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Picture Books

CrissCross AppleSauce
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

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 September 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!) Listen to the song here and read along with the music and lyrics printed in the back of the book!

Give a Book! (Donation)

$10.00

Be a light.

Read books. Share books. Give books. 

Add this to your cart to donate a book to a child in need!

In the “Notes” section of your order, please let us know if you would like to be credited as the donor inside the book. If you would, please let us know what name you’d like the book to be donated by. If you’d like to remain anonymous, please write “Anonymous” in the “Notes” box.

Example: 

Donated by John Doe

May 20, 2020

The first beneficiary of City of Light’s Give a Book program will be Oishei Children’s Hospital. For every book you virtually donate a book between now the end of June, a child will receive a brand new, beautiful book.