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Books for Understanding our World

Two dozen books that will help explain the world to younger readers, from maps to math, ballet to basketball, and lots in between...

Scholastic Children's Dictionary (2019) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781338230062
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 3rd, 2019

An updated edition of the comprehensive dictionary created with kids in mind, featuring more than 500 new or revised entries and learning tools.


The Periodic Table Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338185034
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Published: Scholastic Nonfiction - September 26th, 2017

Looking at the periodic table can be a bit daunting... how can you possibly remember what 118 different elements do? The Periodic Table takes a new approach to this important science topic by offering a fully visual guide to the elements.


How Super Cool Tech Works Cover Image
By DK
$19.99
ISBN: 9780744020298
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Published: DK Children - September 1st, 2020

Discover the mind-blowing high-tech inventions of the future! Incredible images reveal the secret inner workings of everything from drones and supercomputers to underwater hotels and flying cars.


Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781615196258
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Published: The Experiment - November 5th, 2019

A singular atlas of 100 infographic maps from thought-provoking to flat-out fun

Publisher's note: Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds was published in the UK under the title Brilliant Maps.

Which countries don’t have rivers? Which ones have North Korean embassies? Who drives on the “wrong” side of the road?


A Child's Introduction to the Orchestra (Revised and Updated): Listen to 37 Selections While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music, and the Composers Who Wrote the Music! (A Child's Introduction Series) Cover Image
By Meredith Hamilton (Illustrator), Robert Levine
$19.99
ISBN: 9780762495474
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - September 17th, 2019

This interactive, bestselling introduction to the world of classical music -- from music history and key composers to instruments and arrangements -- now includes a removable poster and access to downloadable music so elementary-age children (and their parents) can listen as they learn.


This Is Our Constitution: What It Is and Why It Matters Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524770945
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Published: Yearling - February 5th, 2019

From Gold Star father and beloved Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan comes a book for young people about the Constitution—what it says and why it matters for everyone.
 


National Geographic Kids Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture: Stories, Timelines, Maps, and More Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781426334535
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Published: National Geographic Kids - October 29th, 2019

A Street Through Time: A 12,000 Year Journey Along the Same Street Cover Image
By Steve Noon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781465490636
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Published: DK Children - March 17th, 2020

Have you ever wondered what your street was like thousands of years ago? This illustrated history book for children takes you on a 12,000-year journey to find out the story of a single street.


I'm Trying to Love Math Cover Image
By Bethany Barton, Bethany Barton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451480903
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2019

Children's Choice Award winner Bethany Barton applies her signature humor to the scariest subject of all: math!


Little Learning Labs: Geology for Kids: 26 Projects to Explore Rocks, Gems, Geodes, Crystals, Fossils, and Other Wonders of the Earth’s Surface; Activities for STEAM Learners Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781631598111
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Published: Quarry Books - September 3rd, 2019

Dig in and learn about the Earth under your feet. Little Learning Labs: Geology for Kids features 26 simple, inexpensive, and fun experiments that explore the Earth’s surface, structure, and processes.


Everything You Need to Ace Geometry in One Big Fat Notebook (Big Fat Notebooks) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781523504374
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 1st, 2020

Geometry? No problem! 

This Big Fat Notebook covers everything you need to know during a year of high school geometry class, breaking down one big bad subject into accessible units.


The New Children's Encyclopedia: Packed with Thousands of Facts, Stats, and Illustrations (Visual Encyclopedia) Cover Image
By DK, Smithsonian Institution (Contributions by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781465474513
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Published: DK Children - January 8th, 2019

This stimulating and comprehensive encyclopedia for children ages 8-12 provides answers to all the questions kids love to ask. 


Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541529007
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - September 3rd, 2019

There is more than one way for animals to prepare for winter. Some, such as mice, foxes, and moose, simply tolerate the cold. Of course black bears hibernate, but chipmunks, wood frogs, and garter snakes do too.


Where Is the Serengeti? (Where Is?) Cover Image
By Nico Medina, Who HQ, Manuel Gutierrez (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781524792565
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Published: Penguin Workshop - July 16th, 2019

If you've never known what a wildebeest is, you'll find out now in this latest Where? Is title about the Serengeti.


Who Were The Three Stooges? (Who Was?) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780448488660
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Published: Penguin Workshop - October 18th, 2016

Discover more about the comedy team that perfected the art of the pie fight!


What Was D-Day? (What Was?) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448484075
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Published: Penguin Workshop - April 21st, 2015

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, an armada of 7,000 ships carrying 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Nazi-occupied France. Up until then the Allied forces had suffered serious defeats, yet D -Day, as the invasion was called, spelled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany and the Third Reich.


Tracks, Scats & Signs (Take-Along Guides) Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781559715997
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Published: Cooper Square Pub - November 1st, 1996

This fascinating series turns ordinary walks into adventures. Children learn to identify a variety of different plant, animal and insect species.
-- Helps children identify different species.
-- Includes scrapbook pages, for notes or drawings.
-- Features detailed true-to-life illustrations.


Myths of the Vikings: Odin's Family and Other Tales of the Norse Gods Cover Image
By Neil Philip (Retold by)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781861478603
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Published: Armadillo Music - November 6th, 2018

The Vikings were warlike adventurers with a strong sense of justice, and the high drama of their myths and legends, retold through the centuries, are still as vivid and enduring today. The stories are full of excitement and encompass both broad comedy and heart-rending tragedy.


Human Computer: Mary Jackson, Engineer (Picture Book Biography) Cover Image
By Andi Diehn, Katie Mazeika (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781619307773
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Published: Nomad Press (VT) - September 10th, 2019

A full-color picture book biography about Mary Jackson, who became the first female African American engineer at NASA--includes several STEM activities for some real-world learning connections


Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780393356502
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Published: Norton Young Readers - February 5th, 2019

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s #1 New York Times best-selling guide to the cosmos, adapted for young readers.


Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish Are Saving the World's Largest Rainforest (Scientists in the Field Series) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Keith Ellenbogen (By (photographer))
$9.99
ISBN: 9780358238393
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020

Sibert Honor winner Sy Montgomery explores how tiny fish living in the Amazon river, called piabas, can help preserve not only the rainforest and its often misunderstood inhabitants, but the fate of our entire environment.


My First Spanish Word Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780753474457
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Published: Kingfisher - August 21st, 2018

Featuring first words, numbers, colors, and shapes, alongside a clear, colorful layout and bold images, this introduction to Spanish helps young children learn basic vocabulary.


From an Idea to Nike: How Marketing Made Nike a Global Success Cover Image
By Lowey Bundy Sichol, C.S. Jennings (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781328453631
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 2019

From an Idea to Nike is a fully-illustrated look into how Nike stepped up its sneaker game to become the most popular athletic brand in the world. Humorous black & white illustrations throughout.

Ever wonder how Nike became the athletics empire it is today?


My Encyclopedia of Very Important Sports: For little athletes and fans who want to know everything (My Very Important Encyclopedias) Cover Image
By DK
$18.99
ISBN: 9781465491510
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Published: DK Children - May 5th, 2020

A complete and comprehensive children's book about sports that combines facts and figures with the inspiring stories of sporting legends and icons.


The Organic Artist for Kids: A DIY Guide to Making Your Own Eco-Friendly Art Supplies from Nature Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781631597671
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Published: Quarry Books - February 11th, 2020

Immersed in the natural world, The Organic Artist for Kids inspires creativity by connecting kids and their adults to our wilderness roots.

In addition to offering a wide variety of fun, collaborative projects using nature as a source for art supplies and inspiration, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are fundamental to th