A Weekend Giveaway

May 18, 2012

As summer is approaching, so many of us begin to look for ways to inspire our children, both inside and out. I love creative ways to do just about anything, and I always look forward to my copy of Alphabet Glue for the boys. As a mother of three, and as a home schooler, I look for projects, books and resources that are truly unique, will be fun for my children (and for me), and that will boost their learning process. Combining crafting and art with storytelling and a love of literature has been a great experience for my family, and we are always excited to see what Annie will come up with next.

Annie’s authentic voice and genuine desire to see families become more comfortable as storytellers makes her publication even more special. While I could continue to go and gush about Alphabet Glue, I thought that you might like to hear a little bit about it from Annie’s own words.

I began Alphabet Glue after seeing the positive response that I was getting from families who were reading and using my Library Monday book reviews and my tutorials on bookmaking with children. As both a teacher and a parent, I felt like I really wanted to create a resource for families and other educators who were looking to help the children in their lives connect to the world of story in a meaningful way. I wanted to encourage more children to read great books, and I wanted to help adults figure out where to find those books. I had also started thinking a lot about the importance of children feeling that their own stories and imagination were as powerful and valuable as they so obviously are. Part of what Alphabet Glue is all about is the idea that a book doesn’t have to be bound in a shiny, hard cover and found on a shelf in a big box store to be “real.” A book is real if you write it and it tells the story that you wanted it to tell, even if it is just crafted of stapled together binder paper and you stick it under your mattress when it’s done! I wanted to demystify reading and writing and creating stories and make it all real and accessible for kids.

In the beginning, I’m pretty sure I thought that I might do one or two issues of Alphabet Glue, and then I’d let the project go and move on to something else. But it’s fun. Really fun. So, I keep doing it. Plus, these days I sometimes get these incredible emails from parents or teachers who are using the projects or the booklists from the magazine with their kids or their students, and I feel so humbled and grateful for the fact that people are including Alphabet Glue into their daily literary lives; I can’t help but keep going.

¬†Annie’e summer edition comes out soon, but there are still many weeks left of spring to enjoy. Today we are offering 4 copies as a weekend giveaway. Simple leave a comment here and we will draw on Sunday night.

In addition, Annie is offering a discount of 15% off through May 31st for any edition. Simply enter the code “Shivaya” at checkout.

Have a blessed weekend filled with much storytelling and good reading.

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather L. May 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

Love this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Susannah May 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

I gave an issue of Alphabet Glue as a gift and would love the chance to try it out for our own family! Thank you!

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sara May 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

I’d love to be able to try this magazine!

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megan May 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

I love Alphabet Glue – and haven’t bought the spring edition yet!!

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Christine May 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

I’ve been wanting to try Alphabet Glue as I have heard many rave reviews about it – and honestly, lately I could use a little creative inspiration in my kid’s homeschooling day!

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Kristin May 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thank you! … for consistently inspiring me, … and for this opportunity to try Alphabet Glue!

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Lorina May 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

Count me in…what a fab giveaway…I love the great inspiration of Alphabet Glue!

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Brooke G. May 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

You always host such wonderful giveaways! This sounds like such a great resource to have for the kiddoes!

Thanks!

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Jenny May 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

I’d love to check this out, sounds great! Thanks!

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gretchen May 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

oooh! this sounds just wonderful~! excited to check it out!

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a little crafty nest May 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

Heather, I’d seen the name around lately, but had no real idea what Alphabet Glue was about. Now, I’m excited to try and win a copy!!! Sounds right up our alley, too. Thanks for the opportunity, and enjoy an outdoorsy weekend!
xo Jules

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Devon May 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

This sounds up the alley I didn’t realize I was looking for. Great giveaway!

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Lena W. May 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

Oh this would fit perfect into our homeschool schedule! Many thanks…and wonderful weekend to you+ your loved ones.

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shelli May 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

I’ve been meaning to try Alphabet Glue! I know I would love it! It would be great for our homeschooling days! Thank you!

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Katy May 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I’ve been wanting to try Alphabet Glue–thanks for the review and giveaway!

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Wendy May 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I’ve heard so many great things about Alphabet Glue–I’d love to give it a try!

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Lisa May 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Alphabet Glue sounds wonderful – I love crafts & love children’s books, so it sounds like a super combo to me!

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Libby May 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Would love to win a copy. It sounds delightful.

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Heather May 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I have been meaning to try it out.

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Jane Marsching May 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Oh I’ve so wanted this, but am sticking to materials adn not kits for budget these days. what a luxury it woul dbe!
Thanks!
Jane

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Teri May 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

This would be just the thing for beginning our homeschooling journey this fall. Thank you for the opportunity!

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Stacey May 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

What a lovely give away. Happy Summer!

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lynn May 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm

thanks, i’d love to try alphabet glue. great giveaway!

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Bethany May 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Id love to win a copy. How much fun we would have with this! Thank you!

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Olivia May 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I have heard many positive reviews of Alphabet Glue. I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

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Emily May 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

This would be great!

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Tami May 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I’ve been wanting to get this! Thank you for the chance. It sounds inspiring.

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Jennifer May 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Would like to check this out! Thanks.

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Wendy May 19, 2012 at 1:48 am

I’ve heard of Alphabet Glue, but it slipped off my radar. I’m so glad I visited your blog this evening and reaquainted myself with it. Thanks!

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Jaime May 19, 2012 at 5:37 am

Pick me please :)!

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Becky May 19, 2012 at 7:05 am

Had not known about this magazine before, and would love to read it!

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Michelle May 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

this looks like an amazing, beautiful magazine. would love to try it out and do some projects with my boys. thanks for the giveaway!

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erin May 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

looks just perfect, thanks Heather! :)

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farhana May 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Oh I’d love to win iA.

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Sarah May 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I adore her book lists. The book lists are worth the price alone.

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Linds May 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

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stephanie May 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Would love to win Alphabet Glue, my boys are always asking for craft projects to do with mummy…this will be perfect for new ideas. Love it, thanks Heather.

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rachel May 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I’d love to see a copy of Alphabet Glue – I keep hearing so many good things about it. Thank you!

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Jules May 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Oh, I hope I am not too late. I would just love the chance to try this out! Thanks for this, Heather.

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lawheezer May 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

I know what you’re saying about stagey pictures, but think about this: You pose your still pictures to get the best light and best backgrounds. Maybe it would be good to see his smiling face once in a while. Let him mug for us! That’s part of childhood and that’s living too. All life is not candid. We do perform for other people. You don’t speak to your friends in the same way you speak to your parents, or the priest, or the president. I think it’s rather grown up of him to realize that pictures can be managed to have a different impact. We’ll still love you!

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