Giveaway #12 :: Fun Family Books from Roost Books

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Win a Set of Fun Family Books by Roost Books

Roost Books, my publisher, sells lovely books on crafts, cooking, and family. As they say on their website:

Roost celebrates the small actions that can fill our days with joy—from crafting something special by hand to engaging our children in imaginative play, from cooking nourishing meals that delight our families to the discovery of the wonder of the world that lies outside our doors. We believe that these everyday activities, when approached with intention and creativity, can truly enrich our lives. That’s why we publish books that aim to nurture that kind of creativity, to inspire healthy living, and to deepen our connection to our families, to our communities, and to the natural world.

Needless to say, I am proud to work with them!

For their giveaway Roost Books is offering a great selection of their fun and thoughtful family books to one lucky winner!

Here are the eight books included in the giveaway bundle:

51hGYPcvKFLPlayful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl

Playful learning is the magic that takes place when we meld a child’s sense of joy and wonder with thoughtfully planned learning experiences. Through the easy-to-implement, hands-on projects introduced in this book, you can engage your child in fun and creative ways that encourage learning and impart the joy of discovery. 

Camping with KidsThe Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature by Helen Olsson

Whether you’re a first-time camper or a veteran backpacker befuddled by the challenges of carting a brood—and all the requisite gear—into the great outdoors, here you’ll find all the tips and tools you need to plan the perfect nature adventure with your family. Humorous and irreverent, yet always authoritative, this guide to camping with kids, from babies through pre-teens, is filled with checklists, smart tips, recipes, games, activities, and art projects. 

Its a Jungle CVRIt’s a Jungle Out There: 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids by Jennifer Ward

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can't enjoy nature. This compact guide offers 52 nature-focused explorations, adventures, observations, and games that can help you and your child connect to nature while living in the city. 

Touch a Butterfly_CoverTouch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening with Kids by April Pulley Sayre

Turn your garden into a hummingbird hotspot, a haven for butterflies, and a thriving ecosystem that will delight and inspire the young and young-at-heart. This family-friendly guide to wildlife gardening leads you on a path to discovery, where trees are transformed into bird and animal habitats, where sunny spots are revered for dragonfly viewing, and where your entire garden becomes an animal-welcoming kingdom. 

Creative Family CVRThe Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule

Amanda Soule has charmed many with her tales of creativity and parenting on her blog, SouleMama. Here she shares ideas and projects with the same warm tone and down-to-earth voice. Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations.

Rhythm-of-FamilyThe Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder Through the Seasons by Amanda Blake Soule and Stephen Soule

Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the woodstove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season—from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day.  

HH_coverHandmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials Into New Family Treasures by Amanda Blake Soule

In Handmade Home, Amanda Blake Soule offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. Filled with thirty-three projects made by reusing and repurposing materials, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. 

Plus my own book, of course!

The Artful Parent BookThe Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van't Hul

This book provides the tools and inspiration to provide an art-rich environment that encourages children's creativity, imagination, and self-confidence. The Artful Parent includes over 60 fun arts and crafts activities as well as information on getting started, choosing art supplies, setting up an art space, and how to talk to kids about art.

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  1. Dawn Lange says

    For quite a while I was looking to books a lot for ideas, then I got a little lazy! I feel I am ready to add more zest to our lives again.

  2. Jen S says

    I get the Parents magazine, but am inconsistent in keeping up with reading them. Occasionally search out a good book at the library for inspiration, but mostly blogs. Glad I discovered yours!

  3. says

    I get a few every year for my own library, and I rarely buy books. I actually own the majority of those shown, but I would love to gift them to others if I won. I find them very helpful because I can mark in them, and they are always inspiring with every flip-through!
    Sarah M

  4. Julie D says

    I have my favorite books and blogs I go to regularly for inspiration or reassurance. I probably try two to six new books per year.

  5. Aimee says

    I use Pinterest on a daily basis. I go to blogs and books about once a week. Your blog has been top on my list for the last year. Thanks!

  6. Carola says

    As a parent, a former preschool teacher, a nanny and a tutor and a book lover, I have rarely been without an activity book, so I guess I would have to say all the time.

  7. Elizabeth says

    I usually turn to online forms of information such as parenting blogs and Pinterest boards. I am interested in building a collection of good books to turn to though.

  8. Nicole M. says

    Very often! I love parenting books for giving me more in-depth foundations and backgrounds for ideas, to help supplement my Pinterest searches.

  9. Eve Guiles says

    All the time! Reading is my first love. Figures that 5 of those books already reside on my wish list, now to look up the others!

  10. Amanda says

    Quite often! I still haven bought a Kindle – there’s something really pleasant and unique about flipping through pages if a lovely book. Many on this list are ones I own or have on my wishlist :)

  11. Jenna says

    I’m always looking for new ideas. I mostly use the internet, as I haven’t purchased many books.

  12. says

    We use them in our homeschool regularly. This is an amazing collection, would be beyond thrilled to win and add these to our creative library! Thanks for the chance!

  13. KM says

    I have seasons. It’s hard for me to read or prepare during the school year. I read most in the summer when the kids are in the pool.

  14. Wendi says

    I don’t really read parenting books, but I love books with fun activities to do with my boys.

  15. lisa howell says

    I am abig fan of good book for teacher, craft book, reading books, decorating books. I would love to win these great book bundle, thanks lisa howell

  16. [email protected] says

    BOOKS< BOOKS< BOOKS< my grandchildren love books!

  17. Kristina says

    Not enough now because I don’t have them, but I remember having awesome books with activities as a kid. :)

  18. Elizabeth says

    I love to get parenting books from the library. I try to take my 2 year old daughter to the library at least twice a week. Parenting books give me lots of great ideas. I am a single older mom… sometimes my memory isn’t as good as it used to be. I love books and internet sites for great ideas.

  19. says

    Mostly, I look on the web for ideas — but a lot of those ideas are reccomendations for books! prolly twice a week I look at an actual book for ideas (but I get them accidentally from books many times a week ;) )

  20. Lynn says

    I go to the web but only because I don’t have any books other than ones about developmental stages. I’d love to add books to my resources!

  21. Jessica L. says

    I usually just find information online, but I would love to build my parenting/early-childhood (I work in a preschool room) library too!

  22. meghan skewis says

    I come up with a lot of craft ideas on my own. Just a few months ago I’ve been reading a few books on craft ideas and on how to build up your child’s imagination.

  23. says

    With my only child several months shy of two-years, I haven’t turned to activity-specific books much yet, but I’ve started loaning them from the library and have a stack of ideas ready to go.

  24. says

    Often! I’m reading a great book right now called “Peaceful Parent, Happy Child.” I can just sing about this book! I love my craft idea books too, though I only have a couple.

  25. DEANNA says

    I mostly refer to blogs and digital media. Though when I spot a lovely book like these at the store I can occasionally be tempted to splurge and make the purchase.

  26. Cynthia says

    Not as often as I’d like. I feel like it’s always in a moment of desperation…so I generally look to blogs. Lucky for me, there are great ones like this!

  27. ana says

    I read these kind of books every time I can. Sometimes every day, sometimes every week. But I always have a couple of them by my bed. I like to read a little bit before sleeping, so that way I can plan something fun to do with my kid the next day. They make me feel like everything is possible, like life can be a lot of fun with very simple things. And going to bed feeling that, is just perfect. But what I like most is the way they turn on my creativity, the way they light some kind of fire in me that just makes me want to DO things all day. They give me a great energy. And that is priceless.

  28. Maggie Williams says

    My wee one is just getting old enough for me to look to activity books for entertainment ideas =)

  29. Rachel says

    I do. I probably check blogs more frequently, but there’s nothing quite like a good ol’ fashioned book in your hands!

  30. Lindsay Williamson says

    Quite often! I’m always on the look out for great ideas to do with my 2.5 year old daughter and share with friends. I run a monthly play group too!

  31. says

    Pretty often! I have a handful of some great ones. The internet makes it so easy to find inspiration and ideas, but I love just snuggling up to a book and feeling inspired. This bundle would be amazing to win!!

  32. Aimee says

    I think that about weekly I look at a book with ideas and activities either for my class at Play School or for my 5 year old. I come from a very non-crafty, non-hands on background, so I need lots of help!

  33. Shannon Morgan says

  34. Tiffany W. says

    How often do you turn to parenting or activity books for ideas? Not as often as I’d like!!

  35. says

    Hmm…good question. I don’t often reference them but I devour them as soon as I get them and then often do my own take on a project as I remember it. When I’ve got a big stretch of time with the kids I will go back and look again. I’d say I use them mostly for inspiration.

  36. Michelle Cabavan says

    I turn to parenting books and blogs on a regular weekly basis- with twin three year olds I will take any advice I can on thriving in this moment:).

  37. kasdira says

    I try to find ideas everywhere. I like books because I can go back to it quicker and write notes.

  38. Kristin says

    I primarily use pinterest and blog sites but would love to be able to use books if I had more of them!

  39. Andrea says

    A couple of times a month. They are usually in rotation, one or two on my nightstand, and then I’ll put them away for a few weeks, and pull out another one.

  40. Nancy says

    I love activity books. I tend to check a whole bunch out of the library at one time — then slowly browse through them. Thank you for the giveaway!

  41. Emily says

    Everyday. I. Work at a daycare and I’m always looking for new ideas to do with my kiddos both at work And at home with my daughter!

  42. Lydia says

    I go through phases. Sometimes I read a bunch of books at once and sometimes I go months without looking at a single one.

  43. Amy says

    I try to every few weeks, but not as much as I’d like. I find myself looking online more often.

  44. Laurie says

    I often go to the www but have received a couple of books for Christmas and very excited to put them to use! This collection looks fabulous!

  45. Theresa says

    Not as often at online sources, I there’s something so great about having a paper copy at your disposal.

  46. Martha says

    Is awesome the ideas, and the fun time you can spent with the little ones! thanks for the opportunity!

  47. Germana says

    Usually about twice a week, but more often during holidays, when we usually do something new each day.

  48. kaarina says

    i used to more when my son was smaller, now it’s more on the fly. we sure could use more variety in our activities, though! i’d love to have these fantastic resources on hand!! so many i’ve wanted but haven’t splurged on, others i haven’t heard of but look brilliant!

  49. Christina B. says

    I use my books a few times a month. I feel the internet makes it pretty easy to find something specific in a short amount of time, but I love having books to touch, hold, and feel.

  50. Tania Harding says

    All the time……. I am a mother, a child care educator and studying my Diploma in children’s services. I belive art is the way we learn about the world, ourselves, eachother and create and build confidence all the while bonding with each other. These books would take pride and place in my home and I would start my exploration with my children.

  51. StephP says

    I don’t have any currently, so often I go to the web. It would be much easier to have some books handy with my preschooler, toddler, and baby on the way!

  52. Christa says

    Last year when I taught preschool, I needed to consult activity books every week. Patenting books only once in a while since I’m not yet a parent myself. But I would love to have these books for the future when I do have kids of my own!

  53. SJP says

    Just occasionally so far. Bub is still quite little, so I’m excited to build our idea library :-)

  54. Anne says

    I’ve been keeping several books for inspiration going at all times. Roost publishes some of the most appealing and interesting. Boston proud!

  55. sarah says

    I tend to turn to the internet a lot for ideas, although often I find inspiration in magazines also.

  56. says

    honestly, not so much anymore. i usually head to the internet. however, the books offered look amazing, and if i had THEM in the house, i’m sure they’d get a ton of use!!

  57. Ellen says

    I enjoy perusing books from time to time. My daughter is now old enough to pick out projects to do. I use Pinterest daily.

  58. says

    probably 1/4 of the time… but only because the internet is such an easy tool to use. If I had more books, I would use them more! :)

  59. Jane says

    I find lots of creative ideas on blogs such as yours but also have a small collection of books at home that I go to for inspiration as well. I find that I look for ideas on a weekly basis.

  60. Steph says

    At least once a week. I’m a kids mental health therapist so I’m always looking for creative ideas!

  61. Barbara K says

    I mainly rely on ideas and suggestions from other people–things that are tried and tested.

  62. Rochelle vK says

    Pretty regularly. Especially when I’m looking for a way to move through a parenting challenge or need fresh ideas for activities.

  63. Ashley P. says

    Quite often! I love learning what other people do and then decide what is best for our family.

  64. Tristan says

    I make it a habit to get at least one new one on each monthly library trip then try to soak in that book all month long.

  65. Christine Smith says

    What an amazing selection! I have checked a bunch of these out of the library multiple times, but OH to have them in my own collection! Thanks for the chance!

  66. Christine Smith says

    Forgot to add that we frequently look to books for ideas. More often in the summer months.

  67. Mim says

    All the time!! I love my library – so much inspiration to be found. What a lovely collection of books to be won.

  68. Shannon says

    Not as much, now that my kiddos are growing older, but I used to use them weekly. What’s fun is now my daughter loves to look through books and magazines for ideas on her own:)

  69. Cherlyn says

    Hardly ever, but most websites, magazines, and blogs that I get ideas from usually reference a book they got it from.

  70. Rhiann says

    I’d say, maybe weekly? I love scouring places for ideas, even if it’s just inspiration for my own ideas. :-)

  71. Annika says

    I’m taking on a nanny position and it’s been a while since I had a houseful of little kids to deal with… and they are homeschooled. These are all on my wish list already!

  72. Sarah Plyler says

    I have about 3 parenting books I reference very often. As far as activity books, I own The Rythm of Family book and love it as an art and activity go to!

  73. Joy says

    I go in phases. I’ll read through one cover to cover (like soulemama) and then be inspired for a couple if months.

  74. Kerry says

    I don’t have any books but I enjoy browsing daily posts to collect ideas which I like to pin.

  75. jenni says

    Quite often I’m a preschool teacher with two kids of my owns I’m always looking for new ideas and new spins of beloved favorites

  76. Betsy says

    Hmmm, not very often. I usually turn to pinterest instead! But I do have a couple kid activity books; they’re more for toddler aged though and my guy is beyond that.

  77. Amy Griffeth says

    just about every day – I’m a teacher and always looking for new ideas or the recipe or plans for old favorites!

  78. beth s says

    once or twice a month but i read all the magazines and clip ideas for later several times a month.

  79. Lisa says

    Honestly? Usually I search the internet. I’ll usually read through the book once, and then come back to it, if I remember something from the book that I want to do, or if I can’t find anything on the internet.

  80. stephanie.yanik_live says

    I peruse through them here and there putting an idea from one book, with an idea from another and making them into my own. I never follow any type of book for art or parenting.. I think all books should just be a stepping off point for you :)

  81. Leia says

    I use blogs much more than I use books, but that is because I need more books! :)
    Love these books! They look like an incredible resource.

  82. Mary Beth Galloway says

    I collect more books than I read….bad habit! Couple times a month maybe. Big on Pinterest!

  83. Kelly says

    Not as often as I flip through blogs — would love to have some books on hand for inspiration!

  84. lois says

    I use internet sources daily for inspiration, but if I have books or magazines around they come first. Still love that old- fashioned feeling of a book in hand:) I find in all honesty that things must be very simple or very well laid out or it’s afree for all (which is fine too). Having many ideas for inspiration helps me “guide” the kids to try new and have fun honing their fine motor skills to boot.

  85. Jenn M. says

    I would say I go in spurts when I feel like I need an idea. My boys love to look at them and then ask to make something!

  86. Suzanne Gustafson says

    all the time b/c I have no imagination – thank goodness for The Artful Parent! :)

  87. says

    Not as often as i should. i tend to browse pinterest instead, but i love books and really would love to start using them again.

  88. faith says

    Often. Probably once or twice a month. I have a folder with ideas in it, mostly from blogs (like this one) and pinterest.

  89. Amanda says

    A few times a week. As my toddler gets older, I know I will be looking for lots more activities as she will be able to do more and more.

  90. Margaux says

    Parenting books… often, probably 1x a month or so. Parenting/children’s activity blogs even more so though, almost daily.

  91. LindseyC says

    I love to read so I always turn to parenting books for ideas as we enter new seasons with our kids.

  92. Lea S says

    I’m most likely to use online resources for creative and parenting inspiration, but that’s because my personal library is lacking!

  93. Stephanie says

    I love having a stockpile of books to turn to for inspiration any time we run out of ideas. I use them to write lesson plans for our homeschool days also.

  94. Rachel says

    I am constantly looking for books to read, share or recommend. It is my number one source of inspiration!

  95. Erin says

    Almost everyday I’m using the books on my shelf, but I’d love to add these to the stack too!

  96. [email protected] says

    I use parenting books with some frequency.

  97. Tantely says

    I homeschool my boys so I’m often, if not daily, looking for new and fun ideas to spark their interest and curiosity.

  98. Erica says

    I *love* craft/art idea books. The internet is fun, but I really do love having a book to browse through when I need ideas! I don’t have an exact number, but I turn to craft/art books whenever I need some inspiration!

  99. Deanne York says

    When I’m looking for new ideas to try I pick up a book. I love researching art. Love seeing it being created in others’ homes. :)

  100. Charlene says

    I have checked out activity books from the library a few times, but mostly have used the web.

  101. Jenny says

    I’m almost always reading parenting books or books on education. Thanks for these awesome giveaways! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  102. Mary says

    I visit my granddaughters once a week and try to have some ideas “up my sleeve” each time, to suggest as the need arises. In my case that means scanning my books beforehand to remember what I thought were good ideas!

  103. Tracy H says

    It depends. sometimes seasonally. sometimes when I notice one of kids get intrested in something new and I need ideas to feed that new passion or sometimes if we hit a slump and I need to spark some creativity

  104. Cindy says

    I mostly turn to the Artful Parent blog. But I do sometimes turn to Jean’s book and some of my other favorites.

  105. Cassandra R. says

    I look to books to guide us at least once a week. I’m not as creative as I’d like so they really help me out.

  106. Diana Cote says

    I don’t have any. :[ We just have a very small budget so it goes to art supplies, i do my research online. I wish I had some of these books already, they’ve been on my want list. :D

  107. Nicki says

    They are my go-to constantly for when I have a brain fart and cannot think outside the box – or for that matter – inside the box when looking for a great craft to do. All the time is my short answer lol

  108. Amy says

    I don’t have many books, but I use online ideas every day. All of that awesome collected in a book would make things much easier!

  109. says

    I need to update my collection. I have a lot of craft books from my daycare days, most were provided to me for free by the centers, but we aren’t a very craft type house. I’m mainly on the internet but I’d love these books!

  110. Kristen m says

    I did more with mt first kid. I look up new ideas for art activites. Searching by the supplies I want to use.

  111. Jennifer PM says

    I check my favorite blogs (this one included) most frequently, but want to build my library of good paper resources.

  112. says

    I am on Pinterest daily and borrow books from the library. I love having information at my fingertips! I hesitate to purchase a book until I know that I love it because I have gone overboard in the past! I love The Artful Parent and I am sure I would love the others in this giveaway!!

  113. Rebecca says

    I probably look at blogs and other websites most of the time, but I’d love to have some great books to turn to!

  114. Lidia says

    I have to admit I am not that creative mom, so most of the time I go to the blogs or find an activity book from the library

  115. Elizabeth says

    Every couple of months. I do like to keep them available for the kids to open up and find a page that inspires them.

  116. MamaV says

    we live in nyc, and the city book would be right up our alley! i turn to books for inspiration from time to time. would love to have these resources on hand!

  117. sara says

    With my kids still so young I find I mostly rely on my teaching days for ideas (and blogs and pinterest) but I love the idea of having lots of inspiring books around for them to look through and initiate their own projects. I own one book from this list – Handmade Home – and have looked though it many times looking forward to the day when I can teach my girls to sew!

  118. Anne Boudewyn says

    All the time! I don’t like doing the same art activities more than twice a year so I’m always looking for new ideas!

  119. says

    i use it very often. I have the artful parent, dr spocks, how to talk that kids will listen etc on my bedside reading shelf. My daughter often browse through the artful parent. She chooses the activity from the beautiful pictures in the book. It has reduced the fail rate of our activity as pictures help her understand what we are suppose to do without the struggle. I love whole segments of roost books parenting book. Will be extremely happy if I win any of them.

  120. says

    websites all the time, books maybe 3-4 times a month

  121. Alisa says

    We don’t have a lot of books yet that we can turn to, but we turn to blogs and internet and the books we do have almost daily (or weekly if I’m good at planning). This would be SUCH a help for our family!

  122. --anu says

    It depends on the season. When it is warm outside, hardly ever. When it is colder, it might be weekly or even daily :)

  123. Leslie N says

    I don’t use books as much as I used to….I do more searching on line. But I use books a few times a year.

  124. Katie Davis says

    Weekly! I’m always looking for new ideas to spark an interest in our home. Thanks for the giveaway!

  125. Shilo says

    I am constantly finding great ideas on Pinterest for both my children and when I’m teaching. But it’s always nice to have a book to refer too and share with your children.

  126. Chris says

    Books? Rarely these days, maybe 1-2x/year. But I consult online resources (blogs, pinterest) several days a week for ideas.

  127. Alisha says

    All the time. I am always looking in mags, books, or online for my next brilliant idea! The kids love it!!

  128. Krista Holden says

    Look at books on occasion. I utilize the internet mainly because I need to fill my book library with good resources.

  129. Luciana Kuamoto says

    Pretty much all the time! Books are full of ideas and information. Can’t live without them…

  130. [email protected] says

    Not as often as I should. I definitely could benefit from more resources ;)

  131. Christina says

    Not much. I tend to go to Pinterest for ideas, but would love to have some books around to go to.

  132. Carolyn A. says

    It varies… sometimes it’s near-daily, other times we can go a month or more without picking through one. :) I would LOVE to win this collection! I’m sure there would be several days in a row of idea gathering from them. :)

  133. Naomi says

    I look to books for crafting ideas probably once a week. I look towards your FB posts multiple times a week.

  134. says

    Almost never, but that’s because of the serious lack of parenting or activity books in my library. This could sure fix that in a hurry!

  135. Maureen says

    More often I turn to blogs but books are my 2nd go to. Maybe 4-6times a year. I’ll read a book when I get it and the ideas will bounce around in my head until I need them.

  136. says

    My parenting/activity book-reading seems to go in waves, I’ll be really into books like that for a few months and then I’ll take a break and shift to novels or Buddhist writings for awhile and then shift back again.

  137. Ana says

    I mostly use blogs. I didn’t have good experiences with the few parenting books I bought during my pregnancy – they all made it sound so much easier…

  138. Melissa m says

    I use blogs more then books when it comes to finding activities but it would be amazing to have a collection to turn to and let the kids pick what they would like to do.

  139. Amber Boggs says

    I like to look at them to get ideas, or refresh things we have tried. I’d say a couple times a month.

  140. Alicia williams says

    Fairly often! Through Pinterest and blogs and other sources, it’s so easy to tap into others’ creativity. I love that! :)

  141. Alex says

    Oh, I have no idea! I use blogs a lot more. I LOVE my books though. I think it goes in spurts as I rediscover books and hit new phases. Like right now I am having toddler feeding issues. So sometimes not for a hole month, sometimes multiple times a week.

  142. Sheree says

    Not as often as I did when my children were younger. Mostly now for ideas and inspiration for healthy kids.

  143. says

    I turn to activity books a lot now my son is turning 3 & outgrowing many of our old activities. I love the look of the playful learning book! Pinterest also saves our sanity during these rainy days by providing new ideas.

  144. Jeri Thurber says

    In the winter and inclement weather, I use these books frequently. Other times, we use them when we want to try something new.

  145. Laura says

    I usually just turn to blogs for ideas, so it would be nice to be able to use these books – such an amazing collection!

  146. Samantha K says

    I do quite frequently. I make relaxed version of lesson plans for the month, and look through the couple of books I have for ideas. I also read a lot of blogs to get my creative juices flowing.
    Thank you!

  147. Kyle Schmidt says

    I have a small collection of ‘go to’ books that I use often. Mostly in the summer and during long winter days when I’m in need of a creative boost.

  148. Sarah says

    At least once a week. Pinterest, too, to see how others are reinventing the “standard” activities.

  149. Annemieke says

    More and more now that my little boy and me have found a mindframe of being up for new exciting challenges… I love how they help you discover something new in things you thought you knew.

  150. Amy Frye says

    I am always visiting our local library to look for inspiration. There are so many fantastic ideas in books (and on blogs/websites). In fact, we were there yesterday and plan on going back today. The Children’s Library is such a fun place.

  151. Elizabeth says

    Ooh, this might be my favorite of all the giveaways! I am constantly looking to ours books (as well as constant blog searching) and would love to add these to our art library!!

  152. Lisa says

    I rely on parenting books all the time. I feel there is always something new my kids are doing and I can always use a new “tool” for my parenting “toolbox”. Plus reading is this Mommy’s way of getting a few minutes to relax. A win win!

  153. says

    Not very often. I’m usually getting my ideas from blogs, but now that more bloggers are putting some of their best ideas into books, I guess I’d better check it out!

  154. Amy says

    Regularly, though I don’t have a huge library at this point. It would be great to have more books!

  155. Nicona Jones says

    I don’t turn to books often because I don’t have many good ones. I have a couple, but I hardly need to look in them anymore because I know what is in them. I’ve been using them for almost a decade! Thank goodness for Pinterest! The Artful Parent has been on my wish list for a while, and after seeing your giveaway I have a few more to add to my wish list. We are on a super tight budget, but we are getting close to paying off our credit card debt. After our debts are paid off, I will reward myself (and my family) with a new book or two! -if I’m not lucky enough to win :)

  156. Nanette says

    I have some that are firm favourites, I tend to pick some activities/recipes out of the books & write them out and pop them in a file folder so I can write out a list of supplies & do them over the following week.

  157. Leanne says

    I love to gain inspiration from books…love the photos, the anecdotes, the inspiration. I probably turn to books several times a month.

  158. chandra says

    I check them out of the library periodically, and love my Family Fun magazine and reading blogs. I would be overjoyed to win this!

  159. Ann says

    About once a month. I read them so I have a sense of the projects included and then pull them when I want details on a project.

  160. [email protected] says

    Often. Not always connected to the internet.

  161. Eliza says

    I have to say that I only have two books at home that I reference. More often than not I turn to Pinterest for ideas. That being said, I would LOVE a library of books. Trying very hard as part of one of my bucket list items for this year to rely on the written word in book form more than in technology.

  162. Katie says

    We often look to books for creative ideas (or sites like yours). :)
    Our activity book collection is quite old and outdated, though, but these books here look amazing!!

  163. Alana says

    Whenever I need some inspiration. Just recently I needed the motivation and inspiration to cut out the electronics that somehow snuck into our lives and took over. Although we’ve been tv free in the past, I felt so lost. Its been a rough winter and I questioned if this was the right timing. I decided that the sooner the better for my kids sake and pulled the plug. I reread some old favorites for the motivation and have been flipping through for ideas to keep us busy.

  164. says

    Pretty often, they are a great resource! I own a couple of the titles above, would love to own them all! Books help me avoid getting lost on rabbit trails that happen on Pinterest and reading blogs (fun, but I can loose track of time!)

  165. Margaret N says

    Every couple weeks one of my kids will pull out a craft book and pick out a project. It usually involves a trip to the store :)

  166. Amy Bailey says

    I tend to use Blogs for inspiration, but love the thought of a lovely book filled with ideas to try!

  167. Gretchen says

    I used my Montessori parenting books all of the time with our firstborn, and many of those ideas and practices have become part of our routine now. I mostly go to blogs and Pinterest for inspiration these days. I’d love to add some new inspiration from these books!

  168. katiae says

    most activities I do with the kids are ones I think up on the spot or remember doing with my students when I used to teach. we just subscribed to family fun magazine and have been getting some good use of their ideas as well as ideas inspired by your blog

  169. says

    Several times each day. I have 23 preschool and kindergarten students who love art! At home I have two children who are in creation mode from sun up til sun down!

  170. kath says

    Books are always my inspiration-if it’s not been something passed down. I have notebooks written with things that I did for my older kids,but memory is Not at ones finger tips so I spend more time perusing thru old books of mine on
    Things we taught. It would be nice to have new things.

  171. Kim says

    I haven’t used books very often lately, but I used to often. I use blogs and pinterest for lots of ideas now.

  172. Andrea D. says

    I use to turn to them more when my children were tiny but I don’t turn to them as much; maybe twice a month. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  173. Julie Ventura says

    I use books all the time for inspiration, probaly a few times a month. I love checking out new ones from the library. I use them for my kids and also for my Girl Scout troop.

  174. Juliane says

    Almost every month I will find a different book with seasonal crafts at our awesome library – we just love to craft :-)

  175. says

    I have a couple of books that own that I refer to now and then, but the majority of books I reference on a more daily basis, I check out from the library, so this giveaway is amazing!!!

  176. Elizabeth says

    I tend to go to blogs more then books but I love having the books. I have The Creative Family in my collection and I love it!

  177. Adelle F. says

    I mostly use the the books to stir my creative juices but very often later go back and use a project I saw awhile ago.

  178. Agnes says

    Every few months I check out an art activity book from the library, as I can’t afford to purchase them. I would love to own your book, Jean! I have borrowed all of Amanda Blake Soule’s books from the library (long wait list) as well.

  179. Susan S says

    I used to reference parenting books and websites almost daily for my child’s first 1.5 to 2 years. I check out Pinterest for creative ideas for crafts and play at least once a week, and look at creative activity books whenever we are at a library or bookstore.

  180. Nicole says

    Quite a bit, recently. I use the web a lot. My daughter has her favorite activities, but I like to keep it new and interesting for her as much as possible.

  181. Lydia says

    Pretty often! Especially on the days when we are at home, I need some inspiration and some ideas to help keep things flowing in a calm creative setting. I also use my pinterest board with activities.

  182. says

    Regretfully, it seems not enough! My oldest is always saying how bored he is, and I always forget to refer to books for activities. Maybe I need to invest in a book set just like the ones in your giveaway to get my groove going (and more importantly, to keep my kids fulfilled!) Thanks for the giveaway!! Your blog is awesome. :)

  183. Summer Roberts says

    My daughter and I often look to the activity book when she has a day off of school. She enjoys flipping through the book looking for an activity that catches her fancy.

  184. says

    These would be nice. We haven’t done much in the way of art lately at home unfortunately. I can’t say I use books much.

  185. Michaela says

    Constantly! That’s the section I always turn to in a bookstore or at the library. This is an awesome collection here- thank you!

  186. Tracey says

    All the time. I use blogs and pinterest and of course the library. I love new ideas it makes life more fun for everyone.

  187. miriam says

    I love to keep activity books close by and find myself reaching for them whenever I seek new inspiration (sometimes once a month, sometimes weekly–depends on the season too).

  188. [email protected] says

    rarely. but only because i don’t have any ;)

  189. Faith says

    Mostly, I turn to Pinterest or see other activity ideas online via friends/family. If I had some good parenting books, I would definitely go to those, especially now as my two kids are getting older and more interested in crafty things!

  190. Krista says

    I love referring to books for ideas – in fact I just bought your book! I use books for ideas about once or twice a week

  191. Jenna says

    I check out books from the library for ideas on days we can’t get outside very easily. So, usually twice a month or so.

  192. Cris says

    I used to turn yo parenting books more often. Now, with my second son, I may check them once or twice a month. But I’ve looked for new titles such as books on how to deal with sibling rivalry, and so.

  193. Angela says

    We have one that is well thumbed – probably used once every 1 to 2 weeks. Would love some new sources to flick through!

  194. Jeanine says

    About once a month. I have found some great resources such as the ones shown at my local library.

  195. Jack Williams says

    often- I am working the websites, blogs, magazines, library and buying a few here or there. We were late parents and I am looking to be an art teacher…any help I can get to keep things under control and headed in a positive direction is greatly appreciated!

  196. Amanda C says

    Wow! What a prize pack of great books. I mainly use blogs and Pinterest for ideas lately but have also heavily relied on Mrs. Kohl’s books based on your recommendation. I would say we reference physical books 2x a month and blogs 2-3x weekly for craft ideas.

  197. Claire Yabraian says

    Not often enough! My daughter brought home a craft book from school and excitedly insisted on completing every project in the book! Otherwise, I just offer the same old ideas. Would love some inspiration to break me out of the habit.

  198. Mela says

    I do look in books. I usually check them out of the library because I can’t afford to buy them.

  199. Kiley says

    I love having books. I use the internet often, but books are easier when we’re looking for a quick something. The internet can be a black hole sometimes. Books keep me a bit more focused.

  200. Wendy says

    I give them as gifts to my daughters and don’t know how often they are used.
    When I was a daycare mother I got ideas from library craft books regularly.

  201. Laura says

    Not often, because I don’t have many. But I like that books don’t send on on a time-sucking internet hunt for the perfect idea.

  202. marta says

    very often sometimes daily, but not rarer than weekly :), i love new ideas however i absolutely love books, their smell, and the touch of paper, sound…and ideas books – the best connection.

  203. Heather S. says

    Can I say everyday? I may not use the idea I am reading about on that day. I love garnering ideas from others and I prefer a book to a blog because I feel totally disengaged while on the computer, but we as a family can pour over a book while cuddled on the couch :o)

  204. Rachel says

    I honestly look mostly to books when I want something I can refer back to again and again. I do find them inspirational but usually only seek out books that have been recommended by someone whose interests and tastes seem similar to mine. I don’t tend to go after new books on my own for inspiration.

  205. Cyndi says

    As a former children’s librarian, I have used a LOT of craft books in my day! With my own kids, I’d probably say I use ideas from books 2 or 3 times a month.

  206. Maria says

    This is awesome!!! Lately I’ve been leaning on books and blogs quite a bit. It’s sooo sooo cold outside that we’ve exhausted our stuff and are always looking for some new ideas! I would love these books!!

  207. Elissa says

    ALL the time, especially when it has to do with projects or crafts or outdoor/indoor games. And also to find ways to discipline/correct creatively. All fair game!

  208. says

    I read the books voraciously when they first arrive. After it is less, but the ideas stay with me and I find myself returning to the shelf for certain books a few times month to start a new project from the book or as a part of the process when designing my own project.

  209. Sarah says

    Quite often–while I certainly get a lot of ideas from blogs and pinterest, one of my favorite activities when I find an hour or so to myself is to browse through the library or a bookstore.

  210. Maureen says

    I’d like to turn to books like these more. Whenever I get my hands on one, I always find it rewarding and refreshing.

  211. Brandy H says

    We use our Activity Books weekly – my oldest daughter loves to go through them and bookmark activities she would like to try. I’m so glad they are being used again ~ we’d done all the younger child activities when she was younger.

  212. says

    I have one child, fourteen months old, so I am just beginning to delve into the world of children’s art and creativity. I’m finding lots of great ideas online and recently discovered “The Artful Parent” at our local library. What a fantastic book!

  213. Julie says

    Love finding these kinds of books in the public library. I read them like novels. We use them all the time for ideas.

  214. Day says

    i rely mainly on blogs for inspiration/ideas for activities and use books for more parenting related issues.

  215. Tauna W. says

    I’m always reading parenting books, probably reading a new one every other month on average. Generally I search blogs for ideas of art and activities for my family because I don’t have great books. These would be wonderful

  216. DebbieK says

    Great selection! I usually borrow or buy a parenting book several times a year. Sometimes I’m looking for new ideas or some new motivation to get active!

  217. Jenn A says

    I love to browse for ideas as often as possible – ideally every day. Love, love, love Artful Parent for the most awesome ideas ever!

  218. SarahB says

    weekly – have a second hand activity book from a former teacher. seems my book budget goes for kids books, would love some mommy books with the kids still in mind. these look so inspiring!

  219. Stephani says

    I run a small cooperative library and work with a childcare cooperative, so I go to parenting and activity books all the time for ideas and guidance!!

  220. Ulanda says

    I look at ideas in books and online a few times a week. I don’t necessarily get to them all!

  221. Ulrike says

    When I have time I read the books, marking ideas I want to realize some day. I like seasonal or themebased books best

  222. Jerri says

    I normally find ideas through blogs or Pinterest, but I would love to have a personal library to pour over! The books all look so wonderful.

  223. Amanda says

    Usually I turn to the internet for ideas, but I LOVE your book, Jean and have checked it out of our library twice over the last couple months!

  224. Kary M. says

    I tend to turn to the internet daily for inspiration, but love finding a good activity book on my weekly trip to the library.

  225. Monique says

    At least once a week, I am always trying to find ways to create fun, memorable, learning experiences for my son.

  226. tiffany says

    Not that much YET, but my daughter is reaching the age where she is starting to get bored and I will need some really good books to keep us both happy every day!

  227. says

    I find a lot of stuff on-line but I work in a library so I’m a big fan of books too! I probably flip through a new one every week or so.

  228. Erin Ellis says

    I try to read a new book weekly or bi-weekly to find ideas on ways to enrich my children’s lives. Thank you for the fabulous giveaway – this is just perfect!
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  229. Mary says

    I like finding books to inspire our family…there are so many ideas out there and our library is a great resource for us. I’ve also been doing some Internet research and blogs are another great source…I often find ideas I wasn’t even thinking about when starting my search!

  230. Brittany says

    I turn to them about once a week. I just really love all the inspiration put to beautiful photographs!

  231. Amy says

    I read parenting books often but art ideas usually come from an online source. If I had the books I would definitely use them!

  232. lynn says

    maybe a few times a month. what a super generous giveaway! i especially love to chose one to take while we’re traveling.

  233. Knitting Mole says

    Seems like every other day lately…we’ve been trying to come up with good activities for our 3 yo daughter. I love the SouleMama books and was very excited to see some new ones I didn’t know about above! :)

  234. Heather says

    A few times a week to blogs and books; I usually sign them out from the library first and then buy the ones that get us all excited (like yours!). We do a few things every day, and it’s nice to break up the paint/markers/crayons/playdough circuit with new ideas. I never thought to add googly eyes and feathers etc to playdough before I visited your blog!

  235. Annette says

    I probably use what I’ve collected on Pinterest more because it’s a better organizational style for me, but I do like to read books and take notes and refer back to my notes for inspiration.

  236. [email protected] says

    Every once in a while.
    Love to get idea s from books.

  237. Leah H. says

    I teach classes for preschoolers and toddlers at a museum, so I am always looking at these types of books for activities and projects to try. Your blog is one of my go-to sites and I really love Playful Learning too. What a great giveaway!!

  238. chris b says

    I love the feel of books so we do “book projects” about twice a week, sometimes more. Internet is great but hard to have in front of you with kids and all the stuff you need.

  239. says

    I like to check out books when I’m having a creative block or to find some inspiration. Which is normally once a month.
    Just a note: I did throughly enjoy your book, The Artful Parent recently when I checked it out from the library.
    So many great ideas! Thank you!

  240. Meghan Burch says

    Activity books: weekly. Parenting books, about monthly. I love books as tangible resources! I love Roost Books!

  241. Mary says

    I just scanned a chapter in a positive discipline pre k book before I read this post. I use book all the time to get fresh ideas on everything! I would love these!!

  242. MHB says

    It’s great to have a few books on hand that I can take a quick peek at when we need some fresh ideas and I don’t have time to research online!

  243. Charissa says

    I gain so much from the parenting/family books I read. I feel so grateful for them and the wonderful insight they provide! As for activity ideas, I refer to my books once a week or so.

  244. Leslie Connor says

    At least weekly– I plan hands-on things to go with almost all of our lessons, plus projects for their own sake. I also use resources to plan for our co-op.

  245. Erin says

    One or two times a month. With one in school all day, it’s less often than when I had two at home full time.

  246. Camille says

    Weekly! We have enjoyed many of these titles via our local library, would love to have them on my bookshelf for frequent inspiration!

  247. Susan says

    honestly? Not as often as I should. I need to remember them when I’m feeling ‘tapped out’ on a weekend. My kids do so well when they have a project to work on, and i just have to be there to help or monitor – much easier than them fighting over a toy :)

  248. sarah trew says

    I would say daily! We homeschool so I am always looking for new ideas and inspiration. Blogs are a huge part of daily readings as well :)

  249. Kim says

    Probably 4-5 times a week. We homeschool, so I use them for planning, but also when I need immediate inspiration.

  250. AStalvey says

    Fairly often. I also use the blogs that I follow (yours) and pinterest and the like. I have lots of parenting books- but none that are really a place to turn to for ideas- more like read and understand how to be more peaceful, teach them to pray, etc. I’ve longed for several of these for a while now!

  251. Laura says

    Several times a month – sometimes for ideas other times to see how our activities are similar to what others might be doing.

  252. Julie says

    All the time, at least 2 or 3 times a week for inspiration for activities or when my parenting tactics fail me!

  253. Heidi Anderson says

    ONce or twice a month, I dont own many but blogs are a great source of inspiration too!

  254. Heather Murphy says

    Occasionally. Usually if it is a book recommended by a friend. I find a lot of great resources online through fun blogs like this!

  255. chrissie laos says

    Almost every time I end up on the computer I am find myself reading/saving/printing/requesting from library parenting & activity books!

  256. Bethany says

    I don’t like “screen time” as a filler for our day, since it has been so cold outside play has not been an option. Our library’s collection of creative books has been a sanity saver!

  257. Sara says

    i usually make a big list of ideas I want to use in the year, then I go back and read up that section when I need to.

  258. Tiffany says

    Daily/weekly. I rely on the brilliant ideas of other moms to make magic and fun happen for my kids. I follow several blogs and use Pinterest for ideas, but given the choice I would always rather have a solid book in my hand to peruse, bookmark and return to for ideas.

  259. Amber W. says

    All of the time! Upon getting one, I read it cover to cover like a novel. And then peruse them often when I need inspiration (which is often!).