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Spoonfed reached a milestone last week: six months of blogging and building community around the idea of raising kids to be thinking eaters. And what a community it is. I’ve been blown away by the response to this blog. The many (many) visits, comments and wide-ranging conversations tell me Spoonfed has struck a nerve, and that’s gratifying in a way I couldn’t have imagined when I started giving voice to the blog in March.

My heartfelt thanks to all the readers who’ve spent time with Spoonfed these past months. It’s been a wild ride. And now we’re going to celebrate with a giveaway. Or two, actually.

Nicole Johnson, founder of a line of fruit- and veg-themed pajamas called New Jammies, noticed the community developing at Spoonfed and got in touch about giving away a gift set. She’s usually the one approached by bloggers — not the other way around — but Nicole likes the Spoonfed mindset and thought readers would appreciate a giveaway. How cool is that?

And I’m giving away a copy of the young readers edition of Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” (which I blogged about here). Pollan’s work has been influential in how I’ve come to think about food, shaping my daughter’s experiences as well. (Pollan even got a mention in my first post.) The young readers edition breaks his definitive book down to basics, so it’s a great read not only for school-aged kids, but for anyone who wants a primer on the consequences of our food decisions.

So what do you have to do to win? Leave a comment answering this question: Why is it important to teach kids to think critically about food?

I’ll take comments through midnight EST next Wednesday, Sept. 29. After that, I’ll use a random-number generator to select two winners. One will get the Pollan book. The other will get the organic-cotton New Jammies gift set, which includes a drawstring bag, picture book and two-piece pajamas in the winner’s choice of size (12 months to 6 years) and pattern (carrots, peas, blueberries or tangerines).

Though Spoonfed has many international readers (at last count, you’ve come from 71 countries!), I’m afraid prizes can be shipped to continental U.S. and Canadian addresses only.

One final note: If you enjoy Spoonfed but aren’t yet a subscriber, I’d love it if you’d click up in the right-hand corner and start getting posts by e-mail or RSS feed. That won’t give you an edge for the giveaways, but you’ll get karmic bonus points for making me smile.

Update on Sept. 30: The giveaways have ended and comments are now closed. Thanks so much to everyone who participated. Winners are listed here.


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