WWII Forgotten Heroes & The Homefront – New Releases

What if you could learn history the same way the people who lived through it learned about it at the time it was unfolding? While that is not exactly possible, here are two new books designed with that concept in mind.

During World War Two, how did school-aged youth learn about the people, events, and other war-related information? Since the events of wartime America were in-the-making, they could not learn about it in a textbook. Instead, they were getting their news and information from newspapers, radio, magazine articles, newsreels, as well as first-hand accounts from family and friends involved in the war effort. Popular culture played a huge role in informing a young audience about the war through movies, radio programs, books and magazines, and…even comic books.

The Records of History World War Two Series is designed to discover information about the war through the same windows of information and learning that was readily accessible to the contemporary juvenile reader of the early 1940s – especially, the wartime comic books. The first two titles in the series, “Forgotten Heroes” and “The Homefront,” are now available on Amazon. Each book offers puzzles and activities based on source material produced during the war years, vintage story reprints, and in addition, some opportunities for input based on your family’s stories.

cover_ForgottenHeroesRecent movies (e.g., Dunquerque, Midway, Churchill, Wonder Woman, Captain America: The First Avenger) reminded us of some WW2 heroes – both fictional and real. Our personal lists of real heroes include those fathers, grandfathers, and other family members who fought in the war. Most of them never became famous, but their patriotic service and devotion to duty deserves to be remembered – especially, and at least, by their own families! “Forgotten Heroes” reminds us that while many then-famous, fictional heroes were later forgotten in the public arena, it is up to us to make sure that in our own family’s shared memories, our family’s WW2 heroes are not “forgotten heroes.”

cover_homefront“The Homefront” surveys many aspects of life on the home front. For most Americans, life during the war involved sacrifices: shortages, acts of community service, air raid preparations, rationing, and, if nothing else, a variety of inconveniences. Rationing, scrap and salvage collection drives, and victory gardens, are among the topics included in this look at life on the home front during the war years.

If you want a fresh way of learning (or reviewing) America’s wartime experiences, this series offers exactly that. You can check them out at Amazon.com now.



Looking for a book that will be a unique Christmas gift that is “just right” for that special someone? Check out these possibilities…!

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A perfect stocking-stuffer gift for the one who enjoys puzzle books: Cowboy Heroes Puzzle and Activity Book has dozens of western-themed puzzles and activities, and is only $4.95 now on Amazon.com!



blog promo CreedsCodesCowboy heroes like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, and the Lone Ranger were known for their high moral standards in their shows and characters, but did you know that each of them also had a 10-point “code of the west” for their young fans to live by? Creeds, Codes and Cowboy Commandments: TV’s B-Western Heroes Rules to Live By reveals how the cowboy creeds and codes of these heroes translated into their on-screen actions and tie-in merchandising. Perfect gift for anyone who recalls when these cowboy heroes rode the TV range for law and order in the Old West!

The first four volumes of Matt’s Wild West Discovery Series are now available for purchase on Amazon. Each volume highlights a different aspect of the West and is packed with puzzle and activity pages, reprints of vintage comic book stories starring famous western heroes, a Paul Bunyan story, and more! Fun, colorful books for the young and the young at heart!blog promo WWDS_all4

New Book Series!

We are excited to announce the release of a new book series entitled “Matt’s Wild West Discovery Series.”  Like his previous book, “Creeds, Codes and Cowboy Commandments,” Matt highlights the moral codes of the Western Heroes throughout this entire series. Each full color volume features a western star and their code, and includes puzzles, illustrated stories, and pages to color.  Fun and entertaining for people of all ages, each volume also includes at least one geography puzzle to help stretch your knowledge of the western states.  
The first volume, “Codes of the West,” is an introduction to the B Western Heroes and the codes they lived by.  “TV Westerns” is the second volume in this set and explores the westerns that were shown on television in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  It even includes a word find of the horses of these television heroes!  In volume three, “At the Rodeo,” the reader will encounter rodeo events, types of rodeo horses, and much more.   “Parks and Preservation” (volume four) focuses on our national and state parks and the importance of preserving those areas along with their history – and the way the western heroes encouraged their fans to make this a priority.  
More volumes will be coming, but these first four volumes were released on Amazon this spring and will also be available at the events where we will have a vendor table.  If you will be at any of these events, please come by and say “Hello!”