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


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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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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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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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


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


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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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


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


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


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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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


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 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 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


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


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


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