WEATHER WORDS AND WHAT THEY MEAN
The perfect introduction to how we talk and think about the weather
Everyone talks about the weather. In Weather Words and What They Mean, young readers are introduced to common terms–like moisture, air pressure, and temperature–and their definitions. The origins of fog, clouds, frost, thunderstorms, snow, fronts, hurricanes, and other weather-related phenomena are also explained, and best of all, a fun list of weird weather facts is included!
* “[Weather Words and What They Mean is] an attractive introduction for weather units.”–School Library Journal
* “As usual with Gibbons, the colors are fresh and the format friendly–[Weather Words and What They Mean is] a useful start toward making sense of the jargon that tells us which way the wind blows.” —Booklist
* Gail Gibbons is a best-selling favorite among kids, parents, teachers, and librarians.
* The Washington Post said, “Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children’s writer-illustrator.”
* Booklist said, “Gibbons is a master at creating factual books through which young readers can explore details of nature at an accessible and engaging depth.”
* Kirkus Reviews calls Gail Gibbons’s books “staples of any collection.”<
WEIRD BUT TRUE! USA
It’s weird. It’s true. And now, it’s red, white, and blue! Explore the wonderfully wacky side of the United States of America Weird But True! style.
Calling all patriots! Get ready to explore wacky wonders, facts, stats, tidbits, and trivia about America’s 50 states and territories! Did you know that there is a floating post office in Michigan? Or that a library book checked out by George Washington was returned to a New York City library 221 years late? Maybe you’d be amazed to discover that the ink used to print U.S. paper money is magnetic? In this latest and greatest edition of Weird But True!, you’ll encounter all kinds of bizarre people, places, events, and things that make our country great.
WHAT IS CLIMATE CHANGE?
Learn more about what climate change means and how it’s affecting our planet.
The earth is definitely getting warmer. There’s no argument about that, but who or what is the cause? And why has climate change become a political issue? Are humans at fault? Is this just a natural development? While the vast majority of scientists who study the environment agree that humans play a large part in climate change, there is a counterargument. Author Gail Herman presents both sides of the debate in this fact-based, fair-minded, and well-researched book that looks at the subject from many perspectives, including scientific, social, and political.
WHAT IS LEGO?
Find out how these fun, stackable blocks became the most popular toys in the world.
The LEGO toy company was founded in 1934 by a Danish carpenter who loved making wooden pull toys. From its humble beginnings, the company has lived up to its name–which comes from the Danish phrase meaning to always “play well”–encouraging children to use their imagination and build whatever they can dream up.
In this book, author Jim O’Connor describes how a simple concept–small plastic bricks that snap together–morphed into a cultural phenomenon.
WHAT IS NINTENDO?
The game is on! Get your hands on this book about one of the most influential companies in the video game industry.
Founded in 1889, Nintendo started out as a small playing card company in Japan. Though the cards sold well, Nintendo really became popular when it began creating toys in the 1960s, and then became internationally renowned after developing video games and consoles in the 1970s and ’80s. After introducing the world to some of the best-known and top-selling video game franchises of all-time, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Pokémon, it’s clear to see why Nintendo is beloved by parents as a company that creates nonviolet, family-friendly entertainment for kids.
With fun black-and-white illustrations and an engaging 16-page photo insert, readers will be excited to read this latest additon to Who HQ!
What is the Constitution?
We the people at Who HQ bring readers the full story–arguments and all–of how the US Constitution came into being.
Signed on September 17, 1787–four years after the American War for Independence–the Constitution laid out the supreme law of the United States of America. Today it’s easy for us to take this blueprint of our government for granted. But the Framers–fifty-five men from almost all of the original 13 states–argued fiercely for many months over what ended up being only a four-page document. Here is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the hotly fought issues–those between Northern and Southern States; big states and little ones–and the key players such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington who suffered through countless revisions to make the Constitution happen.
WHAT WAS D-DAY?
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. Readers will dive into the heart of the action and discover how it was planned and carried out and how it overwhelmed the Germans who had been tricked into thinking the attack would take place elsewhere. D-Day was a major turning point in World War II and hailed as one of the greatest military attacks of all time.
WHAT WAS THE VIETNAM WAR?
Learn how the United States ended up fighting for twenty years in a remote country on the other side of the world.
The Vietnam War was as much a part of the tumultuous Sixties as Flower Power and the Civil Rights Movement. Five US presidents were convinced that American troops could end a war in the small, divided country of Vietnam and stop Communism from spreading in Southeast Asia. But they were wrong, and the result was the death of 58,000 American troops. Presenting all sides of a complicated and tragic chapter in recent history, Jim O’Connor explains why the US got involved, what the human cost was, and how defeat in Vietnam left a lasting scar on America.
WHERE IS OUR SOLAR SYSTEM?
Readers will want to grab a telescope and explore the night skies after finishing this overview of our solar system.
Our solar system consists of eight planets, as well as numerous moons, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. For thousands of years, humans believed that Earth was at the center of the Universe, but all of that changed in the 17th century. Astronomers like Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, and Isaac Newton proposed the unthinkable theory that Earth and the other planets actually revolved around the Sun. This engaging book chronicles the beginning of the modern age of astronomy, then follows later discoveries, including NASA’s current missions in space.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Maurice Sendak’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. A must for every child’s bookshelf.
Introduce a new generation to Max’s imaginative journey with this special anniversary edition. Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork.
Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in 2012. This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations.
WHO IS KAMALA HARRIS?
The inspiring story of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris told in the new Who HQ NOW format for trending topics.
On November 7, 2020, Kamala Harris, a senator from California, became the first woman and the first African-American and South Asian-American person to be elected to the vice presidency. While her nomination for this position was not unexpected, her rise to national prominence was one filled with unexpected turns and obstacles. After failing her first bar exam to become a lawyer, she tried again and passed. From there, she quickly rose through the legal ranks, serving as district attorney of San Francisco, then California’s attorney general, and soon, senator. As a politician, Kamala Harris has been a vocal champion of progressive reforms and women’s rights. This exciting story details the defining moments of what led to her nomination and all the monumental ones since that have shaped her career and the future of America.
WHO IS MICHAEL JORDAN?
Grab your Js and hit the court with this Who Was? biography about NBA superstar Michael Jordan.
Meet the man who changed the game forever. Michael Jordan has always been competitive–even as a young boy, he fought for attention. His need to be the best made him a star player on his college basketball team and helped him become an NBA legend, both for his skills and his endorsements. His Nike contract for Air Jordan basketball shoes set an unmatched precedent for professional athletes. Author Kirsten Anderson takes readers through each exciting moment, detailing the iconic reverse lay-ups and jump shots of Michael Jordan’s storied career.