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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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


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 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


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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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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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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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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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


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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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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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


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


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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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


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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Explore Electricity! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Electricity! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Carmella Van Vleet 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

Electricity is part of our modern-day lives in ways that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison could never have imagined. Lights, computers, televisions, phones, toys, medicine—our world revolves around electricity. Explore Electricity! introduces readers ages 6–9 to the workings of batteries, simple circuits, conductors and insulators, motors and generators, and magnetism, and the ways. . . MORE


Explore Flight! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Flight! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

Who invented the airplane? How do these machines work? And why do planes have wings? Answer these questions by jumping into the cockpit, putting on your goggles, and soaring into Explore Flight! The 25 projects are designed to inspire young readers ages 6–9 to have fun while learning about people’s quest to fly. Kids will discover the dreamers, inventors, aviation pioneers, and record. . . MORE


Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Cindy Blobaum 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

What’s getting you down? If it’s trying to understand gravity, Explore Gravity! can provide the lift you need! With 25 hands-on activities that include connections to toys, sports, and everyday items like scales, elevators, and water towers, young scientists will explore the invisible but powerful force that is responsible for keeping the entire universe in place. By creating a working. . . MORE


Explore Light and Optics! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Light and Optics! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

What is light? Why are optics important? In Explore Light and Optics! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7–10 discover how light works, how it shapes our world, and why we depend on it for survival.

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Explore Money! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Money! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Cindy Blobaum 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

In Explore Money! With 25 Great Projects, money is more than something to earn, save, and spend. It’s an opportunity to explore history, art, science, economics, and math! While checking out the change in their pockets and bills from their banks, young readers search for hidden treasures, learn how money can multiply, and see how countries keep their currency secure. Very large and very small. . . MORE


Explore Night Science! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Night Science! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Cindy Blobaum 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

Explore Night Science! encourages 6–9 year olds to safely explore and understand what happens around the world when it is dark outside. Readers are led step by step into integrated, active explorations that uncover the science and technology of the natural and physical world that surrounds them. Kids learn about the rod and cone cells found in their eyes as they test their color vision at. . . MORE


Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects
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Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

From zippers to the Pyramids, rolling pins to catapults, we are surrounded by simple machines. Explore Simple Machines! will amaze kids with the ingenuity they already possess and inspire them to look differently at the objects they use everyday.

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Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

For a kid, watching a solid turn into a liquid or a liquid into a gas is nothing short of magic. In Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects kids experience the wonder of different states of matter. They’ll learn what matter is made of, how it can change, and how these interactions really work in our universe. With plenty of activities and projects, young readers gain a solid. . . MORE


Explore the Solar System! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore the Solar System! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

Explore the Solar System! introduces kids ages 6-9 to the planets, moons, and other celestial bodies that surround our star, the sun, as well as the universe beyond. Combining a hands-on element with history and science, kids investigate solar eclipses, phases of the moon, Jupiter’s rings, and what astronauts wear. Who named the stars? What is the Milky Way? Why is there night? By. . . MORE


Explore Water! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Water! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

Drip—Drop—Splash! Water is essential to all forms of life. Explore Water! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments, captures a child’s imagination with an intriguing look at the world of water.

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Explore Weather and Climate! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Weather and Climate! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

What’s it like outside? And what are you going to do about it? Every morning, before heading to school or out to play, kids want to know what the weather is going to be like that day. Is it a day for building a snowman, constructing a sandcastle, or planting a garden? Will they be stuck inside because of rain at recess? Or stuck at home because of snow? And what about tomorrow? Explore. . . 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


Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation
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Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation introduces students to the fascinating world of forensic science and shows them how to find clues, analyze evidence, and crack the case.

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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


Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Why do children resemble their parents and siblings? Introducing young readers to the fascinating world of genetics, this educational resource presents the main concepts of the science, including what a chromosome does, how DNA is structured, and how genetic inheritance works. Students learn about new discoveries in the field of genetics and how those discoveries have helped to cure or even. . . 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


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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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


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


Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound

Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound

Written by Donna Latham 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 7–9

The United States boasts a rich musical diversity. Early Americans discovered ways to weave European traditions with new cultural influences to compose a unique musical identity. African traditions influenced hymns and folk songs that connected people to religion and to the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Patriotic tunes created unity in wartime. Even now, America’s jazz, blues,. . . 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


Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature

Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature

Written by Jane Gardner 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Have you ever noticed that the physical world works in certain ways? When you push an object it moves. Skateboarders use force and motion to perform tricks. If you jump up as high as you can, you’ll quickly fall back to the ground. Baseball players use gravity to bring the ball back down when they throw it. When you flip a switch, electricity powers your toaster. Rock bands use. . . 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


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


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


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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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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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


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


The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz

Written by Marcia Amidon Lusted 
Illustrated by Jennifer Keller 
Grade Level 7–9

The 1920s is one of the most fascinating decades in American history, when the seeds of modern America were sown. The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz immerses young people in the politics, social change, music, and literature of the time. There was also a dark side of crime and corruption, racial intolerance, hard times for immigrants and farmers, and an. . . 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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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


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