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My co-blogger is enjoying her stint as a Scholastic Kids’ Press reporter this year. She was excited when her editor gave her the go-ahead when she “pitched” the idea of interviewing this year’s Newbery Award winner, Katherine Applegate, who was honored for her novel The One and Only Ivan.


Through the wonders of technology, LitKid was able to interview the author at her home on the West Coast from our home on the East Coast on a rainy Sunday afternoon. (At one point, a certain canine friend of Ms. Applegate’s joined the interview, too – sorry, but that cameo didn’t make the final edit!)

We hope you’ll enjoy the interview; Ms. Applegate is the perfect person for a young reporter to do her inaugural “on-camera” interview with – she is kind, warm and funny.

You can take a look at the story and listen to the interview on the Scholastic Kids Press Corps website.



LitKid and I never imagined it would be so hard to entice people to enter a giveaway for one of the stellar books of 2011 (Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu)! … Guess we need to raise the profile of our little blog?

Until we manage to do that, if you read this post, please visit our original giveaway post and consider entering: All you have to do is leave a comment honoring your favorite kids’ books published in 2011 with one of our special awards. (And tell your friends to drop by, too!)

In addition to possibly winning a critically acclaimed book, you’ll make a mom and a kid very happy! (I hate for 10-year-old LitKid to be disappointed, especially since she’s designed a very cool medal for the awards that we will unveil soon.)

Thank you ~


So the suspense is over (until next year), and we know which books were awarded the Newbery and Caldecott medals and the many other coveted American Library Association 2012 youth media awards.

And we know it’s inevitable that some of your favorites didn’t win.

We had a thought about that — why not bestow your own awards on the 2011 books you loved (or, as we like to say here, the books you got lost in) but missed out on honors yesterday? So we’re inviting you to come up with your own awards for your favorite books released in 2011 and submit them here via a comment.

If you feel inspired, be specific/creative in honoring your favorites … ‘Book So Enthralling I Pulled an All-Nighter to Finish’? ‘Book with a Character I’ll Carry with Me Forever?’ ‘Best Blending of History and Fiction?’

Or maybe ‘Best Read-Aloud Book for Using Funny Accents/Voices’ (back in the day, when LitKid was picture-book-age, I would have awarded this to the Skippy Jon Jones books). Or, to get specific, ‘Favorite Portrayal of Trolls and Troll Enthusiasts’ (The Emerald Atlas came to mind for this one).

Here’s a younger LitKid with her grandma and grandma’s special birthday present: a beautiful copy of ‘Anne of Green Gables,’ a classic that predated kid-literature prizes

LitKid will choose the best award based on its creativity and imagination, and the winner will receive a copy of Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, one of LitKid’s favorite books of 2011. (LitKid received not one but TWO copies of Breadcrumbs for Christmas, and she had the idea to give it away via our blog.)

LitKid is designing a virtual “medal” ~ LitKid’s “Lost in a Book” Medal of Honor ~ and you can send a picture of it to the authors of your honored book(s) or at least post it on Twitter. It won’t be a fancy gold one they can put on their books, but we bet they’ll appreciate it just the same.

We hope you’ll jump in and offer up your book awards; LitKid will be thrilled if you do…



  • Enter via posting your awards in a comment on this post. Feel free to bestow awards on multiple books in your comment, but only one award will be singled out as the winner and only one prize will be bestowed.  
  • Contest runs through midnight EST on May 31. [We keep extending the deadline in hopes of getting more entries!]
  • LitKid, our 10-year-old judge, will choose the winning entry based on the creativity and imagination shown in thinking through/creating each award.
  • Open only to U.S. residents.
  • The grand prize – one copy of Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu – will be sent to one winner via the US Postal Service within one month of the prize announcement. (We wish we could give away MANY prizes, but unfortunately, we’re broke as a result of our book shopping habits. We bet you know what that’s like.)
  • Winner must provide mailing information via email by June 8 (otherwise, we may forget to mail it!). If the mailing info is not received by end of day on June 8, the winner will  forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen. 

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