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On February 16th, 1923 the Tomb of King Tutankhamen was opened by British Egyptologist Howard Carter. It was a great day for archaeology and the study of Ancient Egypt. You can find more information on King Tutankhamen here and information on his tomb here.

To help you with your own discoveries here are some books in our e-library for your study of Ancient Egypt!

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100 Facts about Ancient Egypt

Be a Pharaoh for a day and visit the land of the pyramids and the mummies! Discover everything you need to know about ancient Egypt with this brilliant book. One hundred facts, fantastic illustrations and hilarious cartoons give you the inside story on Egyptian life, while fun quizzes test your knowledge. So what are you waiting for? Get reading!

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Great Ancient Egypt Projects

From reed boats, papyrus, and amulets, to pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies, Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the fascinating lives of ancient Egyptians through more than 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers today a chance to experience how the ancient Egyptians lived, cooked, worked, worshipped, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbours through building projects that use common household supplies.
Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project are combined with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia for the real-life models of each project. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life in ancient Egypt.

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Explore Ancient Egypt

Pyramids, mummies, amulets, temples, and pharaohs— Explore Ancient Egypt! brings this fascinating civilization to young readers ages 6–9 with 25 hands-on projects, activities, and games. Kids learn about ancient Egyptian homes, food, money, toys, games, makeup, clothes, kings, mummies, and more. Projects are easy to follow and require primarily common household products and very little adult supervision.
Activities range from making a scarab necklace to writing in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and making King Tut sandals. By combining a hands-on element with riddles, jokes, facts, and comic cartoons, kids Explore Ancient Egypt! in this accessible introduction to an incredible, ancient world.

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Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbours

Want to speak Hittite? Hold out a glass and ask for “wa-tar.” This unique activity book for children ages nine and up shows what life was like among the Nubians, Mesopotamians, Hittites, and their neighbours the Egyptians from around 3100 B.C., when Upper and Lower Egypt became one kingdom, to the death of Queen Cleopatra under the Romans, in 30 B.C. Projects such as building a Nubian irrigation machine, creating a Mesopotamian cylinder seal out of clay, making kilts like those worn by Egyptian boys and men, and writing in Hittite cuneiform help young readers to connect with these ancient cultures and see how profoundly they have influenced our own.

Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome by Britannica Publishing

Amidst constant warfare and surges of cultural achievement, ancient Rome luxuriated in the splendours of its conquests and the glory of its Empire. Under the powerful direction of such leaders as Julius Caesar and Augustus, Rome secured its legacy as a foundation for much of the modern Western world. This provocative volume examines the many advances in governance, law, and engineering attributed to the Roman Empire as well as the individuals who shaped its military and cultural trajectory.

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Classical Kids by Laurie Carlson

Travel back in time to see what life was like in ancient Greece and Rome while having fun with hands-on activities such as making a star gazer; chiseling a clay tablet; weaving Roman sandals; making a Greek mosaic; creating Roman jewelry; throwing Greek pottery; casting a vote in a Roman-style election; and much more. Learn how these civilizations contributed to our present-day world by participating in art, math, cooking, science, and geography activities. Interesting facts and trivia are included throughout. Helpful illustrations explain project steps.

World Civilizations

World Civilizations and Cultures by Don Blattner

Bring history to life for students in grades 5 and up using World Civilizations and Cultures! This 96-page book features reading selections and assessments that utilize a variety of questioning strategies, such as matching, true or false, critical thinking, and constructed response. Hands-on activities, research opportunities, and mapping exercises engage students in learning about the history and culture of civilizations around the world. For struggling readers, the book includes a downloadable version of the reading selections at a fourth- to fifth-grade reading level. This book aligns with state, national, and Canadian provincial standards.

Bronze Bow

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by only one passion: to avenge his father’s death by crucifixion by driving the Roman legions from his land of Israel. He joins an outlaw band and leads a dangerous life of spying, plotting, and impatiently waiting to seek revenge. Headstrong Daniel is devoid of tenderness and forgiveness, heading down a destructive path toward disaster until he hears the lessons taught by Jesus of Nazareth. With a brand new cover, young readers won’t be able to pass up this timeless tale.

Eagle of the Ninth

Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

Roman Britain: Marcus Flavius Aquila, a young centurion is forced into retirement after a wound in his first major engagement against a rebel British tribe. It allows him the freedom to embark upon a dangerous mission to find out what happened to the Ninth Legion which, years before, disappeared in the savage lands of the Picts. Will he find out what happened to the men, led by his father, who never returned? And will he recover the Eagle, the symbol of Roman dominance and power? This junior classic has never been out of print since it was first published over fifty years ago. It is now presented in a fresh abridgement read in an exciting manner by Charlie Simpson.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Cliffs Complete by Diana Sweeny

Dramatizing the political battles in Rome during the height of the Pax Romanum, Shakespeare pits Caesar against an untold number of conspirators and lets the daggers fly. Antony comes in at the end to clean up the mess and carry on the rule of the Caesars. The CliffsComplete Julius Caesar is a revised and expanded study edition. It contains Shakespeare’s original play, a glossary, and expert commentary in a unique, 2-column format. To enhance your learning, notes and definitions appear directly opposite the line in which they occur, and a review section follows the play. This edition also introduces you to the life, works, and times of William Shakespeare.

Learning About Animals

Learning About Animals by Evan Moor (Grades K-1)

Learning About Animals covers concepts that address National Science Education Standards. Concepts covered include: animals are living things; living things are alike in many ways there are many kinds of animals; animals live in different habitats; an animal’s body and behaviors help it survive in its environment animals are many sizes animals are many colors animals’ bodies have different kinds of coverings animals have different types of appendages animals find and eat food in different ways animals have different methods of self-defense animals need air, food, and water; animals depend on plants for food animals grow and change; animals look like their parents A variety of engaging activities present the concepts in ways that young students can understand. Each concept presented includes teacher directions for lessons reproducible resource pages such as sets of picture cards, minibooks, and lab sheets to record the results of hands-on investigations.

Animal Classification

Animal Classification by 1st Grade Fireworks (Teacher’s Notebook) (Grades K-2)

Animal Classification and Writing Mini-Unit. Includes: Cover for Unit folder. Graphic Organizers for writing about each type of animal. Fill-in charts for use in discussions and/or readings Lined pap

Animal Classification and Writing Mini-Unit.
Includes:
Cover for Unit folder.
Graphic Organizers for writing about each
type of animal.
Fill-in charts for use in discussions and/or readings
Lined paper for sloppy copies & final drafts.
(Multiple types of papers for many grade levels)
Editing Self-check papers.

Animals in Fall

Animals in Fall by Martha E.H. Rusted (Grades K-2)

Honk! Geese are flying south. Grr! Black bears are looking for a den. Munch! Deer are eating extra food. Find out what other animals do to get ready for winter. What happens in fall? Find out in the Fall’s Here! series, part of the Cloverleaf Books™ collection. These nonfiction picture books feature kid-friendly text and illustrations to make learning fun!

Awesome Animals of Canada

Awesome Animals of Canada (Rainbow Horizons Publishing) by Vera Trembach (Grades 2-3)

Awesome Animals is a resource package about some of the animals of Canada. Upon completion, your students will have retained factual information about Canadian wildlife, be aware of environmental issues and discover an empathy towards animals. Creative Task Cards have been developed for independent learning. Skills covered in our resource are Creative Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, Numerical Literacy, and Social Values. Topics covered in our resource are Animal Homes, Adapting to the Environment, Pollution, Conservation, Forest Fires, Animal Babies, and Animal Characteristics and Comparisons. This Animal Science lesson provides a teacher and student section with reading passages, activities, board game, and word search to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

Animal Life Cycles

Animal Life Cycles (Rainbow Horizon Publishing) by Natalie Reiger (Grades 2-3)

Our “Animal Life Cycles” unit looks at the life cycles of ten different animals. It studies two different mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects. Children learn how these animals live, plus how they grow and change as they move from young animals to adults. Children practice their reading and writing skills as they read and learn about the different animals. They use their knowledge to answer a number of questions. Animals studies are Black Bears, Blue Whales, Turtles, Garter Snakes, Frogs, Salamanders, Canada Geese, Penguins, Ladybugs, and Honeybees. Also included in this unit are: Animal Fact Cards, Research Outline, Final Report Outline, Match Game, Riddles, Unit Test and Unit Evaluation. This Animal Science lesson provides a teacher and student section with a variety of reading passages, lessons, activities, crossword and word search to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

Salmon Forest

Salmon Forest by David Suzuki (Grades K-3)

One fall day, Kate goes with her father, a fish biologist, to the river where he works — a river in the Pacific rainforest — the “salmon forest,” as he calls it. Together they watch the sockeye salmon returning to the river to spawn and witness a bear scooping up a salmon. Next, Kate and her dad run into a Native boy named Brett and his family fishing at a pool in the river. From her adventures, Kate discovers how the forest and the salmon need each other and why the forest is called the salmon forest. David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis’s charming and informative text and Sheena Lott’s watercolours magically evoke the spirit and mystery of the West Coast rainforest.

Animal Reports

Animal Reports by Johnson Creations (Grades 2-4)

This packet will help your students become successful report writers! Included are two parent letters, two animal report planning sheets, two web sheets, two covers, a full sheet of lines, a Glossary page, a Table of Contents page, eleven topic pages to choose from and a blank topic page.

Charlottes Web

Charlotte’s Web Audiobook by E.B. White (Grades 3-4) Novel Study

Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte’s Web has become one of America’s best-loved children’s books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. Now this classic, a 1953 Newbery Honor book, comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.

Burgess Animal Book

The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thonton Burgess (Grades K-4 – read aloud)

Abundantly illustrated, simply written classic by a master storyteller acquaints youngsters with the habits and characteristics of four-footed animals. Porcupines, field mice, squirrels, coyotes, and other creatures take on appealing personalities in informative, entertaining tales about the inhabitants of the Green Forest and beyond. 73 illustrations.

Owl in the Family

Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat Novel Study (Grades 3-4) and Novel Study (Grades 4-7)

Every child needs to have a pet. No one could argue with that.

But what happens when your pet is an owl, and your owl is terrorizing the neighbourhood?

In Farley Mowat’s exciting children’s story, a young boy’s pet menagerie — which includes crows, magpies, gophers and a dog — grows out of control with the addition of two cantankerous pet owls. The story of how Wol and Weeps turn the whole town upside down is warm, funny, and bursting with adventure and suspense.

Ginger Pye

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (Grades 4-8)

Meet Ginger Pye, the smartest dog you’ll ever know. Jerry Pye and his sister, Rachel, feel pretty smart themselves for buying Ginger. It was the best dollar they ever spent. Ginger steals everybody’s heart . . . until someone steals him!

Mr. Poppers Penguins

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater Novel Study (Grades 5-6)

Mr. Popper has penguins in his fridge, an ice rink in the basement, and a family for whom life will never be the same

How many penguins in the house is too many? Mr. Popper is a humble house painter living in Stillwater who dreams of faraway places like the South Pole. When an explorer responds to his letter by sending him a penguin named Captain Cook, Mr. Popper and his family’s lives change forever. Soon one penguin becomes twelve, and the Poppers must set out on their own adventure to preserve their home.

First published in 1938, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a classic tale that has enchanted young readers for generations.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richard and Florence Atwater including rare photos from the authors’ estate, as well as two videos from Fox Entertainment: a brief documentary on the legacy of Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the complete 2011 motion picture trailer.

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

The Story of Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting (5-8)

Respected physician John Dolittle swaps human patients for animal ones as his parrot Polynesia teaches him the secret of talking to the animals. His fame spreads and he travels to Africa to treat a monkey epidemic. Setting out with his favourite crew of creatures, Dolittle must face trial after trial; being shipwrecked, escaping the king of Jolligingki and figuring out what do do with a pushmi-pullyu, the shy two-headed gazelle-unicorn cross.

how-to-make-an-apple-pie-and-see-the-world-franceHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman — An apple pie is easy to make…if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store.  This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First, hop on a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don’t forget to go apple picking in Vermont!  A simple recipe for apple pie is included.

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P is for Passport:  A World Alphabet by Devin Schillian — Celebrating the diversity in our world while cherishing our similarities, P is for Passport takes readers on a whirlwind tour of all the delights of the globe. From the everyday concerns of people everywhere for such things as bread and currency to the wonders of our world such as deserts and volcanoes, Passport offers a fascinating variety of topics and ideas to explore.

Africa

Morocco

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The Butter Man by Elizabeth Alalou — While Nora waits impatiently for dinner, her father stirs up a story from his childhood. During a famine, Nora’s grandfather must travel over the mountains to find work so he can provide food for his family. While young Ali waits for his father’s return, he learns a lesson of patience, perseverance, and hope.

South Africa

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The Soccer Fence:  A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa by Phil Bildner — In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms. As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realised that dreams once impossible could now come true.  This poignant story of friendship artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa’s history and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.

Antarctica/Arctica

233057_K_soft_cover_1.qxdKumak’s Fish:  A Tale of the Far North by Michael Bania — On a beautiful Arctic morning, Kumak looks out the window of his house at the sun rising over the frozen river. “Ahhh, spring,” says Kumak to his family. “The days are long, the nights are short, and the ice is still hard. Good day for fish.” Eager to give Uncle Aglu’s amazing hooking stick a try, Kumak packs up his family and heads out to go ice fishing. “Good day for fish!” they all agree. Hapless Kumak is the only one in his family without fish until the tug at the other end of his line incites a mighty battle. A clever ending reveals that the whale-sized fish that Kumak imagined was actually a line of small fish in tug o’ war position. Kumak reigns, and there’s plenty for everybody. Authentic details throughout the playful art and text, as well as endnotes on Inupiat fishing, provide young readers with a fascinating window into another culture in this follow-up to KUMAK’S HOUSE a 2003 Children’s Book Council Notable Trade Book in Social Studies.

Asia

China

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Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim — Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based upon the inspirational story of the author’s grandmother and accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, Ruby’s Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl who strives for more and a family who rewards her hard work and courage.

India

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Monsoon by Uma Krishnaswami — Children play, birds call, and grownups go about their business during the hot days of summer in northern India. But in the bustle of street and marketplace, everyone is watching, waiting for those magical clouds to bring their gift of rain to the land. Through the observations of one young girl, the scents and sounds, the dazzling colors and the breathless anticipation of a parched cityscape are vividly evoked during the final days before the welcome arrival of the monsoon.

Japan

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The Bicycle Man by Allen Say — The amazing tricks two American soldiers perform on a borrowed bicycle are a fitting finale for the school sports day festivities in a small village in occupied Japan.

Australia

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Over in Australia:  Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes — Australian animals are unique. Their babies may be riding in mama’s pouch, or hitching a ride on daddy, piggy-back! Children will sing, clap and count to the rhyme of “Over in the Meadow” as they learn about wallabies, koalas, wombats, and more. Cut-paper illustrations add to the fun.

Europe

Italy

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Angelo by David Macaulay — High above the rooftops of Rome, Angelo begins his work restoring the façade of a once glorious church. There, among the sticks and feathers, he discovers a wounded bird. Angelo becomes the bird’s reluctant saviour. As the church nears completion, Angelo begins to worry about the future of his avian friend. “What will become of you? Where will you go . . . where will you . . . live?” he asks her. Through his artistry as a master craftsman he answers the questions for his humble friend and assures that he, himself will not be forgotten.

Poland

mrs-katz-and-tush-polandMrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco —  In this special Passover story, Larnel Moore, a young African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship through their mutual concern for an abandoned cat named Tush. Together they explore the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures.

Spain

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Always an Olivia:  A Remarkable Family History by Carolivia Herron — An elderly black grandmother passes on the story of the family’s Jewish origins to her young granddaughter, Carol Olivia. As family members flee the Spanish Inquisition, are kidnapped by pirates and eventually sail to America, one daughter in each generation is given the name Olivia, from the Hebrew Shulamit meaning “peace,” to honor the Jewish part of their ancestry. Critically-acclaimed author Carolivia Herron (Nappy Hair) shares this engaging, multicultural tale is based on her own family’s heritage.

North America

Canada

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Good Night Canada by Adam Gamble — From the majestic Canadian Rockies to gushing Niagara Falls, this soothing nighttime board book includes many of Canada’s icons and scenic landmarks, including Stanley Park in Vancouver, icebergs in Newfoundland, streetcars in Toronto, Prince Edward Island, Bay of Fundy, British Columbia Parliament Buildings, Dinosaur Provincial Park, fishing boats, farms, wildlife, hockey, and so much more.

Mexico

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The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh — Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends.  Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead.  Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side. So two volcanoes were formed: Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.

United States

Follow the Drinking GourdFollow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter —  “Winter’s story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about the drinking gourd (the Big Dipper). A couple, their son, and two others make their escape by following the song’s directions. Rich paintings interpret the strong story in a clean, primitive style enhanced by bold colors. The rhythmic compositions have an energetic presence that’s compelling. A fine rendering of history in picture book format.”–(starred) Booklist

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Dare the Wind: 
The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracey Fern — Ellen Prentiss’s papa said she was born with saltwater in her veins, so he gave her sailing lessons and taught her how to navigate. As soon as she met a man who loved sailing like she did, she married him. When her husband was given command of a clipper ship custom-made to travel quickly, she knew that they would need every bit of its speed for their maiden voyage: out of New York City, down around the tip of Cape Horn, and into San Francisco, where the Gold Rush was well under way. In a time when few women even accompanied their husbands onboard, Ellen Prentiss navigated their ship to set the world record for speed along that route.

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Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say — A picture book masterpiece from Caldecott medal winner Allen Say … lyrical, breathtaking, splendid—words used to describe Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey when it was first published. At once deeply personal yet expressing universally held emotions, this tale of one man’s love for two countries and his constant desire to be in both places captured readers’ attention and hearts. Fifteen years later, it remains as historically relevant and emotionally engaging as ever.

South America

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Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains by Barbara Knutson — One day, high in the Andes Mountains, Cuy the Guinea Pig is searching for wild spinach to eat when Tío Antonio the Fox comes in search of Cuy to eat! Tio Antonio thinks hes found dinner, but crafty Cuy has other plans. Quick-witted Cuy fools Tio Antonio not once, but three times. Combining striking wood block artwork with an authentic South American voice this sly trickster tale shows that clever thinking is key when you’re out-foxing the fox.

Columbia

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Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown — Ana loves stories. She often makes them up to help her little brother fall asleep. But in her small village there are only a few books and she has read them all. One morning, Ana wakes up to the clip-clop of hooves, and there before her, is the most wonderful sight: a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros‑all the books a little girl could dream of, with enough stories to encourage her to create one of her own.

Inspired by the heroic efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano, award-winning picture book creators Monica Brown and John Parra introduce readers to the mobile library that journeys over mountains and through valleys to bring literacy and culture to rural Colombia, and to the children who wait for the BiblioBurro.

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Learn About Your Favourite Artists, RaphaelLeonardo Da VinciJoseph William TurnerJohn James Audubon and Edouard Manet.  To help you learn more about these amazing artists and many more, take a look at the resources we have recently added into our Overdrive eLibrary.

Discovering Great Artists

Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F. Kohl

“Discovering Great Artists” has 75 great artists featured in 110 amazingly fun and unique quality art appreciation activities for children. They will experience the styles and techniques of the great masters, from the Renaissance to the Present. A brief biography of each artist is included with a fully illustrated, child-tested art activity, featuring painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more. Includes such greats as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Picasso, Van Gogh, Dali, Matisse, Pollock, and O’Keeffe. 1998 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, 2002 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award. Full “click-to” resource guide at Bright Ring’s website to show each artist’s most famous works.
Some activity examples are:
Da Vinci – Invention Art
Michelangelo – Fresco Plaque
Rembrandt – Shadowy Faces
Monet – Dabble in Paint
Degas – Resist in Motion
Picasso- Fractured Friend
Van Gogh – Starry Night
Pollock – Action Splatter
1997 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, Education
2003 Practical Homeschooling Award, 3rd Place
2007 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award in the art appreciation category, 3rd place.
2009 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award in the art appreciation category,1st Place

Monet Paints the Day

Monet Paints the Day by Julie Danneberg

A glimpse into a day of Claude Monet’s life shows the painter racing against changing light, the incoming tide, and the elements as he paints an ocean scene in the plein-air style. Based on a true incident, the story is enhanced by brief facts about Impressionist painting, Monet’s life, and excerpts from the painter’s letters and notes.

The Charlotte Series:

Charlotte in Giverny

Charlotte in Giverny by Joan McPhail Knight

It’s 1892 and Charlotte is bound for Monet’s famous artist colony in Giverny, France, where painters like her father are flocking to learn the new style of painting called Impressionism. In spite of missing her best friend, Charlotte becomes enchanted with France and records her colorful experiences in her journal. She makes new friends, plants a garden, learns to speak French, and even attends the wedding of Monsieur Monet’s daughter!

Illustrated with beautiful museum reproductions and charming watercolor collages, Charlotte in Giverny includes a French glossary as well as biographical sketches of the featured painters. This delightful journal of a young girl’s exciting year will capture readers’ imaginations and leave a lasting impression.

Charlotte in Paris

Charlotte in Paris by Joan McPhail Knight

It’s 1892. Charlotte and her family have lived abroad in the famous artist colony in Giverny, France, for a year, when an exciting invitation arrives. The celebrated impressionist Mary Cassatt is having an exhibition in Paris. While in Paris, Charlotte dines at a cafe on the Champs-Elysees, watches a marionette show in the Tuileries gardens and celebrates her birthday at the Eiffel Tower. Illustrated with stunning museum reproductions of works by artists such as Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Renoir and Rodin as well as lovely watercolor collages, this sequel to Charlotte in Giverny also includes biographical sketches of the featured painters. Charlotte’s charming scrapbook will leave fans of the first book, art lovers, Francophiles and readers of all ages shouting, “Vive Charlotte!”

Charlotte in London

Charlotte in London by Joan McPhail Knight

It’s 1895. Charlotte and her family came to France three years ago so that her father could learn to paint in the French style of Impressionism. Now they are travelling to London to see if the famous artist John Singer Sargent will paint Charlotte’s mother’s portrait. In London, Charlotte and her best friend, Lizzy, stay in their own room at the Savoy Hotel, attend a fancy dinner party with famous writers, watch boat races on the River Thames, learn about legendary London ghosts, and even visit a gipsy camp.

Illustrated with beautiful museum reproductions and exquisite watercolor paintings, the book also includes biographical sketches of the featured painters. This vibrant journal of Charlotte’s exciting journey will make any reader long for lovely London.

Lives of Artists

Lives of the Artists by Kathleen Krull

From Da Vinci to Warhol, each of these 20 artists is respectfully exposed for their idiosyncrasies as well as their contributions to the history of art. What they ate, what they wore, who they loved and who their friends were – it’s all here.

ARTISTS INCLUDED: Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bruegel, Anguissola, Rembrandt, Hokusai, Cassatt, Van Gogh, Kollwitz, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Duchamp, O’Keeffe, Johnson, Dali, Noguchi, Rivera & Kahlo, Warhol

The Stories of the Mona Lisa

The Stories of the Mona Lisa by Piotr Bosany

Discover the history of modern and contemporary painting through the famous Mona Lisa!”Dad, will you tell me a story?” asks a little girl. “Sure,” artist Piotr Barsony responds. “I’ll tell you a story about a painting. And the Mona Lisa, the most beautiful painting in all the world, will be our subject.” Thus begins the fascinating history of modern painting through what many consider the most famous work in the history of art: the Mona Lisa by Léonardo De Vinci. Piotr acts as the museum guide for his young daughter throughout the book, taking us on a journey through an imaginary museum. He describes famous art movements and artists, including impressionism, cubism, expressionism, favism, minimalism, surrealism; Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Picasso, Bacon, Pollock, and more. All of the most famous painters of the modern and contemporary art movements are explained with their own Mona Lisa portraits, in their signature styles. Throughout the book, Piotr acts as a guide, explaining to his daughter (and the reader) each genre of paintings in a clear, simple, and entertaining way. By the end of the book, we discover that he’s actually the artist who’s been painting all those Mona Lisas—and the results are spectacular. The Stories of the Mona Lisa is the perfect book for any child who loves art, history, and a good story. 60 color illustrations.

These A-Z Alphabet books explore a variety of subjects that would interest both young and older students. From provinces to music, these books will inspire your students to make their own A-Z books on a topic that they know well!

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B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet by Ruth Strother

How much of Earth’s surface is covered by water? How do the northern lights get their colors? Planet Earth has been home to mankind for hundreds of thousands of years and while scientists have learned a lot about it, they’re still unravelling many of its mysteries. B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet explains what we do know about our planet and what more we have to learn. Examine Earth’s diverse ecosystems (deserts), discover geological wonders (karst caves), learn about weather phenomena (hurricanes), and much more. Ruth Strother has been in the publishing industry for more than twenty years and is the author of fifteen books for children.

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D is for Desert: A World Deserts Alphabet by Barbara Gowan

D is for Desert: A World Deserts Alphabet uses the alphabet to explore desert regions around the world, explaining the science behind what determines a desert and showcasing fascinating features and desert inhabitants. Budding scientists will traverse the rocky deserts of Mongolia astride the Bactrian camel, spy on the poisonous Gila monster and other lizards in the Sonoran Desert, discover geological wonders in Bryce Canyon National Park, and learn about desert weather phenomena such as dust storms and flash floods, and much more. A glossary of key desert-science terms and concepts is included.

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D is for Drum: A Native America Alphabet by Michael Shoulders

Did you know that natives of the Northwest used dried sharkskin to sand totem poles? Or that horses were called medicine dogs, because dogs had been used to aid in hunting before horses were introduced by Europeans? In “D is for Drum: A Native America Alphabet,” readers will get an A-Z introduction to the many customs and cultures of the first people of this beautiful land. Bison, teepees, Kachinas and dugout canoes will all help to paint a fascinating picture of the more than 500 indigenous tribes inhabiting the Americas.

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F is for French: A Quebec Alphabet by Elaine Arsenault

Founded in 1608, what city is one of the oldest in North America? Where and when was Canada’s first road built? What world-famous circus was the inspiration of Baie-Saint-Paul street performers? Discover the answers to these questions, along with other facts, in F is for French: A Quebec Alphabet. Readers young and old can romp the sandy beaches of Les Iles de la Madeleine, visit Montreal’s Space for Life (Canada’s largest natural science museum complex), brave the arctic cold in the Nunavik region, or sit back and enjoy the music at one of the many performances taking place at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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H is for Hockey by Kevin Shea

The great game of hockey is introduced from A to Z using simple language for the youngest reader. Topics include fans, goalie, ice, and jersey.

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I is for Island: A Prince Edward Island Alphabet by Hugh MacDonald

Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the east coast of Canda, Prince Edward Island measures only 5,660 sq.km. But what this island province lacks in size, it more than makes up for in abundant natural beauty, as well the scope of its influence on Candian history. Combining poetry with informational text, PEI Poet Laureate Hugh MacDonald pays homage to the province’s natural splendors and proud history. Readers young and old can visit the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables fame, stroll the streets of historic Charlottetown, or paddle a kayak down the island’s nearly 100 named rivers.

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L is for Land of the Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet by Linda Aksomitis

Why is Saskatoon called the “Bridge City”? Who were the first inhabitants of Saskatchewan? Where can you find rare plants such as the Prickly Pear Cactus and the Gumbo Evening Primrose? Discover the answers to these questions, along with other facts, in L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet. Readers young and old can visit the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina, study the rare flora and fauna of the Cypress Hills Forest Reserve, enjoy the music at the John Arcand Fiddle Fest, or sample the delights of the Qu’Appelle Valley. From the healing waters of Little Manitou Lake to the otherworldly spectacle of the Northern Lights, everyone will enjoy this alphabetical journey that showcases the riches of Saskatchewan. Linda Aksomitis’s young adult novel, Snowmobile Challenge, was a finalist for best children’s book in the 2003 Saskatchewan Book Awards.

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M is for Money: An Economics Alphabet by Michael Shoulders

This alphabet book brings the topic of economics down to a child’s level, using tangible examples and scenarios to explain complex ideas. M is for Money uses snappy rhymes and expository text to introduce subjects ranging from supply and demand to taxes. Dynamic and witty artwork brings each topic to life.

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M is for Mountie: A Royal Canadian Police Alphabet by Polly Horvarth

From the pageantry of the Musical Ride to the movie-good looks of the fictional Dudley Do-Right, the image of the handsome and stalwart Mountie has long been part of popular North American culture. But there’s more to being a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police than wearing a red coat. It’s an important career law enforcement and public service. In M is for Mountie: A Royal Canadian Mounted Police Alphabet, award-winning author Polly Horvath explains the proud traditions and important work of Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Where do cadets go for training? Who is William Dempster and why is there a highway named after him? And what the reason for the red coat? After reading M is for Mountie, readers will have a better understanding of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing mission of Royal Canadian Mounted Police organization. Author Polly Horvath’s numerous books for children include the National Book Award-winning The Canning Season and Newbery Honor book Everything on a Waffle

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M is for Music by Kathleen Krull

Music and the alphabet have always gone together. Don’t kids learn their letters by singing the ABCs? But you’ve never seen—or heard—a musical alphabet like this one. Beloved tunes. Unusual instruments. Legendary virtuosos. From anthems to zydeco, the language of music and the music of language harmonize in one superb symphony. It’s a funky fusion for songsters of all ages! Includes endnotes.

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S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet by Larry Verstraete

What clutter-busting need was behind the invention of the World Wide Web? Which stain-fighting chemical got its start when a lab assistant dropped a beaker on a lab floor? In S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet, the origins behind some of the most important scientific discoveries are explored. Budding young scientists will learn what Galileo witnessed in a church that led to his theory of measurement; how biologist Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, helped to spur the first call to action in the environmental movement; and why Ivan Pavlov’s study of a drooling dog laid the foundations for a new branch of psychology. From discoveries that fundamentally changed scientific methods to everyday inventions that are now taken for granted, S is for Scientists sheds light on the events and people who have shaped our lives today.

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T is for Territories: A Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Alphabet by Michael Kusugak

In T is for Territories: A Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Alphabet, acclaimed storyteller Michael Kusugak gives an A-Z tour of Canada’s three territories, the northern region of the country that is a giant in size, history, and culture. Young readers can kick up their heels at the Arctic Winter Games with sports such as the one-foot high-kick, listen to world-renowned storytellers at Whitehorse’s International Storytelling Festival, or experience Wood Buffalo National Park where sometimes visitors have to stop and wait for wildlife to get out of the way. Everyone will enjoy this alphabetical journey that showcases the riches of the territories.

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T is for Time by Roland Smith

T is for a Time Alphabet uses poetry and expository text to explore the concept of time, from explaining basic units of measurement to showcasing important scientific achievements. Topics include famous inventors (Albert Einstein and John Harrison) and important structures and landmarks (Kulkulkan Pyramid and Big Ben). Budding scientists will discover what world-famous stone structure is believed to be an early calendar, follow the voyages of explorer Ferdinand Magellan to better understand the International Date Line, and learn to tell time using the Zulu time system.

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V is for Von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet by William Anderson

From “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” to “Doe, a deer, a female deer,” many people have grown up humming the tunes or singing the lyrics to the songs from the beloved movie The Sound of Music. But what is the real story behind the brave von Trapp family? V is for von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet gives a behind-the-headlines look at this real-life singing family made famous in the classic movie. Starting with their idyllic early life in Austria where their love of music and performing began, author William Anderson takes readers along on the family’s courageous mountaintop escape from Nazi authorities to their new life in America and the famous von Trapp family lodge in the Vermont hills. Meet determined Maria, the dashing Captain, and their talented children; the famous von Trapps whose life story captivated thousands and continues to inspire with its legacy of hope and achievement. Author, historian, and lecturer William Anderson did extensive research and interviews with the von Trapp family.

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Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

WHO BETTER TO FACE THE GREATEST EVIL OF THE 20TH CENTURY THAN A HUMBLE MAN OF FAITH?

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author, known as much for such spiritual classics as The cost of Discipleship and Life Together, as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for his part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

In the first major biography of Bonhoeffer in forty years, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life?the theologian and the spy?to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents?including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts?to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer’s life and theology never before seen.

In Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy?A Righteous Gentiel vs the Third Reich, Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safe haven of America for Hitler’s Germany, and using extended excerpts from love letters and coded messages written to and from Bonhoeffer’s Cell 92, Metaxas tells for the first time the full story of Bonhoeffer’s passionate and tragic romance.

Readers will discover fresh insights and revelations about his life-changing months at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and about his radical position on why Christians are obliged to stand up for the Jews. Metaxas also sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s reaction to Kristallnacht, his involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.

Bonhoeffer gives witness to one man’s extraordinary faith and to the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Nazism. It brings the reader face to face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully?even to the point of death. Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.

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Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

A riveting memoir of a girl’s painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.

A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline’s affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for — the love and understanding of her family.

Following the success of the critically acclaimed adult bestseller Falling Leaves, this memoir is a moving telling of the classic Cinderella story, with Adeline Yen Mah providing her own courageous voice. Includes 6-page photo insert.

The Cross and the Switchblade

The Cross and Switchblade by David Wilkerson

The astonishing true story of Wilkerson’s outreach to New York teens trapped by drugs and gangs. Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York’s ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God’s love. This is one of the century’s great true stories. Over 14 million copies in print!

Facing the Lion

Facing the Lion by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton

Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American kids a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood centers on the raising and grazing of cattle. Readers share Lekuton’s first encounter with a lion, the epitome of bravery in the warrior tradition. They follow his mischievous antics as a young Maasai cattle herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding school escapades, soccer success, and journey to America for college. Lekuton’s riveting text combines exotic details of nomadic life with the universal experience and emotions of a growing boy.

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Nelson Mandela by Louis Hefland

Nelson Mandela is a man who changed the destiny of not just his country but of the world. There are few men who can dare to dream and realize it. Nelson Mandela is one such man, who dared to dream to make this world a better place and so he did.

Bold, Brave and Born to Lead

Bold, Brave and Born to Lead by Mary Beacock Fryer

Celebrated as the saviour of Upper Canada, Major General Sir Isaac Brock was a charismatic leader who won the respect not only of his own troops, but also of the Shawnee chief Tecumseh and even men among his enemy. His motto could well have been ‘speak loud and look big.’ Although this attitude earned him a reputation for brashness, it also enabled his success and propelled him into the significant role he would play in the War of 1812.

More Biographies about Canadians – Making it Home: The Story of Catherine Parr TrailCaring for a Colony: The Story of Jeanne Mance , To Stand and Fight Together: Richard Pierpoint and The Coloured Corps of Upper Canada and  Mapping the Wilderness: The Story of David Thompson

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Last Airlift by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

A true story about life in a Saigon orphanage, a dramatic rescue flight from Vietnam to Canada, adoption by a Canadian family, and growing up in Canada. Last Airlift is the true story of the last Canadian airlift operation that left Saigon and arrived in Toronto on April 13, 1975. Son Thi Anh Tuyet was one of 57 babies and children on that flight. Based on personal interviews and enhanced with archive photos, Tuyet’s story of the Siagon orphanage and her flight to Canada is an emotional and suspenseful journey brought to life by the award-winning children’s author, Marsha Skrypuch.

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Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed The World by Cynthia ChinLee

Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change her world and the world around her.

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Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster

In this special two-book bundle you’ll meet remarkable women in science, sport, preaching and teaching, politics, war and peace, arts and entertainment, etc. The book is full of amazing facts and fascinating trivia about intriguing figures. Discover some of the many heroines Canada can be proud of. Find out how we’re remembering them. Or not! Augmented by great quotes and photos, this inspiring collection profiles remarkable women — heroines in science, sport, preaching and teaching, politics, war and peace, arts and entertainment, and more. Profiles include mountaineer Phyllis Munday, activist Hide Shimizu, unionist Lea Roback, movie mogul Mary Pickford, the original Degrassi kids, Captain Kool, hockey star Hilda Ranscombe, and the woman dubbed “the atomic mosquito.”

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Exceptional Women Environmentalists by Frances Rooney

Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Canadian environmentalist and founder of the Environmental Children’s Organization, and Jane Goodall, famed primate researcher and advocate, are two of the ten women profiled here who are making a difference for our planet.

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Heroes of the Environment by Harriet Rohmer

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.

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Legends in Their Time by George Sherwood

A remarkable cast of past and present young Canadians stride across the pages of Legends In Their Time, each having a significant role to play in Canadian history. Beginning in the 1500s and moving on into the 20th century, each chapter contributes insights into the evolution of Canada as a nation.

Author George Sherwood’s thorough research and his scene-setting bring to life the heroic accomplishments and tragic exploits that make Canada’s story a fascinating and entertaining account. Included are explorer Etienne Brule; Osborne Anderson, survivor of Harper’s Ferry; inventor Armand Bombardier; human rights activist Toy Jin “Jean” Wong; and the heroic Terry Fox, to name but a few of the extraordinary lives that are chronicled. Complementing the text are historic photographs and original artwork by award-winning artist Stewart Sherwood.

“For those who think Canada lacks heroes or Canada does not honour its heroes, Legends In Their Time is the book for you. Extensively researched and written in an engaging style, it recognizes that heroes and heroines come in many forms, as shown in the richness of our history.”- John Myers, Teacher Educator, OISE/UT

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Lives of Extraordinary Women by Kathleen Krull

“Not all governments have been run by men. Lives of Extraordinary Women turns the spotlight on women who have wielded power, revealing their feats—and flaws—for all the world to see. Here you’ll find twenty of the most influential women in history: queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, revolutionary leaders. Some are revered. Others are notorious. What were they really like?

In this grand addition to their highly praised series, Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt celebrate some of the world’s most noteworthy women, ranging from the famous to those whose stories have rarely been told.

Features twenty extraordinary women, including Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Perón

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Lives of the Explorers by Kathleen Krull

You might know that Columbus discovered America, Lewis and Clark headed west with Sacajawea, and Sally Ride blasted into space. But what do you really know about these bold explorers? What were they like as kids? What pets or bad habits did they have? And what drove their passion to explore unknown parts of the world? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, Lives of the Explorers reveals these fascinating adventurers as both world-changers and real people.

The entertaining style and solid research of the Lives of . . . series of biographies have made it a favorite with families and educators for twenty years. This new volume takes readers through the centuries and across the globe, profiling the men and women whose curiosity and courage have led them to discover our world.

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Lives of the Scientists by Kathleen Krull

Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work—and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know that it’s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt’s Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) are revealed as creative, bold, sometimes eccentric—and anything but dull.

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Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet by Janet Wilson

Ten profiles of amazing young environmental activists. Each child is captured in a portrait, their achievements described, and filled out with photos. Ends with tips for kids to make a difference.