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Cool Cats Coloring Book

Author C.A. Hartnell is excited to give kids who enjoy her award-winning books yet another creative outlet. Children who fall in love with the culture of the 1950s, the era Hartnell’s historical fiction chapter books for children are set in, can now color in scenes from the time period.

A Coloring Book for Children Based in the 1950s

Hartnell’s new coloring book for children, “Cool Cats Coloring Book: The Birthday Party,” features cats in 1950s-style scenes and clothing. Although called a coloring book, the book contains much more than just pages to fill in with crayons, colored pencils or markers. Cool Cats Coloring Book has:

  • A matching coloring game, where kids color in identical ice cream sodas with the same colors
  • A maze of jumbled up string, which is perfect for a cat-themed book
  • The Cool Cats in a variety of 1950s clothes
  • A fall-themed word scramble
  • Facts from October 1955
    • A narrative flows throughout many of the coloring book’s pages as well.

      A Book to Complement Hartnell’s Historical Fiction Chapter Books

      This new coloring book is the perfect complement to Hartnell’s historical fiction chapter books. The images it has of jukeboxes, ice cream parlors, jackets and classic cars help provide a visual context for the world that the chapter books are set in. The fall theme is particularly well-suited to be used alongside Ferocious Fall: Our Wild Weather Escapes.

      Available to Order Now

      If you know a child who loves Ferocious Fall: Our Wild Weather Escapes who’s just getting into Hartnell’s series, or loves coloring, consider getting them a copy of Cool Cats Coloring Book: The Birthday Party. They’ll enjoy the different activities, and they’ll get to learn a little about California in 1955.

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What to Read This Summer? Best Middle Grade Books

Summer Reading

As summer is approaching, you may be looking for the best middle grade books to read. Adventure is the key word for summer reading. What does the word adventure mean? Adventure, a noun, means: an exciting or very unusual experience; participating in exciting undertakings or enterprises; a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome; peril; danger; risk. Why not spend the summer going on amazing adventures by reading books that contain all of the above? You can meet courageous characters and solve mysteries while traveling in the United States, our world, the planets, or even the universe. Those summer reads can be old classics like Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson or A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory written by Roald Dahl and Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner are two more classic adventures. Books invite the reader to travel to exciting places, with fun characters looking for adventure, just by turning the pages.

One of my all time favorites is Because of Wynn Dixie by Kate D’Camillo. It’s not only a popular book but became a movie. The story is about a girl in a small town who adopts a dog and the adventures they have that lead to a satisfying ending. Reading about famous people like President George Washington or President Abraham Lincoln, and their real life adventures, can be exciting. Fantasy books like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the rest of this series by C.S. Lewis, take the reader to a world of grave danger and forever friendships.

A classic mystery, Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell Tatham, follows girl detective, Trixie Belden, and her friends as they venture into risky circumstances to solve mysteries. Other mystery-solving characters are found in the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene or The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon. Though some old classics are hard to find, it’s worth the effort and adventure to search for and discover them. Interested in other middle school books? I wrote my very own book series called The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann because I have loved reading adventure books since my childhood. Book two in my series, Sinister Summer: Cars, Cruisers, and Close Calls, is a great summer read. The story takes place in 1955 Southern California. Follow the exciting enterprises of eleven-year-old characters, Pete and Carol Ann, as they solve a mystery during their bold and risky summer adventures. Readers can check out the other Pete and Carol Ann adventure books in my series here. Whatever you decide to read this summer, enjoy the adventure!

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