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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Hacket

2nd Annual Kidlit Solstice Surprise Book Bash

IT'S BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last year's inaugural Book Bash was a huge success with 64 kidlit friends joining in the fun. And with another year almost gone by and the days steadily getting shorter it must mean it is time again to get our book gifting on!

This year I am thrilled to introduce another gift-giving option to spread cheer and literacy this holiday season. In addition to our usual secret book swap, you will also have the opportunity to purchase and donate to our BOOK DRIVE which will work to put new books directly into the hands of students at a local school in need.

More about this and the rules of our original event are below.

Solstice Surprise Book Bash!

Let's celebrate the season and each other with some secret book gifting and receiving.

Here's how it works:

  1. Sign up to join the fun, here. (US only :( I would love to include all, but not sure how to make it happen with shipping costs.)

  2. Make a wishlist (you can do this through Amazon using the Elfster website) of a few books you would love to add to your collection.

  3. In the comment section include a link to your local indie bookstore. We would love to support local independent bookstores as much as possible this season.

  4. Between 12/7 and 12/8 you will be randomly assigned a partner.

  5. Check out their wishlist.

  6. Choose one book to purchase and send to your partner by 12/18/23. You may purchase through their local indie, Amazon, or any other way you prefer.

  7. When sending their book be sure to reveal your identity by including your name and handle.

  8. Post your new book and gratitude on social media using #BookBash23.

  9. Join us if you can on the Winter Solstice, 12/21/23 for a virtual book bash celebration (Tentatively planned for X/Twitter) where we can all enjoy some merriment, games, chat, and a few additional surprise giveaways. Time TBD.

Solstice Surprise Book Drive!

While I love sharing the joy of book giving and getting with my fellow kidlit fam, I couldn't help but feel there was an opportunity here to do some good along with our fun.

In that spirit, I am introducing our Solstice Surprise Book Drive which provides participants the opportunity to donate a book to a school in need. More info to come on this in a separate post.

That's it! I hope you join us in the spirit of giving and our shared love of books! Please reach out to me with any questions at

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