Today I am hosting a giveaway for Alphabet Glue, one of my favorite resources for book and paper themed fun for my children.
Alphabet Glue is a 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. Each issue contains leveled reading lists, bookmaking tutorials, storybuilding activities and hands on projects that complement favorite titles in children’s literature. Alphabet Glue makes a great resource for homeschooling families, as well as for families who are looking for ideas for crafting and reading together on weekends and during school vacations.
The magazine is published six times per year, and is a one-woman production, being written, photographed and self-published by Annie Riechmann. Annie is an educator, mama to two little ones and has a deep affection for striped socks, unfinished projects and big bunches of kale. Annie blogs about everything from dangerous laundry piles and picking too many blueberries to science experiments and kid’s literature on her blog, Bird and Little Bird. She is also an associate editor for Rhythm of the Home.
If I were to name two of my children’s great loves, they would be books and paper. Librarians sigh when our turn in line arrives and we heave bag after bag of books onto the counter. I sigh on the days when my children decide that they absolutely must make dozens upon dozens of identical origami boxes. Alphabet Glue is absolutely perfect for us. Each issue is packed with themed booklists for both picture and chapter books. The paper crafts are amazing, and require little help on my part when the older boys get involved. At four dollars an issue it is an amazing deal. For twenty six dollars you can buy all seven issues. (Annie also recently released a special Summer Science Issue!)
I want to share the way I have organized my own issues of Alphabet Glue to maximize my ability to put them to good use in my house (and to demonstrate a little bit of geekiness on my part.) There’s nothing really special about it, but it’s inexpensive and makes it easier for us all to enjoy the magazine. I simply printed all seven issues, three hole punched them, and then put them in individual three pronged folders. I went an extra step and glued the cover page to the cover of each folder so I could identify them easily. These serve as our master copies. When we want to do one of the crafts, I simple reprint those particular pages that have the templates we need to cut out so that our master copies stay intact for future reference. I have a houseful of kids and many of the projects in Alphabet Glue will be repeated over the years I am sure. When I need library book ideas, I can grab the bound issues that correspond with the season, and carry them with me to the library.