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.
Netflix has played a role in making binge-watching a thing. Seventy percent of its users watch television series episode after episode after episode in one sitting! This children’s book rewinds Netflix back to its beginning, when the focus was mailing DVDs, and then expands upon the company’s growth over a decade.
Did you know that General Mills had to invent a special puffing gun to make Kix, Cheerios, and other breakfast cereals? This title feeds young readers background information about the Minnesota-based company that created Betty Crocker and a hunger for grocery store goodies.
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.
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.
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.
Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, and sundews are all examples of nature's insect traps. They use their sugary nectar to lure prey to them, before each carries out a unique killer plan of capture. The predatory power of the plants featured in this title will stun young students.
Did you know that stoats are hypnotists? These weasels perform wild dance moves that make rabbits freeze and stare. The stoats leap and twist, moving closer to the dazed prey, until they can pounce on their victim. This and other animal hunting traps are laid out in this book for growing readers.
Planes have emergency exits, oxygen masks, and inflatable flotation devices for a reason. Major equipment failure, an extremely severe storm, or another unexpected happening can sometimes take a plane down. This high-interest title expands on the safety demonstration that flight attendants are so famous for making.
Being stranded on a desert island is a classic survival situation of countless books, movies, and cartoons. But would you know where to find water or how make fire if it happened to you? Young readers can learn these skills and more in this high-interest title of ultimate survival.
A hurricane warning was just issued! Hurricane dangers include more than just strong winds and rain. Are you prepared? Young readers learn how to be ready for when a storm hits and stay safe through floods and other possible dangers after the all clear is called in this exciting title.
When the weather on a mountain turns quickly, an afternoon activity can turn into a matter of life or death. Don’t be caught unaware! Read about how to protect yourself from wild animals and thin air to survive until rescue groups find you in this exciting book for students.
Scientists estimate that about 500,000 detectable earthquakes shake the earth each year. But the majority of them go unnoticed, as most register at the bottom of the 8.0+ magnitude scale. In this hi-lo title, kids will learn how to react to the dangerous quakes that can be felt.
Tornadoes are the most violent storms on Earth! Their twisting winds flatten houses and uproot trees in minutes. Young readers find out how to tell if a tornado is on its way, where to go, and how to stay safe in this high-interest title.
Animals must choose carefully when picking a place to call home. If they move into the wrong neighborhood, danger can be lurking next door. In this title, young readers will tour prairie dog burrows, beaver lodges, chimpanzee nests, and other homes to learn about the importance of location.
Every fire has three ingredients: heat, fuel, and oxygen. And when these ingredients mix inside a house or in a forest, they are often a recipe for danger. This survival guide for young readers calls out the causes of fires and how to best escape the smoke and flames.