History of Fun Stuff

A new ready-to-read series from Simon Spotlight that makes nonfiction a ton of fun! Learn the cool history and fascinating facts behind topics kids love and will love learning about!

Latest book from History of Fun Stuff

The Great American Story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang!

Now beginning readers can learn all about Charles M. Schulz’s iconic comic strips, beloved characters, and the cartoons and movies in this nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read about the history of the Peanuts Gang!

Did you know that many of the characters in A Charlie Brown Christmas were voiced by regular kids from the producer’s neighborhood? Or that Charles M. Schulz had his first sketch published at age fourteen in the local newspaper’s “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” feature? What about that NASA has an award called the Silver Snoopy for outstanding achievements related to flight safety and mission success? Become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang, and amaze your friends with all you’ve learned in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read!

A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like science, social studies, and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can...
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Kama Einhorn

Kama Einhorn has authored more than forty children's books and written magazine articles and web content for Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, The New York Times Learning Network, and the Humane Society. She holds a master's degree in education from the University of California at Berkeley, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Stephen Krensky

Stephen Krensky is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including How Santa Got His Job (an ALA Notable Book) and Big Bad Wolves at School. He and his wife, Joan, live in Lexington, Massachusetts. You can visit him at StephenKrensky.com.

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Patricia Lakin
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Patricia Lakin

Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups—from toddlers to middle graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.

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Angela Murphy

Angela Murphy splits her time between Delaware and California. When she’s not writing, she enjoys photography and playing the saxophone. Angela has written dozens of children’s books under various pen names, and plans to someday write a book about a photographer/ jazz musician who moves to New York City to play professional baseball.

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Chloe Perkins

Chloe Perkins is the editor and author of a few dozen books for children. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Rico, and their corgi puppy/sometimes shark, Marius. Growing up in a small town in Ohio, Chloe always dreamed of writing stories that could take kids on their own reading adventures, and she’s thrilled to be doing just that!

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Jody Jensen Shaffer
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Jody Jensen Shaffer

Jody Jensen Shaffer is the author of more than twenty-seven books of fiction and nonfiction for children. She’s written about everything from ninja warriors to hyenas to Frederick Douglass. Her picture books include It’s Your First Day of School, Busy BusPrudence, the Part-Time Cow; and A Chip Off the Old Block. Jody lives in Liberty, Missouri, with her husband and children.

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Bonnie Williams

Bonnie Williams is a children’s book editor and writer who lives in New York City with her two snuggly cats, Mushie and Murphy. When she isn’t working, her favorite activities include going to the theater, ice skating, and reading (of course)!

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