Gentle Giraffe Press
by Corkey Hay DeSimone
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Cherry Blossom Friends
A Picture Book

Each spring since 1912, over 3000 cherry trees blossom in Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Friends tells the history of the cherry trees gifted from Japan, the history of the monuments and buildings in our capital city and weaves in rhymes and

riddles about the animals that live around DC. Learn more

All About Me in DC Map
What's Up Top at Your Stop?
Washington DC National Mall map and handy chart of over 70 sites organized by DC Metro stops. It's easy for your family, class or group to see all the sights in D.C. Check them off as you visit them. Learn more

I Like DC - Trivia Game

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All About Me in DC
A Pocket Guide for Kids

All About ME in DC is an interactive pocket guide, activity book, memory book and time capsule for kids.
It's a fun, economical and flexible way for kids to learn all about Washington DC. With over 250 fun facts, 124 pages of trivia, polls, myths, maps, and spots to jot your thoughts and doodle. Visit our educational website.

Board Books By Corkey Hay DeSimone

All of our board books have corresponding activity and coloring books which continue to build fun foundations and help the children explore using puzzles and rhymes.

We work with some wonderful folks. Corkey Hay DeSimone wrote and illustrated the following books:

• Panda Promise for the the Smithsonian's National Zoo when Tai Shan the baby panda was born. 
• Air and Space was created for the National Air and Space Museum and is a very simple history of flight.
• Mammal Animal was written for the grand opening of the Smithsonian's Mammal Hall at Natural History.
• Dinosaur Explore was created for the Dinosaur Hall at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum
• Butterfly Friends was illustrated and written for the new butterfly pavilion at the Natural History Museum.
• Desert Dwellers and Desert Crawlers were written and illustrated for Las Vegas Springs Preserve.
• Future Sports Legends was created for Baltimore's Sports Legends at Camden Yard's Museum.

A Sundance Exclusive

Books written and illustrated for Sundance Resort

Sundance is proud to present their exclusive children’s books available only at the Sundance General Store. Written in collaboration with experts at the resort, Gentle Giraffe Press president Corkey Hay DeSimone wrote and illustrated compelling kids books on the wildlife of the Wasatch Mountains with an emphasis on conservation.

Sundance offers Wasatch Wildlife in a colorful toddler board book, a

hard-bound book with more detailed information about each animal and thought-provoking information on conservation, as well as a coloring & activity book with fun puzzles and coloring pages.


Visit the General Store or the Sundance website today to see these unique additions!

The Planet Hue Picture Book and Student Workshop
The Planet Hue is a story that teaches children how to mix the three primary colors while touching on the importance of being tolerant of others. It is available in museums nationwide, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Corcoran, The Phillips Collection, and the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

Using a color wheel and watercolor paints, students participate in an educational workshop and learn how to mix the three primary colors.

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Learn more about our in-school workshops and author readings.