South Sudan’s recent beginnings stem from people seeking freedom and peace. As the nation grows, the values of tribal strength and independence add to the natural wonder that spans across the savannas and swamplands. Readers will explore the people, customs, land, and much more in this title about South Sudan.
The word Croatoan carved onto a post and the letters “CRO” scratched onto a tree. What do these two clues reveal about Roanoke’s missing English colonists? Interested students can sort through possible answers in this read that begins as a history lesson and ends as an unsolved mystery.
Most people in Pripyat never expected the day to come when they’d have to flee for their lives. The Soviet Union boasted about the safety of the nuclear city. But in 1986, one of the town’s nuclear reactors exploded and released deadly radiation. This title explains the Chernobyl accident for curious readers.
The wild reputation of Bodie was unmatched in the Old West. The California gold-mining town attracted a rough crowd. Bodie had gamblers, drinkers, gunslingers, and robbers all after riches. This high-interest children’s title includes a wealth of information about the gold rush that once made Bodie a “get rich” destination.
The city in the clouds, Machu Picchu, has an air of mystery surrounding it. Historians know the site belonged to the Inca Empire, but they do not know much else. In this book, reluctant readers will explore possible reasons why Machu Picchu was first built and, in time, abandoned.
Craco’s historical happenings hint at a curse. The town faced a plague, then war, then earthquakes and landslides. In the end, the natural disasters dealt the final blow, causing Craco to physically collapse. In this book, young readers will discover a medieval town that eventually lost its uphill battle for survival.
Hashima, Japan’s sea walls give it the appearance of a ship lost at sea. This look is the reason for the Battleship Island nickname. In this title, reluctant readers will also see Battleship Island as a time capsule. Pieces from the past will point to the deserted island’s coal-mining boom time.
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, started the internet company out of his garage in 1994. The company began as an online bookstore selling around one million titles. Since then, Amazon has grown into one of the largest online retailers in the world! This title for young readers highlights the history and innovations of this popular brand.
Considered the Holy Land for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Israel is a sacred place that holds a rich history. This small country is filled to the brim with diverse cultures and varied landscapes. Readers will discover all that Israel has to offer in this exciting title.
It is no wonder this island of green celebrates its nation on the greenest of all holidays, St. Patrick’s Day! Every March 17, the people of Ireland kick off a three-day celebration to honor their country and their patron saint. Ireland’s many celebrations, people, landscapes, and more are highlighted in this striking book.
Germany is famous for many things. Cars, art, and classical music are a few, but there is another shining star among them. It’s the wurst! Germany is the home of hundreds of types of sausages. This title will fulfill young readers’ hunger for Germany as it explores the culture, landscape, and much more!
For over a quarter century, Germany stood as a country divided. A huge concrete barrier known as the Berlin Wall physically divided the capital of Berlin. When the wall came down in 1989, Germany was reborn. Readers will learn what daily life is like today for the innovative and industrious people of Germany. Blastoff! Series
This super power technology company was built on a mission to create a place where engineers could freely work and achieve their potential. When post-war Japan entered a reconstruction period, Sony founder, Masaru Ibuka, sought to contribute to the new era, first making radios and other communication devices. Today, Sony produces high-tech televisions, cameras, gaming systems, and more. Find out more about Sony's fascinating history and successes in this title for active minds.
In 1908, Henry Ford changed the automobile industry with his Model T. It was simple, affordable, and revolutionary! Two years later, Ford launched a moving assembly line that transformed manufacturing. Creative designs and innovations have made the company a successful household name. Eager readers will learn about Ford's dreams and accomplishments in this inspiring title.
Take a trip to the mountains of Southeast Asia and discover the culture of Laos! This diverse country is home to many ethnic groups and more than 80 languages. Students will learn about Lao food, rare animals, and favorite traditions in this informative book.
More than a hundred years ago, Kraft started with one man's desire to make cheese accessible and long lasting. After many experiments in his kitchen, James L. Kraft came up with processed cheese by 1916. This innovation was the first of many successes! Today, Kraft is known for its cheese Singles, Macaroni & Cheese, and many more recognized items. Kraft will inspire hungry readers with its growing product line and powerhouse partnerships.
Each year, thousands of animals thunder across Tanzania’s vast Serengeti Plain during their migration. Nearby, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world towers over the country. Discover what other wonders this East African nation holds in this fact-filled title for students.
From the start, American Girl has cared about representing diversity with its dolls. Its original young girl dolls—Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly—were introduced at a time when it was difficult to find dolls not in baby form. In this title, growing readers are likely to see dolls that look a lot like them!
As the “Queen of Dairy”, DQ captures the hearts and bellies of ice cream lovers worldwide. Dairy Queen began by selling soft serve ice cream cones with a curl on top. Soon, malts, shakes, banana splits, and more treats were added to the menu. Today, DQ has more than 6,000 stores that offer a variety of items, from thick Blizzards to crispy Chicken Strip Baskets. Readers will enjoy learning about Dairy Queen's history in this flavorful title for eager minds.
On the grassy Pampas of Uruguay, gauchos carry on a history of the South American cowboy. But these rugged ranchers are just one part of the country’s rich culture. In this title, young learners can read about the people, animals, and daily life of this small yet proud nation.
As the company who brought you Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, and other loved shows, Nickelodeon has earned its rank as one of the top-rated cable networks in history. Originally called Pinwheel, this entertainment business has come a long way from dumping green slime on show contestants to earning an Academy Award for Rango, a feature film. Young readers will channel their minds to discovering more about Nickelodeon in this fun title.
The United Arab Emirates is a country of achievements. The world's largest skyscraper, busiest international airport, and most robust set of manmade islands make the UAE a popular travel and business destination. Beyond such feats, ethnic diversity abounds in the UAE, with citizens of Asian, Indian, Iranian, Arab, and Western descent. Learn why so many have come to call the United Arab Emirates home in this fascinating read for curious students.
In medieval times, knights could dominate any battlefield. Armed with swords, shields, spears, and lances, they rode their horses into battle and struck fear into their enemies. Readers will discover the tactics, weapons, and tools of knight warfare and why knights remain some of historys greatest warriors.
Wealthy ancient Romans got their kicks at the arena, where convicted criminals, slaves, and prisoners of war were pitted against each other in physical combat. The contenders were called gladiators, and they fought until they found relief in victory, mercy, or death. Readers will be fascinated by the gladiators life in training and battle.
Avast, me hearty, or yell be walkin the plank! or so wed like to think. Pirates had a host of punishments for their unlucky captives, but walking the plank is likely just a myth. Learn what high-sea hijinks brought pirates a deadly reputation unless ye be too lily livered!