Monday, March 28, 2011

Alphabet Glue and another giveaway!

It's Monday and the beginning of a fresh new week. I have so much planned... some for me and some for you. Have you noticed an increase in amazing giveaways around here? It seems that the higher my plate is heaped with (mostly fun) stuff, the more fantastic emails I get from friends asking if they can offer my readers something special.

So let's continue with some more giving. Have you heard about Alphabet Glue, yet? Annie, of Bird and Little Bird, has just launched a new quarterly e-magazine that is so perfectly up my alley... and I'm guessing many of yours. Activities for kids who love books (and their grown-ups)? Oh yes, please! We love to read around here... books on shelves,  in stacks, overflowing baskets, left on the stairs, piles on the counter... We all read LOTS! Annie is a mother, special education and literacy teacher, and a crafter. She has excellent taste in children's literature(and I'm quite picky)  and always has fun book ideas... from what to read next to different ways to make your own books (you know I love that).

 a reading list for spring
do-it-yourself library catalog cards
mix and match story cards
a printable reading record
a library scavenger hunt
tiny box accordion book tutorial
felt bracelet book tutorial
paper story character houses
wildflower seed pods

I'm not surprised that her latest project, Alphabet Glue, is wonderful and just right for little book lovers... and even those littles you'd like to entice to become a book lover. Great stuff!
 I know for sure because Annie was good enough to send me a preview copy. Thank you! I've tucked it up my sleeve to pull out during spring break in a couple of weeks... although I might not be able to wait to share the mix and match story cards. Annie also would love to give a copy away to four of you!  So please leave a comment in this post before Wednesday at 9pm EST and I'll randomly select four winners for Thursday morning. You can leave any comment at all, but I'd love to hear what some of your favorite childhood books were. One of mine was and still is The Little House.
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117 comments:

  1. The Little House series were my favorite and I have a boxed set for my youngest daughter and grandchildren to enjoy!
    Goodnight Moon is another favorite as well as the Dr. Seuss books!
    I've never heard of this author before..thanks for sharing!

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  2. As a child, I loved Richard Scarry's books, especially, What Do People Do All Day. I still have my childhood copy of the book and now I read it to my kids.

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  3. I remember *loving* From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. My oldest son wasn't too impressed with it, though. :/

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  4. Love seeing other peoples' favorites... it helps me add to my childrens' ever-growing library! I always loved Blueberries for Sal as a child. We didn't have blueberry bushes nearby but the fields behind our house were full of blackberry bushes so reading that book to my "urban" children now reminds me of my childhood.

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  5. as a little, my favorite was saggy baggy elephant, then as i got older it was the big friendly giant by roald dahl.

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  6. Funny! My favorite was the Little House series as well. I hope I can introduce these to my littles soon -right now they are reading (with daddy's help) Stories from the Arabian Nights. The girls love it! Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  7. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is my favorite to read to kids - it is completely captivating - even the first chapter. Love Roald Dahl, too.
    elizabethlehman@hotmail.com

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  8. The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl - my kids are infatuated with Mr. Dahl right now, which is very exciting!

    I also loved the Asterix comic books. I'd re-read the whole series every summer in our sunny hammock.

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  9. Another great giveaway! As a librarian and artist, I'm so excited about "Alphabet Glue," especially as I am putting together some bookmaking activities for my son's kindergarten class. And it gives me a chance to dwell on my childhood favorite books, like the Anne of Green Gables series, Harriet the Spy and The Secret Garden...

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  10. Curious George. Always and forever. :)

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  11. Such a lovely giveaway! When I was a child, I loved the story of a goose who has been searching a good place to lay her egg.
    Best wishes
    Simone

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  12. I loved Make Way for Ducklings. So sweet.

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  13. The Boxcar Children series was a huge part of my childhood.

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  14. What a great giveaway! I loved the Emily of New Moon series and Ann of Green Gables. The Dark is Rising was another great one. When I was a teacher, I my favorite read-aloud was Matilda.

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  15. I had a collection of Disney's classics, you had to read, listen and sing, ...and I loved the singing part haha!
    Thank you Maya!

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  16. I'm trying and trying to remember read-aloud story books I liked as a child, but I'm coming up blank. The ones I remember best are the ones I read to myself: the Anne of Green Gables series, the Prydain series, anything by E. Nesbit. It's been really fun to read so many of my favorites with my kids.

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  17. It's so hard to pick a childhood favorite. But one of them for me would be the Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. Totally caught my imagination. And of course, the Lord of the Rings series.

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  18. I love "Dinosaurumpus" by Tony Mitton.

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  19. My two favorite series were the Little House books and Anne of Green Gables books. I was (and am) such a book lover that I have way too many favorites to count! My girls are book lovers too, so Alphabet Glue sounds amazing!!

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  20. I remember the summer I was given and read "Stuart Little," "The Trumperter Swan," and "Charlotte's Web." I still think of it as one of the best summer's of my childhood.

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  21. The Secret Garden is what lit my fire for reading on my own!

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  22. I am loving these e-magazines. They are soooo useful! I don't think I can actually pick a favorite book. We had no television growing up so all we did was read. I do remember reading the Narnia series over and over though.

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  23. Favorite Childhood books were Amar Chitra Kathas - Indian Comics focused on mythology and real people.

    Loved books by Enid Blyton as well

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  24. Ive always loved reading Dr. Suess.. Especially green eggs and ham.

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  25. I loved the Little House books too. My favorite will always be "Anne of Green Gables." I look forward to reading it with my kids when they are just a little older.
    stephensons4 at embarqmail dot com

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  26. We were heavy readers in my house and it must have worn off because I have been working in libraries now for over ten years!!! Now, I get to introduce all my favorite to my almost-three-year-old. I loved Gyo Fujikawa as a child and now my son does too!!!

    -Amy
    Crafting by Candlelight

    bibanon1@gmail.com

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  27. Without a doubt, my all time favorite book as a child was Where the Wild Things Are! I still have my copy, which my dad must've given me because my name is written in his handwriting inside the front cover ;-)

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  28. From my childhood...my favourites were any Dr.Seuss books or Golden books. What I love is that my daughters can read my old books, because they fill their bookcases. Another special treat is to see my girls read the little book I made when I was in elementary school "mommy you are a very good artist"...love it! Now they write little books all the time!!

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  29. The first book that popped into my head from my childhood was "Now we are six". I still have the book and love reading the poems with my kids now!
    We are definitely a family of readers! We'd love to see what Alphabet Glue is all about!
    Thanks again!
    ~ joey ~

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  30. We'd love to win, thanks! One of my very favorite childhood books was "The Secret Garden". I also really loved "Pippi Longstocking"!

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  31. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein was and is one of my favorite books of all time. so much meaning, so much love.

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  32. What a nice give-away! I loved "One Morning in Maine" by Robert McCloskey when I was very young and then "Mandy" by Julia Andrews. I am still looking for a little lost cottage in the woods.

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  33. I struggled with reading as a child & didn't truly enjoy reading until I was in college. I do remember liking Frog & Toad because I could read them for myself after completing a year of a special reading program.

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  34. Oh fun! I have been hearing about Alphabet Glue everywhere and would love to have it here in my house of growing-reading boys. Thanks for the chance! I remember the Little House books being a fave with my sister and I as well. And before that I cherished the "Richard Scarry's Best Story Book Ever". To me, it really was. Thanks again and have a great day!

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  35. this magazine looks so neat! thanks for sharing! my girls would LOVE it! one of my favorite children's books is anne of green gables, but we are reading heidi right now and i'm charmed. all of a kind family is a recent read too and it was just so sweet!

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  36. I loved the Little Women and Anne of Green Gables series!

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  37. Just a few summers ago I disovered Polly Horavath books--fabulous! I can't wait to check this magazine out.

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  38. I loved Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and the Little House on the Prairie series!
    And how I'd love to win this awesome book!

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  39. I loved the Little House books for certain, but my absolute favorite (when I finally read it) was Watership Down. Love that book so much.

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  40. my all time favourites as a child where The Faraway Tree and the Enchanted Forrest with all the Magic Folk by Enid Blyton. will have to find the set to start reading them to my children soon. great giveaway, thanks
    becky
    bpbajona (at) maltanet (dot) net

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  41. another amazing giveaway! a favorite book of mine from childhood is "the giver" i also devoured anne of green gables, little house on the prairie and anything by roald dahl!

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  42. I loved Goodnight Mr Tom - it still makes me cry when I read it! Thanks for the link to Bird and Little Bird - an amazing blog!

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  43. so many good books to think back on. My mom read all the little house books to me, and i also remember pippi longstocking, the hobbit, one hundred dresses, little men, wrinkle in time... the memories go on and on! thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  44. "The Fourteen Bears Summer and Winter" and "Small Pig" are the two books that stick out in my mind. The first is back in print. I still have my original copy (from 1973) that I read to my kids several times a week. They adore it as much as I did.

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  45. I got a signed copy of my favorite book at a flea market. He's an unknown author from locally and I still love the book... The Mystery of the Pink Waterfall by Dwayne Moultoun and his daughter did beautiful watercolor illustrations. Thanks for this opportunity!

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  46. oh i absolutely love all the ramona books.

    thanks for the chance to win!

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  47. I loved the Happy Hollisters (mysteries)!! Plus loads of others!!! Alphabet Glue looks really cool!!!

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  48. Panda Cake by Rosalie Seidler!

    Alphabet Glue looks like really neat!!

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  49. We are just getting into reading together now and this looks great!

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  50. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, I don't know if you know of it? I still love reading it now. Alison

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  51. this is so cool and we have easter break very soon here!!
    Too many favourite books really but i loved Nancy Drew, Ramona, Judy Blume books, Encyclopedia Brown...

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  52. I wasn't a reader as a kid, but now that I have my own I am a HUGE reader.
    When she was little I loved Choo Choo and the Alfie books (british) and Greek Myths.
    Then around 8, long after the prairie books we both loved anything historical and favorites were anything by Robert Peck, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibotson and really liked the re-write of Hitty.
    Now, well, I'm not a fan of pop tween lit but I'm happy she reads anything. She still does grab a picture book once in a while and asks for a read. Lovely.

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  53. I used to devour the Boxcar Children series. I'm looking forward to reading them with my children!

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  54. Favorite childhood books: The Secret Garden; Anne of Green Gables; Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; all of the Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames (student nurse). Thanks for the chance to win a really neat book! Anne, yourmainestamper

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  55. I still have my copy of The Little House. I was five and my mom ordered it for my from my Weekly Reader Book Form. I love all of the Dr. Suess books along with the Nancy Drew books that I read when I was older.

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  56. Possum Magic by Mem Fox. A beautiful story from Australia with incredible illustrations.

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  57. I loved the Little House on the Prarie series and the Borrowers. I enjoy reading Make Way for Ducklings and the Red Ballon to my son. Alphabet Glue looks like a fun emag!

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  58. We have a copy of Little House too which remind me to get it out from storage to read with my little one.

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  59. Two of my favorites were Blueberries for Sal and One Morning in Maine. Great giveaway.

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  60. Love Anne of Green Gables and LIttle House. Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

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  61. Tikki Tikki Tembo was my favorite. My husband loved the Giant Jam sandwich (which has become one of my current favorites)!
    Excellent giveaway!
    ~Michelle

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  62. I loved a book titled The Pink Motel - it's dated now, but the story is still so great! Love this giveaway! xo

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  63. "There's An Elephant in the Bathtub" by Jolly Roger Bradfield was one of my favorite children's books! What a lovely giveaway!
    Beth

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  64. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little and The Cricket in Times Square were among my favorites. All about talking animals!

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  65. All of the L.M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Tasha Tudor books. Pippi Longstocking. The "Color" Fairy Books. (i.e. Blue Fairy Book, Green Fairy Book).

    Books in general :)

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  66. Growing up I love the Boxcar Children series. Thanks for the chance!!

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  67. My favorite childhood books were Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit series. I am having a dandy time sharing them with my three "bunnies" now. This book sounds amazing! I appreciate the opportunity for a chance to win.

    Thanks,
    Ashley Lee
    mrs(DOT)ashley(DOT)lee(AT)gmail(DOT)com
    www.chasingfireflies.typepad.com

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  68. I disliked reading when I was little!
    Hard to believe now!

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  69. i loved the Grey King series by Susan Cooper! kind of Harry Potter-ish I need to go back and read them again.

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  70. Loved:
    Cricket in Times Square
    Narnia series
    Ramona books
    Judy Blume
    Where the Red Fern Grows

    Cheers from Utah

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  71. Harriet the Spy. Read it 5 times when I was 10 and every year after until I was in college. The horror of losing my notebook still lingers....
    What a wonderful give way- thanks!

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  72. Let's see... all the Walter Farley horse books; Jim Kjelgaard's Big Red, Irish Red, Outlaw Red; Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry; and any number of other horse books; Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Dana Sisters; and of course, the one that I still reread all the time: The Lord of the Rings -- after nearly 40 years and 20+ times through, the story still enthralls me.

    (I remember The Pink Hotel, too!)

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  73. My children each had a favorite childhood book. The oldest, now 32, loved anything Strawberry Shortcake. The next read and reread Ira Sleeps Over. Our second daughter loved Jillian Jiggs and our youngest had the whole family memorizing Are You My Mother?
    Now I have a passion for children's books...one of my favorite authors is Patricia Polacco. And I have a new granddaughter to share them with.

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  74. so amazing! thank you! - susan
    susanseiguer@yahoo.com

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  75. I grew up in europe, so fairytales were very popular... Thanks for the chance to check this out! email: remove spaces from here: dana in alaska @ yahoo . com

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  76. One of my favourite childhood books was "What Katy Did" by Susan Coolidge. My Mum caught me reading it by torchlight more than once!

    I love the idea of encouraging reading and creativeness. My 3.5 year old is really into books and creating things.

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  77. sounds like a fun idea! I have always loved Curious George books, and Virginia Lee Burton books are incredible!

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  78. Loved anything by Eric Carle and Richard Scarry. Very different styles, but I always found them at the library!

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  79. Alphabet Glue looks great - I'm going to head back ther in a minute! But first I'd like to say thnank you for the giveaway..
    And my favourite books when I was about 10 were the 'Arendsoog' books - cowboy stories written by a Dutch teacher (and later his son). They were absolutely fabulous. And I liked Enid Blyton, too.

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  80. Maya, I got us a copy of Alphabet Glue on the weekend so please don't enter me in the contest. I just wanted to show you the books we made on the weekend using Annie's instructions.

    http://restingonabranch.blogspot.com/2011/03/tiny-books.html

    As a kid, I loved Richard Scarry's books and Harriet the Spy when I was a little older.

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  81. One of my favorite things about being a mom is introducing my children to my favorite books and discovering new favorites with them. My childhood copies of Ferdinand and Blueberries for Sal are well worn and well loved. Mo Willems is a new favorite author.

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  82. Oooh----books! Some of my childhood favorites were Ferdinand, Are You My Mother, and Little Lost Kitten. In high school, I loved Forever. We *love* books around here!

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  83. Amelia Bedelia books were the best! I really wanna win this one!

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  84. Mystery in the Night Woods
    and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh are delightful!!!
    Great giveaway THANK YOU!!!
    We love, love, love books here!!!

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  85. My toddler is a book lover, and I'd love to encourage this into his childhood. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  86. I loved The Ugly Duckling. I remember the first copy I read was a pop-up version and I just adored it. I also enjoyed the Little House on the Prarie books too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  87. I don't remember the author's name, but we always called them The Betsy Books. I loved that series!

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  88. I loved the Frances the Badger storybooks by Russell and Lillian Hoban. Frances had a little sister and she loved to sing, which paralleled my life as a young child.

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  89. my jaw just dropped to the floor! The Little House was my absolute favorite! We have a copy for my sons now. I also loved Misty of Chincoteague and all things horses. So fun to take a trip down memory lane this morning... Thanks for the giveaway!

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  90. Your give-away book looks wonderful! I need some new ideas for my grandsons whom I care for on a regular basis. As a young child, my favorite was "Twas the Night Before Christmas" (even year-round) and as I got older-"The Boxcar Children".

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  91. My favourite? Uhm, it's dfficult to say because I've been an entusiastic and avid little-reader :)
    I loved all Richard Scarry's books, Little Women, Tom sawyer. Classics.

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  92. I loved Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables! Thank you for the opportunity for another lovely giveaway!!

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  93. I could never have enough books when I was a kid, but one I remember very fondly is The Yearling, by M.K. Rawlings, which I read in Italian translation as "Il Cucciolo". The magazine looks great, thank you for the giveaway.

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  94. I would so love that book!

    As a very young child, I LOVED the little house series. As an older child, I loved all of LM Montgomery's books. Then, there are the children's books that We (ahmm. I) love now. Pigs Love Potatoes, All of Lady Bug Girl's books.

    So many lovely books in the world!

    Who are we

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  95. When I was a child I loved my disney books. Nr 1 was cinderella!!

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  96. That looks like so much fun :)

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  97. There was a little book about a kitten named Peppermint that was one of my favorites. I always loved the small little books for small little people :)

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  98. I dearly dearly loved the Narnia books. Still do.

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  99. My nose was always poked in a Nancy Drew mystery. I ended up reading all of them and then I would have to wait until another one was published.

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  100. Our is also a house with books everywhere! I will always remember being embarrassed when the midwife came to deliver our second child -- he came nearly two weeks early and we had NOT cleaned the house yet! But she just laughed and said she loved that there were books *everywhere*.

    When I was a kid, I remember loving everything that came in a series. It solved that problem of what to read next! I would just walk to the library and come home with a stack of The Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley High, then Trixie Belden. I think Trixie was my favorite. It's odd, because I strive to avoid books in series these days. We had all the Little House books, too, of course, and I was happy that my parents never got rid of them so that I could claim them for my kids.

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  101. I used to love reading a book about baby animals. I can't remember the title but I walked in and found my daughter reading it a few weeks ago when we were at my parents' house. It was such a thrill to see her with it.

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  102. a childhood favorite was The Sleep Book by Dr. Suess. it was the first book i remember quoting from, and my parents joined in.
    the magazine looks wonderful. we're just entering the reading phase, and my oldest (almost-6) especially loves magazines. thanks!

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  103. Oh Pick me! Pick me! This seems so great!!! We love books too. As a kid, and an adult , so many book loves. Dr. Seuss was and still is a favorite. My mom's favorite to read to us was Euphonia and the Flood. A good read aloud book.
    -Vanessa

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  104. I would have to say some of my faves were Nancy Drew and anything by Judy Blume.

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  105. Fabulous! I loved the Redwall books by Brian Jacques...oh, wait, I still love those books.

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  106. I loved Nancy Drew mysteries and then I remember graduating to Agatha Christie after that. My kids love books too!

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  107. Growing up in Greece, Greek mythology was our favorite and of course Aesop's Fables! lovely years and stories! i still love mythology.

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  108. How to choose?? I used to love the Milly Molly Mandy books, anything by Enid Blyton and when I was little, the very hungry caterpillar. I am already stashing books for my children as they grow.

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  109. Great! One of my favourite books was The Six Bullerby Children (in the US released as The Children of Noisy Village) - I still have this book!!! :-)

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  110. I loved Roald Dahl, his books always made me chuckle! Alphabet glue sounds exciting! Thks!

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  111. oooh! thanks for the giveaway!

    (i loved Psalty. and later, Nancy Drew!)

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  112. The Hundred Dresses was one of my favorites! And The BFG. :)

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  113. I sure would love it if you picked me! My favourite books when I was a kid were RL Stein books (super thrilling!) and the Berenstein Bears.

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  114. I work running a literature program after-school for at-risk kids, and am always trying to find new ways to get them into books - this would be great!!!
    I loved Roald Dahl's books as a kid- especially George's Marvelous Medicine, and The Twits. And my mother would the Little House books to us before we went to sleep - we got through the whole series twice, reading a chapter a night, every night!
    -Cyndie

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  115. Dear me, it was probably all those Bobbs Merrill little blue biographies. Also A Little Princess.

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  116. I would like to amend my choices listed earlier. My all-time favourite childhood book was Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee. My dad read me these poems out loud and we had most of them memorized.

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