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Simply Green Giving: Create Beautiful and Organic Wrappings, Tags, and Gifts from Everyday Materials by Danny Seo - Danny Seo, the eco-conscious, creative wunderkind, and host of "Simply Green," presents fun and eco-friendly ideas for creating gorgeous gifts, wrappings, and tags from everyday materials. The book has 50 quick and simple projects to create beautiful handmade treasures and gifts for any occasion.

Hardcover, 160 pages. 8"x6"x.6"

#2774 $19.95 $13.99

Window Art
(Klutz) - This book and paint set was an instant hit among my children and every one of their friends! They have regular “socials” at our house, and the creation of window art is a favorite activity at these gatherings.

Window Art comes with six bottles of peel-off paint: five 22 ml/.74 oz bottles of color (purple, blue, green, yellow, and red) and one 40 ml/1.36 oz bottle of black paint for outlines. The book contains more than a 100 ready-to-trace designs. The craft is simple: place the included plastic sheet over the desired design, trace the outline with black paint, and fill it in with color. Let it dry and then stick it on any glass surface, such as a mirror or window. Since a whole group of kids like to participate at once in our house, we use clear, plastic report covers to allow more than one person to work at the same time and to extend the amount of available space for their art.

The only drawback is that there isn't enough paint in the set to satisfy the demand for someone who likes to create lots of art or for a group of users. Fortunately, a deluxe refill kit it available and is highly recommended.

Spiral-bound hardcover book and paint

#6436 $19.95

Window Art Book Only - No paints or plastic sheet.

Book Only #6436X $5.00

Yoga Pretzels: 50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids and Grownups
by Tara Guber & Leah Kalish, introduced by Baron Baptiste and illustrated by Sophie Fatus - When you need a break or want a challenge, just open your Yoga Pretzels deck to have fun and feel good. Wherever you are, whatever your age, you'll find all the inspiration you need with these fifty fun activities to choose from. The cards are oversized, with colorful illustrations, and are color-coded in nine categories.

#6046 $14.99


Celebrate Christmas with Carols, Presents and Peace (National Geographic) by Deborah Heiligman - Christmas is a joyous holiday celebrated by millions of the world's people. At Christmastime, families and friends decorate their homes and gather for special foods and gift giving. It is a holiday of sparkling lights, festive music, and hopes for peace and goodwill. For many people, Christmas is a holy time. Christians celebrate it as the day that Jesus Christ was born.

Here's a fresh look at the wonderful diversity of traditions associated with this beloved holiday. Readers will see people from around the globe as they decorate, bake cookies, make music, reenact the birth of Jesus, go to church, and celebrate Christmas in a variety of other ways. They will also find a recipe to help them create their very own taste of Christmas.

Hardcover, 32 pages. 8.5"x10". Ages 10+.

#1223 $15.95 $11.99


The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans (read by Richard Thomas) - "Whatever the reason, I find that with each passing Christmas the story of the Christmas box is told less and needed more. So I record it now for all future generations to accept or dismiss, as seems them good. As for me, I believe. And it is, after all, my story." So begins The Christmas Box, the touching story of a widow and the young family who moves in with her.

Evans wrote this Christmas tale for his two daughters, composing a story about a family very much like his own. They move into the home of an elderly widow and discover a long-lost hoard of letters written by the woman to her daughter.

The complete book on one cassette. Running time: approximately 1.5 hours.

#7024 $12.00 $5.99
Cassette, out of print, one copy available. No shrink wrap.

A Classical Kids Christmas by Susan Hammond - Classical carols and classic poetry combine to tell the story of Christmas, just like the pageants of days gone by. Follow the Three Wise Men as they set out for Bethlehem; meet Saint Nicholas (no, not Santa Claus!); experience the traditions of Christmas around the world. It's a magical Christmas eve, the celebration of Christmas Day and rejoicing of animals at the manger. Everyone will enjoy the story of why the stork delivers babies, how the robin got its red breast and how tinsel came to decorate our trees.

Features more than 30 traditional carols and holiday songs, including:

Silent Night * O Come, All Ye Faithful * We Three Kings * O Holy Night * Go Tell it on the Mountain * God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen * Handel's Messiah * Christmas Eve is Here * Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite * Away in a Manger * Polish Lullaby * Angels We Have Heard on High * This Great Day * Joseph, Dearest * O Tannenbaum * Vivaldi's Winter * The Friendly Beasts * Here We Come Awassailing * and more!

Length: 45 minutes, ages 4+.

Cassette #2205 $10.98 $4.99 Limited quantities available!

Song Book Only #2221 $19.98 $14.99 Cover has some wrinkling. One copy available.
(Song Book: Everything you need to perform a Christmas Concert or Dramatic Pageant in one complete package. 21 songs in SA or SS with piano or guitar accompaniment plus optional descants for Orff or traditional instruments).

"You'll want to find room on your shelf for this one. This recording meets the high standard we expect from Susan Hammond. It's not a story, it's a Christmas pageant -- one of the nicest I've ever heard. Hammond artfully combines music and poetry, the music is elegant, and in Hammond's trademark style, it's neither too sophisticated for young minds nor too juvenile for mature ones" - Today's Parent

"This joyful and reverent blend of poetry, music and history will likely be a welcome addition to many family music collections." - Publishers Weekly

Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury by Jan Brett - Featuring seven Jan Brett books in one: The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas. This treasury draws upon the cultures of the countries in which her stories are set and brings readers both original tales and classics as charming, lively, and timeless as Brett's art. Beautifully and colorfully illustrated.

Hardcover, 176 pages. Recommended for ages 4-8 but this is a treasure for anyone.

#7416 $39.95 $28.99

Las Navidades: Popular Christmas Songs from Latin America selected and illustrated by Lulu Delacre - A bilingual collection of popular Christmas songs from Latin America, illustrated to depict the Hispanic culture's rich and exuberant holiday celebrations. Arranged chronologically from Christmas Eve to the Epiphany, both English and Spanish versions can be easily sung with the musical scores at the back of the book.

Paper, 40 pages. Ages 4-8.

#5493 $4.99 Out of print, one copy available.

The Nutcracker illustrated by Nancy Sippel Carpenter. This cute board book comes on a gold string. Can be used as a gift tag (there's a to:/from: space to fill in on the back) or as ornament to hang on the Christmas tree. 10 pages. 3"Wx3.5"L
#978X $1.99 (4 copies)

The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg - A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa.

The Polar Express
is a heartwarming story about the power of belief that resonates across generations and cultures. We invite you to settle in and take a ride on the Polar Express–it's a journey you won't soon forget.

Hardcover picture book, 32 pages. Caldecott Medal Winner. Ages 5-8. 11.7"x9.1"x0.5".

#9496 $18.95 $12.75 (Over 32% off! One copy available).


Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels (National Geographic) by Deborah Heiligman conveys the diversity of Hanukkah as it is celebrated by  people all over the world. Full of gorgeous photography and accessible writing, this book is a terrific introduction for all children to the celebration of Hanukkah.

Highlighted are the basics of the celebration: rituals, food, games, and stories. Included at the end of the book are resources, facts, information on how to light a menorah, a delicious recipe for making latkes, and instructions on playing the dreidel.

Paper, 32 pages. 8.5"x10". Ages 10+.

#2930 $6.95


Celebrate Kwanzaa (National Geographic) by Carolyn Otto focuses on Kwanzaa, which falls during the festive, gift-giving season and is celebrated by families and communities throughout America. With succinct, lively text and beautiful photographs, the book celebrates African-American culture and helps us to understand and appreciate this special holiday.

Over the course of seven days, African Americans, families and friends, come together to light the candles that symbolize their past and future—and their unity. They gather as a community to make music and to dance; to feast on harvest foods and the good things of the earth; and to exchange simple, often homemade, gifts. Readers are introduced to the symbols of the holiday, such as the mkeka (a special placemat), kinara (candleholder), and kikombe cha umoja (unity cup). Important concepts, like the seven principles, are explained. In addition, a note from the book's consultant, aimed at parents and teachers, puts the holiday in its full cultural and historical perspective.

Hardcover, 32 pages, 8.5"x10". Ages 10+.

#3197 $15.95 $11.99


Celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, Family, and Counting Blessings (National Geographic) by Deborah Heiligman - The author relates this holiday to the harvest festivals celebrated by thankful believers of many faiths all over the globe. The books stunning pictures show the celebration in its historical and cultural aspects, and the back of the book contains a delicious Thanksgiving recipe, a glossary, and a useful list of holiday references and resources.

Paper, 32 pages. 9.75"x8.25"x.2".

#2923 $6.95

Happy Thanksgiving!: Things To Make & Do
by Judith Conaway - Provides instructions for making Indian cutouts, place mats, Indian cornbread, and other Thanksgiving decorations and foods, as well as descriptions of two games.

Paper, 48 pages. 8.2"x7"x0.1". Cover has a crease.

#6697 $2.95
(Out of print, one copy available).

Valentine's Day

Bloom! A Little Book About Finding Love by Maria Van Lieshout - Bloom isn’t interested in playing in messy mud puddles. She’d rather gallivant among pretty flowers. When she sees a “flying flower,” she falls head over hoofs in love...

This whimsical picture book gently portrays the true meaning of love and friendship in words and pictures that are perfect for readers of all ages.

...this saga of a pig in love will win over kids and grown -ups alike. - Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

Hardcover, 40 pages. 7.25"x7"x.4"

#9132 $12.95 $11.99

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