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Use Your Eyes to Boost Your Brain (Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Visual Intelligence)



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About The Book

I Spy and Where’s Waldo? get a revolutionary twist in this “fun, eye-opening” (Booklist) interactive book that teaches young readers how to fully engage their brains to think critically and creatively.

What would you say if I told you that looking at art could give you the confidence you need to speak up in class? Or that learning the history of donuts could help you think like a super spy and train like the CIA?

smART teaches readers how to process information using paintings, sculptures, and photographs using methods that instantly translate to real world situations and are also fun!

With three simple steps (1) How to SEE, (2) How to THINK about what you see, and (3) How to TALK about what you see, readers learn how to think critically and creatively, a skill that only requires you to open your eyes and actively engage your brain.

About The Author

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Amy E. Herman is the New York Times bestselling author of Visual Intelligence, the written companion of the program Herman has used for eighteen years to provide leadership training to the FBI, Navy SEALs, NATO, the Peace Corps, Georgetown University Hospital, and executives at Microsoft and Google. The method has helped companies save millions of dollars, solve crimes, and even save lives, and the book has been translated into nine different languages, teaching readers how to sharpen their observation, perception, and communication skills using art. Herman, a self-proclaimed “recovering lawyer,” was also the Director of Educational Development at Thirteen/WNET and the Head of Education at The Frick Collection for over ten years. To learn more about Amy Herman, you can visit her website

Why We Love It

“A visually beautiful and engaging book that teaches kids how to more effectively process information using paintings, sculptures, and photographs. It empowers young readers to see more, do more, and become more.”

—Krista V., Senior Editor, on smART

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 12, 2023)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665901222
  • Grades: 4 - 8
  • Ages: 9 - 13
  • Lexile ® 920L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ Z These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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