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.
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.
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.
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.
Minecraft - it's 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.
Learn how to build snow forts with these fun activities.
Learn how to build sandcastles with these fun activities.
How are todays toys and games different from those in the past? This informative title compares the pastimes and playthings of the olden days to the modern games and toys kids love today. Simple text and engaging pictures aid students in their comparison of two different time periods.
After counting down the school days, it is finally the 100th Day of School! Readers will love learning about how this popular milestone is celebrated in the classroom. This book includes fun and challenging activities that exercise both the mind and body. Children will enjoy learning how other children around the world celebrate this event.
Complete a variety of fun science experiments with the plants in your garden.
Complete a variety of fun science experiments in your own backyard.
Complete a variety of fun science experiments using the equipment at your favorite playground.
Complete a variety of fun science experiments while enjoying fun in the sun at the beach.
Complete a variety of fun science experiments dealing with cars.
In Paper Airplanes, early fluent readers explore the physics behind this popular make-it-yourself toy. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they explore how a paper airplane works. An infographic explores the aerodynamic differences between different folds, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about paper airplanes using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Paper Airplanes also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
For many sports fans there's no such thing as too much hockey. And in I Spy with My Little Eye Hockey, young readers get double the fun. Matt Napier, author of Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet, teams up with photographer David Milne to create a visual puzzle book that challenges the deductive skills and sharp eyes of young readers. Dual look-alike photographs are filled with hockey masks, sticks, pucks, even miniature ice rinks and trading cards. But one of the scenes has been slightly altered. Can you see the changes? How many can you find? Poetic clues help young fans and seasoned veterans find the various differences between each pair of scenes. From the number of Zambonis on the ice to the sweaters hung in a locker room, hockey fans of all ages will enjoy this new way of spying the game!
For many sports fans there's no such thing as too much baseball. In I Spy with My Little Eye: Baseball, readers get double the fun. Brad Herzog (H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet) teams up with photographer David Milne to create a visual puzzle book that challenges the deductive skills and sharp eyes of young readers. Dual look-alike photographs are filled with baseballs, bats, and memorabilia. But one of the scenes in each photo pair has been slightly altered. Can you see the changes? How many can you find? Poetic clues help young fans and seasoned veterans spot the differences. From the number of trophies in the case to the jerseys hanging in a locker room, baseball fans of all ages will enjoy this new way of spying the game!
From the author of V is for Viking: A Minnesota Alphabet and North Star Numbers: A Minnesota Number Book comes yet another reason to enjoy learning about this north woods state.
Complete a variety of fun science experiments using basic gym equipment.
The books in the Hola, English! series were written for Spanish-speaking children new to English and English-speaking children whose parents or teachers want to introduce a foreign language early on. Max and Sarah Build a Snowman teaches numbers and counting within the context of the familiar hide-and-seek game.
What do you call a book that both tickles your funny bone and tests your brain? That's an easy one: Hah-Larious Riddles! Here are dozens of riddles to keep your noggin working hard!