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It’s a well known fact that a child in possession of a well-loved book is unlikely to set down this well-loved book. Case in point:

TurkeybirdReadingandWalking LittlebugReadingandWalking

Yes, both Turkeybird and Littlebug are smitten with books. To the point they simply will not put them down at any time, even while walking. This, makes me one very happy mom.

Books in hand:

Kylie Jean Pirate Queen by Marci Peschke
Today I Will Fly! (Elephant and Piggie #1) by Mo Willems

Also, tomorrow is T-Bird’s big 7th birthday! If you get a chance I know he’d love to read all your birthday wish comments! (Like I said, he loves reading…especially when it’s about him. Haha!)

Today I wanted to share with everyone a truly spectacular giveaway. Thanks to the generosity of Candlewick Press I have not one, but five of their spring debut novels to giveaway to one lucky reader.

Caminar The Chance You Won't Return Breakfast Served Anytime There Will Be Bears The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Caminar by Skila Brown
The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

(Click on the jacket covers above to learn more about each book.)

First Pages - Candlewick Debut Novels

Also, the above picture featuring each of the covers for these books connects to a wonderful Pinterest board where each of the books is highlighted. I wouldn’t miss it and I’d definitely begin following it, if you haven’t already!

First Pages - Candlewick Debut Novels back

Over the holiday I already devoured Caminar by Skila Brown from this group and I cannot wait to dive into the other copies I’ve been sent for my personal reviews. I adored everything about this story and I’m excited to share a full review closer to the publication date. Until then I’m content with the opportunity to give this set away!


One winner will receive galley copies of all five titles and an accordion bookmark set that includes tear out bookmarks for each individual book direct from Candlewick Press. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only, and please be sure to use the rafflecopter form below to enter (comments do not count as having entered).

RELATED: Candlewick Press Launches E-Volt A New YA E-book Tumblr, a new source for young-adult e-book deals and information. This is another spectacular source of info for YA readers not to miss!

Thank you so much to the publisher, Candlewick Press, for providing a copy of this book for review! Connect with them on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and on Facebook!
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winter break challenge

Amanda has long been a friend and follower of my blog, so when she tweeted to me a couple of weeks ago about this challenge she was planning to co-host (with Andi) I thought I’d love to get involved. As of late my blog has been a little neglected and I’ve always loved challenges and events that get me excited to chit chat with fellow readers. I’ve missed the first few days of the challenge, but figured better late then never! Plus, what better way to start the new year than with some concrete reading goals? So here goes!

My Bookish Blog Related Goals for the Year…

Read More! Okay, maybe this goes without saying, but due to the new job (ie. literary agent) I’ve been a bit busy reading writer submissions. I love this, don’t get me wrong please! But I also want to get back to why I love this part of my life so much, which means reading more books that aren’t “required reading.”

Blog More! As I said, my poor little blog here is feeling a bit lonely. So my goal for the year is to have a minimum of three posts a week and I’d really like at least one of those to be Turkeybird interviews (hint, hint authors), the other to be a review and the third to be something else book related like a book trailer or new release feature.

Read More Craft/Writing Books. For Christmas I got a couple of really fantastic writing books that I think will help tremendously in my career as well as with my own writing/blogging. I’d love to have a goal to read at least one every two months. I’d like to do one a month, but let’s be honest here…I need to keep my head above water too.

Be Okay with Saying No. This starts to bleed over into everything. I am naturally the type of person that loves loves loves to help any and everyone. It’s not that I don’t know how to say no or am incapable, it boils down to me being an overachiever. Well, between the new job, my brilliant clients, a blog I love and not to mention my family and personal commitments, I simply don’t have nearly the amount of time I used to. It’s painful for me to tell people “no” without a long explanation or offer to help another time, but I’ve got to learn some restraint.

Get All of My Clients Books Out Into the World. I don’t plan on talking about my clients or their books much on my blog (it just feels too pushy to do so). But this goes without saying, I adore each and everyone of my clients and their writing. I’ve got big plans to get them each out there in the world and my goal is to mark each of those plans off and end 2014 with a bang!

Live. And Write About It. I used to share a blog meme once a week where fellow book bloggers talked a little about different topics and their lives. When I started it I honestly didn’t think anyone would really care about the things I enjoyed or didn’t, but surprise surprise it was one of my most looked forward to features. In fact, I miss it a bit. I love getting to know the bloggers I love beyond their book preferences and in a way I think it helps better know what to pick up and read. The feature may not be resurrected, but I am already planning a few “what’s happening with life” type posts. Not only because I want to share, but because I want to live!

Enjoy Book Expo America and NYC. This may go without saying, but I’ve been the last two years and both years were whirlwinds. One for the blog and this past year for work primarily. Now that I feel pretty comfortable attending I’d like to go and really enjoy being there without feeling like everything is rushing around me. This may be easier said than done, but I’m going to give it my all!

Littlebug and Turkeybird December 2013Read. A LOT. To These Two Kiddos. It’s no secret, I ADORE reading to Littlebug and Turkeybird. This year Turkeybird and I read The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, among other books, there was something so special about this book though. A connection between the two of us and this incredible book. I want that more often and I’m going to try harder to look for just the right books for each kiddo so that we can have these experiences more often.

Listen to My Heart and Be Brave. Sometimes a book isn’t the right fit. Maybe it’s not the right time or the right place. No more regrets about letting go something I thought I might love. I want to enjoy everything I read, whether because I learned something, connected in some way or simply lost myself in the words. Those are the types of books I want to read and fall in love with. It’s also the way I want to live my life coincidentally.

So much! But so much of it is attainable. I’m truly looking forward to a spectacular 2014. As many of you know my 2013 was hard in so many ways (really good as well), but I am ready to move forward. This is going to be THE year! I cannot wait!

What plans do you have for 2014? How are you planning to make this the best year of your life thus far?

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author, Stacy McAnulty, to There’s A Book with a little Christmas wish list along with an accompanying cookie recipe! After you’ve read through Stacy’s wish list be sure to take a look at her debut picture book Dear Santasaurus! So, without further hesitation on my part, please welcome Stacy McAnulty…

Santasaurus Tour

In my debut picture book, DEAR SANTASAURUS, Ernest B. Spinosaurus writes letters to Santasaurus every month. Ernest wants to make sure the big green guy knows his wish list. So today, I thought I’d take a shot at making a Christmas list.

Dear Santasaurus

Stacy’s Wish List

1. Virus-Free Children: Every year one of my three kids has a cold or a stomach bug or the flu over Christmas break. I’d love to have a Christmas morning where tissues are mingling with the torn wrapping paper.

2. A Minion: Not the toy kind. I’d love one of these little yellow workers to help me with the wrapping and the baking and the cleaning. Maybe he could even give me a foot massage.

3. Dark Chocolate: Put it in my stocking. Wrap it up and place it under the tree. Send it via US mail. Such an easy gift to give. And personally, I love consumable gifts. That means I’ll never have to dust it or feel bad about selling it at a garage sale.

4. Free Time: This is probably harder to come by then a minion. I’ve only finished season 1 of Breaking Bad. I’d love to have time to watch the other 50 episodes. I’d order take-out and curl up on the couch until I know Walt’s fate.

5. And Some More Free Time: There’s a group of books patiently waiting for me on my kindle. They’re going to think I don’t love them if I don’t start reading them soon.

6. Peace: I wish this for everyone. That we can all find it during the holidays. That there are at least moments of it among the chaos and expectations. It’s not something that can easily be found. It often needs to be deliberately made.

And if I can’t have any of the above, I think I’d like a Fitbit Force, I plan on getting in shape in 2014. (It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions when I still have a few weeks to change my mind.)

Stacy McanultyAbout Stacy:
Stacy lives in North Carolina with her three children, two dogs, and one husband. She loves books, Christmas, dinosaurs, and cookies. DEAR SANTASAURUS (Boyd Mills Press, 2013) is her first picture book. For more information on Stacy, please visit her website.

Visit Stacy’s Blog for a slew of cookie recipes!

Find Dear Santasaurus by Stacy McAnulty at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN/ISBN-13: 1590788761 / 9781590788769

Thank you again to Stacy for stopping by today! I can’t wait to try the cookies she’s been sharing these past few days! Connect with on Twitter and on Facebook!
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