Alphabet Glue Volume Two!

To say our family loves books would be an understatement. Books are as essential to us as chocolate (which is why I'm currently sitting at the dentist's office waiting for my children to have their cavities filled). At any given time, you'll find one of us reading, listening to an audiobook, talking or thinking about a book. George has been listening to The Hunger Games trilogy (thanks to Audible), and I just finished reading Love in the Time of Cholera (to myself) and The Indian in the Cupboard (out loud to the kids). The kids have picked up and put down a stack of books this summer, but have yet to find a book they can't put down in favor of swimming or playing with friends. The second volume of Alphabet Glue came at just the right time - it's full of reading suggestions and book related projects to capture and keep their attention. Annie has done it again!

I've already ordered one of the books on Annie's summer reading list (Children of Summer: Henri Fabre's Insects), and put several more on hold at our local library (I think Aidan will especially love The Lighthouse Family series).

The "Detectives" reading list and related projects is right up Aidan's alley. He's currently listening, for the second time, to The Brixton Brothers audiobooks. Annie's instructions for writing in invisible ink would make an excellent birthday card, especially if accompanied by a detective book.

My favorite project in Alphabet Glue Volume Two is the Story Starting Jar. Annie has provided a variety of story starters on little slips of paper (plus a few blank slips for your own story starters). I plan on placing a jar of story starters next to Aidan's bed for our night time story telling, a regular feature of our bed time ritual. Once my eyes get too tired to read another chapter out loud, I close my eyes and open my ears while he tells me stories of his own.

Annie has generously offered to give away five copies of Alphabet Glue Volume Two to readers of A Foothill Home Companion. Leave a comment (and if you're so inclined, a summer reading suggestion for children) for an opportunity to receive a copy. I'll announce the winners on Monday, July 11th. If you can't wait, head over to Annie's blog, Bird and Little Bird, to purchase and download your own copy of Alphabet Glue Volume Two.

Happy summer reading!


  1. I'd love to win a copy of Alphabet Glue and do things with my grandchildren.

  2. Oooh! So exciting! I'd love to win! My summer reading suggestion for little children is To Market to Market by Nikki McClure. For elementary age, an old favorite is the Five Little Peppers series. I can't wait to read those with my daughter. (And I also loved The Hunger Games trilogy!)

  3. Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win Molly.

    I adore books also and we are big readers in this family. I look forward to the days when my girls are old enough to devour books themselves, books that I remember being immersed in during my own childhood.

  4. I'd love to win a copy! My favorite reading suggestions for my children are my old favorites: anything Beverly Cleary. She's timeless.

  5. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Big winners in our house for reading with our 10 year old are the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome. They are old fashioned, quaint even with groups of kids getting into high adventures (that are all perfectly age appropriate), mostly on boats in the lakes district of England. They were a favorite of my husband's, he itroduced them to me when we were dating and now we're reading them to our daughter and she loves them. We've even travelled to England to visit some of the places written about in the books!

  6. what a wonderful chance to win! thank you. as far as books, we are reading harry potter (no surprise) and diary of a wimpy kid series. i noticed market to market already mentioned - fantastic book. thanks molly!

  7. Ooh, I'd love a chance to win; thank you!

    We're reading Paddington here, and though I know I read it as a child, I've forgotten it, so it's new to all of us. Love it so far!

  8. AnonymousJuly 07, 2011

    Would love to win a copy! Love the Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit - she was J.K. Rowling's fave author when she was young. It is a fantastic read aloud. So is the Jungle Book by Kipling. My oldest has finished all the books and audio books of Hank the Cowdog and has our daughter reading them - they are wonderful summer reads. Love hearing them in their beds under the covers with a flashlight, laughing. Great way to end the day. xoxo michele

  9. I would love to win this for my sons. The eldest is 8 and has been telling us for the last year or so that he wants to "make books" when he grows up. He's so intent on bookmaking that he's been asking about college and university programs that would be good to pursue! He's 8!

    Our summer reading suggestions are Neil Gaiman's Odd and The Frost Giants and The Dread Crew by Kate Inglis.

  10. Don't put me in the running ('cause I already have the issue!) But I just had to say how much we loved Children of Summer. Years ago, before we took our first trip to Europe with the kids, I was at the library looking for books to bring to France. In a serendipitous moment, my finger scanned a shelf and landed on Children of Summer. I picked it up because the title intrigued me, read the cover flap and couldn't believe my luck. I read the book to the kids in Provence, which is where the story is set. I'll never forget it.

    A perfect summer story, whether you're in Provence or the foothills of California!

    (Yep, the new Alphabet Glue is fantastic!)

  11. We love books here too. My 10 year old daughter once told me that the most valuable thing we own are our books. I agree with her! We are reading "Little Women" together right now. Timeless.

  12. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance! I loved reading the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was young.

  13. I adore children's books, and am so delighted to have the opportunity to spend lots of time with my niece and nephew this summer, so I would love to win a copy!

    And my recommendation is Mervyn Peake's 'Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor'. The story is wonderful and the illustrations are weird and compelling and funny and disturbing .... has always been a firm favourite in our family.


  14. AnonymousJuly 08, 2011

    Oh, I'd love to win. Books feel essential to me too... I get sort of a buzzy feeling whenever I step into a bookstore or read a really good list of recommendations. Right now, my daughters (twins, 11) and I are ready "The Great Wall of Lucy Wu". Prior to that it was "The Wednesday Wars"... which they really liked.

  15. I enjoyed the Hunger Games and Indian in the Cupboard (one for me, one for all of us). I have Love in the time of Cholera in both Spanish and English. I had grand hopes of reading it in Spanish many years ago when my proficiency was much higher. Perhaps I need to just grab the English version and read it.

    We are always looking for literary inspiration. I will need to check Alphabet Glue out. Thanks!

  16. we're reading together (during those fleeting moments between head hitting pillow & eyes closing) the penderwicks at point mouette. Ocean always has a manga book in her bag with one of the percy jackson books....i think she's reading the battle of the labryrinth right now, but every thursday (the only day we have for running errands or seeing friends) she begs to get to the library. :)

    i'm reading the help & waiting in the wings is silver sparrow.

    and i've never heard of the alphabet glue, but seems like something we'd love! thanks for the introduction. x

  17. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a copy of alphabet glue!

    Our current favorites:
    The Kane Series (for my ten year old), the second by Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame.
    Harry Potter. Again. Of course.
    Anything about mummies.
    And I am loving Chasing Vermeer (a YA mystery).
    Oh. Mr. 10 also loves the Pseudonymous Bosch books (This Book Is Not Good For You, etc...). I hear him in hysterics, all the time.

  18. I'll have to save this post for great book ideas!! We, too, are always reading... I find it so satisfying to read something good with them and to put in their hands JUST the right thing!!

    We are reading The Fox Busters by Dick King-Smith and Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley.

    I'm pushing my 8 yo to read some of Elizabeth Enright books or Eleanor Estes after reading a ton of "B is for Betsy" books.

    Also huge: comics - the old collections of Peanuts strips - our library has a ton of them.

    Thanks for a chance at Alphabet Glue.... now if my printer only had ink....

  19. My favorite summer reading book as a kid was Bridge to Terabithia. I can remember very clearly sitting in my tree on a breezy day getting lost in that book. Best summer ever!

  20. So cute, me too!
    My childhood books were all in Spanish, but I´m sure most of them have English versions. I loved the series "A ... for every night" They were pounderous books with a little story for every night. One book was devoted to fairy tales, another to stories built around old sayings... it was a nightly treat! :)

  21. My four year old if absolutely enamored with Cicely Mary Barker right now. Who would have thought? She is adamantly in charge of picking the fairies/flowers we read, and she has several favorites. And the best part is that now, we are talking about all the different kinds of flowers we see. Rosa Rugosa anyone?

  22. We have been turning off screens and tuning into reading this summer! My oldest loved The Shadows: The Book of Elsewhere that we read together and we are looking forward to the second book, Spellbound that comes out soon!

  23. I'd love to win a copy, our favourite book at the moment is The magic pudding, the children can't stop laughing.

  24. I'd love to win a cy as well. Some of my children's (boy 10, girl 10) favorite books are:

    --The Gregor the Overlander Series by Suzanne Collins (I loved it too!)
    --The Penderwicks series
    --The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
    --Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
    --The Kane Chronicles

    --When You Reach Me
    --Out of My Mind
    --Sisters Grimm series
    --Harry Potter series
    --The Mysterious Benedict Society series


    --Alabama Moon
    --Castle in the Attic

    Hope this gives you a few ideas.


  25. Oh, what a lovely giveaway! My boys are still wee, but my oldest son (4) will happily sit down with a book and read as long as you let him (at at least a grade three level - can you tell I'm a proud mama-teacher?) Eric Carle's lesser known (to me, anyway) books are a hit at our house lately, with both the 4 year old and the 15 month old. The Grouchy Ladybug is especially popular - lots of opportunities for funny voices and a good lesson on the importance of kindness. :)

  26. AnonymousJuly 10, 2011

    its winter here, so plenty of quiet reading and keeping warm. i would love a chance to win!

  27. seriously? GIVING away a copy of this book? I'd love have this book. I'm going to see if our library carries it or could order it.

  28. So far I've enjoyed our read aloud routine we've gotten into this summer, love the ideas though and am always looking for recommendations for my readers.

  29. Big this summer: Mr. Pine's Purple House
    And my daughter is finally Basil E. Frankweiler-ready! I was thrilled to relive it with her.


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