10 Books that Will Make You Say Whoa!

Each of the books in the list below will make you say to someone else, “Did you know . . .?” Did you know the 2014 World Cup had such bright lights astronaut Reid Wiseman was able to take photos of the stadium from space? Or that there might be life on the moon, since a spacecraft full of tardigrades crashed there in 2019? Check out our book list below to find more things that will make you say WOAH!

Mysteries of Alien Life

From the Series Searchlight Books™ — Space Mysteries

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 5    
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Scientists have sent messages into space hoping that aliens will find them. But we may have already received messages of our own! Young readers will learn about the fascinating mysteries surrounding the search for extraterrestrial life.

Incredible Sports Trivia

Fun Facts and Quizzes

From the Series Trivia Time! (Alternator Books®)

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 6    
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Did you know soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s legs are insured for about $148 million? Or that Seattle Seahawks fans have cheered so loudly they’ve actually caused an earthquake? Fun facts like these await in this page-turning, wow-inspiring, mind-blowing look at sports trivia! You’ll learn who made the first slam dunk in basketball and who holds the record for throwing the fastest fastball—and just how fast that speeding ball traveled. Get ready to be amazed!

What Are Conspiracy Theories?

From the Series Searchlight Book™ — Fake News

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 5    
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Learn all about conspiracy theories that have emerged from the past to today. This accessible overview introduces young readers to thinking critically about the information they may glean from news, social media, and other sources.

The Ears and Nose (A Disgusting Augmented Reality Experience)

From the Series The Gross Human Body in Action: Augmented Reality

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 5    
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Explore how your body works through interactive augmented reality experiences!

Examine sticky, stinky earwax and find out exactly what’s going on in your nose when you smell something nasty. Through close-up pictures, interactive augmented reality experiences, and lots of disgusting facts, you’ll learn all about the gross science behind your body’s functions.

Extreme Endurance Challenges

From the Series Extreme Sports Guides (UpDog Books™)

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 5    
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Some competitors are able to crawl under barbed wire for miles. Others stay awake for days at a time. Readers will learn about some of the world’s most extreme endurance competitions and how athletes train for them.

Superstars of Gaming

From the Series The Best of Gaming (UpDog Books™)

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 5    
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

The biggest stars of gaming draw in millions of dollars and fans. Some have become online celebrities! Meet the greatest streamers, creators, and players in this high/low look at the superstars of the gaming world.

Super Football Infographics

From the Series Super Sports Infographics

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 5    
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Keeping up with football’s hard-hitting facts can be as challenging as scoring against a tough defense. You need to take in long distances (the longest field goal in NFL history was 64 yards), huge sizes (the average NFL offensive lineman in 2013 weighed 310 pounds), and incredible details (fans at football games can be loud enough to cause earthquakes).

Infographics make essential concepts about football easy to absorb—from how to throw a spiral to comparing the top players. The “data art” provides opportunities for readers to visually take in information about the sport through charts, diagrams, and illustrations. The vibrant infographics on each spread appeal to struggling readers and help them analyze and interpret football statistics.

CSI Controversies

From the Series True Crime Clues (UpDog Books™)

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 5    
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

The case is closed—but did police arrest the right culprit? Controversial techniques used by investigators can pin a crime on the wrong person. Learn about the consequences of these techniques and what’s being done to fix them in this high/low title.

Creepy UFOs

From the Series Lightning Bolt Books® — Spooked!

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 – Grade 3    
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Humans have watched the skies for aliens for decades. Which sightings have been proven to be hoaxes? Eerie, fascinating, and kid-friendly, this book explores the truth behind the myths.

Searchlight Books ™ — Fear Fest

Chilling Ancient Curses

From the Series Searchlight Books™ — Fear Fest

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 5    
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Have you heard of the deadly mummy’s curse that protects King Tut’s tomb? How about the cursed Hope Diamond, said to bring ruin to whoever owns it? Read on to learn more about the making and breaking of spooky curses throughout history—and uncover whether there’s any real-life proof that curses exist. You’ll have so much fun it’s scary!

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