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Rocket Science for Babies (Baby University)

Rocket Science for Babies (Baby University) Lowest new price: $6.50
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Author: Chris Ferrie

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!

Written by an expert, Rocket Science for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to aerospace engineering. Babies (and grownups!) will learn about the basics of how lift and thrust make things fly. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it's never too early to become a rocket scientist!

Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind.

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Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be

Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be Lowest new price: $7.00
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Author: Charlotte Foltz Jones
Brand: Doubleday Books for Young Readers

Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. Mistakes That Worked offers forty of these unusual tales, along with hilarious cartoons and weird and amazing facts. Readers will be surprised and inspired!

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From Seed to Pumpkin (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

From Seed to Pumpkin (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) Lowest new price: $3.50
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Author: Wendy Pfeffer
Brand: Pfeffer Wendy

In the fall, pumpkins are everywhere: in the garden, in the supermarkets, and on doorsteps. But do you know how they grow from a tiny yellow seed to a pumpkin? In this classic Level 1 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out picture book, Wendy Pfeffer's lively text combines with James Graham Hale's beautiful watercolors to bring readers into the pumpkin patch to show them how little seeds transform into big pumpkins.

Now rebranded with a new cover look, this book includes a find out more section with activities such as an experiment to show how plants use roots to drink water from the ground and a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds. Both text and artwork were vetted for accuracy by Barbara J. Bromley, Mercer County Horticulturist.

This is a Level 1 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores introductory concepts perfect for children in the primary grades and supports the Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

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Hello, World! Solar System

Hello, World! Solar System Lowest new price: $5.45
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Author: Jill McDonald
Brand: McDonald Jill

Every young child loves to look up at the moon in the night sky. Now here’s a board book that can teach toddlers all about the sun, moon, stars, and planets—with colors, shapes, sizes, and super-simple facts. 

Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. (“Can you point to the red planet? That’s Mars!”) It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops. 

Look for all the books in the Hello, World! series: Weather, Backyard Bugs, and Birds.

“A cheerful introduction to outer space.”—Booklist

“Supplemental tidbits (“Ouch! Asteroids and comets often hit this planet,” [McDonald] writes about Mercury) offer additional details to pique the interest of children just hearing about Earth’s cosmic neighbors for the first time.”—Publishers Weekly

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We're Going on a Leaf Hunt

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt Lowest new price: $5.58
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Author: Steve Metzger
Brand: Cartwheel

Join three friends on a fun leaf-finding adventure! This bouncy new version of the popular song begs to be read out loud.

There are lots of beautiful fall leaves to find! Three friends have a big adventure hiking over a mountain and through a forest to collect leaves of all kinds and colors. What will they do with all their leaves at the end of the story? Jump and play in them, of course!

With easy rhyming text and fun sound effects, children will delight in this rollicking autumn story.

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  • We re Going on a Leaf Hunt

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Lowest new price: $5.65
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Author: J.K. Rowling
Brand: Ingramcontent

J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.

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  • First Edition and First Printing

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Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie (Picture the Seasons)

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie (Picture the Seasons) Lowest new price: $3.92
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Author: Jill Esbaum
Brand: National Geographic Children's Books

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie follows Apples for Everyone in the Picture the Seasons series. This beautifully photographed picture book about everybody’s favorite fall treat is sure to please kids both young and old. The glossy, festive images and lively text are sure to get your family in the mood to celebrate the season.

Pumpkins! Who can resist the sight of big, round, orange pumpkins ripening in a field? Children piling off school buses to pick one out. Carving out funny faces, smiles, or scary frowns to illuminate Halloween doorsteps. Making room for that last piece of pumpkin pie after a delicious Thanksgiving feast. In this book, pumpkins aren’t just a fruit, they’re a symbol, a scent, a flavor of the entire season.

Celebrate the flavor of fall on every page of this beautifully photographed picture book. Follow along as National Geographic takes you from seed to sprout, pumpkin to pie. Envelope yourself, your family, or your class in the season by reading and learning all about pumpkins.

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Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever (National Geographic Kids)

Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever (National Geographic Kids) Lowest new price: $9.99
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Author: Darlyne Murawski
Brand: National Geographic Children's Books

Welcome to the hidden world of the most popular bugs on Earth. Opening the beautiful and accessible pages of this book is like turning over a series of stones under which you'll find a fascinating array of the world's coolest creepy-crawlies. 

This fully photographic book profiles bugs, beetles, wasps, bees, ants, caterpillars, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, flies, crickets and grasshoppers, and centipedes and millipedes. These profiles are accompanied by Did You Know? facts and fast facts including scientific name, size, diet, and habitat. Front matter includes a How to Use spread and thematic spreads covering topics from prehistoric insects to bugs around the world. In short, this book includes everything a young fact-hound needs to discover the weird, wacky, diverse, and fascinating world of bugs.

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  • Giant book of high quality photographs and facts about all kinds of bugs.
  • Inspires an interest in entomology and scientific exploration.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about all your favorite bugs!
  • Every page is full of intensely detailed photographs.
  • Features loads of fun facts plus profiles of bugs including scientific names and more.

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The Way Things Work Now

The Way Things Work Now Lowest new price: $20.55
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Author: David Macaulay
Brand: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT

A New York Times Bestseller

Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained--with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.
 
An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay explains them all.
 

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  • Large book full of illustrated explanations of how hundreds of machines work.
  • Encourages reading, exploration, an interest in science and engineering.
  • Wrap your brain around some of the most amazing technology of our world!
  • Explanations accompanied by easy-to-understand, detailed illustrations.
  • An entertaining reference book for readers of all ages - adults, too!

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Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves Lowest new price: $5.37
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Author: Julia Rawlinson
Brand: Greenwillow Books

As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is terribly wrong. But then winter comes, and with it a wonderful surprise.

Do you know what it is? Join Fletcher and find out. . . .

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