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Computers from Then to Now

Angie Smibert (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490456

Computer technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of computing for elementary students. Back in the 1950s, computers were only for employees of the government and universities. They were way too expensive for the average person. In 1975, the Altair 8800 kit made them affordable. It also inspired a guy named Steve Wozniak to start Apple Computers with his friend Steve Jobs. Then came mice, GUIs, MacIntosh versus PC, and the World Wide Web. In the 2000s, computers got into cell phones and now everyone carries a computer in their pocket. Where will artificial intelligence take computers in the future?

Movies from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490463

The history of movie technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource for elementary students. It took 50 years from the invention of photographs to the magical motion of movies. In the 1890s, Thomas Edison’s company decided to make a camera that could take a bunch of pictures really fast. Next came silent films, talkies, and Technicolor. New technology gave us widescreens, 3-D, IMAX, and, finally, the digital revolution. How will virtual reality change movie-going in the future?

Phones from Then to Now

Angie Smibert (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490470

Telephone technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of landlines and cell phones for elementary students. Once upon a time, no one carried a phone around. Phones plugged into a wall and you could only move as far as the cord let you. And it basically stayed that way for 100 years! When we finally got cordless phones, you still had to stay in your house to call. The first mobile phones weighed 80 pounds and had to be carried around in a car—hence the term car phone. The dawn of the cell phone was the 1980s with the Motorola Dynatec. Phones changed forever. Now we have smart phones in our pockets!

Photography from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490487

The technology of taking pictures is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of photography for elementary students. So much science went into that selfie! First, people had to figure out how light even worked. Then, a French guy smeared sticky black stuff on a silver plate and the black stuff hardened in sunlight. And we had our first picture. (It was not a selfie.) People tried new chemicals and lenses and film to take better, faster pictures. Then came the digital revolution. Cameras got into cellphones and now there are SO many selfies. Will 3-D bring our photos right into reality?

Video Games from Then to Now

Angie Smibert (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490494

Video game technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of video games for elementary students. The saga of video games is rife with epic quests, thievery, and competition. It took Ralph Baer about 15 years to complete his quest to play video games on home TVs, finally selling the first gaming console. Then Atari stole his table tennis game and made Pong and arcade history. Shortly after, Atari would also ignite the console wars with its Atari 2600. From Spacewar! to Mario Bros. to Fortnite, gaming has gone from geek to mainstream, with top Esports winners taking home millions of dollars. With virtual reality, where will gaming go next?

Airplanes from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490449

The technological history of airplanes is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource for elementary students. Bird envy drove aviation history. We studied bird wings to understand flight and made gliders. Then the Wright Brothers said, “Let’s add an engine!” and we left birds in the dust. Since then, we’ve flown faster, better, and bigger. What will happen next? Can Boeing or Airbus bring us hypersonic passenger jets? Would you ride in a self-flying taxi drone?

Team Sports at the Paralympics

Matt Bowers (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518701

A photo-illustrated book for elementary readers about Paralympic football, sitting volleyball, and goalball events. Includes descriptions of each of these men's and women's team sports. Readers will be introduced to some rules and how they may differ from their Olympic counterpart. Includes Q&A features, table of contents, photo captions, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Individual Sports at the Paralympics

Matt Bowers (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518695

A photo-illustrated book for elementary readers about Paralympic athletics, cycling, archery, and triathlon events. Includes descriptions of each of these men's and women's individual sports. Readers will be introduced to some rules and how they differ from their Olympic counterpart. Includes Q&A features, table of contents, photo captions, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Water Sports at the Paralympics

Matt Bowers (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518688

A photo-illustrated book for elementary readers about Paralympic swimming, canoe, and rowing events. Includes descriptions of each of these men's and women's water sports. Readers will be introduced to some rules and how they differ from their Olympic counterpart. Includes Q&A features, table of contents, photo captions, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Wheelchair Sports at the Paralympics

Matt Bowers (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518671

A photo-illustrated book for elementary readers about Paralympic basketball, tennis, rugby, and fencing events. Includes descriptions of each of these men's and women's wheelchair sports. Readers will be introduced to some rules and how they differ from their Olympic counterpart. Includes Q&A features, table of contents, photo captions, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Volleyball

M. K. Osborne (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518664

This updated book for elementary readers presents information about the history and rules of volleyball at the Olympics, including indoor and beach volleyball. Includes a table of contents, Q&A feature, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Track and Field

M. K. Osborne (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518657

This updated book for elementary readers presents information about the track and field events featured at the Olympics, including running, jumping, and throwing events. Includes a table of contents, Q&A feature, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Swimming and Diving

M. K. Osborne (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518640

This updated book for elementary readers presents information about the rules and types of swimming and diving events featured at the Olympics, including swimming races, diving, and artistic swimming (formerly synchronized swimming). Includes a table of contents, Q&A feature, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Gymnastics

M. K. Osborne (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518633

This updated book for elementary readers presents information about the history and rules of gymnastics featured at the Olympics, including artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline. Includes a table of contents, Q&A feature, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Combat Sports

M. K. Osborne (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518626

This updated book for elementary readers presents information about the rules and types of combat sports featured at the Olympics, including wrestling, boxing, tae kwon do, judo, fencing, and karate. Includes a table of contents, Q&A feature, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Basketball

M. K. Osborne (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518619

This updated book for elementary readers presents information about the history and rules of basketball at the Olympics. Includes a table of contents, Q&A feature, glossary, books and websites, and index.

Automobiles from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517643

This book for elementary readers highlights the changes in automobiles from the first steam-powered cart to today’s driverless cars. Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important developments in technology that brought ideas to real-life. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

Navigation from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517650

This book for elementary readers highlights how maps and technology have changed the way people find their way from place to place. Full-color photos and a running timeline help show how changes in ways we travel and new technology have carried us from using to stars to today’s GPS turn-by-turn directions. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

Wireless Technology from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517667

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of how wireless technologies have brought us from the first Morse code radio transmission to today’s “Internet of Things.” Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important inventions that have changed the way we use radio waves, from Bluetooth connections to cell phones. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

Robots from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517674

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of how robots have changed from early automatons to today’s autonomous delivery drones. Full-color photos and a running timeline illustrate important robotic breakthroughs. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

Toilets from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517681

This book for elementary readers describes the sequence of inventions that brought us from outdoor cesspits to today’s smart toilets, complete with customized user settings. Engaging photos and a running timeline illustrate important ideas and inventions that have changed the way we dispose of our waste. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

Space Travel from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517698

This book for elementary readers highlights the evolution of space travel, from the very first satellite to today’s plans to send people to Mars. Engaging photos and a running timeline highlight important space travel missions through history, including the Apollo missions, the space shuttle program, and the International Space Station. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

Writing the Declaration of Independence

Matt Bowers (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517551

This book for elementary readers highlights the sequence of events from idea to implementation. Engaging photographs and a timeline support each step in the process, from British rule through the Boston Tea Party, early Revolutionary War and declaring independence. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

Writing the U.S. Constitution

Matt Bowers (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517575

This book for elementary readers highlights the sequence of events from idea to implementation. Engaging photographs and a timeline support each step in the process, from the Articles of Confederation through ratifying the Constitution and the importance it still holds today. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

12 Things to Know about the Bronze Age

Meg Marquardt (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820482

The Bronze Age was a time of growth. Chapters cover how people used bronze to make tools and weapons, how empires grew in Mesopotamia and China, how writing appeared in several cultures, how complex social structures gave rise to rules and laws, and how religion, science, and medicine all grew. Then the Bronze Age collapsed, and researchers still don’t know exactly what happened. Each chapter includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go deeper, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. A Timeline of the Bronze Age gives a big-picture view of the era.