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Surviving the Hindenburg

Larry Verstraete (author), David Geister (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410310040

On May 6, 1937, the giant German airship the Hindenburg was destroyed by fire as it attempted to land at Lakehurst Naval Base in New Jersey. Of the 93 people on board, a remarkable 62 survived, including Werner Franz, the ship's 14-year-old cabin boy. In Surviving the Hindenburg, writer Larry Verstraete recounts young Werner's story of the airship's final voyage. Through Werner's memories young readers will explore the inner workings of the giant airship, marvel at the breathtaking vistas from its observation windows, and hold their breath during Werner's terrifying escape from the fiery devastation. "My mind didn't start working again until I was on the ground," Werner said later. "Then I started running." Captured in detailed, dramatic artwork, the story of the doomed airship comes alive for readers and history buffs of all ages. Larry Verstraete's book, S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet, was named a 2011 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students by the National Science Teachers Association. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. David Geister's work has been featured in The History Channel Magazine. His books include B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Friends for Freedom

Suzanne Slade (author) Nicole Tadgell (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607346517

No one thought Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass would ever become friends. The former slave and the outspoken woman came from two different worlds. But they shared deep-seated beliefs in equality and the need to fight for it. Despite naysayers, hecklers, and even arsonists, Susan and Frederick became fast friends and worked together to change America.

Somali Heritage

Tamra Orr (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534130760

Somali Heritage in the Celebrating Diversity in My Classroom series explores the geography, languages, religions, food, and culture of Somalia in a fun age-appropriate way. Students with Somali heritage are a significant and important part of the fabric of America and this book helps foster empathy in all students and a multicultural community in the classroom. Glossary, index, and additional backmatter aids further learning.

Hedy Lamarr and Classified Communication

Virginia Loh-Hagan (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534130821

The 21st Century Junior Library Women Innovators series highlights the contributions of women to STEM fields. Hedy Lamarr and Classified Communication examines the life of this important woman and her contributions to modern technology like Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Sidebars encourage readers to engage in the material by asking deeper questions or conducting individual research. Full color photos, a glossary, and a listing of additional resources all enhance the learning experience.

Albert Einstein

Czeena Devera (author) Jeff Bane (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534130562

Albert Einstein in The My Itty-Bitty Bio series is a biography for the earliest readers. This book examines the life of Albert Einstein in a simple, age-appropriate way that will help children develop word recognition and reading skills. The series celebrates diversity, covering women and men from a range of backgrounds and professions. Includes a timeline, primary sources, glossary, and index.

Alfred Nobel

Czeena Devera (author) Jeff Bane (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534130555

Alfred Nobel in The My Itty-Bitty Bio series is a biography for the earliest readers. This book examines the life of Alfred Nobel in a simple, age-appropriate way that will help children develop word recognition and reading skills. The series celebrates diversity, covering women and men from a range of backgrounds and professions. Includes a timeline, primary sources, glossary, and index.

Alice H. Parker and the Furnace

Virginia Loh-Hagan (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534130791

The 21st Century Junior Library Women Innovators series highlights the contributions of women to STEM fields. Alice H. Parker and the Furnace examines the life of this important woman and her contributions to the modern home heating systems. Sidebars encourage readers to engage in the material by asking deeper questions or conducting individual research. Full color photos, a glossary, and a listing of additional resources all enhance the learning experience.

Davy Crockett

Emma E. Haldy (author) Jeff Bane (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781634722179

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

Cooking Then and Now

Nadia Higgins (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781641284738

In Cooking Then and Now, leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs take readers through the cultural and technological advances that affected food preparation through time. Readers will compare life in the past to life today. An infographic highlights a period in cooking and What Do You Think? sidebars and an activity encourage deeper inquiry. Cooking Then and Now also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.

Transportation Then and Now

Nadia Higgins (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781641284820

In Transportation Then and Now, leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs take readers through the cultural and technological advances that affected transportation through time. Readers will compare life in the past to life today. An infographic highlights a period in transportation and What Do You Think? sidebars and an activity encourage deeper inquiry. Transportation Then and Now also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.

Toys Then and Now

Nadia Higgins (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781641284790

In Toys Then and Now, leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs take readers through the cultural and technological advances that affected toys through time. Readers will compare life in the past to life today. An infographic highlights popular toys of different eras and What Do You Think? sidebars and an activity encourage deeper inquiry. Toys Then and Now also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.

Clothing Then and Now

Nadia Higgins (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781641284677

In Clothing Then and Now, leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs help readers to compare how clothing has changed from historical time periods to today. Readers will also learn about the cultural and technological advances that have affected clothing and style. An infographic takes a closer look at fashion in the 20s, another one explores cultural influences on clothing in the United States, and What Do You Think? sidebars encourage deeper inquiry about clothing, history, and style. An activity allows readers to further explore the creativity of fashion. Clothing Then and Now also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.

Communication Then and Now

Nadia Higgins (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781641284707

In Communication Then and Now, leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs take readers through the cultural and technological advances that affected communication through time. Readers will compare life in the past to life today. An infographic highlights a period in communication. What Do You Think? sidebars and an activity encourage deeper inquiry. Communication Then and Now also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.

Homes Then and Now

Nadia Higgins (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781641284769

In Homes Then and Now, leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs take readers through the cultural and technological advances that affected houses and homes through time. Readers will compare life in the past to life today. An infographic highlights a period in housing and What Do You Think? sidebars and an activity encourage deeper inquiry. Homes Then and Now also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.

Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith's Race to Complete Amelia Earhart's Quest

Aimee Bissonette (author) Doris Ettlinger (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126404

When she was seven years old, Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock took her first airplane ride. She decided then and there to be a pilot. Growing up, she was inspired by radio broadcasts detailing the travels of aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Joan Merriam was 15 when she took her first plane ride in 1952. She got her pilot's license before she could even drive a car. And like Jerrie, Joan too was inspired by Earhart and wanted to circle the globe, following Earhart's exact route. Years later, when both women begin to plan their dream flights, they are completely unaware of each other, and coincidentally pick the same time to depart. But when the media gets word of their plans, the stage is set for the race of a lifetime. This picture book retells the extraordinary story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world.

P is for Peach: A Georgia Alphabet

Carol Crane (author), Mark Braught (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585366200

As you travel through the Okefenokee Swamp, keep an eye out for Tiger Swallowtails and Brown Thrashers, and be sure to pick some Yellow Confederate Daisies before taking a nap under a Live Oak Tree. This is the Georgia that becomes a wondrous reality within the beautiful rhyming verses of Carol Crane and the colorful images of Mark Braught. At the same time the rhymes entertain and inform younger readers, Crane's in-depth expository text will appeal to older ones, creating a two-tiered teaching tool for educators in the Peach State and across the country.

Sailing the Unknown

Michael J. Rosen (author), Maria Cristina Pritelli (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566602440

A sailor boy named Nick travels the uncharted world of the late 1700s in this illustrated account of the historic three-year voyage of the British vessel Endeavour and its captain, James Cook.

NBA Champions: Miami Heat

Aaron Frisch (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566600903

A basic introduction to the Miami Heat professional basketball team, including its formation in 1988, great players such as Alonzo Mourning, championship, and stars of today.

Haunted Battlefields

Janice Dyer (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120526

This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind battlefields around the world that are reported to be haunted. Readers will evaluate the eyewitness accounts and historical records of ghostly soldiers and other figures that haunt the sites of war and destruction. A narrative style weaves the spooky stories and clear text lays out the debunked or unexplained occurrences.

Taj Mahal

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536857

Describes the Taj Mahal, including how and why it was built, how it was ruined and has been restored, and what it is like today.

The Bill of Rights

Kirsten Chang (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179165

After the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison realized there were no laws established to protect the rights of the people. In 1791, the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution. Beginning readers will be introduced to this important symbol of freedom through its definition, history, and examples of how people practice their rights today!

The Lincoln Memorial

Kirsten Chang (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179172

Of all the U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln stands out as a champion of change and equality. It is no surprise the Lincoln Memorial is considered a symbol of freedom. This title provides a look into the achievements of President Lincoln and why we honor his legacy today with the Lincoln Memorial!

Mount Rushmore

Kirsten Chang (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179158

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!

The Washington Monument

Kirsten Chang (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179189

Known as one of America’s greatest leaders, George Washington led an army of rebels to independence. Today, we honor his successes through the Washington Monument. Beginning readers will find informative text and features along with eye-catching photos from cover to cover in this title about the Washington Monument!

Dallas Cowboys

M. K. Osborne (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681514857

This photo-illustrated book will introduce young readers to the superstars of the Dallas Cowboys. Readers will learn about the team's history in the NFL, star players' accomplishments, and more. Includes fast facts and football words to know.