Posts tagged ‘Biographies’

From the creators of Who Was..? series, now What Was? Check the titles!


What Was the March on Washington? By Kathleen Krull.

Imagine a quarter million people marched for equal rights and a man with a speech, which will change for good the lives of thousands!

índiceWhat Was the Gold Rush? By Joan Holub.

Which of these facts are true?

  • Bedbug, Hangtown, and Murderer´s Gulch were mining camps.
  • People poured into California to get rich quick.
  • The largest nugget weighed 195 pound.

All of the above!

índice Who is Bill Gates? By Patricia Brennan Demuth.

  • A boy who was a computer genius.
  • A confounder of Microsoft.
  • A man who has given billions of dollars to worthy causes.

All of them! Read more in this book.


October 24, 2013 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

Newest titles!

bnBig Nate Flips Out by Lincoln Peirce.

Everyone knows N-A-T-E does NOT equal N-E-A-T! And when Nate´s sloppiness gets out of hand, Francis is in serious trouble, Can Nate clean up his act, or will he flip out first?


BOMB: the Race to Build –and Steal- the World´s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.

In this book the story of the plotting, the risk taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world´s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Watch the author talking about his book: 


Who is Jane Goodall? By Robert Edwards.

  • A little girl whose dream was to live among wild chimps.
  • A brave young woman who made her dream come true.
  • A world-famous scientist and animal rights champion.

All of the them!

An interview with Jane Goodall:


Dog Finds Lost Dolphins by Elizabeth Carney.

Three incredible stories of courage and compassion. You´ll meet Cloud, the dog who finds lost dolphins; Kasey the monkey who helps people in need; and hero rats, the rodents whose super powers of smell can  find bombs. Follow along on their true adventures as they save lives and change the world.


Planet of the Lawn Gnomes by R. L. Stine.

Jay Gardener can´t seem to stay out of trouble. Even after a fresh start ina new neighborhood, he keeps finding himself in bad situation. But it´s not his fault! Jay wants to be a good kid, he really does, it´s just these strange things keep happening to him. What kind of place did his family move to? And why does every house have so many lawn gnomes in their yard? Jay better quickly that there are things a lot more scary than his parents…


100 People Who Made History by Ben Gilliland.

Let´s hear it for the heroes who made our world hat it is. From the world´s greatest inventors, explorers, and scientist to the most influential political leaders, thinkers, and writers –find out who changed the world and how they did it.


Jet Fighters Inside Out by Jim Winchester.

Features fifty of the greatest fighter aircraft from World War II to the present day, including the Phantom II, MiG-21, and F-22 Raptor.  Includes detailed cutaway artwork and full-color photographs that reveal the inner workings of each jet fighter. Packed with facts, development history and specifications, making this and essential reference guide for aviation enthusiasts.


Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall.

Read the message in the back cover of the book:

Dear students,

I will be unable to teach our class due to a serious case of frazzled nerves. I´ve asked a rather special someone to make sure you are all well taken care of while I´m gone. And certainly, wouldn´t suggests playing any tricks on him! Have Happy Halloween and good luck!

Ms. Jenkins.

Watch the book trailer:


Pokémon Essential Handbook.

Your comprehensive guide to over 640 Pokémon! Legendary Pokémon, bug types, water types, and every Pokémon in between. This book has got it all! It´s jam-packed with insider info on your favorites from every region. So What are you waiting for? Let´s begin your training!


Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O´Roark Dowell.


Goat poop on your shoes does not endear you to your classmates. Not does having a mom who blogs about your lives as sustainable farmers. Nor would wearing homemade jeans (the treat looms large).

And living on a farm (okay, a farm-ette) only to makes you: the girls with the goat poop on her shoes. Normal? Not so much…



I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis.

The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his dad´s friend Benny, a firefighter and former football star. He taught Lucas the game and helps him practice. So when Lucas´s parents decide football is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan. On a whim, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It´s a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at the firehouse, everything changes… and nothing will ever be the same again.


Her Evil Twin by Mimi McCoy.

Anna’s new friend, Emma, is fearless, fashionable, and always up for a new adventure. But Emma is also a troublemaker. She sneaks off school grounds at lunch and “borrows” spray paint from the art classroom. Emma never seems to get caught, but Anna does. After all, the girls’ look so much alike-who could tell them apart? Bu when Emma´s idea of fun takes a sinister turn Anna starts to worry. Is her new BFF actually her evil twin?


Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead.

When seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges is happy to hang out with Safer´s warm, eccentric family, because lately things haven´t been so easy at home: his dad lost his job, and his mom started working extra shifts at the hospital. Life is not better at school, where Georges is the new target of Dallas, who is always on the lookout for other kids’ weak spots. Georges becomes Safer´s first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?


Pandora the Curious by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.

Is Pandora about to open a big box of trouble?

Pandora is one of the few mortals at Mount Olympus Academy, and her majorly quizzical nature has made her famous among her classmates-not that she think there is anything wrong with that, of course!

When a god boy named Epimetheus brings a mysterious and dangerous box to school, Pandora can´t help but take a peek at what´s inside when it unexpectedly lands in her lap. What could be the harm in that? But little does she know that opening the box will open up far more trouble than she thought…


Bites: Scary Stories Sink your Teeth Into.

Are you ready for spine-tingling tales by some of todays best writers? Keep in mind a few simple warnings:

Some vampires don´t want just your blood… they want something even more valuable.

Werewolves, once dead, don´t always stay that way.

Some dogs and coyotes may look normal –but don´t get too close.

Remember what you don´t know can bite you…


Bones: Terrifying Tales to Haunt your Dreams.


These bone chilling stoires by some of today´s top writers may keep you awake at night!

Just remember:

Skeletons don´t always rest in peace.

Ghoste hate being ignored.

Even cell phones can be trusted.

If you mess with bones you can get rattled!


Holly´s Jolly Christmas by Nancy Krulik.

Can one little wish mess up the life of a nice ordinary kid? Sure can! Kin this new Super Special, ´tis the season for Katie to visit a Christmas tree farm and a winterland amusement park. Will to switcheroos spoil Katie´s Christmas?


Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow! by Nancy Krulik.

Katie is nervous about her upcoming clarinet performance, but Suzannes convinces her that a new haircut is just the thing she needs to wow the audience. And the only place for both girls to go is Cherrydales´s newest, most stylish salon. Disaster strikes, however, when Katies is switcherooed into Suzanne´s stylist right before her cut. Talk about a hairy situation.


Witch Switch by Nancy Krulik.

Katie and her friends are psyched to be in fourth grade! But theb they get the bad news-their third grade class has been split up, and Katie´s stuck with the new teacher, plus tons of homework. Then the magic wind strikes-but this time it appears twice, turning Katie´s world upside down! What´s a fourth-grader to do?


Don´t drink the punch by P. J. Night.

Be nice…or else! Kayla Evans wants to be in the popular crowd, and being in the popular crowd means being friends with mean Alice Grafton. Alice only likes one person: her crush, Nick Maroulis. Alice will stop at nothing to make him like her, too, including mixing a love potion into the punch at her big party this weekend. But when the party comes to a sudden halt, Kayla realizes that that was no love potion. Now it´s up to Kayla to find the mysterious girl who sold the potion to Alice, and get the antidote before everyone suffers from Alices´s mistake.


June 20, 2013 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

We are glad of receiving donations!

Last year, we received from CI teachers and students more than 50 books on donation. Now they are ready, waiting to be read.

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February 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Who was…? books!!

Who is J. K. Rowling? by Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso, Stephen Marchesi and Nancy Harrison.

Learn more about the creator of one of your favorite books: Harry Potter.

Who was Daniel Boone? by Sydelle Kramer.

Called the “Great Pathfinder”, Daniel Boone is most famous for opening up the West to settlers through Kentucky. A symbol of America’s pioneering spirit Boone was a skilled outdoorsman and an avid reader although he never attended school. Sydelle Kramer skillfully recounts Boone’s many adventures such as the day he rescued his own daughter from kidnappers. From Amazon.

Who was Annie Oakley? by Stephanie Spinner.

You want girl power? Meet Annie Oakley! Born in 1860, she became one of the best-loved and most famous women of her generation. She amazed audiences all over the world with her sharpshooting, horse-riding, action-packed performances. In an age when most women stayed home, she traveled the world and forged a new image for American women. From Goodreads.

Visit the Who was series website, you´ll find the complete list and an interesting game.


November 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

I am Albert Einstein by Grace Norwich.

In 1921, I won the Nobel Prize. I published over three hundred scientific papers and changed the way modern physics is understood. I passionately believed in peace, but played a critical role in World War II. I always had a huge imagination and was never afraid to make mistakes. During my lifetime, I was called strange, and crazy, but now I´m most often called genius.  Who am I?

October 8, 2012 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently by Patricia Lakin.

Steve Jobs, the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc., could answer to any of these descriptions. He was the most unlikely of visionaries. No one ever could have imagined that the tiny error of third grade, who was later a college dropout and was even fired from the company he cofounded, would ultimately turn his many “failures” into spectacular successes.

Who was Steve Jobs, and who and what influenced he had an impact on him throughout his extraordinary and complex life?

Read about his journey from grade school to Reed College, from India to Atari, from Apple to NeXT to Pixar and his subsequent return to Apple. Just like Jobs himself, the biography is fascinating, inspiring, and unforgettable.

A brief biography is available, here.

September 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

Who Was…?: 9 titles ready to tell you the most inspiring stories.

A boy who loved drawing animals. A teenager whose puppet shows were on TV. The creator of the world-famous Muppets. Who was he?

A mischivieous, adventurous boy named Samuel Clemens. A steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, gold miner, newspaper writer, and world traveler. Learn more inside the book.

A little boy who liked collecting beetles much more than going to school. A (very seasick) passenger who sailed around the world on a five-year voyage. The scientist who started a “revolution of thought” with his theory of evolution. Any clue?

A wilderness folk hero who could talk to birds. A real man named John Chapman. A nature lover who planted thousands of apple trees for pioneer families to enjoy. Don´t miss it!

A skinny, sickly boy always in the shadow of his older brother. A WWII hero who saved his shipwrecked crewmen in the Pacific Ocean. The first Catholic president, and also the youngest man ever elected. It sounds familiar?

A boy who always stood up for himself. A teenage sports superstar. An African American who changed the face of baseball forever. You will be surprised!

A six-year old who dazzled the empress of Austria with his piano brilliance. A composer who wrote more than 600 concertos, sonatas, symphonies, and operas in his thirty-five-year lifetime. A serious musician who loved to tell silly jokes.

A girl who liked fishing. A teenager who cleaned houses to make money. The woman who took a stand by sitting on a bus.

A boy ho loved zoos and drawing silly animals. A college student voted “least likely succeed. An author and illustrator ho changed children´s books forever.


April 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm 11 comments

Albert Einstein by Frieda Wishinsky.

Albert Einstein struck many of his teachers as insolent and lazy, but his mind was always at work. As a young patent clerk, Albert loved to think about light, space, and time. Other scientist thought his ideas were crazy, but Albert helped him develop ideas that would shake the world – and make him one of the most famous thinkers of our time.

Look through his manuscripts, at Albert Einstein Archives. More at Albert Einstein Archive at Jerusalem.

April 19, 2012 at 10:16 am 1 comment

Tech Titans by Carla Killough McClafferty.

Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon… These are the men behind the names. It takes more than one person to bring about change and innovation. Profiles: Tech Titans focuses o six of the most prominent figures in the technological world today: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Jeff Bezos. Find about their childhoods, where they grew up, what their families were like, their major accomplishments, and how all of their lives intersect. learn how important they are to one another, and how the world as we know it today would not be the same without them.

March 28, 2012 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

American Women Scientists: 23 inspiring biographies, 1900-2000 by Moira Davison Reynolds.

For most of the 20th century, American women had little encouragement to become scientists In 1906, there were only 75 female scientists employed by academic institutions in U.S.. Despite considerable barriers, determined women have, however, decidedly distinguished themselves. Of the 23 American women scientists covered, six were awarded Nobel prizes.

This book provides profiles of women who made significant achievements in a variety of scientific fields.


June 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

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