If not for a stint in reform school, young Louis Armstrong might never have become a musician. It was a teacher at the Colored Waifs Home who gave him a cornet, promoted him to band leader, and saw talent in the tough kid from the even tougher New Orleans neighborhood called Storyville. But it was L..
A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, not unlike his protagonist, Huck, has a restless spirit. He found adventure prospecting for silver in Nevada, navigating steamboats..
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threaten..
Known as the keepers of modern-day fairy tales, The Brothers Grimm are as legendary as their stories. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1780s Germany and were inseparable throughout their childhood. While pursuing their law degrees, the two became fascinated with folktales and folk songs. Togethe..
As a child his passions were comics and cars, but George Lucas grew up to be one of the most successful filmmakers of all time. He is a producer, screenwriter, director and entrepreneur whose company Lucasfilms pioneered the movie effects that changed the world of animation. He founded Industrial Li..
Although polio left him wheelchair bound, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office during the Great Depression and served as president during World War II. Elected four times, he spent thirteen years in the White House. How he led the country through tremendously difficult problems, much like the ones ..
Claude Monet is considered one of the most influential artists of all time. He is a founder of the French Impressionist art movement, and today his paintings sell for millions of dollars. While Monet was alive, however, his work was often criticized and he struggled financially. With over one hundre..
A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens' most loved books - a true classic and a Christmas must-read. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his p..
Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of h..
This is the fourth and last book about the March family. Ten years after the school at Plumfield was founded, there is now a college, built with a legacy from old Mr. Lawrence. All Jo's original children are grown young men, scattered around the world, and graceful young women with high ambitions. B..
With over 250 nursery rhymes, including both well-known favourites and hidden gems, this collection has something for every child. Beautiful illustrated by Raymond Briggs, the much-loved creator of the Snowman, this revised edition of a famous classic first won the Kate Greenaway in 1966 and is now ..
Starting out over fifty years ago, the Rolling Stones took the music of the blues and blended it into rock and roll to create their own unique sound. Decades later, they are still hard at work, recording and playing live to massive crowds of adoring fans. Who Are the Rolling Stones? captures the exc..
Highly acclaimed guide with straightforward and reassuring information. Describes exactly what happens at puberty, with informative sections on sex, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, and advice on hygiene, exercise and healthy eating. Traces the development of a baby from conception t..
Press out and play along as you read with Make Your Own Fairy Tale: Snow White! Eight press-out sheets give you all the characters and props you need to re-enact the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. From Snow White herself to the wicked queen and the huntsman (and of course all seven dwarfs..
Bob the bird is just like all his friends, apart from his skinny legs. When Bob is teased, he decides to try and change himself to fit in. But little does he know where all his efforts will lead him? An affirming picture book for age 3+ about the power of art and of being confident enough to be your..
In this imaginative activity book, Marion Deuchars makes learning about art fun. Young readers discover new ways of making art by being introduced to 18 great artists, learning about the methods, materials and ideas that made up their masterpieces and how these can be applied to one's own creations...
Award-winning British illustrator Marion Deuchars has returned with a new addition to her popular Let's Make Some Great Art activity book series. Draw, paint and collage all kinds of amazing patterns with Let's Make Some Great Art: Patterns, a jam-packed activity book.Spark your imagination and get ..
The Super Book for Superheroes is a compendium of ideas, drawing, colouring and activities that allows you to create your own crusaders for justice who do battle with supervillains, unravelling their crazed schemes for taking over the world. You will learn to draw villains such as the Mad Scientist,..
Best friends Ivy and Bean are back and looking for adventure in the second installment of this engaging new series. This time they've made an amazing discoverya ghost in the school bathroom! Ivy and Bean can see its cloudy form and its glowing eyes. They can hear its moaning voice. This is the best ..