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What a blessing this has been for our family. The key to our successful transition to notebooking was the wonderfully helpful emails that I received the first couple weeks after my registration on the website. Each email walked me through the process of incorporating these into our schooling. Without that I would have been too overwhelmed to know where to start. Instead it was an exciting process and a gradual more permanent transition. As we read history, for instance, I would mention things they needed to write down, and the response was moaning, groaning, and slow motion, then messy, if any notes.

Last week, for science, I needed a skeleton page to label, and we had been studying the Explorers. I prayed, talked to my husband, and took the plunge. We purchased the notebooking membership to save my time. I immediately printed off an Explorers page, a map, and 2 explorers pages each. The pages were met with colored pencils, immediate attention, and almost excitement. Lots of notes. They were engaged, asked spelling, dates, and listened. The 6yo kept up with the others, and had the cutest notes ever!! I am a former public school teacher of 13 years. When I began homeschooling my children 2 years ago, I desperately wanted to find something that could help me create the kind of notebooks and folder books that I used with my public school children.

When I found your site, I knew that it would be a perfect fit for our family! My children and I have absolutely loved using all aspects of the program. Their notebooks and folder books are filled with interesting and detailed information that they are proud to show to others and want to keep for future reference.

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I highly recommend it for all homeschoolers because it can be used for so many different subjects and presentation formats. I am very excited about being able to save information in the new teacher and student accounts! This takes Notebooking Pages to a whole new level!! I am a new homeschooling mom and I wanted to make our homeschool different than anything my kids had ever seen. Now, after a year of creating wonderful, engaging notebooks on many subjects, they now create their own pages and ask me to notebook everything from a recent family vacation complete with pictures and drawings to a great recipe we created they are writing their own cookbook.

These pages make our school day fun exciting and different every day!!! Thank you Debra!!! After looking at the idea of notebooking for the last two years I have looked at your site off and on as well as many others and even contemplated making my own pages for a million different topics but the realization that I came to every time was that the page I would create would be JUST LIKE what I see on your site! The details, the space to write, the different formats for different ages, the massive number of subject areas We are so tired of book work alone and this has led all of to just dread school time and the threats of them having to get on that big yellow bus at the crack of dawn have been flowing more and more freely in our home!

With 5 kids We can do so much more together and tie in everything I have always wanted to with Music, Science, and History! I am so excited for our new year again and I wanted to tell you thank you so much for allowing me the freedom of not recreating the wheel!!! Jump on in I was thrilled to find your site. I had been searching for different ideas to use with my daughter that are more creative. This site has given me so many options. It has also enabled me to have more fun time with her and her brothers and not be so stressed over planning.

As a lifetime member I love the fact that future updates are included with no additional charge. I am getting ready to start the Colonial times with her and focus on the Revolutionary War so that she can understand why we have the freedoms we do today and why it is important to ensure that her children have them as well. This is our go to site for all our notebooking needs. My daughter especially loves the Publisher. This site motivates her to want to create and learn. She is retaining more information than ever, and is even working above grade level. She just read what she was told, answered questions at the end of a chapter, and took a test.

Then we began homeschooling in 6th grade, now approaching the end of 7th grade, my daughter actually makes out her own schedule of what she wants to read and Notebook on, she has taken initiative in her own education. I spent a great deal of money our first year on material she never even used. Then when I discovered notebooking, we invested in paper, art supplies, a comb binder, laminator and a library card.

She is a happier student, I am a happier mom. I think Notebooking should be an educational law. I apologize for my lengthy reply, but I have become not only passionate about Notebooking, but a huge advocate. Your site is easy to navigate, and offers a wide variety of subjects and topics. Though we follow a Charlotte Mason style curriculum, Notebooking truly will work with any style or methods of teaching. What an amazing resource notebooking pages has been to us! Now we use them along with Tapestry and our the timeline work. The History packages exceeded all my expectations!

The Explorers pages were such a fun addition to our World History study and now the American Presidents have really brought all our work together in an impressive and fun notebook that we can show to friends and family to highlight what our students are discovering on our learning journey. The designs and quality are so impressive and effortless for me, the crazy busy mom, whether just using copywork pages or ongoing projects like our Nature Notebook and timeline.

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What a blessing you are to so many homeschooling families! Notebooking is the answer to my prayers! It seemed like our homeschool was lacking something. I can see the difference in my kids, they like school, they want to do more! My children really enjoy being creative with their notebook pages. Notebooking is helping me to teach language arts to my children the natural way with out all the boring workbooks that sometimes bring tears.

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Again Thank you and God bless. After many times of wanting to take the plunge, today I did just that. It has got me revved up again and ready to dig in with my kids. Thank you for saving me time and helping my kids learn in fun ways. Keep up the good work and may God bless you for all your hard work. My kids ages are 15, 13, 9, and 8. They are all as excited as I am. The best part is I can print off the pages we need and take them with us everywhere we go.

I have loved having access to all of your notebooking pages as a Lifetime Member. Paying for access to that was really a no-brainer for me. What a blessing it is to have all of these resources at my fingertips to print whenever I need Your hard work has paid off to serve at least one family although I know there are many more than just us! I cannot even begin to say how much your site has changed my life! Sound melodramatic? Perhaps, if anything, it is an understatement! After homeschooling our 2 older children through middle and high school and then starting from the beginning with the three younger ones 9, 6, 3 I was feeling overwhelmed and stagnant.

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I just think of it now like a journal of all the things we like to talk about. I just started homeschooling my 5-year old son for kindergarten this year. I'm new to homeschooling, and we are going through a charter school - so we are given a curriculum and assignments.

But I have been frustrated with the curriculum and textbooks, and my son has been less than enthusiastic with the number of worksheets and "busy-work" and I was beginning to feel like I was killing his natural love for learning. Here I had this incredible child who is already reading on a 5th grade level, doing end-of-1st grade math, and yet he was starting to hate "school. I started researching online for other homeschooling ideas, and came across the whole notion of notebooking, and it immediately appealed to me.

It seemed so much more flexible than the curriculum we were assigned now, and it seemed like my son would be actually learning more than when he's just filling in blanks or drawing lines from pictures to words on worksheets. My first trial was with one of the science notebooking pages. I printed the one with space for 3 pictures and then primary-lined writing area. We did a science experiment, and rather than just DO it, like we normally would have, after the experiment, I had my son draw pictures of the stages of the experiment and asked him to write a sentence about what he learned - and he LOVED doing it!!!

Even though he generally dislikes writing, he truly enjoyed that experience, and I hope to have many more like it!! Thank you for opening a whole new world to us!! Last year I hit the wall in my homeschool journey. My children were frustrated and so was I. We were not having the educational experience any of us wanted. I shelved everything for a month and went back to the drawing board. I am incredibly grateful to have found your site while slogging through the difficult ordeal of revamping our homeschool.

I looked through the entire site. I watched the intro video. I suggest everyone else do the same! I started a study of Chopin and Elephants with my children. They loved it! Suddenly, learning was enjoyable again. I have only one regret when it comes to notebooking, I wish I had known about your site sooner. Debra and her wonderful site eliminated that concern. Thank you for this wonderful site. It is more than worth the price of subscription! We are loving notebooking!

Let me just say it has completely changed our school for the better. Now the girls are really excited to "do school". I was about to give up even though I knew it was what God wanted us to do. School was just drudgery. This has breathed new life into our home and days. How could something so simple provide such relief? If you can't enjoy what you are doing, then, what is the point?

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We are so happy to be notebooking. The pages have really inspired my kids to do well and be proud of their work. Even my non-writer is doing written narration for the first time without complaining! I've also found the maps to be a great resource, the timeline. It has all saved me so much time! Thank you for your program. It has allowed me to have another area of rest! My kiddos are self directed in their written narration but are still so very proud to show me their work! Each time we begin a new unit, I simply log in to print the needed pages and we are on our way to another great learning adventure.

These pages have saved me so much time over the years and I am truly grateful for all of your efforts. I always recommend these pages to friends and family! Notebooking has been a true Godsend for our family. Busywork was destroying our homeschool. My daughter is so excited.

She woke up and did all her chores and completed her notebooking all by herself. She was hovering around the family table as we were preparing the notebooks asking,"When do we get to start this? They have eleven notebooks a piece so far. They are all nearly crammed full. Listen to this please, when we went to Wal-Mart last for supplies, she got herself a new notebook and things to go in it and came right home and made herself a new notebook, not candy, not Barbie, but a beautiful notebook that she designed on her own. Thank you, thank you, thank you We started out with just doing notebooking for small projects and for the occasional handwriting exercise.

I used to think it was one of those areas that our family didn't have time for or could afford. Then we started using Mystery of History and Apologia Science and found that notebooking worked great with both of them. I truly believe that my children have enjoyed both of those subjects more and have learned more than they ever would have if we had only followed the "traditional" textbook approach.

Ages up to 4th grade. Inspired by a retelling of a traditional Muslim hadith , or account of the words or actions of the Prophet, which the author first heard in Sri Lanka, this is the story of a camel whose cruel owner only realizes what suffering he has caused when the Prophet appears and shows love to the animal.

Appropriate for Kindergarten and above. This book provides information on the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah traditions, the bee industry, and life in Israel. Written for young children, it fills a huge hole in non-fiction for early grade levels. Reviewers especially loved the photographs showing real Israeli children in everyday life. Appropriate for grade 5 and above.

Discover the rich cultural background behind this major world religion. Find out where Judaism originated, trace its history, and explore the meanings. Rey, Hena Khan, Should she fast for Ramadan? Should she wear the hijab? Grade The books in this category and in the following individual country sections contain both fictional and non-fictional works. Supporting the C3 Framework for Social Studies, this important series is a timely examination of refugee crises around the world.

Leaving My Homeland offers sensitive narratives of refugee experiences, drawn from and inspired by the accounts of many refugees. Clear, simple text explains the reasons why people must flee their homelands, what it means to be a refugee, and the challenges faced by refugees around the world. Statistics, maps, information about each country and its conflict, and striking images help reinforce the content, and sidebars detailing the United Nations rights of children encourage critical thinking about worldwide responsibilities to help refugees.

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Grade 3 and above. One Green Apple by Eve Bunting, Appropriate for Pre-K through 3rd grade. K-3rd grade, glossary. Lyon uses decorative arabesque borders on intermittent spreads to contrast the ordered patterns of Islamic observances with the unbounded rhythms of American school days. Kindergarten through grade 3. This is the story of Saeed, a six year old boy and his father Abdullah, one of the finest pearl divers in the Arabian Gulf. We follow Saeed on his first adventure out to sea with his father and the rest of the divers.

Saeed learns to dive and discovers the beauty and danger of the world beneath the waves. Gracefully told with fine details of the pearl diving tradition, the story is amply illustrated with dream-like water colors and contains a glossary of Arabic terms. Age range , preschool to 3rd grade. Figs and Fate by Elsa Marston, This is a wonderful collection of short stories about teens growing up in the Arab world. The vivid and elegant verse, accompanied by magical and vibrant illustrations, highlights the diversity of the Muslim community as well as Indigenous identity.

The picture book gives an introduction to Arab life and beliefs through the numeric system. This is an older work and may not accurately reflect contemporary life in the Arab world. This picture book follows first-grader Hassan through his first few days at school. Hassan has only recently arrived in the United States after his family was forced to flee Somalia, and he deeply misses the colorful landscape of his former home in Africa.

Together art and text make this poignant story accessible and affecting for a young audience. Kindergarten and above. This is a brief, illustrated book of Arab folk tales. Note: Goha is called Nasreddin Hodja in the Turkish world. The stories are beloved classics in the entire region. This story tells of a conundrum faced by a boy named Samuel.

Appropriate for preschool through 3rd grade. Siblings will relate to this story, even though it is rooted in the experience of an immigrant family. Issues of generational shifts, assimilation and cultural difference come through in this tale. Preschool-Grade 2. This is a warm and funny story of a boy and his pet camel. Kindergarten through 2 nd grade. This is a funny, heart-warming family story set in Britain and Algeria, with fascinating glimpses of traditional Berber culture and lots of colorful characters. Available as e-book.

A folktale once told by the famous thirteenth-century poet Rumi is retold again in this attractive picture book. It is a story about a man and his parrot who longs to be free. Kindergarten through 3 rd grade. This is a collection of short stories from Central Asia. Grade 2 and above. His enthusiasm and wit shine through as he invites readers to share in his extraordinary adventures and eye-opening discoveries. This revised edition features new text and photographs showcasing how contemporary Africa, from cell phones to skyscrapers, lives alongside the ancient among the sands of the Sahara.

How Many Donkeys? This series contains photos and descriptions of Afghanistan with volumes on the land, culture, and people. Abby Carson is a sixth grade student in rural Illinois whose head is everywhere but her schoolwork. In order to be spared the embarrassment of being left behind a grade, she agrees to an extra credit assignment involving writing to a pen pal in another country and so she meets Sadeed Bayat and his sister Meriem in rural Afghanistan.

As their friendship flourishes, problems arise on both sides. This series features 4 books about childhood in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan, Set in , this compelling story is based on real incidents. The story is packed with Pushto words that may slow some readers, but a helpful glossary is included. Caravan by Lawrence McKay, Jr. A year-old Uzbek boy makes his first caravan trip through the mountains of Afghanistan. It is well written, engaging, and colorful.

Appropriate for Kindergarten through 3 rd grade. Shooting Kabul by N. Senzai, An year-old Afghani boy struggles to adjust to life in the U. This book provides a vehicle for discussing current events and cultural issues with younger students. The author has included background on the actual story and efforts to promote education in developing nations, a glossary, and teaching activities.

This lovely story, set in a refugee camp, tells of two Afghani girls who share one pair of sandals. A story of education during Taliban rule, this book follows young Nasreen whose family is devastated by conflict. Roth illustrator , Appropriate for preschool through 1 st grade. Preschool-3 rd grade.

Appropriate for kindergarten and above. Egypt: The Culture by Arlene Moskovitch, This book describes and shows the culture of Egypt. Appropriate for grade 4 and above. This nicely illustrated story tells of friendship and Muslim faith set in a village in Egypt. This nicely written story with vivid descriptions and illustrations is about a young Egyptian boy who is learning to read while working to help his family in lively Cairo.

Mystery Bottle by Kristen Balouch, Mystery Bottle is a tale of fantasy and imagination as a little boy in New York blows into a bottle and is carried to Iran where his father was born. Appropriate for preschool — 3 rd grade. This classic Iranian short story is made to be read aloud for any age group. This small book is also written in Persian allowing readers to learn about how language and culture intersect.

Iran: The People by April Fast, This book describes and shows lifestyles in Iran. Celebrating Norouz by Yassaman Jalali, This book provides a description of the most popular Iranian holiday, Persian New Year, celebrated March 21st, the first day of spring. The Secret Message by Mina Javaherbin, It is the tale of a wealthy merchant who keeps a parrot in his shop whose colorful feathers, singing, and talking attract many customers.

When the merchant travels to India on a shopping trip, he promises to bring something home for each family member, including the parrot, whose unusual request leads to his own freedom. Appropriate for preschool — 2 nd grade. Written as an epic poem by the poet Ferdowsi in the 10th century, it is one of the great classics of Persian literature. It was the morning before Nowruz and Keyan could barely contain his excitement. His entire family was busy preparing for their celebration… and Keyan thought of one very important way he could help as well.

Foods of Iran by Barbara Sheen, Beautiful photographs and clear prose show a lot about Iranian culture through a description of the food. There are recipes, cultural descriptions, and details about how the food is grown and sold. This Arab tale tells about a girl who lost her smile and the people of Baghdad who help her find it.

Iraq: The Culture by April Fast, This book describes and shows the culture of Iraq. This five thousand-year-old story from the land of ancient Sumer, now Iraq, focuses on the boy Lugalbanda who assists his father, the king, during a military campaign. Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Laird has gathered together the very best Iraqi stories during her time in the Middle East? Dawn and Dusk by Alice Mead, A year-old Kurdish boy and his family struggle to survive during the time of the Iran-Iraq War and the Iraqi poison gas attack on some Kurdish villages. A young boy in 9th century Baghdad the golden age of Islamic civilization is inspired by his scholar father to go on a search for knowledge and wisdom.

Appropriate for ages This celebration of writing and art involves a young Iraqi boy in contemporary Baghdad and the story of a master calligrapher, who lived eight hundred years before, also during a time of war.

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Appropriate for preschool through grade 3. Appropriate for K The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter, Appropriate for K-3 rd grade. Salma and Lily are best friends who like doing everything together. They also eat lunch together every day, but Salma always eats hummus and Lily eats peanut butter and jelly. One day, Lily tells Salma her sandwich looks yucky, and before they know it, the girls have started a school-wide food fight.

Appropriate for preschool through grade 2. This book discusses the land, natural world, government, industry, religion and culture of Kuwait. Kuwait by Liz Sonneborn, As a part of the updated Planet Collection, this book offers facts, descriptions and thought inspiring questions alongside amazing photographs of Kuwait. Kareem, an eleven year-old Lebanese boy, and his friends of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, proudly introduce readers to the history, culture, and daily life of their country.

Appropriate for preschool to grade 3. This haunting and beautifully illustrated story tells of a year-old boy during the fighting in Beirut, Lebanon. Using the backdrop of the Lebanese War, the Olive Tree follows two children as they learn to share and work together by looking past their differences. It shows young readers that compassion and understanding lie at the heart of all friendships. This story provides an introduction to the culture of the Amazigh indigenous population, also known as Berbers, of Morocco. Appropriate for Kindergarten through 4 th grade.

Mirror by Jeannie Baker, This quiet, inventive, mostly wordless picture book follows two boys on opposite sides of the world through a single day, highlighting the differences and universalities in their lives. Meant to be read simultaneously, the stories appear side by side as separate mini-books bound within the same covers, while brief, introductory lines of text in English and Arabic introduce the boys, one in urban Australia and one in rural Morocco. The Storytellers by Ted Lewin, This is a gentle story with beautiful illustrations, telling of a young boy and his grandfather who carry on the tradition of storytelling in the market place of Fez, Morocco.

Appropriate for age 5 and up. The story is one of humor, adventure, family love, and vivid characters including a Jewish Israeli couple who assist the young people. Snow in Jerusalem by Deborah Da Costa, An Israeli and a Palestinian boy must work together to save a stray cat that both have befriended. This is a collection of accounts of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by children ages A year-old Palestinian boy tries to find a place to play soccer.

Adult language is used. A girl raised in the US goes to visit her grandmother in a Palestinian village. Israel: The Culture by Debbie Smith, This book describes and shows the culture of Israel. A gentle yet moving story of refugees of the Syrian civil war, My Beautiful Birds illuminates the ongoing crisis as it affects its children.

It shows the reality of the refugee camps, where people attempt to pick up their lives and carry on. And, it reveals the hope of generations of people as they struggle to redefine home. Haroun, the cat, likes nothing better than to spend his days sleeping in the sunlit courtyards of Damascus. But one thing always ruins his sleep: jasmine!

Their pollen sends him into fits of sneezes! So one day, Haroun hatches a plan to fix the problem. Appropriate for age , 32 pages, picture book. The author writes of his childhood in eastern Turkey. Appropriate for age 10 and above. A man is judged by his appearance. Appropriate for grades 1 — 5. Nassredin Hodja Stories, various. This is a collection of short often humorous anecdotes about an early 13th century Turkish figure.

This book offers a birds-eye view of Istanbul. This book is a wonderful combination of folktales and stories in combination with historic, geographic, and cultural content. Evaluators especially enjoyed the format: short stories with side panels that offer information on a wide variety of topics. The book is well-written, nicely illustrated, and offers teachers many opportunities for follow-up research or art projects.

The book has short, humorous stories with illustrations. This book discusses the land, natural world, government, industry, religion and culture of Yemen. In Eric Hansen found himself shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea. The classic Cinderella story has been retold to fit numerous Middle Eastern traditions, including the following:.

Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Our books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home. Groundwood Books. We look for books that are unusual; we are not afraid of books that are difficult or potentially controversial; and we are particularly committed to publishing books for and about children whose experiences of the world are under-represented elsewhere.

Every season, we publish a diverse range of titles for children from birth to age Items are well-organized by reading level, genre, age and grade group, curriculum, and theme, and there are a number of series available. The content, illustrations, and production quality of these books is intended to assure them a lasting value for children, parents, teachers, and librarians. This detailed encyclopedia entry focuses on the geography, cultures, and, especially, the flora and fauna of the Arabian Peninsula. With many photographs, charts, maps, figures, asides, this exhaustive and beautifully illustrated text will answer every question you never knew that you had about Arabia on subjects from pearling to fossils, migratory birds to the many uses of the date palm.

The sheer breadth of information will eliminate the narrow geographic and social stereotypes so many students have about the Middle East. Atlas of the Middle East by National Geographic, This is an excellent resource in teaching geography and history. Suleyman and the Ottoman Empire by John Addison, This is brief overview of the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent along with a series of short, primary source documents.

Appropriate for age 11 and above. Oil in the Middle East by John King, This book contains beautiful photos and well-written narrative about modern diplomatic and political developments in the Middle East. A young adult novel set in 14th-century Spain tells the story of a family with a secret at a time when the Inquisition brings intolerance and torture. Written in elegant free verse, this is a dramatic story set in a troubling time.

Also available as e-book. This book, introduces readers to 13 Muslim women in history who have lived extraordinary lives and influenced their communities in a positive way, often overcoming extreme hardship and inaccurate stereotypes that have been placed on the role of women in Islam.

This is a beautifully illustrated, informative atlas. Mesopotamia by Jane Shuter, Author offers her personal account, discussing the many and varied questions she fielded from curious friends and schoolmates while growing up in Southern California—from diet, to dress, to prayer and holidays and everything in between.

She also provides an academically reliable introduction to Islam, addressing its inception, development and current demographics; readers will gain a better understanding of the everyday aspects of Muslim American life. A treasury of Islamic wisdom for children and parents, the book contains pictures, folk tales, Quran readings, and poems from the Muslim world. Appropriate for ages 9 and above. Amal Abdel-Hakim is, a seventeen year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim trying to come to grips with her various identities. Jamie just wants to fit in.

Ali Salaam Reads, Moving along at a fast clip, this contemporary YA novel has an authenticity that both adolescent girls and boys will appreciate. We learn above all that Muslim teens think about the same things that all teens do: getting along with their parents, having crushes, going to parties and how to navigate becoming an adult. This graphic novel chronicles the experiences of Zeina and her younger brother during the Lebanese Civil War.

With poignancy and humor, Al-Maria shares the struggles of being raised by an American mother and Bedouin father while shuttling between homes in the Pacific Northwest and the Middle East. In a moving first-person, present-tense narrative, Nadira, 14, relates how her family left Bangladesh, came to the U. Readers will feel the heartbreak, prejudice, kindness, and fear. Arab Folktales by Inea Bushnaq, Out of alleys of Cairo and Bedouin tents, from the Moroccan laborers and Syrian peasants, this collection of tales comes from the Arab world from North Africa to the Holy Land.

This is a wonderful collection of short stories. Powers, Politically relevant, this timely story offers many opportunities for classroom discussion. Growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan, Nazia has always been a dutiful daughter. After eviction from their home, Nazia and her mother take positions as live-in servants in a wealthy Karachi suburb, and Nazia begins a life of labor, leaving school behind. Qamar shows the surprising freedom and courage that can come with losing everything, and she creates in Nazia a courageous, fascinating character whose eye-opening life choices will inspire readers.

Since their family is Muslim, Sohane tries to dress modestly, follow the rules, respect her faith, and obey their parents while Djelila questions authority. My Name is Aram by William Saroyan, originally published Aram Garoghlanian was a Californian, born in Fresno on the other side of the Southern Pacific tracks. But he was also part of a large, sprawling family of immigrant Armenians—a whole tribe of eccentric uncles, brawling cousins, and gentle women.

Through these unforgettable, often hilarious characters Aram comes to understand life, courage, and the power of dreams. Willow Wilson, In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis, Appropriate for grade 6 and above. The Fear of Beauty by Susan Froetschel, Multiple award recipient. This memoir describes growing up in the impossibly difficult conditions of Afghanistan in the s and 90s.

Alone, she meets with an American who teaches children under a persimmon tree and both work to leave the country. Cleopatra Rules! This short novel tells the dramatic story of a young Muslim who, when his life is threatened, finds sanctuary in a community of Coptic monks. It is a tale of honor and of the terrible demands of blood vengeance; it probes the question of how a people or nation can become divided against itself.

A free copy can be found here. The Iranian Revolution by Brendan January, This book provides an opportunity for students to read interviews with Iraqi refugee children and see how the war has affected their lives. Iraq by Dale Lightfoot, One of the Modern World Issues series. Colorful pictures and maps make it student-friendly.

Ali, This quiet read builds to a satisfying conclusion. Young adult. This memoir is a touching and enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area. Tasting the Sky by Itbisam Barakat, This is a beautifully written book about her childhood as a Palestinian refugee. Young people can relate to her vivid tale of youth, family relationships, and overcoming adversity.

Code Name: Butterfly by Ahlam Bsharat, This well-written and thoughtful book examines the complex inner life of a Palestinian girl as she interacts with her family and friends within the context of military occupation and economic exploitation. Samir and Yonatan by Daniella Carmi, A Palestinian and an Israeli boy meet in a hospital. But the gifted teenager left behind a rich legacy of diaries, letters, poems and drawings. Following her death, her parents gathered her writings and created The Bat-Chen Diaries; this is the first English translation of her work. This collection of 21 activities shows kids how it felt to live through this monumental period in history.

They will play a rationing game or try the butter extender recipe to understand the everyday sacrifices made by wartime families. They will try their hands at military strategy in coastal defense, break a code, and play a latitude and longitude tracking game. Whether growing a victory garden or staging an adventure radio program, kids will appreciate the hardships and joys experienced on the home front.

His famous icons, including the melting watches, double images, and everyday objects set in odd contexts, helped to define the way people view reality and encourage children to view the world in new ways. These wild and wonderful activities include making Man Ray—inspired solar prints, filming a Dali-esque dreamscape video, writing surrealist poetry, making collages, and assembling art with found objects.

Published Feb From his impoverished childhood to his feat of becoming one of the most successful entertainers of all time, this fascinating biography presents a memorable portrait of magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. Guidelines for 21 fun magic tricks are also provided, including how to stick a needle into a balloon without popping it, how to step through a note card, and how to make a coin vanish.

Illustrating the science and logic behind many of Houdini's most notable acts, the magic-based activities also explain his famous Milk Can Escape through an accessible water displacement experiment and demonstrate simple mathematics with his Odd Number Trick. Touching on his time as an actor, an aviator, and possibly even a spy for the U.

In addition to learning all about Einstein's important contributions to science, from proving the existence and size of atoms and launching the field of quantum mechanics to creating models of the universe that led to the discovery of black holes and the big bang theory, young physicists will participate in activities and thought experiments to bring his theories and ideas to life. Such activities include using dominoes to model a nuclear chain reaction, replicating the expanding universe in a microwave oven, creating blue skies and red sunsets in a soda bottle, and calculating the speed of light using a melted chocolate bar.

Suggestions for further study, a time line, and sidebars on the work of other physicists of the day make this an incredibly accessible resource for inquisitive children. Published May This activity book tells the amazing true story of how two bicycle-making brothers from Ohio, with no more than high-school educations, accomplished a feat that forever changed the world. Woven throughout the heartwarming story of the two brothers are activities that highlight their ingenuity and problem-solving abilities as they overcame many obstacles to achieve controlled flight. The four forces of flight—lift, thrust, gravity, and drag—and how the Wright brothers mastered them are explained in clear, simple text.

Activities include making a Chinese flying top, building a kite, bird watching, and designing a paper glider, and culminate with an activity in which readers build a rubber-band-powered flyer. The history of human flight and its pioneers, a time line, and a complete resource section for students are also provided.

Kids will join Marco as he travels by caravan through vast deserts and over steep mountain ranges, stopping in exotic cities and humble villages, until at last he arrives at the palace of the Kublai Khan. Woven throughout the tale are 21 activities that highlight the diverse cultures Marco encountered along the way.

Activities include making a mythical map, creating a mosaic, fun with Feng Shui, making paper, and putting on a wayang-kulit shadow-puppet play. A complete resource section with magnificent museums and their Web sites invites kids to embark on their own expedition of discovery. Twenty-one activities bring to life the Native American tribes they encountered, the plants and animals they discovered, and the camping and navigating techniques they used. A glossary of terms and listings of Lewis and Clark sites, museums, and related websites round out this comprehensive activity book.

Published Apr A lifelong love of art is one of the greatest gifts an adult can bestow on a child—and no period of art is better loved or more available to children than Impressionism. A resource section guides readers to important museums and Web sites around the world. Published Jun Surprisingly, kids were some of the key instigators in the Civil Rights Movement, like Barbara Johns, who held a rally in her elementary school gym that eventually led to the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court school desegregation decision, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges, who was the first black student to desegregate elementary schools in New Orleans.

In The Civil Rights Movement for Kids, children will discover how students and religious leaders worked together to demand the protection of civil rights for black Americans. Activities include: reenacting a lunch counter sit-in; organizing a workshop on nonviolence; holding a freedom film festival followed by a discussion; and organizing a choral group to sing the songs that motivated the foot soldiers in this war for rights.

Published Jul Galileo, one of history's best-known scientists, is introduced in this illuminating activity book. Children will learn how Galileo's revolutionary discoveries and sometimes controversial theories changed his world and laid the groundwork for modern astronomy and physics. This book will inspire kids to be stargazers and future astronauts or scientists as they discover Galileo's life and work. Activities allow children to try some of his theories on their own, with experiments that include playing with gravity and motion, making a pendulum, observing the moon, and painting with light and shadow.

Along with the scientific aspects of Galileo's life, his passion for music and art are discussed and exemplified by period engravings, maps, and prints. A time line, glossary, and listings of major science museums, planetariums, and web sites for further exploration complement this activity book. Activities include delivering a speech, holding a debate, drawing political cartoons, and making a stovepipe hat or miniature Mississippi River flatboat.

Lively sidebars, abundant photographs and illustrations, and fun projects help to kick the dust off old Honest Abe. Published Jul From the Native Americans who lived in the Chicago area for thousands of years, to the first European explorers Marquette and Jolliet, to the Chicago White Sox World Series win, parents, teachers, and kids will love this comprehensive and exciting history of how Chicago became the third largest city in the U.

Children will learn how, shortly after his death in , people began transforming George Washington from a man into a myth. But Washington was a complex individual who, like everyone, had hopes and fears, successes and failures. He later fought for liberty and independence, yet owned slaves himself eventually freeing them in his will. The text includes a time line, glossary, websites, travel resources, and a reading list for further study. Interspersed throughout are first-hand accounts from the people who knew FDR and remember him well. Children will also learn how his personal struggles with polio and his physical disability strengthened FDR's compassion and resolve.