February 2016

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

What would you do if no one in your family had a job? How would you pay for food? In The Great Depression: Experience the 1930s From the Dust Bowl to the New Deal, readers ages 12 to 15 explore the personal and historical impact of one of the hardest decades in this country’s history.

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March 2016

Engineering: Cool Women Who Design

Written by Vicki V. May 
Illustrated by Allison Bruce 
Grade Level 4–6

What types of robots will the future bring? How do biomedical devices help patients? Have you ever wondered how your phone works?

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March 2016

Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Allison Bruce 
Grade Level 4–6

How do scientists solve mysteries? With forensic science! Forensics is the science of gathering and examining information about an event that happened in the past, usually to solve a crime or legal problem.

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April 2016

Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future

Written by Erin Twamley  Joshua Sneideman 
Illustrated by Heather Jane Brinesh 
Grade Level 4–6

How do we heat our homes, light our rooms, and power our cars? With energy!

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May 2016

Chemistry: Investigate the Matter that Makes Up Your World

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

Have you ever wondered what makes up everything in the world around you? What exactly are the differences between solids, liquids, and gases? What causes two substances to react or change? Chemistry isn’t just a science in a lab, it’s everywhere.

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June 2016

Explore Forces and Motion! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Jennifer Swanson 
Illustrated by Bryan Stone 
Grade Level 3–4

Everything moves! Kids run around the playground, cars drive on the road, and balls fly through the air. What causes all this motion? Physics!

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July 2016

Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind

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

About 200,000 years ago, humans arose as a species on the continent of Africa. How did they get to the rest of the world? When did they leave, why, and what did they use for transportation? Whether by bamboo raft or Boeing 747, whether to escape political persecution or because of climate change, migration is a recurring pattern throughout the human history of the world. Since the human species. . . MORE


August 2016

Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs with 25 Projects

Written by Christine Burillo-Kirch 
Illustrated by Alexis Frederick-Frost 
Grade Level 4–6

Why are diving suits skintight and smooth? Why does Velcro have lots of loops and hooks? Why do we use sonar to explore the depths of the ocean?

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August 2016

Explore Light and Optics! With 25 Great Projects

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

Imagine a world without light. What would it be like? Dark, cold, and lifeless! We need light to see, to grow, and even to live.

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September 2016

Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly

Written by Carmella Van Vleet 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Have you ever looked up into the sky, seen an airplane, and wondered where it was going and who was flying it? Maybe you’ve wondered how heavy machines get into the air in the first place! Aviation is the study of the design, development and production, and operation of aircraft. It takes many different people working many different jobs to get airplanes off the ground—maybe someday,. . . MORE


September 2016

Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive

Written by Karen Bush Gibson 
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok 
Grade Level 4–6

Why is Earth called the Blue Planet? Because there’s so much water on the surface that the planet looks blue from outer space!

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October 2016

Explore Greek Myths! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Anita Yasuda 
Illustrated by Mike Crosier 
Grade Level 3–4

Architecture, democracy, the Olympics—the modern world owes a lot to the ancient Greeks! In Explore Greek Myths! With 25 Great Projects, readers embark on a fascinating journey to explore the myths that infused ancient Greek culture, civilization, and innovation. Readers will learn how these myths, which were popular more than 3,000 years ago, have provided fundamental support to. . . MORE


October 2016

The U.S. Constitution: Discover How Democracy Works

Written by Carla Mooney 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 4–6

Where did the American democratic tradition begin? How has it changed from the end of the Revolutionary War to today? In The U.S. Constitution: Discover How Democracy Works, children ages 9 through 12 explore how the documents that were written to support the ideals of democracy provide both a template and inspiration for later generations to follow and improve upon.

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November 2016

Shakespeare: Investigate the Bard’s Influence on Today’s World

Written by Andi Diehn 
Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh 
Grade Level 7–9

“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” Teenagers have been sighing an approximation of these words for centuries, ever since William Shakespeare had Juliet utter them from her balcony in one of the most popular plays of all time, Romeo and Juliet. Star-crossed lovers isn’t the only Shakespearean theme to grace contemporary books and big (and small) screens of the digital age. From. . . MORE


December 2016

Explore Predators and Prey! With 25 Great Projects

Written by Cindy Blobaum 
Illustrated by Matt Aucoin 
Grade Level 3–4

Did you have sausage and cereal for breakfast this morning? Did you have to chase the pig or gather the grain before you could eat? In the wild, animals have to catch or gather their food before they can fill their bellies! Explore Predators and Prey! With 25 Great Projects provides a fascinating look at the world of animal interactions and the effects of those interactions on the surrounding. . . MORE


December 2016

Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly 
Illustrated by Chad Thompson 
Grade Level 3–4

The ground beneath your feet is solid, right? After all, how could we build houses and bridges on land if it was moving all the time? Actually, the ground beneath us really is moving all the time! In Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth’s Crust Moves, readers ages 9 through 12 learn what exactly is going on under the dirt.

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December 2016

The Science of Science Fiction

Written by Matthew Brenden Wood 
Illustrated by Tom Casteel 
Grade Level 7–9

In 1865, Jules Verne imagined a voyage to the moon that began with the firing of a capsule from a huge gun and ended with the safe return of the passengers by landing in the ocean. In July 1969, the science fiction of Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon became science fact when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins splashed down safely after completing man’s first trip to the. . . MORE