The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Written by Barbara Diggs 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

More than 58,000 American troops and personnel died in the humid jungles and muddy rivers of Vietnam during the 20-year conflict. But why? What were they fighting for? And how could the world’s most powerful military be defeated by a small, poverty-stricken country?

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Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events

Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events

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

Have you noticed that our planet is becoming increasingly connected?

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World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

Written by Diane Taylor 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Why did the world find itself immersed in another global conflict only two decades after World War I?

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Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace

Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

Why did terrorists attack the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001? The answer to that question is ancient, complicated, and crucial to a perceptive understanding of the global community we live in today. In Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace, readers ages 12 to 15 explore the history, causes, psychology, and potential solutions to the problem of terrorism in an. . . MORE


Explore Ancient Chinese Myths! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Ancient Chinese Myths! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 3–4

Who is the lady who floated to the moon? Did a monkey really hatch from an egg? Did tears bring down the Great Wall of China? Does the sky rest on the legs of a turtle? In Explore Ancient Chinese Myths! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 soar on a journey through ancient China to learn about history, geography, science, and art through stories that have been told and retold for. . . MORE


The Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America

The Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

Slavery or freedom? The question of whether the United States should continue to allow slavery or make all people free was the question that pitted the states against each other in a brutal war. In The Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America, readers ages 12 to 15 explore America’s Civil War through the eyes and ears of the men and women who were touched by the conflict that left more. . . 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


The Holocaust: Racism and Genocide in World War II

The Holocaust: Racism and Genocide in World War II

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

About 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, when the Nazi regime carried out systemic mass murder of Jewish people, Soviet civilians, criminals, the disabled, mentally ill, and other groups of people. In The Holocaust: Racism and Genocide in World War II, readers ages 12 to 15 learn about the long history of anti-Semitism and the events of one of the deadliest genocides in. . . 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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Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind

Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind

Written by Judy Dodge Cummings 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind retraces the paths of our ancestors, from our common roots in Africa to the complexity of today’s immigration practices, and invites readers ages 12 to 15 to explore questions about political conflict, environmental challenges, and the future of human migration.

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The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s From the Dust Bowl to the New Deal

The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s From the Dust Bowl to the New Deal

Written by Marcia Amidon Lusted 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

In The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s from the Dust Bowl to the New Deal, readers ages 12 to 15 compare and contrast the America of today with an America that saw extreme unemployment, food riots, the Dust Bowl, the invention of the analog computer, and the first splitting of the atom.

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Explore Norse Myths! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Norse Myths! With 25 Great Projects

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

The stories of Norse myths and legends are a terrific introduction to Viking culture, history, science, and traditions, which thrived in Scandinavia from the eighth to the eleventh centuries. But who were the Norse, who left their homelands in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden to trade, raid, and explore around the world? In Explore Norse Myths! With 25 Great Projects, young readers. . . MORE


Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition

Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 7–9

Over 7 billion people live on the earth, and 84 percent of them describe themselves as being religious. What does that mean? Few topics incite such passion as religion. Why are humans invested in ideas that may never be proved? Why has religion played such an important role in history?

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Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change

Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change

Written by Marcia Amidon Lusted 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 7–9

From the American Revolution to the French Revolution, from the Civil Rights era in the United States to Arab Spring in the Middle East, the ongoing battle for freedom and democracy is a profound and fascinating study of the power of human will to change the world. And the story of civic unrest doesn’t end with a promise. The revolution doesn’t simply stop when protesters go home.. . . 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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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


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


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


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


Explore Native American Cultures! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Native American Cultures! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Jennifer Keller 
Grade Level 3–4

Spirit masks, totem poles, tipis, and canoes! Explore Native American Cultures! brings the history of these fascinating people to life for young readers ages 6–9. Using hands-on activities, kids explore traditional Native American daily life, including shelter, clothing, food, tools, and technology.

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Explore the Wild West! With 25 Great Projects
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Explore the Wild West! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Alex Kim 
Grade Level 3–4

Explore the Wild West! invites young readers ages 6–9 to experience the spirit of the Wild West. Kids learn about explorers who mapped the American West, Native Americans, gold miners, cowboy culture, cattle drives, Wild West legends, frontier towns, peacekeepers, lawbreakers, and much more. Through projects ranging from making a settler’s soddie to mining for gold, kids develop a better. . . 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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Explore Colonial America! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Colonial America! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Written by Verna Fisher 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

In Explore Colonial America!, kids ages 6-9 learn about America’s earliest days as European settlements, and how the colonists managed to survive, build thriving colonies, and eventually challenge England for independence. How did the colonists build homes, feed and clothe themselves, and get along with the Native Americans who were already here?


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


Explore Ancient Greece! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Ancient Greece! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Written by Carmella Van Vleet 
Illustrated by Alex Kim 
Grade Level 3–4

Explore Ancient Greece! invites young readers ages 6-9 to investigate the fascinating civilization of ancient Greece through 25 activities and experiments. Kids learn about ancient Greek homes, food, playtime, clothing, conquests, arts and entertainment, gods, and more. Activities range from fashioning a model oil lamp from clay to building a courtyard column and constructing a flipbook. . . 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


Explore Ancient Rome! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Ancient Rome! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Written by Carmella Van Vleet 
Illustrated by Alex Kim 
Grade Level 3–4

Explore Ancient Rome! invites young readers ages 6-9 to investigate the fascinating civilization of ancient Rome through 25 activities and experiments. Kids learn about ancient Roman homes, food, playtime, clothing, conquests, gods, entertainment, and more. Activities range from creating an amphora and making a tunic to baking bread and hosting a Roman feast. By combining a hands-on element. . . 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


Explore Ancient Egypt! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Ancient Egypt! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Written by Carmella Van Vleet 
Illustrated by Alex Kim 
Grade Level 3–4

Pyramids, mummies, amulets, temples, and pharaohs—Explore Ancient Egypt! brings this fascinating civilization to young readers ages 6–9 with 25 hands-on projects, activities, and games. Kids learn about ancient Egyptian homes, food, money, toys, games, makeup, clothes, kings, mummies, and more. Projects are easy to follow and require primarily common household products and very little adult. . . 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