Smartphones put a camera in just about everyone’s pocket, but it hasn’t always been so easy to take a snapshot. The 18th century brought a new innovation that allowed people to easily preserve a moment in time. That innovation carries on today! Through informative text, fun facts, and special features, this fascinating title explores how the camera was invented and how it continues to develop!
Just like her showy designs, Zaha Hadid challenges people’s ideas about what is normal. One of few female architects in a male-dominated field, Zaha fought for respect and ended up one of the most famous architects in the world! Learn about the life, achievements, and work of this ground-breaking architect in this biography for young readers.
Carved into America’s heartland, Mount Rushmore celebrates four presidents who made America what it is today. This symbol of freedom is at center stage in this title for beginning readers, highlighting Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln through leveled text and vibrant matching photos!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sometimes all you need to craft a vehicle is a single sheet of paper. In this origami guide for kids, young flight enthusiasts will find easy-to-understand specs for building airplanes of all shapes and also an invitation to conduct test flights to compare the planes’ speeds and flight paths.
A flock of many different birds is ready to be assembled in this makerspace title. Origami outlines ensure that young crafters will not have to “wing it” when it comes to making paper birds. Along with the clear folding instructions are bonus bird facts that just might turn kids into birders!
In nature, extinction is an irreversible process. Animal species that die off cannot be brought back to life. This origami how-to, however, gives young dinosaur lovers the opportunity to resurrect a stegosaurus, a triceratops, and more with paper. Making each species is as easy as 1-2-3…
How can you raise farm animals without acres of land? This children’s title has the answer, showing readers how to mountain-fold and valley-fold a cow, horse, sheep, goat, pig, chicken, and other livestock. Animal herds and flocks can form with additional paper and repeated folding.
Most people would agree that handmade decorations have more charm than store-bought alternatives, so this origami book teaches kids enough paper crafts to make eight popular holidays more festive! The background information on the holidays makes sure origami artists know how to best celebrate each occasion.
Because the ocean biome is the biggest biome in the world, it’s not hard to believe that it is packed with many interesting creatures. Aspiring young paper engineers will enjoy making crafts of some of these aquatic animals to develop their paper-folding skills.
Taking care of a pet can be a lot of work. A dog, for example, needs to be fed, walked, played with, and more. But the pets made of paper in this origami title are very little work. Young pet lovers will give this craft book their full attention!
The jungle food web connects animals large and small, both predators and prey. In this beginning origami title, the animal crafts show this diversity of species well, from spider to monkey. Kids will learn all about the jungle biome as they fold some of the coolest wild animals.