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Children’s and YA Books

Hi Everyone,

As you know, I like to show my support of Indie Authors by featuring them on here through guest posts and/or interviews. All genres are supported here on this website at anytime. With the holiday season officially underway, I would like to set aside some of these days for Children’s and YA authors. (After all, the gift of reading is one that lasts a lifetime.) I will still feature other authors and other genres during this time, but I hope to be able to schedule weekly Children’s/YA Authors, if there is enough interest.

What do you all think?

Have a great day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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And the Winner is…

Hi Everyone,

I want to take a minute to thank author Elizabeth Rooks, for participating in the celebrations. A Year in Review #9 had a total of two commenters. I went to Random.org earlier today and typed in the parameters, 1 and 2. Congratulations to commenter #2… Kristina Lanning!!! Kristina, you have 72 hours to contact me to claim your prize!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the giveaways each week. I am thrilled to say that this blog has had a wonderful 1st birthday party! I hope you all have enjoyed the games and prizes. Please do not forget to enter in the Big Giveaway, as that will be drawn on August 1!!! Stayed tuned for more fun events throughout the weekend!

Have a wonderful day!

Thank you all again for your support!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Year in Review #9

Good Morning Everyone,

Today officially starts week #9 in the celebration/giveaway. This week’s look back is extra-special. On July 27, 2013, my very first Indie Author review will turn one! So please join me, as I take a look back at this very special Year in Review segment. Elizabeth Rooks is a very talented Children’s Author and her books teach children about water cycles and different cultures throughout the world.

Rayne Queen Water Supplier of the World
Rayne believes that she is rain, and supplies the world with water, but the animals do not believe her. Elizabeth Rooks has created an enjoyable children’s book that subtly teaches the importance of rain. This book reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are, in the fact that Rayne and Max share similar characteristics, and are out to rule the world! Young girls will enjoy Rayne’s adventures, as well as the wonderful illustrations.

Where Does Santa go on Vacation after Christmas?
Children and adults everywhere will love this latest book by Elizabeth Rooks. Where Does Santa go on Vacation after Christmas? is the first in a Santa-related trilogy focuses on teaching children about various cultures around the world. Rooks has written an excellent children’s book that will pique children’s interest in languages. The pronunciation key will help adults teach children the correct way to pronounce hello. This was an exciting start to a very promising series.

Elizabeth Rooks has kindly donated a copy of Rayne Queen Water Supplier of the World to be given away to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment below, between now and Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT. Winner will be selected using Random.org and will be announced on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Good luck!

If you would like a chance to win Where Does Santa go on Vacation after Christmas? then head over to the Big Giveaway page and click on the Rafflecopter link. The Big Giveaway will be drawn on August 1, 2013! Good luck!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Year in Review #5 Part 1

Hi Everyone,

How’s everyone enjoying the celebration and giveaways? This week will be an intermission of sorts. A halftime break from the giveaways, however reviews from this past year will still be featured. I wrote my very first review on here on June 27th of last year, about a children’s book. So today, I wanted to take a look back at the various Children’s Books that I have reviewed:

Fun Facts About Pets
Fun Facts About Pets is an excellent book for young children. Since it is an enhanced ebook, it can be read by just the child or parent, read along with the child or parent, or even read to the child. It is a bit long for the younger children, however the short, simple facts and cute pictures, should be able to hold a young child’s interest. This is a great book to encourage learning and reading for children.

The Elephant’s Child: How the Elephant got his Trunk
It is a cute story about one very curious elephant, who goes out alone in search of answers after all of the adult animals refuse to answer the elephant’s questions. It is an enhanced ebook, so there are several options available on how to read this story. The illustrations are spectacular, and as with most Children’s books, there is a lesson to be learned, however this lesson is for the adults.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
I must warn you that this book contains spoilers from the series, so please (for my own peace of mind) read all seven Harry Potter books first. I have two favorite tales from this book. Rowling has co-created a charity called Children’s High Level Group, and Scholastic has donated the net proceeds from the sales of this book, which is another good reason to go out and purchase this book.

Zooey the AcroCat
This is a short children’s story about two cats named Baseball and Zooey. The star of the book is Zooey and her incredible talents, which might just get her into some trouble. A unique children’s book, with hand-drawn pictures that will be relatable to young children and give the story a more personal feel.

Have You Seen Hyacinth Macaw?
Patricia Reilly Giff has written about every young, adventurous girl’s dream with this book. Mystery, intrigue, suspense all occur in this first book in the Abby Jones, Junior Detective Mystery series. This chapter book has some illustrations and shorter sentences to make it easier to read.

What Children’s Books did you enjoy reading?

Check back throughout the week as I take a look back at other genres I have reviewed!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

I just wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day!!! Whether your a Mama of a human baby or a fur baby, Happy Mother’s Day!!!

What were some of the books that you shared with your Mom while you were growing up?

For me, the Children’s Book… I’ll Love You, Forever is a book that I can still recite from memory. My Mom and I used to read that together all the time. Now my Grandmother used to bring me a set of 6 Nancy Drew books every time she would visit. So Nancy Drew will always hold a special place in heart, thanks to her.

As for being a fur-Mama, the book that made me laugh and cry because of its honesty and truth is… Marley and Me. If you have ever loved a dog with your whole heart, then that book is a must-read. (And no, I have never seen the movie.)

Hope each of you have a wonderful, beautiful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Worldly Experience Through Books

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago, I was honored to participate in World Book Night. It was the most amazing experience to see people’s eyes light up over getting a free book. I can’t wait to apply to be a giver again, next year.

In the meantime, here is an article that I wrote about my experience that night and about the generosity of My Sister’s Books.

I hope you enjoy…

World Book Night
April 23, 2013
5pm- 6:30pm
Captain John’s Seafood Grille, a local restaurant in Pawleys Island, SC.

A Worldly Experience Through Books

World Book Night Organization hosts World Book Night every April 23rd, in honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday. This year was the second year that USA has participated and the first year that I was a giver. My Sister’s Books kindly donated 20 reading lights and 20 bookmarks to be handed out along with the free books. With help from My Sister’s Books, this event was advertised in the local paper. Most of the people that I met that night, had never heard of World Book Night but they were intrigued by the generosity and spirit that the organization represents by giving away free books.

With the advertisements from My Sister’s Books and with a bus of retirees from Florida that stopped for dinner, the books went fast. Among the many people that I got to meet, several were grandparents who were excited to send their grandchildren a new book. Plus a few of them promised to read the book first, since they hadn’t read a young adult book in a while. To see their smiling faces, is an experience I will never forget. One woman was a retired educator, who had traveled the world teaching young children. She started reading her book right away and made sure to come back and thank me, since she was already enjoying it so much. I am very grateful to World Book Night and My Sister’s Books for making that a night a reality. I look forward to participating again next year.

~Nicole ‘Ariesgrl’ McManus, Reviewer and Blogger

http://ariesgrlreview.com

http://www.mysistersbooks.com

Just re-reading this article brings a smile to my heart. If you all haven’t heard of World Book Night, please go to their website to learn more. It is a fabulous organization. You can be guaranteed that I will be signing up again next year.

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“Birthday Soup is good to eat, but not as good as Birthday Cake.”

~Else Holmelund Minarik

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My Sister’s Books Review #10

The Iron King

By: Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase is about to turn sixteen and she has lived a lonely life. She has never found a way to fit in and her family seems to forget she even exists. Only her best friend, Robbie, stays by her side making her laugh. One day, strange events start happening and Robbie becomes overly protective. As reality fades away, the truth about Meghan’s past is revealed. Now it is up to Meghan to save her family and a world that only exists in dreams.

Julie Kagawa has created a fascinating world filled with faeries, satyrs and various other mythological beings. Kagawa shows readers the mythological downside to the ever-growing technology. Fast-paced action, good versus bad and a classic love triangle make this book a must read for young adult fans. The Iron King proves to be an exciting start to a promising series.

Similar Authors:
Leah Cypess, Maggie Stiefvater, Kristin Cashore, Morgan Rhodes

Note:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

Hi Everyone,

I feel we all should celebrate today by giving thanks to an amazing author… Dr. Seuss! This one man created several worlds that multiple generations have enjoyed. But most importantly he created worlds that intrigued children and encouraged their desire to learn how to read!

My favorites included One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham. And still to this day, it is a Christmas tradition in my house to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas! What about you, what were favorite Dr. Seuss tales?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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My Sister’s Books Review #8

Have You Seen Hyacinth Macaw?
By: Patricia Reilly Giff

Abby Jones and her friend Potsie are on spring break and Abby is looking for a case to solve. As she starts noticing strange activity outside her bedroom window, her brother, Dan, begins to act strange. Then her friend Detective Garcia tells her there has been a big theft in town, plus there is a strange missing person’s sign that has been ripped. Abby doesn’t have to look too far before she gets wrapped up in a series of mysteries.

Patricia Reilly Giff has written about every young, adventurous girl’s dream with this book. Mystery, intrigue, suspense all occur in this first book in the Abby Jones, Junior Detective Mystery series. This chapter book has some illustrations and shorter sentences to make it easier to read. A few spelling errors and grammatical errors, but overall a good book for elementary school children.

Similar authors: Carolyn Keene (Harriet Otis Smith) and Jean Craighead George

Note: This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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