It's 1969 and Marty's family lives on the U.S. island of Guam, where his father manages the NASA tracking station. It's important work and never more so than during the Apollo 11 space mission, where the tracking station relays signals back and forth between the astronauts and Mission Control in Houston, Texas. Along with the rest of the world, Marty listens to every mission update, including the historic landing on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong's first steps. But during Apollo 11's return to Earth, something goes wrong. There is a problem with the tracking station's antenna during the final hours of the mission. The problem must be resolved--the antenna is the only way Mission Control can communicate with the astronauts before Apollo 11 splashes down. Marty finds himself playing a key role in helping bring the craft safely back to Earth. Based on actual events, young readers get a front-row seat to this historic event in this new entry in the Tales of Young Americans series.
How animals and humans get food and feed themselves is explored in this Think About title.
Learn about sound and sound waves, vibrations and how they effect pitch. The perfect book for introducing kids to sound.
Kids will learn the importance of words like: reduce, reuse, and recyle with this fact-filled book about respecting the earth. Fun facts called “Bug Bites” are presented by a silly bug that encourages kids to think about the importance of recycling aluminum, glass, and paper. Did you know that aluminum beverage containers can be recycled into new cans and put back onto the store shelves within 60 days? Or, did you know that the average home uses around 107,000 gallons of water each year? Bold, captivating illustrations and fun sound effects will keep kids learning and entertained as they listen to “Go Green!” Practical ideas are presented in a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about respecting our planet for future generations. Also, “Go Green” is a great way to celebrate “Earth Day”!
Black and white art and bursts of color will capture baby’s attention with simple pictures that encourage learning. “Meow,” Says The Kitten! is a perfect introduction for babies and toddlers to learn animal sounds and encourage early literacy and a love for reading!
Explorer Basil Bernard Barnswhitten (B.B.B.) has a list of creatures he needs to verify for an important report so he visits the Finchhaven Museum of Extraordinary Curiosities, Oddities & Improbabilities. But he finds that one of the glass exhibit cases is damaged - something appears to be missing. Or did it escape? To complete his report, B.B.B. travels around the world to track down each creature on his list, all the while asking the same three questions: Is it alive? Is it extinct? Did it ever exist? By deciphering the clues in his journal, young explorers can accompany B.B.B. as he tries to locate each mysterious creature. Finding them won't be easy; lushly detailed scenes serve not only as camouflage but also as habitats to other strange and mysterious marvels
From acclaimed U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis comes a delightful exploration of the wildlife easily found in our backyards and along the seashore. Simple rhymes and riddles are used to help the youngest of readers identify our wildlife neighbors, including birds, small mammals, and insects.
This soothing bedtime story explains how ten different marine mammals--animals that live in water but breathe air--sleep in the ocean. Based on up-to-date scientific research, the brief portraits are explained in simple, poetic language. Water Beds invites children to drift into sleep on gentle waves of imagination. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes fun facts about marine mammal adaptations, and a "Design Your Own Marine Mammal" craft.
Meet the feet that help birds eat! You can learn a lot about a bird just by looking at its feet. The size, shape, and type give you important clues about where a bird lives, how it moves, and what it eats. Discover seven birds, each with a different type of foot, including a roadrunner with strong legs and feet running across the desert to snag a lizard for lunch, a cardinal with flexible toes perching on a branch to pick berries, and a heron with long legs and toes wading through a river to search for fish. Bright, bold illustrations and simple text invite children to guess what birds will be revealed on successive pages. But look out! Predators are lurking, and they’re hungry, too! "Fun Foot Facts," food chains, bird watching tips, and more are presented in Explore More for Kids, Teachers, and Parents in the back of the book.
"Because of me the land is green. I’m why the sky is blue. All of life depends on me. I'm even part of you." Lyrical verses present water in its many colors, shapes, and forms as it follows its natural cycle through the seasons. From rain to rivers, from fog to thunderheads, from snowflakes to ocean waves - water is always changing. Along the way, water speaks for itself, connecting deeply with readers. The evocative illustrations highlight water’s many moods. "I can show you rainbows/ in mist or morning dew/ I can be a muddy flood/or a pool of aqua blue." Teachers and parents will appreciate the Explore More section in the back of the book that includes "The Science Behind the Poetry," STEM activities, water conservation tips, and more.
Elephants never forget. During a drought in Tanzania, Grandma Elephant is in search of water for her herd. Little Calf follows along and mimics her grandmother at each stop on their journey. When Grandma leads them to a watering hole she recalls from before, the elephants are overjoyed and Little Calf splashes about with her tender leader. Grandma's persistence and powerful memory is something Little Calf will never forget. Based on true events. Sandra Markle’s acclaimed nonfiction writing takes on a more lyrical style alongside Fabricio VandenBroeck’s gorgeous illustrations making this story of animal behavior accessible for younger readers. Back matter includes further information about the phenomenon of a herd of elephants that survived a drought, as well as fascinating elephant facts.
This musical mission to Mars will have young astronauts talking--and singing--about the science of space travel. Explore the science behind a trip to Mars, from launch to landing on the Red Planet. Set to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell," this jaunty journey follows five adorable, bobble-headed astronauts as they learn how to bathe in zero gravity, grow veggies in space, and entertain themselves on the six-month trip. Even the design of the book defies gravity, as text and art float free on the page, encouraging readers to turn the book sideways and upside-down. An interactive, innovative approach to interstellar fun
Whoosh...the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous, a homeless little cat scampers through - and suddenly finds herself in the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named "Molly" by the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the vegetables. Seen through Molly's eyes, the reader discovers the interplay of nature that grows wholesome food. But what will happen to Molly when winter comes? Based on a true story, Molly will touch children's hearts while introducing them to plants and the key elements of growing food organically. Standards-based science concepts and activities at the end of the book expand the message of the story.
It’s a hot summer day. The children want to eat fruit that matches their favorite color. What fruit will each child choose? Paired to the nonfiction title Need It or Want It.
The boy and girl want to play in the snow. But, they can’t decide what to do. Will they be able to find something they both enjoy? Paired to the nonfiction title Where We Live.
The girl wants to plant seeds with her mother. But the watering can has a hole in it. How will she water her seeds? Paired to the nonfiction title Fruits and Vegetables.
Jake and Lucy are at the park. They hear some hungry baby birds. Who is going to feed the birds and where is their mother? Paired to the nonfiction title What Do Birds Eat?.
It’s spring. Bobby and Amy go to the park. In the park, they see many things. Amy sees a bear, but it is a dog. And Bobby sees a bee. Can you guess where it is? Paired to the nonfiction title Bees Buzz.
Brody needs to rake the leaves but Rex keeps making a mess. Will Rex learn to stop or will Brody have to rake forever? Paired to the nonfiction title Leaves Fall.
How do you build a snowman? With some snow for a body and objects for a face, arms, and clothes. Paired to the nonfiction title What Is Snow?.
The students are making an album for their teacher. Look at all the exciting things they did in spring, summer, fall and winter. Paired to the nonfiction title What is a Season?.
Look at me. I have grown a lot. Now I can do almost everything by myself. But one thing still I can’t do alone. Can you guess what it is? Paired to the nonfiction title Your Growing Body.
Amy and Tiffany are having a picnic. However, ants keep ruining their lunch. Where can they go to eat their food? Paired to the nonfiction title Amazing Ants.
A scientific look at how clouds are formed, why there are different types, and what you can tell about a cloud by looking at it.
Hey, what’s that growing out of the top of my head? It’s my hair. Learn all about different kinds of hair and how people wear it. Everyone’s hair is different but everyone’s hair is special!