Alphabet Glue

April 4, 2011



A few weeks back, my friend Annie emailed to let me know that she had begun a new quarterly magazine, Alphabet Glue, that is centered around children and reading. I have always loved Annie’s work with creating small paper books, and I was so excited to see the incredible job that she had done with this new publication. I immediately sent an order to Kinkos and had the magazine coiled and bound for each of the boys, and surprised them during the next morning’s lessons.

Alphabet Glue is a simple but effective way to interact with our children in regards to reading, storytelling, and a love of literature. In this edition, Annie fills the pages with such wonderful treats as Do-It-Yourself Library Catalog Cards, to a library scavenger hunt, felt bracelet books and paper story character houses.

There is nothing that I enjoy more than to see my kids in love with books, and I can’t say enough about Annie’s ability to bring a sense of fun and adventure to the pages of Alphabet Glue. In her own words, here is a bit about this publication

Alphabet Glue is a quarterly downloadable magazine for families who love books! Filled with activities, printables, projects and plenty of inspiration, Alphabet Glue was created in hopes of helping more families to incorporate creativity, imagination and all things literary into their everyday routines. 

The stories that we write, tell, hear and share are part of what makes us who we are. Through story we process our thoughts, our experiences and sometimes share our dreams. This is especially true for children, who so often incorporate stories into their play, their writing and their drawing. Alphabet Glue is a celebration of the way that stories intersect with our daily lives

Volume One of Alphabet Glue contains twenty-eight pages of projects, activities and printables. You can play librarian, make a book, find out a bit more about your local library, and make a list of favorite new books. There is a silly story making game, paper folding and even a little seed scattering. There is a bit of the improbable, the whimsical, and the invented in every activity, and I hope that you will enjoy this as much as I do.



Annie has been kind enough to give away ten copies of Alphabet Glue to Shivaya readers. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment here and we will draw the winners on Friday.

As a special treat, Annie has a copy of her Library List available as a free download.

You can purchase a copy of Alphabet Glue by visiting Annie’s blog, and you can learn more about the publication through the Alphabet Glue Facebook page. 

I hope that you all enjoy the pages of Alphabet Glue as much as we have. Happy Reading.

{ 99 comments… read them below or add one }

CathyT April 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

Books and libraries are such an important part of our family life. I have two kids, ages 4 and 6, who would love these activities!

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Rosemarie April 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

This looks so neat. I am sure my boys (5 And 8) would love it.

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Kate April 4, 2011 at 11:46 am

What a wonderful resource.

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Beetnik Mama April 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

I'm so excited for the chance to win this! If I do nothing else right as a mother, I can always value the love of reading I've instilled in my kids!

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farhana April 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

They look wonderful for my 3 yr old.

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Lois Tschaepe April 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I would love to win Alphabet Glue. I have a personal library of 2300 picture books and am always looking for other ways of sharing literature with young people.

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Bridget April 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

What a great idea and giveaway! My daughter would love this!

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Barbara April 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

This sounds amazing. I"m always looking for new and exciting ideas to use with my children!

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renee @ FIMBY April 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Brienne would love this. What a great magazine (I checked it out at Bird and Little bird).

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cheryl April 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Oh, my boys would LOVE this! Looking forward to checking it out.

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Sarah W April 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

What a cool idea! My kids would love to do projects like that.

PS The library list download is not available because it says it requires an email address and password.

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Elizabeth April 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

This is just fabulous!! I have seen Alphabet Glue poping up all around the blogosphere. Good luck to Annie and we would love to win!

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jess April 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Wow, what a wonderful idea! I would love to win a copy!

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Chiska April 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

What a wonderful concept!

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DenaZS April 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

as a homeschooling g'mother, this looks very interesting.

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lisa April 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I would love to enter the giveaway!

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brooke April 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

sounds like a lot of fun!

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earth mama 101 April 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I think I need one of those mini notebooks attatched to my wrist! That would be sooo handy to jot down all of those thoughts that randomly pop up in my mind.

:)Lisa

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Valerie April 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm

This looks great. I was just describing a library card catalog to my daughter (7) recently – she'd love that activity! (Funny how a card catalog is foreign to little kids now!)

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Michelle April 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I am always looking for ways to inspire a love of books in my girl. I'm going to check this out!

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Viola April 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Sounds great! Would Love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

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kristi April 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm

This looks like the perfect bunch of projects to start with my daughter, who turns 4 next week! She loves books and is just starting to write the alphabet!

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Ariana April 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I am so excited by this not only as a mama but as an English teacher too

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so wabi sabi April 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

this looks like an incredibly inspiring magazine…I'd love to win a copy!

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thehappycorner April 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

This would be perfect for my boy!

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shelli April 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Alphabet Glue looks amazing! It would make a nice addition to our homeschooling days. Thank you for the opportunity.

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Lisa April 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

What a sweet idea. I love all the new kid-oriented downloadable magazines and workbooks – what a fun new world to explore!

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jumbleberryjam April 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

How exciting! My son (4 1/2) is definitely interested in reading. He pretends to sound out words and is forever asking what signs say. Thank you for this perfectly timed giveaway!

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kate April 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

awesome! I would love this!

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Christy April 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I am sure my children (10, 8, 5, 3) would love this!

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Christina April 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

My daughter, though she can't yet read, loves books. We'd be very interested in checking out Alphabet Glue.

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Kathy April 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I love reading with my kids.This looks like it would be fun.

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kim April 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm

i have been curious about this! would love to check it out……

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Marcelle April 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This looks so inspiring, just what I need right now!

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esther jane April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

what a wonderful giveaway! perfect for these rainy washinton spring days.

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Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} April 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

This sounds like such a great book and I love the little felt wrist book :) My kids would love this. Thanks for a chance to win a copy :)

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Katie Anne April 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm

My kids are 5 and 7 and I love these ideas! What a beautiful magazine.

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Gea April 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

what a wunderfull giveaway!!

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Stacy April 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Been hearing about this magazine and would love to check it out…thanks for the giveaway!

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Susan April 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I'm very curious about this and would love to win a copy for my daughter. Thanks very much for the chance.

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Rachel April 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm

An inspiring publication – we would be very interested in indulging in some book+craft time :)

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Julia April 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

A great resource! I'll be a new mama May 21st and will definitely be bookmarking this for future info. Hoping for the giveaway win though 😉

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Julie April 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

This looks wonderful!

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Stacey April 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Looks lovely. My just starting to read 6 year old would love this. Thanks for the chance!

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Adela April 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Fantastic giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to own a copy.

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Amanda April 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

What a wonderful concept and giveaway. Thanks!!

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Jules April 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm

We'd love this. Thanks for the chance to win! xx

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emmalina73 April 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm

This looks so fun!

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Heather April 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I would love to win! I can't figure out how to download the freebie. The link didn't work :(

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Amanda April 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I would love to win a copy. Thanks!

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Jessica April 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Thanks so much. That sounds super exciting for my family.

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Melanie April 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Perfect! Our home has a budding new reader!

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lacey April 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

wow! we're always looking for new ways to incorporate reading/stories–we'd love to win!

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Francesca April 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm

This looks great! I'm madly trying to get together activities for my toddler as he will be home with me again. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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Bethany April 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm

This looks like a lot of fun! My kids would love it! Your blog is beautiful and I enjoy reading it. Thanks!

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Teri April 5, 2011 at 12:27 am

That's such a cool idea!

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Heather April 5, 2011 at 12:32 am

I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Emily April 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm

We would love this. Thanks for the Giveaway.

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Roxy April 5, 2011 at 1:50 am

I've been lusting after this little publication! What a fun giveaway . . .

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Kelly April 5, 2011 at 1:59 am

fantastic!

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DaniJ April 5, 2011 at 2:27 am

This looks like such a neat magazine! My son is really enjoying starting to look at books himself now. Resources on how to expand for him would be awesome!

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anushka April 5, 2011 at 2:50 am

love this! what a cute name for a quarterly magazine. i would love to win. thank you!

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Wendy April 5, 2011 at 3:18 am

i'm about to dive into writing with my son and this looks like a wonderful resource.

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andy April 5, 2011 at 4:18 am

Would love the opportunity to try this out! Thank you!

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Tricia April 5, 2011 at 6:15 am

What a great looking magazine and thanks for the giveaway! I so appreciate pdf and online magazines since I live overseas!!

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Nina April 5, 2011 at 12:40 am

What a neat idea…my son loves for me to tell him stories and I've recently started having him tell me too…

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katbyrd April 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

This looks really interesting….great resource for our homeschooling….Thanks!

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Bron66 April 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

This sounds great. My 6 yr old daughter makes at least one book a day. The activities sound just her thing!

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MaryAnn April 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

This sounds like the perfect thing for my 6 year old son who after some struggling has discovered a comfort and keen interest in reading and writing.

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Laura April 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

This would be perfect – my older son is just learning to read & is so excited about it!

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Rae April 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

This looks great–I have been needing some inspiration with my 3 year old lately!

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becky nielsen April 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

my 6 yo grandson just asked me the other day if I could hear him reading. I said no, and he said that's because he was reading with his eyes, not his mouth. He added "My eyes are whispering!" I love the way kids get excited about learning to read and their thoughts about what a magical process it is!

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Ali April 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

What brilliant creative ideas

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Emma April 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm

These are great resources.

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Waverley April 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Wow, looks terrific. Please include me in the give away

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6512 and growing April 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Heather and Annie,

Thanks for this giveaway. We are a book loving (some of us, obsessed) family.
I'm excited to take a closer look at Alphabet Glue.

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Michelle April 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

What a great idea! We love books and I'm always trying to find new ways to incorporate them in fun ways for my daughter. I would love to win this!!

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Kelly April 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

This looks so much fun! We home school so any thing to get the creative writing juices flowing is warmly received!

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Rachel April 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I think this would go over well in my home!! Thanks for the peek!

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lorena April 6, 2011 at 1:16 am

what a nice giveaway! thank you! i have my 7 year old in mind for this one!

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bklyn76 April 6, 2011 at 2:05 am

how fab is this? it would be great to use with my students and my son!

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Sherri April 6, 2011 at 2:56 am

We adore books in this house! In fact, our 7 year old is VERY into book-making, and plans to host a book fair very soon (we already host an annual children's art fair, with a number of friends. Super fun!).
Alphabet Glue would be a gift to us! :)

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Nicola @ Which Name? April 6, 2011 at 2:57 am

I read about this magazine on another blog and it is so exciting to learn of! I would love to win this! (I say this often, but my mom is a librarian, so books are in my blood.)
Thank you for the generous give-away!
Nicola

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Madeline April 6, 2011 at 3:10 am

I love this idea! Thank you Annie and Heather. If I won, I would give it to my niece, who has a 5-year-old daughter.

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Amanda B April 6, 2011 at 5:01 am

How incredibly fun! I love the matchbox book!

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Lisa Q April 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

what a wonderful publication….thanks for the links Heather! such fun stuff.

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valarie April 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

We've enjoyed our time in this great magazine. Isn't it wonderful? Please don't enter me in the giveaway. Just wanted to chime in. Be well.

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Trina-Lea April 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm

What a wonderfully creative concept…having been an avid reader since childhood I stand behind all ways of inspiring and encouraging children to read, write and play.

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heather April 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

looks like a lot of fun! thanks for sharing!

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Angela April 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

I'd love to win a copy of this magazine! I just got lost reading all of the wonderful posts on her blog.

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penny April 7, 2011 at 2:57 am

Looks so wonderful. I am going through a hard time with my eldest at the moment as she is fiercly resistant to reading and I am havinga to really reach deep inside myself to trust the process. This would give me a boost to our reading program I'm sure! Thankyou :)

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June April 7, 2011 at 3:46 am

I am SOOOO into this! We are big on books and reading. This would be the perfect addition!!

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taisa April 7, 2011 at 4:14 am

This looks wonderful!

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dita April 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

We have two keen readers here who would enjoy something like this. Thank you.

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Jenny April 8, 2011 at 12:43 am

thank you for a chance…i love my kids interest in books too!

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Kate April 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

If there was a way to "run" to a download that is what I did yesterday when I found a link to Alphabet Glue. I am a mom, a librarian, and a craftaholic. Let's just say I was a wee bit excited. I am anxious to share the joy that is contained within this lovely 'zine. And to be lead to other beautiful sites like yours? Bonus.

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Jess April 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

What a great idea! I will definitely buy a copy if I don't win!

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Sally April 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I hope I'm not too late to enter. I agree that Annie's work is WONDERFUL! I'e used her recipes and ideas through the last year. Would love a copy of this!!!!

Sally

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colette April 12, 2011 at 7:29 am

What a great idea! I can't wait to see the projects! And happy 6 weeks! Enjoy every second!

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