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WATCH & LISTEN

Ice_Crystals-Purple Caillou The Snowman - Snowflakes
Caillou dreams of making the world's biggest snowman while he waits for winter's first snow. When snowflakes finally start to fall, he and Sarah rush outside to play. This episode also contains Caillou Shoots! He Scores and Caillou Goes Tobogganing. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Dog_Sledding-HuskiesCuriosity Quest - Dog Sledding
Ever wondered how dog sled teams practice in the summertime? Host Joel Greene discovers there's "mush" to learn about keeping these incredible creatures fit between races! Don't miss Joel's other cool quests: Alaskan Adventure, Ice Sculpting, and Snow Making.
Kanopy-CharactersThe Day Henry Met...An Ice Cream Van
Every day Henry meets something new! On the hottest day of the year, Henry meets an ice cream van. Since the ice cream man is on his break, Henry starts serving scoops to some very happy customers! If you want another treat, find out why a hairy hibernator needs help on The Day Henry Met...A Bear. To watch the episodes, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Iceberg-Gray_Sky Earth To Luna! - Ice Giants
When Clyde's toy boat runs into trouble during a pool race, the trio wonders if an iceberg sank the ship. For this adventure, Luna, Jupiter, and Clyde will need to look below the surface to discover why ice giants are cool to their core. To keep chilling out with Luna, slide over to Mirror, Mirror on the Wall and Snow Day!
Skier-Cartoon Hoopla Doopla! - Snow Business
With physical skills and plenty of laughs, six friends tumble, juggle, leap, and somersault their way into and out of trouble! On a summer's day, Mimi decides to go skiing after finding her old outfit and equipment. Is there any way she can have a ski holiday without snow? To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Kanopy-Banner_Characters_CropJacob Two-Two and the Notorious Knit Napper
Welcome to the world of Jacob Two-Two, the youngest of five children who has to say things twice just to be heard! With the help of Intrepid the hamster, Jacob investigates a group of little old ladies plotting to cover Montreal with a gigantic tea cosy for the winter.
Snow_Carving-Kids Making Stuff - Snow Park
Looking for the ultimate toboggan run, snow fort, and snowmen? Join robots Gears and Wiz as they visit a real-life winter wonderland! Then, discover how to make awesome ice for slurping and skating with Gelato, Ice Cream, and World's Longest Skating Rink. To watch the episodes, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Seal-Cartoon_BlueMonkey See Monkey Do - Seal
Kids will love playing along with Monkey as he mimics other animals in these short films. When Monkey's snowball juggling is interrupted by an old friend, it's time for a very serious seal to show everyone how to waddle and roll. Want more polar pretend? Take a look at Penguin and Polar Bear
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_Black Rupert - Rupert and Billy Blizzard
Don't miss an animated adventure series featuring classic character Rupert Bear! In this episode, Rupert and Rika confront the freezing menace of Billy Blizzard at the North Pole. Will a timid snowman find his courage in time to help them? To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
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The Seasons (For Kindergarten - 3rd Grade) - Winter

Declare a snow day as Visual Learning Systems explains how winter works! Designed for elementary school students, The Seasons is a four-part video series that also contains Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Penguin-Fairy_GodmotherThe Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin
The classic fairy tale flips out in this Oscar-nominated short film! Giggles are guaranteed as Cinderella is played by a mistreated, romantic penguin who loses her magic flipper. To watch the story, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Kanopy-CharactersWild Kratts - Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey Man
Meet incredible animals with Chris and Martin Kratt as they explore habitats around the globe. This time, their destination is the snowy highlands of China and a cold-adapted species called snub-nosed monkeys. The journey becomes a race against time when Martin gets lost during an avalanche and his power suit malfunctions! Next, take to the icy air as the Wild Kratts return in Puffin Rescue and Snowy Owl Invasion.
Ice_Skates WordWorld - Think in the Rink
Kids learning to read are invited to join the lovable Word Friends as they encounter problems that can only be solved by building words. When Duck and Dog decide to be in an ice skating show with Sheep and Frog, they accidentally break the ice rink! Can Duck and Dog think up a good solution before the show begins? This episode also contains X Marks the Spot.
Air-Hot_and_ColdZoboomafoo - Hot and Cold
With the help of Zoboomafoo the lemur, hosts Chris and Martin Kratt teach preschoolers to respect and care for animals. This time, it's a study of extremes as viewers learn how animals survive in the heat of the desert and the cold of the arctic. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Freegal LogoChickadee Blues (My Backyard, Track 15)
Enjoy Rosie Emery's musical tribute to a feathered friend who doesn't go away when it gets cold, snowy, and gray!
Ice_Crystals-BlueCrystal Snow (Babies Go BTS, Track 1)
Introduce little listeners to South Korean band BTS with lullaby versions of their greatest hits. Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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Everything's Better with a Mustache (Walrus Song) (Ranger Rick's Trail Mix Vol. 1, Track 4)

You might think tusks are their best feature, but this silly song from The Whizpops! makes it clear that walruses need whiskers! If you like this song, learn about another glacier giant with Polar Bear (Track 10).
Freegal LogoGorilla Ice (First Songs, Track 10)
When Danny Lion mixes up Gorilla's ingredients for ice cream, they're both in for a sweet surprise! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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Ice Cream Song (Ice Cream Song, Track 1)
Clap, dance, and stomp along as Sims Kaur's adds her own flavor to this classic song!
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I Love Snow (53 Bright Songs From the TV Series, Track 33)
Boowa & Kwala sing about their favorite ways to play in the snow! For good measure, add a language lesson by listening to the French version: J'aime la Neige (Les 53 Chansonnettes Du Dessin Animé, Track 33).
Freegal LogoOn the Ice (KidMixx, Vol. 4 Sports!, Track 7)
Get ready to glide on a smooth musical ride from KidMixx! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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The Penguin Dance (Pinkfong Animal Songs, Track 4)
Attention, penguins and preschoolers! Pinkfong's cute song will have your flippers and feet moving to the beat.
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Penguin Shuffle (You Can Dance! - Fun Songs to Get Your Children Moving and Exercising!, Track 4)

Put on your best black and white, then slide to this party on a cold, snowy night! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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Polar Bear (Kidloland Animal Songs, Vol. 2, Track 16)

Learn about this Arctic icon with an educational song from Kidloland!
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Snow! (Put Your Arms in the Air!, Track 8)

Celebrate snowball fights, sleds, and hot chocolate with Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoSnow Day (Jungle Gym, Track 8)
If you haven't experienced a snow day, Justin Roberts' charming song explains why it's the winter wish of school kids across the country. Take more time off with Mister G's Snow Day (Bugs, Track 7)!
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Snowflakes, Snowflakes (Kindergarten Winter Songs, Track 12)

With simple lyrics set to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", this musical interlude is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners! More action songs await with Did You Ever See a Penguin? (Track 6), The Mitten Colors Song (Track 8), and I'm a Little Snowman (Track 9).
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When a Penguin Moves to California (Keep It Real!, Track 15)
Caspar Babypants welcomes California's newest resident in this silly song about a penguin who leaves the South Pole behind! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoWinter (Classics for Babies, Vol. 2, Track 5)
Listeners young and old will enjoy the soothing sounds of strings in this classical melody.
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Winter Snow (Hushabye Lullabies (Music from the Original TV Series), Track 9)
Warm up the chilliest night with a beautiful lullaby from Curious Dreamers. Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoThe Winter Song (Children's Folk Songs, Track 17)
Build up the fire and join Tex Williams for a down-home winter celebration!
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Winter Wonderland

Kindermusik International presents a collection of songs for the snowy season, filled with old and new favorites. Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.

READ & EXPLORE

Antarctica
Antarctica

Britannica Library for Children explores the world's southernmost continent, its history, and the plants and animals that live there.
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Arctic Regions

Head to the top of the world and find out about life inside the Arctic Circle.
britannica-library-children-buttonPolar Exploration
Follow the incredible and dangerous journeys of those attempting to reach the North and South poles.
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Snow

Get the frozen facts about this wintry weather from Britannica Library for Children.
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Discover cool facts about the coldest season of the year.
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Antarctic Antics / Antarctica (Animals and Nature)

Enjoy Judy Sierra's penguin poetry, then learn about the icy world of Antarctica from Rookie Read-About Geography! Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover.
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Bear Has a Story to Tell / How Do You Know It's Winter? (Animals and Nature)

Spend some time with Bear as the last leaves fall, then learn about the ways of winter from Rookie Read-About Science. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover.
Bookflix-buttonThe Snowy Day / Snowy Weather Days (Earth and Sky)
Let it snow with Ezra Jack Keats' video storybook and a non-fiction ebook from the Scholastic News series! Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the BookFlix icon.
Book_Cover-Winter_Is_The_Warmest_SeasonBrrr...It's Cold Out There! (Playlists: 30 - 40 Minutes)
Take a snowy stroll minus the mittens with an animated playlist that includes A Penguin Story, Wild League On Ice, Lewis Cardinal's First Winter, Winter is the Warmest Season, Martin MacGregor's Snowman, and 50 Below Zero. Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the book cover.
Emperor_PenguinsCrittercam: Emperor Penguins (Videos: Animals and Nature)
National Geographic shows viewers why these black and white beauties rule! Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the activity icon.
Tumblebook-logo-buttonDestination: Antarctica (Videos: Geography)
It's the coldest, largest desert in the world, but this video describes how more and more tourists are making their way to Antarctica. Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the TumbleBook Library icon.
Glacier_with_MountainGlaciers (Videos: Earth Science)
Learn more about the massive ice formations that exist in areas where the snow never melts. Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the activity icon.
Thick_Billed_MurresLifestyles of the Thick-Billed Murres (Videos: Animals and Nature)
These Arctic birds may look a bit silly in the air, but don't get in their way underwater! Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the activity icon.
Tumblebook-logo-button Survival! The Shackleton Story (Videos: History)
On a 1914 British expedition to cross the Antarctic continent, Ernest Shackleton and his 27 men endured a two-year voyage of hardship, catastrophe, and heroism! Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the TumbleBook Library icon.
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Weather (Playlists: Non-Fiction)
Whether it's a tropical trek or an icy adventure, this playlist covers the highs and lows of weather with The Story of Snow, Block the Sun Not the Fun, and Too Hot! Too Cold!. Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the book cover.
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24 Hours in the Taiga

Take a tour of the taiga and learn about the plants and animals that live there. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this Gale eBooks title.
Flipster Logo30 Cool Things about Winter
Thaw out your winter wisdom with these quick facts from National Geographic Kids (November 2017 Issue, pgs. 22-23)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Alaskan_Malamute-SnowArctic Outpost
Life can be tough at Greenland's Station Nord, but luckily two cool canines keep the scientists and soldiers company (Ranger Rick, February 2020 Issue, pgs. 12-17)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Arctic-FoxBringing Up Baby Foxes
Learn how scientists are using DNA to study fox families and how they survive in a harsh Canadian climate (Highlights, January 2018 Issue, pgs. 52-53). While you're there, find out how nineteenth-century explorers coped with the cold in Dash for the North Pole on pages 36 and 37. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Walrus-FaceHusky Tuskies
From flippers to tusks to whiskers, Ranger Rick (Dec. 2018 / Jan. 2019 Issue, pgs. 6-11) explains how walruses are built to survive wintry waters! On pages 20 through 23, find more frozen facts with Chill Out!. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Investigating Earth's Polar Biomes

Britannica introduces older readers to the extreme cold conditions of the Antarctic and Arctic while exploring the life forms that live there. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this Gale eBooks title.
Flipster LogoLife on an Antarctic Research Station
David Riebel, an observatory technician at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, talks about living in a land of bright light and daunting darkness for an entire year (Owl, December 2019 Issue, pgs. 12-15)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Penguin-SwimPenguins
Zoobooks' Penguins issue (January 2020) dives into the lives of these amazing aquatic avians. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Polar_BearPolar Bears
Find out about a predator that lives at the top of the world and on top of the food chain with Zoobooks' Polar Bears issue (February 2019)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Reindeer
Get ready to hoof it as Ranger Rick (Dec. 2017 / Jan. 2018 Issue, pgs. 6-11) follows the wide-roaming reindeer! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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The Secret Lives of Snowy Owls

Learning new things about owls is always a hoot, and advances in technology have given scientists a better way to track these stealthy birds of prey (Owl, December 2018 Issue, pgs. 20-21)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.  
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Snow

From snowflakes to tracking snow storms, this title has fun facts and beautiful photographs that will appeal to young scientists and visual learners! Click on the activity icon, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this title in Gale eBooks.
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The Snowshoe Artist

Highlights (February 2019 Issue, pgs. 22-25) introduces readers to Simon Beck, an artist who uses fancy footwork to create amazing geometric designs. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoWelcome to the Ice Age!
Travel back to the Pleistocene Epoch, a wild and woolly time when super-sized sloths, giant bears, and sabre-toothed cats ruled the glaciers (Chickadee, December 2019 Issue, pgs. 8-11)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Winter Is Here
Chickadee (December 2018 Issue, pgs. 8-11) explains the science behind the coolest season of them all! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Winter in July
Beat the heat with cool characters, polar plots, and icy adventures! OverDrive titles are accessible from any computer and from any device using the Libby or OverDrive app.
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Winter Reading List

Readers will skate, slide, and swoosh through these popular titles for ages 0-8! In the NoveList K-8 Plus book list, click on "Check Availability" to see if the Library has a copy.
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Alaska (My United States)

Learn about the places, people, and animals of Alaska, America's 49th and northernmost state. Watch our pathfinder video for TrueFlix first, then click on the book cover.
trueflix-button Antarctica (Continents)
TrueFlix examines the past and present of Antarctica, a continent of contrasts that's drier than the Sahara desert and has days that last six months! Watch our pathfinder video for TrueFlix first, then click on the TrueFlix icon.
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The Inuit (American Indians)

Learn about the culture and history of a polar people that live in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Siberia. Watch our pathfinder video for TrueFlix first, then click on the book cover.
trueflix-button Tundra (Ecosystems)
From permafrost to pingos, TrueFlix has a ton of facts about tundras! Watch our pathfinder video for TrueFlix first, then click on the TrueFlix icon.

ACTION!

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Craft - Dapper Penguin Ornament

Add some classy cuteness to your world with this fancy feathered friend (Highlights, December 2015 Issue, pg. 12)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoCraft - Frozen-Inspired Manis
Have your favorite Frozen characters at your fingertips with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf nail designs from Girls' World (January 2020 Issue, pgs. 32-33)! Looking for more sub-zero style? Check out Winter Wonderland Nails! in the February 2019 Issue on pages 32 and 33. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Craft - No-Snow Snowman

No need to wait for winter! With this craft from Highlights (December 2017 Issue, pg. 48), you can make Frosty any time of year. For another chilly challenge, try to Catch Marbles on a Snowflake on page 49. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackCraft - Snowball-Throwing Yeti (Artzooka, Episode 20)
Banish summer boredom with Artzooka, a series that shows kids how fun DIY can be. In this episode, host Jeremie Saunders turns a coffee cup into an abominable snowman with amazing aim! For more cool crafts, try Frozen Nightlight and Sleeping Bear Picture Cave. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. To watch the episodes, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Curling_StonesCraft / Game - Game On!
Even without ice, a game of curling is always nice. Let Chickadee (Jan. / Feb. 2017 Issue, pgs. 14-15) turn your bathtub into a mini curling ring! Prefer science to sports? Try an experiment with Dr. Zed's Blubber Gloves on pages 26 and 27. Parental supervision is recommended for all activities. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoCraft / Game - Snowdrift Detective Game
Pretty and unpredictable, this wintry variation of "I Spy" will have the whole family racing against the clock (Highlights, December 2019 Issue, pg. 19)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Kitchen Craft - Candy Cane Cocoa in a Jar

Great for winter or summer events, this gift idea from Owl (December 2019 Issue, pg. 24) adds a candy cane crunch to hot cocoa or chilled chocolate milk! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Kitchen Craft - How to Make Ice Cream

No need to scream! Owl (April 2018 Issue, pg. 35) has a recipe for homemade ice cream. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Popsicles_FruitKitchen Craft - Ice-a-licious!
Highlights (July 2017 Issue, pgs. 22-23) has five popsicle flavors to feast on! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoKitchen Craft - Olive Penguins!
Designed by a twelve-year-old reader, these healthy hoppers are the perfect toppers for sandwiches or salads (Girls' World, February 2018 Issue, pg. 11)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Kitchen Craft - Peppermint Party
Why sweat the summer when you can enjoy the taste of winter (Owl, December 2017 Issue, pg. 21)? Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoKitchen Craft - Snowy Snack
This tasty snowman from Chickadee (December 2017 Issue, pg. 16) may not melt, but it won't last long! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.

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Kitchen Craft - Summer Slush
Owl (Summer 2019 Issue, pgs. 26-27) invites you to sip smoothies that are frosty, flavorful, and fabulous! Try another sweet treat with a Frozen Fun slushie from Chickadee (December 2019 Issue, pg. 18). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity links.

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Coloring Pages
Warm up your crayons as you chill out with this week's pages!

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