Heather Alexander author of children's books
Heather Alexander author of children's books

Nonfiction

Only in America!: The Weird and Wonderful 50 States by author Heather Alexander

Only in America!: The Weird and Wonderful 50 States

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Alan Berry Rhys

This oversized state-by-state compendium is overflowing with weird laws, quirks, one-offs, and unusual records only to be found in the wonderfully wacky US of A. Only in America! explores the strangest claims to fame and the most unusual place names every state has to offer. Visit the city of Dinosaur, drop by the Pizza Museum, find out where it is illegal to feed a pig without a permit, see the longest gum wrapper chain (over 20 miles!), and check out the world’s only “carhenge” (that’s right, Stonehenge reconstructed using cars).

Illustrated in a bold graphic art style that evokes vintage Americana, the book is arranged state by state, giving key facts about each and presenting an alternative and hilarious look at quirky phenomena that are truly only in America.

A Child's Introduction to The Nutcracker by author Heather Alexander

A CHILD’S INTRODUCTION TO THE NUTCRACKER

The Story, Music, Costumes, and Choreography of the Fairy Tale Ballet

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Amélie Videlo

Ballet enthusiasts of all ages will delight in the magical story of The Nutcracker and the magnificent ballet it inspired in this enchanted book packed with colorful illustrations, fun facts, history, music, and the love of dance.

Whether The Nutcracker is your first ballet experience or you’re already a master dancer, everything you love and want to know about this special, sugar-spun, snow-dusted ballet can be found in these delightful pages. Follow The Nutcracker as it makes its way from page to stage to become the world’s most popular holiday ballet. Learn all about the dazzling steps, spins, and jumps choreographed by Petipa, Ivanov, and Balanchine, and meet the famed composer Tchaikovsky. Packed with charming illustrations showcasing the beautiful costumes and lavish sets, plus removable poster for you to color, A Child’s Introduction to the Nutcracker lets you to enjoy this magical ballet all year round! 

Egyptology by author Heather Alexander

A Child’s Introduction to Egyptology

The Mummies, Pyramids, Pharaohs, Gods, and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Sara Mulvanny

Get ready to go back in time and discover one of history’s most fascinating civilizations—Ancient Egypt!

Explore the wonders of ancient Egypt from the very beginning of the kingdom 4,500 years ago through the reign of Cleopatra in 31 BC. Learn about gods and goddesses (such as Ra, the god of the sun, and Isis, the goddesses of magic), powerful pharaohs (such as Ramses II and Nefertiti), how the magnificent Great Pyramid in Giza was built, how Tutankhamun’s tomb was found, how mummies were made, and if there really is a mummy’s curse. Plus there’s a removable hieroglyphs poster and fun activities, including How to Mummify an Apple and Create Your Own Papyrus.

Filled with colorful illustrations, this fact-filled book is perfect for every young Egyptologist!

Norse Mythology by author Heather Alexander

A CHILD’S INTRODUCTION TO NORSE MYTHOLOGY

Odin, Thor, Loki, and Other Viking Gods, Goddesses, Giants, and Monsters

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton

Come explore the popular and captivating world of Norse mythology in a book packed with action, intrigue, trickery, and love. Organized into two parts, part one introduces Odin, the leader of the Norse gods; Thor and his mighty hammer; Frigg, weaver of the destinies of humans and gods; frost and fire giants; cunning dwarves; and many more. Part two dramatizes the suspenseful myths, including The Creation of the Cosmos, The Aesir-Vanir War, Loki Bound, and Thor’s Hammer.

“This book is an absolute favorite at our house! We home school and every day for the past few week, we read one (or part of one) of these stories at lunch time. Even the pickiest eaters and busiest kids can be summoned to the table because these stories are so fun and engaging.”-Parent on Amazon.com

Greek Mythology by author Heather Alexander

A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology

The Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Monsters, and Other Mythical Creatures

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton

Packed with action, adventure, tragedy, and triumph, A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology explores all the fantastic and memorable classic Greek myths. Sidebars feature word definitions and fun facts, as well as games and projects. Includes a Gods and Goddesses Family Tree Poster!

“This is one of the best books I have seen for children about the Greek myths. I teach third graders and can’t wait to share this book with them.” – Teacher on Amazon.com

Introduction to Art by author Heather Alexander

Introduction to Art

The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures
by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton

A Child’s Introduction to Art introduces kids to the art world’s most famous painters, styles, and periods, all brought to life through full-color photographs of 40 masterpieces, as well as charming illustrations. Includes do-it-yourself art projects throughout!

Amazon Best Nonfiction of 2014
Silver Medal Parent’s Choice Award

“This is terrific for browsing, thinking, dreaming and art-making.”—Kirkus

Introduction to the World by author Heather Alexander

A Child’s Introduction to the World

Geography, Cultures, and People–From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton

Readers ages 9 to 12 will travel around the globe, from Greenland to Tasmania, learning the locations and characteristics of continents, countries, and states and provinces in this lively introduction to our world. Starting with the basics―hemispheres, latitude and longitude, continental drift, map notation, landforms, population density, and more―the book gives kids a solid foundation to begin exploring world geography. Each section profiles a different continent, including climates and biomes (tundra, grasslands, etc.), mountain ranges and bodies of water, people and cultures, governments and industries, wildlife, and much more. And sidebars throughout offer biographies of explorers, fun facts, and projects kids can do with parents or on their own. The book also includes a pop-up paper globe and reusable stickers.

Introduction to Natural History by author Heather Alexander

A Child’s Introduction to Natural History

The Story of Our Living Earth–From Amazing Animals and Plants to Fascinating Fossils and Gems

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton

A Child’s Introduction to Natural History introduces kids to the fascinating wonders of our natural world. The book delves into a vast array of topics, such as geology, fossils and dinosaurs, how animals move and fly, evolution, biomes, and more—with eye-catching photos and charming illustrations. Sidebars throughout offer biographies of naturalists, as well as fun, hands-on projects.

Life on Earth Series Human Body Heather Alexander

LIFE ON EARTH: Human Body

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Andres Lozano

How many bones do I have in my body? What does my heart do? And why do we breathe? This fact-filled book answers 100 questions about the human body and has more than 70 engaging lift-flaps to open.

Life on Earth Series Ocean Heather Alexander

LIFE ON EARTH: Ocean

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Andres Lozano

How do fish breathe? Why is the ocean salty? Why is a whale not a fish? Find out in this interactive book with 100 questions and answers and 70 flaps to lift.

Life on Earth Series Space by Heather Alexander

LIFE ON EARTH: Space

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Andres Lozano

How big is the universe? What would it be like to live on Venus? Is there life on another planet? Find out in this stylish, fact-filled book, packed with flaps to lift.

Life on Earth Series Farm by Heather Alexander

LIFE ON EARTH: Farm

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Andres Lozano

Who lives in the barn? How do seeds grow? And where do eggs come from? This fact-filled book answers 100 questions about farms and has more than 70 engaging lift-flaps to open.

Life on Earth Series Things That Go by Heather Alexander

LIFE ON EARTH: Things That Go

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Andres Lozano

When was the wheel invented? How fast is a bullet train? What makes a car go? Find out in this interactive book with 100 questions and answers, and 70 lift-the-flaps to explore.

Life on Earth Series Dinosaurs by Heather Alexander

LIFE ON EARTH: Dinosaurs

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Andres Lozano

When did the dinosaurs live? How did they hunt? And why is the T-Rex the scariest dinosaur? This fact-filled book answers 100 questions about dinosaurs and has more than 70 engaging lift-flaps to open.

Life on Earth Series Jungle by Heather Alexander

LIFE ON EARTH: Jungle

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Andres Lozano

Which animals live in the jungle? What noises will you hear? And how do the plants grow? This fact-filled book answers 100 questions about jungles and has more than 70 engaging lift-flaps to open.

Life on Earth Series Earth by Heather Alexander

LIFE ON EARTH: Earth

by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Andres Lozano

Topics covered include the solar system, the continents, plants and animals, how maps work and world landmarks, among many more. Scientific details are turned into simple, bitesize facts that the reader lifts the flaps to discover.

VIP: Lydia Darragh: Unexpected Spy by author Heather Alexander

VIP: Lydia Darragh: Unexpected Spy

by Heather Alexander

Did you know Lydia Darragh helped save George Washington’s army from a surprise attack from the British? Discover the dangerous world of espionage with Lydia Darragh in this exciting middle grade nonfiction biography packed with two-color illustrations and fun facts, including how to write in invisible ink.

The books in the VIP series tell the true—and amazing—stories of some of history’s greatest trailblazers. Meet the VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE who changed the world!

VIP Dr. Mae Jemison by author Heather Alexander

VIP: DR. MAE JEMISON: BRAVE ROCKETEER

by Heather Alexander

Soar to the stars with Dr. Mae Jemison in this exciting middle grade nonfiction biography.

Mae Jemison is the first African American woman to travel to space. She’s also a medical doctor who once joined the Peace Corps. And a trained dancer, too! Experience all the exciting moments in Dr. Jemison’s thrilling life in this exciting biography, packed with two-color illustrations and fun facts, including the secrets of NASA.

Hillary Clinton biography by author Heather Alexander

Who Is Hillary Clinton?

by Heather Alexander

At age fourteen, Hillary Clinton thought it would be exciting to become an astronaut, so she sent an application to NASA. The reply was a flat out rejection: the space program didn’t take women. It was a critical moment for the young girl, one that made her realize the world she lived in needed changing and that she had better try to make those changes happen. Clinton’s life has been a thrilling series of firsts—First Lady of the US, then first First Lady to become a US Senator, Secretary of State, and the first woman to run as the Democratic candidate for President. This easy-to- read biography charts her life all the way through her historic run for the White House.

Shine a Light: At the Library by author Heather Alexander

SHINE-A-LIGHT: AT THE LIBRARY

by Heather Alexander

What’s it like inside a library? Who is welcome, how do you use one and what is there to do? This beautifully illustrated book introduces children to libraries, big and small, and all of the amazing things these institutions have to offer–from books to puppet shows, from author signings to computer research and from special collections to very important rules. In addition, the unique design of the book allows children to discover a “hidden” image by holding the page up to a bright light.

Women in Medicine by author Heather Alexander

Discovery Stem Stars:

Women Who Rocked Medicine
by Heather Alexander

From the earliest female doctors, to pioneering geneticists, to amazing transplant surgeons . . . Discover the inspiring stories of 19 of the most awesome female scientists, inventors, and health-care providers who have dedicated their lives to healing the world!

Women in Space by author Heather Alexander

Discovery Stem Stars:

Women Who Rocked Space
by Heather Alexander

From the first woman astronomer, to innovative computers, to a record-holding spacewalker . . . Discover the inspiring stories of 19 of the most awesome female explorers of our solar system and beyond!

Go for Gold. US Women's Soccer by author Heather Alexander

U.S. Women’s Soccer: Go for Gold!

by Heather Alexander

Get to know the 2016 US Women’s Soccer team! Filled with amazing photos!

Oksana by author Heather Alexander

Oksana

by Heather Alexander

The real-life fairy-tale story of figure skating superstar Oksana Baiul, the sixteen-year-old Ukrainian orphan who stole the spotlight, the gold medal, and the hearts of millions at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

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