Readers won't have to disassemble their favorite toys to discover what makes them work. This book explores electric, magnetic, and motion-powered toys from design to function. It introduces readers to six simple machines and explains how they use force and motion to do work. Not every toy is a technological marvel. Readers learn about time-honored favorites including the rocking horse, Slinky, and rattles.
Discover patterns in everyday games! This charming, Spanish-translated title helps young readers recognize repeating patterns in common games like checkers, cards, board games, and jacks. Children will enhance their understanding of patterns and early STEM themes with engaging examples and featured "You Try It" problems.
Have you ever heard of The Excited Burro or Ringel Ringel? These are games that children play in other countries. Children play different games in different parts of the world, but they all have fun! Vibrant photos, diagrams, maps, informational text, and interesting facts invite readers to learn the way children around the world play the same games as they do in this delightful nonfiction title.
Invite readers to see what goes on behind the scenes at a school carnival! With informational text, vibrant photos and helpful charts, children are engaged from cover to cover while utilizing mathematic skills to learn the basics of planning, income, estimates, and budgeting.
The brotherly trio of George, Charles, and Edward Parker built the Parker Brothers game brand. George, the youngest, was the inventor of the bunch. His board game Banking set the company in motion in 1883. In this business biography, young readers will learn what can happen when someone rolls the dice with an idea.
Pikachu could be called the mascots of the Pokémon brand, as the short, yellow furballs are the most recognizable of hundreds of characters. This book for growing readers tracks the birth of the Japanese pocket monsters chased all around cities by Pokémon Go players.
Netflix has played a role in making binge-watching a thing. Seventy percent of its users watch television series episode after episode after episode in one sitting! This children’s book rewinds Netflix back to its beginning, when the focus was mailing DVDs, and then expands upon the company’s growth over a decade.
Since the 1980s, the My Little Pony brand has worked to spread a message of friendship and happiness to its many fans around the world. In addition to its toys and television, My Little Pony has taken its mission to the streets through campaigns such as the International Day of Friendship. This title gallops through the history and development of the cute and positive brand!
The Power Rangers are a diverse team! Throughout its history, the team has featured members from a wide variety of backgrounds. Each of the brand’s many television series and movies boost its message of teamwork and inclusion. Young readers will marvel over this popular brand’s uprising and continued success!
Since Hello Kitty first appeared on a coin purse in 1974, Sanrio has grown the brand into a worldwide phenomenon! The famous white cat character has made a name for herself by appearing on everything from pencils to airplanes. This title explores Hello Kitty’s rise to fame and what we can expect from the brand in the future.
From earliest times, the concept of "play" has been part of the human experience. And while some pastimes have gone in and out of favor over the years, some never change or lack for enthusiasts. Using poetry and prose, Judy Young relives many of the familiar games of childhood and invites young readers to join along as she plays Kick the Can, Monkey in the Middle, and Double Dutch jump rope. "The rope starts to turn and I jump with my feet As I sing out a song with the same rhythmic beat, Turn around, touch the ground, first jump slowly, then fast; How many more jumps do you think I will last?" Colorful artwork reinforces the underlying message of the importance of physical play in today's techno-driven world. In Lazy Days of Summer even "older" children will recall the welcome tang of lemonade after a rugged game of tag.Lazy Days of Summer is Judy Young's third book with Sleeping Bear Press. She also wrote the playful and popular Ris for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Judy teaches poetry writing workshops for children and educators, and lives near Springfield, Missouri. Kathy O'Malley graduated from Chicago's Columbia College and has illustrated more than 30 children's books. Her artwork can also be found on greeting cards, limited-edition collectibles, and other decorative products. Kathy lives in Glenview, Illinois.
Learn basic art techniques and interesting facts while drawing monster trucks. Perfect for illustrated reports.
In Hula Hoops, early fluent readers explore the physics behind this popular spinning toy. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they explore how a hula hoop works. An infographic explores how a hoop's weight affects its spin, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about hula hoops using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Hula Hoops also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. Hula Hoops is part of Jump!'s Early Physics Fun series.
A level 2 Amicus Reader that discusses popular turn-of-the-century toys and how toys in the early 1900s were different from toys sold today. Includes “What’s Different?” photo quiz.
Simply describes the forces of friction and other physics concepts using common toys such as bicycles and yo-yos. Includes experiments.
Inspired by memories of fantastic family birthday parties, mother-and-daughter team Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton researched the history of birthdays in order to answer such questions as, How much does where you grow up influence the way you celebrate getting a year older? Have people always celebrated birthdays? The more they investigated, the more they realized that there's a lot more to birthdays than cake, presents, a few games and perhaps a goody bag. They discovered there are as many ways to observe birthdays as there are places in which to do it.
Minecraft players have free reign of the spaces they build in, but they better stay alert during the night! Designed by Markus Persson, Minecraft has sold over 20 million computer games since 2009! Minecraft is the epitome of imagination and creativity. In this title for exploring minds, learn more about the making of Minecraft and how this game became a hit sensation.
From the start, American Girl has cared about representing diversity with its dolls. Its original young girl dolls—Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly—were introduced at a time when it was difficult to find dolls not in baby form. In this title, growing readers are likely to see dolls that look a lot like them!
According to Mattel, eight Hot Wheels are sold every second. So what is the secret behind the toy cars’ appeal? In this biography of a brand, growing readers will learn why the production of Hot Wheels has stayed strong since the cars' first release in the 1960s.
Barbie is popular enough to be recognized by her first name alone. But does Barbie have a last name? In this book, fluent readers can find the answer to that question while discovering other interesting information about Barbie. The famous doll's life story is on full display in this title.
Introduce young readers to division with this engaging title! Knowing how to use division makes planning a camping trip much easier! This book will excite readers by using practice problems, vibrant images, and helpful mathematical diagrams to improve their division and STEM skills. Meet a family of three who makes 12 smores, then divides 12 by three, giving each family member four smores! Meet five friends who have ten hot dogs, then divide ten by five, giving each friend two hot dogs! Division can help families and friends make things even on a camping trip and can help children in daily life.
Minecraft - its a game that everyone knows. Either they play it now, used to play it, or know someone who plays it. It is the kind of game that inspires worlds. Markus Persson was a quiet kid in school. He didn't play sports or go on dates, but instead spent time learning how to write computer code. His talent created one of the most popular games in history. Find out why in this story about a young man who had a brand new idea.
Young readers will relate to the children in the book playing some favorite ball games, including soccer, baseball, basketball, and golf. Repetitive text structure and close picture-to-text match help children identify such actions as kicking, catching, hitting, and shooting a ball. A simple activity asks children to identify which ball belongs to which sport.
The video game is fresh out of the packaging, but what happened before that to get that game into your hands? The Economics of a Video Game takes a fascinating look at the production process and financing of a video game. Various links in the economic chain include development of a prototype, pitching the game to a publisher for funding, development of the software by designers and programmers, testing, advertising, trade shows demonstrations, packaging, and distribution.
In this interesting title, readers learn about the process of manufacturing toys and the materials that are used. Environmental issues and working conditions are revealed, shedding new light on where todays childrens favorite toys come from. Readers will also learn about new efforts companies are making to provide their workers with fair wages and safe working conditions around the world.