Earth’s Record Breakers

Earth’s Record Breakers
by Nadia Higgins (Author), Jia Liu (Illustrator) and Mark Oblinger (Composer)

Booktalk: Earth is home to some awesome extremes. Be an Earth Explorer and tour the highest, biggest, and longest sights in Earth’s Record Breakers. Sing along as you explore What Shapes Our Earth! This hardcover book comes with CD and online music access.

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Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail
by Jennifer Thermes (Author / Illustrator)

Booktalk: Emma Gatewood’s life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail.

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Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events

Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events
by Carla Mooney (Author) and Samuel Carbaugh (Illustrator)

Booktalk: For centuries, people from different societies and cultures have made contact with each other and exchanged goods and ideas. Globalization is not a new thing, but in recent years, advances in transportation and technology have made it easier than ever to connect with people everywhere, whether they are sitting next to you on a bus, waiting for you at home, or sitting on a different bus halfway around the globe. Jet airplanes and great ocean ships carry people and goods everywhere in the world. Cell phones, computers, the Internet, and social media allow people to communicate instantly, no matter where they are. Through globalization, the world is becoming more interconnected and interdependent. Is globalization a good thing? Does globalization benefit all world citizens, rich and poor? Or does it only benefit a few, while harming others?

Snippet: Globalization is not new–it has happened throughout history. Globalization occurred when people traveled from one nation to another and exchanged goods, ideas, and culture. More than 2,000 years ago, Alexander the Great was king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. As he conquered new lands, his armies spread ancient Greek culture to many places in southwestern Asia, northern Africa, and southern Europe.

During the Middle Ages, the famous Silk Road stretched across Central Asia and connected China and Europe. The trading route passed the northern borders of China, India, and Persia (now Iran) to Eastern Europe, near modern-day Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea. Merchants traveled in large caravans along the route.

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Who Invented the Airplane?

Who Invented the Airplane?: Wright Brothers Vs. Whitehead
by Karen Kenney (Author)

Booktalk: Do you know who invented the airplane? Most Americans believe it was Wilbur and Orville Wright. But what if that’s not true? What if a German immigrant named Gustave Whitehead beat the Wrights to the punch, flying a plane he designed several years before Wilbur and Orville took their famous flight?

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The 12 Most Influential Athletes of All Time

The 12 Most Influential Athletes of All Time
by Jeanne Marie Ford (Author)

Booktalk: Inspirational stories of the world’s most amazing athletes, from Muhammad Ali to Michael Phelps.

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9. Mia Hamm Kicks Soccer into the Spotlight
Soccer superstar Mariel “Mia” Hamm was born in 1972. Her father was an Air Force pilot, and she and her five siblings moved often. When Hamm was two, her family was living in Italy. She saw some kids playing soccer and joined them. Her love for soccer had begun.

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