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Crawford the Cat

Crawford the Cat is an animated series on healthy habits, such as handwashing, oral hygiene, playing well with others and more. This crafty feline exemplifies behaviors kids instantly want to watch and model over and over again. The complete Crawford the Cat library currently includes 13 five-minute episodes available on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. Crawford the Cat has a number of fun and educational games on the website along with an interactive app available for the iPad. Educators love Crawford because of the companion lesson plans, printables and available e-books. crawfordthecat.com



D is for Dreidel A Hanukkah Alphabet

You will enjoy this new holiday A to Z primer,“D is for Dreidel: A Hanukkah Alphabet”by Greg Paprocki. Families can introduce their young ones to the Festival of Lights in this fun collection of twenty-six illustrations featuring Hanukkah-themed concepts, such as latkes, gelt, the menorah and, of course, dreidels. Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 2nd this year, so don’t wait too long to order your copy. $9.99 Available at gibbs-smith.com



— Jenny L. Heinbaugh


Book Reviews

Books for November

By Mary Quattlebaum

babies / tots

The Thank You Book

This tender, lyrical reflection by Mary Lyn Ray follows a group of children and their animal friends through a day of appreciation for the many wonders of the world. The words“thank you”are for“buzz and bloom and grass,”for“glue and glitter,”parades, puddles, family, home and“hands to hold.”Stephanie Graegin’s art is whimsical, expressive and rich in detail. The pictures also chart seasonal changes, from the spring bird with his bowler hat to the cozily dressed deer, little girl and pup on an autumn stroll. Sharing this lovely, affirming book, not just at Thanksgiving but throughout the year, encourages the whole family to be mindful of – and grateful for – the beauty and kindness around us – and“for this earth we ride on, and for the stars beyond.”


ages 4 – 7

Energy: Physical Science for Kids

Nomad Press propels youngsters to dig deeper into how the world works. Their new series“Physical Science for Kids”debuts with“Energy,”“Forces,”“Matter”and“Waves.”All four titles blend questions and facts with playful illustrations to get the whole family thinking and investigating. For example,“Energy” examines chemical, light and electrical energy in terms of what youngsters experience every day – the food they eat, the light of the sun and the running of computers, radios and refrigerators. Readers can even perform simple demonstrations, such as rubbing their hands together to create heat energy. Inquiring young minds will adore this series for its savvy combination of facts and fun.


ages 8 – 10

Let’s Celebrate Election Day

With mid-term elections looming along comes an engaging, well- researched book that explores the topic of elections, from the history of voting rights in the United States to preparing to vote. Color photos and age-appropriate, informative text will connect with the target audience, and the visually appealing 32 pages make this an accessible read for younger kids as well. Readers learn about the three levels of elections: federal, including president and vice president of the country; state; and local. They become acquainted with those who protested discriminatory practices, such as Hattie Wyatt, the first U.S. woman senator, and the Civil Rights marchers in Selma, Alabama. And they learn about the importance of exercising the hard-won right to vote.


Mary Quattlebaum is the author of 25 award-winning children’s books, most recently “Hero Dogs,” a National Geographic nonfiction chapter book about amazing animal heroes. Mary is a popular school and conference speaker.maryquattlebaum.com