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National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019
by National Geographic Kids (Author)

Booktalk: All new weird-but-true facts, updated reference material, and cool stuff on topics today’s curious kids care about, including a “19 Facts for 2019” feature in every chapter and a “Fun and Games” chapter filled with all-new games, jokes, and comics.

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(3) A “zombie star” is a surviving fragment of a star that exploded.

(4) Scientists have created pieces of white dwarf stars in a lab.

(5) Harry Potter characters Sirius Black and Bellatrix Lestrange were named after stars.

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Where’s Your Creativity?

Where’s Your Creativity?
by Aaron Rosen (Author), Riley Watts (Author), and Marika Maijala (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Where’s your creativity? It’s the tingle in your toes, or the hop in your step when you have a brand-new idea. It makes you want to do something that hasn’t been done before. It all starts when you begin to m-o-v-e!

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Aim for the Skies

Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith’s Race to Complete Amelia Earhart’s Quest
by Aimée Bissonette (Author) and Doris Ettlinger (Illustrator)

Booktalk: When she was seven years old, Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock took her first airplane ride. She decided then and there to be a pilot. Growing up, she was inspired by radio broadcasts detailing the travels of aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Joan Merriam was 15 when she took her first plane ride in 1952. She got her pilot’s license before she could even drive a car. And like Jerrie, Joan too was inspired by Earhart and wanted to circle the globe, following Earhart’s exact route. Years later, when both women begin to plan their dream flights, they are completely unaware of each other, and coincidentally pick the same time to depart. But when the media gets word of their plans, the stage is set for the race of a lifetime. The extraordinary story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world.

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Write On, Irving Berlin!

Write On, Irving Berlin!
by Leslie Kimmelman (Author) and David C. Gardner (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Escaping persecution for being Jewish, the Baline family fled Russia and arrived by ship in New York City harbor in September 1893. After arriving at Ellis Island, the first stop for all immigrants, Israel and his family are ready to begin a new life in America. His family settles in the Lower East Side and soon Israel (now nicknamed Izzy) starts school. And while he learns English, he is not a very good student. According to his teachers he daydreams and sings in class. But while these may not be traits that are helpful in the classroom, these are wonderful tools for a budding singer and composer. And by the time that Izzy (now known as Irving) is a young man, he is well on his way to becoming one of the most well-known composers in America.

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