The First Step
In 1847, the Roberts refused to let their daughter Sarah walk past five schools for white children to get to an inferior one for African Americans. They demanded justice and made history.
How Do You Burp in Space?
Want to blast into orbit? Snag a photo of a shooting star? Your time is coming! And this guide gives you the information you need to plan a space vacation…
The Truth About Poop and Pee
What is there to know about something you've done since birth? Plenty. Did you know that the chemicals in pee can be used to bleach clothing or that poop can fuel a trip to Mars?
It’s a Dog’s Life
What’s so great about garbage, rolling in gross stuff and sticking our heads out car windows? Find out…
All in Just One Cookie
When Grandma hears that her grandchildren are coming to visit, she decides to make chocolate chip cookies. Each time she puts an ingredient in the mixing bowl, her dog and cat make a special journey to find out how it got to Grandma’s kitchen.
On This Spot
On This Spot is a virtual time machine, transporting one spot in New York City—and you—back through history.
See How They Run
A presidential election is coming up and everyone is talking about it – on TV, in class, over the dinner table.
Unseen Rainbows, Silent Songs
Bats creating pictures with sound, moths using a language of scent, snakes locating prey by “seeing” their victims’ heat – a look at the world that dances and sings beyond the reach of our human senses.
Nature did it First
People need to stay dry, keep warm, and carry lots of things around—from babies to bananas. To do this, we’ve borrowed a few ideas from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Life on the Ice
How does it feel to be near the North Pole when it’s so cold that a cup of hot water, thrown in the air, explodes into ice particles?
Its tires are over five feet tall. It is as heavy as an elephant. It’s a monster truck!
Old ones click-clack on wooden tracks. New ones reach speeds over 300 miles an hour. But every train is an adventure…
Whether they’re jumping barrels, zipping along the highway, or tearing up a racetrack, motorcycles are the coolest things on two wheels!
Every day, over land and sea, helicopters are hard at work. They help fight forest fires and rescue soldiers from battle.
Saving the Whooping Crane
Whooping cranes were in danger of becoming extinct. At one point, there were only fifteen of them left in the wild.
Scientists know that some saber-toothed cats had sharp and wickedly long front teeth. They know these cats hunted mammoths and mastodons.
John Walsh thinks he has the best job there is. He goes where there are bombs and fires. He wades through floods and climbs volcanoes. For the past thirty-five years, he has risked his life to save animals in need.
What Do You do at the Zoo
The zookeeper needs help. Do you know how to feed a lion? Can you rescue a hippo? What do you do…at the zoo?
What do you Do on the Farm
The farmer needs help. The cow is hungry, the pigs are too hot. And what is that noise in the hen house?
Early Chapter Books
When Cora goes out on a house call with her father, a frontier doctor, she gets more excitement than she bargained for. A prairie fire galloping toward them, with no escape in sight!
Robert Henry Hendershot
Robert runs away from home to become a drummer boy for the Union Army. He wants to participate in a battle, but his captain says that he’s too young. Can Robert find a way to become a hero?
Hazelle has been living in an orphanage in New York City for almost a year. Now she and several other children have been put on a train headed for Texas to be placed with families that want children.
The Truth About Poop
We call poop a waste product, but it can also create bricks to build a house, fuel to power a trip to Mars, and a way to bleach your hair. While we politely avoid the subject, amazing things are happening in digestive tracts all over the world!
Gee Whiz: It’s All About Pee
Did you know that Civil War belles collected their pee in barrels so soldiers could make gunpowder? Or, that lobsters fight by squirting each other with urine from bladders next to their eyes?
Seeds Stems and Stamens
Some stay safe by squirting poison at their enemies. Others hunt up a little meat for dinner or steal their food from other plants. This book looks at all the different adaptations plants use to compete for sunshine, get water and nutrients, stay safe, and make their next generation.
Claws, Coats, and Camouflage
Some animals disguise themselves as plants. Others sweat through their mouths. Still others “see” with their ears instead of their eyes. Animals have all sorts of ways to stay safe, find food, and have babies.
Ultimate Field Trip 1
Join a group of American kids on their amazing journey into the Amazon rain forest. They leave textbooks behind and learn about rain forest animals and ecology by climbing treetops and paddling in canoes.
Ultimate Field Trip 2
Kids travel to the Mesa Verde region of Colorado to work with archaeologists digging in ruins. They help bring an ancient Indian culture to life — along with the people who lived in it.
Ultimate Field Trip 3
Kids wade into the Bay of Fundy to tickle sea stars, play hide-and-seek with seals and explore the ever-changing world of the tidal zone.
Ultimate Field Trip 4
A group of kids trade their jeans and electronics for buttoned trousers and petticoats. They step back in time to an era before electricity, before cars – even before indoor plumbing.
Ultimate Field Trip 5
A group of kids took the first step into space by spending a week at Space Academy where they used NASA simulators to learn how to walk on the moon and work without gravity. Then, they blasted off on a mission of their own…