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Great Technology Fails

Barbara Krasner (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541583412

Technology is constantly changing the world we live in. But new tech doesn't always catch on right away, or even work like it's supposed to. In fact, the history of technology is filled with failures and mistakes—from computer bugs to an early version of the video phone. Discover how even successful tech companies, like Apple and Google, made major missteps along the way and learned from their mistakes.

Moon Landing

Joe Dunn (author) Joseph Wight (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781602704275

Moon, 1969. After World War II, tensions were high between the United States and the Soviet Union. Thus began the Cold War, and the battle to be the first to explore space. U.S. and Soviet astronauts were sent on several missions, but on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew won the race. Take a giant step to the moon in this stunning graphic novel. Diagrams, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles an exciting addition to classroom discussion.

I'm going to be a Paleontologist

Saranne Taylor (author) Yuliya Somina (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781913688943

A science career puts you at the cutting edge of innovations that can change the world, and in the STEM fields of science, the demand for science professionals is exploding. The Careers in STEM series covers exciting and rewarding jobs in the fields of physics, biology, engineering, aerospace and math. Bright and stimulating, packed with information and career advice.

The Boo-Boos that Changed the World

Barry Wittenstein (author) Chris Hsu (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897457

Did you know Band-Aids were invented by accident?! And that they weren't mass-produced until the Boy Scouts gave their seal of approval? 1920s cotton buyer Earle Dickson worked for Johnson & Johnson and had a klutzy wife who often cut herself. The son of a doctor, Earle set out to create an easier way for her to bandage her injuries. Band-Aids were born, but Earle's bosses at the pharmaceutical giant weren't convinced, and it wasn't until the Boy Scouts of America tested Earle's prototype that this ubiquitous household staple was made available to the public. Soon Band-Aids were selling like hotcakes, and the rest is boo-boo history.

Action! Explore

Gerry Bailey, Felicia Law (author), Iralu (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781910828458

The book examines the ways we move across our planet on land, on and in the water, in the air, and in space. And it looks at the science that lets us! A combination of action photography and both factual and cartoon illustrations,bring this STEM-based project alive.

Action! Long Ago

Gerry Bailey, Felicia Law (author), Iralu (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781910828434

The book examines the ways we move across our planet on land, on and in the water, in the air, and in space. And it looks at the science that lets us! A combination of action photography and both factual and cartoon illustrations,bring this STEM-based project alive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

12 Stories about Helping Animals

Patricia Hutchison (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820260

Warriors in Kenya are saving elephants. A teenager in Pennsylvania is donating oxygen masks for pets to fire departments. The World Wildlife Fund is working in more than 100 countries to protect species from extinction. This book features 12 stories about making a difference for animals around the world. Each chapter includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. A Ways You Can Help page offers suggestions anyone can try.

12 Stories about Helping after a Disaster

Patricia Hutchison (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820291

When earthquakes rocked Mexico in 2017, UNICEF brought drinking water and blankets. They also got children back to school. When wildfires raced through California in 2018, an MLB player and his teammates raised money for fire victims. Soon after Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, an 11-year-old Florida boy designed a better sandbag. This book features 12 stories about making a difference when disaster strikes. Each chapter includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. A Ways You Can Help page offers suggestions anyone can try.

12 Suspenseful Mysteries

Samantha S. Bell (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820253

What happened to Amelia Earhart? Was there really an ancient city called Atlantis? What caused the fire in the sky over Siberia in 1908? This book features 12 puzzling mysteries, some centuries old, that remain unsolved. Yet people today still wonder about them and try to find answers. Each story includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-stories encourage further exploration.

12 Impossible Daredevil Stunts

Samantha S. Bell (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820246

Harry Houdini escaped from handcuffs, straightjackets, jails, and boxes, sometimes while underwater. Willie Harris broke barriers for black stuntmen. Kitty O’Neil reached 618 miles per hour in a rocket car. This book features 12 thrilling stories about people who braved injury and worse to do impossible things. Each includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-stories encourage further exploration.

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?

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?

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!

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?

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?

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?

Great Wall of China

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536826

Describes the Great Wall of China, including how and why it was built, the dynasties behind its construction, what it was used for, and what it’s like today.

Machu Picchu

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536833

Describes the mystery of Machu Picchu, including how and why it was built, the emperor who lived there, why it was abandoned, and what the ruin is like today.

Stonehenge

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536840

Describes the mysteries behind Stonehenge, including how and why it was built, the people who built it, and what the ruins are like today.