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As many of my readers know by now I’m taking part in and organizing the annual event, Armchair BEA that coincides with the on-site event in New York, BEA. Today marks the beginning of the event and the first day of my participation in it. So, if you’re not interested, don’t worry! I will still have many reviews and other bookish items this week to love! But for those of you stopping by for the first time because of Armchair BEA here’s a bit of info to get you acquainted with what I do…

The person behind the blog:
“The1stdaughter” or depending on your mood, Danielle.
A little about me and what I do: I’m a “work at home mom” who loves to read, write and hang out with my kiddos. I am very happily married mom with a 4 year old son, “Turkeybird” and 2 year old daughter, “Littlebug.” Both kiddos make regular appearances here with children’s book reviews that I help them with.

About the blog: There’s A Book was started because of my love of reading with my kiddos. I knew I couldn’t be alone in trying to find the right books for them and so I wanted to share what I was learning. I’ve now been blogging/book reviewing for over a year and a half and still love all of it!

What genre do I typically review/read?
Well, here at There’s A Book I review anything from Children’s picture books to Middle Grade to Young Adult fiction (just take a look at my Reviews from A-Z page for samples). I also review at Chick Lit Reviews where I also review primarily Women’s Contemporary Fiction & Chick Lit.

Favorite There’s A Book feature?
Our recent start of the “20 Questions with Turkeybird” Interview series. In which my 4 year old son interviews all varieties of authors, including most recently the National Ambassador to Children’s Literature emeritus Jon Sciesczka!

Why I love it?
I’ve always loved reading in some way, but my passion for it really came from reading with my children. It was with them that my love of all kinds of books really sparked and keeps me going. From that point on, the community of book bloggers keeps me plugging away. I’ve met some of my closest friends thanks to becoming a book blogger and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

My Armchair BEA station:

This is where I will be spending most of the week (little foot & dino included), being as I’m one of the organizers for Armchair BEA and have lots to keep me busy making sure things run smoothly.

What I’m most excited about for the week:
Meeting more great book bloggers and visiting old friends! Oh, and the number of surprises the organizers and I have planned for the week! I can’t wait to share some of them with everyone, I’m nearly bursting not shouting them every time I get on Twitter. You’ll love it!

So, enough about me! If you really want more, please do check out my “About Us” and “Review Policy” pages and don’t forget to stop by my Giveaways page because I have nearly ten going on currently, some international.

Now your turn! Make sure to leave a link to your site in the comments below so that I can stop by to visit you! Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the wonderful happenings of Armchair BEA!

28 Responses to Armchair BEA 2011: Getting to Know The1stdaughter!

  1. Lisa M831 says:

    Hi There!

    I am an old follower but wanted to thank you for all that you are doing with this! I am excited. I haven’t posted my welcome post yet but here is my link:



  2. Awesome. Love the shot of your desk Danielle Angel!

    I am SO sorry I can’t take part this week. I’m still so sicky icky.

    Good luck!
    Everything looks great so far.

  3. Follow already on twitter & GFC, but just wanted to stop by and say hi, happy Armchair BEA and thanks for coordinating! – Jennifer

  4. It is so great that your kids can foster a love at such a young age! I think that it is so strong for a family to share a love of reading. I get my love of reading from my mom 🙂

    Thanks for hosting such an exciting event, I am greatly looking forward to the rest of the week!

    ★ Leila

  5. Janelle says:

    Thanks for all your work organizing Armchair BEA! Hard to believe you’ve only been blogging for 1-1/2 years. Seems like you’ve been in my reader longer! 🙂

  6. Courtney says:

    I just don’t know how you do it…you do so much with the kiddos at home. Making me look bad girl! Happy BEA and let me know if you ever need help on events like this. Would love to work together in the future. Thanks for hosting the fun this year!

  7. NotNessie says:

    Great job on the ABEA so far! I’m having lots of fun and finding fantastic blogs.

  8. You’re the best for helping set this up! So amazing. Thank you! I love that you have your kids involved in your blog 🙂

  9. Thanks for helping to organize this event. It’s so fun to find great book blogs!

  10. Pussreboots says:

    I’m already a regular reader of your blog. Just stopping by to say “hi.” Unless I’m ill or traveling (and don’t have access to the internet), I post a review each and every day. Come learn more about me and my blog.

  11. Bea says:

    I always enjoy coming to your blog. It’s a fun happy place and I get ideas for books to use in my classroom.

    I’m looking forward to this week 🙂

    Bea’s Book Nook –

  12. Kristen M. says:

    You know I think you’re awesome. 🙂 That’s all!

  13. Deb Marshall says:

    Thrilled I’ve found your blog! Happy blog this week and happy reading with the kiddos!

  14. Your blog is awesome! One of the best! Thanks so much for everything!

  15. Beth Kephart says:

    we all appreciate what you are doing!

  16. Carrie K. says:

    You are such a wonderful part of the book blogging community! Thanks so much for helping to organize Armchair BEA.

  17. kai charles says:

    Great post 🙂 You guys do a great job with this event so clad to be doing it again 🙂

  18. most importantly, thank you so so much for everything that you have done to pull of this wonderful event. i can already tell that it’s going to be a lot of fun and i’m excited to be a part of it all.

    i love the picture of your blogging space with a little rainbow leg peaking around there in the corner!

  19. Wow that is one very organized desk. Mine is twice as large and way messier. Thanks for being one of the organizer of the Armchair BEA. I didn’t participate last year and as much as I wish I could be in NY, this is the next best thing.

  20. nymfaux says:

    Just stopping by to say hi!–Super excited to see all the BEA fun!!! 😀 (And Turkeybird’s interviews are my favorites, too!!!)

  21. My desk is on my bed and nightstand at the moment! Thanks so much for all you and the others are doing to bring BEA to us! I’m young so I have years to attend (hopefully!) but this is fantastic! Thank-you so much!

    I read to my children from the time they were in the womb-you can’t start to early! Great job! They’ll grow up with the gift of loving to read which is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children!


  22. I’m impressed by how devoted you are to reading with your children. It’s the best, isn’t it? Seeing my kids’ face light up over a funny passage or a surprising plot twist makes me remember why I love reading so much 🙂

    Glad to have found you via Armchair BEA!

  23. How fun getting to know you (and your children) a little better! I’m trying to get my daughter a little more involved in my blog, although the dynamics are a little different with a 13 year old :-).

    • Yes, I can imagine that starting at 13 would be difficult to incorporate in, but I’m sure you’ll come up with something. Maybe she could even review a favorite book here and there. 🙂

  24. Gwen says:

    I still remember the hug I got from the Turkeybird the last time I saw you. Priceless.

    And yes, me being sick is the major reason that I sort of disappeared. Also, I took a few classes online from Hancock this semester, so any spare energy that I had was thrown into those. But hey, if you ever want to turn your novel into a screenplay, I got an A in that class:)

    • Ahhhh…thanks! He’s so fun. 🙂

      That class sounds fabulous! I’ll definitely keep you in mind for future reference! I hope you’re feeling better soon!!! xoxo

  25. Nerissa says:

    Hi! I’m a new follower. I love your website and the mix of books that you have reviewed. I think its great because my daughter is really starting to get into reading books and I found a few on her that I think she would love, Juniper Berry and the Emerald Curse. I love to read and she has started asking me for suggestions, which I have no clue what to tell her since I want her to read books her age level (she’s 9) and not YA books yet.

    In The Name Of Books

    • Thank you so much! You’ll definitely want to look for middle grade books for sure. I’d highly recommend Juniper Berry and well, basically anything published by Walden Pond Press. But there are also quite a few others. Let me know if you need any recommendations by emailing me! 🙂

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