Two years ago this week, I first launched an experimental little project called Alphabet Glue. The first issue was a goofy kind of labor of love. A collection of whimsical ideas and projects that my then six year old and I had been tinkering around with and thought we might share. I wrote much of that issue under a nest of blankets in Mariam's bunk bed while she dug through picture books and occasionally chimed in with titles that I should include in those very first booklists.
Two years later, there are eleven issues of Alphabet Glue (twelve if you include the Summer Science Special). I have built a website from scratch, working late into the evenings after my kids were tucked into bed. I have assembled hundreds of pages of science projects, book recommendations, quirky printable pages, and hands-on activities. I have dropped them into your virtual laps every other month, hoping that you will like them.
And you? You all have been beyond supportive and enthusiastic. You have sent kind emails, shared photos of your kids doing the projects, and left really nice comments on the blog to help keep me motivated (and on schedule). Blogger friends have written dozens of posts and shared like crazy on social media. The result is that the community of Alphabet Glue families feels like one big family in and of itself, and I am incredibly grateful. Because of your families, this is no longer just about me making a fantastic mess on our dining room table in pursuit of the perfect repurposing of an empty cardboard toilet paper roll. Instead, it is about all of us sharing a love of literature with our collective small folk, and about finding creative (if sometimes messy) moments for families to work together.
So thanks to each and every one of you for supporting my little magazine. As a way of saying thank you, I'm having a big sale on issues of Alphabet Glue. Between now and the 27th, you can enter "two" at checkout and receive 30% off.