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!

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The 4-1-1 on Phones!

Get connected with everything you’ll ever want to know about phones—from the switchboard to the smartphone—in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the history of fun stuff!

Did you know that the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, wanted everyone to say “ahoy”—instead of “hello”—when answering the phone? Or that your smartphone has more computing power than the computers used during the first moon landing? Phone a friend and dial up your knowledge to become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on phones!

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 test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning history has never been so much fun!
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The 4-1-1 on Phones! ON SALE10/27/2015

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About the Authors

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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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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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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