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Girls Changing the World

“Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World,” is a non-fiction book filled with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA. This book is the first of an 11-book series and its aim is to encourage girls to learn coding and to build awareness around the national movement to close the gender gap in technology. This graphically illustrated book is part how-to, part inspiration and all fun. It proves to readers ages 10 and up – and their parents – that coding is truly for everyone, especially girls! (Viking; $17.99)

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

Based on the beloved children’s books by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,” Season 1 is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video! In this first season, you will get to know Mouse, Pig, Moose, Dog and Cat and their favorite humans. When Mouse and friends get together, one thing always leads to another in the most unexpected ways. You just never know where things will end up, but you can be sure that IF Mouse and Friends go on an adventure together, THEN they will just have to have fun the whole timeCheck out the Season 1 trailer on [

— Jenny L. Heinbaugh

Book Reviews

Winter Books

By Mary Quattlebaum

babies / tots

When the Snow Falls

A snowstorm brings zig-zaggy flakes, slip-slidey sleds, and two kids who thrill to the pleasures of a winter day with Grandma and Grandpa. The rhyming text takes the booted youngsters outdoors to care for horses and sheep in a snug barn. Next they hike through the hushed woods, listen carefully to the song of a wren and build a jolly snowman. The final pages find them home again, popping corn, sipping cocoa and cuddling by the fire. Little ones will love trying to spot the family’s tan pup as she romps, rolls and finally rests in every vivid double-page spread.

ages 3 – 7

Baby Bear’s Book of Tiny Tales

These four short stories are perfect for youngsters who, like Baby Bear, are beginning to explore the world beyond their family. Each tale has a simple, age-appropriate plot, with the little cub solving the story problem rather than having an adult step in to save the day. Baby Bear, with the help of at least one of his young animal friends, finds the surprised owner of a lost boot, safeguards a rare wild flower and accepts a little girl’s invitation to a yummy tea party. The gentle tales, accessible sentence structure and charming watercolors make this book both a cozy read-aloud and a helpful bridge for kids learning to read on their own.

ages 8 – 11

Long-armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics

In lively language, Jean Patrick tells the inspiring true tale of Ludy Ellerbe Godbold, who was a star athlete at her college at a time when women were rarely allowed to compete. In 1922, Ludy qualified for the first-ever Women’s Olympics in Paris, France, but could not afford to travel there. She didn’t give up, though, and continued to train. In this way, she was ready and extremely grateful when her professors and fellow students raised the money to send her. Ludy not only won, but she also set a new world record in the shot put. She went on to teach physical education at a college for 58 years. Adam Gustavson’s oil paintings capture Ludy’s strength and determination, as well as her journey to victory.

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