Category: Giveaways

Giveaway at The Midnight Garden for A Signed ARC of Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses!

The Midnight Garden is giving away a signed ARC of

Sarah J. Maas’s new book, set to release in May,

A Court of Thorns & Roses!

Click on the above link to enter!

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You could be one lucky winner….unless of course it’s me that wins!




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The Big Blog Announcement: Welcome to Bookish Illuminations + Giveaway (US Only)

The Big Blog Announcement: Welcome to Bookish Illuminations + Giveaway (US Only)

Happy New Year, everyone!

It’s FINALLY time for my Blog Announcement! The blog has moved from Spirit of Children’s Literature—and I’m really excited because I’ve moved to a site hosted by the fantastic Ashley from Creative Whim. (If you’re looking for a change for your blog, you should check out her website.)

For awhile I had been thinking about moving the blog so that I would have a bit more freedom creatively. I’ve discovered that with Creative Whim, and am even more happy (break out the tea!) because I’m also changing the title of the blog to something different. (Cue: dramatic music)

The new blog name is….BOOKISH ILLUMINATIONS!

There are a few reasons for this. First, I don’t just review children’s literature on the blog, though this is the genre of literature I studied in graduate school, and I read a large number of children’s titles every year. But, in addition to picturebooks and middle grade literature, I read A LOT of Young Adult, as well as Adult. And, many of you know I love to bake, so there are a lot of cookbooks on my shelves.

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Cookbooks represent another genre I’ve considered sharing on the blog, and that will be on the horizon for 2015. So basically, the blog is going to stay the same, and yet change a little too. You can read more on my About page.

Of course, I’ll still emphasize spirituality in the books I read (Illuminations) because that’s something I don’t want to get away from, but renaming the blog is just a broadening of the Books Horizon for Spirit of Children’s Literature. I hope you’re excited as I am!

 To celebrate the move, I’m hosting a giveaway (US Only) that will go through the month of January. In fact, there are going to be a couple giveaways—one to celebrate the Blog Move, and one to celebrate my first Author Interview of the year on the new blog with Anne Blankman, author of Prisoner of Night and Fog. You all know this was one of my favorite debuts for 2014, and I love a good historical YA. I can’t recommend this one strongly enough.

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Consider it a party all month long at

Bookish Illuminations!

One winner will receive a book of their choice from The Book Depository (up to $15 in value) and one of my favorites from 2014! Another winner will a book of their choice from The Book Depository (up to $10 in value).

You’ll find all the details for my second giveaway over at my Author Interview with Anne Blankman. (Hint: There are some cool goodies to win over there too.)

I would love to know what you think about the new design of the blog. So pour yourself a cup of tea, sit down, and let’s chat! As always, thank you for your support and encouragement for Spirit of Children’s Literature–without you all, blogging and chatting about all things bookish just wouldn’t be the same!
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Children’s Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway HOP (US): The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

It’s time for a children’s book giveaway!


Those of you who read the blog regularly may know that the Spirit of Children’s Literature often takes part in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. This is a fabulous blog hop for all children’s literature related blogs!

Are you a children’s book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book?  Mother Daughter Book Reviews  and Youth Literature Reviews  are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes.  What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

So, what does that mean for you?

It means you can go check out the master list of all the blogs participating and you can hop around, entering as many giveaways as you like.

It also means you can enter the giveaway here at Spirit of Children’s Literature for a chance to win a hardcover of one of our favorite books:

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


If you haven’t read this award winning story, you should. Here’s a segment of my review here on the blog:

The One and Only Ivan raises multiple significant themes, including the idea that compassion for others leads to action and intervening on their behalf. The story suggests that expressing our creativity in surprising ways can lead to transformational experiences that bring hope and love to others. The relationships among the characters communicates the idea that our connections with others are vital, life changing and can affect us in ways we do not expect.

You will surely want to meet The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2012 Newbery medal.

You can read my entire review here.

Trust me—you want to win this book!!

Click on this link to enter the giveaway–a Rafflecopter giveaway

Youth Literature Reviews: Mother Daughter Book Reviews:

Don’t forget to tweet about the event using the hashtag #KidLitGH.

Check out the master list here:

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Click here to view the complete list of participating bloggers and authors…

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