QUESTIONS I'M OFTEN ASKED
Q: Most science books have chapters with titles like "energy" or "matter." Your books often focus on people. Why should schools be using them?
A: People are a hook, they put information in a framework, which helps with understanding and memory. But the books don't neglect scientific issues, as you can see on this page, which describes the science of flight.
Q: Do you see your series replacing traditional textbooks or being used in conjunction with standard textbooks?
A: I wrote A History of US as a new kind of text—an anti-textbook—to replace those ponderous tomes that no one reads willingly, but they can also be used as a supplement. The ten small volumes give this series great flexibility.
The Story of Science is a text that spans subjects. It can be used to teach critical reading, it includes a lot of world history, and the science is complemented with coordinated experiments in the teaching materials. These are books built on respect for both teachers and children. They work especially well in multi-disciplinary classes.
Q: What age group constitutes your target audience? What ages are you writing for most?
Quotes From Readers
"Best of all is Joy Hakim's way with the story. Never dull, never the least plodding, she brings refreshing spirit and common sense to the telling of every episode. The historic personages, great and small, are all alive, real people, and the idea that history might ever be thought of as a chore has clearly never crossed her mind." –David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of John Adams
"I wish the nation's schools would use Hakim's books as texts." –Arthur Levine, President Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University
"Compelling writing makes this series a must." –Stephanie Harvey, reading specialist and author of Strategies That Work
"Every child deserves to learn with such material." –Janet Allen, literacy specialist and author of Words, Words, Words
"Joy Hakim's books are a reading teacher's goldmine."
–Janet Harris, 8th grade teacher, Pennsauken, N.J.
"Humanizing details have made Joy Hakim the J.K. Rowling of the history world." –Alison Adato, Joanna Blonska, People Magazine
"Imagine a history textbook so full of provocative storytelling and graphics that it brings your sixth grader to tears." –Gwen Sublette for Colorado Parent magazine
"We owe Joy Hakim a great debt of gratitude." –Elizabeth McPike, American Educator Magazine
"Joy Hakim is breaking all the rules." –Valerie Strauss, the Washington Post
James McPherson, professor of American history at Princeton University says of Joy Hakim's work, "I was impressed by the accuracy and depth of her research."
"Last year, I was invited to talk to a group of 5th graders about life in one-room schools. It was unusual for me to see 5th grade students who were excited and interested in history. So I asked the teacher to show me what book they were using because they obviously loved history. In short, they were using your books. The teacher gave me a copy of book three and I was pleasantly surprised to find a story about 'WARRAGHIYAGE!!!!' Elementary students never learn about the incredibly interesting life of Sir William Johnson and there he was in your book. I was so excited about my new find that the teacher gave me Books two and three."Bob Millward, Professor of Education at Indiana University.
"Dear Joy Hakim,
You have saved me from another year of boring Social Studies text books. Your books are great and make you feel you are in the book with the Indians or the Europeans or whatever it is. You make me feel like I am really jumping into a time machine into the past.