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Prof. Crosbie's community outreach has also taken the form of architectural education for the University of Hartford Magnet School. He has visited several Kindergarten classes, coordinating with Patty Cassella of the Magnet School’s Kindergarten Team.

In 1993, he co-authored four children’s book about architecture. The books are written for preschoolers, and teach children about numbers, shapes, colors, and animals, using architecture as the medium to teach the subject. Since publication, more than 100,000 copies of these books are in circulation.

In 1995, he co-authored a fifth children’s architecture book, Arches to Zigzags, which is an alphabet book about architecture. He donated a collection of his children’s books to the Magnet School, and made visits to the classroom to talk to the students about architecture, architects, and the design of buildings.

He invited the Kindergarten class to the University's studios in the Harry Jack Gray Center, and about 70 students and their teachers descended on the Department of Architecture. They were given a tour of the studio, and the professors and students spent time talking about the projects they were working on, making models, and drawing buildings, and speculating on what makes a great design for a house or a school.