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


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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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


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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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?


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


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


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


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


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 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 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


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


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


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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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


The Civil War: The Conflict Between the States

The Civil War: The Conflict Between the States

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 Conflict Between the States, 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 than. . . MORE


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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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 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 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 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 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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