Today is my 13th Birthday! I am a TWEEN no more! :D

24 Dec

Today is my 13th birthday! WOO!

Now that I am 5’9″ it’s hard to believe I was this small once –


Me at 3 days old

The stocking was my baby blanket in the hospital. Now I use it as my Christmas stocking. πŸ™‚

At 13 years, sadly I am no longer a tween, but am I YA? My birthday party is going on over at Beth Stilborn’s blog. She is asking people to recommend early YA books for me to read now that I am officially not a tween anymore. Click HERE to joinΒ  the party!Β 

I am excited to read some of the suggestions that are over there already but I think I will always love reading middle grade books… and picture books… and magazine articles… and newspapers… cards at the grocery store…Β  ingredients on cereal boxes… Okay, I’ll pretty much read anything and I find good things in almost everything I read.

I also did an end of year round-up over at Jennifer Alvarez’s blog of some of the books I read this year that really stuck with me. Click HERE to go THERE!

Now that I am 13, I was wondering, should I be This Teen Reviews Books not This Kid Reviews Books? I think I can still be Kid for a while longer (although my parents did reserve for me). πŸ™‚ What do you think?

The biggest birthday present anyone can give me is more stories, more blog posts, more plot lines, more adventure, more information, MORE TO READ (actually the best present I could get would be an eighth day to the week that is just for reading, but I don’t think that is going to happen). All the writers and bloggers out there who give me the great opportunity to read what you create is the best present of all.Β  I am proud to say I am a reading geek and if YOU keep writing, I will keep reading!


105 Responses to “Today is my 13th Birthday! I am a TWEEN no more! :D”

  1. The Story Reading Ape December 24, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIK and may you have MANYMANYMANY More πŸ˜€


  2. rnewman504 December 24, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Happy birthday, Erik! Enjoy the YA reads. Does that include Divergent/Hunger Games kind of series, or is that considered MG in some circles?


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

      I don’t know about them yet. But I haven’t read them yet, so I don’t think it matters what age-range they might be in. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Robin December 24, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    You can still be a kid even if you are a teen. It’s up to you if you prefer to change the name of your website. Have an awesome birthday!


  4. sallyodgers December 24, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Happy birthday! My grandson turned 5 a few days agoJ

    And you’re taller than I am (I’m 5’7”).

    Sally O


  5. Shawn MacKENZIE December 24, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik – and joyful holidays to you! Hope your teen years are full of excellent books and great wonder!


  6. Angela Brown December 24, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik!! *throws confetti*

    This Kid Reviews Books is so familiar to me now. It would be a little different to have a change in name to “Teen” but not one that would keep me from visiting and enjoying your reviews. So if you go with the change, that would be great. And you can still review what you want, from PB to YA.

    Enjoy your birthday and may your holidays be filled with lots of love and laughter πŸ™‚


  7. jama December 24, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Happy Happy Bearthday to you from me and Cornelius!! What an adorable pic of you in the stocking. Now that you are *ahem* officially a teen, does that mean you will be eating even more? Love your blog, Erik the Great Reader Eater! πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

      Yup! More food for the teen! πŸ˜‰ Tell Mr. C that I say “Thank you beary much!” πŸ˜€
      P.S. Erik the Great Reader Eater – does that mean I eat great readers, or I am great at eating readers? Hmm… I’ll have to ponder this… πŸ˜‰


  8. stanleyandkatrina December 24, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    Happy Birthday, Teen! πŸ˜€ May you have the best birthday yet and the yest year, yet, ahead of you! Reading YA – say it isn’t so. πŸ˜‰ LOL. We think you should have your blog called whatever you want. ~From the Gang
    PS – Cool Mom thinks that if you switch completely over to teen then people may not think to look at your fabulous kid reviews in your history – so maybe find a way to put both in the header? Or maybe she or someone else you know can help you create a cool header that has both names in it – or one of your artist friends may be able to help with that? πŸ˜‰ Cool Mom said she can make you a header but she can’t draw.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

      Thank you Gang! πŸ˜€
      P.S. What a great idea, Cool Mom! I’ll think about it. How about “This Teeny Kid Reviews Books” or “This Kid Reviews Books – Now With TEEN Addition 1.3!”? πŸ˜‰


  9. Alex Baugh (@RandomlyReading) December 24, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Happy Birthday, and welcome to the world of YA.


  10. Jacqueline December 24, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! I think you can keep the name of the blog as it is. My son is 18 and 6’8″, but he’s still a kid. I hope you continue to read and review middle-grade, since those are my favorite books.


  11. tinamcho December 24, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! Cute baby pic. How cool that your parents reserved that url for you. But I do like your current url as “kid” could mean any children’s books, not just teen books. Hope you have a great b’day!


  12. Genevieve Petrillo December 24, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I can’t wait till I’m 5’9″. Then I will finally be tall enough to steal things from the counter and the trash. I’m 8, so I expect it’ll be any day now. I love your stocking, and I agree – you can be a Kid for a while longer. Mom still calls me her Puppy, so…. Happy Birthday, buddy. I love you. xo

    Love and licks,


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

      Um, SURE C, you’ll be 5’9″ any day now. Yup. Any day.
      Thanks for the opinion! I think I’ll keep the Kid. πŸ™‚


  13. Rebecca Colby December 24, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Erik! Welcome to the ‘Teens’. Although now in my 4th decade, I still haven’t graduated to teen books. I prefer PB and MG–I say, read what you enjoy!


  14. Christie Allred December 24, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Happy Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚


  15. David Eveleigh December 24, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik πŸ™‚ I hope you like the recommendations I left at Beth’s blog. Happy Holidays.


  16. Alan Tucker December 24, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Ha! Took me 22 years to get to 5’9″ and I stopped there πŸ˜‰ Happy, Happy Birthday to you! I hope it’s filled with laughter, books, and reading!

    Regarding the blog name, maybe you should have both. Keep this one for the MG and children’s books you review and start the teen one for older books. Whatever you decide, I’m sure you’ll do a fantastic job! Enjoy your day πŸ˜€


  17. julie rowan zoch December 24, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    A very happy birthday to you, Erik! And I hope you’ll always appreciate an celebrate the kid in you – he is GREAT! Long live THE KID!


  18. Kirsten W. Larson December 24, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    So are you saying you’re like Peter Pan, and you never want to grow up? Have a very happy birthday, Erik. And I personally like “This Kid Reviews Books.” Plus you have your whole archive. Happy birthday!!!!


  19. relationspdbeverly December 24, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik!

    I think the term “kid” is better because you can use that from 7 to 97 and it’ll still be cool.


  20. theSurlyBiker December 24, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Happy Birthday, dude. Time to read Ender’s Game.


  21. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books December 24, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    Happy Birthday Erik…You have such a distinctive brand in This Kid! Happy teen and I love your picture and your lovely Christmas stocking. What a fabulous present Santa brought for your parents, and to all of us too. And my goodness, you are TALL!


  22. Robyn Campbell December 24, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    I LOVE YOU AS THE KID!! I think you will want to keep the teen url though. I hope you have a MOST FANDERIFFIC (if folks read this, they won’t know what I just said) day EVER! Happy birthday and Merry Christmas to the BEST doggone pal/crit partner IN THE WORLD! You teen you!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      Fanderiffic = Fantastic + Wonderful + Terrific : Right? πŸ™‚
      Thank you Ms. Campbell! Happy Holidays! πŸ˜€


  23. Robyn Campbell December 24, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    P.S. I love that blanket/stocking.


  24. Catherine Johnson December 24, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! 5’9″ wow. All that reading must be good for growing. How thoughtful of your parents to reserve the teen domain for you. Have you checked Twitter for @ThisTeenErik? Have a great day and a wonderful Christmas!


  25. Joanne Fritz December 24, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    The happiest of birthdays to you, Teen Erik! What an adorable picture. Your parents were very smart to reserve that site for you but I think you can still be a kid if you want to! Thank you for your wonderful blog.


  26. Marianne December 24, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Happy Birthday, teen! That’s so fun! Congrats on becoming a teenager, I just had my 13th birthday in August…


  27. Penny Parker Klostermann December 24, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Happy 13th Birthday, Erik!!!! Love the photo of your newborn-self in the stocking…cute!
    Hmmm…did your parents reserve Just wondering;β€’)


  28. elainekielykearns December 24, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Happy 13th Birthday, Erik!! Enjoy your special day!!!


  29. Joanna December 24, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    You are my favorite thirteen year-old in the entire blogosphere! And I love your upbeat enthusiasm. HAPPY, HAPPY teen birthday, buddy.

    If you have the energy around everything else you do to keep two going for a while, maybe you could transition from this to the new blog over a year? Or you could set up an author website and link both blogs to it, so all archives are in one place??

    Anyways, have a great day!!



    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      Great idea Miss Marple! Thank you! (and your comment really made me smile! πŸ˜€ )


  30. Darlene December 24, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Wishing you a very Happy 13th Birthday. I love the picture of you in the Christmas stocking. Have a fabulous year!!


  31. Julie December 24, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Happy Birthday Erik! To think you were only nine when we “met.” It’s been such a joy watching you grow and enrich our community along the way.

    Personally, I think “Kid” covers both teens and younger kids, so I would keep that for now. Maybe reconsider when you turn 16? πŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing a photo of your baby self in the stocking. So precious. My daughter turns twelve in a few weeks. You kids grow up too darned fast! (I’ll bet your parents have been saying that same thing!).

    Enjoy your birthday, Christmas, and New Year’s! Here’s to many, many more!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Hedlund! I think you may be right about the Kid. πŸ™‚
      And, happy early birthday to your daughter! πŸ™‚


  32. Niki Spade December 24, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Happy Birthday & Merry Christmas.


  33. loridegman December 24, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I hope you have a teentastic birthday!!!


  34. beleyne December 24, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    The happiest of birthdays to you, Erik! It’s a pleasure “knowing” you:)
    And Merry Christmas!


  35. Debbie Austin December 24, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Happy birthday, Erik! What’s it like having a birthday on Christmas Eve? What a surprise for your mom and dad! Well, enjoy and Merry Christmas, too!


  36. Marlene December 24, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas! I think you can still use kid – since reviewing books makes you a cool kid and everyone wants to be one of the cool kids!


  37. Susanna Leonard Hill December 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! That is the cutest picture ever of you in the stocking πŸ™‚ I think you can be “kid” for quite a while – it’s an all-encompassing term, at least until you turn 20. And what about Billy The Kid, and the Sundance Kid? I’m pretty sure they were older than that πŸ™‚ Hope your birthday and Christmas are filed with love, laughter, and lots and lots of great new books!


  38. Michelle Isenhoff December 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Happy birthday, Erik! I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that you’re a teen. M-man follows close behind, so I knew it was coming, but still, you’re not that same 10-year-old boy who hopped on my blog one day. Then again, you haven’t stopped being that great kid I got to know. Have a great day and a Merry Christmas.

    (I’m with Julie on “This Kid”. It covers all, and it’s sort of your brand. But if you go with “This Teen”, it’s close enough people will make the switch no problem.)


  39. writersideup December 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    HAPPY-HAPPIER-HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY, ERIK!!! I’m thinking you should do whatever makes you happy. They both sound good with assonance in both (“This Kid” and “Teen Re…”). The only thing with the word “kid” that REALLY matters is that you always keep the “kid” in you alive, no matter how old you are! πŸ˜€


  40. Keila Dawson December 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Joyeux anniversarie Erik! People born in December rock. WOOT! I should know LOL. Have you read The Laura Line by Crystal Allen? Laugh out loud funny. Great mentor text for dialogue. The MC is a girl, but she loves baseball. Enjoy your day!


  41. macjam47 December 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday Erik!


  42. Wendy December 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Happy 13th Birthday!

    What a cute baby πŸ™‚


  43. clarbojahn December 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    HI KID REVIEWS BOOKS! Like others before me I think you can go with KID awhile longer since it encommpasses young teens as well. Your parents were thoughful in saving the teen URL though. Maybe when you turn sixteen or seventeen. I’m with Suanna about the Sundance Kid and Billy the Kid. They were nineteen and twenty. so you have some lee way.

    I hope you had a very happy Birthday on Monday and hope you have many more. I also hope you keep reading middle grade novels like Wonder because they are kinda timeless and my favorite altough YA is cool, too. Hey, I just now finished Orphan Train and I Don’t even Know what classification that has. And like everyone elss who has read it, I loved it.

    You are standing on the verge of adult hood now I guess. take care! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. You were a cool present for your parents. πŸ™‚


    • clarbojahn December 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

      Ssoo, OKay, today IS your REAL birthday! Boy, I thought it was Monday when we went to Beth’s party for you. so sorry. You can have all week to celebrate if you want. Why not?

      Take care bud! Happy, Happy, Birthday!


  44. readingwithrhythm December 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    WooHoo!!! Happy Day! Happy Day!! Happy Dance from me!!! You’ll always be a Kid to me!! Aarroooooooo!


  45. Marie Harris December 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    HBTY, Kid! And BTW, I think “Kid” has a lot more cachet then “Teen” (a totally boring and useless word IMHO). Think Billy the Kid, Kid Rock, Karate Kid, Steve “The Kid” Cauthen (cool jockey), Willie “Say Hey Kid” Mays, Bill “The Comeback Kid” Clinton…you get the picture. Perhaps all you need to do is update your nickname: “Kid Reviewer.” “The Book Kid.” Maybe your followers could suggest the perfect new moniker. Onward! Marie


  46. Carrie Charley Brown December 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! Thank you for your contributions to the KidLit world! I think you should stick with This Kid Reviews Books. You are well-known with that amazing title! Now, when you turn eighteen, though, I think you will need a totally different name and look with a link back to all of you Kid Book Reviews. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas, too!


  47. kirsticall December 24, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! I’m so glad you love words and we love your books at our house! Merry Chritstmas!


  48. Beverly December 24, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Erik. What a lovely picture. It reminds me of the one of my great-grandson fifteen years ago today, his birhday too. He was wrapped in a stocking and wearing a little cap too. A beautiful memory. Merry Christmas


  49. maliaann December 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! Have fun being a teenager! And have a very Merry Christmas too! πŸ™‚


  50. 2kathleenivan December 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    I think u could still leave the site with “kid” till ur 15. In my opinion anyway.:-)

    That’s a cute photo idea for a Christmas baby by the way.

    I’m over twice ur age and I still like reviewing kids books.

    Enjoy ur birthday & the holiday. πŸ™‚


  51. heylookawriterfellow December 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Happy birthday, Erik! But don’t get hasty. Don’t go switching domain names. You have a brand here. You’re “the kid” and that’s the way we old farts like to think of you. Stick with the blog you have.

    Lemme tell ya a story: In my family we have a guy everyone calls Little Dennis. he was named Little Dennis to distinguish him from his father who was also named Dennis. (Once Little Dennis was born, the dad became Big Dennis.)

    These days Little Dennis is 65 years old and built like a Mack Truck. Also, his father is dead. Yet everyone still calls Little Dennis “Little Dennis.” Even Little Dennis refers to himself as Little Dennis. It is who he is!

    Long story short, you’ll always be a kid to me, kiddo!

    Enjoy your day!


  52. Patricia Tilton December 24, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Happy 13th Birthday Erik. You can read and enjoy what ever you choose. But, now you can begin to add another genre. It’s been fun watching you grow over the years. Your destiny knows you. I like Mike’s comment — you are “the kid” that we know. Keep it as long as you want. It’s your brand until you decide it’s time to make a change. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!


  53. Joy Corcoran December 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    You never outgrow “children’s” books. I love your blog and look forward to seeing how your reviews develop over the next few years. Happy Birthday and many many thanks for all the books you discover and share!


  54. Lynn A. Davidson December 24, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    My dear Erik, it’s rather astonishing that you are 13 already! I hope you had a marvellously wonderful birthday.
    Take your time about changing your blog name, okay? There’s no rush.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Love of love.


  55. Cecilia December 25, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    You are the only other person I have ever met(kind of) who likes to read cereal packets, labels and signage in fact anything in print. I tend to get the twitches in houses with no printed material in sight. My favourite book ever is this incredible dictionary that gives me the etymology of the word as well as its current meaning. Happy birthday by the way. You can be a kid until you are 127 if you want to, I still am and my kids tell my I am old enough to have had a dinosaur for a pet and I still read picture books, middle grade books and cereal packets. Erik I am Cecilia from Australia, a pleasure to pixelmeet you.


  56. Kate Hannigan December 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Happy happy day! You’re on to HUGE things ahead! Though no need to rush. . .


  57. Jilanne Hoffmann December 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! I think you can be this “kid” until you hit high school. Then I think you could slowly migrate to “the teen.’ Don’t rush it! Yes, you guys grow up fast! Love your photo in the stocking! Happy reading and writing!


  58. itsybitsymom December 26, 2014 at 6:09 am #

    Happy Birthday Erik! I like “kid” because it sounds like you will keep reviewing more than just YA books, but I am sure you will make the right choice! Hoping you had a great holiday and wishing you a Happy New Year!


  59. LovableLobo December 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    I wished you an early happy birthday elsewhere. I think. Guess I have to stop calling you SuperKid, since you’re a teen, now. SuperTeen doesn’t sound right. Thanks for sharing the adorable pic and hope you had a superb birthday. Looking forward to seeing what wonderful books and other things come your way this year.


  60. Hamish Blair (@kidsbookapedia) December 28, 2014 at 4:04 am #

    Nice photo, Eric!! It’s Hamish, I am going to mention you on my blog!!


  61. Daniel Johnston December 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Happy birthday Erik! Definitely stay “this kid” because, as I always say, being a kid is more a mental attitude than an age! But of course it’s up to you πŸ™‚


  62. Pragmatic Mom December 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Happy happy birthday Erik!!! Congrats on becoming a teen!!!


  63. Romelle Broas December 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Happy belated birthday, Erik! I can’t believe you are a (very tall) teen. I think you can gradually transition into “This Teen Reviews Books” even if I will miss “the kid.” *sniff* Your mom is smart in reserving the domain name for you. But you know what? There’s always going to be a kid in all of us.


  64. mman7841 January 8, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! i will be a teen in 3 moths like you.:)


  65. Lauri Meyers January 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Happy (very belated) Birthday! Now you can legally read YA πŸ˜€


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