Parents' Guide to

Capstone Kids

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Book publisher's kid site has quizzes, activities, and more.

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Capstone Kids presents a range of complementary material to support fiction, nonfiction, hybrid, and Spanish-language titles from publisher Capstone Press. Kid-pleasing story angles that include kid werewolves, fortune telling, super scientists, and monster friends are enticingly brought to life through colorful graphics, a few full-chapter selections, and downloadables such as comic-strip templates and tattoos. The book titles sometimes look a bit like advertising, and vocabulary doesn’t exactly push the boundaries, but graphics are generally high-quality and role models positive.

Capstone titles are not afraid to bring up tricky topics: absentee parents, adoring classmates, bullying, and disgusting, gross, and nasty things (eating boogers!), which, of course, kids love. Topic-wise, science and history seem to dominate the nonfiction selections. Don't miss the small but really well done Make Stuff section that highlights magic tricks, paper folding, and crafts. A few quibbles: It would be nice if book title images were linked, so kids would have an easier time accessing the associated games and quizzes. The Contests section also is disappointing, as there don't seem to be any active contests for kids to enter.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading, reading comprehension, storytelling, text analysis, vocabulary, Science: animals, chemistry, ecosystems and the environment, electricity, energy, life cycle, physics, substance properties, weather, Social Studies: events, exploration, geography, historical figures, history, Hobbies: building, cooking, fashion, sports
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, deduction, investigation, problem solving, Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth, self-assessment, Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Genre: Educational
  • Last updated: March 7, 2020

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