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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?

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?

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!

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?

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?

Building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490432

From design to dedication, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was engineered and built. Featuring over 58,000 Vietnam War soldiers’ names, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial draws millions of people to its reflective black granite wall each year. Elementary readers will learn why this memorial was built, the controversy over Maya Lin’s design, and how it became one of the most visited national monuments in America. A progressive timeline highlights the building sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building the Statue of Liberty

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490425

From design to dedication, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the Statue of Liberty was engineered and built. As a symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty once welcomed new immigrants to America. Today, the iron monument attracts millions of people to its island. Elementary readers will learn why France gifted the United States with a statue and how it was built in both countries. A progressive timeline highlights the construction sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building the Gateway Arch

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490418

From initial design to grand opening, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the Gateway Arch was engineered and built. As the tallest arch in the world, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is an engineering feat. Millions each year travel to the viewing deck on top using the unique tram system. Elementary readers will learn why the “gateway to the west” was built and how engineers designed and constructed it. A progressive timeline highlights the construction sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building One World Trade Center

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490401

From design to grand opening, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the One World Trade Center was engineered and built. As the tallest skyscraper in North America, One World Trade Center attracts millions of visitors to its observation deck each year. This Freedom Tower stands for hope in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Elementary readers will learn how architects designed the tower and how engineers made it one of the safest buildings ever built. A progressive timeline highlights the construction sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building the Golden Gate Bridge

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490395

From design to dedication, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the Golden Gate Bridge was engineered and built. Once the world’s longest suspension bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was an engineering triumph of its time. Elementary readers will learn how engineers designed the bridge and what obstacles construction crews faced. A progressive timeline highlights the building sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building Mount Rushmore

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490388

From blasting a mountainside to carving four presidents’ heads, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how Mount Rushmore was engineered and built. Tucked away in the South Dakota Black Hills, Mount Rushmore attracts millions of visitors each year. Elementary readers will learn about Gutzom Borglum’s idea and how it was carved from a mountain. A progressive timeline highlights the building sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building a Highway

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518749

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of the process taken to build a highway from the proposal, planning, and actual construction. A progressive visual timeline builds throughout the book. A table of contents, glossary, books and websites, and an index are included.

Building an Offshore Oil Rig

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518732

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of the process taken to build an offshore oil rig from the proposal, planning, and actual construction of the rig. A progressive visual timeline builds throughout the book. A table of contents, glossary, books and websites, and an index are included.

Building a Subway

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518725

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of the process taken to build an extension of a subway system, from the proposal, planning, tunnel digging, and construction of the train and tracks. A progressive visual timeline builds throughout the book. A table of contents, glossary, books and websites, and an index are included.

Building an Airport

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518718

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of the process taken for building an airport, from the proposal, planning, and actual construction. A table of contents, glossary, books and websites, and an index are included.

Do You Really Want to Meet Edmontosaurus?

Annette Bay Pimentel (author) Daniele Fabbri (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517926

A young child adventures back in time to 70 million years ago to meet an Edmontosaurus, learning about this dinosaur's babies, its diet, and how it stayed warm in its cold habitat. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

Do You Really Want to Meet Iguanodon?

Annette Bay Pimentel (author) Daniele Fabbri (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517933

A young child adventures back in time to 125 million years ago to meet an Iguanodon, learning about what this dinosaur ate, its size, and how it traveled in a herd. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, glossary, and further resources.

The Mighty Steam Engine

Yvonne Ng (author) Richard Smythe (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681525181

Using the rhyming poetic structure of This is the House that Jack Built, author Yvonne Ng takes young readers on a cumulative path through the inner workings of a steam engine, from the big wheels rolling on the tracks all the way to the engineer driving the train.

A Wild Cat's Shrinking Home

Mary Ellen Klukow (author) Romina Martí (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517841

A mother Canada lynx is on the hunt for snowshoe hares to feed her litter of kittens. Deforestation and construction development have pushed prey away from this lynx’s home area. How far will she have to travel to find food? This narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, notes on how to help lynxes, further resources, and a glossary.

Do You Really Want to Meet Diplodocus?

Annette Bay Pimentel (author) Daniele Fabbri (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517889

A young child adventures back in time to 150 million years ago to meet a Diplodocus, learning what sounds this dinosaur made, its size, and what it ate. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

Do You Really Want to Meet Spinosaurus?

Annette Bay Pimentel (author) Daniele Fabbri (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517896

A young child adventures back in time to 100 million years ago to meet a Spinosaurus, learning how they looked, where it lived, and how they hunted other dinosaurs for food. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

Do You Really Want to Meet Allosaurus?

Annette Bay Pimentel (author) Daniele Fabbri (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517902

A young child adventures back in time to 152 million years ago to meet an Allosaurus, learning what they ate, its size, and how even this big dinosaur sometimes got hurt. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

Do You Really Want to Meet Ankylosaurus?

Annette Bay Pimentel (author) Daniele Fabbri (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517919

A young child adventures back in time to 66 million years ago to meet an Ankylosaurus, learning about what this dinosaur looked like, its diet, and how it used its clubbed tail to stay safe. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

From Cotton to T-Shirts

Cari Meister (author) Albert Pinilla (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517766

A child wonders where t-shirts come from and learns about how cotton is harvested and made into yarn to make t-shirts. This illustrated narrative nonfiction book includes a map of where major cotton-growing areas are, a glossary, and further resources.

From Metal to Bicycles

Cari Meister (author) Albert Pinilla (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681517773

A child wonders how bicycles are made and learns about mining iron, the steel-making process, and the steps taken in a bicycle factory. This illustrated narrative nonfiction book includes a map showing where iron is mined and where steel mills are, a glossary, and further resources.