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    AMICUS READERS

    Amicus Readers provide an inviting variety of nonfiction leveled books for K-2, serving young learners in pursuit of reading skills—just like Amicus pursues the big red ball.

  • Illustrated

    AMICUS ILLUSTRATED

    Amicus Illustrated offers fiction and nonfiction for preschool to grade 6 with highly visual information and stories that students—and our pal Amicus—are after!

  • High Interest

    AMICUS HIGH INTEREST

    Like many students, Amicus likes to pursue what's of interest to him. Amicus High Interest books serve individual interests of those in grades 2-6.

  • Ink

    AMICUS INK

    Amicus Ink features board books, picture books, and paperbacks that encourage young children to explore facts, examine ideas, and imagine new ways of understanding the world.

  • Spot

    SPOT

    Spot books pair key words with engaging images at the beginning, middle, and end—making it fun to read, spot, and learn.

  • Sequence

    SEQUENCE

    Sequence books explain the processes and timelines behind kids' favorite things. Each title connects products and knowledge step-by-step from idea, through creation and discovery, to the end user.

Automobiles from Then to Now

Automobiles from Then to Now

9781681524689
Rachel Grack

This book for elementary readers highlights the changes in automobiles from the first steam-powered cart to today’s driverless cars. Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important developments in technology that brought ideas to real-life. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.



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Navigation from Then to Now

Navigation from Then to Now

9781681524696
Rachel Grack
This book for elementary readers highlights how maps and technology have changed the way people find their way from place to place. Full-color photos and a running timeline help show how changes in ways we travel and new technology have carried us from using to stars to today’s GPS turn-by-turn directions. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

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Robots from Then to Now

Robots from Then to Now

9781681524719
Rachel Grack

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of how robots have changed from early automatons to today’s autonomous delivery drones. Full-color photos and a running timeline illustrate important robotic breakthroughs. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.



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Space Travel from Then to Now

Space Travel from Then to Now

9781681524733
Rachel Grack

This book for elementary readers highlights the evolution of space travel, from the very first satellite to today’s plans to send people to Mars. Engaging photos and a running timeline highlight important space travel missions through history, including the Apollo missions, the space shuttle program, and the International Space Station. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.



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Toilets from Then to Now

Toilets from Then to Now

9781681524726
Rachel Grack

This book for elementary readers describes the sequence of inventions that brought us from outdoor cesspits to today’s smart toilets, complete with customized user settings. Engaging photos and a running timeline illustrate important ideas and inventions that have changed the way we dispose of our waste. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.



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Wireless Technology from Then to Now

Wireless Technology from Then to Now

9781681524702
Rachel Grack

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of how wireless technologies have brought us from the first Morse code radio transmission to today’s “Internet of Things.” Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important inventions that have changed the way we use radio waves, from Bluetooth connections to cell phones. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.



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Airplanes from Then to Now
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Airplanes from Then to Now

9781681526065
Rachel Grack
The technological history of airplanes is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource for elementary students. Bird envy drove aviation history. We studied bird wings to understand flight and made gliders. Then the Wright Brothers said, “Let’s add an engine!” and we left birds in the dust. Since then, we’ve flown faster, better, and bigger. What will happen next? Can Boeing or Airbus bring us hypersonic passenger jets? Would you ride in a self-flying taxi drone? Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important developments in aviation history to support STEAM and history curriculum about inventions. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

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Computers from Then to Now
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Computers from Then to Now

9781681526072
Angie Smibert
Computer technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of computing for elementary students. Back in the 1950s, computers were only for employees of the government and universities. They were way too expensive for the average person. In 1975, the Altair 8800 kit made them affordable. It also inspired a guy named Steve Wozniak to start Apple Computers with his friend Steve Jobs. Then came mice, GUIs, MacIntosh versus PC, and the World Wide Web. In the 2000s, computers got into cell phones and now everyone carries a computer in their pocket. Where will artificial intelligence take computers in the future? Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important developments in the history of computers to support STEAM and history curriculum about inventions. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

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Movies from Then to Now
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Movies from Then to Now

9781681526089
Rachel Grack
The history of movie technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource for elementary students. It took 50 years from the invention of photographs to the magical motion of movies. In the 1890s, Thomas Edison’s company decided to make a camera that could take a bunch of pictures really fast. Next came silent films, talkies, and Technicolor. New technology gave us widescreens, 3-D, IMAX, and, finally, the digital revolution. How will virtual reality change movie-going in the future? Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important developments in film history. Support STEAM and history curriculum about inventions. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

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Phones from Then to Now
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Phones from Then to Now

9781681526096
Angie Smibert
Telephone technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of landlines and cell phones for elementary students. Once upon a time, no one carried a phone around. Phones plugged into a wall and you could only move as far as the cord let you. And it basically stayed that way for 100 years! When we finally got cordless phones, you still had to stay in your house to call. The first mobile phones weighed 80 pounds and had to be carried around in a car—hence the term car phone. The dawn of the cell phone was the 1980s with the Motorola Dynatec. Phones changed forever. Now we have smart phones in our pockets! Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important developments in the history of telephones to support STEAM and history curriculum about inventions. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

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Photography from Then to Now
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Photography from Then to Now

9781681526102
Rachel Grack
The technology of taking pictures is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of photography for elementary students. So much science went into that selfie! First, people had to figure out how light even worked. Then, a French guy smeared sticky black stuff on a silver plate and the black stuff hardened in sunlight. And we had our first picture. (It was not a selfie.) People tried new chemicals and lenses and film to take better, faster pictures. Then came the digital revolution. Cameras got into cellphones and now there are SO many selfies. Will 3-D bring our photos right into reality? Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important developments in the history of photography to support STEAM and history curriculum about inventions. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

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Video Games from Then to Now
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Video Games from Then to Now

9781681526119
Angie Smibert
Video game technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of video games for elementary students. The saga of video games is rife with epic quests, thievery, and competition. It took Ralph Baer about 15 years to complete his quest to play video games on home TVs, finally selling the first gaming console. Then Atari stole his table tennis game and made Pong and arcade history. Shortly after, Atari would also ignite the console wars with its Atari 2600. From Spacewar! to Mario Bros. to Fortnite, gaming has gone from geek to mainstream, with top Esports winners taking home millions of dollars. With virtual reality, where will gaming go next? Engaging photographs and a running timeline illustrate important developments in the history of video games to support STEAM and history curriculum about inventions. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included.

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Automobiles from Then to Now
9781681524689
Navigation from Then to Now
9781681524696
Robots from Then to Now
9781681524719
Space Travel from Then to Now
9781681524733
Toilets from Then to Now
9781681524726
Wireless Technology from Then to Now
9781681524702
Airplanes from Then to Now
9781681526065
Computers from Then to Now
9781681526072
Movies from Then to Now
9781681526089
Phones from Then to Now
9781681526096
Photography from Then to Now
9781681526102
Video Games from Then to Now
9781681526119

Sequence Developments in Technology (Paperbacks)

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. But time is the driver of technological development. See how the inventions we use every day, from cars to cell phones, have evolved from their birth to today’s technological advancements. A running timeline on each page makes this series perfect for supporting STEM topics in the elementary grades.

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Complete Series of 12: your price $119.88

READING LEVEL: GRADE 3 AND UP
Sequence Developments in Technology Lexile: 610L - 750L A/R: Pending
  • Paperback

  • Pages: 32

  • Trim Size: 6.5" x 9.5"

Booklist,
January 1, 2020

“Readers interested in how our modern technologies developed will find a great starting point in the Sequence Developments in Technology series, which traces everyday technologies from their origins and pinpoints major turning points in their evolution. Navigation from Then to Now traces methods humans have used to navigate, from stars to the first maps to now-commonplace innovations, such as the compass, digital maps, GPS, and location apps. Robots from Then to Now covers the first robot creations, automation robots that accomplish tasks, toys, and robots that help with house- and schoolwork. Space Travel from Then to Now follows the first trips to space, the creation of space shuttles and stations, and the use of rovers to explore Mars. Toilets from Then to Now follows the origins of toilets, from the use of pots to manually flushing toilets and present-day toilets with plumbing systems. A time line at the bottom of each two-page spread marks each innovation as it is discussed, visually placing it within the context of the technology leading to its development. Each title includes a final section addressing possibilities for the future, a glossary, suggested books and websites, and an index. The short, clear chapters and large, colorful photographs and illustrations will make these titles quick reads for young readers and future inventors.”—Selenia Paz

School Library Journal,
April 1, 2022

“Progressing along their own personalized time lines, the inventions in these books will take readers on a journey of discovery. The evolution of each invention is broken down into manageable chunks, making logical connections between eras. The airplanes we know today evolved from water-based clippers, which evolved from gliders. Toys like the zoetrope eventually turned into moving, silent films viewed through kinetographs, which turned into “talkies” and, over decades, into the amazing movies we see today. Computers had a humble beginning with Blaise Pascal’s automatic adding machine. Now, computers fit into the palms of our hands! Video games have gone from the simple computer-based Tennis for Two to the immersive VR experiences we enjoy today. With accessible writing that’s as easy to understand as it is engaging, lots of photos and illustrations, and an easy flow, these are excellent for researchers and curious readers alike. VERDICT First purchases all around. ”