Thank you to everyone who entered my Birthday Giveaway! Earlier today, I put all the names into a box, shook it up really well, and handed it over to my fiancé. He drew the winning names, one-by-one, in the interest of keeping everything random and objective. That’s how it went down, Girl Scout’s honor. (Yes, I was a Girl Scout back in the day.)

Here are the winners who are getting hardcover picture books:

1. Jen Garrett

2. Jenna Grodzicki

3. Judy Sobanski

4. Pam Zollman

5. Karla Valenti

6. Maria Marshall

Here are the winners who are getting Parisian book bags:

1. Erin McKenna Nowak

2. Tasha Hilderman

3. Vivian Kirkfield

4. Christine Evans

5. Rajani LaRocca

6. Midge Ballou Smith

CONGRATS to all 12 of you! Please private message me via Twitter or at “katearonson (at) gmail (dot) com” with your postal address so that I can get these prizes in the mail to you :-). 


February is a short month, but OH IS IT SWEET! And not only because of Valentine’s Day…

Today happens to be my birthday and I’m throwing a virtual party right here, to the tune of…

“It’s my party, I’ll give away books if I want to, books if I want to, books if I want to…”

As a kid, I didn’t care for birthday cake and I wasn’t a huge fan of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey either (performance anxiety). But I LOVED party favors! So, 12 lucky winners are about to receive party favors from me:

6 will receive a surprise picture book from my personal library

6 will receive this Parisian book bag (since I live in France)

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(For the books: No, you won’t know which title you’re getting, but rest assured: Authors of the books I’m gifting include Molly Idle, Margie Palatini, Tara Lazar, Aaron Reynolds, Sarah Wilson, and Joan Holub! We’re talking talent, peeps.)

Are you game? All you need is a Twitter account to enter:

  1. Follow me on Twitter @mademoiselleK8 if you haven’t yet.
  2. Comment on this post ONCE with: a) your full name b) your Twitter handle c) your favorite birthday dessert.

Winners selected randomly at the end of February and contacted thereafter via this post and Twitter. Good luck!

60 Comments

  1. Kaye Baillie 18 February 2017 at 13 h 11 min

    Happy Birthday, Katelyn. Lemon meringue pie @kayebaillie

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 18 February 2017 at 13 h 18 min

      Yeah, Kaye! Thanks for playing along. Lemon meringue pie–mmm, excellent choice!

      Reply
  2. Sandy Ferber 18 February 2017 at 14 h 30 min

    Happy birthday, Katelyn! Stock’s pound cake Sandy Ferber @averybusymom1

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 18 February 2017 at 14 h 36 min

      Sweet, Sandy! You’re in :). Thanks for participating!

      Reply
  3. Erin Nowak 18 February 2017 at 15 h 32 min

    Happy Birthday Kate! What a lovely idea! I love Tiramisu for birthday dessert.
    Erin Nowak
    @Illustratorerin on Twitter

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 18 February 2017 at 17 h 20 min

      Yay for Tiramisu! So happy you came by, Erin!

      Reply
  4. Linda Dowell 18 February 2017 at 18 h 35 min

    Happy Birthday Kate! My birthday was Feb 15th! Linda Dowell, twitterhandle LIDO215, and I love red velvet cake!

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 18 February 2017 at 18 h 41 min

      You are right to love red velvet cake. So classy! And happy belated birthday, Linda!

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  5. Pam Zollman 18 February 2017 at 18 h 52 min

    Happy, happy birthday, Katelyn! Hope it’s very special. Thank you for doing this giveaway. I think that’s an awesome way to celebrate.

    Pam Zollman @pamzollman I was born close to Thanksgiving and really don’t care for cake either. So I always have Pumpkin Pie for my birthday. (I love any kind of pie, but especially pumpkin.)

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 18 February 2017 at 19 h 03 min

      Pam, I think we’d get along. Pumpkin pie is my most favorite dessert, ever! So glad you’re here!

      Reply
  6. Judy Sobanski 18 February 2017 at 19 h 24 min

    Joyeaux Anniversaire, Katelyn! Have a wonderful day! @jkspburg Carrot cake is my favorite dessert!

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 18 February 2017 at 21 h 33 min

      Merci beaucoup, Judy! Carrot cake–yum! Good choice. (Pssst: I’m a huge fan of your Pirate Valen-tiny story.) Thanks for entering my giveaway.

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  7. Jen Bagan 18 February 2017 at 19 h 30 min

    Giving away presents on YOUR birthday! How sweet are you?? And I absolutely love your adorable writing desk 🙂 Yikes – I actually had to go into Twitter to check my handle @JenABagan. Hmmm – my favorite birthday dessert has to be the applesauce cake from Joy of Cooking. My kids request it every year and it’s so simple and yummy! Hope you’re having a scrumptious birthday!

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 18 February 2017 at 21 h 31 min

      YAY, Jen! Thanks for playing! That applesauce cake sounds wonderful! I will check out that recipe for sure. So glad you dropped in 🙂

      Reply
  8. Andrea 18 February 2017 at 21 h 58 min

    What a sweet idea – and my favourite birthday sweet is coconut cake with raspberry jam between the layers. Though carrot cake is a close second around here. Andrea L Mack @AndreaL_Mack

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 18 February 2017 at 22 h 09 min

      I love how everyone has named a different dessert so far! Coconut layers with raspberry jam makes a gorgeous cake! Thanks for entering, Andrea!

      Reply
  9. Jennifer L. Raudenbush 18 February 2017 at 22 h 12 min

    Thank you for including us in your birthday fun! I LOVE chocolate, chocolate cake–the kind filled with chocolate ganache and chocolate chips, covered in dark chocolate frosting. Jennifer Raudenbush, @JenRaudenbush.

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 18 February 2017 at 22 h 18 min

      Aha! Chocolate at last ;-)! I am an extra-dark chocolate fan myself. Thank you for joining my party, Jennifer!

      Reply
  10. Julie Abery 19 February 2017 at 13 h 08 min

    Happy Birthday, Katelyn! My favourite English birthday treat is a Victoria Sponge with jam and cream…delicious! Here in Suisse, it is probably mille-feuille oozing with cream and jam and pink sticky icing =). Thanks for sharing your day with us. Julie Abery @juliedawnabery

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 19 February 2017 at 13 h 54 min

      Julie, how wonderful to “meet” a fellow children’s writer in Switzerland! I’m so glad you’ve joined my drawing/giveaway! Good luck to you, and thank you 🙂

      Reply
  11. Midge Ballou Smith 19 February 2017 at 13 h 50 min

    I’m late to the party! Happy Birthday, friend! @MidgeSmith13 My mom always made strawberry cake from scratch for my birthday. Yum!

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 19 February 2017 at 14 h 02 min

      You aren’t late, Midge! So glad you joined in! The giveaway will be on for a few more days, and I may add more prizes. Thanks so much for dropping in. Your mom’s homemade strawberry cake sounds divine!

      Reply
  12. Monica Stoltzfus 19 February 2017 at 13 h 52 min

    Happy Birthday! @monica65361. Butterscotch pudding- coooold- with mounds of whipped cream! 😎

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 19 February 2017 at 14 h 03 min

      Oh wow, Monica! Love it–still no repeats in this ever-lengthening list of bday desserts! So fun to have you with us. Thanks and lots of luck!

      Reply
  13. Poppy Louthan 19 February 2017 at 16 h 51 min

    Hi! I’m Poppy Louthan, a school librarian near Seattle. Carrot cake please! @poppyrl

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 19 February 2017 at 17 h 30 min

      Great to have you, Poppy! Consider yourself entered in the giveaway 😉 Yay for librarians, btw!

      Reply
  14. Rajani LaRocca 19 February 2017 at 20 h 04 min

    Happy, happy birthday, Katelyn! So sweet of you to give others presents on your special day. @rajanilarocca chocolate chip cookies!

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 19 February 2017 at 20 h 15 min

      Yay! Thanks for coming to the party! I miss chocolate chip cookies so much. Nothing like homemade…mmm. Lots of luck to you, Rajani 🙂

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  15. Vivian Kirkfield 20 February 2017 at 6 h 03 min

    Katelyn…what a fab way to celebrate your birthday!
    Vivian Kirkfield
    @viviankirkfield
    FAVORITE DESSERT: CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH AS MUCH CHOCOLATE AS POSSIBLE

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 20 February 2017 at 7 h 03 min

      Thank you Vivian; I’m so glad you came by! Happy to put your name in the hat! (And yes to as much chocolate as possible ;-)! Lots of luck.

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  16. Christine 20 February 2017 at 6 h 05 min

    Happy Birthday! Another carrot cake fan here 😊
    @ChristineNEvans

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 20 February 2017 at 7 h 10 min

      Thanks for joining in the fun, Christine! I think carrot cake and chocolate cake are taking over around here :). Good luck for the giveaway.

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  17. Maria Marshall 20 February 2017 at 6 h 53 min

    What a great birthday celebration. I’ll have to remember this. Maria Marshall;
    @MariaMarshall_. ; Triple chocolate cake.
    Happy birthday, Katelyn.

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 20 February 2017 at 7 h 54 min

      I’m so glad you came by, Maria. I have seen your name in various writing contests and I always admire your work! Thanks for stopping in & good luck!

      Reply
  18. Rachel Noble 20 February 2017 at 11 h 13 min

    Happy Birthday Katelyn! Chocolate pudding with ice-cream! @Rachkln

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 20 February 2017 at 12 h 23 min

      Thank you, Rachel, for entering my giveaway! Chocolate pudding with ice cream–Wow, I’ve never tried that! (I do love crunchy peanut butter with vanilla ice cream.) So happy you dropped in.

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  19. Sarita F. 20 February 2017 at 13 h 34 min

    Happiest of birthdays to you. Love February birthdays. My little guy is a Feb birthday too. Fave b-day dessert: strawberry shortcake @safajarwrites

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 20 February 2017 at 13 h 57 min

      Hi Sara! So, you’re based in Peru? How wonderful! Love meeting “internationals.” I’m really excited to spend some time perusing your website. Looks like you do some wonderful work. Thanks for entering my giveaway, and best of luck!

      Reply
  20. Jenna Grodzicki 20 February 2017 at 14 h 01 min

    Happy Birthday, Katelyn! My favorite birthday dessert is chocolate lava cake. @jennawritesPB

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 20 February 2017 at 14 h 04 min

      Yay, Jenna! Good to “see” you here! Chocolate lava cake–that IS a good one. The French make a pretty mean one, as you might imagine ;-). Thanks for joining my party!

      Reply
  21. Janie Reinart 20 February 2017 at 14 h 03 min

    Happy Birthday Beautiful ❤My favorite birthday cake is my grandmother’s sponge cake with chocolate frosting😊 Happy to share.
    @smile73777

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 20 February 2017 at 14 h 33 min

      Wonderful, Janie. You’re in! Thanks again 🙂

      Reply
  22. Kathleen Mazurowski 20 February 2017 at 18 h 05 min

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for your generosity.

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    1. Kathleen Mazurowski 20 February 2017 at 18 h 06 min

      Forgot the cupcakes!

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      1. katelyn888 - Site Author 20 February 2017 at 18 h 07 min

        Hi Kathleen! Wonderful! I just need your Twitter handle? Thanks for joining the party.

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  23. Karla VA 20 February 2017 at 21 h 03 min

    Oh Katelyn – what a wonderful gift! Thank you. 🙂
    Twitter: @kwrites3
    Dessert: Black bottom lemon-custard pie.

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 20 February 2017 at 21 h 09 min

      Aw, I’m so glad to see you here, Karla :). And this dessert of yours sounds amazing. Do you make it yourself? Thank you so much for entering my giveaway. I wish you best of luck!

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      1. Karla VA 20 February 2017 at 21 h 32 min

        I made the desseert for my husband’s birthday. It’s pretty amazing. 😉

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        1. katelyn888 - Site Author 21 February 2017 at 8 h 06 min

          Lucky guy!

          Reply
  24. JEN Garrett 21 February 2017 at 20 h 02 min

    A Belated Happy Birthday! So nice to meet you on Twitter. This post inspired me to write a blog post today. Oh, and fabulous prizes you’ve got there!
    My Name: JEN Garrett
    Twitter: @lexicalcreation
    Favorite Birthday Dessert: No short answer to this in my house (see blog post I wrote, lol), but if I’m choosing just for me? Skittles. Yep. Just the candy. A big bag.

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 21 February 2017 at 21 h 26 min

      Jen, so glad to have met you, too! And glad that you wrote a blog post today. I love that you’d just sit down with a big bag of Skittles, snortlaugh! I’m off to check out that blog post! Thanks for entering my giveaway 🙂

      Reply
  25. Tasha Hilderman 23 February 2017 at 2 h 33 min

    Happy Birthday!
    Tasha Hilderman
    room_for_cream
    Angel Food Cake with pink icing and strawberries (and I haven’t had it in years!)

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 23 February 2017 at 7 h 09 min

      Hi Tasha! Thanks for joining in! I love toasted angel food cake ;). Lots of luck!

      Reply
  26. June Smalls 25 February 2017 at 16 h 38 min

    June Smalls
    @June_Smalls
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 25 February 2017 at 20 h 09 min

      Hi June; you’re in! And I’ve never tried Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake–yum :). Thanks for being here.

      Reply
  27. Dana Carey 25 February 2017 at 20 h 16 min

    Happy birthday, Katelyn! Layer cake with butter cream frosting– a classic.
    @danaFR

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 25 February 2017 at 22 h 34 min

      Aw, thanks for entering, Dana! I’ll post the winners here very soon :). Lots of luck!

      Reply
  28. Annina Luck Wildermuth 25 February 2017 at 22 h 31 min

    Bonjour! Great idea :))
    Annina Luck Wildermuth
    @AnninaLuck
    Chocolate cheesecake with plenty of whipped cream!

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    1. katelyn888 - Site Author 25 February 2017 at 22 h 39 min

      Bonjour Annina & merci! So glad you’ve joined the party! Winners posted soon. Good luck to you 🙂

      Reply
  29. Tasha 14 March 2017 at 1 h 15 min

    Yay! I’m so excited thank you!

    Reply

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