Meet Famous entertainer Lady Gaga! In this engaging title, readers will follow Lady Gaga’s career from her first album The Fame to singing the national anthem at one Super Bowl and performing the half time show at anther, on the way to winning six Grammy Awards! Her charitable work with the Born This Way Foundation is also featured. Table of contents, map, “Did You Know” fact boxes, a “Snapshot” graphic with vital information, glossary, and index are included. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Meet Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez! Hernandez’s life story is examined from her childhood in New Jersey where she began gymnastics at age five, to the 2015 US Junior Title on the way to being chosen for the women’s gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where she won one gold and one silver medal. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
All animals deserve safety. But sometimes they are mistreated and misunderstood. In this Steve Irwin book, kids will follow him on his journey to become a wildlife expert and conservationist. From his TV show The Crocodile Hunter to work with Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors, Irwin cared for the safety of reptiles and animals. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Applied to STEM Concepts of Learning Principles.
All animals deserve safety. But sometimes they are mistreated and misunderstood. In this Jack Hanna book, kids will follow him on his journey to become an animal expert. From improving conditions for zoo animals to his TV show Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Hanna cared for the safety of animals and protecting their habitats. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Applied to STEM Concepts of Learning Principles.
How does a young peanut farmer grow into one of the most influential people on the planet? Well, why don't you ask the 39th president of the United States? Jimmy Carter made the spectacular leap from the fields, to a U.S. naval submarine, then all the way to the White House. But he wasn't done changing the world after he left the Oval Office. Jimmy and Rosalynn's Carter Center has been a beacon of humanitarian aid around the world. From eradicating disease, to helping countries establish and strengthen democracies, this former president has earned his Nobel Peace Prize. Learn all about Jimmy's spectacular journey as a president, humanitarian, and more.
From sit-ins at lunch counters to sit-ins on the Congress floor, marching in Selma to marching though the halls of the Capitol, John Lewis fought for what he believed in. The incredible civil rights activist had plenty of experience under his belt by the time he stood in front of a quarter of a million people as the youngest leader of the March on Washington. John continued on with the same passion as he turned to create change from within the government. The conscious of the congress continued to advocate for the freedom and safety of all. Learn all about the incredible life of this congressman and civil rights hero.
Michael Jordan shoots. He scores! This basketball superstar dominated the sport for years. From a set of three-peat victories to a key spot on the Dream Team, his position as one of the greatest players of all time is indisputable. But how did the basketball great go from being cut during tryouts for his high school basketball team to earning a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame? Follow along as Michael grows from athletic kid, to star college player, to NBA Rookie of the Year and beyond.
Record-breaking author, beloved First Lady, and strong mother, Michelle Obama is a powerhouse. Coming from humble beginnings, this girl from the South Side of Chicago excelled in school. After a couple of years practicing law, Michelle left to follow her passions to help improve the lives of those in her hometown of Chicago. She made her mark on the White House as a First Lady dedicated to the health of children, the lives of veterans, and the education of girls. And it seems that there's nothing stopping her from accomplishing even more in her life after the White House. Learn all about Michelle's spectacular life as an advocate, role model, and more.
Long-serving congressman, Vice President, and now President. Joe Biden’s journey to the highest position in the land has been long and winding. As a child, he didn’t let his stutter stop him from success; as a senator, he carried on despite personal heartbreak; and now, as president, we’ll see all this man can do. Learn about the spectacular life of America’s 46th president.
Maryam Mirzakhani started breaking barriers for girls in math when she was in high school. She continued breaking those barriers as an adult when she became the first woman to win the Fields Medal. That’s the highest honor a mathematician can receive! She inspires young people to find the beauty in math. The Women in Science and Technology series introduces students to influential women in science and technology. From astronauts to medical doctors, these biographies highlight the accomplishments, dedication, and passion that drove these women to succeed. Each book includes a glossary, comprehension questions, and further reading suggestions.
Words have the power to create change. Rachel Carson knew this, and she shared her love of nature and the need to protect it in her writing. She wrote several books about nature, including Silent Spring, which warned of the dangers of chemical pesticides. This book helped start the modern environmental movement. She inspires young people today to protect our planet. The Women in Science and Technology series introduces students to influential women in science and technology. From astronauts to medical doctors, these biographies highlight the accomplishments, dedication, and passion that drove these women to succeed. Each book includes a glossary, comprehension questions, and further reading suggestions.
Tu Youyou is a unique scientist. She is an expert in traditional Chinese medicine and modern medicine. When China needed someone to solve their problem with malaria, Youyou was the perfect person for the job. She mixed old medicine with new science and saved many lives, later earning her a Nobel Prize. Her story inspires young people today to enjoy science. The Women in Science and Technology series introduces students to influential women in science and technology. From astronauts to medical doctors, these biographies highlight the accomplishments, dedication, and passion that drove these women to succeed. Each book includes a glossary, comprehension questions, and further reading suggestions.
Joshua Wong was born in Hong Kong less than one year before China took back control of the city from the United Kingdom. While the handover was peaceful, Hong Kong’s citizens lost their right to fully democratic elections. Joshua's leadership as an activist came to international attention in 2014, during pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The protest became known as the Umbrella Movement. Although Joshua and his student organization called Scholarism promoted peaceful protest, he was jailed for his participation. Undiscouraged, Joshua continues to advocate for full and free elections in Hong Kong. He has been the subject of a documentary called Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, and has been recognized for his work with many awards including TIME magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens.
A competitive swimmer in Syria, Yusra Mardini never let go of her Olympic dream, even when civil war made it too difficult to train in her country. In 2016, she was allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics as part of a special team for refugees. This was only months after making a daring crossing of the Mediterranean Sea in a sinking boat that she helped tow to shore. Dozens of lives were saved on the voyage. Still training, Mardini also acts as a spokesperson and educator for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.
American gymnast Simone Biles wowed the world at the 2016 Rio Olympics by winning four gold medals. The first female gymnast to earn three consecutive all-around titles, Biles has been listed on TIME magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People, authored a book on her life, and won an ESPY award for best female athlete in 2017. Her determination carried her through an unstable home life as a young child to become someone who wants to inspire others to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.
American teenager Zuriel Oduwole tries to live by the quote: “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not big enough.” A filmmaker, public speaker, and writer, Zuriel has interviewed dozens of world leaders and pushed them to promote the education of girls around the world. Founder of the Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up organization, Zuriel teaches citizen filmmaking to kids around the world, speaks out on gender equality at major world forums, and makes world leaders accountable for supporting girls’ education initiatives.
Known as the Kid President, American teenager Robby Novak thinks it’s cool to be kind, and that compassion and curiosity can help change the world. A YouTube sensation and author of two books before he was 12 years old, Robby promotes his belief that everyone matters and has a purpose. Despite his ongoing struggle with a difficult disease that makes his bones brittle, Robby’s mission is to dance the world toward happiness and show people that everyone can be a superhero to somebody.
Trailblazing Xiuhtezcatl Martinez speaks and performs around the world to inspire and empower people to protect and preserve the environment. A leader of the youth-led climate change movement and an activist for Indigenous rights, the 15-year-old Aztec change-maker is a commanding example to all youth to get involved in social change. Using the powerful medium of music, Xiuhtezcatl inspires people around the world to be environmental stewards in order to secure a better future for today’s youth.
This inspiring book examines the life and work of Craig Kielburger, co-founder of the worldwide Me to We and Free the Children organizations. An important children’s rights activist, Craig works to empower youth around the world to make a difference in their communities and take action to solve global issues. With his brother, Marc, Craig actively works to stop child labor and promote social involvement across borders—educating, inspiring, and motivating people to make a difference every day.
A groundbreaking advocate for transgender youth and LGBTQ rights, Jazz Jennings is one of the first youth to speak publicly about her experiences as a transgender individual. A spokesperson, writer, and public figure, Jazz inspires all people to embrace themselves and be accepting of all people. Overcoming incredible struggles as a young transgender person, Jazz now uses her platform to make a difference in the LGBTQ community. A vocal advocate for equal rights, she co-founded the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation—all before the age of 15.
Championing equal rights for all people regardless of gender, race, and economic class, Dolores Huerta is a globally recognized icon in the fight for social justice. This book explores Huerta’s inspiring story, focusing on her courage and perseverance as an advocate for the working poor, women’s rights, and rights for immigrant communities. As a co-founder of the United Farm Workers union and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she continues to make positive strides for equal rights and inspire people everywhere to stand up for what they believe.
Though a disability stunted his growth and left him with a hunched back, William Henry "Chick" Webb did not let that get in the way of his musical pursuits. Even as a young child, Chick saw the world as one big drum, pounding out rhythms on everything from stair railings to pots and pans. His love of percussion brought him to the big time as an influential big band leader. This picture-book biography details the life of black American jazz drummer Chick Webb, who in the 1930s led one of the big bands of the swing era, earning him the nickname the "King of the Savoy."
Hallie Morse Daggett loved spending time outdoors, hiking among the tall trees of the forests in California's Siskiyou Mountains. She wasn't afraid of the bears, coyotes, and wildcats. But Hallie was afraid of fire and understood the threat it posed to the forests, wildlife, and people. And more than anything, she wanted to devote her life to protecting her beloved outdoors; she decided she would work for the US Forest Service. But in the 1880s the Forest Service didn't hire women, thinking they couldn't handle the physical challenges of the work or the isolation. But the Forest Service didn't know Hallie or how determined she could be. This picture-book biography tells the story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the first woman "fire guard" hired by the US Forest Service, whose hard work and dedication led the way for other women to join the Forest Service.
This title introduces readers to Sacagawea and how she became a shero for one of America's most famous expeditions. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards.
This title introduces readers to Harriet Tubman and how she became a shero to free as many slaves as possible through the Underground Railroad. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards.