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crafty chloe giveaway

As part of our Christmas gifts each year we always give a new book to each child, so I'm always on the lookout for books that are worthy of living on our shelves (and not just borrowed from the library once or twice). I was excited for Crafty Chloe to come out months before it actually did.

Part of the reason is that I was having lunch with Heather Ross (who illustrated the book) while visiting in New York when she was right in the middle of picking a publisher and finalizing details. I was so excited for a book that encourages crafting and making things and teaches young girls that the best gifts are handmade. Nothing against Fancy Nancy, but it's nice to have a heroine who knows her way around a glue gun.

This is the story of Chloe, a girl not so good at other things (like dancing or sports or video games), but VERY good at making things. When she gets invited to a friend's birthday party, she decides to make her present. There is, of course, a snotty girl named London who can't believe Chloe would make a present instead of buying one. 

But after London's gift is ruined, Chloe saves the day with her handmade creation. As a clever tie in, there is also a Crafty Chloe blog with ideas for crafting projects from the book. And they have already announced a second book titled Dress Up Mess Up, coming out next year.

Heather graciously gave me one extra copy of Crafty Chloe to give away! Please leave a comment explaining why you like crafting with your kids and a winner will be picked later this week. (Deadline to enter: Friday November 30th at 10 PM. US residents only please!) 

The randomly chosen winner is Christy, who left the comment, "Crafting with my daughter is something I dreamed of before having kiddos. It is everything I dreamed it would be and more! Your daughter might like the book Fanny by Hollie Hobby- similar message and so sweet.

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My son just turned 2 but it's already exciting to watch him create!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentermjb

We bring crafts when we go on vacation. My girls just love to create.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I love creating with my kids because they always surprise me in coming up with new ideas and using materials in new ways. I will get out supplies with a certain end project in mind, but when I just let them be unconventional they produce some unique and fun things. Thanks for the chance to win the book - looks like a good one!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

My daughter is still a little young to get into any serious crafts but I like to think of glueing shapes and beading with yarn and wood beads as the building blocks for serious knitting and sewing in a few years :)

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I love seeing things through my six year olds eyes. Purple trees, scribbles that are superheros, inventions made from recyclables.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

We have made the best memories crafting. It has really given my girls confidence to know they can go in the art room and pick from the materials and make anything that their minds envision. One daughter has gone into graphic design and I have no doubt our hours in the art room contributed to her choice.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterlori

i love the idea of this book and i can't wait to see it in person! i am so happy that this year my 3 year old boy is just beginning to get into art with me, instead of just watching. yesterday we checked out several books about art projects and eco-crafts and he sat in my lap as we flipped through each page deciding what to do first. i love spending time with them making.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterpamela

My daughter is only 3 but I'm constantly amazed by her artistic abilities and love of crafting.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

What an amazingly wonderful book. I love crafting with my two boys and love teaching them that some of the best gifts are handmade with love- plus they tend to stand the test of time better than plastic toys bought from the toy store.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentermargaret

My daughter would absolutely love this book. So, yes please me include in your give away, thank you.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

Love the story line! Would make a perfect gift for my niece with some thread, fabric and a needle!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

My daughter spends most of her free time crafting and drawing and it's a bonding experience for the two of us. This year for Halloween, her schoolmates didn't immediately understand her homemade costume and she asked me if next year we could buy one instead. This would be the perfect teaching experience and it looks like so much fun.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentershelley

I love to see kids being creative and it's especially meaningful when it's a gift

11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbec

My daughter is named Chloe an is always crafting.
We love to make crafts together, esp. if it involves pink!
She would absolutely love this book!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

I don't have kids of my own yet, but as a preschool teacher, we couldn't get through our day without some sort of crafting! Making is learning. :)

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I love crafting as a way of creating stuff with my daughter. It bonds us together (with glue. literally)

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I remember loving to craft as a kid - that satisfied feeling of being able to visualize something and then actually make it is powerful! It's so fun to pass that experience on to my kiddos. (Of course I also love seeing all of the wackadoo-yet-awesome things they invent : )

When I craft with my kids, I feel like I get to literally see how their brains work and learn how they see and think about the world. It is the only way I know of to teach my kids how to think "outside" the box.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret Fullmer

i love crafting with the kiddies because it brings such a sense of calm to them. they are excited but also focused and quiet. the determination on their faces and also the pride in their finished product is priceless. i especially like sharing crafts i did when i was young such as beadwork, knitting and collage.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterveronica

oh how exciting!!!!! My grandmother was a huge crafter, and instilled that creativity in me. Now that she has passed, and I am grown, I have so much gratitude to her for the gift she gave me in teaching me to express my creativity. My creativeness is so much a part of my identity, and helped me to grow as an individual. Love all the possibility in instilling these same characteristic virtues in my own children! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!! God Bless!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShawn B!

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