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.