Tomb Raiders: Real Tales of Grave Robberies

Tomb Raiders: Real Tales of Grave Robberies

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Grade Level 4–6

Why on earth would anyone want to dig up a grave? The characters in Tomb Raiders: Real Tales of Grave Robberies all have their reasons.

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Epidemics and Pandemics: Real Tales of Deadly Diseases

Epidemics and Pandemics: Real Tales of Deadly Diseases

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Grade Level 4–6

Feel a tickle in your throat? Do you still have that headache? Could you be falling victim to a deadly virus?

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Earth, Wind, Fire, and Rain: Real Tales of Temperamental Elements

Earth, Wind, Fire, and Rain: Real Tales of Temperamental Elements

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Grade Level 4–6

We might think humans have control over our environment, but Mother Nature has proven us wrong again and again.

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Eruptions and Explosions: Real Tales of Violent Outbursts

Eruptions and Explosions: Real Tales of Violent Outbursts

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Grade Level 4–6

The energy released when volcanoes erupt, engines combust, or bombs explode both thrills and fascinates people. But this power also kills.

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Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment

Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Alexis Cornell 
Grade Level 4–6

Why do humans walk on two legs? Why do fish have gills? Life on Earth is incredibly diverse and part of the reason for this is evolution, or the theory that living things change with time. Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment explores the theory of evolution, its history, how we think it works, examples of creatures who have evolved in response to specific circumstances, and. . . MORE


The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country from Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad

The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country from Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad

Written by Karen Bush Gibson 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

Westward ho! If you travel across certain parts of the United States, you can still see wagon wheel ruts where people crossed the West in search of more opportunity and better lives more than 200 years ago! The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country From Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad offers readers ages 9 to 12 a fascinating look at the explorers and settlers who. . . MORE


Meteorology: Cool Women Who Weather Storms

Meteorology: Cool Women Who Weather Storms

Written by Karen Bush Gibson 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Does the weather fascinate you? Are you curious about where storms get their strength? Do you ever think about what the long-term effect of weather patterns will be on the earth? Meteorology: Cool Women Who Weather Storms introduces readers ages 9 to 12 to three women working in meteorology who are making an impact and inspiring future generations of meteorologists.

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Architecture: Cool Women Who Design Structures

Architecture: Cool Women Who Design Structures

Written by Elizabeth Schmermund 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Architecture is everywhere! What style building do you live in? Is it a skyscraper, a Victorian home, or a modern building? In Architecture: Cool Women Who Design Structures, readers ages 9 to 12 examine the stories of women who are today designing the houses, schools, museums, and public spaces where we spend our time.

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Great Escapes: Real Tales of Harrowing Getaways

Great Escapes: Real Tales of Harrowing Getaways

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Grade Level 4–6

Sometimes, an intolerable situation calls for a drastic measure—fleeing for freedom. Whether you’re a slave seeking freedom to the North or a convict swimming for your life in a shark-infested canal, the urge to be free drives your every move. In Great Escapes: Real Tales of Harrowing Getaways, readers ages 9 to 12 meet five ingenious fugitives and freedom seekers who all shared one common. . . MORE


Rebels and Revolutions: Real Tales of Radical Change in America

Rebels and Revolutions: Real Tales of Radical Change in America

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Grade Level 4–6

Traitors. Agitators. Rabble-rousers. Throughout American history, people who work to radically change society have been criticized, arrested, and even killed. Rebels and Revolutions: Real Tales of Radical Change in America for ages 9 to 12 explores the lives of five firebrands who used muskets and marches, boycotts and lawsuits in their struggle for justice.

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Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds?

Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds?

Written by Laura Perdew 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

Have you seen a dodo bird recently? Do you have mastodons playing in your back yard? Not likely—these species are extinct. In Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history, more than 5 billion species have gone extinct, some of them at the same time. In Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds? readers ages 9 to 12 learn about the scientific detective work scientists perform. . . MORE


Innovators: The Stories Behind the People Who Shaped the World with 25 Projects

Innovators: The Stories Behind the People Who Shaped the World with 25 Projects

Written by Marcia Amidon Lusted 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

In Innovators: The Stories Behind the People Who Shaped the World with 25 Projects, readers ages 9 to 12 learn about the people behind some of the products, processes, and improvements that produce the reality in which we live.

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Weird Disappearances: Real Tales of Missing People

Weird Disappearances: Real Tales of Missing People

Written by Tom McCarthy 
Grade Level 4–6

Why have the people of Roanoke Colony never been found? Historians are still trying to answer that question. Weird Disappearances: Real Tales of Missing People tells five true stories of people who vanished—against the backdrop of historical circumstances, such as the carving out of a new world in an ancient culture.

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Daring Heists: Real Tales of Sensational Robberies and Robbers

Daring Heists: Real Tales of Sensational Robberies and Robbers

Written by Tom McCarthy 
Grade Level 4–6

In the early morning hours after St. Patrick’s Day in 1990, two thieves stole 13 works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Daring Heists: Real Tales of Sensational Robberies and Robbers introduces readers to the suspenseful history of interesting crimes.

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Archaeology:	Cool Women Who Dig

Archaeology: Cool Women Who Dig

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Archaeologists look for clues from the past to learn about people who lived long ago! In Archaeology: Cool Women Who Dig, children ages 9 through 12 study this amazing field and meet three dynamic women who are working in archaeology around the world.

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Zoology: Cool Women Who Work With Animals

Zoology: Cool Women Who Work With Animals

Written by Jennifer Swanson 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Love to work with animals? Become a zoologist! In Zoology: Cool Women Who Work with Animals, readers ages 9 to 12 are inspired by stories of women who have made great strides in a field that requires commitment, courage, and creativity to pursue.

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The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom with 20 Projects

The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom with 20 Projects

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

In The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom, learn about the tens of thousands of African American men, women, and children who risked their lives to gain their freedom, and the thousands more who risked their lives to help.

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Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves

Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Chad Thompson 
Grade Level 4–6

If there’s one thing you can rely on it’s the surface of the earth, except when it moves, which is all the time! In Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves, readers ages 9–12 learn about earthquakes and volcanoes and how the earth’s surface is always changing.

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Pirates and Shipwrecks: Real Tales of Terror on the High Seas

Pirates and Shipwrecks: Real Tales of Terror on the High Seas

Written by Tom McCarthy 
Grade Level 4–6

Pirates and Shipwrecks: True Stories is the first in a new series for 9–12 year olds called Mystery & Mayhem, which features true tales that whet kids’ appetites for history by engaging them in genres with proven track records—mystery and adventure. History is made of near misses, unexplained disappearances, unsolved mysteries, and bizarre events that are almost too weird to be. . . MORE


Survival: Real Tales of Endurances in the Face of Disaster

Survival: Real Tales of Endurances in the Face of Disaster

Written by Tom McCarthy 
Grade Level 4–6

Tales of survival are as old as humanity! In Survival: True Stories, the second book of the Mystery & Mayhem series, readers discover accounts of survival that required innovation, a thirst for adventure, and even a bit of brutality.

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Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive

Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive

Written by Karen Bush Gibson 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Planet Earth has more than twice as much water covering its surface than land! In Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive, readers ages 9–12 meet three women who are studying the organisms that live in oceans, wetlands, and estuaries, which offer clues to the very beginnings of life.

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Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly

Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly

Written by Carmella Van Vleet 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Being a pilot means having technical expertise, persistence, and lots of courage! In Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly, readers ages 9–12 meet three women who are working in aviation and discover what it takes to fly high in this challenging field.

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The U.S. Constitution: Discover How Democracy Works with 25 Projects

The U.S. Constitution: Discover How Democracy Works with 25 Projects

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

In The U.S. Constitution: Discover How Democracy Works, children ages 9–12 learn about the foundation of democracy in the United States and how the documents crafted hundreds of years ago still have an impact on our country today.

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Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs with 25 Projects

Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs with 25 Projects

Written by Christine Burillo-Kirch 
Illustrated by Alexis Cornell 
Grade Level 4–6

In Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs, readers ages 9–12 explore the engineering and innovation that come from the natural world around us and use their own interactions with nature to inspire new designs.

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Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future

Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future

Written by Erin Twamley  Joshua Sneideman 
Illustrated by Heather Jane Brinesh 
Grade Level 4–6

In Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future, readers ages 9 to 12 learn how we are going to power our world tomorrow, in 20 years, and even in 50 years—with a range of renewable energy sources that include solar, biofuel, geothermal, and fluid energy!

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Engineering: Cool Women Who Design

Engineering: Cool Women Who Design

Written by Vicki V. May 
Illustrated by Allison Bruce 
Grade Level 4–6

In Engineering: Cool Women Who Design, readers ages 9 through 12 discover how the science of engineering connects to their own lives. In addition to an in-depth study of the field, kids read about three women who are working as engineers and designing the products that make up our world.

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Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate

Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Allison Bruce 
Grade Level 4–6

How do scientists solve mysteries? With forensics, the use of scientific methods to solve crimes! In Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate, readers ages 9 through 12 meet three women who are trailblazers in the field of forensics and discover what it takes to succeed in this fascinating field.

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3-D Engineering: Design and Build Your Own Prototypes

3-D Engineering: Design and Build Your Own Prototypes

Written by Vicki V. May 
Illustrated by Andrew Christensen 
Grade Level 4–6

In 3-D Engineering: Design and Build Your Own Prototypes, young readers tackle real-life engineering problems by figuring out real-life solutions. Kids apply science and math skills to create prototypes for musical instruments, race cars, alarms, and more. Prototypes are preliminary models used by engineers—and kids—to evaluate ideas and to better understand how things work.

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Microbes: Discover an Unseen World with 25 Projects

Microbes: Discover an Unseen World with 25 Projects

Written by Christine Burillo-Kirch 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

If our vision were to improve 1 million times, we would be able to see microbes in the air, on our skin, in the dirt, in water, and on food! In Microbes: Discover an Unseen World, readers journey through several different microbial worlds to encounter bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, and archaea populations. In this book, kids are granted access to an encompassing view of. . . MORE


Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure with 17 Projects

Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure with 17 Projects

Written by Kathy Ceceri 
Illustrated by Mike Crosier 
Grade Level 4–6

What does the 13,000-year-old mancala game have in common with today’s Minecraft? They both require logic, critical thinking skills, and creativity! In Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure, readers discover that the video games they play today have their roots in the games kids played in the deserts of Ancient Egypt, and they’ll learn how to design their own games from. . . MORE


Astronomy: Cool Women in Space

Astronomy: Cool Women in Space

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Head outside and look up. What do you see? At night you might see stars, the moon, the Milky Way, and planets! During the day all these things will still be there, but they’ll be hidden by the bright light of the sun. Astronomy is the study of celestial objects and what’s beyond the nebulous boundaries of space.

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Technology: Cool Women Who Code

Technology: Cool Women Who Code

Written by Andi Diehn 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Do you listen to music with an MP3 player or read books on a tablet? Do you play multiplayer video games with people on the other side of the world? Do you have a robot cleaning your kitchen? Maybe not yet, but someday!

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Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects

Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects

Written by Erin Twamley  Joshua Sneideman 
Illustrated by Mike Crosier 
Grade Level 4–6

How do we know the climate is changing? For more than 200 years, scientists have been observing, measuring, and analyzing information about our planet’s climate. In Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth, young readers examine real studies concerning planetary science, Arctic ice bubbles, migratory patterns, and more. Kids explore the history of human impact from the. . . MORE


The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence with 20 Projects

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence with 20 Projects

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence shows readers how rebel soldiers fought in horrific conditions while their families back home faced their own hardships for the sake of freedom. Students examine primary sources to discover the truth about events leading up to the war and engage in vibrant debate, strategic planning, and literary deconstruction to understand the. . . MORE


Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Business with 25 Projects

Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Business with 25 Projects

Written by Alex Kahan 
Illustrated by Mike Crosier 
Grade Level 4–6

From the early days of traders and trappers to today’s global online marketplace, business is the glue that holds our world together. In Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Business, children learn what it takes to transform a great idea into a workable business plan and their own new business. Through hands-on activities, art and history meet economics and math while young readers gain a solid. . . MORE


Comics: Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning with 25 Projects

Comics: Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning with 25 Projects

Written & Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 4–6

Comics have a rich and varied history, beginning on the walls of caves and evolving to the sophisticated medium found on websites today. For a kid, comics can be more than entertainment. Comics can be a lifeline to another world, one in which everyone has the potential to become a superhero and children are welcome to all the power adults have overlooked.

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Rocketry: Investigate the Science and Technology of Rockets and Ballistics with 25 Projects

Rocketry: Investigate the Science and Technology of Rockets and Ballistics with 25 Projects

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Caitlin Denham 
Grade Level 4–6

Do you ever wonder how rockets soar into space? Rocketry: Investigate the Science and Technology of Rockets and Ballistics introduces students to the fascinating world of rocketry and ballistics. Readers discover the history of rocket development, from the earliest fire arrows in China to modern-day space shuttles, as well as the main concepts of rocketry, including how rockets are launched,. . . MORE


Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture with 25 Projects

Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture with 25 Projects

Written by Kathy Ceceri 
Illustrated by Chad Thompson 
Grade Level 4–6

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of ruling over their own empire, here’s your chance! Micronations are imaginary countries that have a lot of the same things as real ones: laws, customs, history—even their own flags, coins, and postage stamps. Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture takes readers step-by-step to create their own unique realm, using examples from real. . . MORE


Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects

Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

To a child, a city is a chaotic, vibrant community whose workings can seem quite mysterious. How did people create subways? How does the water get to the very top of a skyscraper? Is there any organization to a bustling metropolis? Cities: Discover How They Work will give kids a view into the inner functioning of these urban areas. They’ll learn about all the parts that come together to make. . . MORE


Mapping and Navigation: Explore the History and Science of Finding Your Way with 25 Projects

Mapping and Navigation: Explore the History and Science of Finding Your Way with 25 Projects

Written by Cynthia Light Brown 
Illustrated by Beth Hetland 
Grade Level 4–6

How did we get from 20-foot-long maps to GPS devices small enough to fit in the palm of our hands? How does GPS work and what can it tell us? How do ancient mapmaking techniques used by the Romans and Greeks influence the satellite technologies we use today? The history of mapmaking is full of remarkable characters who charted the unknown with an ever-changing set of tools. In Mapping and. . . MORE


Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

Written by Donna Latham 
Illustrated by Andrew Christensen 
Grade Level 4–6

Over centuries and across cultures people have defied gravity in a quest to build the tallest, grandest structures imaginable.

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Native Americans: Discover the History and Cultures of the First Americans with 15 Projects

Native Americans: Discover the History and Cultures of the First Americans with 15 Projects

Written by Kim Klavin 
Illustrated by Beth Hetland 
Grade Level 4–6

Explore how the first Americans, faced with varying climates in a vast land hundreds and thousands of years ago, developed everything we take for granted today: food supplies, shelter, clothing, religion, games, jewelry, transportation, communication, and more.

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Canals and Dams: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

Canals and Dams: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

Written by Donna Latham 
Illustrated by Andrew Christensen 
Grade Level 4–6

Canals and Dams: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind the amazing waterways and barriers our world depends on. Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements from ancient aqueducts to the Suez Canal and the Hoover Dam. Readers will discover that engineers and builders alike put their lives. . . MORE


Inca: Discover the Culture and Geography of a Lost Civilization with 25 Projects

Inca: Discover the Culture and Geography of a Lost Civilization with 25 Projects

Written by Lawrence Kovacs 
Illustrated by Farah Rizvi 
Grade Level 4–6

Revealing legends and legacies, Inca: Discover the Culture and Geography of a Lost Civilization, is a fun-filled review of the continent-sprawling ancient Inca culture. The activities, combined with an attractive layout, engage learners on a journey along the Inca Trail including the city of Cuzco and majestic Machu Picchu, built on a jagged ridge thousands of feet above the Urubamba River.. . . MORE


Backyard Biology: Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects

Backyard Biology: Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects

Written by Donna Latham 
Illustrated by Beth Hetland 
Grade Level 4–6

Biology is the study of life. Life is everywhere, thriving in the city and in the country, teeming in ecosystems around the planet—in deserts, oceans, and even the Arctic. And life is right outside your door! Backyard Biology invites children ages 9 and up to investigate living things—especially in yards, parks, nature areas, and playgrounds. Trivia and fun facts bring animals, plants, and. . . MORE


Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects

Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

Earthquakes, tidal waves, erupting volcanoes . . . When natural disasters happen, they grab headlines around the world. People, creatures, and the environment are all impacted when nature gets out of control. Natural disasters can be upsetting to live through and an experience you think about for a long time. But scientists today understand their causes and how we can protect ourselves and. . . MORE


Timekeeping: Explore the History and Science of Telling Time with 15 Projects

Timekeeping: Explore the History and Science of Telling Time with 15 Projects

Written by Linda Formichelli  W. Eric Martin 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 4–6

Timekeeping: Explore the History and Science of Telling Time travels through the past and into the future to explore how humans have measured the passage of time. From ancient civilization’s earliest calendars and shadow clocks to GPS and the atomic clocks of today, in Timekeeping, kids will track the evolution of timekeeping devices, meet the inventors of calendars and clocks, and learn. . . MORE


Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects
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Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects

Written by Kathy Ceceri 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 4–6

Once, robots were only found in science fiction books and movies. Today, robots are everywhere! They assemble massive cars and tiny computer chips. They help doctors do delicate surgery. They vacuum our houses and mow our lawns. Robot toys play with us, follow our commands, and respond to our moods. We even send robots to explore the depths of the ocean and the expanse of space. In Robotics:. . . MORE


Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects
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Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

Written by Donna Latham 
Illustrated by Jen Vaughn 
Grade Level 4–6

Bridges and tunnels are lifelines. People have tackled seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including vast canyons and mountain ranges, to design and construct these amazing passageways. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind structures our world depends on.

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Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself

Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Lauri Berkenkamp 
Grade Level 4–6

From periscopes to homemade paper, uniforms to telegraphs, Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the Civil War era through hands-on building projects and activities using common household and craft store items. Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating 25 Civil War projects, combined with historical background, facts and anecdotes, and. . . MORE


Amazing Africa Projects  You Can Build Yourself
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Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Megan Stearns 
Grade Level 4–6

While Africa is one continent it contains many diverse countries. Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the stunning landscapes, ancient civilizations and ethnic groups, unique traditions, and amazing wildlife of the vast African continent. With 25 fun projects that kids can complete using common household supplies and many recycled materials, kids. . . MORE


The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World with 25 Projects

The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World with 25 Projects

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Jen Vaughn 
Grade Level 4–6

Imagine a world without brand-name products! Before the Industrial Revolution it was not possible to produce enough of the same item to have a brand, but in 100 years the world changed from make-your-own everything to a society of manufactured goods. The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World introduces the dynamic individuals who led this revolution and. . . MORE


Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out with 25 Projects
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Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out with 25 Projects

Written by Donna Latham 
Illustrated by Beth Hetland 
Grade Level 4–6

Kids become “rubbish warriors” in Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out. Encouraged to think about the choices they make that generate garbage in the first place, readers learn ways to reduce, reuse, recycle—and rethink their actions. Along the way, kids explore the science of garbology, discover fascinating information archaeologists learn by excavating middens, and use. . . MORE


Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration with 22 Projects

Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration with 22 Projects

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration offers a fascinating look at the explorers and their voyages during the Age of Exploration and Discovery. Readers ages 9–12 can delve into the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, John Cabot, Hernán Cortés, and more. Using common household items and minimal supervision, kids enjoy 22. . . MORE


Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself with 25 Projects

Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself with 25 Projects

Written by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

Revised in 2012 Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9–12 to the world of the ancient Maya, the most advanced and mysterious civilization of the New World. From ceremonial masks to hieroglyphics, and calendars to musical instruments, Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself gives readers a chance to experience how the Maya lived, cooked, worshipped,. . . MORE


Seven Wonders of the World: Discover Amazing Monuments to Civilization with 20 Projects

Seven Wonders of the World: Discover Amazing Monuments to Civilization with 20 Projects

Written by Carmella Van Vleet 
Illustrated by Farah Rizvi 
Grade Level 4–6

Over 2,000 years ago, ancient Greek scholars named seven of the most wondrous monuments to civilization, including the Pyramids of Egypt and Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Through the centuries these treasures were known as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Because all but the Egyptian pyramids have been lost to the ravages of time, a new list of seven wonders was established in 2007. These. . . MORE


The Silk Road: Explore the World’s Most Famous Trade Route with 20 Projects

The Silk Road: Explore the World’s Most Famous Trade Route with 20 Projects

Written & Illustrated by Kathy Ceceri 
Grade Level 4–6

From Roman times until the Age of Exploration, the Silk Road carried goods and ideas across Central Asia between two major centers of civilization, the Mediterranean Sea and China. In The Silk Road: Explore the World’s Most Famous Trade Route, readers ages 9–12 will learn about the history, geography, culture, and people of the Silk Road region.

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George Washington:  25 Great Projects You Can Build Yourself

George Washington: 25 Great Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 4–6

George Washington: 25 Great Projects You Can Build Yourself offers a fascinating look into the life and times of our nation’s first president. Readers ages 9 and up can explore Washington’s years as a young Virginia gentleman, his military battles, and his political contributions to a fledgling nation. 25 hands-on activities help kids learn about this legendary figure in American history.. . . MORE


Food: 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat

Food: 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Farah Rizvi 
Grade Level 4–6

From the minute life begins, food makes you strong, helps you grow, and gives you energy. But do you take that ham sandwich for granted? You might not give a lot of thought to where your food comes from, how it got to you, what’s really in it, or what it does for you. Food: 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat gives kids some “food for thought” as they. . . MORE


Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself

Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Laszlo Bardos 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 4–6

Make a geodesic dome big enough to sit in. Solve one of the world’s hardest two-piece puzzles. Pass a straight line through a curved slot.

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World Myths and Legends: 25 Fascinating Projects You Can Build Yourself

World Myths and Legends: 25 Fascinating Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Kathy Ceceri 
Illustrated by Shawn Braley 
Grade Level 4–6

World Myths and Legends retells tales from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. From the Greek myths to ancient epics like Gilgamesh and the trickster tales of Anansi the Spider, it helps readers think about why the same themes, characters, and events may show up in different parts of the globe.

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Amazing Biome Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Donna Latham 
Illustrated by Farah Rizvi 
Grade Level 4–6

Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself takes kids ages 9 and up on a circumnavigation of the globe to learn about Earth’s terrestrial and aquatic biomes. Kid’s will wander through forests, sizzle in deserts, shiver in the tundra, plunge beneath the seas to explore coral reefs, and slog through marshy waters. Along the way, kids will encounter flora and fauna adapted for. . . MORE


Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power & How We Get It
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Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power & How We Get It

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Mary Takacs-Moore 
Grade Level 4–6

Energy is a vital part of our lives. It powers our computer, lights our home, and moves our car. It also costs a lot of money and pollutes our environment. In Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It kids ages 9–12 learn about the history and science of the world’s energy sources, from nonrenewable fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas to renewable sources such. . . MORE


The Human Body: 25 Fantastic  Projects Illuminate How the Body Works

The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Shawn Braley 
Grade Level 4–6

Kids will be amazed at all the action that’s going on right inside their own bodies, from understanding just how that apple turns into energy to how the “leftovers” make their exit. The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works will engage kids with hands-on activities that will show them all the fantastic, well-orchestrated systems at work in their very own. . . MORE


Great Medieval Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Kris Bordessa 
Illustrated by Shawn Braley 
Grade Level 4–6

Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself brings the Middle Ages in Europe alive through hands-on activities for kids ages 9-12. Addressing various aspects of medieval life, this book provides historically accurate details of the period leading up to the Renaissance. From monastic life to castle living, villages to towns, each section offers a glimpse into the daily existence of the people. . . MORE


Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
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Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Farah Rizvi 
Grade Level 4–6

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself provides an engaging guide to the natural world and encourages children ages 9 and up to get their hands dirty and actively connect with the environment. It then introduces key environmental issues—wind and solar power, pollution, endangered species, global warming, and recycling—and posits potential solutions. Trivia, fun. . . MORE


Great Ancient China Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Lance Kramer 
Grade Level 4–6

Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the incredible ingenuity and history of ancient China with 25 hands-on projects for readers ages 9 and up. Great Ancient China Projects covers topics from porcelain pottery, paper, gunpowder, and dynasties, to martial arts, medicinal healers, jade carvers, and terracotta warriors. With step-by-step activities, kids will learn how to. . . MORE


Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Cynthia Light Brown 
Grade Level 4–6

In Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects You Can Build Yourself, kids ages 9 and up will experiment with kitchen materials to discover chemistry. Readers will learn about atoms, molecules, solids, liquids, gases, polymers, the periodic table, the important history of science, and much more. Along the way, they’ll make goop, cause chemical reactions, and create delicious treats, and all of it. . . MORE


Amazing Solar System Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Amazing Solar System Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Delano Lopez 
Illustrated by Shawn Braley 
Grade Level 4–6

Amazing Solar System Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the basic elements of the solar system with over 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Readers learn about the sun, the planets and their moons, meteors and comets, and the amazing tools that astronomers and astronauts have used to study the solar system over the years.

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Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions  You Can Build Yourself

Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself

Written by Carmella Van Vleet 
Illustrated by Shawn Braley 
Grade Level 4–6

Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the life and times of one of America’s greatest thinkers with over 25 hands-on building projects and activities. From his groundbreaking scientific discoveries and inventions to his career as a writer, printer, and politician, Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions gives young readers a comprehensive look at. . . MORE


Great Pioneer Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Rachel Dickinson 
Illustrated by Shawn Braley 
Grade Level 4–6

What was it like to be an American pioneer during the 1800s? Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the settling of the great American frontier with over 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Young learners build replica sod houses, log cabins, and covered wagons and create their own printing presses and maps. Great Pioneer Projects You Can. . . MORE


Great Ancient Egypt Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Carmella Van Vleet 
Grade Level 4–6

From reed boats, papyrus, and amulets, to pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies, Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the fascinating lives of ancient Egyptians through more than 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers today a chance to experience how the ancient Egyptians lived, cooked, worked,. . . MORE


Great Colonial America Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Kris Bordessa 
Illustrated by Shawn Braley 
Grade Level 4–6

Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9–12 to colonial America through hands-on building projects. From dyeing and spinning yarn to weaving cloth, from creating tin plates and lanterns to learning wattle and daub construction. Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers a chance to experience how colonial Americans lived,. . . MORE


Great World War II Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself

Written by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt 
Illustrated by Alex Kim 
Grade Level 4–6

From spy maps and victory banners to spotter planes and ration cakes, Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself brings one of the most defining periods of American and world history to life through hands-on building projects and activities. Detailed step-by-step instructions for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia about the. . . MORE


Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Greece

Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Greece

Written by Kris Bordessa 
Illustrated by Shawn Braley 
Grade Level 4–6

Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A Kid’s Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Greece explores the scientific discoveries, athletic innovations, engineering marvels, and innovative ideas created more than two thousand years ago. Through biographical sidebars, interesting facts, fascinating anecdotes, and fifteen hands-on activities, readers will learn how Greek innovations and ideas. . . MORE


Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions  You Can Build Yourself

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself

Written by Lauri Berkenkamp 
Grade Level 4–6

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects that explore his invention ideas. Most of Leonardo’s inventions were never made in his lifetime—they remained sketches in his famous notebooks. Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself shows you. . . MORE


Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome

Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome

Written by Rachel Dickinson 
Illustrated by Shawn Braley 
Grade Level 4–6

Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid’s Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Rome explores the history and science of the most powerful empire the world has ever known. Through biographical sidebars, interesting facts, anecdotes, and 15 hands-on activities that put kids in ancient Roman shoes, readers will learn about Roman innovations and ideas of government, science, religion,. . . MORE