What did it take to start a colony in the United States? For some, it took eating shoe leather during the harsh winter in Jamestown. These extreme conditions weren't the only challenges colonists faced as they settled in America. Explore even more about the 13 original colonies by reading this book.
Did you know the U.S. Constitution doesn't include the word democracy? Or that it took 10 long months to ratify? How about how much the clerk who handwrote the original copy of the Constitution was paid? (It was $30, by the way.) Find out all the extreme history behind one of our nation's most important documents.
Everyone knows the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. But did you know that it took until July 9th for General George Washington to get his hands on it? Explore the extreme history of our nation's birth certificate.
Abraham Lincoln wore size 14 shoes, Thomas Jefferson spoke 6 different languages, and Barack Obama converted the White House tennis courts to a basketball court. Dive into all the extreme facts you never know about the presidents of the United States in this zany book.
Over the years, U.S. presidents have lived in the President's Palace, the Executive Mansion, and the President's House. What about the White House, you may wonder? Well, it's the same building! But this iconic landmark wasn't given its current name until 1901. What else is there to learn about the White House? Read this book to find out!
One is a 100th birthday present from France, one was once the tallest building in the world, and one was sculpted in China. What are we talking about? United States monuments and memorials, of course! Discover the extreme history behind some of the nation's most iconic landmarks.
This magnificent arch rises on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. The nation’s tallest monument is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, honoring Thomas Jefferson’s vision of westward expansion. Mired in controversy in the beginning, this amazing structure is now a national treasure and symbol of the nation’s reach from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
History recognizes the leadership and voice Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought to the civil rights movement in 1960s America. A 30-foot tall statue of Dr. King gazes into the future full of hope for all humanity. His words of peace are carved in the walls of the monument as a reminder to all Americans of the power of peaceful protest. Learn all about the first national memorial to an African American.
More than just a random display of U.S. Presidents, this imposing monument honors leaders who led America’s founding, expansion, preservation, and unification. Discover the unusual story of how these faces of history ended up on a mountainside in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
From the British surrender in Yorktown to the Civil War to Woman Suffrage and the fight for Civil Rights, one powerful witness to American history played an important role. Discover the reasons why the old cracked bell in Philadelphia is still one of our nation’s most-loved symbols.
She was a gift of friendship and peace between France and the United States. “Liberty Enlightening the World” stands now as a symbol of America’s embrace of freedom and democracy. Find out why 4 million visitors each year come to see this majestic statue in New York’s harbor.
A rocky outpost near Baltimore played a bigger role in the history of the United States than anyone imagined it ever would. After America gained its freedom in 1776, the British were determined not to allow the new nation to trade with its enemy France. Discover the unique role Fort McHenry played during the War of 1812.
For millions of people, leaving home and coming to America meant giving up family and all things familiar. For more than sixty years, one site was the first place in America all new immigrants saw. Find out why Ellis Island holds such an important place in America’s history.
In the 1770s before the United States was a nation, most people lived on farms. But Williamsburg in Virginia Colony was a busy town with wide streets, grand public buildings, bustling shops, and a large Market Square. Home to 2,000 people from wealthy gentry and middle class shopkeepers to poor slaves. Find out how Williamsburg today gives us a fascinating window into America’s past.
Do you like to collect things? Many people do. Some people collect art. Others collect objects from history. Some people collect cars or toys. You can collect just about anything! There are almost as many museums as there are things to collect. Take a trip back in time and learn more about these amazing places.
When you hear the word "playground," what do you think of? Do you picture slides and swings? Do you think of climbing walls and tunnels? Or do you picture pirate ships and space to run? Over the years, playgrounds have changed in many ways. But they have always been a place where children can enjoy themselves and learn important lessons about safety and getting along with others. Discover how playgrounds came to be and how they have changed over the years.
Today's amusement parks are filled with amazing, high-tech rides. Some even take the fun to the water! Amusement parks of the past were exciting places as well. Amusement parks have been around for hundreds of years. Readers discover the history of these fun-filled places!
Millions of years ago there was a dinosaur on Earth called Brachiosaurus. One Brachiosaurus weighed as much as 17 elephants! Can you imagine how big some dinosaurs must have been? In this book, readers explore a world where dinosaurs roam. And learn fascinating facts about dinos along the way.
Pack your bags—it’s time for a trip to South Africa! This nation, the southernmost on the African continent, is full of beautiful landscapes, fun activities, and interesting traditions. In this title, readers will see it all! Leveled text supported by engaging photos introduce all that South Africa has to offer. Added features introduce landmarks, wildlife, a famous person profile, a recipe, and more. This fun title shows readers just why this nation shines!
In 2019, Saudi Arabia opened its doors to more tourists than ever before. But what will travelers find when they visit? Through leveled text and vibrant photos, readers will find information on the country’s landscape, people, traditions, and more. Along the way, special features show off popular landmarks, highlight native animals, and introduce popular foods. Readers will walk away with a new appreciation for all that Saudia Arabia has to offer!
The world’s oldest bookstore still in operation opened in 1732. It is found in Portugal! This small country on the Iberian Peninsula has much to offer, from mountains to coastlines to rolling plains. Beyond the landscape, Portugal is a vibrant country with excellent food, fun activities, and exciting traditions. In this title, young readers will see it all! Vibrant photos support leveled text, and exciting special features—a landmark graphic, a recipe, a language feature, a cultural activity, and more—highlight exciting parts of life in Portugal. Readers will walk away with a solid understanding of life in this beautiful nation!
Time for a journey to the Philippines! This tropical nation is made up of more than 7,000 islands. These beautiful islands are filled with lush rain forests, rugged mountains, and sandy coasts. In this fact-filled title, leveled text and vibrant photos introduce the country’s landscape, wildlife, traditions, day-to-day life, and more. Special features show off famous landmarks, introduce native animals, and introduce readers to delicious recipes and fun activities. Readers will soon be ready to pack their bags for a visit to the beautiful Philippines!
Petra is Jordan’s most famous place. This city carved in stone is also one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world! In this fact-filled title, readers will go on a journey to the 2,000-year-old city. Leveled text and engaging photos will introduce the history of Petra, from how and why it was built to what it’s used for today. Additional features, including a map, a timeline, a comparison graphic, and a pop culture connection, further highlight why Petra is one of the modern wonders of the world!
The parasaurolophus was a duck-billed dinosaur famous for its long crest. Scientists believe the crest made a sound like a horn! This high-interest text explores the fascinating parasaurolophus, focusing on its appearance, diet, and behavior. Leveled text highlights key points, while labeled illustrations bring them to life. Added features such as maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile further highlight the world of the parasaurolophus!
The oviraptor was a small but fierce dinosaur. It used its sharp claws to find food and fight off predators! Readers of this high-interest text will discover what made the oviraptor unique, from its tall crest and toothless beak to its favorite meals. Along the way, labeled illustrations highlight key points of the text, and special features such as maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile show off even more fascinating facts about this ferocious dinosaur!