BOOKS & REVIEWS

"Inspiring, honest and interesting. From an Idea to... books are the kind of books that create young entrepreneurs and inventors.”

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FROM AN IDEA TO… is a new nonfiction biography series that takes young readers into the world of entrepreneurship through the true stories of how our favorite companies came to be. Each book begins with the founder as a child and brings kids through the journey of starting a company from an IDEA to one of the biggest brands in the world. FROM AN IDEA TO… reveals fun facts about the brands we love, introduces new business terms in easy-to-understand definitions, and includes humor on every page with graphic novel-like black & white illustrations from C. S. Jennings.


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From an Idea to Disney is a behind-the-movie-screen look into the history, business, and brand of the world's largest entertainment empire. With humorous black & white illustrations throughout, learn about the company behind the world's favorite mouse, Mickey!

"Inspirational Fare."  Kirkus Reviews


“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.” - Walt Disney

Today, the Walt Disney Company is the biggest entertainment company in the world with theme parks, TV shows, movie studios, merchandise, the most recognizable cartoon character in the world, Mickey Mouse. But a long time ago, brothers Walt and Roy Disney started out with just an idea. Find out more about Disney’s history, the business, and the brand in this illustrated nonfiction book!

  • Find out what Walt first intended to name his famous mouse. (Hint: It wasn’t Mickey!)

  • Discover behind-the-scenes magic of how Walt Disney World is run.

  • Explore the ways the Disney expanded its brand from a little mouse into media, merchandise, and more!

  • Available now: Amazon Barnes & Noble  Indiebound 

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For fans of the successful Who Was series, From an Idea to Lego is a behind-the-bricks look into the world's famous toy company.

The perfect book for little LEGO lovers who want to go beyond sticking bricks. In short, Lowey Bundy Sichol's books are brilliant and inspiring for inventors and innovators.” - Red Tricycle


Today, LEGO is one of the biggest toy companies in the world, but a long time ago, a Danish carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen, started with just an idea. Find out more about LEGO’s origins, those famous bricks, and their other inventive toys and movie ventures in this illustrated nonfiction book!

  • Find out the origin the name “LEGO.” (Hint: it combines two Danish words).

  • See how LEGO grew from a carpentry shop to a multi-platform toy company.

  • Discover how LEGO bricks are made and how they came up with their design.

  • Available: Amazon Barnes & Noble  Indiebound

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From an Idea to Google is a behind-the-computer-screen look into the history, business, and brand of the world's largest search engine. With humorous black & white illustrations throughout, learn about the company that even earned its own catchphrase: Google it!

“Highly recommended for readers with an interest in technology, programming, and successful entrepreneurs.” School Library Journal


Today, Google is the number one internet search engine and the most visited website in the world. But a long time ago, two college friends, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, started out with just an idea. Find out more about Google’s history, the business, and the brand in this illustrated nonfiction book!

  • Find out where the name “Google” came from. (Hint: It involves a LOT of zeros!)

  • Discover how Google became the fastest and most popular internet search engine of all time.

  • Explore how Google transformed from a tiny startup (in someone’s garage!) into one of the most powerful companies in the world.

  • Available: Amazon Barnes & Noble Indiebound

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From an Idea to Nike is a fully-illustrated look into how Nike stepped up its sneaker game to become the most popular athletic brand in the world.

"This enjoyable informational text is a great purchase for schools." School Library Journal

Ever wonder how Nike became the athletics empire it is today? From an Idea to Nike digs into the marketing campaigns and strategy that turned this running-shoe company into the outfitter for many athletes as well as the iconic American brand. With infographics and engaging visuals throughout, this behind-the-scenes look into the historical and business side of Nike will be an invaluable resource for kids interested in what makes this business run.

  • Find out where the name Nike came from and how the famous swoosh became the signature logo.

  • Learn about the company's first marketing campaign with a star athlete. (Hint: It wasn’t Michael Jordan!) 

  • Explore the ways Nike expanded marketing from running to basketball, soccer, golf, and beyond!

  • Available now: Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Indiebound


MORE REVIEWS:

"Lowey’s research is impressive and her clear, engaging style perfectly explains to young readers the stories of these companies. She describes the creative process as well as the business principles involved in the creation of America’s most successful companies. Her “Fun Facts” and the abundant illustrations will further engage readers. From an Idea to… will be a welcome, enjoyable addition to books on business for young people, and will also serve to inspire the nation’s budding entrepreneurs and future business leaders."Cynthia Richey, 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

"With From an Idea to… Lowey Bundy Sichol has brought all her years of experience writing case studies and text material for the world’s biggest selling MBA marketing textbook, Marketing Management, to bring to life business for an entirely different audience – kids!  Lowey knows what makes companies tick and how they became successful and she shares those lessons in a fun and engaging way to little budding entrepreneurs and our next generation of business leaders.  Lowey makes learning about the potentially complex world business informative easy and enjoyable for kids." - Kevin Lane Keller, E.B. Osborn Professor of Marketing, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

"Inspiring, honest and interesting. From an Idea to... books are the kind of books that create young entrepreneurs and inventors. It clearly illustrates the road to success, the good and the bad. Kids will be inspired to believe that anything is truly possible. They will also learn that things will not just be handed to them. Rather things they really want will take work, will be earned and that in the end all that hard work and perseverance will pay off! I love this series SO much!" - Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd Book Reviews

"There was much to love about this book! While there are books that are in the “Who was/ What was” series, this series is a wonderful concept in bringing biographies and business thinking together. … With simple language, a manner of story telling approach almost, the author introduces concepts of grass-root marketing , patents, market research and innovation." - StackingBooks.com

"Young readers, especially those who have an entrepreneur spirit, will enjoy reading." Kristi’s Book Nook

"This is a fun, informative series that introduces young readers to the world of business, entrepreneurship, and marketing through easily understood and nicely presented concepts and the exciting histories of some of the biggest companies in the world." Word Spelunking Blog

”If you have nonfiction readers that have an interest in how business or brands work, stick a toe into the water and put a few of these into your collection." - Mom Read It blog

“A fast and informative read, From an Idea to Nike would be a great fit for middle-graders who are interested in Nike, biographies, business, and pop culture. Even kids marginally interested in any of these topics will likely find the book to be accessible and engaging.” - Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog

Nonfiction can be so fascinating. I really enjoyed this one (From an Idea to LEGO) and would recommend it to just about anyone and everyone…. This book goes beyond that simple story of how it came to be. It also includes plenty of informational text that focuses on business and economics.” - Becky’s Book Blog

“I learned a lot about businesses and marketing from these books but it was in a FUN way! I love books where you can learn in a fun way.” - Studio B on YouTube

Overall, From an Idea to Lego, is a great creative fun read. It introduces yourself or your children to entrepreneurship and highlights the idea that all great companies started with just an idea and the courage to bring that idea to life.” - Brick Warriors Blog

“I never really thought about who created LEGO bricks and I was fascinated to learn about Ole Kirk Christeniansen and how he and his sons went from carpentry to toy makers to creating the LEGO Group and the LEGO bricks that have now entertained three generations of children.” - Kid Lit Frenzy Blog

“This is a really cool book.” - Brick Lover 18 YouTuber

If you’d like your kids to begin their understanding entrepreneurship, and perhaps to fuel ambition beyond becoming a YouTuber, then the books from ‘Lowey Bundy Sichol’s ‘From an Idea to…’ series are a wonderful way to start. That one of the four books published so far is about our favourite plastic bricks is a bonus!” - The LEGO Car Blog

“What was exciting about this book, was the focus on business concepts and in this book, the focus was on Marketing. With simple language, a manner of story telling approach almost, the author introduces concepts of grass-root marketing , patents, market research and innovation.” - Stacking Books Blog

You and your child will enjoy this book. It teaches some great lessons while giving really interesting tidbits about Walt Disney and what the Disney brand is all about now.” - Christy’s Cozy Corners Blog

“Our future dreamers and doers in the world have an inspiring source for their own success in the world with From an Idea to Disney.” - Always in the Middle Blog

“I was both worried and excited when I picked up, "From an Idea to Disney." I loved the first book in this new series I had read, "From an Idea to Nike," but I was panicked it was a one-hit wonder. It's not. Phew! "From an Idea to Disney: How Imagination Built a World of Magic" is such a phenomenal book.” - A Good Reid Blog

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