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The 50 Things You Should Know About series is, in my opinion, on of the very best children’s nonfiction book series ever, and perhaps the best in the past 20 years. It’s really an outstanding way to present what some children could view as dry subjects. Here, the kinetic book layout helps readers to engage with the science of outer space, from within our own solar system to far, far beyond. The infographic-styled pages are designed with bright colors, interesting photos, engaging illustrations, and fun directional graphics. Further, the text is written clearly, while propelling young readers — and old! — through complex concepts, both simply and enjoyably.


I love this book series, and this book on inventions is a must-buy for any library serving children. How many children will one day become engineers, thanks to this engaging book, I wonder? From bicycles to ballpoint pens, vacuum cleaners to video games, this compelling encyclopedia of gadgets, machines, and technologies helps to clearly and concisely tell the story of each invention’s development, describing the scientific principles underlying each one. Plus, it is all told and shown in such an exciting and dynamic way, it helps propel the reader through the entire history of discovery.


Years ago, I did a study on what school’s actually taught, and the one subject that persisted throughout every single K-12 grade was the environmental sciences. Our conclusion was that while this subject is profoundly important, it’s also quite complex, and can be more than a little overwhelming to young people. So I’m delighted to discover this easy-to-understand — and truly engaging — book covering the entire span of the subject.

Simply put, as yet another dynamic and fascinating entry into this fantastic book series, this is the best way I know of to introduce young people to the principles, problems, and predicaments of the environmental sciences. Each page is brimming with colors, graphics, quips, and photos that engagingly propel the reader through complex issues made easy to understand. Sections include Our Environment, Human Impact, Conservation, Waste and Pollution, Climate Crisis,and Looking After the Environment. It’s a fantastic introduction to environmental science which I’d recommend to any and every school, library, or home interested in reaching and teaching their children about this crucial subject.