Book Blogger Appreciation Week – First Treasure and a Giveaway!

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Welcome to Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

BBAW was started by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy in an effort “to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading“.

This is the third year of BBAW, a week that spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities. This time last year I had only recently started blogging and I found BBAW a fantastic way to discover new bloggers – and I hope this year you too will discover some new delights, new treasure and great sources of interesting reviews.

Every day this week I’ll be posting something different about books and book blogs and along the way there will be a few giveaways too!

Today’s post is all about “First Treasure” – sharing not only a great new book blog I’ve recently discovered but also the very first book blog I enjoyed.

Last month I discovered Annie and Aunt, a really fantastic book blog in which “Annie (high school teacher, mother of two small girls) and her aunt Deborah (children’s bookseller, mother of two college-age girls) discuss children’s books and come up with annotated lists.

Annie and Aunt is terrific book blog. First there’s the format – Each blog post takes the form of a letter either from Annie to her Aunt or vice versa. This is instantly engaging because it is a real dialogue between real people with a passion and detailed knowledge of books, and as such you can’t help continuing their conversation, even if it is only in your own head. The epistolary format allows for a real exchange of ideas and thoughts and frees up Annie and her Aunt to do much more than “just” review books.

Here are some of my favourite posts from Annie and Aunt:

  • In Appreciation of Mother Bear

  • Performing Board Books

  • Frog, Toad and one more Dinosaur

  • Now, the first book blog I enjoyed? Well, actually I’m going to share with you the two blogs that played a major role in inspiring me to “Play by the book”.

    First up is the Crafty Crow. In 2007 Cassi wrote a fantastic series linking books with activities for advent/the run up to Christmas – it was an amazing project and from it has sprung a fantastic resource. Brilliant books and amazing crafty projects – I’m so grateful for Cassi’s inspiration!

    Next up, Filth Wizardry. I don’t think I’ve read a post by Lindsey and not thought “aah! I want to do that!”, but her post about Bunny Cakes is the one that got me to make the leap into the blogosphere (check the date of the post – 9 days after Bunny Cakes, I sent my first few words out into the kidlitosphere)…

    If you’re a blogger, what inspired you to start blogging (whether about books or anything else?) And what are the favourite blogs you’ve discovered in the last month or two?

    Now to that giveaway! Today I have a copy of Halibut Jackson by David Lucas to send to one lucky reader. This is one of our favourite picture books – gorgeous, unusual illustrations and a wonderful story. I reviewed it here. To be in with a chance of winning, just leave a comment on this post. Next Monday (20th September) I’ll randomly select a winner. The giveaway is open worldwide. Please note, the copy I have to give away is a second hand copy, lightly used. It is not marked but there is a bookplate (left blank) on the inside of the cover. This giveaway is now closed.

    37 Responses

    1. Thanks for the giveaway!

    2. Thank you for recommending this book, I’ll have to check it out!

    3. Thanks for pointing out these great blogs! I will definitely be checking them out and thanks for participating in BBAW!

    4. Thanks for sharing the other blogs! I had a look at Annie and Aunt and I, too, love the format! You are right – so much more than reviews are possible with their letters.

    5. These are all new to me blogs and so is yours, so I just discovered 4 blogs just by visiting one post? Love it! And the format of Annie and Aunt sounds so good. I’m off to check it out now. And, nice to meet you!

    6. What a fresh approach to blogging — I am off to check out Annie and Aunt!

    7. Those blogs sound really good and I hadn’t heard of them. Thanks! I highlighted a blog I discovered lately too.

    8. Great choices! I’m not familiar with any of these blogs, but they sound amazing. Great choices!

    9. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Rebecca Evans, Zoe Toft. Zoe Toft said: Today – find out about my favourite recent kidlit discovery in the blogosphere PLUS a giveway #BBAW […]

    10. Happy BBAW! πŸ™‚

      From the Shadows

    11. What great blogs! My feed is going to explode…but I think it is a good thing!

    12. Lovely comments and I will be checking out some of those mentioned blogs!!

      Thanks, also, for the giveaway πŸ™‚

    13. Thanks for the introduction to Annie and Aunt. I love the letter format.

    14. Great write-up!

      Thanks for the giveaway!

      Amy S.
      artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

    15. I love that letter format! Thanks for featuring that blog!

    16. This is so much fun! I’m going to be checking out those interesting blogs.

      Here’s my post:

    17. It’s great to see your posting, especially right as I was posting mine. Happy BBAW!

    18. Please enter me. I love picture books.

    19. I didn’t just learn about following today, just to clear things up. I just didn’t know about it back then. I just learned today that I never joined the first blog I ever started reading. I joined her blog today. So nothing new learned today.


    20. I’m going to check out Annie and Aunt right now!

    21. Please count me in!
      Thank you so much!


      dani (dot) prmr (at) hotmail (dot) com

    22. My inspiration came from Christina’s ‘my topography’. Of course, it is a different matter that my blog, after a temporary set back, seems to be destined for a permanent death, quite unlike hers πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the intro to Annie and her aunt! A lovely place to go read up. The latest I have discovered? Wired science –

    23. The book sounds really cute! πŸ™‚

    24. Nancye Davis

      Great giveaway! Count me in!

      nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    25. Thanks for the chance!

    26. Heather Henderson

      Thanks for this giveaway, I hope I win the book.

    27. Wow, I had no idea!! Thank you so much for the kind words and I’m happy that you found inspiration in my craft and book advent!

    28. After reading your review, I can see how Halibut Jackson can inspire a lot of fun activities. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

    29. I’d love a chance! Thanks for the giveaway.

      s.mickelson at gmail dot com

    30. ooh, it sounds great!!

      amber (

    31. happy to have found your blog!

    32. Thanks for the giveaway.
      caliblue7 at gmail dot com

    33. Please include me.
      Thanks for the chance to win.

      lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    34. april yedinak

      Always looking for new books to read with the kids.

    35. Please count me in for the giveaway.

    36. Christine W

      My grandson and I would love to read Halibut Jackson. Please enter us into this giveaway.

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