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ADV GIRLS

ADVENTURE GIRLS

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Explore, create, and imagine like a girl!

Girls can do anything, and Adventure Girls! proves it! Packed with exciting activities and crafts for girls (ages 6 to 12), this book inspires young adventurers to be curious, innovative, and bold. From stargazing and animal tracking to making a pinhole camera and building a shadow theater, Adventure Girls! is not one of your typical craft books. It empowers girls to:

  • Develop independence―Many of the activities are designed to be parent-assisted as girls learn to explore and create safely on their own.
  • Delve into science-Discover scientific ideas and principles through constellation identification, bird watching, and compass making.
  • Get their hands dirtyAdventure Girls! encourages outdoor play and exploration, from making a rope swing in the backyard to going on a nature scavenger hunt to building a shelter outside.
  • Express their creative side-These crafts for girls also engage their artistic side, with activities like creating decorative 3D stars, pressing flowers, and folding (and inventing their own) paper airplanes.
  • Instill confidence and curiosity with this collection of fun, engaging activities and crafts for girls.

    AWESOME KITCHEN SCIENCE EXPERI

    AWESOME KITCHEN SCIENCE EXPERI

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    Inspire kids to get excited about science with edible experiments for ages 5-10

    Hands-on experiments encourage kids to get involved in science, and with results they can eat, they'll find learning irresistible! Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids is full of food-related experiments that kids can literally sink their teeth into. Each chapter puts a new STEAM subject on the table, giving young learners a taste of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

    An age-appropriate introduction to the scientific method empowers kids to form hypotheses and test their theories. The experiments are rated for difficulty and potential mess, so adults know how much supervision is required. Easy-to-follow instructions ensure educational-and edible!-results.

  • Solar-Powered S'mores―Learn about energy from the sun and build a solar oven out of a cardboard box. Then it's time to cook and enjoy s'mores in the sunshine!
  • What Stops Onion Tears?-Discover why people cry when they cut onions, and design an experiment to test preventative methods. What happens when the onions are cooked?
  • Edible Dyes-In this artistic project, create a homemade dye by simmering beets, and find out the secret to getting the brightest colors from plant-based dyes.
  • Feed kids' science curiosity with Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids.

    AWESOME SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FO

    AWESOME SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FO

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    Hands-on projects to get kids ages 5 to 10 excited about science

    As kids grow older, they become more curious about the world around them, often asking, "How does this work?" Awesome Science Experiments for Kids teaches young brains the nuts and bolts of the scientific method using fun, hands-on experiments designed to show kids how to hypothesize, experiment, and then record their findings.

    With awesome projects like a Fizzy Rocket, Magnet-Powered Car, and Pencil Sundial, kids will have a blast learning to build, design, and think critically--while getting inspired to interact with the world around them and make their own discoveries.

    Awesome Science Experiments for Kids includes:

  • 100+ STEAM experiments―With interactive activities for science, technology, engineering, art, and math, kids can discover how and why each project works.
  • Easy-to-follow instructions―Step-by-step experiments simplify engineering for kids and make the STEM experiments and art projects clear and simple to do.
  • Colorful photos―Refer to real-life photos that show experiments and many of the common household materials they use, as well as some of the final results!
  • From learning how quicksand works to turning a lemon into a battery, these experiments teach budding STEAM kids how cool it is to be curious.

    Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail: What Will You Find?

    Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail: What Will You Find?

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    Gold Mom's Choice Award Winner

    Jump-start curiosity with this take-along field guide for children ages 4 to 8. From worms, birds, and spiders to trees, flowers, and clouds, young explorers learn what to look and listen for wherever they are -- whether in a nature preserve, an urban park, or a suburban backyard. Seek-and-find lists, on-the-trail art projects, and discovery games get kids engaged in hands-on learning about nature, and a real pull-out magnifying glass helps them get a close-up glimpse of leaf veins, seed pods, and tiny insects. Filled with activities, checklists, and stickers, this interactive nature guide belongs in every kid's backpack.

    CALLING ALL MINDS: HOW TO THIN

    CALLING ALL MINDS: HOW TO THIN

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    From world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin -- a book of personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors' minds and make them soar.

    Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly or a boat float? Have you ever thought about why snowflakes are symmetrical, or why golf balls have dimples? Have you ever tried to make a kaleidoscope or build a pair of stilts?

    In Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind all of those questions and more. She delves into the science behind inventions, the steps various people took to create and improve upon ideas as they evolved, and the ways in which young inventors can continue to think about and understand what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate. And laced throughout it all, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing.

    More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. And more than a call to action, she gives a call to imagination, and shows readers that there is truly no single way to approach any given problem--but that an open and inquisitive mind is always key.

    Praise for Calling All Minds

    An impassioned call to look at the world in unique ways with plenty of practical advice on how to cultivate a curious, inquiring, imaginative mind. --Kirkus Reviews

    Both practical and inspirational, this useful book describes an overall approach to viewing the world creatively, as exemplified by the numerous projects and supporting material provided here. --VOYA

    Grandin offers a nuanced perspective on the qualities of a successful inventor--notably, a sense of wonder and curiosity, careful observation, and the willingness to learn from mistakes. --Publishers Weekly

    Chess for Kids

    Chess for Kids

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    Want to become a chess Grandmaster?

    International Master and renowned chess tutor Michael Basman teaches you the rules, skills, and techniques in this visual guide to chess.

    From the history of chess and the aim of the game to essential tactics and taking it even farther in clubs, tournaments, and championships, Chess for Kids covers it all.

    Before explaining techniques, the book details each piece - pawns, bishops, the king, and more - to ensure kids have a comprehensive understanding before they begin to play. Chess board graphics illustrate different scenarios and support the text explanations so readers can visualize different moves and their potential outcomes as they go.

    Let Chess for Kids and International Master Michael Basman turn you into a champion chess player.

    COMPLETE BAKING BOOK FOR YOUNG

    COMPLETE BAKING BOOK FOR YOUNG

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    A New York Times Bestseller!
    From the creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook for kids comes the ultimate baking book. America's Test Kitchen once again brings their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS!

    BAKING ISN'T JUST FOR CUPCAKES

    Want to make your own soft pretzels? Or wow your friends with homemade empanadas? What about creating a showstopping pie? Maybe some chewy brownies after school? From breakfast to breads, from cookies to cakes (yes, even cupcakes!), learn to bake it all here. You can do this, and it's fun!

  • Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 5,000 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels--including recipes for breakfast, breads, pizzas, cookies, cupcakes, and more
  • Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen
  • Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America's Test Kitchen test cooks will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks.
  • By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America's Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.

    The perfect book to give as a gift to kids this Christmas!

    COMPLETE COOKBOOK FOR YOUNG CH

    COMPLETE COOKBOOK FOR YOUNG CH

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    The #1 New York Times Best Seller!
    IACP Award Winner

    Want to bake the most-awesome-ever cupcakes? Or surprise your family with breakfast tacos on Sunday morning? Looking for a quick snack after school? Or maybe something special for a sleepover? It's all here. Learn to cook like a pro--it's easier than you think.

    For the first time ever, America's Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen!

    Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America's Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you're cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs has delicious recipes that will wow!

  • Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 750 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels--including recipes for breakfast, snacks and beverages, dinners, desserts, and more.
  • Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen
  • Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America's Test Kitchen will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks.
  • By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America's Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.

    Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids: 50 Fun Projects to Make, Wear, and Share

    Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids: 50 Fun Projects to Make, Wear, and Share

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    Arts! Crafts! Fun!―Easy projects for creative kids ages 7 to 10

    Discover tons of creative crafts you can do all by yourself―and with materials you can find at home! Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids is the perfect choice for aspiring creators, bursting with instructions for dozens of stylish projects that have real uses.

    From amazing games and fashion to one-of-a-kind gifts, Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids will keep you entertained with super cool (and super fun) projects that you'll love to make and share!

    Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids includes:

  • 50 awesome projects―Create Tin Can Robots, No-Sew Scrunchies, Rainbow Bath Bombs, Easy Woven Wall Hangings, Pressed Leaf Lanterns, and so much more.
  • Practical crafts―Whether it's wearing, decorating, or planting, every project in Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids can be used for something.
  • (Almost) No supervision required―Don't worry if your parents are busy―most of these projects can be done without any help.
  • Learn how you can make fun come alive by making things with Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids.

    EATS SHOOTS & LEAVES

    EATS SHOOTS & LEAVES

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    Punctuation play is at its finest in this New York Times #1 bestseller!

    Illuminating the comical confusion the lowly comma can cause, this new edition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves uses lively, subversive illustrations to show how misplacing or leaving out a comma can change the meaning of a sentence completely. You might want to eat a huge hot dog, but a huge, hot dog would run away pretty quickly if you tried to take a bite out of him. And a sign saying Eat here and get gas would hint at a very different odor than Eat here, and get gas.

    This picture book is sure to elicit gales of laughter--and better punctuation--from all who read it.

    #1 New York Times Bestseller
    Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book
    KidsReads.com Best Book of the Year