Switzerland is a country of many faces! People from all over the world make this neutral land home. Even though it has four official languages and a diverse population, Switzerland’s culture has deep roots and memorable customs. Yodel from the top of the Alps and dip into cheese-filled fondue pots while turning the pages of this Country Profiles title!
Nestled within the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic is one of two countries on the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic’s Spanish and African roots have come together to create a nation of rich culture and unique beauty. Explore exotic wildlife, some of the Americas’ oldest landmarks, and so much more in this title highlighting the Dominican Republic.
Vibrant colors, lively music, and welcoming smiles fill the streets of the beautiful country of Cuba. Despite a history of economic hardships, the people of Cuba have created a nation dedicated to warmth and culture. Young readers can explore the country few citizens of the United States have been able to visit in this lively title.
Full of history and peppered with paprika, Hungary is home to rich culture and delicious food. Although it shares similarities with its central European neighbors, Hungary’s unique language and traditions set it apart from the rest. Find out what makes this country so memorable in this title for eager learners.
Located in the heart of central Europe, this small country is perhaps best known for the views of the scenic Alps. In addition to its natural beauty, Austria has been a hub for European culture since the days of the Roman Empire. Find out more about the Austrian way of life in this title for young students.
The mention of Egypt immediately stirs up images of towering pyramids and powerful pharaohs, but there is so much more to discover! As young readers immerse themselves in this title, they will find a diverse land of deserts and fertile river plains, nomads and city-goers, and differing cultural norms and practices all while marveling over beautiful images of the people and landscape.
With two official languages and many different ethnic groups, Afghanistan is a diverse country with a rich and ancient history. Delicious food, thrilling sports, and festive celebrations are hallmarks of Afghani life, despite decades of war. This title introduces young readers to modern-day life and culture in this complex nation.
Lying along the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea is the hidden gem of Croatia. From its craggy coast and cascading waterfalls to its delicate lace-making and fast-paced kolo dance, this country is full of natural and cultural beauty. Learn how Croatia’s varied history has shaped it into the independent nation it is today in this title for eager students.
Nearly fifty years ago, Reyn Guyer created the original Nerf ball. The lightweight toy appealed to many because it couldn't cause any damage! Since then, Nerf has blasted its way to becoming one of Hasbros top brands. Learn more about the evolution of Nerf in this fun book for active minds.
Plows in the 1830s were not suitable for sticky sod, so John Deere invented a smooth, steel plow that worked for many farmers. He continued to press on by creating his own company and building a brand that is well-known today. In this title, young readers can discover more about this inspiring innovator and his company.
Google's name today, originally googol, was a spelling mistake, but the company's worldwide success is no error. Through the development of Googles search engine and other online tools, founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have come a long way since their time at Stanford University. Explore more about Google's founders and innovations in this title for growing readers.
One of the easternmost countries in Africa, Somalia is called a nation of poets. Although Somalia did not have an official alphabet until 1972, spoken poetry has been around for centuries. In this title for young readers, learn about the storied past of a country working to overcome war.
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Covered in thick forests, this tropical country was a part of the Spanish Empire for around 300 years. Become introduced to Nicaraguans and their way of life in this elementary title for young students.
After decades of war, South Sudan became an independent country in 2011. Though its people face struggles as they build their new nation, they do have reason for national pride. Their country contains Bandingilo National Park, which hosts one of the largest annual animal migrations. This title describes the birth of South Sudan and its efforts to create a national identity.
Afghanistan borders seven different countries and is a connection point for East, South, West, and Central Asia. It has long been a center of trade and culture, with many different civilizations throughout history calling it home. In this title, students will read about Afghanistan’s wildlife, landscape, culture, and more.
Taiwan is a tropical island east of China that experiences frequent, powerful earthquakes. Tremors do not stand in the way of the many high-tech innovations the Taiwanese produce and share with the world. This title will teach young readers about Taiwan’s history and what life is like today.
Ukrainians have mastered the art of designing Easter eggs, called pysanky. People around the world try to replicate the fine details and colors of Ukrainian eggs. When not using food in artful ways, Ukrainians take pride in memorizing recipes and preparing meals from scratch. Young readers will learn more about life in Ukraine in this informative title.
Namaste is the most common greeting in Nepal. It means, “The spirit within me recognizes and honors the spirit within you.” Nepalese are spiritual people who believe in fate, or karma. Young readers will be fascinated by this country’s history, traditions, and daily life.
Malaysia is an Asian country divided into two regions—East Malaysia and West Malaysia—separated by the South China Sea. Malaysian families and communities often come together to fly kites. The country even hosts kite-flying festivals! This title for young readers reveals Malaysia’s recreational activities, cuisine, and more.
Finland is covered in forests and boasts nearly 200,000 lakes! Finns value equality. It was the first country in Europe to grant voting rights to women. Young readers will love learning about this country where people regularly rest in heated saunas and the sun does not set for two months in the summer.
New Zealanders love to play, and their country is their playground. This South Pacific island comes equipped with snowy mountains for skiing, swift rivers for rafting, and deep valleys for bungee jumping. Adventure waits in this introduction to life in New Zealand.
From the central mountains and valleys to the rain forests of La Mosquitia, Honduras is a land of natural beauty. Not every wonder in the country is nature-made, however. The Copán Ruins in western Honduras are relics of Mayan artistry and a reflection of the beauty to be found in the people, lands, and customs of Honduras.
Lush landscapes may be scarce in Saudi Arabia, but oil and sacred sites are not. Oil has made Saudi Arabia one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and the cities of Mecca and Medina regularly draw faithful Muslims. Travel to a country rich in natural resources and religious devotion in this engaging title.
Comanche warriors were skilled horsemen who used speed and skill to execute raids in the 18th and 19th centuries. Pioneers feared them, and the United States Army did not want to fight them. Students will read about the history of these Native American warriors, the reasons they fought, and what led to their decline.
Sticking out into the Mediterranean Sea, Italy has some of the nicest weather in Europe. It is famous for its art, architecture, and cuisine. Readers will discover the physical geography of Italy through descriptions of the landscape, waters, and coasts. They will also learn about the cultural geography of Italy, reading about Italian schools, businesses, and communities.