James Holzhauer’s Jeopardy! Prep Resources . . . and Other Great Books for Inspiring Students’ Think
James Holzhauer’s 'Jeopardy!' Prep Resources . . . and Other Great Books for Inspiring Students
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Record-setting Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer just won his 23rd game since April 4th—and his earnings now total more than $1.5 million! Although Ken Jennings still holds the records for longest winning streak and highest winnings in regular season games, Holzhauer is not too far behind. When asked how he prepares for matches and is able to retain so much trivia knowledge, Holzhauer was quick to credit children’s books as a main source of information, including Prufrock Press’s Mythology for Teens. Children and adults alike can use books like these to learn more and think critically about the world we live in:

  • Awesome Space Tech. The infographics in this book will rocket readers (ages 8–12) through a universe of powerful telescopes, distant probes, and high-speed spacecraft. We live in a complicated cosmos, but this book breaks down the complex, the confusing, and the downright kooky!
  • Philosophy for Kids and Philosophy for Teens. These books will sharpen students’ abilities to think critically about some of life’s biggest topics, all while looking at both sides of every argument and forming their own opinions.
  • Hands-On STEAM Explorations for Young Learners uses popular children’s nursery rhymes to explore STEAM concepts through minds-on, hands-on investigations. With an easy-to-follow layout, connections to advanced learning, and easy-to-access materials in each investigation, children will enjoy problem solving and tinkering as they discover and explore.
  • Fighting Fake News! focuses on applying critical thinking skills in digital environments while also helping students and teachers to avoid information overload. With the lessons and activities in this book, students will learn how to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information.
  • The Top Secret Files books contain exciting information about history’s well-kept secrets, from the Wild West to the American Revolution to the Cold War. Explore the truth about undercover spies, new technologies, and daring revolutionaries in the many pivotal events of the last few centuries.
  • The Hands-On (2nd ed.) series takes a deep dive into topics in archaeology, ecology, engineering, and physical science through engaging authentic learning experiences that develop STEM skills.
  • Twisted True Tales From Science tell the fascinating stories behind some of science’s most advanced discoveries and inventions. Readers will learn about the origins of gunpowder, dynamite, cell phones, gravity, and deadly fog in these explorations of what science can do!