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It’s time to mix it up!
Expand your hoopla digital experience with themed ebook, movie, and music pairings. Explore our choices for adults and children. When you’re finished, create your own #ReadWatchListen pairings and share them in the comments. Recommended by Ashley Lee.

If you like to cook:

Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert: Welcome to Mahalia’s Sweet Tea – the finest soul food restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In between preparing her famous cornbread and mashed potatoes so creamy “they’ll make you want to slap your Momma,” owner Halia Watkins is about to dip her spoon into a grisly mystery . . . 

Vegucated: Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time. 

The Perfect Cook (various artists): Beautiful music to inspire delicious dishes.

If your child likes science:

100 Inventions That Changed the World: We take thousands of inventions for granted, using them daily and enjoying their benefits. But how much do we really know about their origins and development? This absorbing book tells the stories behind the inventions that have changed the world.

Eek, You Reek!: “Eek, you reek, You make a funk. Where you have been, Things stink, stank, stunk. You’ve left a path, A swath of smell, And-yuk! You did it very well.” Children of all ages will be delighted by the malodorous melodies of poems calling out the different pungent attributes of a full cast of foul-smelling creatures. 

Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants: A soundtrack to science with songs like Science is Real, I Am a Paleontologist, and My Brother the Ape.

If you like musicals:

Fosse by Sam Wasson: The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Bob Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment. His signature style would influence generations of performing artists. With propulsive energy and stylish prose, Fosse is the definitive biography of one of Broadway and Hollywood’s most complex and dynamic icons. 

Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella: Cinderella comes to life in this 50th Anniversary Edition of the most beloved fairy tale of all time. A sparkling fantasy of music, magic and romance, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella captivates from overture to finale with a delightful score and stunning performances from an all-star cast. 

Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked: The Platinum Collection: Classic tracks from musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and more.

If you like outer space:

The Prodigies of Sci-Fi (4 Sci-Fi novels in 1): Exiled: Autumn’s Peril by Rosalie Skinner – Hunted by off world assassins, haunted by ghosts, homesick for a planet light-years away, Caleath’s quest is to survive and escape. / Becoming NADIA by Cyrus Keith, Epic Winner – “What’s one more little white lie?” / Inspector of the Cross by John B. Rosenman – Across four millennia, Turtan, our greatest hero, battles to save all humanity from invincible aliens. / Spectra by Joanne Elder – What happens when the fragile line between genius and insanity is drawn with the blood of an entire species? 

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 “The Human Duplicators”: Joel and the Bots watch an alien infiltrate a scientist’s human duplicator machine in The Human Duplicators (1965). On the SOL, the guys make spaceships from household objects and Servo shows off his duplicating skills. 

Artemis: Violinist Lindey Stirling’s album inspired by Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon.

If you like C.S. Lewis:

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan: In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice. From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story – a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

Walking with C.S. Lewis: A Spiritual Journey through His Life and Writings: In this 10-segment video series filmed on location in beautiful Oxford, England, individuals and small groups alike will walk through the life, writings, and impact of beloved author C. S. Lewis. This series, bundled with a companion guide and discussion leader’s guide, is ideal for gaining insight into Lewis’s works and paints an engaging portrait of the man whose ideas have shaped the thought and faith of millions of readers. You’ll visit historic sites from Lewis’s life, study sixteen of his most beloved books, and hear the story of how Lewis’s writings have impacted Tony Ash’s own life and faith. 

Roar – Passion: A compilation of Christian & Gospel music.

If your child is bored:

52 Boredom Busters for Kids by Lynn Gordon: Packed with creative suggestions for both indoor and outdoor activities, this illustrated deck will provide inspiration when boredom strikes. Try Treasure Hunt, Secret Writings, Science Cubes, and Nature Wind Chimes. Perfect for any day – rain or shine – these cards will keep kids engaged and entertained. 

American Sign Language for Kids: American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the fastest growing languages today. ASL is the primary language of the Deaf community and schools for the Deaf in the United States and Canada. After watching American Sign Language for Kids vol. 1, your child will learn how to fingerspell the alphabet and numbers as well as pick up useful signs related to meeting and greeting, family members, occupations, colors and much more. In addition, tips on how to interact effectively with the Deaf community are offered throughout the program. 

VeggieTales: 25 Favorite Action Songs for Kids: A collection of classic, motion-based kids’ songs.

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