Energy makes our world move! Heat, motion, electricity, and food are just a few ways kinetic and potential energy impact our daily lives. In this fact-filled book, students will learn the basics of what energy is and how it works.
What keeps us from floating away? Earth’s gravity! This invisible force keeps our feet on the ground and the moon in our sky. This title introduces young students to the awesome power of gravity, on our planet and in the black holes in galaxies far away.
Electricity powers light bulbs, televisions, refrigerators – even cars! Teeny-tiny electrons keep our big world running. In this title, early readers will explore the science behind electric currents, conductors, insulators, static electricity, and more.
Uh-oh, the car won’t start. Better call a mechanic! Mechanics test, care for, and repair the machines that keep our world running. This informative title helps readers understand the busy world of these community helpers.
With a top speed of 183 miles per hour, the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 motorcycle is one impressive speed machine! But not all motorcycles are designed for speed. Some are made for cruising the country. Others go off road! This title allows young readers to explore the enticing world of motorcycles.
Reaching speeds of up to 12 miles per hour, mambas are considered the world's fastest snakes. Readers will see what mambas look like, where they call home, and why they are one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Blastoff! Series
Grasshoppers use their back legs to jump high into the air! They often travel in swarms that can easily eat an entire field of plants. Hop into this introduction and learn all about grasshoppers. Blastoff! Series
Coral snakes have bright colors to warn predators that they are poisonous. Young learners will find out how these small snakes look, where they live, and how they hide from predators and sneak up on prey. Blastoff! Series
Shetland Sheepdogs were first used to herd animals on farms in the Shetland Islands. Today, these dogs make great guard dogs, therapy dogs, and companion dogs. Students will learn about the many roles of Shetland Sheepdogs. Blastoff! Series
There’s much more to our ears than meets the eye! The human ear contains a chain of important links that work together to help us hear the world around us. From the ear’s tiny bones to its fluid-filled cochlea, each part is important. In this title, young readers will learn about the small wonders inside the human ear.
Manatees are true gentle giants. Though many weigh more than 1,000 pounds, they do not use their size to overpower other sea creatures. They spend a lot of their time peacefully eating underwater grasses. Young students will close this title understanding how the manatee earned its “sea cow” nickname.
Once the favored royal companions of King Charles, Cavalier King Charles spaniels continue to charm everyone they meet! These sweet dogs love to pass the time cuddling with their human friends. Readers can snuggle up and learn about these playful companions in this beginning title.
Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor. Though space machines, NASA’s shuttles were all named after famous ships. This low-level title fuels reading interest for the most reluctant students by presenting an assortment of fun facts about the shuttles that took astronauts on famous space adventures.
It was an Earth satellite that started the space race between Russia and the United States. Russia sent Sputnik 1 into space in 1957, and the U.S. responded with Explorer 1 in 1958. In this high-interest title, reluctant readers will learn all about the machines that first signaled the space age.
Exploring the universe greatly depends on space robots. They go where astronauts cannot go and survive where astronauts cannot survive. Food, water, sleep, and oxygen are not required for them to function, and radiation exposure is not a concern. Young readers curious about space will gravitate toward this high-interest title.
The Hubble Space Telescope is a lens for discovering the hidden secrets of outer space. The tool has zoomed in on unknown galaxies! This book gives young readers a close-up of the Hubble Space Telescope, showing off its mirrors, cameras, solar panels, and more.
Explorers of the fourth planet from the sun, Mars rovers collect rock and soil samples with their robotic arms. They also snap pictures of the Red Planet. Curious young readers can wander around with rovers in this book to look for signs of life on Mars.
Did you know that more than 70 probes have been sent to the moon in the past 50 years? Their missions have included orbiting the moon to take pictures and gathering samples of moon material. This children’s title maps the probe-driven progress on making the moon a base for space exploration.
Robonauts have been built to be substitutes for astronauts. They are made to look and move much like humans so they can take over time-consuming or dangerous space work. This high-interest book lays out the similarities and differences between astronauts and their high-tech doppelgangers.
The largest space machine to ever orbit Earth is the International Space Station. It is essentially a giant science lab for astronauts. Interested young readers are invited to enter the International Space Station in this title and defy gravity like the astronauts inside.
General Motors brought the first factory robot to life in 1961. The 4,000-pound assembly-line robot was named Unimate. It proved it could build cars twice as fast as humans could! In this children’s tech title, the behind-the-scenes robots that make factory work fly get much-deserved attention.
Soldiers regularly put themselves in harm’s way to promote peace and protect freedom. This means they have great appreciation for their robotic stand-ins— PackBots. The remote-controlled robots especially save the day when they find hidden bombs! This book puts kids on a reading mission to discover how robots serve the military.
The MQ-1 Predator drone served the U.S. military well for over two decades. The flying robot’s early missions were surveillance and reconnaissance. But in time, the drone became armed with Hellfire missiles for attack missions. This STEM-aligned title shows interested readers robots that don’t stay grounded.
A wasp might sting you, but you can’t say you weren’t warned! Wasps have bright colors to caution that they do have a dangerous side. This insect introduction makes it safe for beginning readers to get up close to wasps and enter their world.
Ladybugs are pest control workers in bright, polka-dotted uniforms. These little exterminators take care of aphids and other insect menaces for farmers by eating them up! This bug profile shows kids that ladybugs are more than just beautiful beetles—they are insects with purpose.