My New Book Came in the Mail! (+ A Giveaway!!)

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The Artful Parent Book Sneak Peek

Look! It's my book! The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity. My copies just came in the mail and I got to hold and look through an actual paper copy for the very first time. Super exciting!

In fact, here's a bit about the day it came (Wednesday):

Recipe for a Perfect Day

Child number 2 is home sick from preschool and instead of feeling frustrated by all the work I'm NOT getting done (as sometimes happens, I admit), I fully enjoy the extra time we have together—playing pretend with stuffed bunnies and bears, reading picture books, and snuggling on the sofa. In the evening, I head out to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge for a mamas' night out with some friends. After I order my pot of jasmine green tea and a buddha liquid truffle (heaven in a little rustic handcrafted mug), I get a text from my husband saying that a package from my publisher has just arrived. I scream and do a little dance (all in my head) and briefly debate abandoning my chocolate to go see the book immediately. Chocolate and friends win out and I stay, but boy, was I excited to drive home later in the evening and open the package!

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My husband and I sat side by side on the sofa, admiring the book. Flipping through it, commenting on how colorful and heavy it is, and how it felt to finally hold the three-dimensional book in our hands. 

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I'm not usually one to make a big deal out of things, even to the point of just moving on rather than savoring or celebrating accomplishments (I didn't do anything to celebrate any of the other book milestones, didn't celebrate my 5 year blogiversary, am not good about anniversaries, etc.), but I have to tell you that I felt incredibly proud right then.

Proud of this book which I had worked so hard on creating and which I truly believe is an excellent guidebook for those who want to make art and creativity more of a priority for the kids in their lives. And, I have to admit, I was proud of myself as well. 

Writing a book is a big undertaking! And I did it! This has been a dream of mine for so long now. I took the first steps toward that dream years ago and I just kept taking little steps, moving toward it, knowing there was no such thing as immediate gratification in an endeavor such as this.

Yesterday, as I was reading chapter three of The Artist's Way, I came across this quote by Goethe:

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.

And I thought, Yes! How true! 

So yes, let it be known that I am proud of myself and proud of this book that I have written.

I am also incredibly thankful to all of the people who have helped me along the way, including you! There would be no book without this blog and its readers; without the incredible community around The Artful Parent; without the learning adventure this blogging and parenting journey has been.

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Sharing The Artful Parent book with my daughters and giving them each their very own copy right away has been another highlight of this whole experience.

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Of course, they mostly enjoyed looking through the photos of themselves and their friends, as well as pointing out which activities they'd like to do again soon. Maia, especially, has been a generous and avid partner throughout the book-writing process, often asking what project she could help with next for "the book."

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I can't help but think that maybe, just maybe, this might be making a further impression on them—if not now, then perhaps when they are older. Like most parents, I want to be the best parent I can be and I want to lead by example. 

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I want to provide the example of dreaming big and pursuing a goal (such as writing a book) and following through until I have a published copy of that book in hand.

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity will be officially available on April 9th. You can preorder it now if you like, though, through Amazon, Roost Books, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, and your local independent bookstore.

I'm also going to give away one of the few copies I received (see below)!

The Artful Parent Book Giveaway!

The Artful Parent bookIf you'd like a chance to receive a signed copy of my book now, before the book release, leave a comment here by Monday, March 4th at 11:59pm EST. One entry per person. Winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced here on Tuesday. Giveaway open to readers everywhere.

Giveaway now closed.

The random number generator gave me #148, so Heather wins the advance copy of The Artful Parent book. Congrats, Heather! (I'll email you…)

Heather said…

Your book looks lovely! I'd love a copy to share with my boys! 

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  1. Lisa F. says

    Congratulations!!! That is so exciting. Seeing your own name listed as AUTHOR! Enjoy it.
    Would love a copy & will order so if I win I can give one away!

  2. Cherlyn says

    Congratulations on your book! Looks fabulous. Would love to be entered for a signed copy.

  3. Shannon says

    I am new to your blog and am enjoying all the ideas! I would love a copy of your book! Congrats on the book – it looks awesome!

  4. Mary Beth Galloway says

    How exciting to be holding your book! Looks great! Thanks for this chance. :)

  5. Jo Ann says

    I would love to have a copy of your book. I have been following your blog for a very long time!!

  6. Anne says

    How wonderful that parents can
    have your ideas at their fingertips!

  7. Emily Ngui says

    We just made your cranberry-orange cakes for breakfast- yum! We would LOVE a copy!!

  8. says

    congrats!!! i have been following your blog for a bit now and have enjoyed so much sharing in these activities with my son. you have certainly added a lot of color to his childhood. thanks for all you do!!! i can’t wait to pick up a copy!

  9. Deidre C says

    I would love to win a copy! I’ve enjoyed your blog for a few years, and would love to have your book!

  10. Gillian Humphrey says

    congratulations! its a beautiful and inspiring book and tale of how it came to be.

  11. says

    Well done! If you have a spare copy you would love to send over the waters to Germany I’d be over the moon :D

  12. Jen says

    I’m gonna get this book whether it’s free or I pay for it…. But I’d love a free copy! I gave a 3 1/2 year old and number 2 will be here in 1 month.m this would sure come in handy.

  13. says

    Congratulations Jean!! I’m so happy for you, and cannot wait to hold my own copy of this long-awaited book. And I’m eager to share it with everyone I know because I know it’s fantastic. Well done and please let us know how you’re going to celebrate!

  14. Lymari says

    Congratulations, I follow your blog from Puerto Rico and having a signed copy would be an honor

  15. [email protected] says

    Congrads! I would love a copy!

  16. Kelly W. says

    Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment! I can’t wait to own my own copy when it comes out, but for now, I’ll take a chance at getting a signed copy from you!!!

  17. says

    How exciting for you!! Congrats! My family would LOVE (and really benefit from) a copy of your book. Even if we don’t win, we’ll pick one up when they’re available. I’m always looking for more creative ideas to do with my kids (2, 3.5 and 5).

  18. says

    Congratulations! It’s so inspiring to hear what Mummies can achieve when their creativity is allowed space and their children are put first. There’s so much wrong with the phrase “I’m JUST a Mom”- well done for showing us all how exciting and valuable that role can be!
    PS I’d love a copy for me, and several to give to friends! I’ll be preordering a crate!

  19. says

    What an amazing thing! Congrats on the new book! I can see you’ve got quite the cheering section too (the kids, not the fans, although, them too!)!
    Can’t wait to order it!

  20. Amy says

    Congratulations! We’ve enjoyed so many of the activities, and they have helped to open my eyes to do so many more projects with my boys. We are all so thankful for your creativity and sharing it with us. Their childhood is much more fun and our lives are more rewarding because of it!

  21. Emma says

    How exciting! What a wonderful opportunity – congrats on successfully publishing… I can’t wait to see your finished product

  22. Hannely says

    Congratulations! Your book looks beautiful, and I’d love to have a copy of it.

  23. Silvi Nugis says

    Congratulations on Your book! I admire people, who take on from the moment they have idea and making it done! Just one moment and your idea takes form and you make it!
    It is a book, that I have waited. Just to have fun with kids. Just to be with kids, for the kids!

  24. sarah chase says

    You book looks beautiful!! Congratulations on all the hard work coming to fruition!

  25. Jen Jones says

    Can’t wait to have so many of your inspiring ideas in one book! Sparking creativity in my kids always brings out so much fun, confidence and excitement.

  26. andi says

    I’m new to your site and am thoroughly enjoying every minute. Your new book looks like something I may have to buy for all of my daycare parents for Christmas. Thank you for sharing and Congratulations on your new book.
    I would LOVE to win an autographed copy.

  27. Anastasia says

    Congratulations from Russia! Where can i order a book with international delivery?

  28. [email protected] says

    Congratilations on your new book! As a not so ” skilled in arts” grandparent …I would really love to win your book. Could use all the help I can get ;) ….I hope I win …..Pernille

  29. [email protected] says

    New grandbaby on the way. Count me in on the give away!

  30. Ashlee says

    Congratulations!! It looks beautiful! I can’t wait to get it once it’s released (though hopefully I won’t have to because I’ll be the winner!).

  31. says

    So happy for you! I would LOVE a chance to win a copy. My husband and I homeschool our two sons and this book would be a wonderful reference on incorporating art and creativity into our academic and personal life. Thank you so much for being so generous!

  32. Wendy says

    Congrats! I would love a copy. I love to go in the basement with my boys and make a big mess painting.

  33. christine says

    you should be very proud of yourself!
    what an inspiration you are…to me, and many others, including your children!
    i would love an autographed copy.

  34. Monica says

    How exciting this adventure has been for you. What a great day too (your Wednesday)!! Many wishes for continued blessings to you and yours!

  35. Angela J. Sposato-Mento says

    Congratulations!! I am always looking for new ways to educate my boys through crafts and the arts.We have so much fun together and I know we would enjoy your book!!

  36. Annette says

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment! I love your blog, so I’d love a copy of your book.

  37. Angelina mcmichael says

    Wow what great timing! I need a book like this to inspire me in exploring and opening up to my creative juices that have been pent up for over 20 yrs. I’m currently homeschooling a very creative 9 yr old who needs his mother to guide him to explore his creativity. I hope I win this lovely book!

  38. Anna Bolster says

    Congratulations on the book! That is super exciting. I can’t wait to get it… hope I get the chance to have it early! We would put it to great use. :)

  39. Janice says

    Yay! You do such beautiful and inspirational work. I would treasure one of your books.

  40. Angie Franckewich says

    Love your ideas! The book looks great, and it’d be nice to win a copy. If not, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for it to hit the shelves in April!

  41. Shaunna says

    Thanks for sharing a bit about your journey. I agree that you are setting a wonderful example for your children. Congrats!

  42. Julia Netzel says

    I am super excited about your book. I’ve been following your blog for years now. I have two girls ages 4 and 7. The oldest is a handful to say the least and must have structure at all time. As musicians and artists, my husband and I find huge value in sharing our passions with our children. I’ve done many of your projects with the girls and admit they often make awesome grownup projects too. I am thouroughly looking forward to the release of your new book. If it is anything like your blog I know it will be amazing. Thank you for the inspiration over the years! Congratulations :)

  43. Sarah Camilla says

    You are amazing and I love a community that encourages creativity! I look forward to perusing and devouring your wisdom in the book however I can come by it.

  44. Jessica L. says

    Well done! It looks like a wonderful book! I’d love a copy! Thanks for the chance to win one!

  45. natali says

    Congratulations Jean, the book looks wonderful! I would love to win a copy, our family is moving back to Europe a couple of days before the release date so we won’t be able to get our hands on it :( . So fingers crossed, that way I can take your book with me in the plane :)

  46. Marlene says

    Congratulations! You are so much fun to follow and I love your blog. I would love a copy of your book. My son goes to an arts preschool and I keep it up at home with little art projects here and there. Thank you for the inspiration!

  47. Christina Ferguson says

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to read it. What a wonderful accomplishment.

  48. says

    Congratulations!! That is an amazing accomplishment. Extra special to be able to share it with your girls.
    I also love that quote, and have similar ones stuck up in my kitchen cupboards.
    {{fingers crossed!!!}}

  49. says

    Oh Jean! I am so excited for you, I am both giddy and weepy at the same time – seeing you and the kids looking over all of your hard work. You should be so proud of yourself, you are a superwoman! xoxo

  50. says

    Congrats, Jean. I will never forget when my first copies of Writer Mama came. I was falling all over myself. Showing them to anyone who would look. I am glad that you commemorated the moment. :)

  51. Tadara S. says

    I would love a copy! Your website is wonderful so I can’t wait to see the book. Congrats!

  52. Krista says

    Love your blog and love
    following you on Facebook and Pinterest.
    What a wonderful accomplishment!

  53. [email protected] says

    Well done! The book looks great & i’d love a copy.

  54. says

    Your book is sure to be as captivating as your blog. Surely I’ll get a copy, and to win it would be a super bonus ;o) Huge congratulations!!!!

  55. Erin says

    Congratulations on all your hard work! My kids and I would love a copy of this book to entertain us this summer!

  56. hana says

    Felicitation! I really admire your work and every day I find some new ideas to do with my two kids. Go on like that!

  57. says

    Congratulations! Not only your kids, you’re an inspiration to me too! I have used so many of your wonderful ideas and changed my attitude towards art and crafts!

  58. Ольга says

    Эта книга просто МЕЧТА, для родителей и ребёнка!!!

  59. Linda Rodgers says

    I’ve recently discovered your blog and I love all your creative ideas. I’m having fun trying them out with my grandchildren. I’d love a copy of your book! Congratulations on this super accomplishment.

  60. veronica maldonado says

    I found your site by chance one day trying to find crafts I could have my 3 yr old do. I immediately was hooked your site is so colorful and informative …I love it! CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.

  61. says

    I would love a copy! My dayhome kids have thoroughly enjoyed your crafts and fun things! A boom would be even better! :)

  62. Suzanne says

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to start doing all the fun things that are in the book! If they are even half as fun as the ones you post on FB, we’ll be having a blast and doing tons of artful projects for a long time to come! Thank you!

  63. Wendy says

    I’m on my way to stay with my daughter’s four daughters so she can go to the hospital to have a son! I would share my book with the whole family.

  64. Donna says

    Congratulations on your new book! I am truly excited to read it. I have a 4 year old granddaughter and we are always looking for new ideas of things to make or do when she comes for a weekend sleepover. I’m sure this will give us lots of possibilities.

  65. cheryl says

    Congratulations, you should be very proud! You’re an inspiration to mums everywhere! X

  66. says

    I would love to learn more….Congrats on your book!

  67. Cason says

    How exciting! I’m sure it’s so rewarding to see all your hard work come to fruition. I’d love a copy!

  68. Kelly says

    Congrats, Jean! If this book is half as wonderful as your eBooks, I can’t wait to own one! What a huge milestone. You have every right to be proud. :) Enjoy!

  69. says

    Congratulations on a very great accomplishment!!! I would love to have a copy of this book. I try to be an Artful Grandparent and I am sure your book would be a big inspiration. Thanks you so much for the opportunity to win a copy.

  70. Nicole Hammond says

    Wow! I just found your blog a couple of days ago and now you have a book coming out!!! How cool and exciting…for you and all of us. :) Congratulations :)

  71. Tracy G says

    I would love a copy direct from the author! You’re such an inspiration. Thank you for that.

  72. Alisa Sutherland says

    What a beautiful endeavor! So excited to read this and start getting busy with all your awesome ideas! Those children are SO lucky!

  73. says

    Just found this link via a friend and this looks so amazing!! Nothing I love better than bringing learning and fun together and this is perfect! I would love to have this book!!

  74. laetitia says

    Félicitations from France! Even here, it’s such inspiring to read you blog… and now your new book! Laetitia.

  75. says

    Congratulations!! What a wonderful time for you & your family. I have anxiously awaited the publishing of this book & can’t wait to get a copy. Of course I would love to win the one you will be signing but one is in my future no matter what. Again Congratulations!!

  76. Sarah says

    Congratulations on the new book! My children love all of your craft ideas and we plan on purchasing this book once it becomes available. BUT we would love a free copy ;)

  77. says

    yah! congrats on such an AMAZING accomplishment! would love this to bring some color in our grey winter! love, love, love your work!

  78. Anna says

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch from us (a german-nigerian family based in Tunis). i love your blog and would be happy to have a copy of your book as well :)

  79. [email protected] says

    Congratulations on getting your book published. What an achievement!

  80. Amanda says

    Congratulations on doing what you love and getting recognition for it, I would love a copy

  81. Alicia says

    I use your site for our monthly craft nights with children and adults alike, book must be great too!

  82. says

    Congratulations! I know that holding the book was a treasured moment. I love your blog & have been inspired. It’d be fun to win a copy of your work!

  83. Karrie Zylstra says

    It looks beautiful, Jean. Just like your blog and all the other work I’ve seen you do. I feel a little like ‘I knew you when’ and would love to have a copy. Congratulations:)

  84. Caroline says

    Congrats on your accomplishment! Thank you for inspiring so many parents to celebrate art with our children.

  85. Janelle says

    Super delighted to hear of your wonderful success and joy. Well Done to You! Lucky us!

  86. Melissa W. says

    OMG!! Many congrats! I am far too excited for this book – like a kid in a candy store :D Many congrats & thank you for your talent, insight, creativity & sharing all of it. I recommend your site/blog to every parent & teacher I know!

  87. Anna says

    I’m so excited about the book release, that I have one saved in my cart on I would love to receive my copy earlier though.

  88. Wendy B. says

    Congratulations!! You must be so excited! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy :)

  89. Surabhi says

    Can’t wait to get my hands on your book…congrats on a HUGE UNDERTAKING done!

  90. heidi smith says

    well done, congratulations, it must be an amazing feeling being able to spread your skills to so many Mommas around the world! a fantastic gift to be blessed with.
    Big hi from The Canary Islands, would love to spread your word around here!! please send a copy of you can!

  91. Amy says

    Oh so fun! Congratulations! What an exciting time for you and your family. :) I love sharing your ideas with my own 3 kiddos.

  92. Larissa says

    Congratulations! It must be a wonderful and fulfilling feeling to have your world acknowledged in print

  93. Dianne says

    Congratulations on the new book, I’m sure it will be an inspiration to many Mum’s like me :)

  94. Logan Gomes says

    Congratulations! We love your blog, wisdom and ideas…. Thank you!! Would love to win a signed copy of your book :)

  95. Jennifer Fariss says

    Congratulations – what a beautiful achievement! I can’t wait to read your book!

  96. says

    Congratulations! The book looks incredible. I would love a copy to share with my little almost 4 year old artist.

  97. says

    wow, you should be so proud of yourself! I have been a fan of your blog for a few years now and I can see how much you’ve developed as a blogger and now you’re a published author! such an achievement, well done!

  98. says

    Congratulations!! Your blog is amazing so I know the book will be the same! Looks like a labor of love well worth the effort! We would love an advance copy!!

  99. Barbara says

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog since your second daughter was born (my eldest has a close birthday to hers) & I’m so excited for you to be published!

  100. says

    Oh, how exciting! Congratulations on your fantastic achievement, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy (sooner or later).

  101. [email protected] says

    I have just come across your blog via pinterest. Love it.
    Would love a copy of your book- have it on pre order at Amazon already- but a signed one would be awesome.

  102. Helen says

    Wow, great news! I’m so happy with you :) To publish a book is my own little dream as well – maybe one day… :) I would also love to win a copy.

  103. Archie Siow says

    Congratulations on your new book! Yes, I would love a signed copy!! My 3 young children will benefit very much.

  104. Catherine says

    Congratulations,what a great example to set your daughters… I can’t wait to read it with mine.

  105. kaarina says

    Big congratulations!!! Thanks for the chance to win, but thanks even more for your huge contribution to the world!

  106. rachel says

    congratulations jean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am so proud of you too!!! how wonderful it has been to see the process from the very beginning through now… and especially knowing really it’s only the beginning! love to you friend!

  107. Kirsten says

    Sounds like the perfect day indeed! I’d love a copy – thanks for the opportunity!

  108. Laura says

    Congratulations! We love your website and would love to have an early copy of your book!

  109. kichante says

    It DOES look heavy and colorful …
    And I love the two girls with their own copy :)
    I would very much like one too :) And many congratulations to you !

  110. Leanne says

    How absolutely lovely!! We’d love to browse through and savour your book in our home!

  111. [email protected] says

    Congratulations artful parent! I am new to your blog, via pinterest and am hooked to your great ideas already! If i don’t win I’ll surely be getting my family a copy !

  112. Nicola Law says

    Wow, huge congratulations & well done on achieving your dream! An inspiration.

  113. Adrienne Conner says

    How exciting! Thanks for such an amazing opportunity to win your book! Cheers!

  114. Amanda says

    How exciting for you to be published! I’ve been using your site as a resource for planning activities for my preschoolers with special needs, and I’d love to have a copy!

  115. Ashley says

    Your book looks great. I think art and crafts are so important and fun to share with your kids.

  116. sadie says

    congratulations!! i am continually inspired by your blog and would adore having a copy of your book–don’t worry if i don’t win, i will definitely be purchasing. yay you!!

  117. Michele says

    I would love a copy of the book! My son and I just started a playgroup at out home and we would love to see what kids of projects we could do!

  118. Steffy says

    I so enjoy your ebooks, that I would love a signed copy of your book. Can’t imagine how it must be for your girls to hold a book where the family, friends, craft projects are in. Congratulations on this. Stephanie

  119. tory says

    Congratulations on your book release! We’d love a signed copy for our home and will be sharing the love when it’s released to the public!

  120. Maria says

    Congratulations! I just stumbled on your website a couple of days ago and I am super excited to start exploring with my son the treasure box of art activities that you have posted here… I also wouldn’t mind a copy of your lovely book!

  121. Sandra M. says

    Congratulations! It must be very exciting holding your own book in your hands!

  122. says

    That is fantastic! I can only imagine how good it would feel to hold your newest “baby” in your hands.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a free copy!

  123. tamara says

    Congratulations on a book! I’ve been following your blog now for a couple of years and it’s wonderful. We even took you idea of sticking leaves to the transparent sticky sheet and putting them on the window! We – the parents – weren’t allowed to take them down for over a year. Haha!

  124. Anja says

    Congratulations! You gave your girls a lot with writing and publishing the book… And it is also a kind of very nice and fun photo album :)

  125. [email protected] says

    Love your blog! I use so many of your ideas with my kindergarten students! I would love to have a copy. The photos look beautiful! Congrats!!!

  126. Susannah says

    So exciting, and so inspiring! Congratulations and I can’t wait to get my copy! (either won or bought!!)

  127. says

    i’m so glad you allowed yourself to fully celebrate your accomplishment. your. very. own. book. !!! can’t wait to check it out.
    thanks for the encouragemen to get to writing a book i’ve tried writing for years. like you said, it’s years in the making.
    congrats! : )

  128. Viviana says

    Very proud of you!! I have a BFA so I definitely consider myself an artful parent… BUT I haven’t -not even dreamed!-of writing a book. Yay for you!!

  129. 3 artistic bookworms says

    Huge Congrats!!!! you must be so proud!!!!
    I never ever win anything but I gotta try for this one :)

  130. laura says

    Congratulations!! I would love to have it in my bookshelf too… I am a expecting my first baby (due in August) and a bit nervious about evertything. Your book would help.

  131. Karlie says

    Well done – what an amazing feeling it must be to see your own book in print!
    I would absolutely LOVE a copy of your book :)

  132. April says

    Hi Jean, I couldn’t help but smile as I was reading this article this morning. Your joy at having your book published shines through your words :) Congratulations :)

  133. andrea says

    a hearty congrats to you! i’m so glad i discovered your blog. it’s been integral to bringing creativity into our home. i can’t wait to see your book!!!!!

  134. Marian says

    Brilliant! Congrats! =) for you! Love your ideas, so glad I stumbled onto your site and now to see you have a book Yay!

  135. says

    Congratulations, Jean! I am so excited for you! How marvelous to hold a fruit of your labors in your hands! I would love a copy. Thank you!

  136. Niki says

    I just came across this announcement on Pinterest and am so delighted to have found you! I have a 7yo girl and a 2yo boy. I’ve been so lacking in art projects and am trying to fix that. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.
    Today I made a list of 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days and “write a children’s book” and “illustrate a children’s book” are on that list, so I really admire what you’ve done – balancing work and little ones. Congratulations!

  137. says

    Linked to you via Pinterest. How fabulous for you. If I am not drawn to receive a copy you can count me in for a purchase. My grandfather introduced me to art and it’s been my passion since childhood. I am so excited to share that passion with my son. Thank you for taking the time to write all down for us and congratulations on fulfilling your dream. :)

  138. Joanne says

    Wow!!! I would to have the book and share the joy with my kid while I’m pregnant now

  139. Christina B. says

    Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now. You are such an inspiration to my two young girls and I. I just ordered a bunch of supplies from Discount School Supply, and can’t wait to start making art. I would love a copy of your book to have some project ideas in hand.
    *I also teach 3rd grade, so I’m always looking for new ideas. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  140. Hona Dodrill says

    How fun! I always have fun with the art projects from your website. Can’t wait to see your new book!

  141. Angela says

    Congratulations! How wonderful for you – and for us, your readers! I would love to have a copy to share with my family!

  142. MelanieJLC says

    We would put the book to good use in our home. Congratulations, I find new things to do with my boys from your blog quite often!! :)

  143. Eliza says

    Congratulations, Jean! What a wonderful experience to see your hard work and perseverance pay off! I am sure it wasn’t an easy undertaking. I would love a copy, whether through a giveaway or by purchase. Looking forward to getting it :-)

  144. julie mcfarland says

    looks so well done… great style and photography. i am a preschool teacher and would love to be inspired by your ideas! thanks for the offer… julie

  145. [email protected] says

    Good luck with your book. I look forward to my daily/weekly updates via Facebook.
    I have started to use these in my art room this year
    with my prep students who love your inspiring ideas.

  146. Lindsay says

    What a cool and exciting book! Just discovered your blog, happy to be a new follower. Thank you for putting this out there!

  147. Alison says

    Congrats! I have just started following you and have already used a few of your ideas withe my esl class (24 four year olds!!! lol). We all loved it. I would love a copy of the book!

  148. mfm says

    Congratulations! I’d love to win a copy to share with a friend. I’ll definitely be buying my own copy!

  149. Leah says

    Congratulations! I love your blog and ideas. We had lots of fun with the winter e-book. I would be thrilled to win a signed copy :o)

  150. says

    Congratulations! You have every reason to feel a tremendous accomplishment. I would love the opportunity to read a copy of your book. Good luck with the sales, may they be larger than your imagination!

  151. [email protected] says

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book!

  152. Heather says

    Congratulations. I work at a children’s museum and look forward to reading your book and sharing your thoughts and ideas with the kids.

  153. Julie A. says

    Congratulations. What a HUGE accomplishment. I can’t wait to check out your book b/c I’m sure it’s filled with lots of great ideas that I can’t wait to try out with my 2 little girls.

  154. says

    Very proud of your accomplishment and excited to have a tiny little part in it! Can’t wait to see my contributions in print in a real live book, YOUR beautiful book! Interesting that in the very same week, my two favorite bloggers both celebrated the very same milestone. I think I’ve referred you to her blog before, but not sure…do you read Momastery? If not, you (and your readers) should check it out as well. Not about art. But certainly about many universals we can all relate to in profound, sometimes hysterically funny, and sometimes deeply moving ways.

  155. [email protected] says

    Your book would be a great addition to my book shelf. I am a Montessori Teacher and am always looking for fun art ideas to do with my students.

  156. says

    Oh, how I would love a copy of your book! A copy before it’s available to buy would be even better! Congratulations to you! xo

  157. katie says

    Beautiful book and beautiful message you are giving to us parents out here. I appreciate your wonderful insight and ideas! Congratulations

  158. Susan D says

    Yay! Congratulations! I’ve read your blog for years, and I’m so happy for you. The book looks great; I would love to win a copy!

  159. Monica says

    It looks beautiful; congratulations! I’ve loved your blog and followed it for ages and I’m sure the book is great too, I would love to have a copy!

  160. Nicki says

    Congratulations on your book! I am an avid crafter/artist in my own way and am trying to incorporate creativity into my boys days. I’m always on the hunt for new ideas/projects! Looking forward to reading your book!

  161. gwen ottinger says

    I have gotten so much from you as a parent and teacher. Thanks so much for all the wonderful work you have done. You should be proud!!

  162. [email protected] says

    So exciting! Congrats!

  163. Alyssa says

    I adore your blog. I would love to have a copy of your book for my art and ideas collection. :)!

  164. Michaela Turner says

    Hi Jean
    What a lovely book to share with your two girls. I enjoy doing your activities with my eldest daughter. I look forward to reading your book.

  165. says

    How exciting to hold a book you created in your hands. Thank you for the chance to win. :) What a fun looking book.

  166. Donna says

    You are a rock star! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your passion with all of us. My boys and I love a good art project and I am currently reinventing myself as an art teacher so your book is sure to inspire.

  167. Linda says

    Congratulations! I am inspired to start something that I’ve been mulling over for a long time now. Thank you!

  168. Michelle says

    Congratulations! It’s a lot of work to write a book and you should be proud! Looking forward to reading it!

  169. [email protected] says

    Very happy for you. Kuddos. My girls and I would love a copy of your book.

  170. Sunny says

    Love that you are sharing this beautiful full way of living with your girls! Best wishes, Sunny

  171. Charlene says

    Fantastic! It’s commendable that you have been able to do so many wonderful things with your family AND run a Blog AND write a book! Best wishes to all of you! We would love a copy of your book – will be buying it soon!

  172. Lin-Marie says

    Congratulations! What a wonderful achievement. Would LOVE to have a copy for my little girl and her friends. X x x x

  173. clare says

    Many Congratulations. My partner is a writer and know what a wonderful journey you have been on. You should be very proud! wishing you every success with it :)

  174. Reina says

    Congratulations Jean :) we enjoy your blog almost from the start and we would love to win a copy of your book :) Thanks for the give away :)

  175. Cleo says

    Congratulations, and what an achievement to celebrate! I would love a copy of your book, thanks so much for the opportunity!

  176. Mary Ann Athens says

    Wonderful!! Still hoping to meet you face to face one day – was so fun being the subject of one of your artist/teacher interviews!! Congrats – can’t wait to peruse your book.

  177. Lavinia Thompson says

    I feel lucky this morning and would love love love to showcase your brill book in my new arts & crafts cafe!

  178. Hannah Thorne says

    Congratulations – I loved reading the blog you wrote on receiving the book. Such a huge accomplishment and for your daughters to get to see this is very special. No doubt it will become a favourite with them and they’ll pour over the book for year. Well done. Hannah

  179. Erin says

    Congrats! I can’t wait to get a copy! Wenhave had so much fun doing the projects Ion your site.

  180. Sammy Losee says

    Art is already a huge part of our lives. I have a really hard time letting any of my daughter’s amazing pieces go so we have really big “time capsules” that we keep them in. They’re really just large plastic tubs but it sounds cooler if you call them “time capsules”. Anyways, we’d love to add your book to our collection. Your blog has been inspirational and we can’t wait to check out your new book! What a great gift it will be to give to others too!

  181. Mommie From France says

    So I am a Mommie From France and I really want your book and I hope I’ll have some chance to have it… and sorry about my grammar in the above comment :)

  182. corrieannder says

    Wow, what an accomplishment! Such a joy for your children to have that forever and always! Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it!

  183. Jolene G says

    I really believe in leading by example. Be a role model not in words but in actions. Far more impact.

  184. Helen says

    How exciting! You’ve worked so hard for this! I am looking forward to reading your work.

  185. says

    Congratulations, the book looks beautiful…so simple and lovely. I would love to share your book with my daughters.

  186. says

    congratulations, jean! what a wonderful accomplishment, and a lovely post to honor it! you SHOULD be so proud!! the book looks amazing — looking forward to seeing a copy myself! cheers!

  187. [email protected] says

    Congrats and super yay!!!

  188. [email protected] says

    Congratulations on ur book. I’d love a copy. I love all of ur ideas, very creative.

  189. says

    I’m so thrilled for you and working-at-home mothers everywhere! I’m doing a little dance and already plotting how I could get you to come to our VERY arts-friendly and beautiful Traverse City for a book signing during your book tour.
    I’m uplifted and inspired by this journey, thank you!
    p.s. love the Goethe quote.

  190. says

    Wow, what an incredible accomplishment. I live that you gave your girls their very own copies right away. I also love the quote by Goethe and your contemplation about how you’d like to model a behavior of perseverance and follow-through to your children. You’ve inspired me to work on a certain photography project that I’ve been putting off. :-) I pre-ordered my copy of your book!

  191. Jenn S says

    Wow, the book looks great! I have had it saved on my wish list on Amazon for awhile now!!

  192. Tiffany says

    How exciting! Thank you for all the creative inspiration in your blog and now in the book! Looking forward to reading it and creating more art with my kids.

  193. Lara says

    How wonderful! Would be thrilled to have a copy!
    So happy for to see your loving efforts come to such a beautiful result!

  194. Kim says

    Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment. I would love to own a copy. I love your blog.

  195. Geni says

    Woohoo! So very exciting. Have read your blog for about 4 years (I think). You have inspired me and introduced me to so many new things. Will definitely buy whether I win or not!!! Thanks so very much.

  196. Gina says

    Congrats, Jean! Love all your pins, and would be honored to own a copy of your book! Looking forward to reading it with my son!

  197. Angie Roberts says

    Your book will be a success. I love your site and it inspires me everyday. I am an arts and crafts teacher and your ideas are a big hit. Thank you!

  198. Suzanne says

    Congratulations on your new book! I would love to win a copy because I am not very artsy and need all the help I can get when it comes to arts and crafts with my kids!

  199. Karlene McDonnell says

    I would absolutely LOVE a copy of this book. I have been a Nanny for 25 years, worked as a preschool teacher for the past two while doing a Bach of Ed specialising in early childhood education. Five weeks ago adopted a little boy – well not so little hes 9 years about to turn ten. Your Blog has helped me tremedously in all of these areas (and has often been a reference on my University assignements)! Its actually nice to be able to share this with you! I live in New Zealand, is there somehow that I could order of copy of your book? Thanks so much for inspiring not only myself but the children that are in my life also with the wonderful ideas that you come up with.
    Congratultions of having a book released, I know its going to be a top seller!

  200. says

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for… Gosh, I don’t know how long… a long time!! I’m very happy and excited for you and I would love a copy of your book.

  201. Carol says

    Congratulations! I found you via Pinterest. You’re quite an inspiration and the book looks great!

  202. grace says

    Oh wow, ongratulations on your book! Looks fabulous, love all your ideas/art works. Would love to be entered for a signed copy. Thanks for the chance :-)

  203. Petra says

    Looks great, what an achievement, you are right to celebrate as this must have taken such commitment. How fulfilling it must be to hold one in your hands!! I would love a copy and will order if I don’t win. Will also recommend to friends,

  204. Irene says

    I’m so happy for you! Please accept my heartiest congratulations. I’m so glad to have found your site – I may be an artful ‘grandparent’ but I still look forward to new ideas and reliving old ones with my grandchildren. We have been inspired many times by you and your family. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  205. Susan says

    Congrats on your book! I’ve enjoyed your website so much and delighted in the creative projects you feature. Many of them get forwarded to friends. The book will make a great gift for anyone with kids!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  206. Kristin says

    I’m so excited for you, Jean. Congratulations! I love your blog and cannot wait to get my hands on your book :)

  207. says

    Congratulations!!! Your book is FANTASTIC! I had a chance to read an advanced e-copy from the publisher last fall. I’ve been looking forward to doing a glowing review and showing our own art space we created after reading the book in April on my blog. I would love to have an autographed hard copy. I wish you continued success!

  208. says

    I am excited for you! I will be a new mommy in August . . . I’ve had a lot of fun love finding inspiration from you, and look forward to more.

  209. Terry says

    Wow! Good for you!! I would love a copy to use with both my son AND my kindergarten class…all 28 of them!!

  210. Toniya says

    So very exciting! Congrats! We love your creative ideas and can’t wait for the book!

  211. [email protected] says

    Oh congratulations! What a special moment and a great accomplishment for you. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next!

  212. Elizabeth Purcell says

    Always looking for new and inspiring ideas to make an ordinary day extraordinary. Would love a copy of of your new book! What an accomplishment!

  213. lynn says

    awww, what a beautiful image of you and your book! congratulations=can’t wait to add it to our collection. what a proud moment for you-enjoy-kudos-cheers!

  214. Sarah says

    I am a childcare setting in the UK we already adore your blog and ebooks and I would DEFINITELY love a “proper” book to add to my collection. I think you are fab. Many congratulations.

  215. says

    Don’t worry about putting my name in… I’m going to buy a copy! I’m very happy for you and feel a sense of small gratification that I was one of your early featured artist/interviewees and then became a loyal reader! Many congratulations!

  216. Norma Vantrease says

    Yah! Jean. You are not only an inspiration to your daughters but to all of us as well. Thank you for that. I can’t wait to get a copy. Congratulations.

  217. cindy brooks says

    I would be thrilled to win a copy of your new book :)
    My young daughter loves doing art with me.

  218. says

    Oh I am SO thrilled for you, Jean!! I’ve been reading for so long, and feel connected through my sweet friend Meg (and Juniper!). I can’t wait to see the book. Amazing!! Congrats!!!!!

  219. molly says

    What excitement to be able to hold a copy in your hand! =) I’d love to have one…now, or later!

  220. J Alessi says

    Your new book looks gorgeous! I have been passing your ideas and projects on to my daughter who has two-year-old (boy/girl) twins. I will plan to order a book for her but would love the chance to win one myself. Congratulations on having your book published!

  221. Virginia Schumaker says

    Oooo – Fun looking book – it would be great with 9 grandchildren who love art!

  222. says

    Congratulations! It must have been so exciting to finally hold a book that you’ve put so much work into. I’d love to be entered to win :)

  223. Jennifer says

    Your blog has been such an inspiration to me. Thank you for your hard work and congratulations on your new book! I would love to own a copy.

  224. Jeannine says

    Congratulations on the birth of this physical fruit of your imagination, creativity and hard work! And thank you for sharing that creativity with all of us – it’s so very much appreciated.

  225. Anna says

    I am in love with your blog and your creativity! So cool!!!
    thank you :o)
    would be happy to have you book

  226. gisela says

    I live in Argentina and I have been following your amazing job for a long time.
    I love the book and I’ll be very grateful if I get a copy. Congrats!

  227. Selena muller says

    Oooh-ahhhhh. Congrats! Would love to share this book to all my Canadian friends ;)

  228. Laura C says

    Congratulations on the new beautiful book! We’d love to have a copy in our house!

  229. Sandra C says

    Congratulations! What a marvelous accomplishment and model for your children. We’d love a copy in our home.

  230. beth says

    Congratulations Jean! I have been waiting with anticipation for your Spring ebook, but this is so amazing, now I can’t wait to have copies of both! Your book will definitely be on my Christmas gifts to give list this year. I am so excited for you and your family to be experiencing this right now!!

  231. Marie says

    Congratulations! This is wonderful-and like all your blog posts, I’m sure the book is full of fantastic, inspiringl things to do with our little ones! So excited for you (and us!)

  232. Brenda J says

    Awesome, congrats! What a great ending (or is it just the beginning?) to all your fun, hard labor.
    I’d love to win a copy of your book! I do lots and lots of crafts with my grandchildren.

  233. Susanne says

    Hip hip hooray! You are an inspiration for so many moms and teachers. You make art be seen, felt and come alive!

  234. Cindy says

    Congratulations, Jean. It looks amazing. I’ve been pulling for you every step of the way as you’ve given updates about the process of creating this book. I’m soooo excited to read it!

  235. Susie says

    How exciting! Congratulations!! You should feel proud of yourself- that’s a big accomplishment!

  236. Dominika says

    Congratulations! I like your blog very much and I’d love to have a copy of your book!

  237. says

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can’t wait to see your book in my own hands! Thanks for the chance to win an advance copy.

  238. Sandra says

    The book looks perfect! I love books with a heavy-ish feel to them, and oh the glossy pictures. I’ve really been waiting for this one since you first mentioned. Congratulations and thanks for the chance to win it!

  239. says

    Oh, how proud you have to be!!! I would like to read your book, because your blog is very nice, but a book is something you can hold….
    Greetings from Germany!

  240. [email protected] says

    Congratulations! You areVERY talented. We would love a copy of your book!

  241. Melinda says

    congratulations! what a nice gift you give each time! thank you very much for all your effort! THANK YOU!!

  242. Monique says

    Congrats on your book, we would love to have a copy!
    As a working Mom your site has been a great tool to bring creativity into our home. It is so convenient to use your blog as my resource to help my toddler find his creative voice:)

  243. says

    This is wonderful! Congratulations on your book. I can’t wait to read it to get ideas for activities I can do with my own little one. :) We both would be happy if we get chosen to receive a free copy. Please, oh please! Hehe. Have a blessed day.

  244. Stephanie says

    Congratulations! What a big moment! I have always had the dream to write and publish a book too! I have to say your words have been an inspiration! Thanks for sharing! I tend to be an instant gradification type girl and so writing become harder for me to stick with, but I may give it anoher go! Good luck with your sales! I can wait to read a copy of this!

  245. Eleanor says

    How great – I know I could use this at home, in my preschool class, with my Girl Scouts, at church…

  246. lorna says

    Congratulations! Your book looks great! We would lova a copy and I am sure we will enjoy it a lot!

  247. Eleasha says

    Wow! what an incredible accomplishment. We have been following your blog for years, we love it. I ,too, love the feel of pages between my fingers. I would love a copy of your book. If I dont win it here, I will be ordering for sure. :) Congrats to you!!!!

  248. Lydia says

    Congratulations! I am sure to have a copy of that book in my home soon, whether I win it or buy it! It looks wonderful!

  249. Ann B. says

    Congratulations! The book looks beautiful. We would love a copy for our kids. Thanks!

  250. Adelle F. says

    Oh, my goodness, I’m so proud of you! You’ve been my inspiration for so many years. I cannot wait to have the book!

  251. Katherine says

    Congratulations on being in print! Have recently discovered your blog and am really enjoying having great new ideas for my very creative daughter (as is she!).

  252. Monika says

    Ohhhh – how great. I would love a copy of this book. I totally adore your ebooks and looking forward to the spring one – if there will be one hopefully!!!

  253. Pearly says

    Congratulations! I am sooooo excited for you! Thanks for the vivid story about this special day! Although I personally don’t know you…. I am so very proud of your accomplishment!
    You are an inspiration to many!
    Thank you!

  254. Sarah says

    Jean, this is so exciting! Thanks for allowing your blog readers to travel alongside you and share in your joy. What an accomplishment!

  255. Erin says

    Hooray Hooray and Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for a while…I think we are all excited for you!

  256. Leah Loy says

    Congratulations on your book! It looks amazing. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win!!

  257. Elizabeth says

    The book looks so wonderful! I am so excited for you, and so pleased that your ideas will be available to even more people everywhere. Congratulations!

  258. Sarah M says

    Congratulations; its an inspirational milestone. I hope I’m not too late to go in the draw for the free copy – not sure of time differences here in the antipodes!

  259. says

    I too am an ‘artful parent’ and signed up for your email list because your ideas seem like so much fun (we actually tried one on one weekend and had a blast – the shaving cream art one). Anyway, it’s really cool that you have realized your dream by creating the book, and I love that you quoted ‘The Artists Way’, which is a special book to me also. It led me back to discovering my creative self as an adult after I had wandered away from my creative childhood. I’d love a copy of your book, but even if I don’t win, may you continue ever onward on the path to your dreams!

  260. Carrie says

    Congratulations! I’m soooo excited to get my hands on your book — I’m sure it’s as gorgeous and inspiring as your blog. :)

  261. Cathy says

    Congratulations! It’s an awesome looking text that also acts as a fantastic family blog fro years to come!

  262. Megan says

    Oh it looks gorgeous, congratulations! Would be honored to win an early, signed copy from you. :)

  263. [email protected] says

    Yea!!! Congrats! I love the idea of sharing what so many of us are passionate about with the ones we love the most!

  264. Christie says

    My girls love, love, love art and your book will be a great addition to our creative days! Thanks

  265. Juliana says

    I am fairly new to your blog but have already gained so many ideas to spark creativity in my little 1 year old son. I would love a signed copy of your new book!

  266. Romi says

    So wonderful to know there is a book for parents from you;)
    We have been following and loving your blog and delicious give aways.
    Thank you so much for what you share.
    So inspiring…
    Sofia and Miya

  267. brenda says

    Bravo to you and your family!!!
    Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.
    Love the quote-
    I already retyped it and have it hanging in my classroom :-)

  268. Joanita says

    Congratulations on your book. We enjoy your posts and the Artful Year books tremendously and would love to add this book to our collection. All the best!

  269. Jane says

    What a beautiful book for you and your children (and the rest of us)! Would love to take a look and use the activities with my son and school.

  270. sheila says

    So inspiring to see you accomplish a goal worked hard for! Your book looks amazing! We’re so thankful for what you share!

  271. Allison M says

    What a special book! Look forward to reading it and probably giving it at baby showers–seems like just the gift I would’ve liked to receive! Congrats again!

  272. Sara Downes says

    Congrats!! Can’t wait to get my hands on your book whether free or not! I love reading your blog and look forward to dive into your book :)

  273. Joy Freeman says

    I love your blog. I look forward to your posts every week. I’d love to hear about your Artists Way course as well. I know you’ve been thinking about a blog for the grownups. I don’t know what you’ve decided, but maybe a post every once in a while. I’m not artistic or creative and would love some inspiration for projects of my own as well as for the kids.
    Congratulation on your new book!!

  274. [email protected] says

    Congratulations! I love your website!!

  275. [email protected] says

    Congratulations! Your book looks beautiful!

  276. Charissa says

    Congratulations, Jean! The book looks and sounds awesome! I have a feeling we’ll have a copy of it in our home, whether we get lucky and win the giveaway or we purchase it ourselves. :)

  277. Dena says

    Congratulations on such a big accomplishment and the chance to share something so meaningful with your children. You should be proud!

  278. Ileana says

    I felt so proud for you… your blog post made me cry. Congratulations and thank you and your girls for sharing this journey with us!
    Ileana (42), Mariana (9), and Victor (5)

  279. says

    Congratulations Jean! Wow, thats a lot of scrolling to get to here.
    I will order one for my wife who has no artistic bone in her body. Hopefully, my son, along with this book, will aid her in becoming an artful parent. Any plans for an E-book?

  280. Heather T. says

    I’ve been thinking about starting a toddler art group on the area. This book is definitely going on my bookshelf (when it’s not in my hands!).

  281. says

    Congratulations! it is great to see the result of all this hard work and amazing creativity. I have a 5-year old son, and we can certainly use some guidance on how to make art a more permanent part of our lives. Fingers crossed!

  282. Bri says

    not sure you’ll ship to Canada but I’d love to be entered in the draw. Such an amazing book idea.

  283. Annie says

    Congratulations on your new book! You are a very inspiring crafty mom and I would love to win a copy of your book to share with my kids. Crossing my fingers!

  284. Maureen says

    Would love to receive this! Congrats on your book – that must be an awesome feeling :)

  285. Shannon says

    What a feeling it must have been to hold that book for the first time…and the second time…and the third… ;) Congratulations to you! Thank you so much for your generosity.

  286. mairi says

    Congratulations! a book is a fab idea. I have 3 boys (two 14yr olds and a 2 1/2yr old) who all love arts and crafts so this would be a well used book in our house x

  287. Lisa says

    Congratulations on your book, Jean! It is beautiful and you are leading by creating an incredible example for your girls. Bravo to you! I would love a copy of your book to share with my two daughters.

  288. Cynthia says

    AMAZING! I would love a copy. I can’t even comprehend all of the work that goes into publishing a book. Many kudos to you!

  289. Janna Gouldie says

    I love reading your blog, and all your ideas. I would love to have a copy of you book for our family.

  290. Kim says

    The book looks so inviting … makes me want to dive into it and create something beautiful with my Son!

  291. says

    And you darn well *should* be proud! You are an amazing example to your daughters, and a wonderful nurturer of their spirits. I love your blog, you are a constant source of inspiration to me, especially when I am feeling crappy and uninspired myself. Thank you so much for all that you do and share.

  292. Deborah says

    Congratulations on the book! I’d love to have a copy to share with my kiddos!!!

  293. Littleways says

    Congrats on achieving your dream and helping to inspire others! Your book looks beautiful!

  294. Erin says

    It sounds like a really fun, inspiring book that we’d love to have a chance to explore in our home. Thanks!

  295. Meredith says

    Congratulations on seeing your dream through to fruition! What a fantastic feeling. I’m looking forward to reading and exploring your book… I hope that will be with my very own autographed copy!

  296. [email protected] says

    Congratulations on the release of your book.

  297. Jana says

    I´m preschool teacher in Slovakia and often I search on internet to bring something new and fun to my children. They are little but they love art and messy play :D Your new book look amazing and we would love to have a copy.

  298. [email protected] says

    Well done Jean. Fantastic achievement. The book looks fabulous. We would be delighted to win a copy.

  299. Betsy says

    I love your e-books. If I don’t win, I will surely be purchasing a copy! Congrats!

  300. Julie A says

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! My 2 daughters (20mos & 3yrs) & I have used several of your ideas – thank you for the creative outlet!

  301. Brooke says

    Congratulations to you for having a dream and seeing it through to fruitition. Here’s to following your dreams and your heart in this amazing book I can’t wait to read one way or another. Good luck to everyone!

  302. says

    Wow! It looks great. Something that would definitely catch my eye at the book store. You did a great job and should be very proud!! I’d LOVE to get an advanced copy I will promote it one my website

  303. Bobbi says

    Congratulations Jean! I’m remembering those early Art Group days, and I’m happy to have witnessed just a tiny part of your journey. You really are an inspiration to so many. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment!

  304. [email protected] says

    Would have really welcomed your book today – my little one is sick today and lying on the couch feeling very sorry for himself :-( Would love a copy to give me some much needed inspiration!

  305. Rebekah says

    I would LOVE a copy, thanks!! I love your blog and can’t wait to read your book, your blog has been instrumental in getting me feeling confident and getting started with some creative projects with my 2.5 year old!

  306. [email protected] says

    Congratulations! Would love to have that book in our home too!!

  307. Christine M. says

    You did it! Oh, I cannot wait to read this book. I would love to win a copy!

  308. Aimee H says

    Congrats – we have other books, and my older son loves a lot of your activities!

  309. Rose says

    Excited for you! Looking forward to seeing who the lucky winner is! I am hoping it might be me :)

  310. Leah says

    I would LOVE a copy of your beautiful book! A huge congratulations on your accomplishment!

  311. Katherine says

    Awwww congrats on the book. We love this blog and can’t thank you enough for the creative ideas and prompts.

  312. Stephanie Saunders says

    Congrats!!! I first read about your book in the Roost catalog. That was over a month ago, I can’t wait to see the book!

  313. Nichole says

    Congrats Jean. As a long time reader of your blog, I’m sure your book will be a huge success. I look forward to reading it :)

  314. Melissa B says

    Wonderful news – Congratulations! I would love a copy – you are an inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway.

  315. Cartoons says

    Well done! My girls and I would love to check out your book and learn some new things,

  316. Tanya W says

    Congratulations! So excited about your book~ I just found your web site a few months ago and am truly enjoying it! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  317. Anita O'Neill says

    What a wonderful reminder of a little creativity, resourcefulness and intionality can make a huge impact in a family.

  318. Kay Mathias says

    A beautiful-looking book that I would love to have. Great job promoting art within families.

  319. shelby says

    I would love a copy of this book, both for my family and for the nursery school where I work. Thanks so much for the chance to win and congratulations!

  320. deb thompson says

    Congratulations what an amazing accomplishment, can’t wait to check out your book xx

  321. Tish Tillis says

    I love you and your art! I am a stay at home, homeschooling mother to 5 wonderful kids and you are the source of all my creativity, light and design. I just love how you make things seem achievable and show how your little ones engage in actual projects. You have brought art to our home and I am so thankful. I would love to have a copy of this book. Congratulations. Such an accomplishment!

  322. Michaela says

    congratulations!will be too good to be true to receive a copy in the post…but as they say: never loose hope…:)

  323. Yasmin Jung says

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!! Your fortitude is admirable, and an inspiration!

  324. Kaleah says

    Would love a copy of your book! If i don’t win one ill definatly be buying one!

  325. Christina says

    Congrats! I cannot wait to get my copy, winning it here would be great, but wither way I’m getting one :)

  326. hilary says

    oh yes, please! i am so excited about this book – would love to win one. thank you for the opportunity!

  327. Leah says

    Congratulations! I can’t even imagine all the work involved in writing a book!
    My daughter and I would love a copy! :)

  328. SarahB says

    Congratulations! so exciting , yay to your accomplishment. my little guy turns 1 end of the month – this would be perfect! i added it to his amazon wishlist.

  329. lara says

    I’ve had your book on my wishlist since I heard about it. I’d love a signed copy!

  330. Cassie says

    Your work is wonderful and inspiring. It’s fantastic that you’re pursuing your dreams and reaching your goals. Congratulations on your book!! Would love a copy!

  331. Kathy says

    So very happy for you and all the families who will be on the receivng end of these amazing projects! Thank you so much for your standards and commitment!

  332. Karen Kilby says

    Way to go! That is quite an accomplishment! I’d love to check it out.

  333. [email protected] says

    Congratulations! The book looks lovely!

  334. Lucy says

    Well done you – what an accomplishment and thrill! I can’t wait to explore your opus, be it free or not!

  335. Abby says

    Hello! Wow, congratulations on a beautiful book. The activities look amazing. As a therapist for children with disabilities, this would be wonderful for some new, creative ideas :) I would love a copy! Thanks for sharing.

  336. Rebecca Allison says

    I am so glad my friend showed me your facebook page… can’t wait to get a book either way <3

  337. Vivien says

    I have preordered this book since about oct/nov. can’t wait to get it. But of course would love to win it too

  338. says

    This book looks great. I’d love a copy. I teach mommy and me sign language classes and would love to share it with my families!

  339. [email protected] says

    I would love love a copy. Paloma

  340. Allison S. says

    Congratulations on publishing your book! I’ll bet that felt just GREAT to hold the actual book. So happy for you!

  341. [email protected] says

    Love your website and craft projects

  342. 3 artistic bookworms says

    Huge congrats! LOVE your blog and I’m positive your book is amazing!!!!

  343. Erica says

    Congratultions. I would love to win a copy, but will plan on buying one even if I don’t :) I discovered your blog a few months ago and LOVE it. My three y.o. and I have had such fun doing so many of your activities. Thank you!

  344. Ng TingTing says

    Congrats!! Will really love a copy to enjoy some art activities with my 2 boys!!

  345. Michelle S says

    I’ve been reading your blog for several years. What a great accomplishment to have your book published. So exciting!

  346. [email protected] says

    Baby #2 is on the way, so I would love a copy of your new book! Thank you and congrats!

  347. Aileen says

    Wow, I love your blog and that you shared your excitement over such BIG accomplishment. Way to go!!!

  348. Karen Carman says

    Congratulations! The book looks great and sounds fantastic. Would love a copy!

  349. Donna Leitch says

    congratulations on putting together a book! I can’t wait to ow. a copy and be inspires!!

  350. Julie says

    Congratulations! The book looks amazing and I’d love to have a copy to share with my kids!

  351. EJ says

    The book’s bursting with ideas and I need more of that! :) For a creative child in my baby and me.

  352. Jen says

    Yahooo! Congrats. Incredible accomplishment. My husband and I (he’s the stay at home parent) both love your stuff and you’ve inspired great things for our family. Thank you thank you for all you do.

  353. Monique says

    Congratulations, Jean, what an accomplishment!! I have been following your blog since near the beginning and I have tears in my eyes reading this post and seeing your girls reading YOUR BOOK!!

  354. Julie S says

    The book looks so great! I can’t wait to read it. As a person who does not feel very creative or artistic, your posts are so awe-inspiring but also attainable and I can’t thank you enough!

  355. says

    Well done, you are such a creative and inspiring person. My daughter who is turning eight and i follow and use your ideas. I also run a family day care and your fantastic ideas come in handy when i can’t think of anything else myself. A copy of the book would be well used in my home.

  356. Sara says

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment! Looks like a book I would LOVE to have in our home. I really enjoy your ideas.

  357. Aimee says

    Mazel Tov on your book! I am looking forward to finding new ideas for my daughter and the children in my play school class.

  358. Christina says

    Wonderful! Congrats on your achievement! Would love a copy to share with fellow teachers at work!

  359. Laura DA says

    Congratulations! It looks like an incredibly amazing book that I would love for my daughters!

  360. Christine I. says

    What an amazing book! Congratulations on your accomplishment! And thank you for the on-going inspiration and artful ideas. ~Christine

  361. says

    Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment. I’d love a copy to share with all the young parents I work with.

  362. Claudia says

    Creativity is encouraged and embraced in this house! Congratulations on your new wonderful book- would absolutely love a copy if it isn’t too late! :)

  363. Jenny Scott says

    How exciting to finally see all your hard work and fabulous ideas in solid form! The photos look colorfully rich and so inviting to thumb through. Congratulations! Please consider me for your book giveaway. Thank-you :-)

  364. Carlene says

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and would love a book! I am so proud of you!

  365. becky williams says

    How exciting! Thank you for your ideas and inspiration. You make me want to step out of my comfort zone to try things with my kiddos. Can’t wait to read the book!

  366. [email protected] says

    Congratulations! I would also love a copy.

  367. says

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your journey and have been inspired by your passion. Your simple ideas are wonderful and because of their simplicity, it’s easier to make time for them! Thank you for all that you do and I’d love to have a chance to win this beautiful book.

  368. Vanessa Montoya says

    You should be very proud of such an amazing accomplishment! I would love to read it :)

  369. Lisa says

    Woohoo! What an inspiration you are and what a fabulous book. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Well done you :)

  370. Ronnie says

    Congratulations on such a BIG acheivement – it looks wonderful and I would love a copy!

  371. says

    Your book looks gorgeous. I would love to have a copy for my own use as well as in my work with early care and education providers!