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Animal Antipodes

A fun science book that introduces animals and places around the world that happen to be exactly opposite each other on the globe, with pages that literally have to be turned upside-down. What is an antipode? If you dig through the earth directly below, where would you end up? Vibrant… View →

 
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Animal Predators

With remarkable photographs of animals on the hunt, this series focuses on some of the most skillful predators in the animal kingdom. Watch these deadly animals as they grow into full-grown predators—honing the instincts and skills they’ll need to become ferocious hunters.… View →

 
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Animal Prey

A companion to Sandra Markle’s Animal Scavengers and Animal Predators series, Animal Prey depicts animals as they are hunted by animal aggressors and as they protect themselves. Stunning photography bring these heart-racing situations alive in this remarkable series. View →

 
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Animal Scavengers

Spectacular photographs of animal scavengers searching for and devouring dead animals illustrate this stunning new series. Watch these unusual creatures as they grow into full-grown scavengers – honing the instincts and skills they’ll need to become the world’s clean-up crew. Readers… View →

 
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Arachnid World

Enter the creepy-crawly world of the arachnid family with award-winning science author Sandra Markle! Too often lumped together with insects, these fascinating animals have distinctive characteristics and habits that are all their own. From spiders and scorpions to ticks and mites, these View →

 
Cover: A River's Gifts: The Mighty Elwha River Reborn

A River's Gifts

A mighty river. A long history. For thousands of years, the Elwha river flowed north to the sea. The river churned with salmon, which helped feed bears, otters, and eagles. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, known as the Strong People located in the Pacific… View →

 
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Awesome Inventions You Use Every Day

What would you do without deodorant, Band-Aids, or flushable toilets? Can you imagine living in a world with no television, and no microwave popcorn to eat while you watch it? We might take these items for granted now, but they haven’t always been around. Some were centuries in the View →

 
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Beastly Biomes

What kinds of animals live in the different environments Earth supports? This book shows how animals, birds, and fish all have a distinctive place to thrive, creating homes in unexpected places. View →

 
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Biomes of North America

Kids can grab their notebooks and take a virtual tour through each biome, exploring the life cycles of plants and animals through this highly visual, unique series. View →

 
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Biomes of North America Second Editions

The interdependence of plant and animal species comes alive in these immersive looks at North American biomes. Descriptive text engages the senses as it takes readers through each habitat. Scientifically accurate illustrations and striking photos add to the you-are-there approach. View →

 
Cover: Bionic Beasts: Saving Animal Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks

Bionic Beasts

What happens when a young elephant steps on a buried land mine? What happens when a sea turtle’s flipper is injured by a predator? Thanks to recent advances in technology, we have new ways to design and build prosthetic body parts that can help these animals thrive. Meet an… View →

 
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Boardwalk Babies

In the late 19th century, there wasn’t much hope for premature babies—until Dr. Couney developed the incubator. The device was so new and strange, hospitals rejected it. So Dr. Couney set up a sideshow at Coney Island, taking care of the tiniest newborns as part of a display to… View →

 
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Comparing Animal Traits

The Comparing Animal Traits series builds students’ critical thinking skills by helping them gather and analyze information about what makes animals similar to and different from one another. The clear text and vibrant photos show how some species in the same… View →

 
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Connect with Electricity

This highly curricular, STEM-focused series outlines how electrical components work—including circuits, batteries, LEDs, conductors, transistors, and sensors. Designed to support engineering concepts being taught in many schools, including robotics and coding,… View →

 
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Cool Science

Highly accessible writing combines with a magazine-style format in this timely look at cutting-edge science. Each high-interest subject illustrates how scientists solve problems and develop new technology while firmly connecting each title to core curricular subjects. With a splashy… View →

 
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Core Content Science — Earth's Amazing Animals

Many people are afraid of Earth’s amazing animals. But many of these animals are not scary at all! In fact, they are fascinating creatures that often help make the world a better place. Each book in the series explores a different “scary” animal and presents View →

 
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Disaster Zone

Earth—it’s a disaster zone! For thousands of years, Earth has been ravaged by enormous natural disasters with unthinkable destructive forces. From epic earthquakes and fearsome floods to hurricane horrors, mega tsunamis, raging wildfires, and super volcanoes, our planet and the people… View →

 
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Early Bird Astronomy

Newly fluent readers will explore the solar system in this colorful and interesting series. Accessible text describes the unique features of each planet, its place in the solar system, its makeup, its satellites and rings, and how scientists have learned about the planet through space… View →

 
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Early Bird Earth Science

Dig into key geology concepts with these highly supportive titles. Clear, simple language supports early readers in understanding essential information. As in other Early Bird series, each book introduces important vocabulary terms upfront with a “Be a Word Detective”… View →

 
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Early Bird Energy

Introduce students to basic concepts of energy and matter. Readers learn about topics such as sound and light through vivid photography, simple experiments, and short, easy-to-understand sentences. Each title in this core curriculum series helps students develop vocabulary and language… View →

 
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Early Bird Nature Books

Vivid photographs and clear, concise sentences describe the life cycles of animals and plants. Each title meets the life science standards for lower middle graders and develops vocabulary and language skills. Especially useful for reading hours, Chapter One programs, primary… View →

 
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Early Bird Physics

This series highlights six simple machines to make difficult physics concepts such as work, force, gravity, and friction easy to understand. With full-color photographs featuring kids doing simple experiments, these introductions to physics for middle grade readers also help develop… View →

 
Cover: Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication

Elephant Talk

On a hot day in the African savannah, a group of elephants searches for food. While foraging they often lose sight of one another. Yet at the end of the day, in one coordinated movement, the elephants suddenly regroup. This coordinated movement—and others like it—has puzzled scientists View →

 
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Energy Evolutions

The energy industry is evolving—and fast. Find out why fossil fuels are being fast-tracked into history and how cleaner, greener, and science-smart energy is helping us build a sustainable future. This exciting and informative science series explores the harm fossil fuels have caused our View →