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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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I do a lot of crafting with my nieces. It's fun to see their crating interests and skills change over time.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

I love crafting with my daughter because like it sounds in the book I'm not great at the other things,sports,dancing etc. I live spending quality one on one time with her and seeing what we create. Whenever I finish a project like cross stitching a bib for a friend about to have a baby she gets so excited and wants to learn how to do it. I love the comfort and confidence she shows in all her creations! Crafting is a great place to start building the self confidence every you g girl needs.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCamela

What a wonderful book -- and Heather Ross no less! My son is creative and I love watching what he comes up with, way more than I could even fathom. Awesome!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I love crafting with my kids because I never quite know what direction they'll take our projects. It's an exercise in embracing the unexpected, something I'm not at all good at doing. I'm proud that I can let go of my image of what our craft should be and just let them enjoy the process of crafting. And, truth be told, I have a pile of poorly knitted sweaters and wonky sewn garments that were made just for the fun of crafting something with my hands.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Ive had my eye on this for both of my girls who love nothing better than access to my craft stash. My youngest especially loves the fancy stitches on my sewing machine!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I love working on a project with the kids! It's one of those rare moments that I don't get anxious about the mess, and they are totally into everything I have to say. (That will last forever, right?) We like to paint or play with clay, but anything involving a glue stick thrills them. :)

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

We will be getting this book either way! My Crafty gal can make anything from nothing! I love creating with my daughter because she constantly amazes me with the depths of her imagination and creativity. This book is SO meant for her!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren W

It might be the teacher in me, but I love to open my son's eyes to new things & he loves the the creative outlet. It's also a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with him; a rarity w/ a new baby sister in the house.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAleisha

I love to see the happiness and pride in my daughter's eyes when she is working on and has completed a crafty project. What a lovely book!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKori

My kids and I always are recharged and feel so much better after crafting together. I adore watching them come up with their own creations - much better than mine oftentimes. :) Many times when we're having a tough day, I'll annouce that we're going to craft and we all always finish in a much better state than we began.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley Lee

My son has just started making his own books, and illustrating them. I love it when they sit at the table pull out the craft boxes and have at it. The book looks wonderful.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I'm interested to see a book that celebrates skills outside of the norm. And my new daughter will adore growing up with this book.

11.27.2012 | Unregistered Commenterann

What a great giveaway, there can never be too many books on the bookshelf!

11.27.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

I love this book! And I love Heather Ross. And my 5 year old daughter has asked for her own sewing kit for Christmas. I will keep my fingers crossed for this one!

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The time I spent in my art classes in high school making art in a very "parallel play" kind of manner with my classmates was so important to my general well-being, and I love being able to sit around and make things with my three girls now in much the same way. My oldest is starting to not enjoy her art class (5th grade) because she always feels rushed and like she can't do things properly in the time constraints, and it's even more important now than ever to make sure I'm making time for her to just sit and hang out and make things at her own pace so she doesn't lose her love for it. : )

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I love to craft with my kids. It opens me to how they see the world - which is often more creative and interesting than I do. :-)

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Oh this book is beautiful!! I love crafting with my kids because the work they create is truely amazing and beautiful! They shock me at how artistic they can be at ages 4 and 2! :) Thank you for this opportunity! Can I ask what some of your other must have books are (i.e. past christmas present book you've given your little ones?) I think books will be our main "santa" gifts this year. Thanks! :)

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeah Vallis

I just put this book on my daughter's Christmas list! I love to craft with her because she crafts with abandon. No worries about things being perfect, she just grabs handfuls of fun supplies and makes really inventive creative things.

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I love to make things with my kids because I share what my mom gave to me.

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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