Kidlit411 Bday Bash 2017 Day 3: All About Critiques

© Yvonne Mes



Jan. 18, 2017

Welcome to Day 3 of the Kidlit411 Birthday Bash Giveaway: ALL ABOUT CRITIQUES!

This is the third day of our four-day celebration of the kid lit community. They roughly mirror the creative journey: 


  • TODAY: Revise based on feedback All About Critiques  

    Day 3's giveaways end at noon, EST, Jan. 25, 2017. 

    Each prize has its own Rafflecopter widget. You must enter each prize separately. (Sign in with your name and email on each widget and follow the instructions). Taking an action once (like commenting on this post or following us on Twitter) qualifies you for all of that day's giveaways. 

    We are lucky to have these giveaways due to the incredible generosity of our kid lit community, so if you happen upon these people elsewhere on the internet, please be sure to thank them! 




    TODAY'S GIVEAWAYS: ALL ABOUT CRITIQUES

    For Illustrators


    PRIZE 1: A 30-minute portfolio critique with Penguin Random House Art Director Giuseppe Castellano ($100 value)


    Giuseppe Castellano is an award-winning Designer, Illustrator, and Executive Art Director at Penguin Random House; with over seventeen years of book publishing experience. He oversees the imprints of Grosset & Dunlap, Mad Libs, Frederick Warne and Co., the Penguin Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, and Cartoon Network Books.

    Giuseppe is a guest speaker, critic, and teaches at a number of art schools and institutions; is an SCBWI and ICON faculty member; and provides personal consultations through the Illustration Department.  

    He is giving away a 30-minute Skype or phone portfolio consultation! 

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    PRIZE 2: A one-year membership in Mark Mitchell's Guest Group Critiques ($108 value)


    A complimentary one year subscription to "Guest Group Critiques,"
    which is a monthly live program featuring a guest instructor, illustrator, author-illustrator, agent or art director) talking and answering questions about their own working processes, and commenting on illustration art pieces submitted by the group. 

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    For Middle Grade Writers

    PRIZE 3: Win a spot in an Agent MG First Pages Event with Inked Voices ($95 value)

    Share your first 15 pages with literary agent Alex Slater of Trident Media Group in an upcoming First Pages event, kicking off January 30. Inked Voices’ First Pages Events offer the opportunity for agent feedback in an intimate, small group setting online. Besides receiving agent comments, you'll meet other kidlit writers and benefit from exchanging critiques as a group. 

    Each event includes a 2-hour call where participants get one-on-one time to ask agents questions about their manuscripts and the industry. Learn more about the Middle Grade First Pages with Alex Slater and about other Inked Voices agent events and workshops.

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    For All Writers



    Inked Voices is a community of and platform for small online writing groups. Each group on Inked Voices has a private workspace designed for the workshopping process. Start new critique or accountability groups and allow invitation requests or keep hidden. Or request to join existing groups. Get personal help from Inked Voices’ founder Brooke McIntyre finding groups that match your writing, pace and goals.  

    The core of Inked Voices is its groups, but memberships also include complimentary passes to Inked Voices’ craft webinars, plus access to recordings of past events. Members also get discounts on Inked Voices’ online agent First Pages events and workshops

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    For Picture Book Writers


    PRIZE 5:  A FULL Picture Book critique from author Lee Wardlaw ($125 value)

    Lee Wardaw, author of over 25 books including the award-winning books, Won Ton and Won Ton and Chopstick - A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku. Lee will critique one picture book manuscript, under 1,000 words. Read about her in Kidlit411's interview.

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    PRIZE 6: A FULL Picture Book Critique from Josh Funk 
     ($125 value)

    Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as picture books - such as Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and its upcoming sequel The Case of the Stinky Stench along with Pirasaurs!, Dear Dragon, It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk and more!

    Josh is a board member of The Writers' Loft in Sherborn, MA and the co-coordinator of the 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conference.

    Josh Funk will critique one picture book manuscript, under 1,000 words! Read about him in Kidlit411's interview.

    Be sure to check out Josh Funk's 12 Step Guide to Writing Picture Books!

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    PRIZE 7: A FULL Picture Book Critique from editor Deborah Halverson ($125 value)

    Deborah Halverson has been working with authors—bestselling, award-winning, debut, and aspiring—for over twenty years. She spent a decade as an editor with Harcourt Children’s Books and is now the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies and Writing New Adult Fiction as well as teen novels, a picture book, and books for struggling readers. 

    She’s the founder of the popular writers’ advice site DearEditor.com and serves on the advisory board for the University of California San Diego Extension “Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating” certificate program. Deborah edits picture books and middle grade, teen, new adult, and adult fiction and nonfiction on a freelance basis. She is available for schools, writers groups, and conference appearances.

    Read about her in Kidlit411's interview

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    PRIZE 8: A FULL Picture Book Critique from Danielle Davis
    ($75 value)

    Danielle Davis is an agented writer with a children's book blog called This Picture Book Life and a master's degree in literature and creative writing. Her debut novel, ZINNIA AND THE BEES will be coming in 2017. She offers critique services for picture books, middle grade, and YA.

    Danielle helps writers make their work the best it can be while staying true to their own voice and vision. She will offer comprehensive notes in your manuscript, in-depth feedback, and comparative titles. Check out her critique services here




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    358 comments:

    1. Thank you so much for such a great opportunity!!!

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    2. Best birthday bash ever! Day three rocks!

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    3. Birthday Party Day 3 is just as magnificent! LOVE Kidlit411!

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    4. What amazing opportunities. Thanks to the generous folks donating these critiques!

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    5. Wow! Thanks to all who are participating and for doing this!

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    6. Happy birthday KidLit411! Glad I stumbled on your site!

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    7. Another awesome day of giveaways! Thank you for the ton of work you put into helping all of us!

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    8. So many awesome critiques! Some lucky people are going to get some good feedback I think :-)

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    9. Awesome prizes and awesome authors!

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    10. I am loving this birthday bash! Thank you so much!

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    11. Every darn day, the prizes are fantastic. I hope to win a critique form Lee or Josh. TY again.

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    12. Lots of wonderful prizes. As an MG writer, I am particularly excited by the First Pages event with Alex Slater.

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    13. Every day the prizes get better! I love getting feedback on my WIPs, especially from people who don't work with me (fresh eyes are the most helpful, ya know?).
      Thank you KidLit411 AND everyone donating their fresh eyes for these gifts!!

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    14. Great prizes! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    15. You have a lot of heart, KIDLIT411! Amazing generosity from all of you industry professionals. <3

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    16. This community is so amazing. You're leading the charge, Kidlit411, and it's wonderful to have found my tribe. Thanks.

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    17. Oh my gosh...amazing chances at amazing prizes!!! Thank you.

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    18. Thanks for celebrating your birthday with us!

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    19. This is fantastic- so many great prizes! Thank you!!

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    20. These are all great opportunities. Thanks!

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    21. Your site is enough of a prize. Seriously.

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    22. Wow! Even more wonderful prizes! You guys are the best!

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    23. A birthday bash where you give the gifts to us - amazing! These are wonderful opportunities for writers and illustrators and creators of all types. Thank you!

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    24. Day 3 and things keep getting better and better. Happy Day 3 of your Birthday Week!

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    25. Happy birthday, KidLit! So excited to see all the amazing prizes!

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    26. These are amazing opportunities. Thank you.

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    27. There is something for everyone! Thanks Silvia, Elaine and all the amazing prize donors!

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    28. This community is the best! Thank you, KidLit411 and critiquers, for so generously sharing your time!

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    29. Melissa RutiglianoJanuary 18, 2017 at 9:50 AM

      yay for critique day!

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    30. These critique prizes are wonderful. I am so grateful to be here. Happy Birthday to all of us in this Kidlit community! Now, let's have some cake.

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    31. Wow! I love this opportunity to possibly get a portfolio consultation. Getting one-on-one help is so valuable. Thank you!

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    32. Wow, once again you guys have outdone yourselves... Happy BirthdayS, KidLit411!

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    33. As a writer and illustrator, I find this celebration of opportunities nearly overwhelming. Oh, the possibilities ... Thank you so much Kidlit 411.

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    34. This is great! Great list of prizes! (fingers crossed)

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    35. Thanks for all the sunshine and birdsong in these dark days!

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    36. Wow, awesome opportunities- thank you!

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    37. Really excited to have found this community... lots of great information and such fantastic critique possibilities. Fingers crossed. :)

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    38. Your support of our writing careers is greatly appreciated! THANKS :)

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    39. Thank you for another fantastic day of celebration and opportunities!

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    40. This birthday bash celebration is full of surprises! Thanks to all who are offering critiques.

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    41. This party keeps getting better! You guys are rockstars :-)

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    42. Holy Moly what a great group of talented and generous people. Kidlit411 and this list... what an amazing gift.

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    43. Wow! These are great opportunities! Thank you kidlit411 and happy birthday! I can't believe it's been 3 years!

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    44. Another round of great giveaways! Thank you!!!

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    45. Thanks so much for another great day of prizes and celebration!

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    46. Thank you! Can't wait to hear the winners!

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    47. A prize for every kind of kidlit writer! This is phenomenal. Thank you Giuseppe Castellano, Mark Mitchell, Alex Slater, Inked Voices, Lee Wardlaw, Josh Funk, Deborah Halverson, Danielle Davis, Elaine and Sylvia for giving back to this wonderful kidlit community. :) <3

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    48. I love critiques!!! This is an amazing party!

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    49. Thanks, Kidlit411, for offering these fantastic prizes. Best Birthday Celebration EVER!

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    50. The goodies keep rolling in! Thank you!

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    51. What a great prize for day 3! Thanks Kidlit411!

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    52. Thank you all these wonderful opportunities!

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    53. Love all the great prizes! Party time!

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    54. This is some goody bag for your birthday party, Kidlit411!

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    55. I'm so excited for the people who win these critiques! Thanks again for these great opportunities.

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    56. These giveaways are *amazing.* Thank you so much for the opportunity to interact with these industry pros!

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    57. You are overwhelming us with these fantastic prizes! Here's hoping.

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    58. Good luck to all who enter. Thanks again Kidlit411

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    59. Whoa!!! What fantastic opportunities here with an all star lineup. Thank you and Happy Birthday!

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    60. Again! Everyone involved is so generous! Thank you!

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    61. What wonderful birthday celebrations! Thank you everyone for the generosity and hard work!

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    62. What an impressive lineup! Finger's crossed!

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    63. More cool prizes? It just keeps getting better and better!

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    64. Thanks for these unique opportunities to connect with amazing and generous professionals. What a wonderful way to celebrate Kidlit411's birthday.

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    65. Oh My! Some amazing, incredibly helpful prizes being offered! THANK YOU!!! to everyone who is participating - what a wonderful community!

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    66. These giveaways are amazing!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

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    67. What helpful prizes! Happy Birthday KidLit411!

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    68. Happy Birthday, Kidlit411! You throw the best parties!

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    69. Wow! You guys are really outdoing yourselves, what wonderful opportunities! Thanks so much to everyone involved.

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    70. Wow, these prizes are simply amazing - thank you Kidlit 411!!

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    71. Awesome prices. Best birthday party I attended

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    72. Awesome prices. Best birthday party I attended

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    73. These prizes are so wondereful. Best party ever.

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    74. Squeeeee!!! Oh, my gosh, Oh my gosh, Oh, my gosh! All my wish power it going into these amazing prizes. Thank you KitLit411. T

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    75. Thank you Kidlit411 and all the prize contributors!

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    76. Again, you have rounded up an incredible list of prizes. Thank you!

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    77. So many wonderful opportunities - thank you to the community of writers and illustrators who generously support others in learning the craft!

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    78. Wow! Thank you for all you're doing!

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    79. Thanks for the wonderful prizes!

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    80. Seriously! How have you managed to get such amazing prizes KidLit? There are some very exciting opportunities out there. Thanks again for everything you do.

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    81. Amazing opportunities for writers and illustrators! Thank you so much for your generosity.

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    82. Thanks for encouraging, inspiring and supporting children's book writers and illustrators.

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    83. Hooray for birthday goodies! Any critiques are welcome to help me hone my "voice" and deepen my writing skills.

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    84. Amazing! Kidlit411 rocks! Thank you!

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    85. I'm assuming the first entry link under Lee Wardlaw's generous gift is to follow her! And I did/do. The Kidlit team is amazing.

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    86. Another unbelievable day of prizes! Go Elaine and Sylvia

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    87. Another awesome day of giveaways! Thank you Kidlit411!

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    88. This is the most amazing birthday bash that I've ever seen. Thank you to Kidlit411 and all the generous donors. AWESOME!

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    89. So many exciting giveaways! Thank you for these donors - wonderful!

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    90. Thanks for the heads up. Saw the post from Giuseppe Castellano's twitter feed. :)

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    91. This is just so generous. Thank you so much.

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    92. Thank you for the chance to receive excellent advice to improve my writing.

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    93. Good luck to the the winners. May the force be with you all! XO

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    94. Wow! This is seriously awesome! Thank you Kidlit411 for the opportunities you share with us all!

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    95. Happy Birthday! Thanks for all the prizes!

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    96. Wow, there will be some very happy writers and illustrators next week! Thank you again for these opportunities, and what you do all year.

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    97. Happy Birthday to you ! Xronia Polla! Thanks a million for this great opportunity to receive encouragement, and advice on how to improve writing. Any PB critique would be awesome! Greetings from Greece!

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    98. These prizes are incredible!!! Thanks to everyone for their generosity and to KIDLIT411 for all that you do!!!

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    99. Can't wait to see who the winners! Thank you!

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    100. Such great opportunities! Thanks to all who donated critiques.

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    101. Wow, such great prizes! Thank you for this opportunity!

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    102. There are some fabulous prizes here. Thank you to all of you for your time :)

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    103. Another day of great prizes. Thank you!

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    104. Happy birthday, KidLit 411! You guys ROCK!!!

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    106. Happy birthday! Thank you so much for offering all of these fantastic prizes. I am so glad to be a part of this community. :) BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER!

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    107. So many wonderful prizes! Thanks to all that are making this happen.

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    108. All these prizes are wonderful. Some people will dance in their slippers all night long. Thanks!

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    110. These are amazing prizes! Thank you so much for doing this.

      Chrystal Carver

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    111. Wow! You sure know how to celebrate a birthday! : ) Thank you!

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    112. This is an amazing group offering their critique services! So exciting! Thanks again for all these opportunities!

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    113. Amazing prizes! Thank you kidlit411 and everyone who donated!

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    114. Another great day of prizes! Thanks to all of you wonderful people!

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    115. The celebration continues! Thank you Sylvia, Elaine, and all those who contributed!

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    116. More awesome birthday bash goodies! Thank you!

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    117. These are some wonderful people. Thanks for this opportunity.

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    118. Very exciting! Thanks for the opportunity :)

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    119. Soooper Dooooper, Kidlit Team. Fingers crossed. Gracias!

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    120. Another day of amazing prizes, thank you!

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    121. Another great day of prizes. What a fun birthday party!

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    123. Thank you for these terrific prizes!

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    124. Thanks so much for these great prize opportunities!!

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    125. These prises are to die for. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    126. Thanks for the opportunities this week! Good luck to everyone!

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    127. Thanks for the opportunities this week! Good luck to everyone!

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    128. Kidlit 411 is amazing. Some lucky winners will be thrilled. Thanks, Kidlit 411.

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    129. Good luck to everyone! Kidlit411 Rocks!

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    130. Thank you for these wonderful opportunities! Happy Birthday kidlit411!

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    131. Exciting things are happening here! Yay!

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    132. So many wonderful prizes! I love KIDLIT411! :)

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    133. Happy birthday, KidLit!! Thanks for the many, many tips and opportunities you always offer :)

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    134. Happy birthday to us, again!

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    135. More WONDERFUL giveaways. As an illustrator, winning one of these would be great! Thank you for the opportunity to do so. x

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    136. Thank you for the opportunity ❤

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    137. More cool prizes! Thank you, KidLit411.

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    138. Awesomesauce and spice!!
      Thank you for the opportunity.

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    139. Holy Guacamole! So many amazing prizes! Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and to all who helped organize this birthday bash. :)

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    140. Another awesome day filled with Kidlit411 Birthday Bash prizes! Thank You Elaine & Sylvia for all that you do and a special ‘Thank You’ to all those who are donating their time for critiques

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    141. Lovin' your party! Your party favors are spectacular! Thanks to you and all the generous donors!

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    142. Thank you for for such amazing opportunities. And thank you to everyone who donated the prizes!

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    143. Throwing confetti for this wonderful birthday celebration, Sylvia and Elaine! Thanks so very much to the generous prize donors...what a fanatastic opportunity!

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    144. What a wonderful birthday bash! Happy birthday and thanks for organising this :)

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    145. What a party! Just have to join you. Roll on, KL411.

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    146. AGAIN with the amazing generosity! Thank you so very much!!!

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    147. What a terrific natal day bash...for authors and illustrators!

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    148. Thanks for these great opportunities and especially to the folks who are donating their time!

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    149. What great opportunities! Thank you Kid Lit!

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    150. These are such helpful prizes. Thanks so much!

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    151. Another amazing bevy of prizes! And again, so many generous people giving to others. Thanks.

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    152. Thankyou so much for this amazing opportunity!

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    153. Hi All! I love all these amazing opportunities. Super excited
      -Marie Manley Tucker (in 12x12 at the moment too, pumped up!)

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    154. Wow! What amazing prizes! I follow KidLit, but was reminded of your extravaganza by the 12x12 community. Thank you!

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    155. And the generosity continues! Thank you for the preparation, time, and commitment you give to the kidlit community, Sylvia and Elaine! Thanks to all who donated prizes, as well!

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    156. Happy Day 3 Birthday. And thank you again for offering these fabulous prizes!

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    157. This is such a wonderful celebration! Thank you and congratulations again.

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    158. You guys are really pulling of some amazing prizes. Thanks!

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    159. More awesome prizes! Very exciting for all.

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    160. Thank you to all the writers, artists and editors that are giving their time and experience to be mentors.

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    161. These are amazing prizes! Thanks to all the sponsors.

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    162. This is so exciting! Wow what great prizes!

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    163. Birthday Bash Day 3...just keeps gettin' better! Amazing prizes. Thanks to all who are donating their time and services!

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    164. More great things! Thanks for keeping the party going :)

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    165. Happy Birthday and many thanks for the wonderful prizes!

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    166. Another day of spectacular giveaways! Thank you Sylvia and Elaine!

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    167. Thanks for the great birthday presents!

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    168. This is such an amazing set of giveaways--thank you to all!

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    169. Thanks for offering these great prizes. There are some really good opportunities here.

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    170. Happy birthday! We are all getting presents:-)

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    171. Amazing line up of critiquers! Thanks, everyone!

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    172. Day 3 you are the best. Happy Birthday!

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    173. Super variety of opportunities. Thanks for all of your hard work putting this together!

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    174. Wow, these are all so awesome! Thanks for being so generous with your talents!

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    175. AMAZING prizes! Thank you to kidlit411 and all the generous prize donors!

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    176. Good luck to all! Even if I don't win, it's great to have a list of people who offer picture book critique sessions!

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