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Spring 2024

What’s on your dinner table?

You probably have some form of maize, wheat, rice, potatoes. From London to Lagos to Los Angeles, these staple foods dominate our breakfast bowls, lunch boxes, and dinner tables. In today’s world, more than half of the calories that we consume come from maize, wheat, and rice alone. How did this happen?

In The Science of Seeds: Why We Eat Maize, Wheat, Rice, and Potatoes with Hands-On Science Activities for Kids, readers aged 9 to 13 learn about how humans co-evolved alongside these foods. In this journey that spans continents and time periods, young scientists come to see these crops as the building blocks of the world as we know it. Focusing on the ever-changing relationship between humans and plants, we’ll dive deep into the science of botany, the importance of biodiversity, and the complex dynamics of feeding a growing world. Plus, learn to cook with some great recipes!

Throughout The Science of Seeds, hands-on STEM activities, entertaining illustrations, essential questions, and fascinating sidebars illuminate the topic and engage readers further. In addition, The Science of Seeds integrates a digital learning component by providing links to primary sources, videos, and other relevant websites.

Fall 2024

Who’s keeping the ecosystem healthy?

In any ecosystem, every species has a role to play. From towering trees and ginormous whales to the smallest microorganisms, plants, fungi, and insects, each species is important to the overall health of the ecosystem. But some of those species play such vital roles that without them, the ecosystem might collapse. These are called keystone species.

In Keystone Species: Meet the Animals Key to Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity with Hands-On Science Activities for Kids, readers ages 9 to 12 are introduced to several different types of keystone species from around the world as they discover the crucial roles these animals play in their ecosystems. Meet the predators, herbivores, ecosystem engineers, mutualists, and foundational species that all play a keystone role in regulating an ecosystem. Investigate how these ecosystems function, learn about threats to wolves, sharks, beavers, alligators, flying foxes, bees, wildebeests, bison, and coral, and dive into what happens when these species disappear. Throughout the book, find stories about science-based conservation practices that inspire kids to do their part in protecting their own environments.