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12 Artists with Disabilities

Susan Perry (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781645820352

Deaf by the time she was 12, Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie performs with great orchestras around the world. Born with a severe form of cerebral palsy, Ireland’s Christy Brown became a well-known writer and painter. Internationally renowned British-Nigerian sculptor Yinka Shonibare is paralyzed on one side of his body. This book spotlights 12 artists from around the world who followed their dreams despite their disabilities. Each chapter includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. A Learn More page zooms in on types of disability.

12 Impossible Daredevil Stunts

Samantha S. Bell (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781645820246

Harry Houdini escaped from handcuffs, straightjackets, jails, and boxes, sometimes while underwater. Willie Harris broke barriers for black stuntmen. Kitty O’Neil reached 618 miles per hour in a rocket car. This book features 12 thrilling stories about people who braved injury and worse to do impossible things. Each includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-stories encourage further exploration.

12 Poets Who Changed the World

Allan Morey (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781645820079

From the ancient Greek poet Homer to American poet Walt Whitman, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and Gwendolyn Brooks, a Chicago poet who chronicled black culture, this book profiles 12 outstanding poets from around the world. Each chapter includes attention-grabbing photos, biographical details, and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-bios encourage further exploration.

12 Musicians Who Changed the World

Jamie Kallio (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781645820062

From Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, to Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan, civil rights activist Nina Simone, and rapper Tupac Shakur, this book profiles 12 famous musicians from around the world. Each chapter includes attention-grabbing photos, biographical details, and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-bios encourage further exploration.

12 Architects Who Changed the World

Vicki C. Hayes (author)

Publisher: Bookstaves ISBN: 9781645820000

From Spain’s Antonio Gaudi to France’s Le Corbusier, Iraq’s Zaha Hadid, and America’s Norma Sklarek, the first black woman to get a degree in architecture, this book profiles 12 prominent architects from around the world. Each chapter includes attention-grabbing photos, biographical details, and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-bios encourage further exploration.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author)Andrea Gabriel (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599227740

Listen to the story! Read the story! Sing the Story! “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” includes the Read-along version of the story followed by the same story sung in an adorable song. Read the story. Then sing the story! It isn’t a secret that using songs to teach children pre-reading skills is fun and successful. This classic song is featured as a read-along and a sing-along. The magic of Christmas comes alive with this classic letter to Santa. After making sure that Santa knows what the little mouse’s family wants for Christmas, he asks Santa to fill his stocking with whatever Santa thinks is best! See what happens on Christmas night when Santa climbs down the chimney! Rhyming text paired with festive illustrations will make this book a family favorite. Other books in the Read & Sing Along Series include: A Is For Alligator, A Pilot Flies Her Plane, At The Farm, Diez En La Cama, Down Through The Chimney, Duerme, Mi Pequenito, Hickory Dickory Dock & More, Humpty Dumpty & More, Huge Machines, I Like Colors, I Thank God For You, It’s Night-Night Time, Llego La Noche, Me Gustan Los Colores, Sleep, My Little One, Ten In The Bed, Two By Two & The Wheels On The Bus

Down Through The Chimney

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (authors) R.W Alley (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599227757

Listen to the story! Read the story! Sing the Story! “Down Through The Chimney,” includes the Read-along version of the story followed by the same story sung in an adorable song. Read the story. Then sing the story! It isn’t a secret that using songs to teach children pre-reading skills is fun and successful. This original song is featured as a read-along and a sing-along. Discover the magic with this precious tale of a child who spies on Santa during Christmas night. The little boy and his kitten quietly watch as Santa eats his cookies and leaves him colorful presents. Then, Santa surprisingly winks to him before sneaking back up the chimney! This jolly rhyme will have young readers overjoyed with the Christmas spirit. Other books in the Read & Sing Along series include Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Up On The Housetop, and The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Music Technology: From Gramophones to Music Streaming

Tracey Kelly (author)

Publisher: Black Rabbit Books ISBN: 9781781214824

This book traces the story of the development of inventions in music technology – from the earliest recordings to our current technology. It concentrates on illustrating how each breakthrough eventually led to a new one.

Animation

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618915832

Some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters are animated movies! From hand-drawn animation to computer-generated works, animation is a fascinating world of fantasy. But what goes into making these popular films? This high-interest title answers that question! Special features highlight famous animated works, and profiles of famous animators such as Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki introduce readers to animation pioneers. For readers interested in behind-the-scenes movie magic, this title is sure to deliver!

Movie Director

Amy Rechner (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618916303

Do you have what it takes to call the shots? Directors are involved with all the decisions for a movie, from costumes and music to casting and editing. Learn about what fills their jam-packed days and who supports them on set in this high-interest title. Features highlight education and qualities needed to succeed as well as common career paths to reach the top. This engaging read lets striving readers peek behind the scenes of a movie set and see what happens when the camera isn’t rolling!

Motion Capture

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618915849

Many are familiar with Andy Serkis’s groundbreaking motion capture role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings film series. But motion capture has come a long way since it first began! This title introduces the technology behind motion capture, using many of today’s most popular movies as examples. Special features highlight famous uses of motion capture, and pioneer profiles introduce some of the most influential mocap filmmakers in history. This high-interest title is sure to capture the attention of readers!

On-screen Vehicles

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618915856

Get ready for a wild ride! From boats and planes to sports cars, vehicles have been used in movies since the dawn of film. Through gripping text and vibrant photos, this title explores some of the most famous on-screen vehicles in movie history. Special features introduce readers to movie pioneers, unique vehicles, and more. Whether you want to hit top speed in one of James Bond’s cruisers or learn how Herbie the Love Bug was chosen, this engaging book will take you along for the ride!

Visual Effects

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618915863

Special effects have come a long way over the past century! Computer-generated visual effects are now par for the course, bringing spectacular worlds to screens big and small. This title explores the history of visual effects, starting with the very first uses of CGI in the 1970s to the present day, where just about anything is possible! This title includes engaging text and vibrant photos that are sure to grip young readers. Additional special features highlight early visual effects, introduce pioneers in the field, and show off some of the best uses in modern movies!

Stunt Performer

Amy Rechner (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618916365

Lights, camera, and a lot of action! Stunt performers throw themselves into danger every day. But each move is carefully planned to be as safe as possible. Find out what an average day looks like for stunt performers, and the skills and crews they need to keep themselves safe in the face of danger. Sidebars introduce a leader in the field as well as the training and experience needed to succeed. Get ready to live life on the edge in this this title for striving readers!

Kathleen Kennedy: Movie Producer

Kate Moening (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618916723

From ET the Extra-Terrestrial to the Star Wars saga, Kathleen Kennedy knows how to make a hit movie! Fact-filled text covers her humble beginnings as a camera operator to her current position as head of Lucasfilm. A profile, timeline, hometown map, and other special features add visual support to leveled text in this fun title.

Susan Wojcicki: CEO of YouTube

Kate Moening (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618916754

Rising through the ranks at Google to become CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki is a tech titan! Profiles and timelines help chronicle the life of this savvy CEO, from her childhood to her role today. Young readers will be inspired to see how Susan took her career from her parent’s garage to become the leader at YouTube in this low-level title.

Malia's Chance to Dance

Beth Greenway (author) Wayne Alfano (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389379

Malia is chosen to dance in the luau even after making a mistake.

Practice Makes Perfect

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682386835

The twins Tex and Indi practice for an upcoming play

Talent Night

Annie Gage (author) Apryl Stott (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682385098

Benjamin's skill helps make Talent Night a success.

Some Actor

Meridee Jones Cecil (author) Carolyn Ewing (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682385067

The Bellworth Middle School play may be cancelled unless someone can take over Josh's part.

The Chilling Mayflower Mystery

Beverly Patt (author) Karen Stormer Brooks (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682385135

Lucky's luck finally changes for the better.

What's in a Whistle

Carolyn Crocker (author) Dennis McDermott (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682381311

This young Hungarian girl has a talent that helps a famous composer create beautiful music.

Dancing Girl

Highlights for Children (author) Qin Leng (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682383155

Emma and her dog Coco look all over the house for a place to tap dance.

Stevie Wonder

Katlin Sarantou (author) Jeff Bane (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534148451

The My Itty-Bitty Bio series are biographies for the earliest readers. This book examines the life of Stevie Wonder in a simple, age-appropriate way that will help children develop word recognition and reading skills. Includes a table of contents, author biography, timeline, glossary, index, and other informative backmatter.

Movies and Music

Martin Gitlin (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534148994

Movies and music have come a long way thanks to technology, from watching movies on the big screen at a theater and listening to big vinyl records on a bulky record player to streaming hundreds of movies and music wirelessly with just a click of a button. In Movies and Music in the Disruptors in Tech series, readers will discover how technology has and continues to disrupt the movie and music industries. Series includes a table of contents, tech-forward sidebars, a timeline, glossary, index, and author biography.