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MARCH 2021

Explore Our Incredible Solar System with Picture Book Science!

Earth is our home, but how much do we really know about our planet? Quite a lot!

In The Earth: One-of-a-Kind Planet, the narrator, who just happens to be the Universe, explains where Earth is located in the solar system, how Earth was created, how life evolved on Earth, and more. Universe uses a friendly, relatable tone to engage young readers and explain complex science content in ways kids can understand and relate to. And the alien commentators are hilarious for both kids and adults!

Perfect as a read aloud or for beginner readers, this book includes a hands-on activity, glossary, and a poem! A great choice as both a read aloud and for early readers.

The moon is one of the smaller celestial objects in the universe, but it has some very important jobs. Without it, Earth would be a very different place!

Narrated by the character of the Universe, The Moon: Small-but-Mighty Neighbor offers up clear scientific explanations designed to gets kids excited about astronomy, covering topics such as the moon’s phases, eclipses, and humans’ long history of watching the moon. A hands-on project, fun facts, and a poem offer more opportunities for learning and language connections, while two alien commentators make the whole package delightful and hilarious. Perfect as a read aloud or for beginner readers, with a glossary to support language development.

There are trillions of stars in the universe, but one is particularly important to people on planet Earth—our sun.

What’s the sun good for, anyway? Find out as the Universe explains just what makes the sun so important to planet Earth in The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System. In this nonfiction picture book, children ages 5 to 8 learn how the sun creates the days, seasons, and years we experience on Earth and even affects our weather and water. Funny aliens provide a running commentary on the Universe’s clear explanations of complex science topics and a hands-on activity provides an extra layer of learning. Plus, a poem at the beginning offers a language-based introduction to science details. A great choice as both a read aloud and for early readers.

The Universe is full of hundreds of billions of twinkling stars that humans have used to tell stories, navigate, and make wishes for centuries.

But what is a star made of? How long will its light last? In The Stars: A Gazillion Suns, the character of the Universe takes us on a journey among the stars and explains how they are born, what makes them twinkle, how many there are, and even how they will come to an end. Through a hands-on science activity, fun facts, a poem, and a glossary, kids are invited to explore a world previously out of reach! Perfect as a read aloud or for beginner readers.

A picture book autobiography about Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray’s incredible adventure running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days!

Finish Strong: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days is the inspiring true story of the ultimate marathon experience! In 2018, Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director, formed a team to attempt the World Marathon Challenge. The first marathon was a desert—but not a desert with lots of sand and cacti. No, the first marathon took place in Antarctica! In only seven days, the team ran marathons on every continent: Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South American and finally, North America.

Kids ages 5 to 9 get a front row spot and travel the world with McGillivray as he overcome incredible challenges, including freezing temperatures, soaring heat, sore legs, and sickness to achieve his goal of finishing strong. A true story of determination, Finish Strong inspires readers to work hard at whatever challenge they choose to take on. Perfect as a read aloud or for independent readers.

APRIL 2021

What exactly is the universe? How did it begin? How will it end?

Explore these questions and more in The Universe: The Big Bang, Black Holes, and Blue Whales. Readers ages 12 to 15 embark on an exciting journey that starts with the Big Bang and takes them all the way to the end of the universe, with many exciting stops in between. Take a look billions of years into the past and discover the mind-bending early moments of the universe, the rise of the first stars, and the formation of the earliest galaxies. Explore the birth of our sun and solar system and the formation of the only place in the universe known to support life: the earth. Finally, zoom billions of years into the future to learn about the death of the sun, a colossal collision of galaxies, and even the fate of the universe itself.

The Universe includes hands-on STEM projects that encourage critical and creative thinking skills, along with graphic novel–style illustrations, amazing photography from NASA, and links to online resources.

Try these hands-on science projects!

• Examine ancient black holes with citizen science
• Measure the speed of light
• Explore the effects of local climate change

MAY 2021

Build It Science Biographies

Capture the curiosity of three science revolutionaries whose discoveries continue to resonate today!

Welcome to the Renaissance, a time of discovery, wonder, and exploration!

During the Renaissance, inventors and other creative thinkers designed and constructed many new things. And one of the people on the forefront of that awakening was Leonardo da Vinci. In The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci, readers ages 9 through 12 explore the life of one of the world’s most amazing minds. They ponder the same kinds of questions that drove Leonardo to tinker and experiment endlessly: What is the inside of the body like? How might humans fly? How can geometry be used to design strong buildings?

Kids gain insight into anatomy, botany, engineering, and much more through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources.

Try these hands-on STEM projects!

• Play with perspective
• Design a water clock
• Make a camera obscura

Inventor. Scientist. Diplomat. Printer. Benjamin Franklin was a very curious person, which led to lots of different roles during his lifetime.

In The Science and Technology of Benjamin Franklin, readers ages 9 through 12 explore the life of one of Colonial America’s most fascinating citizens. They discover what it might have been like to be a young person in the early eighteenth century, when work and entertainment looked much different from today. Kids confront the same questions Franklin asked and follow Franklin on his curiosity journey that lasted his entire life as a scientific pioneer in colonial America. Through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources, kids zoom in for a closer look into Franklin’s world.

Try these hands-on engineering projects!

• Create your own instrument
• Design hard-to-counterfeit money
• Make an ocean current

JUNE 2021

Who gets to do science? During a time when most people would answer, “Men,” Marie Curie followed her passion for science and earned two Nobel Prizes!

In The Science and Technology of Marie Curie, readers ages 9 through 12 explore Curie’s groundbreaking scientific research in physics and chemistry and discover how this research forced people to rethink the very structure of their surrounding world . . . and the role of women within it. Her commitment to understanding that which the human eye cannot see led to the discovery of two new elements—polonium and radium—and to the birth of a new field of research into radioactivity. In the process, she was the first woman to earn a Nobel Prize and the only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields, all as she reset ideas around women’s roles in society.

Through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources, kids zoom in for a closer look into Curie’s world.

Try these hands-on chemistry projects!

•  Design a 3-D model of the periodic table
•  Model the structure of an atom
•  Compute the half-life of M&Ms

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