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!
Known as the “Giant of Africa,” Nigeria is bursting with culture and life! Readers of this text will learn how millions of people, hundreds of languages, and a wealth of natural resources have made this country a powerhouse in Africa and the world. Features including a language sidebar, a cultural activity, and a traditional recipe allow readers to immerse themselves in Nigerian ways of life. This fact-filled title keeps students up-to-date on one of the fastest growing countries in the world!
High in the Andes Mountains of Peru, a mysterious ruin preserves the story of the Inca people. Machu Picchu holds more than 200 ancient structures, each built with intricately carved stones that have lasted centuries! The leveled text and fascinating photos in this title introduce readers to the purpose, building, and current uses of Machu Picchu. A map, a timeline, a comparison graphic, and other special features help further highlight what makes this place a modern wonder of the world!
Iceland is one of the happiest countries in the world! When you consider the island’s beautiful landscape and fun activities, it’s easy to see why. This title introduces young readers to everything Iceland has to offer. Fact-filled text and relevant photos highlight the basics of Iceland’s geography, climate, people, traditions, and more. Added features, such as a landmark sidebar, a famous person profile, and a recipe, further support the text.
Welcome to the Czech Republic! There is much to see in this beautiful country, from the sprawling expanse of Bohemian Switzerland National Park to the cultural attractions in historic Prague. Through fact-filled text and colorful photos, this engaging title takes young readers on a journey to see it all! Readers will explore the country’s landscape, wildlife, traditions, and day-to-day life. Along the way, special features show off native animals, introduce popular foods, teach basic Czech phrases, and more. This title is sure to inspire readers to explore the world!
Nicknamed the “Gateway to South America,” Colombia is filled with beauty and color! In this text, readers will explore the nation’s landscape, people, wildlife, and much more. Interesting facts and features fill each page, including a landmark sidebar, a famous face, a cultural activity, and more. This engaging title highlights the beauty of Colombia!