Blogiversary Thank Yous and an Awesome Kids Art Book Giveaway

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Fotolia_28132625_XSHappy Birthday to this little blog of mine. The Artful Parent is four years old today! Just out of toddlerhood, really. But what a wonderful four years it's been!

I want to say a big thank you to all of you lovely folks who come by this space, read what I have to say, ask and answer questions, try out the arts and crafts projects that I write about, and inspire me with your own ideas and projects.

THANK YOU!

I am terribly lucky to have you and this community. You keep me inspired and excited, not just about children's art, seasonal crafts, and family fun, but also about life in general. I love blogging and love art and feel so lucky that I get to do this with you.

MaryAnn KohlI also want to thank and honor MaryAnn F. Kohl today. Her kids' art books and ideas about process-oriented children's art were instrumental in getting me started down this artful parent path. Her unflagging enthusiasm regarding children's art, her positive nature, and her warm accessibility and friendship have sustained me throughout the past few years.

THANK YOU, MARYANN!

I am lucky to have you in my life. Indeed, we are ALL lucky to have you. You have influenced so many parents, teachers, and children throughout your career as a teacher and author. I'm sure the ripples of your influence will continue to spread in the years ahead as well.

XO,

Jean

Children's Art Book Giveaway!

When I asked MaryAnn if she might be interested in offering a couple of her books as a giveaway today, she floored me by offering 9 books!! (It's her birthday, too—January 23rd—so it's a double celebration!) All eight of her Bright Ring Publishing titles are included in this giveaway, plus First Art because it was the first one I read. There will be three winners with each receiving one of the following sets of three books:

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Giveaway: Set One

  • Scribble Art
  • Mudworks
  • Discovering Great Artists

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Giveaway: Set Two

  • Great American Artists for Kids
  • Mudworks, Bilingual Edition
  • Science Arts

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Giveaway: Set Three

  • Storybook Art
  • Good Earth Art
  • First Art (an older edition)

How to Enter

Readers who leave a comment to this post by 11:49 pm EST on Tuesday, January 24th will be entered into the giveaway for MaryAnn F. Kohl's books. The three winners will be picked by random number generator and will be announced on this post on Wednesday morning (I also e-mail the winners directly). This giveaway is open to readers in the United States only. Good luck! Giveaway now closed.

The random number generator gave me 59, 160, and 263 so the winners are Erin (book set 1), Rashmi (book set 2), and Jenn (book set 3). Congrats!

Update: Because of a bad e-mail address, I wasn't able to reach Rashmi, so had to get a new number from Random.Org. #248 means the winner for book set 2 is now Sally.

Erin said…

I love your blog!

Rashmi said…

Wow four years!! Congrats. Happy birthday to Mary ann Kohl too. Hope we win her books

Jenn said…

Fantastic! Happy blogiversary!

Sally said…

Congrats on your 4 year Anniversary!! What a great giveaway! Thank you for your daily inspirations!

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    vicki
    January 21, 2012 at 6:59 am

    hello! i would love to enter for a chance to win. thank you!

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    Angel Funk
    January 21, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Oh, I can’t turn this one down! What a great giveaway. She is such an inspiration, so are you!

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    Joy
    January 21, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Happy birthday to your blog! I’ve only followed for the past two years and love it!

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    Val
    January 21, 2012 at 7:18 am

    The books look like so much fun. Happy blogiversary!

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    Maria
    January 21, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Oh this is fabulous! Thank you!! Happy Blogiversary!

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    christine w.
    January 21, 2012 at 7:43 am

    these books have all been on my list and i’d love to receive any of them! thank you and thanks for all the inspiration!

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    Monica
    January 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I LOVE her books! Happy blogiversary!

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    Kathy
    January 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

    These books look so fantastic!

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    January 21, 2012 at 8:01 am

    How can I win all nine of them? JUST KIDDING!! This is an exciting time, Jean, so Happy Blogiversary. I won’t tell you how old I am this year, but it’s kind of a milestone of sorts, so it’s fun to celebrate by sharing. I’ll have a guest blog post for you soon….just to add to the celebration.
    H A P P Y B L O G A V E R S A R Y !!

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    Meda
    January 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Wow! What a way to celebrate!! Happy Blog Birthday~

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    Emily M.
    January 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

    awesome! happy blogaversary!!!

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    C-Joy
    January 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Congratulations to the both of you! Love MaryAnn’s books & can’t wait to add to my collection :-D

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    Vanessa
    January 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Thank you for all the great ideas!

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    Iris
    January 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Great blog/great books!

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    Aleacia @ Dilly-Dali Art
    January 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Amazing giveaway! Happy birthday to The Artful Parent! And happy birthday MaryAnn!

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    Jeannie
    January 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I love your blog! I am a mom of two girls under the age of three – and I love art. Your ideas are very inspirational and I’ll be sure to use a lot of them. Thank you!

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    Viva
    January 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Congrats! And thanks for all that you do!!

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    Monica
    January 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! We would love any one of those sets! Happy birthday!

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    Emily
    January 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Happy blogiversary, I’d love to be entered to win!

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    Laura Williams
    January 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I am with MaryAnn. how can I win all of them. I currently own two Maryann F. Kohl books. To me she is the authority in children’s art. Love her and love your blog. She was my first author of art books crush and you were my first blog crush. Wow! Two of my favorites in one place.

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    Jamie [hands on : as we grow]
    January 21, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Ooo! Me please :) So exciting! I hope I have a chance to win? How many times can I comment?!? :)

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    amber
    January 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Happy Blogiversary How FUN!

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    katrina
    January 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Oh! My children and I have so loved the ones of these that we’ve found at the library — such inspiring projects! Thanks for entering me, and happy double birthdays…

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    Laura F.
    January 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Happy blogiversary! Your blog has introduced me to great ideas and great resources, helping me introduce art to my toddlers in interesting ways. Thank you so much!

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    Katie
    January 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Happy blogiversary to you! The Artful Parent has contributed so much to how I approach creativity with my children. Thank you! Through your blog (and my mom, an educator for 35 years) I have also heard great things about MaryAnn Kohls books and would love to win a copy (and mark a book off my Amazon wishlist!). Thank you for the opportunity!

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    Danielle
    January 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Congratulations! Love your blog and Mary Ann’s as both a mom to a preschooler and as an asst. director of a nursery school. These are my go to books!

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    Stacy
    January 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Count me in for this wonderful giveaway! Thanks.

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    stacy
    January 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Yay! Happy Birthday to one of my very favorite blogs!

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    Erin
    January 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    What a wonderful giveaway — please include me!

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    cpcable
    January 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Happy blogaversary! What a wonderful opportunity to share these books. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Leigh @ Toasted
    January 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

    And such a worthy blog it is. You’ve certainly altered the parenting path I’ve taken with my kids.

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    Jessie
    January 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I gave away my copy of First Art on my Blog a few months back! It was the first book I read of Mary Ann’s and it was so inspiring. I’d love to be entered! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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    Catherine
    January 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Happy blogaversary! Please include me in the giveaway!

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    Kelly A
    January 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Awesome, I need more inspiration.

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    Heather
    January 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I love her books too. we have Science Arts and Great ARtists. I think we need to pull them out today for some fun. Happy Anniversary again.

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    Katherine
    January 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

    We have just discovered her through “First Art”. Would love to add to our library for future projects.

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    [email protected] Connections for Kids
    January 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

    What a wonderful milestone! Happy Blogiversary!

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    molly
    January 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

    What a huge giveaway. I wouldn’t leave the house! Congratulations again on 4 great years of writing and inspiring!

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    Brigid Ferkett
    January 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Your blog has been quite an inspiration in our family. My seven year old wakes up and sits down at her desk to immediately work on things. A new set of books would be wonderful for her. Happy Anniversary.

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    Heather
    January 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Happy blog anniversary and happy birthday to MaryAnn! We have a bunch of her books but only 2 of the ones in the giveaways, doubles would make great gifts!

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    Catt
    January 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    What a great giveaway. I would love any one of those sets! Happy Anniversary!

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    Katy
    January 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Great giveaway, and some of those books of hers I’d never heard of, so thanks for the introduction! And Happy Birthday to you both :)

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    Lori N
    January 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Happy Blogiversary! What a great book series. Adding them to my wish list right now.

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    Renee Brown
    January 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I love your blog and would love to win this!!!

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    Terri
    January 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Happy Blogoversy!! And Happy Birthday MaryAnne! I would love to win a set! There are so many wonderful projects and inspiration in MaryAnne’s books!

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    Hannah
    January 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday! We are just getting a family art studio together, these books would be so inspiring! Thanks.

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    Jennifer
    January 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Would LOVE to win these books! I have been looking to add these to our library forever!!!

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    Annette
    January 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Happy Birthday! I would love to win one of these books.

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    Kelly
    January 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

    wow! these books look great! congrats!

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    sarah
    January 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for nearly all four years! I’m incredibly thankful to you for introducing me to so many wonderful things! Happy day.

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    kt
    January 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

    What a fabulous giveaway. Happy blogging birthday to you!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Heather
    January 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I love MaryAnne’s books and would love to win more!

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    Launa
    January 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Happy Birthday Artful Parent!!
    Such lovely books, thanks for the giveaway!

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    Mary at The Forager's Landscape
    January 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Wow, this is awesome. First, thank you so much for writing The Artful Parent. It has influenced me so much and is helping me enrich my children’s lives every day. Happy Anniversary!
    I was introduced to MaryAnn Kohl’s art books through your blog and I agree, they are amazing. So useful, user friendly, and fun. I am so grateful to her for her work, and for the things I’ve learned from them about making art with children.
    Thank you both again! And Happy Birthday MaryAnn!

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    Holly
    January 21, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Congratulations, Jean! Your blog is a source of inspiration for so many and you should be proud of that!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful art ideas!

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    Karla
    January 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

    These look really neat! Thanks to both of you! I’m a fairly new follower (under a yr) and will have to check out these books.

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    Carrie @ Rhubarb Sky
    January 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Oh my golly. What an amazing giveaway!

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    Erin
    January 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I love your blog!

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    [email protected]
    January 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I would love to win these books. I have 4 children, ages 6-12, and you have brought us so many wonderful activities and beautiful thoughts and images! Thank you!!! Whitney Allison Yoder

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    Natalie
    January 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Wow! These books look amazing. I would love a chance to win a set.

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    Jana
    January 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

    How wonderful! My kids school is a co-op and I help out with their art projects and ideas. This would really come in handy! Thanks.

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    Adriana
    January 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Congrats all around…..and best wishes for many more years to come…

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    Andrea D.
    January 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I would love to win this for my kids. Thanks for the chance to enter. I love your blog it helps me with my kids.

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    Camille K.
    January 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

    From one N. Carolinian to another, Happy Blog B-day!! Any one of these amazing books would be a perfect addition to our Homeschool Curriculum! I love being creative and sharing and encouraging my children to express themselves creatively as well. It’s an amazing process! Hope we win! Thanks!

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    Darya Bowen
    January 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I have scribble art and would love having some of her other books! Thanks!

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    Besquirrely
    January 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations! Happy you are here.

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    Stacey
    January 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Hi,
    I am new to your blog and just love it. We experimented with Aqua Gems in a bin on our homemade light table yesterday, and the twins loved it. We love books to as most kiddos I know. What a great giveaway. Happy Birthday!

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    KIM GREEN
    January 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

    AWESOME!!!! My girls would absolutely LOVE THESE!!!

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    kate
    January 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Congratulations!

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    Mary
    January 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Oh how we would cherish these books. Yay!!

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    Marisa
    January 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

    What a way to celebrate happy birthday to the blog! Thanks for the chance these titles sound inspiring!

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    Megan S.
    January 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for all of the work you put into this blog – it really is a great resource.

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    JJ
    January 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I love your blog and I love Mary Ann Kohl books. Thanks!

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    Jenny
    January 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I would love to win these books!

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    Katie
    January 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I just started following your blog and already love it! Thank you for your creative ideas and projects. And happy birthday to your blog!

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    Mountain Mama (Wesley Jeanne)
    January 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Great giveaway! Love Mary Ann and her books!
    Congratulations on four years.

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    Gita Suchland
    January 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Love your blog. Thank you for an awesome giveaways. We love art :)

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    Deb
    January 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Happy Birthday! I would love to win and use any of these books .

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    katie
    January 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

    i got good earth art as a gift YEARS ago… i think i was in middle school… i have since forgotten about it so now i need to do some searching…would love to see what her other books are all about!!!

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    Shannon Ivener
    January 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Happy birthday!

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    Sara R.
    January 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Her books are wonderful!

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    Amy Pertl-Clark
    January 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Happy Anniversary! Perfect books to celebrate The Artful Parent’s four years and MaryAnn’s birthday!!!

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    Lisa
    January 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Happy BIrthday! Hip, Hip, Hooray!

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    Jodie
    January 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Happy Anniversary! You blog has been very inspiring! Thank you!!!

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    Lindsay
    January 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

    woooooohooooooo this are so awesome! i’d love to have one of these sets! thanks for the chance!

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    Wlkrmlss
    January 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I’m always up for some good art books!

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    amy dyer
    January 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

    happy happy birthday!!! i really enjoy reading your articles and posts :) thank you for your offer!

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    Aly Kantor
    January 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I used ‘First Art’ quite a bit when I first started teaching an arts and movement program for toddlers and young preschoolers, and it was one of those books that was really instrumental in helping me understand how to provide more art experiences rather than art projects, which is what I strove for. It was one of those books that really helped me to make the leap! Unsurprisingly, it was also the first book that came off the shelf when I began teaching toddlers again, and still has a very prominent place on my shelf now that I’m working with preschoolers! I’m not sure Maryann really has any idea how many big fans (and little fans) she has! And how gracious of her to provide so many books for this giveaway! Happy birthday to Maryann and to The Artful Parent! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    molly
    January 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!! These books are awesome! Thanks for continuing to inspire us all!

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    Sarah
    January 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Happy blogiversary! We’ve gotten much inspiration from you!

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    Amy Williams
    January 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Your blog has inspired me and my oldest daughter for 3 years – thank you and Happy Blogiversary! We have and love Scribble Art, I always wished I had her other books, and now that my youngest is 15 months I must get First Art. MaryAnn’s books are great!

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    Colleen @F5th @pinterestmama
    January 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Happy birthday to MaryAnn! Happy blogiversary to you!
    I love your blog! We love and regularly do projects from MaryAnn’s books, as well as your blog, both in our home and in our homeschool co-op.
    We especially would love to win Set Two, as I am trying to teach my sons English, Spanish, and French. We have many friends in the co-op who are trying to do the same thing, to introduce bilingual learning to their children.
    We don’t have any of the books in Set Two.
    We have quite a few of her other books though and just love them!
    What a great giveaway!
    So excited about this giveaway!
    Colleen:) Sunrise Learning Lab

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    gwynn
    January 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!!! What an awesome giveaway!

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    Patti Holcombe
    January 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    What a fun celebration! Happy Blogiversary! I’d love to win!

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    Gizala
    January 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    What an AWESOME giveaway. I thought I knew all her books but there are a few here I have not seen before. I’d be proud to own any of these sets!

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    Nicole
    January 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I have checked out several of her books from the library; they are an inspiration! Thanks for this opportunity!

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    Stacy
    January 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    These look awesome! I need all the help I can get for my super creative daughter!

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    Pearly
    January 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary! You have been a true inspiration! I am so thankful for your blog. Thank you for taking the time to share your amazing creativity to all!

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    Laura
    January 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for another great giveaway!

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    Michelle
    January 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Happy Blogiversary to you! I am always inspired by your blog and am a big fan of MaryAnn Kohl too! I would be so excited to for any set of her amazing books :)

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    Amy A.
    January 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Your blog is an inspiration…so glad I found you and hope you stay for many more years! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    [email protected]
    January 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    As an elementary art teacher I would love any and all of these sets! I have her Great Artists book and use it often!

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    Celeste
    January 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I just love her books!

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    Lorina
    January 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! What a fun giveaway! Thank YOU for the great ideas and inspiration!

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    Jennifer Moore
    January 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

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    Toddler Approved
    January 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Congrats Jean! Love your blog! What a great giveaway too!

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    Kimberly
    January 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I LOVE your blog and your toddler art group has been such an inspiration to me!

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    Amy
    January 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Happy anniversary, Jean! We have one of Mary Anne Kohl’s books that we use and mark up a lot. It would be awesome to have a few more of her books.

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    Karla
    January 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Congratulations on 4 years of providing us great information and inspiration. Looking forward to many more years!

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    Catherine
    January 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Wow, what great books!

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    Bernadette
    January 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    We love your blog! Happy Anniversary!

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    Kimberly
    January 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Congratulations! I am always looking to check out her books at the library…and so is the rest of the town, because they’re hard to get :)

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    cheryl mathiasen
    January 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Happy Anniversary. I love Mary Ann’s books as well. I’ve been a preschool teacher for over 25 years and have her Mudworks and Great Artist books. They are invaluable to me.

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    Molly
    January 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Love Mary Ann Kohl and the blog! Thank you for all of the artful ideas!

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    Karen
    January 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Congratulations, and thanks for this great giveaway!

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    Melissa B
    January 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I love her books and keep checking the ones our library has out, so it would be fabulous to win 3!

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    Susan
    January 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you so much for the time you spend doing this blog! I love the activities you share and carry them over to my classroom. Happy Birthday to your blog! May there be many years of creativity ahead of you.

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    Heather Hemphill
    January 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    your blog was teh irst one i stumbled upon and then followed, and then became addicted to otehrs blogs LOL. thank you for all of the time you take out to share w/ others, and inspire. JUST LIKE MARY’s books. i adore them and would love love love to add to my collection

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    Jackie
    January 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! It’s been a joy to read your blog and watch your kids grow up! Thank you for so many good ideas!

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    Erin aka Conscious Shopper
    January 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Happy blogiversary to you and happy birthday to Ms. Kohl! We love her books and have checked them out of the library so many times. It would be lovely to own a few!

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    Shereen
    January 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Congratulations! Would love a chance to win.

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    Aerial
    January 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I love Mary a. Kohl’s books. I only have two but there are enough ideas to last me forever!

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    Paula
    January 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! You are such an inspiration. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway.

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    Holly Schwartz
    January 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Would love to win one of your giveaways.
    Thanks for all of the inspiration.
    Holly in Kentucky

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    Kate
    January 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Today is my daughter’s 7th birthday too — she is the artistic and creative one in the family, so she keeps me inspired! I have checked several of these books out of the library for reference, but would love to own them! THANKS for the giveaways!!!

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    Tamara
    January 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I love these books and would love to win one of the sets!

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    Gabriel Miles
    January 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    This is a GREAT giveaway! I have the Discovering Great Artists book and it’s fabulous! I didn’t know about her others, they look great. So excited!

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    Kerstin
    January 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary! This is an absolutely fabulous giveaway! I love MaryAnn’s books.

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    Katie
    January 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Fun! We love MaryAnn Kohl books… I get them at the library but it would be fun to have our own set.

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    Jane
    January 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    What a great give away. I love her books and have enjoyed your blog so much. Great ideas for my classroom and doing art at home with my children. Happy Anniversary!

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    Penny
    January 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Congratulations to you both!

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    Andrea
    January 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Yes…happy blogiversary! I adore this blog for the thoughtful ideas I can use for my family. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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    judean
    January 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Artful Parent! What a fun giveaway :)

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    Andrea
    January 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Yes…Happy Blogiversary! I adore this blog for thoughtful ideas I can use with my family. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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    Alex
    January 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Wow! I LOVE these books! Thanks for the chance!

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    Bibliosophy
    January 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    How generous; I would love to win! Thanks to your inspiration, I just started a preschool art group. It’s been so fun!

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    Laurie
    January 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Happy Birthday and happy blogiversary. Thanks for the chance to win such wonderful books.

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    Laura
    January 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I love your blog! Happy Blogiversary!
    And thank you for the giveaway; those books all looks super interesting!
    :)

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    Alicia
    January 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Yay happy b days!
    Love your blog!

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    Heather Cornelius
    January 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    wonderful books!Happy Blogiversary- thanks for the opportunity!

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    Julie A.
    January 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Happy birthday to both of you! I would be SOOO excited to win this…it would feel like my birthday! Thanks for the chance!

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    Angeles
    January 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Congrats on the 4 years! Thabks for the oportunity to win the books! they look great!

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    jennifer
    January 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    i love her book of first art for toddlers and twos. it’s been instrumental in starting my daughter’s first art experiences! happy bday to the blog and to mary ann!

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    Andie
    January 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Congrats on four years! I’m always looking on your site for art ideas for my girls. I know we’d love exploring these books together.

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    Kimbertonherbal.blogspot.com
    January 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    We love your blog happy anniversary!

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    Cheryl
    January 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Thanks for all you share, and for organizing such a terrific giveaway!

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    Amanda C.
    January 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Love, love, love MaryAnn Kohl’s books. It is such an amazing book! Gives just enough structure to make me feel confident, with tons of flexibility so that it is truly creative “art” for my daughters, rather than a “craft project”. Congrats on your anniversary! Your blog is definitely in my top 5 (and where I first was introduced to ‘First Art’!). Thanks so much to you both for the chance at this giveaway!

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    Anna
    January 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I find the best ideas for projects with my little ones when I look at your blog, and my kids are always so proud of their final projects. Hooray for four years!

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    Carrie R
    January 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog and also to MaryAnn! Thanks to you both for all you do and the wonderful giveaway.

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    katherine
    January 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    i’m reading one of her books now! would love to win!!

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    Martina
    January 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Happy Blogiversary from Argentine! this blog is wonderfull and my sons enjoy so much with yours projects.

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    January 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I feel kinda warm and fuzzy, don’t you, Jean? Thank you, Everyone, for making me feel special. Can’t wait to see who wins! (I love the post.. “…my first author crush…” I’ve got to write that one down and tell my husband. Love you all too!!

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    Cherise
    January 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I LOVE her books! Happy blogiversary!

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    BGS
    January 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Liz S.
    January 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you, Jean, for a wonderful blog! Your blog was the very first blog I ever read and it is still one of only a few that I subscribe to (e-mail inbox space is just too precious). Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration and for introducing me to Mary Ann Kohl! I love her books, too!
    Happy Anniversary!

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    Cecilia
    January 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    What a great way to celebrate! congratulations!

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    Chinnu
    January 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Congrats!! Love your blog and Mary Ann’s books, hope you pick us:)

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    Hemanth
    January 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    What a great give away to celebrate your blog!! Congrats and thanks.

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    Rashmi
    January 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Wow four years!! Congrats. Happy birthday to Mary ann Kohl too. Hope we win her books

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    January 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I try not to let it make me a stuffy famous person. But I do have some idea and if I think about it, I start to cry. My parents would be so proud, but did not live long enough to see my success. I think they know, though.

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    Rashumee
    January 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    We love your blog happy anniversary! PICK ME , me me

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    Liz
    January 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I am an art therapist with special needs students, and these books would be great resources!

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    Sarah
    January 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Wow what a wonderful giveaway!

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    Cindy M
    January 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Congratulations and happy blogiversary, happy to have found you. I love all of your posts/ ideas. Please continue the awesome work!

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    lili
    January 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Congrats and thank you for writing! I’m not very artsy and I’m trying to pick up some of your ideas.

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    Elizabeth
    January 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Congrats! Thanks to you too. My daughter’s toddlerhood has been greatly enriched because of bloggers and authors like you and MaryAnn Kohl!

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    melissa k
    January 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    how wonderful!

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    Kari
    January 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Happy anniversay, friend! I am so thankful to have you and your blog in my life! Happy birthday, MaryAnn!

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    Michele
    January 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    lovely giveaway

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    Amanda
    January 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    All of the books sounds like great resources!

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    Shelley
    January 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    My oldest turns 5 on the 23rd! Celebrations abound. Would love any of these great books!

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    Mary
    January 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Great giveaway. So have enjoyed your blog over the years.

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    Laura
    January 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Congrats! May you keep inspiring others to create!

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    Amy
    January 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve been curious about those books since you mention them so often. I’d love the chance to own a few myself!

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    Eileen
    January 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I am a HUGE fan of Mary Ann, but have only one of her books thus far. We would be THRILLED to have more. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Savannah
    January 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary! I’m a big fan of these books (in fact, I have Math Arts out from the library right now!)

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    Erin
    January 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    That is an exciting giveaway, indeed. She’s such an inspiration!!!

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    Sarah M
    January 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Oh how wonderful!! What a great birthday present to pass on to future artists and artful parents alike. Sign me up! We’d love to put one of those sets to use.
    Thanks to Jean and Maryann both!
    Sarah M

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    rachel
    January 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    oh this is all so special… YOUR blog anniv.– wehoo! and the honor you’re giving to your hero… and such a wonderful giveaway! i’ll have to spring and get one/some of these bks even if i don’t win… but maybe just maybe i’ll win this time!

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    Carrie
    January 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    What a fantastic assortment of books! Good Earth Art is a favorite of mine that I keep taking out of the library. :) I’ll keep my fingers crossed! Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I am hopeful and excited to read many more years worth of wonderful projects and activities!

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    Barbara
    January 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    What a huge giveaway! I’ve enjoyed your blog for 2 years now, and I aspire to implement some of your creative ideas at home with my two daughters (Ages 2 and 4 months).

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    Heather N
    January 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Happy Blogiversary. I would love to win one of the book sets. Thanks for all you do!

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    Beth I
    January 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    What a fun giveaway! Congrats on your anniversary. I love all the great ideas I have used from your blog.

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    Beth I
    January 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    What a great giveaway! I love all the ideas I get from your blog. The idea that changed my life and what I do with my kids is, glue stick to hang stuff up in the window. So genius!

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    Nancy
    January 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    such great books! it would be wonderful to own a few of them for inspiration!

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    Nancy
    January 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    such great books! we’d love to own a few for inspiration! happy 4th! (I may have accidentally posted twice? the comment form is being a bit tempermental with me.)

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    Ellen
    January 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    What a thrilling giveaway- and thanks for so many great years and ideas, Jean. I am a close friend of Meg Winnercours- I told her to look you up, as your projects have been such a big part of our lives. So glad she’s a part of yours.

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    Karin
    January 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Congratulations on four years of great blogging!

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    Autumn
    January 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Great giveaway :)

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    Adelle F.
    January 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Happy blogaversary! Great way to celebrate!

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    Barb
    January 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I love Mary Ann’s books. It would be great to have them for my son. Thanks for offering such a great give away!

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    Laurie
    January 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    These books look great

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    Gina
    January 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    We have checked out many of these from our library but I would love to own them. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Rebecca
    January 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Congratulations on the anniversary of your blog! Thanks so much for the wonderful and inspiring ideas!!

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    Terrill
    January 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I love her books!

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    Kara Polyner
    January 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    It is because of your blog that I found out about Mary Ann Kohl. Thank you for that!

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    [email protected] prapancha
    January 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Happy blogiversary !! We love her books and would love to win them:)

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    Leah w
    January 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Love Mary Ann!

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    Kelly
    January 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Love your blog!

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    [email protected]
    January 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks for all your great ideas.

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    Carla Reed
    January 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I love MaryAnn Kohl! Her and Susan Striker are the best!

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    Michelle Short
    January 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    OH my gosh! What an awesome giveaway. I learned about MaryAnn’s books through you and we have two of them already and love them. Happy blogaversary to you. Your blog has been such a great inspiration for our family

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    Kelli
    January 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I would love to win! Both your blog and Mary Ann’s books are very inspiring.

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    CJ
    January 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Amy
    January 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Excited for the chance to win these awesome books.

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    Robin
    January 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I really really really want those books! Happy Blogiversary!

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    laura
    January 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    How fun! I would love to win!!

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    Wendy
    January 22, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Happy Blogiversary!! That is a very exciting accomplishment and I really enjoy reading your blog and getting inspired with new ideas for the kiddos :) What an awesome giveaway to celebrate (thanks MaryAnne).I have one of her books already and would love to add more to my collection. Thanks Again

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    christine
    January 22, 2012 at 1:00 am

    thank you for the wonderful giveaway – love your blog

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    Lori Z.
    January 22, 2012 at 1:10 am

    There’s something for each of my kids in every set! Thank you for hosting and congrats on your blogiversary!

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    Talia's Travel Blog
    January 22, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Happy blogoversary. I would love any of these sets of books!

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    Jessamyn
    January 22, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I have just discovered your blog. Such great ideas that I am sharing with my toddler. Thanks so much for helping us have so much fun!

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    Tauna W.
    January 22, 2012 at 1:56 am

    How wonderful!!! I was just looking over art books at amazon.com today. These are wonderful! I would love to win some! Happy Anniversary!

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    Epiphius
    January 22, 2012 at 2:29 am

    They look like awesome books!

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    Tonya
    January 22, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Hey, my birthday is the 21st too (not blog, real) so maybe that will give me extra chances! I am a homeschool mom who’s youngest would have been 14 but, alas, I’ve had another and am starting all over again. I need these books!!!! My little guy won’t talk (he’s 2) but he’s all about art and music. I’ve got First Art and love it. (If I won, I’d just give it away on my blog)

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    freshlyplanted
    January 22, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Happy 4 years! How exciting. Thank you for all your inspiring work!

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    Lola
    January 22, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Happy Birthday! Your blog was my first introduction to the wonderful world of children and art, I owe you so much! Would love to win!

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    Lindsay
    January 22, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Happy birthday! And thanks so much for dedicating so much time creating this wonderful blog!

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    Michelle
    January 22, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Congratulations! Love the blog and would love some books. Tbanks!

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    Eliza
    January 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Jean! I’m not sure if you truly realize what your blog has meant and continues to mean for all of us (and the crazy part of this virtual world is that most of us don’t know each other!). Thank you for your continued inspiration on the days when I need it most! I hope you have done as I just did and made your blog into a bound book so that Maya and Daphne have it always to cherish!

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    StacyH
    January 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Happy Blog Birthday, I look forward to your blog every day! I would love these books to use with my monkey and monkey-on-the-way…

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    Mommytomyprincesses
    January 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Awesome giveaway!

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    Michelle
    January 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

    What an awesome collection! Congrats on inspiring others for four years. You have caused some cool creations at our house for sure.

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    Annette
    January 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

    What fun! My son would love science art.

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    Rachel
    January 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I would love to get this!

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    Gwen
    January 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations!
    This blog has been such an inspiration for my family and in my classroom. Thank you!

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    Diane
    January 22, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I get so many ideas from your blog and from Mary Ann Kohl’s First Art book. Thanks so much for all the art inspiration.

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    Carra
    January 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

    These look wonderful. Thanks for the offer!

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    Diana
    January 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I would love to enter the giveaway. Thank you for all you do!

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    Dena
    January 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Happy anniversary Jean!! So happy for you that your blog is so successful and that you get to share your inspiring ideas and art!! I would love some of the books in this giveaway, thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    T. Beard
    January 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Happy anniversary! What a great giveaway. I look forward to another year of learning from your wonderful blog!

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    Jane
    January 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I’m always on the hunt to bring richer artist experiences to my little one, and her friends in the classroom… These books are amazing tools!
    Happy 4th Anniversary to The Artful Parent~ Another amazing resource!

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    Bridget Heffernan
    January 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    These books look wonderful. Happy birthday to your blog! I only recently started following and I’m glad I did. I truly enjoy reading your blog! I have already used many of your ideas in my preschool classroom.

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    Maiz
    January 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Wow! These books look GREAT. Thanks for all of the giveaways!

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    G
    January 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Happy bogiversary and congratulations on your success! Thank you for the giveaway, and for so many great ideas over the years!

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    Amy Fields
    January 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I would love to win!!! Mary is an awesome author! I love her books!

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    Jane
    January 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    wow – what a great give away! Happy 4 years – and many more to come, I hope! I love your blog and am so inspired and instructed by it. Thank you. :)

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    michelle
    January 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you both for helping to make our lives more artful, our days more colorful and our spirits more joyful! Happy Birthday Jean and MaryAnn!

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    LisaB
    January 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Oh, I love all her books. Congrats on your blogiversary!

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    Anne T.
    January 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    How lovely, what a generous offering. Would love to win any of the sets. Thank you for the chance!

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    JenO
    January 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I checked out the First Art book from our library when I started providing daycare. So many fantastic ideas. I would love to get a hold of any of these books, as I am sure they are all just as wonderful. Love your blog and thank you for celebrating your anniversary with such a great give away.

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    Juise
    January 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Fantastic book sets! How exciting :)

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    Teri
    January 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I would love to win! Thank you for the opportunity!

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    Sharon
    January 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!. Books look great. I am an artist and am linking your blog to mine. I’m always looking for places for people to get good ideas for artistic things to do with their children.

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    Traci
    January 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I need some art book inspiration over here!

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    Agnes
    January 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Congratulations, Jean, on your anniversary!! I love reading your blog–so inspiring. Thank you!

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    Diana
    January 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Don’t suppose I can win just for sharing a birthday with such an inspiring woman, can I? :)

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    Sally
    January 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Congrats on your 4 year Anniversary!! What a great giveaway! Thank you for your daily inspirations!

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    Robin
    January 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Yay! We love Maryann Kohl!

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    anna podris
    January 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I love this blog! Our 3 yr old girl loves art almost as much as we do- both mom and dad are painters! These are great ideas for her to express herself and gain practical skills.

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    Jill
    January 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Happy birthday to The Artful Parent! This is one of my favorites blogs, and I always find it inspirational. Congratulations!

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    Stacey
    January 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks!

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    Carla
    January 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Congrats on 4 wonderful years! You’re an inspiration :) crossing my fingers for the amazing books you’re giving away! Perfect for our soon to be homeschooling family!

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    Heather
    January 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Congrats to you and thank you for all your work on this wonderful resource!
    My kids love to experiment with art. My daughter especially loves paint, lots of thick, squishy, gloppy tempera. My son likes markers because they provide instant color.
    My birthday is Jan 24! Lots of celebrating going around!

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    Janice M
    January 23, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I recently discovered your blog (a couple months ago) and love it!

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    jaime
    January 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Jean, Happy Happy Blogaversary! Our family has so enjoyed your blog over the last two years. Each time we receive a new post in our email it’s always exciting to see what new artsy idea you have waiting for our kiddos to try! We are so thankful for your passion of art and all things alike!
    Wonderful giveaway, thanks for the opp.!!
    Sine On,
    Jaime & Co.

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    Katie
    January 23, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I have been working my way through “First Art” and love it (another great source of inspiration)! I would love to win more of MaryAnn’s books!

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    Kumar
    January 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Thank you both for the great giveaway!

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    Ramu
    January 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

    All my grandkids would be thrilled to ahve these books. Thank you!

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    Rathna
    January 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Oh this is a great giveaway ! Thanks for offering:)

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    sarah
    January 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

    oh, we would LOVE adding these to our collection!

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    Scott
    January 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    My daughters love her books! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jenn
    January 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Fantastic! Happy blogiversary!

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    Anne in NC
    January 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Big MaryAnn Kohl fans here! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    [email protected]
    January 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Oh my goodness! I am uber excited about this giveaway. I have taken out two of her book from the library and have dreamed about adding the whole collection to our shelves. Thank you!

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    Sharon
    January 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I haven’t heard of these before. But I will be checking these out. Thanks for bringing them to my attention!!

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    Janelle
    January 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Wow! Congrats to both! I know we’d make good use of MaryAnn Kohl’s books, especially Storybook Art!

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    courtney
    January 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    What a generous giveaway. Any of these would be such a treat.

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    Cindy
    January 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Happy birthday to you and M.A.K. Thanks to both of you for tons of inspirational ideas.

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    Amber Broda
    January 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Happy Birthday Artful Parent! I think I’ve been reading almost since the start of your blog. First Art was the 1st art book I ever read as a parent, read it for the 1st time when my oldest (now 6.5) was just a baby. I;m so glad I did and have been able to allow my girls to experience process focused art. What an amazing giveaway. Thanks for sharing your life with us through your blog.

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    suzette
    January 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! It is amazing how fast time goes by when you are doing something you love! Thank you for taking the time to share your gift.

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    susan
    January 24, 2012 at 2:01 am

    These look like a great way to get some creative juices flowing! Congratulations on your anniversary!

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    Rachel
    January 24, 2012 at 7:11 am

    What an amazing, inspirational giveaway! Happy Birthday to a wonderful art educator and teacher. Oh, that I might win NINE books!!!

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    Maggie
    January 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Congrats on 4 years! You have given me such great inspiration to use with my two boys, I still continue to hear how great everyone thought the candy-cane playdough was over Christmas. It makes me so happy to think this little gift helped lots of families come together to do such a simple activity. Yay for Family Art Time and Yay for you Jean!

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    Melissa @ the chocolate muffin tree
    January 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Wow….so generous! Love MaryAnn!

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    Kristin
    January 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Happy Anniversary. It’s so fun to watch children be creative!
    Also, love the First Art book. It’s fantastic. :)

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    Melissa
    January 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    what an exciting giveaway – we’ve been hoarding a few of these from the library and it would be so exciting to own them. Happy 4 years of blogging!

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    rashmi
    January 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    What a great giveaway, thank you!

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    Shanna
    January 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    My sons and I would love these books!!

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    Bridgette
    January 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Happy anniversary! I love your blog here and so glad I came upon it. So much inspiration. I love her books too. What a great giveaway!

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    Sandra
    January 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I love her books! I use them regularly for school and scout projects!

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    Sherri W
    January 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    My kids would love any one of these sets! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Courtney Martin
    January 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I would love to win this!~!
    congrats on the anniversary!

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    Molly
    January 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I am fairly new to your blog but I love it and have incorporated many ideas into our homeschool art classes. Thanks so much!

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    [email protected]
    January 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Happy anaversary. What an amazing milestone. thanks for the chance to win some amazing books. Fingers crosses.

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    Andi
    January 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Happy blogiversary!!

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    Rene
    January 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The only book I have of hers is First Art. I would love to add to the collection!

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    Jennifer
    January 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Wow! I would love a chance to win. Thank you so much!
    I love your blog. We use your wonderful ideas all the time. Congratulations!

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    Catherine
    January 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Happy birthday/blogiversary! Thanks for the opportunity of entering this giveaway!

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    Nicole
    January 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    These book look wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win one. Congrats on your 4 years!

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    Mariette
    January 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Love your blog, love MaryAnn Kohl, love process art!!!

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    Lauren valentine
    January 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    These books look great! Love your blog!!

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    Leah
    January 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Great books! Thanks for the chance to win them.

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    [email protected]
    January 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Big Congrats on your Blogiversary!! I am new but really enjoying being a part of it all. I have a little girl that wants to start her own website for her art and my son loves art as well. We are a family of artists, with me back in school myself at the U studying visual arts. These books look amazing and will fuel creativity for all ages for years and years to come. Thanks for all you do. And thanks for offering such a giveaway. Cheers to many more years of inspiration!

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    Anna
    January 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Happiest of birthdays to you both!!

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    Meg Roke
    January 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    How exciting to be celebrating 4 years at a terrific blog! I wish I had discovered this blog 4 years ago. I can honestly say that I’ve been enjoying it since I came across it a few months ago. Keep it up!

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    andrea
    January 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    wow. i’d love this! i have only one of her books. had more from the library in the past. must own more!

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    Melanie
    January 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Happy Day! Would love this package for my class!

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    Samantha
    January 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Oh wow what an amazing giveaway! I have all of her books saved on amazon with the idea that I would slowly purchase them, so far I have MathArts and ScienceArts.

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    Rachelle | TinkerLab
    January 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    What a generous giveaway! As the owner of EIGHT MaryAnn Kohl books, I can attest to the value of winning every single one of these books. You are both an inspiration to so many of us — thank you for all your ideas and celebration of process-based art.

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    Ashley Turner
    January 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Happy birthday, blog! Thanks for putting together such a great giveaway!!!

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    Shanna Renkavinsky
    January 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    My sons and I would LOVE these books!!

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    Aimee Smith
    January 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I would love a chance to win! Thanks for offering such a cool giveaway!

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    Tania
    January 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I have First Art and am just starting to dig into it with my 17-month old–it’s fabulous!

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    Alba
    January 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    This blog is so inpirational!
    And the giveaway is AWESOME, I hope I win :)

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    ashley parks
    January 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    love her books, love the philosophy and i really dig this blog. :)

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    [email protected]
    January 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    happy b’versary! I’d love to check out her books!

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    Leigh Strauss
    January 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Happy anniversary!

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    Marin
    January 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I never win anything…well, once, that I can remember. But, you can’t win if you don’t try! Cross my fingers, cross my fingers, cross my fingers!!! You and your little blog space are truly amazing. Love, Marin

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    Molly
    January 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Love Mary Ann Kohl and her books!

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    Jenn
    January 24, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Wow! Amazing Giveaway. Happy Day to all!

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    Jen Shaffer
    January 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! It’s been a year since I started to rethink how “I” do art. Since then the children I care for are doing the art. I have enjoyed using your ideas to help the process of change.

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    Monte
    January 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Just discovered your blog, and looking forward to reading more, and reading some of her books, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Nikki
    January 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I have First Art and had no idea she had more books! Thanks for the chance to win these!

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    Heidi
    January 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Happy birthday to you both! I love her books, and would love to have my own copies!

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    KC
    January 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    What a great giveaway! I would love the first art book.

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    Tine
    January 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    The books all look inspirational, just like the artful parent. I look forward to opening my e-mail in anticipation of a new artful parent post. Thank you.

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    frecklesandfrogs.blogspot.com
    January 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Happy Birthday! This is one of my favorite art blogs and I love these book! I’ve frequently used the art and science one…. these are a real treasure! Thanks for the chance to enter!

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    We Need Kids Art Sets in Education
    January 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

    What a sweet thank you post. It’s nice to see people’s happiness and gratitude. I work in an elementary school, and I definitely use your ideas all the time when I work with the kids. They love them as much as I do! Our school district has been very generous with art supplies, and I really feel that it strongly impacts their learning in a positive way.

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    Rose
    February 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful blog and thank you for introducing me to Mary Ann Kohl! I was not familiar with her until I read about her on your blog. I’ve learned many wonderful things here.

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