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Deanna F. Cook is a kids' cookbook and kids'  activity book author. She is the author of Cooking Class, Teddy Bear Doctor, The Kids' Multicultural Cookbook, and Kids' Pumpkin Projects. She is also the content director at, a kids cooking kit, and a former editor at Disney, FamilyFun magazine, and Scholastic. 

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Horsing Around

Deanna Cook

Today marks the pub date of my newest kids' activity book, Horse Play! This book was a fun collaboration with my good friend Katie Craig. We were asked by Storey publishing to produce a children's book for horse-crazy girls, and so we dreamed up room crafts, party ideas, punch-out bookmarks, and even a pony poster, then we photographed, designed, and wrote the book. This was our first venture into book packaging, and we're hooked! 

The book was inspired by the many girls we know who love horses (or women we know who loved them when they were little!). We have sisters and friends and daughters who played with Breyer horses for hours on end, memorized every horse breed in the book, and rode any chance they got. We also have our own memories of riding as kids (a favorite childhood memory for me was riding bare back to an apple orchard with my sister Hillary). 

The book makes a cute birthday gift for kids. It's packed with breed fun facts, riding tips, and cool projects (a barn-in-a box, pony party cupcakes, and more!).

We are so thankful for all the adorable kids who modeled in the book and tested the projects. And we're thrilled to see it was chosen for Cool Mom Picks! 

Happy horsing around!