Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Blogger Hop #33

Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.

If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop! 

This weeks question is really hard for me to answer...

16th - 22nd - Who is your favorite children's books author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

I have so many favorites but I'm going to go ahead and say it's a tie between Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss. I'm guess a lot of people will say Dr. Seuss but honestly those books are for everyone even adults. Just sayin. I loved re-reading them to my kids. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mini Me Corner Review: Tiny Little Rocket, The Magician's Hat, and The Misunderstood Shark

Alright Mini Me Corner is a type of post that I started here on my blog where I talk about Children's or Middle Grade books that are sent to me for review. Today I've got three fantasic books that I would love to recommend to any parent to read to their children. Each of these books were sent to me from Scholastic and I thank them very much for sending them to me to share with you! 

I am going to be doing something a bit different this go around for this post and each review will be short of shorter than normal. I really just want to talk about the main points of the book for each. Since I have three to talk about today it just makes it easier for you to read and for me to post!

 Tiny Little Rocket byRichard Collingridge 

 There's a tiny little rocket that will take you to the stars.
It only flies there once a year but zips you out past Mars.
Its fins are solid silver with a door made out of gold.
There's a cozy pilot seat inside for a person young or old.

Climb aboard for a bedtime picture book.

This adorable little book teaches children about space, the sun and even about birthdays. Yep I said birthdays. It teaches about the Earth's birthday which I thought was a great way to end the book. It also have a great pull out at the end of the book as well, which I loved. It has great illustrations and the words are beautifully written lyrics. All in all I really enjoyed reading this book. 

 The Magician's Hat byMalcolm Mitchell 

 Super Bowl champion and literacy crusader Malcolm Mitchell presents the story of a magician who reveals an awe-inspiring treasure from his bag of tricks -- books that make every kid's dream come true!

This is not your typical afternoon at the library -- a magician invites kids to reach into his hat to pull out whatever they find when they dig down deep. Soon -- poof! -- each child comes away with something better than they could've imagined -- a book that helps them become whatever they want to be, and makes their dreams come true through pages and words, and the adventures that follow. But each child can't help but wonder, What's really making the magic happen?

"Malcolm Mitchell is changing the world through the power of reading." -- Dav Pilkey, bestselling creator of the Dog Man and Captain Underpants series

"The Magician's Hat will cast its spell on you!" -- Jeff Kinney, bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

Now this book is my favorite of the three I'm reviewing today. Mainly because of the meaning behind this story. The theme or meaning is that books are magical and take you wherever you as the reader want to go. To me as a reader who has loved books for so long, this book is just perfection. The illustrations, which are done by Joanne lew-vriethoff, are also perfection. The cover itself is very eye catching and pleasing to look at. There are also words throughout this book that pop out at you are in bold colors, which I really love when books do that. Always a great way to teach new words to kids. This fanastic story also teachers that dreams are magic as well. So much love for this cute book! 

Misunderstood Shark by Ane Dyckman 

Every beachgoer knows that there's nothing more terrifying than a... SHARRRK! But this shark is just misunderstood, or is he? In a wholly original, side-splittingly funny story, New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Scott Magoon take this perennial theme and turn it on its (hammer)head with a brand-new cheeky character.

The filming of an underwater TV show goes awry when the crew gets interrupted by a... SHARRRK! Poor Shark, he wasn't trying to scare them, he's just misunderstood! Then he's accused of trying to eat a fish. Will Shark ever catch a break? After all, he wasn't going to eat the fish, he was just showing it his new tooth! Or was he? Explosively funny, extraordinarily clever, and even full of fun shark facts, this surprisingly endearing story gets to the heart of what it feels like to be misunderstood by the people around you. With a surprise twist ending, our Misunderstood Shark will have kids rolling with laughter!

I found this adorable children's book to be very funny and easy to read. It's full of great shark facts so there is the learning aspect in this book as well. Which I always find to be a great way for kids to learn, especially when the book is as funny as this one. The illustrations are really cute as well. All in all I found this book to be a fun and cute read.

Each of these books would be for the younger age range, but even as an adult I thought they were really cute. My son also loved the one about the rocket ship and the shark! (And he's 10!) So if you see any of these books at an upcoming Book Fair or in your local library they are a must to pick up and read with your kids. Hope you all enjoyed this post and as always...

Here at Ali's Bookshelf we accept books in exchange for a honest review. The book above I recieved in exchance for my honest review from Scholastic publishing.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Teaser Tuesday #128

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser

 It was a dark and stormy night. In her attic bedroom Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind.

This is a book that I've wanted to read for a long time, it's been on my TBR for a while! Time to dive in! Wanted to also read it before I went to see the movie. 


Monday, March 12, 2018

Ali's Blogging To Do List #4

I'm not sure if my blogger friends out there are like me, but I am a lister! I have to know in advance which posts are going to go up when and I have a running to do list for my blog. With all of that, I really want to make it a bit simpliar and start a weekly post called Ali's Blogging To Do List! Yep, I know real original, but I figured keeping it simple would work easier. This is actually based on a post that I tried a few times in the past called Task it Tuesday, but sadly from what I'm seeing the blogger that started it is no longer doing that post. CLICK Here to go to her blog.  Which really makes me sad, because honestly I would have just latched on the meme and started posting it instead.

Anyway, my plan is to bi-weekly, make a post on Monday's with a few items I want to get done on my blog that week. I will go back and mark off items once they're finished. I'm hoping this will help me get back into the groove of blogging and help me get some tasks done that I've been wanting to mark off my list for awhile now.

 This week I'll be working on the following things:

  • Schedule this weeks posts 
  • Write two reviews 
  • Get ready for Bloggiesta 
  • Work on Trello and getting it organized again

My ongoing task is the same as last month, right now I'm looking for a new way to track my Netgalley books, since one of my goals is to get my Netgalley to 80%, going to take me awhile, but it's a goal that I'm working on.  I think I've figured out a way to track the ARC's, I'm going to be using Trello, so I'm working on getting that set up! It's a lot of work and again it will take some time. 

So far this post is actually helping me with blogging and keeping the blog going. Which is fantastic because I love this blog so much. Hopefully I can keep it up. As always I'll be marking the tasks off once I complete them throughout the two weeks.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ali Talks: Advice for New Book Bloggers

I haven't done a post like this in the past, mainly because I didn't think I was the right person to answer this type of question, but I've been blogging about books since 2011 so I figured I had a few things that might be helpful! So here we go...

So with that being said, below I'm going to give the advice I would have given myself if I was just starting a blog and knew what I know now. 

1. The first piece of advice I would give is something I wish that I would have followed last year. The advice is to never let blogging become work or a chore. To never let reading become work or a chore. This will lead to a reading slump and blogging slump as well. I know this sounds a bit harsh, but it's true. It happened to me for over two years. I just now got out of my slump and have been able to read freely without it feeling terrible.  If you get too organized and only read what you have to read, then it won't be fun at all. It will lead to a lot of pressure. 

2. The second piece of advice is to make sure your voice comes out in every post. Make your posts feel like you and sound like you. Don't try to be like any of the other bloggers, be you and that will always bring in the readers. 

3. Have fun! The third piece of advice is to have fun with your blog, try new things and make your blog your own. If you enjoy discussion posts, write them. If you want to only do reviews, post reviews, etc.  

4. My fouth piece of advice is to not say yes to everything! You can't read everything, you can't post everything. So only pick a few things to agree to a month. Same goes for ARC's, I'm still to this day playing catch up with all the ARC's I agreed to read when I first started. This also goes for Netgalley, which I'm going to be doing a post on soon, only request a few ARC's a month. That way you aren't so far backed up with reviews that you can't dig your way out. 

5. My last piece of advice is to forget about the numbers! Stats and follower counts don't matter as long as you're enjoying what your doing then readers will see that and they will come. In the begining of my blogging career I was a nervous wreck all of the time worrying about the numbers, after awhile I had a great blogging friend tell me to forget about them and just blog. That helped me so much and even now I don't worry about them. 

Here is a bonus piece of advice, pick a platform that fits your needs. One that you enjoy posting to. I hope these 5 tips help you and if you like this type of post let me know and I'll do more tips in the future.  I hope you all have a great day and as always...

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