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Spring issue 2010 out Monday 23 August!

Alphabet Soup magazine will be arriving in subscribers’ letterboxes from Monday 23rd August.

The spring issue will have you humming a happy tune!"Issue 8 cover (spring 2010)"

  • Meet Dr John Long, palaeontologist and author
  • stories and poems by adults and children
  • Verse round for 2 or 4 voices
  • meet professional viola player, Helen Tuckey
  • The Book Chook’s column: ‘How to write funny stories’
  • book reviews
  • crossword
  • writing competition – win a $20 book voucher!
  • design-a-cover competition!

Alphabet Soup magazine will be available from our WA stockists from Tuesday 24 August. (Westbooks, Zero to Ten, The Well Bookshop Shenton Park.) Or  subscribe via the magazine’s website!

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Issue 8, coming soon!

Issue 8 of Alphabet Soup magazine will be out in a few weeks, and it has us humming a happy tune. It will be heading off to the printer very soon—here’s a taste of what you’ll find inside.

  • Q&A with John Long, author and palaeontologist
  • a round chant in four parts you can try with your friends
  • Stories, poems and book recommendations
  • crossword
  • kids’ writing and artwork (stories, poems, book reviews and artwork)
  • The Book Chook’s latest writing tips (How to write funny stories)
  • Helen Tuckey, talking about playing the viola
  • KID’S COMPETITIONS: our spring writing competition and your last chance to enter our design-a-cover comp

and more!

"Books from Fremantle Press"

Do you subscribe to Alphabet Soup? The winner of our issue 8 subscriber draw will receive a $200 book pack from Fremantle Press. If you’d like to subscribe, you can subscribe online (and order single copies of the magazine) via our website. 🙂

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The celebrations are over!

Well, the Undercover Readers Club is now officially launched. In case you missed it — we’ve had children’s authors, poets and illustrators visiting the blog to talk about what they used to read undercover when they were growing up.

Tomorrow we’ll post a list of all the books mentioned, in case you’d like to look for them the next time you’re at a library or book shop.

And if you came late to the tour, here’s a list of all our visitors. Thanks for helping us launch the Undercover Readers Club. Hurrah!

~ Rebecca

Authors, poets and illustrators who visited:

Sheryl Gwyther
Aleesah Darlison
Katrina Germein
The Book Chook
Sandy Fussell
Sue Walker
Dee White
Chris Nixon
Kathryn Apel
Jackie Hosking
Hazel Edwards
Wendy Orr
Duncan Ball
Karen Collum
Robyn Opie
Angela Sunde

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Launching the UNDERCOVER READERS CLUB!

"Undercover Readers logo"Today we are officially launching our new Undercover Readers Club!

What is Undercover Readers?
Undercover Readers is the book review club for kids under 12 – and it’s free to join! The club is run through Alphabet Soup magazine. Club members write book reviews, and send them in to Alphabet Soup for publication in the magazine, and/or on the magazine’s blog at https://soupblog.wordpress.com. Members can review their own books, books they borrow from the library, or books that we send.

Who can join?
Individual children can join, with their parent’s permission. A teacher can sign up their primary school class.

What does it cost to join Undercover Readers?
Membership is free!

Download the information pack (PDF) from the home page of the Alphabet Soup website.

To celebrate the launch of Undercover Readers, we have invited a different author or illustrator to visit the blog every day until 29 June. They’ll be sharing stories about what they used to read under the covers after ‘lights out’ when they were growing up.  Today Sheryl Gwyther is sharing her undercover reader story with us. Be sure to check back every day for other authors and illustrators!

What do YOU like to read after ‘lights out’ at your house?

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TWO NEW ALPHABET SOUP COMPETITIONS!

A. WINTER 2010 WRITING COMPETITION – WIN A $20 BOOK VOUCHER! Boy entering writing comp

Entries close 12 JULY 2010

Write a short story up to 350 words (shorter is FINE!). Your story must include the word ‘ice’. Include a competition entry form. This may be printed from the website .

Your entry can be handwritten or typed. Make a copy of your entry as we cannot return entries. (Make sure you read the competition rules.)

B. DESIGN-A-COVER COMPETITION – SEE YOUR ARTWORK ON THE COVER OF THE SUMMER ISSUE!

2009 winning design
2009 winning design by K Larson, 9

Using any materials you like, design a cover for Alphabet Soup magazine. Your artwork must be on one side of a sheet of white A4 paper. Make sure the paper is portrait orientation. Do not include the Alphabet Soup logo.

You may enter as many times as you like, but each entry must have a competition entry form with the declaration signed by you and a parent. (Entry forms may be printed from the website or contact us to have one sent to you.)

The winner will receive one copy of the summer 2010 issue (out November 2010), and art supplies worth $20.

The theme for the 2010 cover is: wetlands.

There will be one winner chosen. By entering the competition, you agree to us using your artwork on the cover of the summer 2010 issue of Alphabet Soup magazine. We will publish the winner’s name, age, suburb and state, unless you advise us otherwise.

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Issue 6 coming soon!

Inside the autumn 2010 issue of Alphabet Soup magazine, you will find:

  • Q&A with illustrator, Chris Nixon
  • Rogainers
  • Stories, poems, book reviews and letters by children
  • Stories by Seline Duke and Michele Purcell
  • Poems by Jackie Hosking and Beverley Boorer
  • Writing tips for kids from the Book Chook
  • Crossword
  • The autumn writing competition for kids!

Issue 6 will be available on Monday 22 February 2010.

Subscribe via the Alphabet Soup website!

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Alphabet Soup in the classroom

Alphabet Soup‘s spring ’09 issue is in the middle of a week-long blog tour to Alphabet Soup's first 4 issues!celebrate the magazine’s first birthday!

Grab a virtual cupcake and line up at the door – today we visit Dee White’s blog: Teachers Writing Helper. We’ll be talking about how Alphabet Soup can be used in the classroom.

BLOG TOUR DATES:

1 September What led the publisher to start Alphabet Soup magazine?

Dale Harcombe (Write and Read With Dale)

http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale

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2 September What goes into ‘whipping up’ an issue of the magazine?

Sally Murphy (Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children Blog) http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com

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3 September Promotion and Alphabet Soup

Claire Saxby (Let’s Have Words)

http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com/

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4 September Submissions, and selecting material

Mabel Kaplan (Tales I Tell)

http://belka37.blogspot.com

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5 September Alphabet Soup in the classroom: benefits for teachers

Dee White (Teachers Writing Helper)

www.teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com

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6 September ‘First birthday’ giveaway. Win a set of the first four issues!

Robyn Opie (Writing Children’s Books)

http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com

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7 September Who’s on the team behind Alphabet Soup magazine?

Sandy Fussell (Stories Are Light) http://www.sandyfussell.blogspot.com

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You can subscribe to Alphabet Soup via our website www.alphabetsoup.net.au

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Day 3 of our blog tour!

Do we have a facebook page? Where can you buy the magazine? Alphabet Soup's first four issues!

Find out by visiting Claire Saxby’s blog (Let’s Have Words) where we are up to day 3 of our week-long blog tour. See you there!

BLOG TOUR DATES:

1 September What led the publisher to start Alphabet Soup magazine?

Dale Harcombe (Write and Read With Dale)

http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale

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2 September What goes into ‘whipping up’ an issue of the magazine?

Sally Murphy (Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children Blog) http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com

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3 September Promotion and Alphabet Soup

Claire Saxby (Let’s Have Words)

http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com/

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4 September Submissions, and selecting material

Mabel Kaplan (Tales I Tell)

http://belka37.blogspot.com

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5 September Alphabet Soup in the classroom: benefits for teachers

Dee White (Teachers Writing Helper)

www.teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com

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6 September ‘First birthday’ giveaway. Win a set of the first four issues!

Robyn Opie (Writing Children’s Books)

http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com

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7 September Who’s on the team behind Alphabet Soup magazine?

Sandy Fussell (Stories Are Light) http://www.sandyfussell.blogspot.com

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You can subscribe to Alphabet Soup via our website www.alphabetsoup.net.au

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What goes into ‘whipping up’ an issue of Alphabet Soup?

We’re taking Alphabet Soup on a blog tour to celebrate the magazine’s first Alphabet Soup spring '09 coverbirthday.

Today we are over at Sally Murphy’s blog: Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children Blog.

Find out what goes into ‘whipping up’ an issue of Alphabet Soup. See you over there!

BLOG TOUR DATES:

1 September What led the publisher to start Alphabet Soup magazine?

Dale Harcombe (Write and Read With Dale)

http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale

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2 September What goes into ‘whipping up’ an issue of the magazine?

Sally Murphy (Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children Blog) http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com

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3 September Promotion and Alphabet Soup

Claire Saxby (Let’s Have Words)

http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com/

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4 September Submissions, and selecting material

Mabel Kaplan (Tales I Tell)

http://belka37.blogspot.com

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5 September Alphabet Soup in the classroom: benefits for teachers

Dee White (Teachers Writing Helper)

www.teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com

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6 September ‘First birthday’ giveaway. Win a set of the first four issues!

Robyn Opie (Writing Children’s Books)

http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com

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7 September Who’s on the team behind Alphabet Soup magazine?

Sandy Fussell (Stories Are Light) http://www.sandyfussell.blogspot.com

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You can subscribe to Alphabet Soup via our website www.alphabetsoup.net.au

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What led the publisher to start Alphabet Soup?

We’re taking the spring ’09 issue of Alphabet Soup on a blog tour to celebrate our Alphabet Soup spring '09 coverfirst birthday!

Today you’ll find us at Dale Harcombe’s blog: Write and Read With Dale. See you over there!

BLOG TOUR DATES:

1 September What led the publisher to start Alphabet Soup magazine?

Dale Harcombe (Write and Read With Dale)

http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale

-~-

2 September What goes into ‘whipping up’ an issue of the magazine?

Sally Murphy (Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children Blog) http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com

-~-

3 September Promotion and Alphabet Soup

Claire Saxby (Let’s Have Words)

http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com/

-~-

4 September Submissions, and selecting material

Mabel Kaplan (Tales I Tell)

http://belka37.blogspot.com

-~-

5 September Alphabet Soup in the classroom: benefits for teachers

Dee White (Teachers Writing Helper)

www.teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com

-~-

6 September ‘First birthday’ giveaway. Win a set of the first four issues!

Robyn Opie (Writing Children’s Books)

http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com

-~-

7 September Who’s on the team behind Alphabet Soup magazine?

Sandy Fussell (Stories Are Light) http://www.sandyfussell.blogspot.com

-~-

You can subscribe to Alphabet Soup via our website www.alphabetsoup.net.au