Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids (New Book + Giveaway)

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Hand in Hand Crafting with Kids

I just received a lovely new book in the mail last week—Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids. Jenny Doh, the author, asked me to contribute to her book over a year ago and I was so excited to finally see it in print and hold a bound copy in my own two hands.

Hand in Hand is a beautifully designed book published by Lark Crafts (based about five minutes away from me in Asheville, NC!) with a chapter by each of 20 contributors—all crafty bloggers you may know.

Here's a list of the other contributors:

Hand in Hand Crafting with Kids

I just finished reading Hand in Hand last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Each contributor shares her thoughts on creativity and on crafting with children. It was wonderfully refreshing and validating to read all these very personal takes on raising creative children.

I got excited about children's art and creativity all over again!

If you are at all interested in family creativity (and if you read this blog, you surely are, right?), then I highly recommend getting your hands (ha!) on a copy of Hand in Hand.

Hand in Hand Crafting with Kids

Here are some of the pages from my chapter (most of the photos, including this one of Maia that ended up on the front cover, were taken by Lenka Hattaway Photography).

Hand in Hand Crafting with Kids

Maia and I made papier-mache dress-up masks for this book. Each chapter includes a craft project with step-by-step instructions that readers can do with their kids; there are lots of fun ones that I can't wait to try, including a painted paper lampshade, a felted flower bowl, and a thaumatrope.

Would you like your own copy of Hand in Hand? You can buy it at your local independent bookstore, on Amazon, or ask your public library to order a copy.

Also, I received a handful of copies from the publisher as a thank you for contributing and would like to offer two of them as a giveaway to you.

Hand in Hand Giveaway!

Hand in Hand Crafting with KidsReaders who leave a comment to this post by Friday, April 6th at 11:49pm EST will be entered into a drawing for one of two copies of Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids by Jenny Doh. Winners will be chosen by random number generator and announced here on Saturday morning (I will also e-mail the winners). This giveaway is open to readers nationally and internationally. Good luck!

Giveaway now closed.

The random number generator gave me numbers 56 and 185, so Jen Harbour and Jill win the copies of "Hand in Hand." Congrats!

Jen Harbour said…

I would love to peek at that book!

Jill said…

It looks like a wonderful book!

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  1. Lisa Hay says

    Something i could see being used quite often, what a wonderful book. The kiddies and I would love one:D

  2. says

    I haven’t seen this book yet–must be *brand* new! Would love to peruse this as I can always use inspiration in this area. I also love that there are interviews/blurbs on all the contributors.
    Sarah M

  3. [email protected] says

    Would love this for me and my son!

  4. says

    Ooooo La LA!!! This is so awesome!

  5. Heather says

    Congratulations on your chapter! The pictures look gorgeous and all those crafty ladies must have some great ideas!

  6. says

    Oh, I keep seeing this all over the blogosphere and I’m LOVING it! Great ideas, photos, and contributors! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  7. says

    This looks like great fun Jean. Congrats to you and Jenny Doh (and everyone else) on this fantastic looking collaboration. :)

  8. says

    I am so excited about this book!!!

  9. Ann says

    Looks like a wonderful book. My son has been wanting to make masks like those. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  10. Whitney says

    How exciting it would be to win! My daughter and I love to do all things creative and we’re looking forward to her brother getting big enough to help. This book would be a great inspiration.

  11. Carly says

    Open to Canadians too?! Yahoo! This looks amazing. I love the paper mache masks; our paper and string masks pale in comparison!

  12. Nichole says

    What a fantastic concept and such a great list of bloggers – will be buying a copy (unless of course I am lucky enough to win one!). Congrats :)

  13. [email protected] says

    Congratulations! The book looks beautiful!
    Ahem…my birthday is april 6th…

  14. Shailaja says

    The book looks awesome. I am happy to know that this giveaway is opened to readers internationally also. Thank you :)

  15. Tamrah T says

    How exciting this must be to see you and your precious children featured in this beautiful book :) It would be fun to look through with all the other talented lady’s contributions, too.
    Thank you for the chance to win one.

  16. says

    What an exciting moment for you and your little ones! I would love to win a copy, but am also happy to buy a copy to support the talent:)

  17. Deborah says

    Congratulations! That looks like a *very* interesting book.
    And thank you for your generous offer!

  18. Emma says

    it looks like a great read – I love putting these kinds of books in my 6 y.o.’s hands (as well as my own) as it gives her ideas as to what to as for (materials, activities…) and she often springboards, using these ideas and coming up with her own ideas from them. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

  19. Aileen says

    Looks fantastic! I’m ordering my copy now. If I win, I’ll have a second to give to another mama :)

  20. Chelsea says

    Thanks for providing a link to the other bloggers. Many of them are new to me so it will be fun to explore their ideas too! The book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. says

    Looks like a necessary addition to my bookshelf! My home daycare is called “Hand in Hand” so I know it would be perfect for me!!

  22. Heather Hoover-Shaw says

    The images are really lovely. I would love a copy. After reading it and getting ideas for things to do with my own kiddos, I would give it to my village library. We have a lot of home schooling families here, and I feel like there are a lot of parents who would get good use from it.

  23. Allison says

    I would love to read this and thank you for providing the links to the other bloggers.

  24. yukity says

    Wow, it’s so interesting and significant for me and my babies, I wish I had one right now :)

  25. Lara says

    Congratulations on the book, what a delight! It looks like a wonderful resource for parents and caregivers. It would be fun to share with my daughter and her friends.
    Best wishes!
    Lara :)

  26. Rose says

    I will buy one, but will probably end up giving it away so I would love another copy for myself!

  27. Tami Williams says

    I think this would be a wonderful book to add to the library of anyone that works with children as I do.
    Tami W

  28. says

    Wow . . . this looks like an incredible book! Love it. Thanks for the chance and thank you for the peek! Looks like it’s filled with lots of inspiration.

  29. Julie says

    Judging by the response, I may have more chance at winning Mega Millions, but sign me up! Looks wonderful, and I might suggest it at my library as well.

  30. Susan says

    I love reading your blog and getting ideas for my 5 yo. We would really enjoy this book!

  31. says

    Good heavens! Lots of interest in this book here! :) :) You can count me as interested. :) Love your blog, btw. Doing the Easter Egg nests Friday with a bunch of 4 year olds! :)

  32. Cherise says

    Sweet! I would love a copy of that beautiful book. Thanks so much for offering this!

  33. Katie says

    This book looks wonderful- Congrats! There’s something really incredible about all of you amazing bloggers to come together and make a book together! I love it.

  34. katie says

    how exciting to be published!!! (i remember the first time i received an issue of The Mailbox Magazine with my name in print & my teaching idea!) :)

  35. christine w. says

    thank you for the opportunity to receive one of these beautiful, inspiring books! Cheers!

  36. says

    Looks beautiful. After I read I will donate it to our local library. Our Friends of the Library group often organizes craft projects for our local families. This would be an inspriation. Thanks.

  37. Joana Lopes Almeida says

    I would love to have it, think i am going to buy if i don’t win anyway… :)

  38. [email protected] says

    Congratulations, Jean, on being a part of this beautiful book…. it’s such a great fit for you… I can’t wait to read it all!

  39. Amy Melton says

    What a beautiful and inspiring book! I am happy to see that I follow so many of the contributor’s blogs!

  40. Cristi Clothier says

  41. says

    Thanks for this chance to enter a giveaway for international followers. I’d love to have a more in depth look at this book. It seems full of inspiring crafts.

  42. [email protected] says

    I would love this book! Looks great

  43. Sarah says

    My son is finally getting old enough for us to do some of these types of projects together!! I’d love a copy of this book!

  44. Chelle says

    Yes please! I would love this book… have also put it on my library wishlist, just in case the luck of the irish is not with me this time.

  45. jennifer says

    love the photo of you holding your then baby. She’s so big now! my 3 yr old and i would tackle the mask one. she is crazy about masks right now!

  46. says

    I would love to have a copy of this book! If not, I will be asking my library to order it (and checking it out again, and again…)

  47. Carissa says

    What a wonderful book. I love a lot of those bloggers. I would love to win a copy!

  48. Leah says

    This looks amazing! How fun to be a part of the project. I would definitely love a copy.

  49. Kate says

    OOOHhhh, this looks like so much fun. Would be wonderful to do some of the crafts in the book!!

  50. MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author says

    Jean, how proud you must be of the contribution to this beautiful book. So important that children will benefit. You know I love art, and I buy books like we all do, with $$$, so winning this one would be great fun and appreciated. I will ask my library to order a copy. I hope I win!! Thank you for all you do to make creativity a priority.

  51. says

    What a wonderful book, all my favourites in one place!
    As a new teacher these books are invaluable as they provide a store of excellent ideas and activities that are always ‘on hand!
    Thank you for sharing!

  52. Jessamyn says

    That looks like a great book! Nice pictures. I have been enjoying sharing crafts from your blog with my son, lots of good ideas here, thanks!

  53. Julie says

    I guess I will either win it or buy it, hopefully win it, that would make my day! Thank you or for the chance!

  54. andrea says

    oh, i so hope to win! it’s time for some new inspiration ’round here! just in time for spring!

  55. Kate says

    “Crafting with kids” is my children’s very favorite thing to do, but not really something that I am talented at or inclined toward, so I could really use the direction and inspiration of this book! Thanks for the giveaways!!!!

  56. [email protected] says

    Oooh …. yes please!

  57. Andrea D. says

    It looks so cool. I think they would have a lot of activities I could do with my kids. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  58. LoraDawn says

    Would love to share this with my grandkids….and the kiddos I counsel at my school. Thanks.

  59. Jan J. says

    What a fun book! Time crafting with my kids is some of my best-spent time. Everyone remarks on how creative they are – I think it is so important to be creative together as a family and love to see books to encourage this!

  60. says

    This looks great! I’d love a copy :)

  61. Marisa says

    I just stumbled upon your website and I am so excited that I did! I can’t wait to continue reading and trying out all the different crafts! I would love to be entered into a drawing for one of two copies of Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids by Jenny Doh. Thank you!

  62. Christine Quillian says

    So much inspiration! So little time! A happy problem, I suppose :).
    Christine Q.

  63. Beth. T. says

    This would be a great gift for my niece and her four little kids. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Erin says

    I just put this on my Amazon wish list – how coincidental is that? I would love to win a copy!

  65. crazyestonian says

    I will certainly ask my library to get a copy to share with the art love :)

  66. Sharon says

    Congratulations! Well deserved honor for you. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

  67. Sharian Parra says

    Congratullations and thanks fore making my life much hapier as sahm we enjoy all your projects, lovely picture of your dougter on the cover, finger crose LOL Shari

  68. says

    I would LOVE a copy of this book. Your blog always inspires me to create with my two boys more often. Thanks for the opportunity!

  69. Trinitee says

    I absolutely love your blog! I visit often and am considering starting a toddler art group with my 2 year old and friends’ wee ones. Thank you for sharing. I’ll have to request this book at our local library.

  70. Alison says

    Congratulations – many talented contributors, I will look forward to reading this book!

  71. erin r. says

    This book looks beautiful and packed with great ideas for me to share with my son and my students. Thank you for the giveaway!

  72. Melissa B says

    Would love to check out this book; it looks inspiring! I need all the help I can get – my kids are definitely craftier than I am.

  73. says

    Congrats! I love your blog and can only imagine that a book you contributed to and love will be something I must read! :)

  74. CarinaRdz says

    Looks lovely! Congrats and Thank you for the give away. What a great resource for familys!

  75. Heather N says

    I would love to win this book. Thank you for the giveaway! It would be great to use this summer.

  76. Helen says

    only just found your blog, and LOVE it! so many great ideas, only problem is translating some of the American English terms into England English!
    Would love a copy of the book – so much easier to do something when I don’t get distracted by the computer :)

  77. says

    We are opening an art center at our Pikler play group in Castelar, Argentina and this book would be of great use in our art library. Thank you for international giveaway!

  78. says

    Amazon actually “recommended” this for me, but I’m over budget with book buying already! It would be great to win a copy. Looks gorgeous!

  79. says

    Best part of being a mama to a toddler is the world of craft opens up. Thanks also for opening the contest up internationally too! I could use an a new book in English in France :)

  80. Nicole O. says

    This book looks so fun, I would love do those activities with my kiddos! Thanks for your inspirational e-mails and this giveaway opportunity! :))

  81. [email protected] says

    Beautiful book, oh the rainy days I could chase away with this one!