Children's Books


Galileo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 25 Activities

Richard Panchyk (with Foreword by Buzz Aldrin)

Galileo, one of history's best-known scientists, is introduced in this illuminating activity book. Children will learn how Galileo's revolutionary discoveries and sometimes controversial theories changed his world and laid the groundwork for modern astronomy and physics. This book will inspire kids to be stargazers and future astronauts . . . READ MORE

Fascinating . . . full of useful and insightful information. A good read.
— Science Books & Films
Delightful and engaging as readers learn to appreciate Galileo’s genius and integrity.
— NSTA Recommends

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The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities

Mary Kay Carson

The heroic struggles of the thousands of slaves who sought freedom through the Underground Railroad are vividly portrayed in this powerful activity book, as are the abolitionists, free blacks, and former slaves who helped them along the way.  READ MORE

Carson’s well-written text gives the background of the movement that led to freedom for thousands of African Americans.
— The Miami Herald

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Monet and the Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas, 21 Activities

Carol Sabbeth

A lifelong love of art is one of the greatest gifts an adult can bestow on a child—and no period of art is better loved or more available to children than Impressionism. Monet and the Impressionists for Kids invites children to delight in Cassatt’s mothers and children, Renoir’s dancing couples, and Gaugin’s island scenes . . . READ MORE

A beautifully designed introduction to Impressionism . . . a worthy addition to the art shelves.
— School Library Journal


Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas, 24 Activities

Carol Sabbeth

Children will find artistic inspiration as they learn about iconic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in these imaginative and colorful activities. The art and ideas of Kahlo and Rivera are explored through projects that include painting a self-portrait Kahlo-style, creating a mural with a social message like Rivera, making a Day of the Dead . . . READ MORE

A good catch for anyone interested in the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
— Kliatt


Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities

Mary Kay Carson

Winner of the 2009 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Children’s Literature Award! 

How do we know that Mars is covered in rusty dust, that a day on Venus lasts longer than its year, and that Neptune has 13 moons? Human exploration! Exploring the Solar System relates the rich history of space exploration using telescopes, satellites, probes, landers, and human missions. This book has . . . READ MORE

Outstanding...Will sweep readers up in the wonder and excitement.
— Kirkus


Insectigations: 40 Hands-on Activities to Explore the Insect World

Cindy Blobaum

From butterflies and beetles to crickets and katydids, these experiments, art projects, and games will bring out the entomologist in every kid. Activities include collecting and sketching insects, making a terrarium for observation, raising mealworms, using math to measure bug strength, gardening to attract butterflies and other . . . LEARN MORE

Anyone interested in insects will enjoy this captivating book.
— Green Teacher


The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

William Gurstelle

Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers will become fast acquainted with Ludgar, the War Wolf, Ill Neighbor, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey—ancient artillery devices known commonly as catapults. Building these simple yet sophisticated machines . . . READ MORE

— Seattle Post-Intelligencer
This book is a hoot . . . the modern version of Fun for Boys and Harper’s Electricity for Boys.
— Natural History


Play with Us: 100 Games from Around the World

Oriol Ripoll 

This collection of more than 100 games from around the world will keep kids busy having fun all year round. Included are traditional games that can be played indoors and outdoors, alone or with a group, and run the gamut from quiet board games to wild games of chase. LEARN MORE

Filled with fascinating, easy-to-play games.
— Scholastic Parent & Child