Most people in Pripyat never expected the day to come when they’d have to flee for their lives. The Soviet Union boasted about the safety of the nuclear city. But in 1986, one of the town’s nuclear reactors exploded and released deadly radiation. This title explains the Chernobyl accident for curious readers.
The wild reputation of Bodie was unmatched in the Old West. The California gold-mining town attracted a rough crowd. Bodie had gamblers, drinkers, gunslingers, and robbers all after riches. This high-interest children’s title includes a wealth of information about the gold rush that once made Bodie a “get rich” destination.
The city in the clouds, Machu Picchu, has an air of mystery surrounding it. Historians know the site belonged to the Inca Empire, but they do not know much else. In this book, reluctant readers will explore possible reasons why Machu Picchu was first built and, in time, abandoned.
Craco’s historical happenings hint at a curse. The town faced a plague, then war, then earthquakes and landslides. In the end, the natural disasters dealt the final blow, causing Craco to physically collapse. In this book, young readers will discover a medieval town that eventually lost its uphill battle for survival.
Hashima, Japan’s sea walls give it the appearance of a ship lost at sea. This look is the reason for the Battleship Island nickname. In this title, reluctant readers will also see Battleship Island as a time capsule. Pieces from the past will point to the deserted island’s coal-mining boom time.
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.
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.
Every saga has a beginning. This marketing tagline for Star Wars: Episode I— The Phantom Menace could also be the tagline for this biography of the Stars Wars brand. Young readers will travel back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
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.
Did you know that General Mills had to invent a special puffing gun to make Kix, Cheerios, and other breakfast cereals? This title feeds young readers background information about the Minnesota-based company that created Betty Crocker and a hunger for grocery store goodies.
It’s rare to find a passionate sports fan without an ESPN subscription. ESPN is one of the top sports coverage suppliers in the world! It gives special access for viewing college sports, professional sports, esports, and more. In this company biography, young sports fans will follow the development of one sports announcer’s dream.
A groundhog named Phil is possibly the most sought-after meteorologist on February 2nd. Many people wait for his forecast to know how long winter might last. If he sees his shadow, the season will likely drag on for six more weeks. This title introduces beginning readers to an unusual weather-prediction tradition.
For kids, Halloween is all about the fun of pretending to be someone or something else. Many dress up like a funny character, scary creature, or famous person. Then they parade themselves door-to-door to fill bags of candy. This book gathers the basic facts about Halloween for young readers to enjoy!
Day of the Dead sounds like it should have a morbid, depressing tone. But the Latin American holiday is really focused on love and remembrance. Yes, people gather in cemeteries, but for dancing and decorating graves! This book shows kids a holiday that honors the lives of lost loved ones.
This holiday is a salute to the men and women who have served in the United States military, both in times of war and times of peace. It is a day to express thanks for their willingness to wear the uniform. Through this book, kids will deepen their respect for and understanding of the armed forces.
Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is a national holiday that celebrates the land of the free and the home of the brave. It marks the 1776 signing of America’s Declaration of Independence. This children’s title on the occasion explodes with red, white, and blue patriotism on each page!
The name of this Mexican holiday gives away the date it is always celebrated. Cinco de Mayo means “fifth of May” in Spanish. This title gives young readers a history lesson about the Battle of Puebla, the fight the holiday honors, while also showing off festive Cinco de Mayo gatherings.
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!
Wayne Gretzky’s skills on the ice are known by hockey fans all around the world. The NHL player scored 894 goals during his career! While Gretzky may be the most famous hockey player, many others have claimed records in this fast-paced sport. This thrilling book features incredible hockey records that are sure to impress and inspire fans of the sport!
The World Cup is soccer’s greatest event. And no country has been more successful at it than Brazil. The team has won a record five World Cup titles since the event started in 1930. From most goals scored to number of championships, the soccer records offered in this title are sure to impress!
Usain Bolt sprints past the competition at the 2012 Olympic Games. As he crosses the finish line, the world’s fastest human sets a new Olympic record! Bolt’s accomplishment is one of many incredible athletic feats highlighted in this informative book about Olympic records.
Swish! Stephen Curry has just made a record-breaking 3-point shot. This moment cements his place as a basketball legend! Unbelievable basketball records are on display in this exciting title for young readers. The book explores favorite teams and players who dribbled their way into stardom by scoring points, making passes, and more!
Crack! The bat hits the baseball, and a new record has been set. Joe Dimaggio's record hitting streak--56 games in a row with a hit--has yet to be beat. It is one of the many baseball records highlighted in this fact-filled title that will excite and inspire fans of America’s pastime!
Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a day of cards and candy. But this holiday has an ancient history! Readers of this heart-filled title will follow the holiday’s history through the centuries to learn about the day’s beginnings, traditions, and more.
For over a quarter century, Germany stood as a country divided. A huge concrete barrier known as the Berlin Wall physically divided the capital of Berlin. When the wall came down in 1989, Germany was reborn. Readers will learn what daily life is like today for the innovative and industrious people of Germany. Blastoff! Series