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May Birthday Giveaway: ABC poster from Matthew Porter

ABC poster

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Yay! Today I have the ABC Poster from Matthew Porter to give away. Matthew Porter is a Seattle illustrator and childrens book author whose distinctive style has become familiar to our household, we’ve bought several of his books for our niece and nephews. His wife, Andrea, is the administrative side of the business (and since I work with her in the GBA I can tell you she is a force). They owned the Bluebottle art gallery here in Seattle for eight years. In addition to his books he sells original art and onsies, hoodies and posters in the shop. His most familiar character is a monkey and his book Monkey World is a lot of fun, I have to admit we read through a few times before mailing it off to our niece and nephew. I absolutely love that Matthew offers his top 10 childrens books for inspiration (bottom half of the page), there are a few books there I just barely remember.

If you’d like to win the ABC poster please leave a comment with this entry. You have until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18th to enter, the fine print applies. If you’d like something to mention here is a question to answer: Did you have a book as a kid that you remember to this day? Mine was Dr. Seuss’s The First of Octember, because my birthday falls early in October and I was fascinated by the idea that there might be a month in there somewhere I hadn’t been told about! Alright, good luck. Closed, thanks for entering!

· comments [250] · 05-17-2011 · categories:shopping ·

250 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeanne // May 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Hi! I really love your blog! This poster is awesome!

  • 2 Frances // May 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Darling poster, I would love to hang it in my classroom!

  • 3 marta // May 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    one of my favourite books was about the night sky, and it had glow in the dark, sparkly textured stars on every page! i’ve never made the connection before this, but i wonder if i can partially thank that book for my obsession in grades 6 – 8 of becoming an astronomer…?

  • 4 Lara // May 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Would love to win this – love his work!

  • 5 Christine // May 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I most vividly recall reading Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop over and over. I loved the cover of the kids hopping up and down on their dad’s belly!

  • 6 jen b // May 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Ahhhh….Jenny and the Cat Club. A little meek all black kitten that wears a red scarf and has very brave adventures. I picked it up at a garage sale when I was just learning to read. Now I am reading the stories to my two children and two black cats.

  • 7 Ginny // May 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Mine is the Blue China Pitcher — a book my mom used to read to me! I just did a quick Amazon search, and it seems to be out of print, sadly. I’ll have to see if she still has a copy

  • 8 Tamara // May 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    The Children’s Almanac of Words at Play, by Willard R. Espy. There’s an entry for every day of the year- vocabulary, trivia, poetry, history …I still enjoy paging through it.

  • 9 Brady // May 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    This would look so cute in my new baby’s room. Our favorite book is Goodnight Moon these days…

  • 10 Anna // May 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Love the poster! My favorite book was The Little House – still a fav in our house!

  • 11 Mandy // May 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I love this poster! One of my favorite books as a kid was “Go dog Go!” it was a book about dogs doing all sorts of things, but also wearing hats. dogs wearing feathered hats. not real dogs, but dogs in hats.

  • 12 Debbie // May 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    What an adorable poster — what a super cute giftie for my GF’s son – who will be starting school this year. Thanks for the chance to win it!

    Hmmm, my favorite book was Mr McGregor’s Garden… My gram used to read to me when I was a little girl about Flopsy, Mopsy & CottonTail…. makes me tear up even thinking about her and those special nights.

  • 13 Barbara // May 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    What a cute poster. The book I remember the most is “My Antonia” by Willa Cather

  • 14 Scarlett // May 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Lots of books, but I always loved Many Moons by someone, about a princess who was sick and wanted the moon so her king father tried to get it for her… and I won’t spoil the ending of a 20-page picture book.

  • 15 Tasha // May 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    That is a great poster. My son would LOVE it.

    My favourite/memorable children’s book was a compendium of unicorn stories/history. My dad and I would read it together. That and greek myths.

  • 16 Becky // May 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Berenstain Bears “Bears in the Night” was my first book and I loved it. Now my son has it as well and loves it too.

  • 17 Kathy // May 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    The Woodsy family books were a fav!!

  • 18 Danielle H. // May 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Love LOVE Love Matthew Porter’s stuff!
    I first came across his book count the birdies at the library. I checked it out for my daughter and then didn’t want to return it. I seriously fought with myself to keep it and just pay the library for it or return it and hunt him down. I returned it and then found him at urban craft uprising a few months later where I diligently bought the book (and other wonderful goodies!)
    as for childhood favs I loved curious george!

  • 19 Jaime // May 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    The Temper Tantrum Book by Edna Mitchell Preston. Obscure (I think) and fabulous. I loved it more than anything. I’m pregnant right now and when I told my mom, she gave me my old copy as a gift for the baby :)

  • 20 Rae // May 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I remember my mother reading little bear to me, and thinking how like little bear’s mother she was. Calmly helping me solve my problems.

  • 21 Elizabeth // May 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Richard Scary books were always the best :)

  • 22 Sheri // May 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    The Giving Tree

  • 23 Amanda // May 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I loved the Bernstine Bears books. Are those still around?

  • 24 Marisol // May 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Fox in Socks it was for me!

  • 25 Jessica // May 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I had a book about a pig in a tub, and I was overwhelmed recently when my mother found the book in a stack of old things.
    I adore ABC posters and started collecting them last year.

  • 26 Jane // May 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar!!! (by Eric Carle) Brought back so many memories when my young nephew received it as a gift…

  • 27 Sandra // May 17, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Black Beauty. It was one of the first chapter books I read, and maybe one of the first books I read more than once. It was a beautiful red hardback, with lovely illustrated plates. I didn’t really care about horses, but I loved Black Beauty.

  • 28 Ciara // May 18, 2011 at 12:48 am

    The Giving Tree. I remember I got it from a book exchange at school.

  • 29 Tina // May 18, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Great poster!

  • 30 Mary // May 18, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I loved, loved Shel Silverstein!

  • 31 Sara // May 18, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Go Dog Go!

  • 32 Jessie // May 18, 2011 at 5:36 am

    John Ciardi’s

    You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You

  • 33 Karin // May 18, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I want this for my preschool classroom!!!

    I remember reading the Little Critter series on my own. Those books were great <3

  • 34 Cathy // May 18, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Mine is Happy Birthday Cookie Monster. Probably not my absolute favourite from my childhood but I’ll never forget it as it was the first book I ever read all by myself.

  • 35 Mk // May 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Velveteen Rabbit and Pokey Puppy — love the poster! Thanks for featuring this artist’s work!

  • 36 hnahk // May 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

    i hope i’m not too late for this but this would be perfect for my two little ones. older brother is currently singing the ABCs too!!! my personal favorites were the little miss and mr series…my sister had a collection that i adoredddddd.

  • 37 Judy B // May 18, 2011 at 6:47 am

    I would love to win this for my new Great Grandbaby. My favorite book was Misty of Chincoteague.

  • 38 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 7:27 am

    how cute, i remember the pokey puppy. i loved golden books.

  • 39 Courtney // May 18, 2011 at 7:59 am

    My absolute favorite book was Noisy Nora…about a disruptive little mouse who gets in trouble. I had it memorized as a kid and still love it to this day.

  • 40 henriette // May 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Gorgeous poster. I liked Liewe Heksie (in Afrikaans).

  • 41 Lucía // May 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I had too many favourite books… if I had to choose just one, it would be “Oposiciones a bruja y otros cuentos” (spanish for “Opposition to witch and other stories”), of course this was written way before the Harry Potter frenzy :)

  • 42 Ann // May 18, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I loved Goodnight Moon, The Little House, and the Pokey Little Puppy when I was really little. As I got older I fell in love with the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, the Anne of Green Gables books, and the Redwall series. I still re-read most of these once a year or so (it helps that now I have a kid of my own!)!

  • 43 Kathy // May 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

    This poster is adorable! I can’t remember the title, but I had a deep love for this Bert and Ernie book as a child. So much so that when it came time to return it to the library, I hid it and tried to convince my mother that an evil book monster came and took it away!

  • 44 Anna S. // May 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I had too many favorite books when I was a kid- but one of them was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs:)

  • 45 danielle // May 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I had so many favorites… There was this Christmas book called Santa’s Elves. Oh, and Little Women. And the whole Boxcar Children series…..I could go on!

  • 46 Margot // May 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Favorite kid’s book as a child: Seuss’s “Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now”. We have a couple of Matthew Porter’s prints in our home and the animal alphabet would be a fantastic addition!

  • 47 S. // May 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Is it too late to leave a comment? The poster is adorable. My mom always read the Tawny Scrawny Lion to me when I was little.

  • 48 elmofoot // May 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    My three year old niece would just LOVE this poster. Not to mention my sister who would proudly hang it on the bedroom wall!

  • 49 Sammy G. // May 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Matthew Porter! I totally saw your post! You rock!

  • 50 Sammy G. // May 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    My other most favorite book was “The Giant Jam Sandwich”. It is another rhyming story, but it is about a town called “Itching Down” that is overrun by wasps, so they bake a giant loaf of bread, spread jam on a slice of it, all of the wasps come to eat it, then they used helicopters to place the 2nd slice on top, & carried away the sandwich with all of the wasps out of town.