Imagine a street filled with horses and buggies, or the skies without airplanes! You might not realize that, before vehicles, it used to take days—even weeks—to visit friends or family! This title looks at major innovations in transportation over the years, and the ingenious inventors, scientists, and engineers who made them. With a little inventive thinking, what might you create to help us change the way we travel?
Engineers design tunnels to help solve transportation challenges for people everywhere. Young readers will learn about the steps in the engineering design process and see what shapes and materials are used in construction to make tunnels stable. A link to interactive activities online plus an activity in the book allow readers to create tunnels that can withstand weight, weather, water, and natural disasters!
Perhaps no two people in history exemplify the spirit of invention better than brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Born in the Midwest in the late 1800s, Orville was exceptionally good at creating mechanical devices, and Wilbur had a genius for ideas. The turn of the 20th century came during an age of invention and technological development. Inspired by a fierce worldwide competition to be the first to invent a machine that could fly and be controlled by a pilot, the Wright brothers tested and refined several prototypes. At last, on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they achieved their pioneering flight. The brothers went on to develop machines and controls that made possible powered, fixed-wing flights and laid the foundation for pilot-controlled aviation as we know it today. They also founded the Wright Company, which built airplanes for the rising new industry of commercial aviation. Had Wilbur not died at the early age of 45, who knows what else the innovative pair might have accomplished.
Engineers design bridges to help solve the challenges of barriers that block the movement of people. Young readers will learn about the steps in the engineering design process and see how different types of bridges suit different types of obstacles. They will also discover what materials are used in construction to make bridges stable. A link to interactive activities online plus an activity in the book allow readers to create bridges that stand up to the forces of extreme weather and natural disasters.
In this nonfiction joyride, Bertha Benz and her sons drive across Germany in the world's first automobile. It's 1888 and Bertha Benz's husband, Karl, has invented the prototype Benz motorwagen. But the German government declares the vehicle illegal, and the church calls it the devil's work. Unbeknownst to her husband, Bertha steals away with her two sons and drives nearly one hundred miles to prove just how amazing the motorwagen is. Bertha's mechanical savvy gets the boys to Grandma's house safely, and the remarkable mother/son road trip reduces global concern about moving vehicles.
Vibrant photos, exciting details, and historical context bring one of the hottest sports cars, the Jaguar F-TYPE, to life for readers of all ages.
Vibrant photos, exciting details, and historical context bring one of the hottest sports cars, the Maserati Gran Turismo, to life for readers of all ages.
Vibrant photos, exciting details, and historical context bring one of the hottest sports cars, the Mercedes AMG GT, to life for readers of all ages.
Vibrant photos, exciting details, and historical context bring one of the hottest sports cars, the BMW M4, to life for readers of all ages.
Did you know that a monster truck weighs as much as an elephant? These powerful trucks wow with mind-boggling jumps and stunts. Fans of these awesome vehicles will love digging into their history, parts, and competitions. This title will keep reluctant readers on the edge of their seats!
In competitions filled with flipping freestylers or speedy racers, motocross cycles put on a thrilling show. Readers will get an insider’s look at the history, parts, and competitions of motocross cycles in this fun book aimed at striving readers.
Stock cars race around tracks at 200 miles per hour. This book examines what makes top speeds possible, how the drivers stay safe inside the cars, and the history of these racing vehicles. Buckle up for an exciting ride with this title for struggling readers!
The Ram 1500 is ready to take on any job or heavy load! Its option of a hemi engine gives this tough truck power while the suspension system provides a smooth ride. Impressive facts, figures, and photos fill this low-level title.
Whether dirt, sand, or ice, 4x4 trucks can tackle it all! These tough vehicles get their power, and their name, from their four-wheel drive that allows them to tow heavy loads and take on rough terrain. Kids will read about all this and more in this title for reluctant readers.
Ready for an off-road adventure? Whether in the desert or the woods, ATVs take their riders over rough trails. Readers will learn about the uses and parts of ATVs, and even about some competitions. Head off the beaten track and check out these popular vehicles in this low-level title!
Hot rod owners love to show off their souped-up cars. Some even remove the hoods so others can admire the engine! Students can find out about the history of these snazzy rides and what makes these hot rods so cool in this flashy title for reluctant readers.
Have you ever seen a car dance? Lowrider cars can bounce and shimmy thanks to special hydraulic suspensions and tires. Owners may even enter their cars in competitions! This low-level title introduces readers to these unique competitions, as well as other fascinating aspects of lowriders and the culture that surrounds them.
With a built in GoPro camera mount and the special CRAWL safety feature, the Toyota Tacoma is the perfect truck for off-road fun! Its attractive styling and Safety Sense P system make it a top choice for city driving, too. Young readers can gear up for an exciting ride with this high-interest read.
Jumps and rough tracks are no match for dirt bikes! This title takes a look at how these vehicles tackle all types of terrain thanks to special gear like knobby tires and top-notch suspension. Striving readers will love learning about these tough bikes in this exciting title.
The Chevrolet Silverado is a truck built to work hard! From its 2,000 pound payload to its sensors that let drivers know if what they are hauling is unbalanced, this truck makes getting the job done easier. This title will inform readers of the history and smart features that make the Chevrolet Silverado a top-selling truck.
Honda’s rave reputation held steady when the Honda Ridgeline was introduced in 2005. This truck’s special, one-piece body makes it a strong, safe, and light machine. Bright photos and fascinating facts fill this title about Honda’s popular truck.
Ford has come a long way since its Model T beginnings! The company has grown to develop some of the United States’ most popular pickup trucks. The Ford F-150’s numerous models and special fuel-saving alloy bodies make this model a fit for everyone. Young readers can hop behind the wheel of the Ford F-150 in this engine-revving title.
From rough roads to city streets, the Nissan Frontier is the perfect pickup for any adventure! This midsize truck is designed to go off-road with its special safety features allowing the driver to focus on the wheel. Its sleek styling turns heads while it rolls along downtown streets. Young readers will want to buckle up for this thrilling title.
The earliest airplanes all used propellers to fly. Find out how these planes work and how they were used.
In The First Flight, readers will learn about the science and technology the Wright brothers used to develop the first powered flight. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage readers as they learn about the challenges the brothers had to overcome to get a flying machine in the air and how this super science feat continues to help us develop airplanes.