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Comment Challenge Prize Winners

I know. You’re wondering how it is that we’re still on that Comment Challenge thing. Well, I extended the time to finish, and then couldn’t figure out where among my two thousand emails people may have offered prizes, and then there were some family issues, and then the whole holiday shopping thing. Factor in my normal state of complete chaos, and here we are finally with the Comment Challenge Prize Winners.

Twenty bloggers completed the challenge making more than a hundred comments over the three-week period. Kudos to Reading Tub, Miss Rumphius Effect, HipWriterMama, Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup, Teacher Ninja, Write for a Reader, Book Scoops, Abby (the) Librarian, Bookie Woogie, Ms Yingling Reads, Kelly Polark, Write About Now, Jen Robinson’s Book Page, Charlotte’s Library, Bildungsroman, Check It Out, What Adrienne Thinks About That, Book Nut, and of course, Lee and me.

The two prize winners were selected from this elite group of SuperCommenters through the Random Integer Generator, and will each receive a lovely box o’ books. Congratulations to...

HipWriterMama, who wins:
  • CD audio book of Jazz, by Walter Dean Myers
  • Nathan Fox, Dangerous Times, by L. Britney
  • Lincoln Shot, by Barry Denenberg and Christopher Bing
  • Kandiade and the Secret of the Mists, by Diana Zimmerman
  • Lost Island of Tamarind, by Nadia Aquiar
Bookie Woogie, who wins:
  • Inside the Slidy Diner, by Laurel Snyder, Illustrated by Jaime Zollars
  • Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!, by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly
  • Elephants and Golden Thrones: Inside China’s Forbidden City, by Trish Marx, photographs by Ellen B. Senisi
  • The Magic Half, by Annie Barrows
  • The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex
Three prize winners were selected among all the participants using the Random Integer Generator and, in the words of Lee, will each receive “cool flashlight pens from SCBWI. They glow blue, they’re a great way to scribble in your notebook at night without waking up your loved one lying next to you by turning on the main lights, and they’re super-fun after dark.”

The lucky winners are...

Jama Rattigan, Sarah Rettger, and Michele Thornton.

Forty participants checked in on the final post, thus fulfilling the only three requirements of the challenge. Namely: sign up, comment at blogs, and check in. So I’ll donate forty dollars to Adam Rex’s fundraiser, Mustaches for Kids.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Comment Challenge. We hope you’ve found that commenting gets easier as you do it, increases your feeling of connection, and boosts your own blog. In that respect, I’d say that we were all winners for accepting the challenge.


Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

"We Were All Winners for accepting the challenge"

YES, I agree!

As always, you said it beautifully!

What fun to do with you, and congratulations to the winners - to us all!


Vivian Mahoney said...

Wow! I feel like I won the lottery!

Thanks for organizing this Comment Challenge, MotherReader and Lee.

teacherninja said...

Good for Bookie Wookie, cool blog that. All of it was fun, thanks for hosting. I've definitely developed the habit and have been commenting more often, though not strictly on kid lit blogs, just anything in my reader that strikes my fancy.

Thanks again and thanks to all of the other participants--it was a treat to read them all.

Terry Doherty said...

Thanks MotherReader and Lee! The 21 days of practice helped get me in a more consistent routine of commenting. The upside-down side is I discovered more great blogs and added them to the reader.

Jen Robinson said...

Congratulations to the prize winners. But I agree that we're all winners, really. Even people who didn't directly participate probably received more comments than usual, spreading the wealth.

Thanks, Pam and Lee!!

Charlotte said...

Thank you very much, Pam and Lee! It was great fun.

Sarah Rettger said...

Wow, thank you!

Kelly Polark said...

Congrats to the winners! Thank you and Lee again for hosting this fun challenge!

Michele Thornton said...

Thanks again for hosting this, and for the cool pen! Bonus...

I am definitely a better commenter now.

Z-Kids said...

Wow! The comment challenge itself was rewarding enough -- discovering lots of new blogs and meeting lots of people who discovered ours. Thanks for organizing it.
And now, what a super cool bonus! Thanks to everyone that made prizes available... What a treat!
And thanks to all the people who have been leaving us comments - the kids love it.
All best,

jama said...

Wow, how exciting! As Z-Dad said, participating was reward enough, as I've happily added many new blogs to my reader.

Thanks, Pam and Lee, for organizing the challenge, and congrats to all the other winners!

Corey Schwartz said...

It was definitely habit forming! I continue to visit and comment on at least five blogs a day!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Thanks for hosting the challenge, Lee and Mother Reader. I'm so glad I participated! I'm addicted to blogging and commenting now. It's been a blast!

caribookscoops said...

Yep, we are definitely all winners!!! I am glad I did the comment challenge. It helped me meet more people and start a good habit. And congrats to all the winners and to everyone who participated.