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There's A Book

There’s A Book is a site created for the purpose of sharing a child’s love of books as they grow. To contact us please feel free to contact me via email at the1stdaughter {at} gmail {dot} com and expect a response within no longer than a week. If you are interested in sending your book to us for review please read our Review Policy.

The following is a little bit of information about our contributors and what their interests are:

The1stdaughter (Danielle Smith):

Danielle Bio Pic 1I’m a mother of two wonderful children, The Turkeybird and Littlebug, just under two years apart in age. I love to read, write, watch movies, play the flute, listen to music and just enjoy life. My love for my children and my love of books has merged and meet here on this site. Since the time I was very little I loved to read. The first book in a long line of favorites was Socks by Beverly Cleary. I remember never wanting to put it down and I have regained that love of books with the birth of my two children. In my endeavor to ensure that I carry this tradition of reading on in our home I will always fill it with books that make you dream, laugh, think and so many more things. This site is designed to help the others of you out there in search of the same thing find what you are looking for. We hope you enjoy what we have to offer.

Literary Agent with Red Fox Literary: After a over a year of successful work at Foreword Literary I decided to make the move to children’s literature focused agency, Red Fox Literary.  If you’re a children’s author or illustrator looking to query me about representation I’d love for you to review my submission guidelines and then send me an email.  I do ask though that prospective clients use the submission email at Red Fox Literary to query me and not my general review email.

Want to know more about me? Look here for more about Danielle Smith aka aThe1stdaughter.

The1stdaughter’s favorite books currently:
City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
Jumpstart The World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Naming by Alison Croggon

The Turkeybird:

“So, if I had my way I’d spend most of the day reading and playing with my sister Littlebug. I spend my down-time doing typical boy things. I love my train set, legos, tools, and of course anything with wheels (cars, trucks, planes, helicopters, etc.). I’m also an avid baker and I love making anything with chocolate when my dad (the Baker) will help me. Other than that, I’m a normal six year old boy who loves running, the outdoors and just being crazy.”

Want to know more? Look here for more about The Turkeybird.
The Turkeybird Reviews Under the “Turkeybird Speaks” Category.

The Turkeybird’s favorite books currently:
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic by Learning Touch
The Robot Book by Heather Brown


Littlebug and Hank Finds An Egg“Well, I’ll put this simply, if I can put it in my mouth and chew, it’s the best thing ever. My big brother , the Turkeybird himself, is my absolute favorite person in the world (besides my dad of course) and everything he does is just amazing. I’m a jabber-jaw who can’t stop babbling and my first word just happened to be ‘dancing’. Oh, and I just turned four! I love to learn and I love reading just as much as everyone in my family, if not more!”

Want to know more? Look here for more about Littlebug.
Littlebug Reviews Under the “Sweet As A Bug” Category.

Littlebug’s favorite books currently:
Where’s Tumpty? by Polly Dunbar
Cat the Cat Who Is That? by Mo Willems
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
Picture This… by Alison Jay

25 Responses to About/Contact Us

    • anita buice says:

      Dear Danielle, I LOVE your website. Would you if you have a moment look at and tell me what you think please. I also want to attend BEA Blogging and Convention. You mentioned that you were doing something that coincided with BEA. Can you tell me more about that please. I am a novice and it may be something that is more appropriate for me. I would appreciate your help and support very much. Blessings, anita buice 🙂

  1. Amanda Green says:


    Please let me know if you accept paid guest posts on your site, There’s A Book. I work with freelance writers to create posts on sites like yours that link to a clients page within the context of the post. These are never reviews or advertisements for the link, just informational posts that are tailored to fit the content and audience of the site they are written for.

    Is that something you are interested in discussing? If you are, what are your guidelines for this type of agreement?


  2. Bob Brooks says:

    Good morning Danielle,

    I have a blog (Be A Child Again) which features Best Family Books, mini-stories, interviews and more. I would appreciate the opportunity to interview you about your blog.


    Bob Brooks

  3. anita buice says:

    Dear Danielle, aka First Daugher
    i actually contacted you around about a year ago but have just now gotten my act together to ask for advice. I am still tweaking my website or my techie guy is and I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to FINALLY blog, I am also very interested in your input. I want to know how to win awards and I plan to go to BEA this year so as much as you can tell me about that the better. I am on my way today to Kathy Patrick’s Girlfriends Weekend in Jefferson, Texas. I hope to blog about the writer’s/author’s convention from there. I am the retired teacher/administrator to help you recall who I am. Please feel free to give me tips. My mind is open to new ideas. Blessings, anita buice 🙂

  4. Ruth Foster says:

    Are you accepting new manuscripts?
    Thank you–Ruth Foster

  5. Josh Henderson says:

    I wanted to know your advertising rates please? I need to buy some links for a bunch
    of clients, so if you could give me a discount for buying more than one link that
    would be great.
    I need blog roll or site wide links, including on the homepage.


    Josh Henderson

  6. Nice to meet you last night at the Candlewick dinner. Hope you enjoy the rest of your time at BEA and in NYC. I’ve just taken a look around here and like what you’ve done very much. I’m sure to be back!

    All the best,

  7. Jane Manning says:

    Dear Danielle,

    I want to thank you for taking the time to review my book, “Millie Fierce”.

    It’s so very gratifying when a reader ‘gets’ the point of one’s book. You truly captured the essence of my intent with your review. You are a gifted writer yourself, and your site will be one I intend to visit often in the future.
    I’m so glad you and your daughter enjoyed Millie!

    Best wishes,
    Jane Manning

  8. Dear Danielle,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to review Pills are not for Preschoolers. Your story of Turkeybird was so touching. Thank you for sharing it. I am so pleased that he is thriving. Your story gives hope to parents who refuse to have their children labeled and get the therapy they need without using medications.
    Best wishes,
    Marilyn Wedge

  9. Christina Garcia says:


    I run an ad agency and would like to advertise on your blog on behalf of one of my client.

    I’m mostly interested in textlink advertising – please let me know if there’s interest.


  10. Jeff Rivera says:

    I love your recommendations. I think it’s so important to instill a love for books in children at an early age. With your children’s favorite books, I’m sure you have instilled a lifelong love for reading. I look forward to reading more from you!

  11. Sharyl Heber says:

    Congratulations on the new literary agency Danielle! VERY very exciting!!!

  12. Susan says:

    Hi, I saw you as the contact of BEA 2013. I was wondering if you can help. I am interested in attending BEA this year. Can you tell me of any book bloggers that have gone in previous years. I would like to get their take of the event. I have know publishers invite book bloggers to private get togethers. Wondering if I need to contact the publishers myself. I would like to meet the people who I have worked with. I would appreciate any help thank you.

  13. Hi, Danielle,

    I have self published and would welcome your help! Please see my web site.

    Thank you,

  14. Your website is a wonderful place to visit! I found out about you from Shirin Bridges. In September, I sent you a review copy (F&G) of A Gift for Little Tree. Please let me know if you want a hard copy too. Our shipment of books will arrive in November, with preorders being taken now. I hope you choose to review it!

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  16. Hi Danielle,
    Your site is wonderful! Love the art and design. I’m a children’s book author with two new books coming out this fall. I hope you will want to review TUCK-IN-TIME, an interactive bedtime story for toddlers and a parent. (The other is specific to my state, THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN OHIO). Would you be interested? ARE is available or you can wait for an actual book later in the year.
    p.s. Is this a WordPress site that you can update yourself? I am looking to update my website and make it more accessible to my change.

  17. Rosie Taylor says:

    I looked up this site, Danielle, because I am about to submit my ms to you in 12×12 (there, confession made), but now that I see your appealing site and know Turkeybird and Littlebug, I will have to visit often (yes, even if my ms gets rejected!) Your book lists will help me in my selections for the two volunteer school “jobs” I have sharing books at storytime with kids (lucky me). Thanks for the fun!

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