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Get into Mixed Media

Janice Dyer (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119155

If you like the idea of combining materials such as fabric, paint, ink and google eyes on a canvas, then mixed media is the art form for you! This awesome book guides young artists in creating works in mixed media, a visual art form in which artists can combine different types of techniques and media, or materials. Creative ideas and endless possibilities will allow readers to create projects that showcase their individuality. Clear photographs and step-by-step techniques guide readers along the way.

A Skyscraper Reaches Up

Kylie Burns (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118523

Engineers design skyscrapers to help solve the challenge of making room for a large number of people on a small piece of land. Young readers will learn about the steps in the engineering design process and see what shapes and materials are used in construction to make tall buildings stable. A link to interactive activities online plus an activity in the book allow readers to create skyscrapers that can withstand weight, weather, natural disasters—and time!

Will's Words

Jane Sutcliffe (author) John Shelley (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580896399

A celebration of the words, phrases, and idioms that Shakespeare invented and the contributions he made to the modern-day English lexicon. The Bard of Avon is responsible for such familiar phrases as "what's done is done" and "too much of a good thing." He even helped turn "household words" into household words. As readers will discover, "the long and the short of it" is this: Will changed the English language forever. Will's words pop up all over the place!

Monet Paints a Day

Julie Danneberg (author) Caitlin Heimerl (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607344544

In November 1885, impressionist painter Claude Monet vacationed in Étretat, France, where he spent his days outside, painting scenes of the seaside village. One morning he rose early and carried all of his supplies and half-finished paintings out to the cliffs and rocky beach, finally stopping to paint the arch called Manneporte. Eager to capture the scene before him, and aware that he must work quickly to catch the light, Monet became so engrossed in his work that he forgot to watch the incoming tide. Based on a true incident, MONET PAINTS A DAY introduces readers to the life and nature of this illustrious impressionist. Interspersed throughout the story are excerpts from the painter’s notes and letters, while a second layer of text and back matter includes information about Impressionism as a whole. Lush watercolor illustrations in the Impressionist style give readers a visual for this artistic movement. A bibliography is also included.

Esquivel!

Susan Wood (author) Duncan Tonatiuh (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607348269

Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan’s space-age lounge music - popular in the fifties and sixties - has found a new generation of listeners. And Duncan Tonatiuh’s fresh and quirky illustrations bring Esquivel’s spirit to life.

Father's Day Gifts

Anastasia Suen (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425380

Easy to follow father's day gift craft instructions for makerspaces, home activities, and classrooms.

Mother's Day Gifts

Anastasia Suen (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425397

Easy to follow mother's day gift craft instructions for makerspaces, home activities, and classrooms.

Valentine's Day Gifts

Anastasia Suen (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425403

Easy to follow Valentine's Day gift craft instructions for makerspaces, home activities, and classrooms.

Birthday Gifts

Anastasia Suen (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781683425410

Easy to follow birthday gift craft instructions for makerspaces, home activities, and classrooms.

Camera Tricks

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035871

Is it a space adventure or slit scan? The camera technique slit scan has been used to create the illusion of flying through space in movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey. Young readers will read about the camera tricks and special equipment used to create the jaw-dropping effects of motion pictures in Camera Tricks.

Costumes and Props

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035888

Costumes and props fill the sets of films! From tiny, frozen blueberries in The Hunger Games to a 108-pound gown in the 1938 film Marie Antoinette, they take on many shapes and sizes. Today, some are even created through 3D printing! This title weaves through the costumes and props of our favorite films while captivating readers with relevant photos and riveting film facts.

Makeup

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035895

During the filming of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter’s scar was painted on 5,800 times! About 2,000 of those were painted on Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter. This title explores the makeup, tools, and effects used to create everything from the scariest of monsters to the most elegant ladies.

Stunts

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035918

Tom Cruise performed his own stunts for the film Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol, which included dangling 1,700 feet from the world’s tallest building! Students will explore the extreme amount of planning, equipment, training, and expertise that goes into the stunts performed in films as they dive into this action-packed title.  

Special Effects

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035901

The action of the big screen--car crashes, torrential rainfall, ships sinking--is the work of special effects! Directors and crews use anything they can to create a real and captivating experience. Enormous models, airplane engines, controlled fires, and much more create the excitement we all crave! Young readers will marvel over this behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made.

Animal Performers

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035864

Did you know that the Labrador retriever that starred in Marley and Me was a rescue dog from a shelter in Florida? His is a true rags-to-riches story! This title explores the history of animals in entertainment while highlighting some of the pet pals we have grown to love on the silver screen!

Write On, Irving Berlin!

Leslie Kimmelman (author) David C. Gardner (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534122963

2019 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Younger Readers 2018 Eureka! California Reading Association Honor Book Award 2020 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Master List Escaping persecution for being Jewish, the Baline family fled Russia and arrived by ship in New York City harbor in September 1893. Little Israel Isidore Baline is only five years old. After arriving at Ellis Island, the first stop for all immigrants, Israel and his family are ready to begin a new life in America. His family settles in the Lower East Side and soon Israel (now nicknamed Izzy) starts school. And while he learns English, he is not a very good student. According to his teachers he daydreams and sings in class. But while these may not be traits that are helpful in the classroom, these are wonderful tools for a budding singer and composer. And by the time that Izzy (now known as Irving) is a young man, he is well on his way to becoming one of the most well-known composers in America. This vivid picture-book biography examines the life of Irving Berlin, the distinguished artist whose songs, including "God Bless America," continue to be popular today.

Futuristic Homes

Moreno Chiacchiera, Saranne Taylor (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427115744

What will houses look like in the future? From space stations to pod living, this innovative title examines how architects design and plan for the world of tomorrow. Readers put concepts to work when they design their own home based around a unique shape.

Creating Thanksgiving Crafts

Dana Meachen Rau (author), Kathleen Petelinsek (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781624312144

Whether you're looking for something to do on a rainy day or making a personalized gift for a friend, crafts are a great way to pass the time. They also provide an opportunity to learn how to draw meaning from technical texts. The activities in this book push readers to read for comprehension, use information gained from the text and illustrations to follow step-by-step directions, determine relationships among steps in a technical process, and build the skills they need to make the perfect crafts for the Thanksgiving season.

Ellen DeGeneres

Jenna Lee Gleisner (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781641280396

In Ellen DeGeneres, early readers will learn about the life, accomplishments, and contributions of comedian and TV superstar Ellen DeGeneres. Vibrant, full-color photos, and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they learn about her life. A timeline helps readers identify major life accomplishments in DeGeneres’s life, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. This title also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Dwayne Johnson

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781641280365

In Dwayne Johnson, early readers will learn about the life, accomplishments, and contributions of wrestling and movie star Dwayne Johnson. Vibrant, full-color photos, and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they learn about his life. A timeline helps readers identify major life accomplishments in Johnson’s life, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. This title also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Kristine Spanier (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781641280457

In Lin-Manuel Miranda, early readers will learn about the life, accomplishments, and contributions of playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. Vibrant, full-color photos, and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they learn about his life. A timeline helps readers identify major life accomplishments in Miranda’s life, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. This title also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Ariana Grande

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607056

An elementary introduction to the life, work, and popularity of Ariana Grande, an American pop singer and actress known for her work on kid’s shows and such songs as “Bang Bang.”

Iggy Azalea

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607070

An elementary introduction to the life, work, and popularity of Iggy Azalea, an Australian rapper who became known for her fast rhymes and gained fame with such hit songs as “Fancy.”

What is Cubism?

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606905

With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Cubist art and is encouraged to identify shapes and consider points of view.

What is Gothic Art?

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606912

With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Gothic art and is encouraged to identify emotions and consider the stories told.