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Picture Books

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Gather 'round. Sit criss-cross applesauce, and read stories.

CrissCross AppleSauce

CrissCross AppleSauce publishes picture books that inspire and educate children of all ages. Gather ‘round, sit criss-cross applesauce, and read stories.

Featured & Forthcoming

Cayuga Island Kids: The Mystery of the Barking Branches and the Sunken Ship

$12.95$16.95 Available March 15, 2021.

Available now for pre-sale. Release date: March 15, 2021

What happens when a group of friends sets off on a hunt for a certain kind of tree and uncover a buried cannonball instead? Who knew that the island they live on is also home to a whole lot of history? And, it turns out, a whole lot of mystery, too…

Meet the Cayuga Island Kids! It’s summer vacation, and that means there’s plenty of time for a hunt, a mystery, and an exciting adventure. Are you ready? Open the book and join the fun. Find out what the Cayuga Island Kids are up to in this mystery story based on historical events on Cayuga Island near Niagara Falls!

Story by Judy Bradbury l  Illustrations by Gabriella Vagnoli

130 pages

ISBN: 978-1-952536-14-4 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-1-952536-16-8 (hardcover)

Check out the Cayuga Island Kid’s trailer:

Kite to Freedom

$12.95$16.95 Available September 1, 2020.

The Story of a Kite-Flying Contest, the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and the Underground Railroad

Can a kite change history? Katie and Homan’s did.

 

When engineers were faced with the challenge of bridging the vast Niagara Gorge, the solution was a kite-flying contest. After Katie and Homan’s kite crosses the gorge and wins the contest, construction begins on the first suspension bridge to connect the United States and Canada. The two friends are there as it becomes an important link on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom.

 

Even as her parents try to shield her from the ugly existence of slavery and the dangers of the Underground Railroad, Katie discovers that the scary truth is closer to home than she could have imagined.

 

Kite to Freedom is an action-packed, fictionalized account of actual events that occurred during the construction of the Niagara Falls International Suspension Bridge, which still connects the United States and Canada at Niagara Falls.

 

Cross Your Fingers

102 pages 

Suitable for readers between 8 and 12 years old 

The Monster in My Basement

$14.95$19.95 Available October 1, 2020.
There’s a monster in Dave’s basement! His name is Howard and he’s very hungry. Howard invites Dave to dinner. But will Dave eat dinner or BE dinner? The thought makes Dave shake a little bit, shake a little bit, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Has Dave made a big mistake?

The Monster in My Basement began as a song called Howard the Monster. (The author is a children’s musician too!) Visit Howard the Monster here and read along with the music and lyrics printed in the back of the book!

Listen right now to “Howard the Monster” song by the author David Preson