Enter the world of science as Bill Bryson unmasks the mysteries of the universe.Did you know that:• Every atom in your body has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to being you?• If you are an average-sized kid, you have enough potential energy inside you to explode with the force of several hydrogen bombs?And—What happened to dinosaurs? How big is the universe? Why are oceans salty? Is a meteor going to hit us?Tackling everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bill Bryson’s inimitable storytelling skill makes the why, how, and, just as importantly, the who of scientific discovery entertaining and accessible for young readers.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/27/2009Pages: 169Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
History will never be the same again!This spirited reading of the first in Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World history series brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of ancient times.Now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives-and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the globe. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of the ancient world. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, The Story of the World weaves world history into a storybook format. This volume covers the major historical events from the years 400 to 1600-from the fall of Rome through the rise of the Renaissance.This Story of the World audiobook is a collaboration between Jim Weiss, whose voice has been described as "liquid gold" (CNN-TV), and Susan Wise Bauer, whose writing has been described as "timeless and intelligent" (Publishers Weekly). It may be used along with the print books (The Story of the World Volume 2 Text Book, Activity Book, and Tests; each sold separately), as a supplement to a traditional history curriculum, or independently. Approximately 11 hours on 9 CDs.Book Details:Format: Audio BookPublication Date: 8/1/2007Pages: Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
Boys don’t keep diariesor do they?The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate toIt’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, Just don’t expect me to be all Dear Diary’ this and Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day. F&P level: TBook Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 4/1/2007Pages: 224Reading Level: Age 7 and Up
On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 1/20/2011Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
From the moment young Egan arrives in Instep for the annual fair, he is entranced by the fable surrounding the misty peak of Kneeknock Rise: On stormy nights when the rain drives harsh and cold, an undiscovered creature raises its voice and moans. Nobody knows what it is—nobody has ever dared to try to find out and come back again. Before long, Egan is climbing the Rise to find an answer to the mystery.Kneeknock Rise is a 1971 Newbery Honor Book.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 9/4/2007Pages: 144Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
This is where it begins. The showdown for Halla. At stake is nothing less than all that ever was and all that will be.There's only one thing missing--Bobby Pendragon.While Bobby remains trapped on Ibara, the battle moves to his home territory: Second Earth. Mark Dimond and Courtney Chetwynde are left on their own to defend Second Earth agsinst the forces of Saint Dane. They must face off against a charismatic cult leader who has risen to power by revealing a shattering truth to the people of Earth: They are not alone.The Convergence has broken down the walls. The territories are on a collision course. The final phase of Saint Dane's quest to rule Halla is under way.And Bobby Pendragon is nowhere to be found.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 5/20/2008Pages: 560Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
An owlet hatches out onto Stormfast Island and into a world torn by war. For one hundred years, his people have fought off enemy owls from the Ice Talons, but the tide has turned. An invasion is coming, one the Kielian League won't have the strength to resist. Soon the tyrant owl Bylyric will rule over everything, and no honorable owl will be safe. Only the small owl from Stormfast stands between Bylyric and total victory. Lyze is not very impressive to look at, but he has a wild idea for a snake and owl strike unit that just might give the soldiers of the Kielian League the edge they need. This is his story, the story of an ordinary owl who rose to become Ezylryb of the Great Tree. This is the story of what it takes to make a Guardian of Ga'Hoole.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/1/2013Pages: 304Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive. Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . . I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others—including John. But so are they. They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. They caught me in New York—but I escaped. I am Number Six. They want to finish what they started. But they'll have to fight us first. Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/21/2012Pages: 416Reading Level: Age 14 and Up
On a sunny Wednesday morning in October, a day that would mark the end of one life and the beginning of another, I found out my grouchy next door neighbor was the walking dead. When you turn around expecting to see something familiar, and instead see something else altogether, it takes a little while for your brain to catch up with your eyes. I call it the 'Holy Crap Factor.'" Forced to flee his home and family, twelve-year-old Will Ritter falls in with the Undertakers-a rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters who've banded together to battle the Corpses. Praise for Ty Drago: "...The author hardly sets a foot or a word wrong." -Publishers Weekly "More, if you please, Mr. Drago." -Booklist (20110310)Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 4/1/2011Pages: 480Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
AMERICA takes a fresh and compelling look at the birth of our nation, with lavish illustrations and interactive novelty spreads on every page.Revealed through the lens of an anonymous journal, readers will take a chronological journey through watershed moments of American History. From the Founding Fathers' signing of the Declaration of Independence through current events of the 21st century, AMERICA offers an in-depth look at the making of our nation in an accessible volume that will speak to readers of every age.Chockfull of innovative novelty components, including lift-the-flap postcards, removable song lyrics, and even a foldout replica of the Declaration of Independence, AMERICA offers readers a captivating exploration of the ideals and values our nation was built upon.Book Details:Format: Library BindingPublication Date: 9/1/2008Pages: 30Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
Museums and monuments define the Washington, DC landscape, but the stories behind this majestic capital merely begin here. Looking beyond the monuments, from Abigail Adams to the National Zoo, to all the cherry blossoms, flags, houses, and presidents in between, N is for Our Nation's Capital is like a guided tour along the most interesting routes in our capital. Did you know the cherry trees that are an integral part of DC's scenery were gifts from Japan? Or that Mrs. Taft planted the first two? N is for Our Nation's Capital will be published in March to coincide with the opening of the cherry blossoms.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 4/15/2005Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
All Jack Blank knows is his bleak, dreary life at St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost—an orphanage in the swampland of New Jersey. Covertly reading old comic books is Jack’s only solace. But his life changes forever when he meets an emissary from a secret country called the Imagine Nation, an astonishing place where all the fantastic and unbelievable things in the world originate. Including Jack.Jack soon discovers that he has an amazing ability—one that could make him the savior of Imagine Nation and the world beyond…or the biggest threat they’ve ever faced.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/3/2010Pages: 480Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
The companion title for A is for America: An American Alphabet, One Nation is the second collaboration of author Devin Scillian and illustrator Pam Carroll. This richly illustrated pictorial teaches elementary-aged students about numbers by using themes unique to life in America. A " counting book" for all ages and reading levels.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 9/30/2004Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
George Washington as he's rarely seen. Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was also a farmer. His efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia, mirrored his struggle to form a new nation. Excerpts from Washington's writings are featured throughout the book, which also includes a timeline, resource section, as well as essays on Washington at Mount Vernon and his thoughts on slavery. Both illustrator and author worked closely with the staff of Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens to render an accurate portrait of Farmer George at work.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 2/1/2008Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
Lamaze Rise and Shine Gym Baby can rise and shine in this innovative activity gym. Easily turn the handle to prop the gym up so baby can sit up and see around the room as they play with the activities in front of them. Or set it down for lay and play time. It comes with a cute sun mirror and a spinning mobile that baby can bat to activate lights and sounds! The Rise and Shine Gym is includes a harness to keep baby in place and can be removed for lay and play fun. It also features extra plush pillows and padding to keep baby comfortable. Plus the detachable pillow doubles as a tummy time prop. This is the ultimate activity gym that mom and baby will love! . Product FeaturesGreat for lay and play time or sit up and play time. Arch moves so that the toys are always in front of baby.Safe and easy to use.Lights and sounds are activated when baby turns the mobile.Safety harness can be removed for lay and play timeIncludes a head pillow that doubles as a tummy time prop.
Tim Warnes once again draws on his own experiences as a Papa Bear to bring us the classic Bible song “Rise and Shine.” The members of the adorable bear family go through their daily chores while remembering to sing and be happy. This sweet padded board book is perfect for Easter and all year round!Book Details:Format: Board BookPublication Date: 2/9/2010Pages: 26Reading Level: Age 2 and Up
Join forces with the Guardians to defeat Pitch in this retelling of the animated feature Rise of the Guardians. Includes eight pages of full-color images from the movie!When Pitch, the boogeyman, decides that children should believe in him and not the Guardians, he adds a little fear to their dreams, turning them into nightmares. If children around the world are afraid, there will be no more room for hope. The Guardians must band together to stop him. But in order to do so they need a little help from an unlikely source: Jack Frost. Jack loves to have fun, but he’s not usually one for heroics. Will Jack find the hero within him before Pitch can carry out his master plan? Join Jack Frost and the entire gang of Guardians—North, Bunnymund, Tooth, and Sandman—as they band together to vanquish the boogeyman and his nightmarish threats and to preserve the very spirit of childhood. This junior novelization includes eight pages of color images from the movie.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 10/2/2012Pages: 144
This refill includes 2 pounds of nontoxic clay, paints and instructions.Product Dimensions (inches): 9 (L) x 3 (W) x 6.5 (H)Age: 8 to14 yearsRecommended Ages:8 – 15
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