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
Roll across the terrain with the most feared tank on the planet. The Abrams tank is the armored backbone of United States ground forces. Readers will learn about the technology and crew that make the M1 Abrams a perfect blend of power and speed.
China, with over one billion people, is the most populated country in the world. China's most famous tourist attraction is the Great Wall, which runs across about 5,000 miles of northern China. Rich with Chinese culture, this title explores Chinese food, holidays, and daily life. Eager readers will also get to challenge their tongues with a few common words from one of the many Chinese languages! 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.
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.
The title of Lemony Snicket’s most famous collection, A Series of Unfortunate Events, is far from a fitting description of the author’s life. Snicket has been fortunate enough to sell more than 60 million copies of his books worldwide! This life story of one zany writer will amuse curious readers.
Goosebumps and giggles. R.L. Stine’s talent is in writing books that cause these reactions. He sets out to make reading a suspenseful or laughworthy experience. In this title, young readers will follow the major plot twist of Stine’s writing career, his shift from joke books to horror stories.
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.
Did you know that a canine appears in Jumanji, The Polar Express, and other Chris Van Allsburg books? He’s a white bull terrier named Fritz. In this low-level biography, developing readers will find inspiration for using their imaginations to combine the normal and the unexpected.
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.
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.
Relatable characters are the stars of Christopher Paul Curtis works. He never wants children, especially African-American children, to struggle to connect with books. That was the challenge of his childhood. This look at Curtis’s rise to award-winning author will motivate beginning readers.
Alien robots from the planet Cybertron, Transformers characters have a fascinating backstory. They also have the special ability to alter their form for battle, morphing into weapons and machines. Advancing readers will be intrigued to learn more about how the Transformers brand has changed over the years.
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.
This introduction to Australia explores the geography and culture of this country.
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.
Mouthwatering mangoes, Bengal tigers, and a world-renown cricket team all contribute to the national pride of Bangladeshis. Similar in size to the state of New York, this young country has more than 156 million citizens. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world! In this title for students, learn more about how the people of Bangladesh live and work in a land swarming with activity.
Although notorious for its founder, Genghis Khan, the modern Mongolia has become a favorite spot for adventurous travelers. Snow-tipped mountains, river deltas that never freeze, the Gobi Desert, and nomadic peoples with large birds for pets are all part of the wondrous, high-country culture of Mongolia. Come along for the journey in this childrens book filled to the brim with adventure and knowledge.
Anchored between Costa Rica and Colombia, the small country of Panama flourishes with activity. Colorful festivals, a city rain forest full of animals, and the busy Panama Canal are big factors in Panama's healthy economy. Discover the history behind one of Latin America's most prosperous nations in this title for young readers.
Action, humor, and creative characters fill the mind of Rick Riordan. He is best known for The Lightning Thief, which follows Percy Jacksons journey in a world based on Greek mythology. Learn more about Riordan and his inspiring characters in this book for young and adventurous readers!
The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures are two award-winning books by Kate DiCamillo. As a child, DiCamillo was often sick in bed, but this allowed her imagination to flourish. Readers can follow DiCamillos journey and spark their own imaginations in this alluring book for students!
By writing about real-life topics for children in her books, Lois Lowry has touched many readers lives. A few of her most famous works include Number the Stars and The Giver. Find out more about Lowry and her stories in this book for developing readers.
Author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak is a perfect example of how creativity and hard work can produce everlasting stories. He illustrated about 80 books and is most known for his work in children's literature. Imaginative students will enjoy exploring Sendak's world in this title.
Adventurous travelers will have a blast visiting South America. Crocodiles swim along the Amazon River, and baby sea turtles waddle toward sea for their first swim near the Galapagos Islands! Pineapples, mangoes, rich coffee beans, and unique spices are just a few of the delectable treats students can learn about in this colorful title on South America.