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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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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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


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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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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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


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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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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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


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


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


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


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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


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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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


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


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


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