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The ABCs of Yoga for Kids. Teresa Power & Kathleen Rietz, $23.95

A gentle introduction to simple yoga postures for young children, this beautifully illustrated book is as much fun to read as it is to do the poses.

Also available:

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: 56 Learning Cards. Teresa Power & Kathleen Rietz, $21.95 (ages 3-8)


All About Me Art Activities. Christy Hale, $18.99

These engaging art activities inspire self-expression and encourage children to explore feelings, abilities, experiences, relationships, and their own uniqueness. Step-by step directions incorporate discussion prompts that help boost vocabulary, build classroom community, and reinforce children's awareness of the world around them. Includes book links to enhance and expand children's explorations and a full-color insert that features each completed project. Ideal to use with kids just entering school and as getting-to-know-you activities!


All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make Music as a Family. Nerissa Nields & Katryna Nields, $25.95

Discover the fun of family music! Music is not only fun, but it's also a wonderful way to family harmony and connection – it can soothe a crying baby, engage an active toddler, entertain during long car rides and help everyone get through daily chores. This delightful book has all the tools you'll need — including a CD with 30 songs — to get you started.

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Art and Creative Development for Young Children, 8th Edition. Jill Englebright Fox & Robert Schirrmacher, $129.95

ART & CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, 8th Edition, is a comprehensive, must-have resource for implementing a developmentally appropriate art program. Written for pre-service and in-service early childhood professionals in child care, preschool, and kindergarten through third grade settings, the text takes a child-directed approach to art education. Blending theory and research with practical applications, this book discusses important topics and issues related to creative experience, such as art and the developing child, special needs and diversity, brain research, and children's artistic development. Also discussed are planning, developing, implementing, and assessing art along with strategies for integrating art across the curriculum. The updated Eighth Edition gives greater emphasis to professional standards with NAEYC, DAP, and NAEA standards integrated throughout the text.


ART for the Very Young, Ages 3-6. Elizabeth Kelly & Joanne McConville, $14.95

Art for the Very Young offers over 50 art activities for children to create art and learn about basic art concepts and techniques, such as line, shape, color, space, texture, form and value.


Art Ideas. Fiona Watt, et al, $24.95

This beautiful, inspiring book teaches you how use different kinds of paint, pastels, inks, crayons and other medium like tissue paper, glue and salt, to create fabulous and fun art with children.


The Art Teacher's Survival Guide for Elementary and Middle Schools, 2nd Edition. Helen Hume, $37.95

With more than 110 creative art projects in varied types of media — from drawing to digital plus tips, tools, and curricular resources, THE ART TEACHER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE offers everything a teacher needs to know to present an effective arts education program. Classroom teachers who want to include art projects as part of the content curriculum and art teachers looking for new ideas will all find fresh inspiration in this exciting new edition. It features numerous new projects and draws on multicultural traditions, includes reproducible pages, and provides detailed instructions with illustrations, links to content learning, and modifications for different ages. Authoritative, practical, and user-friendly, this comprehensive guide is an invaluable addition to every K-8 teacher's basic classroom tools.

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ART with Anything. MaryAnn Kohl, $22.95 (ages 4-10)

52 weeks of fun using everyday stuff, easy-to-find everyday materials and lots of imagination!


Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding across the Curriculum K—8. David Donahue & Jennifer Stuart, Editors, $24.95

The authors in this volume share exemplary arts-integration practices across the K–8 curriculum. Rather than providing formulas or scripts to be followed, they carefully describe how the arts provide an entry point for gaining insight into why and how students learn. The book includes rich and lively examples of public school teachers integrating visual arts, music, drama, and dance with subject matter, including English, social studies, science, and mathematics. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of why and how to use the arts every day, in every school, to reach every child. Both a practitioner's guide and a school reform model, this important book:

  • Explains how arts integration across the K–8 curriculum contributes to student learning.
  • Features examples of how integrated arts education functions in classrooms when it is done well.
  • Explores intensive teacher-education and principal-training programs now underway in several higher education institutions.
  • Offers concrete ideas for educators who are looking to strengthen their own skills.

The Arts Go to School: Classroom-Based Activities That Focus On Music, Painting, Drama, Movement, Media, and More. David Booth and Masayuki Hachiya, $24.95

Thoughtful and timely, this unique collection features chapters on each of the major art forms: music, visual arts, drama, dance, and all forms of modern media. Rooted in authentic experiences, the book gives a glimpse into real, exemplary classrooms where the arts are used to bring learning to life. Checklists throughout the book provide handy reminders to key outcomes, and guide teachers in encouragement and assessment.

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Arts as Meaning Makers: Integrating Literature and the Arts throughout the Curriculum, Canadian Edition. Claudia Cornett & Katharine Smithrim, $104.25

The goal of this textbook is to help teachers meaningfully integrate literature, art, drama, dance and music throughout the curricular area by providing an arts knowledge base, clear reasons for integration, and specific arts integration principles. The text's creative problem-solving process and integrated approach uses the arts as tools to learn. The only book on the market which clearly makes the case to integrate the arts on a daily basis, THE ARTS AS MEANING MAKERS: INTEGRATING LITERATURE AND THE ARTS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM, summarizes the concepts and skills of literature, visual art, drama, and dance methods and shows teachers how to plan and implement units and specific lessons which integrate at least one art form with a curricular area in each lesson.


Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials. Cathy Weisman Topal & Lella Gandini, $32.95

Encourage your kids to express their creativity as they discover, collect, sort, arrange, experiment, and think with found and recyclable “stuff.” The real-life experiences of teachers and children will inspire ideas that you can try at home: choose objects and turn them into a display, transform materials into a face, build and glue wood scraps to make constructions. Appropriate for children four years of age and older.


The Budding Artist. Edited by Laura Laxton, $11.95

Curious kids will delight in the wonder of the creative process with the fifty art-inspiring activities in THE BUDDING ARTIST. With great ways for you and your young artist to create beautiful memories together, this book shows parents and kids how to paint with bubbles, create glue webs, make a blooming tablecloth, and construct homemade paper valentines. Perfect for ages three to six, this fun-filled introduction to arts and crafts features easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find materials that will help you and your child have as much fun creating art as viewing the finished product!

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Chi for Children: a Practical Guide to Teaching Tai Chi and Qigong in Schools and the Community. Betty Sutherland, $61.95 (includes instructional DVD)

Learning the Chinese arts of Tai Chi and Qigong is a great way for children to relax, have fun, and strengthen body and mind. This easy-to-use teacher training pack provides step-by-step instructions and simple techniques that enable anyone to teach Tai Chi and Qigong to children.

This interactive book and DVD set contains four tutorials that guide teachers through basic, intermediate and advanced exercises, as well as offering breathing and relaxation techniques to help create calm classrooms and beat exam stress. Proven to increase concentration levels, fitness and confidence, introducing children to Tai Chi and Qigong gives them the ideal foundation for a life of physical and mental well-being.

This exciting training programme will be an indispensible resource for anyone looking for a fresh and engaging way to improve children's focus, health and happiness, and will be a welcome addition to any classroom, gym class or youth group.


Classroom Fitness Breaks to Help Kids Focus, Grades 1-5. Sarah Longhi, $16.99

Fun and easy exercises that boost concentration and get kids ready to learn!


Climbing Art Obstacles in Autism: Teaching Visual-Motor Skills through Visually Structured Art Activities. Karen Loden Talmage & Vickie Dobrofsky, $48.95

CLIMBING ART OBSTACLES IN AUTISM is an exceptional book that offers young children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays an imaginative, yet structured way to explore art. Climbing Art Obstacles in Autism shares the visual format familiar to users of the Tasks Galore series. Young children are able to practice visual motor skills through typical childhood art projects that are described in detail and bring satisfying results.

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The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes and Dances for Young Children. Pam Schiller & Jackie Silberg, $43.95

Best-selling authors Pam Schiller and Jackie Silberg team up to bring you the ultimate activities resource! Bursting with new selections and old favorites, each of the 600 activities, stories, games, recipes, props, and dances will enhance any preschool curriculum. An essential addition to every classroom, the book includes a materials index, theme connection index, and a thematic chart.


Creating Drama with 4-7 Year Olds: Lesson Ideas to Integrate Drama into the Primary Curriculum. Miles Tandy & Jo Howell, $41.95

Creating Drama with 7-11 Year Olds: Lesson Ideas to Integrate Drama into the Primary Curriculum. Miles Tandy & Jo Howell, $38.95

These practical books give you all the ideas you need to make drama a regular and integral part of your school’s curriculum, offering detailed suggestions of drama work for ages 4 to 7. The teaching units are arranged around four strands: drama for literacy; drama and the whole curriculum; drama film and media; and drama for performance. The authors provide a wealth of practical activities throughout both volumes.

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The Creative Arts, 5th Edition: a Process Approach for Teachers and Children. Linda Carol Edwards, $85.00

This text emphasizes process over product in guiding preschoolers and primary-grade children in creatively expressing themselves in the arts: visual arts, dance and movement, and drama.  Key changes to this edition include a new feature on extending creativity into the home with families, more multicultural content and examples of multicultural art forms.


Curtain Up! A Book for Young Performers. Dirk McLean, Illustrated by France Brassard, $19.99

Amaya has been chosen for the lead role in a professional play! Follow along as Amaya goes through auditions, rehearsals, costume fittings, memory work and the thrill of performance.


Different Speeds and Different Needs: How to Teach Sports to Every Kid. Gary Barber, $32.95

This appealing book demonstrates how practitioners can put excitement and inspiration into the learning process and to support the creative capacities of young children. Involvement in sports can be an empowering and enriching experience for all children. But how can children with different learning needs and physical abilities break through barriers and stereotypes on the playing field to find acceptance and success? This comprehensive guide shows K–12 teachers and coaches how to establish, revamp, and sustain inclusive sports programs that benefit students with a wide range of special needs and challenges.

With this positive, motivating book — written by an expert who's also the father of two children with autism — teachers and coaches will have the guidance they need to develop inclusive sports programs where all children join in the fun.

Chapters address many different needs and abilities including:  

  • physical difficulties, coordination  and mobility challenges
  • ADHD , intellectual challenges, learning disabilities, and giftedness
  • behavioral challenges and bullying
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • Tourette syndrome
  • visual or hearing impairments
  • height and weight challenges, obesity, and eating disorders
  • anxiety, stress, and depression

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Drama Lessons: Ages 7-11. Judith Ackroyd & Jo Barter-Boulton, $45.50

DRAMA LESSONS: AGES 7–11 offers an exciting and varied range of tried and tested lessons tailor-made for busy teachers.  This new collection introduces Literacy Alerts which identify how the drama activities develop aspects of literacy and suggest additional literacy activities. For each lesson plan, essential resources and timing information are provided. The lessons cover a range of themes and curriculum areas. Full of pick-up-and-go lesson plans, this book will be of enormous interest to specialists and non-specialists of drama alike. All primary teachers, literacy coordinators and teaching assistants should have this book in their hands and it will give all trainee teachers a flying start in their school placements.

Also available:

Drama Lessons: Ages 4-7. Judith Ackroyd & Jo Barter-Boulton, $48.50


Drama Schemes, Themes & Dreams: How to plan, structure, and assess classroom strategies that engage young adolescent learners. Larry Swartz & Debbie Nyman, $24.95

Create meaningful and unique learning opportunities with this comprehensive outline of improvisation and interpretation strategies that are easily incorporated into classroom instruction. This practical and useful book offers a host of sources for dramatic activity that include scripts, monologues, poetry, novel excerpts, and technology. These activities will enrich the meaning-making, creative process, and critical skills that students need to succeed both in school, and in life.


Drama School. Mick Manning & Brita Granström, $13.50 (ages 6-10)

Drama School is the perfect introduction to the world of theatre and film. Its pages are packed full of great ideas for all aspects of your production. Clear step-by-step instructions on everything you need to put on a great show!

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Drama Sessions for Primary Schools and Drama Clubs. Alison Day, $51.95

DRAMA SESSIONS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND DRAMA CLUBS is an indispensable guide designed to help you run effective and enjoyable drama sessions in your primary school for a whole academic year.

The author outlines thirty-three practical and user-friendly sessions, each one built around developing the social skills needed by children to become effective and positive communicators. Each session has guided time allocations and thorough explanations of what each exercise should achieve. The final session of the term culminates in a 'show and tell' performance in which children can show their family and friends what they have learnt.

This unique and practical book will be of interest to all teachers who need to incorporate drama into everyday classroom learning as well as drama teachers and practitioners looking to run successful, interesting and fun drama sessions for their primary pupils.


Early Years ART: Activities to Promote Children’s Creative Development. Rhona Whiteford, $29.99 (ages 3-5)

ART promotes activities which not only develop physical and social skills but a sense of wonder and linguistic abilities. The material is arranged under six key categories: Colour, Texture, Line, Shape, Space, and Form.


Engaging Learners through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art education in the Classroom. Katherine Douglas & Diane Jaquith, $28.95

This book details the philosophy, rationale and implementation of choice-based art education in elementary and middle schools. It introduces behaviors that sustain engagement such as problem finding, innovation, play, representation, collaboration and offers strategies for setting up studio centers and exhibitions of student art.

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50 Games for Going Green: Physical Activities that Teach Healthy Environmental Concepts. Carol Scaini & Carolyn Evans, $20.95

50 GAMES FOR GOING GREEN is a collection of easy-to-present activities that educate students in the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling as well as concepts of carbon footprint reduction, climate change, and global warming. The book includes warm-up, circuit, and station activities; physical fitness challenges, relay races, and literacy and drama activities; and cooperative games that are adaptable for a range of ages, abilities, and skill levels.


First Art for Toddlers and Twos: Open-Ended Art Experiences. Mary Ann Kohl, $23.95

Discover the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of toddlers and twos as they explore creative art experiences designed just for them. In this updated, color edition of FIRST ART FOR TODDLERS AND TWOS, you will find more than seventy-five art experiences, with lots of variations that add to the fun and tips for making the activities run smoothly. There's even a chapter of special adult-made props, such as an Art Baggie Book to display a child's artwork and a Tabletop Easel made from a pizza box to catch all the drips.


Fitness and Nutrition: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

Given the recent rise of childhood obesity, the need for health education is needed more than ever. This curriculum provides more than 30 developmentally appropriate activities that introduce important health concepts, including physical activity, rest and relaxation, and nutrition and eating habits. This book includes:

  • An overview of the fitness and nutrition topics covered in the curriculum
  • Suggested interest area materials and supports for creating the learning environment
  • Learning objectives and vocabulary words
  • Suggestions for evaluating children's understanding of each fitness and nutrition topic
  • More than 30 classroom activities
  • Family information and take-home activities

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Games, Ideas, and Activities for Primary Music. Donna Minto, $16.95

This handy book is full of simple activities and instructions to help you feel more confident teaching music, and to bring music lessons to life in the primary classroom.


Games of Survival: Traditional Inuit Games for Elementary Students. Johnny Issaluk, $12.95

Traditionally, Inuit played games in order to be physically and mentally prepared for freezing weather, strenuous hunts, and other grueling conditions that made survival difficult.

In this book, Arctic Winter Games champion Johnny Issaluk explains the basics of agility, strength, and endurance games. Through straightforward text and vibrant photographs, this resource brings to life this vital aspect of Inuit knowledge and culture.


Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing and More. Jack Prelutsky & Chris Raschka, $21.95

Exhilarating, all-new, kid-friendly rhymes capture the range of emotions, from winning to losing to the sheer joy of participating, that children experience as they discover the games of their choice. Jack Prelutsky, a virtuoso at making poetry fun for the elementary school crowd, includes in this inspired collection poems about baseball, soccer, football, skating, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, karate, and more. His signature lighthearted humor in verse that trips off the tongue is coupled here with the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka's lickety-split, stylized (and stylish) watercolors. Every page is a blaze of color and motion. Whether Good Sports will create good sports remains to be seen, but it will prove to young boys (and girls) that reading poetry can be fun.

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Great Big Book of Children’s Games. Debra Wise, $19.95

Over 450 indoor and outdoor games for children ages 3 to 14. Includes solo and team games, party games, classroom and family games as well as innovative twists on many old favorites.


Great Group Skits: 50 Character Building Scenarios for Teens.  Lynn Grasberg & Gina Oldenburg, $18.95

Created by experts who teach improvisational theater, Great Group Skits is a resource for educators and youth workers looking to provide new and creative role-playing exercises for youth. Ranging from small pieces for a few people to large-scale skits that involve an entire class, this book will help educators engage with kids and help kids engage with each other. These skits are designed as improvisational scenarios that give youth a starting point and let them decide where to go with it, enhancing their creativity, self-reliance, and analytical skills.

Each skit is designed to be as “prep-lite” as possible, and includes an estimated time, ways to modify the skit for various age groups, and a list of follow-up questions designed to reinforce the lessons learned. Also included is information on how to facilitate skits, getting kids motivated and energized, and creating your own skits. The skits are divided into categories that include:

  • Imagination
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and leadership
  • Peer pressure and integrity
  • Conflict resolution

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: a Celebration of Poetry with a Beat. Nikki Giovanni, editor, $23.95 (includes audio CD)

A groundbreaking new anthology of rhymes and rhythms!

Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a celebration of poetry with a beat. Readers can immerse themselves in 51 selections from 42 poets and performers, and 30 performances on the audio CD, many recorded especially for this collection. Some tracks on the CD are performed by the artists who created them; others are unique interpretations by admiring poets and artists. Celebrate remarkable poets including:

  • Eloise Greenfield
  • Mos Def
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Maya Angelou
  • Queen Latifah
  • Nikki Dean Grimes
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Langston Hughes
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Walter Dean Myers
  • and many more

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An Introduction to Music in Early Childhood Education. Joanne Greata, $99.95

Learn how to create a musically nurturing environment while providing culturally-diverse musical learning experiences for children from birth through age nine.


The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art. Irene Luxbacher, $18.95

Take a walk on the wild side with fifty-seven projects that can be made in the great outdoors. From imagined ogres who live underground to a sculpture that grows, making outdoor art is a blast of fresh air. This book is full to bursting with creative energy and encourages kids to take it outside!


Jump Start Health! Practical Ideas to Promote Wellness in Kids of All Ages.  David Campos, $52.00

This dynamic resource will help classroom teachers jump start their students on a path to a healthy lifestyle. The author helps us understand the obesity crisis and offers practical ideas for incorporating wellness initiatives into the elementary curriculum. Each idea presented has a clear learning objective, addresses federal health standards, and includes a step-by-step approach with activities for the classroom. This hands-on, comprehensive book provides a set of tools that will help teachers and health practitioners improve the eating habits and exercise patterns of youngsters nationwide.

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Make-Believe Play and Story-Based Drama in Early Childhood. Carol Woodward, Carri Mulch & Suzanne Mair, $31.95

Encouraging imaginative play in the classroom is an effective way to teach young children how to think creatively and interact socially — vital parts of their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

This book presents engaging and practical ways to use drama which will enable young children to develop creative thinking and literacy skills while planning together, making decisions, giving and receiving feedback and working toward a common goal. The reader is guided through introducing and using dramatic play with children, how to integrate drama into everyday classroom activities, and preparing a child-centered story dramatization.


Making Music in the Primary School: Whole Class Instrumental and Vocal Teaching. Nick Beach, Julie Evans and Gary Spruce, Editors, $35.95

Making Music in the Primary School is an essential guide for primary school teachers, instrumental teachers and community musicians involved in music with children. It explores teaching and learning music with the whole class and provides a framework for successful musical experiences with large groups of children.

Striking the perfect balance between theory and practice, this invaluable text includes case studies and exemplars, carefully designed activities to try out in the classroom, as well as a range of tried-and-tested teaching strategies to help you support and develop children’s musical experience in the classroom. Written in a clear, accessible and engaging style, Making Music in the Primary School will give you all the confidence you need when working with whole classes, whatever your musical or teaching background.


Move Your Body: My Exercise Tips. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

Ms. Starr teaches her class about staying fit with exercises and stretches. Now they're full of energy — will it help them win the Beach Ball Relay?

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Moving & Learning Series:

Early Elementary Children Moving & Learning: a Physical Education Curriculum. Rae Pica, $29.95 (ages 6-8) 100 movement activities, includes CD

Preschoolers and Kindergartners Moving and Learning: a Physical Education Curriculum. Rae Pica, $29.95 (ages 3-6) 80 movement activities, includes CD

Toddlers Moving & Learning: a Physical Education Curriculum. Rae Pica, $29.95 (ages 6-8) 50 movement activities, includes CD

Physical education is a critical part of every early childhood curriculum. Children need to move to channel their energies in creative, beneficial ways and to learn habits for lifelong health and fitness. The Moving & Learning series provides developmentally appropriate activities that contribute to a well-rounded curriculum in any classroom or program. Each book contains:

  • An updated introduction reflecting new research and trends in early childhood health and fitness and information on how movement benefits children's learning and development
  • Lesson plans, each with one body parts activity, one non-locomotor activity, one locomotor skill experience, and one activity exploring an element of movement — each book has over 50 activities
  • Extension ideas and adaptations to use with children who have special needs
  • Curriculum connections for each activity and explanations about how activities are aligned with and meet early learning standards from NAEYC and AAHPERD
  • A CD with original music to add joy and energy to the activities

Munsch at Play.  Plays by Irene Watts, Original Stories by Robert Munsch, $24.95

What’s even better than reading a Robert Munsch story out loud? Acting in one!

Eight of Munsch’s best-loved tales have been adapted for stage, classroom or backyard. Complete with innovative ideas for props, casting and costumes, each story is presented in an accessible, illustrated format that kids will love to participate in and watch.

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The Muses Go to School: Inspiring Stories About the Importance of Arts in Education. Edited by Herbert Kohl & Tom Oppenheim, 21.95

In THE MUSES GO TO SCHOOL, autobiographical pieces with well-known artists and performers are paired with interpretive essays by distinguished educators to produce a powerful case for positioning the arts at the center of primary and secondary school curriculums. Spanning a range of genres from acting and music to literary and visual arts, these smart and entertaining voices make surprising connections between the arts and the development of intellect, imagination, spirit, emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and self-discipline of young people.

With support from a star-studded cast, editors Herbert Kohl and Tom Oppenheim present a memorable critique of the growing national trend to eliminate the arts in public education. Going well beyond the traditional rationales, THE MUSES GO TO SCHOOL shows that creative arts, as a means of academic and personal development, are a critical element of any education. It is essential reading for teachers, parents, and anyone who really cares about education.


Music for Early Learning: Songs and Musical Activities to Support Children’s Development. Linda Bance, $57.95 (includes CD)

Singing, dancing and music-making comes naturally to young children, but we as adults often lack confidence in our musical ability. This easily accessible book will help you to realize that everyone can be a creative music-maker with young children. It aims to inspire you to take young children’s enthusiasm for music and create a musically rich environment that supports all areas of learning and development and at the same time celebrate music for music’s sake.


Music & Movement in the Classroom, PreK to K. Steven Traugh, $29.95

Music & Movement in the Classroom is a complete program of materials and teaching techniques, including 2 CDs with 37 songs, designed to channel children’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement into productive learning experiences. The program features step-by-step lesson plans along with exciting and engaging songs and stories that make teaching enjoyable for the musical novice and expert alike.

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My Art Book: Amazing Art Projects Inspired by Masterpieces. $17.99

My Art Book is a wonderful introduction to art and art history. Discover the work of the world’s greatest artists. Using these famous works as inspiration, the book is packed with suggestions and instructions for creating your own works of art and for encouraging budding artists to expand their creative minds.


No Standing Around In My Gym: Lesson Plans, Games and Teaching Tips for Elementary Physical Education. J.D. Hughes, $27.95

If you’re looking for fresh ways to teach children ages 4 to 11 basic fitness concepts, movement skills, and games that emphasize creative thinking and cooperation, No Standing Around in My Gym is an incredible source of ideas and solutions to help you:

  • Increase the time students are active in class
  • Minimize discipline problems
  • Develop healthy attitudes that lead to a lifetime of activity
  • Save valuable lesson preparation time
  • Keep students motivated and challenged

101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children, Birth to 6. Abigail Flesch Connors, $17.50

Help every child experience the magic of making music.

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On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids, 2nd Edition. Lisa Bany-Winters, $18.95

More than 125 theater games for school-age children that spark creativity, boost confidence, and encourage collaboration are included in this imaginative collection of activities, including:

  • Improvisational games
  • Puppets
  • Makeup secrets
  • Designing & building sets, dioramas
  • Monologues, scenes and short plays
  • Warm-up exercises
  • Pantomime
  • Masks

One, Two What Can I Do? Dance and Music for the Whole Day. Connie Bergstein Dow, $46.95 (ages 3-6; includes 2 CDs with music by Debbie Clement)

One, Two What Can I Do is a great way to stimulate children’s minds and muscles. With more than 100 activities and two accompanying CDs of music, this is an easy and fun way to incorporate lively movement into the day.


Quality Daily Physical Activities, K-3. Demetra Turnbull, et al, $15.99

Quality Daily Physical Activities, 4-6. Demetra Turnbull, et al, $15.99

Practical activities to encourage a healthy lifestyle and develop flexibility and strength.

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The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning. Katherine McKnight & Mary Scruggs, $26.99

Most people know The Second City as an innovative school for improvisation that has turned out leading talents such as Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. This groundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators and students through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program, which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of content areas, and boost skills that are crucial for student learning: listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, vocabulary, and more.


Stages: Creative Ideas for Teaching Drama, 2nd Edition. Talia Pura, $24.95

STAGES is packed with drama exercises and ideas that work, tested on the harshest of critics — high school students. Laid out in a clear, concise manner, they are categorized according to their purpose.

This book is useful to all, from novice or seasoned drama teachers, to theatre professionals leading workshops and master classes. The exercises in this book can be used in isolation to simply fill a spare moment of class time, or to create a drama workshop or entire drama course. Suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, the ideas can be adapted for young children and teenagers as well as experienced actors.


Story Drama in the Special Needs Classroom: Step-by-Step Lesson Plans for Teaching through Dramatic Play. Jessica Perich Carleton, $25.95

Introducing drama to the learning experience is guaranteed to enrich a child's development, and is an especially effective approach for children with special educational needs, including those with autism spectrum disorders. This practical handbook offers teachers an array of simple and easy-to-implement theatrical techniques that will enhance students' learning and encourage artistic expression.

The author demonstrates how drama can be applied to a diverse range of school subjects and recreational settings. 'The Little Red Hen', for example, covers themes that are relevant to literacy (rhyming and rhythm), maths (counting seeds), science (discussing farming), and art lessons (designing costumes). Step-by-step lesson plans take teachers through every aspect of running fun and engaging story dramas, including warm ups, movement, songs and props. Handy tips throughout suggest ideas for developing the plays further and ways to adapt them according to the needs of the group.

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The Story in the Picture: Inquiry and Artmaking with Young Children. Christine Mulcahey, $25.50

When children look at works of art they tell stories, share experiences, imagine, and explore. This book provides teachers with the skills, and freedom, to design rich and open-ended art experiences for young children. The author looks at the work of a variety of artists and offers guidance for using these artworks as taking-off points for conversations and creativity with a range of materials. She demonstrates that using fine art reproductions in the early childhood curriculum allows children to construct their own meanings, teaches diversity, fosters thinking skills, and encourages storytelling. The text includes lesson plans, examples of activities, and photographs of children working and interacting with each other and with works of art.


Studio Thinking 2: the Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education. Lois Hetland, Ellen Winner, Shirley Veenema, and Kimberly Sheridan, $31.50

The first edition of this bestseller explored groundbreaking research on the positive effects of art education on student learning across the curriculum. Capitalizing on observations and conversations with educators who have used the Studio Thinking Framework in diverse settings, this expanded edition features new material, including descriptions of how the Framework has been used inside and outside of schools in curriculum planning, teaching, and assessment across arts and non-arts disciplines.

STUDIO THINKING 2 will help advocates explain arts education to policymakers, help art teachers develop and refine their teaching and assessment practices, and assist educators in other disciplines to learn from existing practices in arts education.

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Supporting Children’s Creativity through Music, Dance, Drama and Art: Creative Conversations in the Early Years. Edited by Fleur Griffiths, $40.95

This appealing book demonstrates how practitioners can put excitement and inspiration into the learning process and to support the creative capacities of young children.


Teaching Disability Sport, 2nd Edition. Ronald Davis, $54.95

This book and DVD package guides readers through the stages of program planning, implementation, teaching assessment and evaluation of a disability sports curriculum. Teachers can choose from more than 150 games and activities in seven sports, all cross-referenced to functional profiles. The DVD contains video clips of activities as well as assessment forms and other reproducible materials.


30 Fun Ways to Learn about Music. Anice Paterson & David Wheway, $14.95 (Preschool - Gr. 1)

Music does more than teach children to sing or play an instrument. It build's children's development in areas such as literacy, math, physical skills and coordination. The activities in 30 FUN WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT MUSIC will also help children develop concentration, build confidence and nurture their creative and social development.

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30 Fun Ways to Learn with Clay and Squishy Stuff. Lorraine Frankish, $14.95 (Preschool - Gr. 3)

Children love getting their hands dirty. Using clay and other squishy stuff gives them a chance to create and have fun while strengthening important developmental skills. From wet clay to paper pulp, sawdust to shaving cream, these open-ended activities focus on the process of creation, not the final product.


303 Tween-Approved Exercises & Active Games. Kimberly Wechsler, $17.95

303 TWEEN-APPROVED EXERCISES AND ACTIVE GAMES is written specifically for children ages 9-12 years old. Kimberley Wechsler, a specialist in kid’s fitness, took into account the fundamental attributes of being a child while developing these exercises. They grow, mature, and develop skills at different ages, so what may be skill appropriate for one child could be harmful for another child. These exercises reflect the emotional, social, physical level of this age group.  Tweens can choose from many styles of fitness: mind/body, military style fitness, sports performance, functional resistance, strength training, plyometric style, outdoor challenges, circuit/interval/obstacle course training.  By giving each challenge/game a point value, ‘tweens can freely choose their exercises and will receive a complete workout each and every time. Teachers and parents can join in on the fun too!


What I See, I Can Be: a Guided Yoga Flow for Children. Janet Williams, $25.95

This is a terrific book for teachers and parents who want to find an effective, easy way to incorporate fitness and fun into a daily routine. Yoga can help children gain flexibility and coordination while giving them the skills of relaxation. Even if you don’t know a thing about yoga, What I See, I Can Be is a great way to combine fitness and fun at home and school.

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Why Our Schools Need the Arts. Jessica Hoffmann Davis, $28.50

This inspiring book leads the way to a new kind of advocacy — one that stops justifying the arts as useful to learning other subjects, and argues instead for the powerful lessons that the arts, like no other subject, teach our kids. Jessica Hoffmann Davis, a leading voice in the field of arts education, offers a set of principles and tools that will be invaluable to advocates already working hard to make the case and secure a strong place for the arts in education. She also reaches out to those who care deeply about education but have yet to consider what the arts uniquely provide. This book is for anyone willing to brave a new terrain in which the arts are finally embraced without apology.


Why Should I Bother to Keep Fit? Kate Knighton & Susan Meredith, $10.95 (ages 10 -14)

  • All about how to maintain a healthy body through exercise and eating right.
  • Answers questions such as: What counts as exercise? What if I hate sport? How can I get stronger?
  • Includes simple tips on healthy eating, games to play indoors when it’s raining and how to warm up and warm down properly.
  • Written in a clear, factual style with bright, stylish illustrations and internet links to websites to find out more.

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The Yoga Adventure for Children. Jelen Purperhart, $19.50

THE YOGA ADVENTURE FOR CHILDREN is an illustrated manual for teachers at primary schools and yoga teachers who wish to create children's classes. Featuring 80 drawings of poses, the book playfully acquaints children with yoga stretches and postures and the philosophy behind the practice. Blending yoga, play, dance, music, drama, and drawing, the book requires very little preparation before use. Many yoga positions are inspired by animals and stimulate suppleness and strength, and all aspects of yoga are included in the games: relaxation, breathing, concentration, meditation, self-awareness, and visualization. Concepts like karma, chakra, and the elements are explained and developed without too much confusing detail. The games in this book can also be used to increase children's concentration and self-esteem, and to stimulate them to express more creativity, imagination, and better social skills.


Yoga Calm for Children: Educating Heart, Mind and Body. Lynea Gillen & Jim Gillen, $32.95

Yoga Calm offers 60 activities for the K-12 classroom that promote relaxation, concentration and self control; fosters physical fitness and helps in the development of social/emotional awareness skills. Features more than 100 photographs and easy-to-follow instructions.


The Yoga Game. Kathy Beliveau, illustrated by Farida Zaman, $11.95

This fun riddle book introduces young children to yoga.


Yoga in Your School: Exercises for Classroom, Gym and Playground. Teressa Asencia, $23.95

Yoga in Your School presents a series of short “Yoga breaks” designed for teachers to easily insert into their daily classroom schedule. Each posture or breathing technique may be practiced in less than three minutes, so that they may be used regularly or as needed, when attention or energy begins to wane. These simple movement exercises are designed to develop concentration, improve motor skills and physical fitness, develop strength, flexibility and balance. By simply taking a few moments to stop between activities to breathe and stretch, teachers may create a harmonious classroom with calm alert children who are receptive and eager to learn.

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YogaKids: Educating the Whole Child through Yoga. Marsha Wenig, $22.95

Over 50 poses with activities for integrated learning at home and school.


Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child: Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting. Nancy Williams, Illustrated by Leslie White, $22.95

Yoga therapy is gaining rapid recognition as a form of treatment that can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of children with a variety of complex needs. This book contains a specially-designed yoga program for use with children of all abilities, and provides both parents and professionals with the knowledge they need to carry out the therapy themselves.

The program consists of a series of postures, each of which is explained and accompanied by an illustration. The postures are designed to help children understand and use their bodies, and work towards positive changes such as realigning the spine, encouraging eye-contact, and promoting calm and steady breathing. Consideration is given to creating the right setting for carrying out the therapy, assessing an individual child's particular needs, and making the sessions fun using games and props. Sections on yoga therapy for specific conditions such as autistic spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy are included, and the book concludes with child and parent reports on how the program has worked for them, and a list of useful contacts and resources.

This practical book is a must for parents, teachers, therapists and other professionals, and anybody else who wants to help a child to develop through enjoyable and therapeutic yoga sessions.


You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses. Taeeun Yoo, $18.00

With simple instructions and bright, clear illustrations, award-winning artist Taeeun Yoo invites children to enjoy yoga by assuming playful animal poses. And she sparks their imagination further by encouraging them to pretend to be the animal — to flutter like a butterfly, hiss like a snake, roar like a lion and more. Yoga is great for kids because it promotes flexibility and focus — and it’s relaxing good fun! The charming pictures of children and animals and the lyrical text make this gentle introduction to yoga a book to be treasured.

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Complete Booklist

Art

All about Me Art Activities. Christy Hale, $18.99

Art and Creative Development for Young Children, 8th Edition. Jill Englebright Fox & Robert Schirrmacher, $129.95

ART for the Very Young, Ages 3-6. Elizabeth Kelly & Joanne McConville, $14.95

Art Ideas. Fiona Watt, et al, $24.95

Art Ideas (Mini Edition). Fiona Watt, $10.95

The Art Teacher's Survival Guide for Elementary and Middle Schools, 2nd Edition. Helen Hume, $37.95

ART with Anything. MaryAnn Kohl, $22.95 (ages 4-10)

Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding across the Curriculum K—8. David Donahue & Jennifer Stuart, Editors, $24.95

The Arts Go to School: Classroom-Based Activities That Focus On Music, Painting, Drama, Movement, Media, and More. David Booth and Masayuki Hachiya, $24.95

Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials. Cathy Weisman Topal & Lella Gandini, $32.95

The Budding Artist. Edited by Laura Laxton, $11.95

Climbing Art Obstacles in Autism: Teaching Visual-Motor Skills through Visually Structured Art Activities. Karen Loden Talmage & Vickie Dobrofsky, $48.95

The Creative Arts, 5th Edition: a Process Approach for Teachers and Children. Linda Carol Edwards, $85.00

Early Years ART: Activities to Promote Children’s Creative Development. Rhona Whiteford, $29.99 (ages 3-5)

Engaging Learners through Artmaking: Choice-based Art Education in the Classroom. Katherine Douglas & Diane Jaquith, $28.95

First Art for Toddlers and Twos: Open-Ended Art Experiences. Mary Ann Kohl, $23.95

The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art. Irene Luxbacher, $18.95

The Language of Art: Inquiry-Based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings. Ann Pelo, $35.95

My Art Book: Amazing Art Projects Inspired by Masterpieces. $17.99

The Story in the Picture: Inquiry and Artmaking with Young Children. Christine Mulcahey, $25.50

Studio Thinking 2: the Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education. Lois Hetland, Ellen Winner, Shirley Veenema, and Kimberly Sheridan, $31.50

30 Fun Ways to Learn with Clay and Squishy Stuff. Lorraine Frankish, $14.95 (Preschool - Gr. 3)

Why Our Schools Need the Arts. Jessica Hoffmann Davis, $28.50

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Drama & Language Arts

Creating Drama with 4-7 Year Olds: Lesson Ideas to Integrate Drama into the Primary Curriculum. Miles Tandy & Jo Howell, $41.95

Creating Drama with 7-11 Year Olds: Lesson Ideas to Integrate Drama into the Primary Curriculum. Miles Tandy & Jo Howell, $38.95

Curtain Up! A Book for Young Performers. Dirk McLean, Illustrated by France Brassard, $19.99

Drama Lessons: Ages 4-7. Judith Ackroyd & Jo Barter-Boulton, $48.50

Drama Lessons: Ages 7-11. Judith Ackroyd & Jo Barter-Boulton, $45.50

Drama Schemes, Themes & Dreams: How to plan, structure, and assess classroom strategies that engage young adolescent learners. Larry Swartz & Debbie Nyman, $24.95

Drama School. Mick Manning & Brita Granström, $13.50 (ages 6-10)

Drama Sessions for Primary Schools and Drama Clubs. Alison Day, $51.95

Great Group Skits: 50 Character Building Scenarios for Teens. Lynn Grasberg & Gina Oldenburg, $18.95

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: a Celebration of Poetry with a Beat. Nikki Giovanni, editor, $23.95 (includes audio CD)

Make-Believe Play and Story-Based Drama in Early Childhood. Carol Woodward, Carri Mulch & Suzanne Mair, $31.95

Munsch at Play.  Plays by Irene Watts, Original Stories by Robert Munsch, $24.95

The Muses Go To School: Inspiring Stories about the Importance of Arts in Education. Herbert Kohl & Tom Oppenheim, Editors, $32.50

On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids, 2nd Edition. Lisa Bany-Winters, $18.95

The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning. Katherine McKnight & Mary Scruggs, $26.99

Stages: Creative Ideas for Teaching Drama, 2nd Edition. Talia Pura, $24.95

Story Drama in the Special Needs Classroom: Step-by-Step Lesson Plans for Teaching through Dramatic Play. Jessica Perich Carleton, $25.95

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Music

All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make Music as a Family. Nerissa Nields & Katryna Nields, $25.95

Easy Songs for Smooth Transitions in the Classroom. Nina Araujo & Carol Aghayan, $30.95 (Book and CD)

Games, Ideas, and Activities for Primary Music. Donna Minto, $16.95

An Introduction to Music in Early Childhood Education. Joanne Greata, $99.95

Making Music in the Primary School: Whole Class Instrumental and Vocal Teaching. Nick Beach, Julie Evans and Gary Spruce, Editors, $35.95

Music for Early Learning: Songs and Musical Activities to Support Children’s Development. Linda Bance, $57.95 (includes CD)

Music from the Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poem, Fingerplays and Chants, 2-CD Set. Jackie Silberg & Pam Schiller, $24.95

Music & Movement in the Classroom, PreK to K. Steven Traugh, $29.95

101 Music Games for Children: Fun and Learning with Rhythm and Song. Jerry Storms, $26.95

101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children. Abigail Flesch Connors, $17.50

One, Two What Can I Do? Dance and Music for the Whole Day. Connie Bergstein Dow, $46.95 (ages 3-6; includes 2 CDs with music by Debbie Clement)

Supporting Children’s Creativity through Music, Dance, Drama and Art: Creative Conversations in the Early Years. Edited by Fleur Griffiths, $40.95

30 Fun Ways to Learn about Music. Anice Paterson & David Wheway, $14.95 (Preschool - Gr. 1)

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Physical Education, Games & Activities

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids. Teresa Power & Kathleen Rietz, $23.95

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: 56 Learning Cards. Teresa Power & Kathleen Rietz, $21.95 (ages 3-8)

Chi for Children: a Practical Guide to Teaching Tai Chi and Qigong in Schools and the Community. Betty Sutherland, $61.95 (includes instructional DVD)

Classroom Fitness Breaks to Help Kids Focus, Grades 1-5. Sarah Longhi, $16.99

The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes and Dances for Young Children. Pam Schiller & Jackie Silberg, $43.95

Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! Enriching Movement Activities for Preschoolers. Connie Bergstein Dow, $26.95

Different Speeds and Different Needs: How to Teach Sports to Every Kid. Gary Barber, $32.95

50 Games for Going Green: Physical Activities that Teach Healthy Environmental Concepts. Carol Scaini & Carolyn Evans, $20.95

Fitness and Nutrition: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

Games of Survival: Traditional Inuit Games for Elementary Students. Johnny Issaluk, $12.95

Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing and More. Jack Prelutsky & Chris Raschka, $21.95

Great Big Book of Children’s Games: Over 450 Indoor and Outdoor Games for Kids. Debra Wise, $19.95

Jump Start Health! Practical Ideas to Promote Wellness in Kids of All Ages.  David Campos, $52.00

Move Your Body: My Exercise Tips. Gina Bellisario, $8.95

Moving & Learning Series:
Early Elementary Children Moving & Learning: a Physical Education Curriculum. Rae Pica, $29.95 (ages 6-8) 100 activities, includes CD
Preschoolers and Kindergartners Moving and Learning: a Physical Education Curriculum. Rae Pica, $29.95 (ages 3-6) 80 activities, includes CD
Toddlers Moving & Learning: a Physical Education Curriculum. Rae Pica, $29.95 (ages 6-8) 50 activities, includes CD

Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors. Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95

No Standing Around In My Gym: Lesson Plans, Games and Teaching Tips for Elementary Physical Education. J.D. Hughes, $27.95

The 175 Best Camp Games: a Handbook for Leaders, Games for Kids 4-16. Kathleen, Laura & Mary Fraser, $19.95

Play: the Pathway from Theory to Practice. Sandra Heidemann & Deborah Hewitt, $41.95

Quality Daily Physical Activities, K-3. Demetra Turnbull, et al, $15.99

Quality Daily Physical Activities, 4-6. Demetra Turnbull, et al, $15.99

Self-Esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves. Barbara Sher, $18.99

Teaching Disability Sport, 2nd Edition. Ronald Davis, $54.95

303 Tween-Approved Exercises & Active Games. Kimberly Wechsler, $17.95

We Like to Move: Exercise is Fun. Elyse April, $12.50 (ages 2-4)

What I See, I Can Be: a Guided Yoga Flow for Children. Janet Williams, $25.95

Why Should I Bother to Keep Fit? Kate Knighton & Susan Meredith, $10.95 (ages 10 -14)

The Yoga Adventure for Children. Jelen Purperhart, $19.50

Yoga Calm for Children: Educating Heart, Mind and Body – 60 Activities for the K-12 Classroom. Lynea Gillen & Jim Gillen, $32.95

The Yoga Game. Kathy Beliveau, illustrated by Farida Zaman, $11.95

Yoga in Your School: Exercises for Classroom, Gym and Playground. Teressa Asencia, $23.99

YogaKids: Educating the Whole Child through Yoga. Marsha Wenig, $22.95

Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child: Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting. Nancy Williams, Illustrated by Leslie White, $22.95

You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses. Taeeun Yoo, $18.00

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