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21st Century Inventions

Many inventions of the 21st century have changed the way people live their lives. This series highlights these great inventions and prompts students to see how their own lives have been changed because of them. Books provide a basic look at the technology behind each invention, discuss what people used before the product was invented, and examine the impact of the invention.

Adorable Animals (Bolt)

Growing up in the animal kingdom isn't easy, but it is adorable. Through colourful photography, growth charts and other infographics, and engaging text, this series takes readers on an adventure through the firsts of some of the world's most adorable animals.

After Life  

This nonfiction book for middle-grade readers examines the history, beliefs and customs surrounding death in cultures around the world.

Afternoon on a Hill

In this whimsically illustrated board book, a poem expresses the joys of being out in the natural world as "the gladdest thing under the sun.

Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith's Race to Complete Amelia Earhart's Quest

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. This picture book retells 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.

Air Power (Bolt)

Militaries around the world use aircraft to defend and attack. Huge bombers take out the enemy. Fighter jets hide from radar. With hi/lo text and powerful infographics, readers will soar along with the fastest and most powerful military aircraft in the air today.

All Around the World (Pogo Books)

Where in the world can you ride a camel? Or visit gardens filled with bonsai trees? Where might you find the Euphrates River? Each book in All Around the World highlights a specific country and discusses what makes it so interesting to its citizens and visitors. Bright, colour photographs complement the carefully levelled text to make reading for understanding easy and fun.

All-Time Worst Disasters

Kids are fascinated by natural disasters, and they will be engaged by this high-interest series that looks at the worst of various disasters. Each book is a collection of the 12 worst disasters and includes a "Staying Safe' section that covers safetyprocedures in the event of any of the disasters.

Amazing Adventures of Abby McQuade, The

Some would call Largo Bay quirky. Others would call it downright strange. To Abby McQuade it's just home. Abby has a big imagination. And her curiosity always leads to trouble. Every adventurer has a sidekick. Holmes had Watson. Batman had Robin. Abby has her bestie, Clara Erickson. Clara is regimented, hyper-scheduled, and disciplined. Abby is à not. Abby is yin to Clara's yang. Would her bestie be bored without Abby's curious mind? Totally.

Amazing Animals

The world of animals is wonderfully diverse. This popular and expanded series continues travelling the planet to study fascinating animals. Beautiful photos are paired with accessible text to examine the featured creature’s appearance, habitat, behaviours, and life cycle. Each book also presents a folk story that people have used to help explain the animal’s appearance or behaviour.