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Simple Machines

Photographs by Ray Boudreau; published by Kids Can Press

Thirteen experiments about the six simple machines — the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge and screw — teach kids about basic science. Full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions clearly explain each activity, so that children can explore the machines with minimal help from adults.

Kids can use a wheel and axle to whip up a batch of bubbles, make a funny fruit face out of wedges, or lift a candy just by blowing on it.

Simple Machines encourages children to have fun as they learn basic science, and it fills a need for primary-level science resources.

• Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award for Outstanding Activity Book
• Parents’ Choice Approval

“… offers simple science activities in an appealing format.” Booklist

Until now, there haven’t been many good books of experiments for young children that deal with basic scientific principles and include projects that are not only fun, but easy to understand and replicate. [This book] will provide just the needed direction for hours of enjoyable learning.” ForeWord

“Deborah Hodge has written a practical, useful, and exciting resource for parents and primary-school teachers … The photographs are eye catching and colorful and emphasize ethnic and gender diversity in learning and doing science.” Science Books and Film

Ants

Illustrated by Julian Mulock; photographs from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; published by Kids Can Press

With stunning photographs and simple activities, this book and (its companion Bees) will introduce budding entomologists to some remarkable insects.

Children can find out about the ant life cycle, ant bodies, and how a colony of ants lives and works together. Simple step-by-step instructions show kids how to build an ant nest out of modeling clay, or try a sense of smell experiment to learn how ants find food. (Check your library for a copy.)

• Our Choice List, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“A great starter series that will capture a beginning reader’s interest with its appealing presentation. Highly recommended.” Canadian Materials Magazine

“Well-designed, well thought-out, these will satisfy young listeners and encourage further research in slightly older kids.” Kirkus Reviews

“Full color close-ups bring kids literally face-to-face with bugs… A great way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside.” Booklist

Bees

Illustrated by Julian Mulock; photographs from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; published by Kids Can Press

With stunning photographs and simple activities, this book and (its companion Ants) will introduce budding entomologists to some remarkable insects.

Children can find out about the bee life cycle and bee bodies, how bees live and work together, and how they “talk” to one another. Simple step-by-step instructions show kids how to make honeycomb prints and a model bee. (Check your library for a copy.)

• Our Choice List, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

A great starter series that will capture a beginning reader’s interest with its appealing presentation. Highly recommended.” Canadian Materials Magazine

Full color close-ups bring kids literally face-to-face with bugs… A great way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside.” Booklist

Well-designed, well thought-out, these will satisfy young listeners and encourage further research in slightly older kids.Kirkus Reviews

Looking at Wild Cats

Illustrated by Nancy Gray Ogle; published by Kids Can Press

Kids can learn to read while finding out about cougars, lynx and bobcats. This non-fiction Level 1 first reader is interactive, with an eye-spy component at the beginning and a simple quiz at the end.

The book was created especially for beginning readers. Each page provides children with clearly written and simple facts about the fascinating wild cats of North America.

“… presents information in an accessible, research-friendly format that would be a great addition to a classroom or for early-reading animal lovers alike.” CM Magazine

“… a beautifully illustrated book for beginning readers. A fine resource for primary school teachers who want to enrich students’ information level.” National Science Teachers Association

Looking at Bears

Illustrated by Pat Stephens; published by Kids Can Press.

Kids can learn to read while finding out about grizzly bears, polar bears and black bears. This non-fiction Level 1 first reader is interactive, with an eye-spy component at the beginning and a simple quiz at the end.

The book was created especially for beginning readers. Each page provides children with clearly written and simple facts about the three fascinating species of bears in North America. (Check your library for a copy.)

• Year’s Best Books by Resource Links

A roaringly successful information gem for newly independent readers. Highly recommended.CM Magazine

Savanna Animals

savanna animalsIllustrated by Pat Stephens; published by Kids Can Press

The savanna is home to exciting animals whose bodies are suited to living on the warm, grassy plain. Elephants, giraffes, lions, meerkats, zebras and other animals have special ways of finding food, raising families and protecting themselves in this habitat with long dry seasons and shorter rainy seasons.

Read about:
• the black mamba who is the fastest snake in the world
• the lion, a fierce hunter with powerful jaws and razor-sharp teeth
• the giraffe who stands as tall as a two-storey building

Who Lives Here?

This series looks at animals in their natural habitats – rain forests, polar regions, deserts and wetlands – and explains how the body and habits of each animal are suited to the place it lives. Charming, realistic illustrations, playful language and intriguing facts make these books a perfect read for young children.

“Highly Recommended!” National Science Teachers Association

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Wetland Animals

wetland animalsIllustrated by Pat Stephens; published by Kids Can Press

Wetlands are home to amazing animals whose bodies are built for living in or near the water. Hippos, crocodiles and anacondas all have special ways of finding food, staying safe and raising their young in a watery habitat.

Read about:
• the hippopotamus who weighs as much as four heavy pianos
• the bullfrog who takes in water through its skin instead of drinking
• the crocodile, a fierce hunter who roars like a lion

Who Lives Here?

This series looks at animals in their natural habitats – rain forests, polar regions, deserts and wetlands – and explains how the body and habits of each animal are suited to the place it lives. Charming, realistic illustrations, playful language and intriguing facts make these books a perfect read for young children.

“Highly Recommended!” National Science Teachers Association

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Desert Animals

desert animalsIllustrated by Pat Stephens; published by Kids Can Press

Deserts are home to amazing animals whose bodies are built for living in hot places, where there is very little water to drink. Scorpions, sand cats and camels all have special ways of staying cool, finding food and raising their young in a hot, dry habitat.

Read about:
• the sidewinder snake who rattles its tail to scare away enemies
• the sand cat whose furry paws protect it from the burning sand
• the Bactrian camel who can drink enough water to fill a bathtub

Who Lives Here?

This series looks at animals in their natural habitats – rain forests, polar regions, deserts and wetlands – and explains how the body and habits of each animal are suited to the place it lives. Charming, realistic illustrations, playful language and intriguing facts make these books a perfect read for young children.

“Habits as well as habitats, prey as well as predators, are presented in word and picture in an engaging and appropriate way for the books’ intended audience.” Globe and Mail

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Eagles

eaglesIllustrated by Nancy Gray Ogle; published by Kids Can Press

How eagles build their nests is just one of the 14 topics in this look at the two types of eagles found in North America — the bald eagle and the golden eagle. You’ll find out how eagles fly, what they eat, how they hunt, how they protect themselves and much more.

Did you know?
• eagles are the biggest birds of prey in North America
• a golden eagle has more than 7000 feathers
• that a bald eagle’s nest can be as tall as a house

Kids Can Press Wildlife Series

Easy-to-read text, well-organized information and beautiful illustrations make this series is an excellent choice for students doing their first research projects. Featuring North American animals, these books describe where an animal lives, what it eats and how it raises its young.

• Parents’ Choice Approval, U.S. Parents’ Choice Foundation
• Best Books for Children by Science Books and Films
• “Pick of the Lists” by American Bookseller
• Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“A well organized, attractive book that will capture the interest of primary age children. Highly recommended.” Resource Links

“Soar with our largest birds of prey in the latest book from the Kids Can Press Wildlife Series. Like the other excellent books in this series, Eagles reveals its subject both inside and out.” Alberta Naturalist

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