Happy birthday month! Thanks for all!!! ~Sophia Mallonée

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  100. What a great birthday celebration. Thank you :)

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  101. Happy b-day! I love Nick Bruel. Bad Kitty is so funny.

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  102. Hooray for Kidlit411! Happy birthday! Thank you!

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  103. Great birthday bash! Thanks for all you do Kidlit 411!

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  104. Happy birthday, folks! And thank you, Renee LaTulippe & Julie Rowan-Zoch for giving me the heads-up!

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  105. Happy Birthday, Kidlit 411! Thank you for all the info you share and the cool giveaways!

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  106. Thanks for the great opportunity!

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  107. Congratulations! What a great way to celebrate. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  108. You are an essential part of my writing life. Thanks for all you do--happy birthday and many more!

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  109. Congratulations! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  110. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the great giveaways :)

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  111. Happy birthday--and many more... :] Thanks for all the wonderful giveaways!

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  112. Congratulations on one year! Thanks for a great resource!

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  113. Love this site, and thanks for the great giveaways!

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  114. Happy birthday! You've accomplished a lot for a baby. :)

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  115. Happy Birthday, fabulous to support fellow Kid Lit writers

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  116. Happy Birthday! These are all great prizes!

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  117. What a great resource! I can't wait to dig in!!
    Kristen Foote

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  118. Wow! Can't believe that critique package. Thank you for all of your wonderful resources as well as the chance to win these awesome prizes!

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  119. Yay, Kitlit411! Happy Birthday to one of the greatest sources of kit lit info on the Net!

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  120. These are some wonderful books. Who wouldn't cherish a signed copy?

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  121. wonderful prizes. Unfortunately all of the log in buttons are not working for me. They won't let me enter for the books. :(( Oh well. Happy Birthday.

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    1. Wendy, I can enter for you. I'll get in touch with you.

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  122. Happy bday and congrats on a successful year former critique buddies!

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  123. Happy Birthday! Thanks for all of the great giveaways!

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  124. What a great way to celebrate - Happy Birthday Kidlit411 !!!!! :-)

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  125. Happy Birthday!! First time using my Google account, so hope this works!

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  126. I hope I'm doing this right, my FB account is either Nat Keller or Nat Nat, and I've just started using the Google account- so here goes!!

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  127. Happy Birthday, Kidlit411! Awesome giveaway! :)

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  128. Just looking through the prizes and they are amazing!

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  129. Happy Birthday Kidlit411!!!! Thank you so much for letting me join this informative, fantastic group! Great prizes and opportunity!

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  130. Happy birthday! My boys would absolutely love to add this book to their reading shelf! Thank you!

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  131. Happy Birthday Kid Lit 411. Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Kid Lit 411. Happy Birthday to you! ~Suzy Leopold

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  132. I don't have a Bad Kitty but I'd like to read about one.

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  133. As for Jane Yolen's Owl Moon, I can't believe we don't have that lyrical classic on our shelves already.

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  134. Don't know if I am doing this right but I am commenting once for each prize I'd like to win- those SEVEN critiques sound like an awesome (and perhaps intimidating) prize!

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  135. Congratulations Elaine, Sylvia, and Kidlit411! Thanks for being such a wonderful resource for so many.

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  136. Congratulations!!! A GREAT GREAT birthday!! Thank you for all the work and Help you have provided so far and keep it on please!!! :)

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  137. Happy Birthday! Love your site and just imagining critiques from the Penguin Possee - WOW.

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  138. Congratulations and Happy Birthday! It's been fun and informative to follow the postings. All the best in the new year.

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  139. Happy Birthday! I come here just to look at the pictures, and stay for the wonderful content.

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  140. You have already given so much...bread on the waters... may it come back birthday cake

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  141. Happy birthday!!!
    Thank you for a great resource
    Rebecca fleishman
    Fleishman1@comcast.net

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