Kathleen Vincenz writes the Squirrels at the Door Newsletter, with a bit of science, history, and reading and a lot of fun with Larry the Squirrel, our mascot. Select an issue below or sign up to get it in your inbox.

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You Wore THAT to Do THAT?! 

Learn about the jobs people performed with little or no safety equipment. They really wore THAT to do THAT?! Play a historic dress-up game with Larry the Squirrel.

What's for Lunch?

Did we hear you shout that sandwiches were for lunch? And sandwiches for breakfast and dinner? We’re glad because this issue is all about sandwiches—how they got their name, how we define what a sandwich is, and how we’ve carried and still carry sandwiches to work, school, and picnics.

So fix up a sandwich and bring it along as you read through this sandwich issue. Larry tells me he’s fixing a peanut butter sandwich, smothered in a layer of peanuts, and another, and another …  Yum! 🥪🥜🥜🥜

All about America's Pets 2

In this issue, more news about the pets that filled the White House with yips, chirps, gobbles, and love. This issue finishes our White House "tails", finally telling you about the pygmy hippo we teased you about in the last issue. We ask you? With so many pets, was this a White House or a zoo or even a farm? First, let's read about a pet who was involved in the race to space. It's not Ginger from Over the Falls in a Suitcase

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All about America's Pets

In our first issue about America's pets, learn about the pets the presidents and their families kept. The pets include raccoons, mockingbirds, turkeys, cows, goats, snakes, horses, ponies, bears, a donkey, a bobcat, a goose, and a pygmy hippo.

The issue also contains a match-the-president-to-their-pet game and a story about Mattie and Ryan, two teens who love each other but bicker, bicker, bicker.

Pete the Squirrel, a pet of President Harding

All about Pie

Did you know that pie crust was originally called coffin? Find out that and more in our latest issue of the Squirrels at the Door newsletter. It's all about pies: their history, their quirks, and their deliciousness. We've got poems to pies, prayers for pies, recipes, and more.
This issue even includes a new story starring the sisters of Over the Falls in a Suitcase as they bicker over a pie. It’s called How to Eat a Pie but it could be called Over the Falls in a Pie.

Summer Backyard Fun 

Fun activities to brighten your day and lift your tail! They can be all played in your backyard or nearby park.


Do you like Halloween for the tricks or the treats? The squirrels want to know. Is the best part of Halloween dressing up in your favorite scream mask? Or, is it the five pounds of candy slung over your back in a pillowcase?

Fun at Home!

The squirrels are all wondering what we’re doing at home. Well, having lots of fun doing all the stuff packed in this issue: links to free movies, free books, free read-out-loads, free scavenger hunts, and more.

Rats Can Drive, Why Can't Squirrels?

The squirrels are in an uproar. Scientists taught rats to drive cars and not them. Find out more about the rat experiments. We've also have links to trailers for our books and Rose and Lily's new blog.

Gardening Advice—from Squirrels

The squirrels have lots of opinions about what you should and shouldn't plant in your garden. It gets a bit squirrel-ly!

Props to the People of the Great Depression

What was it like to live during the Great Depression?

Indestructible George Washington and a Quiz

Find out how indestructible George Washington was and take a quiz to test your presidential knowledge. Did you know the White House had two zoos?

Happy Holidays

Two bits of history about candy canes and the true date of Jesus' birth.

National Day of Something

Did you know almost every day is a national day of something?

Birds and Beach Reads

Larry dressed for the beach for this issue that went to the birds too.

Larry Dressed as George Washington and More

See a picture of Larry the Squirrel as George, and then lead all you need to know about George Washington's rules of politeness. 

A Can-do Spirit Wins the War

Find out how men, nicknamed Seabees, built runways and more to win World War II.

Unexpected Inventions

Sometimes all you need to do is look at the world differently, and you make discovery that turns into an invention.

Is it Human or Machine?

The human body works remarkably like a machine.

What You Know About Squirrels Might be Wrong

Squirrels are all around us, but do you really know them?