A Landforms Adventure

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Personal Narrative (nonfiction)

The Earth’ s surface is always changing. The beautiful and impressive landforms of the United States are evidence of this powerful process. Students will enjoy tagging along on this road trip from coast to coast, during which various landforms are highlighted and explained. Detailed text features support students’ understanding of the science behind these landforms while photographs offer examples of the stunning results of the ever-changing Earth. Book and lesson also available at Levels N and T.

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A Visit to Kitt Peak

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Descriptive (nonfiction)

Do you like to look at the night sky and think about what is out there in the universe? If so, you would enjoy A Visit to Kitt Peak. This book tells about the world’ s largest observatory, which is located outside of Tucson, Arizona. Readers will learn about the specialized telescopes at Kitt Peak and the work scientists do there. The text concludes with tips for stargazing at home.

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Amelia Earhart: A Legend in Flight

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Historical (nonfiction)

Who was the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane? Amelia Earhart: A Legend in Flight provides students with a historical look at Earhart’ s accomplishments in aviation. The book can also be used to teach students how to sequence events in a text and to identify compound subjects.The book and lesson are also available for levels T and W.

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American Football

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Informational (nonfiction)

The action-packed sport of American Football excites spectators around the globe. Students will be interested to learn about the sport’ s origin as well as how the game is played. Amazing photos and diagrams support the text.

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Arthur’s Bad-News Day

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Realistic (fiction)

Arthur has been an only child for eight years and has just found out that a little sister is on the way. At first, Arthur is unhappy about the many ways in which her arrival will disrupt his life. He changes his tune after he holds her for the first time. Illustrations support the text.

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Awesome Ants

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Informational (nonfiction)

In the millions of years that ants have crawled on the earth, they have become some of the most fascinating and amazing insects. Informative and entertaining, Awesome Ants gives students a look into the intricate lives of ants. Detailed photographs provide up-close views of everything awesomeabout ants, from communication through scents and vibrations to their underground activities. The book can also be used to identify main idea and supporting details. The book and lesson are also available for levels N and T.

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Castles

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Informational (nonfiction)

Castles is a factual text that describes castle building from early times through recently constructed liz-9798762373668257. Details about interior and exterior features are included. The reader also learns about the people who lived in and around medieval liz-9798762373668257. Both photos and illustrations supportthis informative text.

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Cesar Chavez: Migrant Hero

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Biography (nonfiction)

When Cesar Chavez was a child, his family lost their farm and had to become migrant farm workers. Seeing and experiencing how many migrant farm workers were treated made a lasting impression on Chavez. In this biography, students will learn how Cesar Chavez led a nonviolent movement for the dignityand fair treatment of U.S. farm workers and became one of the most famous union leaders in the world.

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Chili Pepper Powder Surprise

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Realistic (fiction)

Chili Pepper Powder Surprise is a story about Trisha and her first experience with a thoroughbred horse. She is visiting her cousin Adrian’ s farm in Tennessee from Chicago, and she’ s never seen anything as beautiful as the horse. Adrian dares her to get on the horse without his father’s knowledge, and she reluctantly decides to give it a try. Suddenly, she and Pepper are racing dangerously out of control, and she has to think quickly to keep from getting seriously injured. Illustrations support the text.

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China

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Informational (nonfiction)

Students may know that chopsticks and China go hand in hand. But do they know that China is one of the biggest countries in the world? Or that its symbol is the giant panda? These are but a few of the fascinating facts included in this informative book. Photographs enhance the text about this culture.

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Chinzaemon the Silent

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Folktale (fiction)

Chinzaemon the Silent is a retelling of a Japanese folktale. Chinzaemon, famous for his swords and scabbards, is asked by a powerful prince to make weapons for his soldiers and guards. In his new position, Chinzaemon plays jokes on people. Although most of the jokes seem quite silly, in theend they prove to be very wise. Beautiful, historically accurate illustrations support the text.

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Color Blindness

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Informational (nonfiction)

Color blindness is the world’ s most common genetic disorder, affecting more than 10 million people in the United States alone. Color Blindness provides students with a comprehensive explanation of the causes and effects of this condition. The book can also be used to teach students how to determine an author’ s purpose and to use hyphenated compound adjectives. The book and lesson are also available for levels T and W.

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Coral Reefs

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Informational (nonfiction)

Coral reefs are massive undersea communities where one quarter of all plants and animals in the ocean make their homes. Readers are invited to explore the diverse but fragile world of the coral reef. The author helps us learn more about why these unique communities are in need of our protection. Photographs, diagrams, captions, and a map support the text.

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Día de los Muertos

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Informational (nonfiction)

Dia de los Muertos is an informational nonfiction book that explains a traditional celebration that has taken place in Mexico for thousands of years. In many parts of the world, people continue to hold celebrations around November 1 and 2 to honor people who have died. It is a time of happiness and joy, when loved ones are remembered, honored, and celebrated. Photographs support the text. Book and lesson also available at Levels K and N.

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Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

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Informational (nonfiction)

Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis teaches readers about some of the most intense and unpredictable forces of nature. It describes the causes of each one and explains the ways in which these three furious forces are connected. Diagrams, photographs, and a map support the text. Book and lesson also available at Levels T and W.

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Eleventeen

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Realistic (fiction)

Eleventeen余额宝在哪里领取红包 follows young Sarah as she works through the emotions of her upcoming birthday. Frustrated that she isn’ t quite a teenager yet, like her sister, she finds herself trying to explain to her family that turning eleven is not what she wants at all. She retreats to her room and decides to follow the advice of her father, who always tells her to “weigh the facts.” As she compares ages eleven and sixteen on paper, she realizes that the responsibilities of becoming eleven aren’ t really that different from sixteen-especially when she renames her age liz-7725208558211198. Illustrations support the text.

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Emily

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Realistic (fiction)

Emily tells a story from the point of view of a young girl, Mary. She and her mother are on their way to Canada so Mary can meet Harry, her mother’ s “significant other.” Mary already has strong feelings against Harry because he has taken her mother away every weekend, and Mary misses their special time together. She expects Harry to be nothing like her dad, and she’ s prepared to act nicely for her mother but knows she will not like much about the day. Little does she know that a special surprise awaits her–Harry’ s daughter, Emily. Illustrations support the text.

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Extreme Animals

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Informational (nonfiction)

Extreme Animals introduces readers to some fascinating members of the animal kingdom. These animals aren’ t your usual variety. Read to discover which fish can climb a tree and which creature tastes food with its feet! Amazing information is conveyed both through explicit text and entertaining, and clever illustrations. Book and lesson also available at Levels K and N.

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Famous First Ladies

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Informational (nonfiction)

While the president is the most important person in the United States, another important person stands by his side–the First Lady. Famous First Ladies is about three women who not only supported their husbands, but also worked to improve education and to help people in need. Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Hillary Rodham Clinton will forever be remembered as First Ladies that made a difference in the lives of their families, as well as the lives of people across the country.

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Fireworks

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Informational (nonfiction)

Fireworks is an informational book that details the history of liz-6927601721500189. Techniques for making liz-6927601721500189 are included, as well as the planning required to create professional liz-6927601721500189 displays and important liz-6927601721500189 safety tips. Charts, photographs, and illustrations support and enrich the text.

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First Day of School

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Realistic (fiction)

First Day of School follows Sarah and her thoughts as she prepares for the first day of school in a new town. She experiences a mix of emotions, from apprehension and nervousness to reluctance. The book describes Sarah’ s morning as she dresses, eats breakfast, walks to school, and entersthe classroom. Not until the last sentence do readers find out that Sarah is actually the teacher. Illustrations support the text

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Gandhi

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Biography (nonfiction)

Mohandas Gandhi was a man of great leadership and courage. An advocate of nonviolence, even in the face of tremendous injustice, Gandhi spent his life working for equality and peace. This Mahatma, or “Great Soul,” served as an inspiration to other great leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Students will be amazed by the strength and determination of a man who brought change to his country and the world. Book and lesson are also available at Levels N and U.

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Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders: Giant Arachnids

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Informational (nonfiction)

Capture students’ attention with a books about the largest spider in the world. Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders: Giant Arachnids will give students a glimpse into how these creatures live in the wild. Fascinating images and maps support the text.

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Good for Thurgood!

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Biography (nonfiction)

Good for Thurgood! focuses on the exceptional life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court. Born when segregation was still legal in the South, Thurgood Marshall grew up arguing about issues of race. After attending law school, he argued and won many cases in front of the Supreme Court, promoting equality in the United States. The book and lesson plan are also available in levels K and N.

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His Biggest Fan

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Realistic (fiction)

Kenny can’ t concentrate on the big race because he feels guilty. The night before, he asked his father not to come. Will Kenny win the race, and will his father show up? Students will enjoy the detailed illustrations that support the text as well as reading about interesting character relationships.

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Horseshoes Aren’t Just for Good Luck

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Realistic (fiction)

Horseshoes Aren’ t Just for Good Luck is a realistic fictional book, written in the first person. A child is visiting Gram (Great-grandmother) at the seashore over summer vacation. Living in a Victorian beach town is quite a contrast to the child’ s usual life in the busy city. The childlearns about life at the beach and becomes especially interested in horseshoe crabs. Illustrations support the text.

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How Glooskap Found Summer

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Legend (fiction)

In this Native American legend, Glooskap finds that a giant named Winter has caused the cold weather that has gripped the land. Glooskap finds a woman named Summer who can defeat the giant and bring warmth to the land. Book and lesson also available at Levels I and K.

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Jackie Robinson

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Biography (nonfiction)

Baseball is known as America’ s pastime, and many people enjoy playing and watching this sport. But, did you know there was a time when black athletes were not allowed to play on the same teams as white athletes? Jackie Robinson tells the story of the man who changed that. Detailed photographs and engaging text will keep students interested in this important part of American history. The book can also be used to teach students how to identify elements of a biography as well as to create a summary to better understand the text. The book and lesson are also available for levels K and N.

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Jack-o’-Lanterns

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Informational (nonfiction)

A festive sight on doorsteps, on porches, and in windows, jack-o’ -lanterns are popular Halloween decorations. Jack-o’ -Lanterns provides students an introduction to the history of this tradition as well as a glimpse into the creative liberties people have taken over the years to create jack-o’ -lantern masterpieces. The book can also be used to teach students how to discern fact or opinion and to identify synonyms and antonyms. The book and lesson are also available for levels K and N.

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Komodo Dragons: Giant Reptiles

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Informational (nonfiction)

Komodo Dragons: Giant Reptiles will take students into the would of these huge lizards. Students will learn about their habitat and offspring as well as the challenges Komodo dragons face. Vibrant picutres support the text.

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Landfills: What a Load of Garbage!

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Informational (nonfiction)

When you throw trash away, where does it go? Where is “away”? Most trash goes to landfills. This book explains what landfills are and how they operate. Students will also learn why trash is a threat to the environment and why getting rid of it is becoming expensive. Diagrams and photographs support this informative text.

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Lost Cities

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Informational (nonfiction)

Lost Cities explores ancient places around the world such as Pompeii and Atlantis that have fascinated people for generations. Readers will discover how archaeologists try to solve the mysteries of these ruins and the civilizations that dwelt there. Photographs, illustrations, and maps support the text. Fluent readers will delight in investigating strange new places and will also learn about distinguishing between fact and opinion and the importance of subject-verb agreement in sentences.

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March Madness

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Informational (nonfiction)

Each spring fans turn their attention to the frenzy and excitement of one of the most popular sporting events in the United States. March Madness is a detailed look at the ins and outs of this college-level basketball championship tournament. The book can also be used to teach students how todiscern the author’ s point of view and to effectively summarize. The book and lesson are also available for levels T and W.

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Mermaid in a Teacup

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Fantasy (fiction)

Hattie and her two friends, Sybil and Sarah, go to Crying Rock for a picnic. While Sarah and Sybil are away for a moment, Hattie climbs up Crying Rock. Just as she is about to turn back, she hears someone singing. It turns out to be a little mermaid. Hattie takes the mermaid home and keeps her in ateacup. Hattie’ s friends tease her, believing the mermaid is just a toy. But Hattie knows better.

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Mike Van Zee, Special Olympian

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Biography (nonfiction)

Meet a courageous and hard-working athlete who is also a Special Olympian. This biography is the story of Mike Van Zee-how he trained, worked with his coach, and became a champion. Readers will also learn about the history of the Special Olympics.

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Morty and the Oatmeal Babysitter

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Fantasy (fiction)

Morty and the Oatmeal Babysitter is the story of Morty, a mischievous mouse, who wants to go with his friends to see the circus. However, Morty’ s mother has asked him to stay at home and watch his siblings until she returns. Faced with the dilemma of what he wants to do and what he shoulddo, Morty learns an important lesson. Illustrations support the text.

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Morty and the Suitcase Caper

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Fantasy (fiction)

Morty and the Suitcase Caper is the story of a young mouse who has mixed feelings about visiting his grandparents. He wishes he could bring along his toys so he won’ t be bored. Morty finds a way to bring his toys but realizes that his selfish solution comes with a cost. Illustrations support the text.

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Morty and the Teacher’s Apples

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Fantasy (fiction)

Morty and the Teacher’ s Apples continues the mischievous adventures of Morty, a third grade mouse who finds himself in a dilemma when he plays a trick on his teacher that he then later regrets. Text is supported by engaging illustrations and is ideal for highlighting positive character traits.

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My Earth Day Birthday

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Realistic (fiction)

My Earth Day Birthday tells the story of Tara and her passion for the environment. Born on April 22, she has a special interest in Earth Day, since it falls on her birthday. On a beach in Mexico two years earlier, Tara found a dead sea turtle that had choked on a plastic bag. Saddened but inspired by the experience, she develops an interest in environmental causes and becomes a leader among her peers while planning their class Earth Day celebration. She leads a very successful Earth Day fair that educates others on different aspects of helping our planet.

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Mystery at Camp White Cloud

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Mystery (fiction)

Mystery at Camp White Cloud tells how Frankie and Gil follow clues to solve a campground mystery. Campers are scared when warnings appear carved into the cabin walls, and the director threatens to close camp early. Frankie and Gil save the day when their detective work pays off, and the children are allowed to stay at camp after all.

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On Eagle River

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Realistic (fiction)

On Eagle River is a story about young Devon’ s first canoe fishing trip with his grandpa. His older brother has told him all about what fishing with Grandpa is like, so he is very excited and nervous all at once. Devon listens carefully to Grandpa’ s instructions and helps him maneuver the canoe down the river. The afternoon is peaceful and the wildlife beautiful–he only hopes the stories of snakes and ‘ gators aren’ t true! Illustrations support the text.

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Plight of the Polar Bear

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Informational (nonfiction)

Polar bears are among the most majestic and unique creatures on Earth. But their existence is threatened, not by other animals or the harsh conditions in which they live, but by humans. In this book, readers learn how humans are endangering these beautiful animals, even from thousands of miles away.

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Puffins

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Informational (nonfiction)

Puffins are unusual and fascinating birds that have captured people’ s imaginations. Nicknamed “clowns of the sea,” these skillful birds are well known for their unmistakably distinct appearance. Students will enjoy detailed photographs that support the text. The book can also be used to teach students about asking and answering questions and discerning fact or opinion. The book and lesson are also available for levels T and W.

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Queen Elizabeth I

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Biography (nonfiction)

Queen Elizabeth I ruled England in a period that came to be known as “The Golden Age,” during which the country became one of the greatest world powers of the time. Find out how in this interesting book.

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Ramses II

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Biography (nonfiction)

Ramses II ruled ancient Egypt for more than sixty-six years, during which he built more temples than any other pharaoh and became renowned throughout the region. Students will enjoy learning how he earned the moniker “Ramses the Great.”

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Robin Hood and the King

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Legend (fiction)

In this legend about Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, the king sets out to meet Robin Hood. He loves all sports and knows Robin Hood and his men are the best archers in the kingdom. So he disguises himself as an abbot and heads through Sherwood Forest with a hundred pounds in his pouch. Robin Hood and his men take his gold but promise the king a show of fine archery, wrestling, and swordplay. Book and lesson also available at Levels W and Z.

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Route 66

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Informational (nonfiction)

Originally built as America’ s first major highway, Route 66 has taken on a life of its own and has become a wildly eclectic travel destination. Route 66 details the history and evolution of this historic highway including the artistic oddities found along the way. The book can also be usedto teach students how to effectively sequence events and summarize. The book and lesson are also available for levels T and W.

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Salmon: A Link in the Food Chain

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Informational (nonfiction)

Whether readers have ever gone fishing or not, they will be “hooked” by the interesting information in Salmon: A Link in the Food Chain. Using salmon as a way to show the interconnectedness of the food web, the author explains how a tiny salmon egg needs food, and later as an adult, becomes food. The theme throughout the book is the delicate balance of nature and the need for maintaining it. Photographs provide visuals of unfamiliar concepts and vocabulary.

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Sharks

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Informational (nonfiction)

Sharks describes the physical appearances, eating habits, and attack capabilities of sharks. Although sharks are thought of as dangerous killers, only a small percentage actually are. Book and lesson also available at Levels J and M.

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Sinkhole Science

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Informational (nonfiction)

Explore one of the strangest natural events on Earth in Sinkhole Science. Seen all over the world, these amazing holes can appear suddenly or develop slowly over years. Readers will learn about the kinds of sinkholes, what causes them, and where they are most likely to occur. Diagrams, maps,and amazing photos support the text.

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Soccer

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Informational (nonfiction)

Soccer has been the most popular sport around the world for decades. Students will enjoy learning about how this exciting sport is played as well as about its history and famous players. Incredible images, maps, and diagrams support the text.

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SPRAK!

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Realistic (fiction)

Mark buys apple cider from Mia because her sidewalk business is slow. Mia decides to donate her favorite sweater to someone who might need it. On the way to the donation center, Mia and her mom rescue a lost kitten and take it to the shelter. Duane takes care of the kitten until the owners come forit. Later that night, Duane shares his tip with Rosaria at the snack bar. What do they all have in common? They all practice SPRAK. What is SPRAK? Read the book to find out!

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Strange Plants

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Informational (nonfiction)

Do you know that some plants eat meat? Some even steal food from other plants. Strange Plants is an informative look at unusual plants that exist in the world. Detailed photographs accompany an engaging text about extraordinarily strange plants. The book can also be used to teach students howto identify main ideas and details and the proper use of adjectives. The book and lesson are also available for levels K and N.

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Summer Olympics Events

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Informational (nonfiction)

Summer Olympics Events is an informational book that describes some of the sports in which athletes compete during the Summer Olympic Games. Readers will learn about different types of water sports, gymnastics, and track-and-field events. Photographs help students make text-to-picture connections. Book and lesson also available at Levels H and K.

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Sweet Potato Challenge

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Realistic (fiction)

Sweet Potato Challenge tells the story of two cousins who challenge each other to bake the best sweet potato pie. They are surprised to find out that they both are very good cooks. The text provides opportunities to reinforce math skills within the context of the recipes each child uses. Illustrations and recipes support the text.

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The Buffalo Soldiers

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Informational (nonfiction)

After the Civil War ended, the U.S. Army formed the regiments that would come to be known as the?Buffalo Soldiers. Despite discrimination and hardship, the Buffalo Soldiers served until the Korean War, becoming an important chapter in the history of the United States. Historic photographs and detailed text features support engaging text. Book and lesson are also available for levels T and W.

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The Castaway Pines

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Fantasy (fiction)

In The Castaway Pines, Momma and Poppa Pine try to frustrate a logger because they think he wants to make them into Presto logs. When they find out that he wants them for Christmas trees, they begin to think differently. The Castaway Pines is written as a stage play, which introduces readers to a new genre.

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The Cave of the Lost

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Adventure (fiction)

Another installment of The Hollow Kids series finds Qynn, Sarah, and Jake at the mouth a mysterious cave. This is no ordinary cave—it’s The Cave of the Lost. After hearing what sounds like crying from deep within, the friends decide to delve into the darkness. With a single flashlight, thechildren find themselves lost—but not alone. Who is in the cave with them, and will they find their way out? Detailed illustrations support this entertaining and suspenseful text.

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The Footprint

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Narrative (fiction)

The Footprint is a story about siblings working together to solve a mystery. When Angie and Jared find a strange footprint dried in the mud, they can’ t decide what creature could have been there. Their imaginations race as they pore over the many library resources on dinosaurs and birds.They are surprised to find out that their pesky little brother was behind it all along. Illustrations support the text.

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The Golden Flute

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Folktale (fiction)

A traditional Chinese folktale, The Golden Flute recounts the story of a little girl who is taken from her mother by an evil dragon. A series of magical events lead up to the girl’ s rescue. Readers will follow along as the girl’ s brother travels on the age-old journey of good verses evil to conquer the dragon and rescue his sister.

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The Hollow

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Adventure (fiction)

When their dog runs off, three children give chase and find themselves lost in the woods on Halloween night. Stories of ghosts spook these young trick-or-treaters as they search for the dog and the path home. Along the way, they meet an unusual little boy. Who is he, and will they ever make it out of the Hollow? Detailed illustrations support this entertaining and suspenseful text.

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The Kid Who Couldn’t Save

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Realistic (fiction)

Have you ever heard the expression, “Money burns a hole in your pocket”? That’ s true for Mike! In The Kid Who Couldn’ t Save, Mike desperately wants to buy a spy kit, but he’ s not very good at saving money. Will he be able to change his habits and buy the spy kit? Likeable characters and an engaging storyline will keep students interested in this story while they learn basic concepts about money and compound interest. The book can also be used to teach students how to determine cause-and-effect relationships as well as how to make, revise, and confirm predictions while reading.

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The Kingdom of Happiness

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Informational (nonfiction)

What is the key to happiness? How is happiness measured? The Kingdom of Happiness introduces students to Bhutan, a tiny mountain kingdom, where happiness is the priority. Bhutan’ s first happiness survey was conducted in 2007 and inspired other countries throughout the world to consider thestate of contentment among their citizens. Students will be asked to contemplate the effect of the modern world on the happiness of the Bhutanese citizens. The book can also be used to teach students how to identify cause-and-effect relationships as well as to identify adjectives. The book and lesson are also available for levels T and W.

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The Legend of Nessie

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Informational (nonfiction)

The Legend of Nessie is an informational book about the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. It tells of the legend of an ancient sea serpent from the dark waters of Loch Ness in Scotland. Many people believe that the legend is true, and scientists have invested time and money to investigate the claims. Although many photographs have proved to be fakes, scientists have uncovered some facts that continue to make the legend plausible. Photographs and a map support the text.

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The Little Fir Tree

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Fantasy (fiction)

The Little Fir Tree is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’ s The Fir Tree. It is written from the point of view of a fir tree that aspires to be taken home by people and decorated for a Christmas celebration. Finally he gets his chance and experiences the happiest two days of his life as he watches the family open gifts, laugh, and sing. Although the tree experiences some loneliness when he is placed outside, he finds hope in sharing his adventures with the garden plants. Illustrations support the text.

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The New Soccer Ball

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Realistic (fiction)

David and his family have just moved from Africa to the United States. He loves going to school, and he feels safe in his new apartment. For his birthday, he receives his first real soccer ball. But when he brings it to school, his classmates are rude and disrespectful, which prompts his teacher toask David to share what his life was like in Africa. Working through his apprehension with thoughtful reflection, he prepares a presentation for his class that helps everyone realize why that soccer ball means so much to him.

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The Three-R Plan

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Fairy Tale (fiction)

The Three-R Plan is a story about a once-lovely kingdom that has grown barren. The king sends out a proclamation stating that he is looking for someone to solve the problem of their decaying land. Whoever can solve the problem will be invited to live in the castle for the rest of his or herdays. Ricardo, Roger, and Randy each has useful ideas and brings them to the king: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The king accepts them all together and names it the Three-R Plan. Improvements are soon witnessed in the land, and the kingdom begins to flourish once again. Illustrations support the text.

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The WeatherBot Warning

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Science Fiction (fiction)

While playing hide-and-seek, Zarela discovers a strange machine tucked away in the school basement’ s utility room. It appears that the WeatherBot was built to control the weather. Zarela is initially excited with her discovery, but she quickly learns that playing with strange machines can be a bigmistake. Now she has to figure out a way to fix the weather! The WeatherBot Warning is exciting and educational, and can be used to instruct students in determining an author’ s purpose and using past-tense verbs.

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Vincent’s Bedroom

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Descriptive (nonfiction)

Bright yellow stars in a navy blue sky. A sunny meadow during a summer afternoon. Golden sunflowers in a bouquet. These are some examples of the works that artist Vincent Van Gogh created during his lifetime, Vincent’ s Bedroom is an introduction to the life and work of Van Gogh. Readers will learn about how Vincent’ s personality and lifestyle influenced his style of painting. Vivid color photographs of Van Gogh’ s most famous works, particularly The Bedroom Series, are included throughout the book.

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Walking in Roman Footsteps

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Historical (fiction)

Two sisters take a trip to Rome, Italy, with their parents. They are interested in touring the old city in which their ancestors lived, and in seeing the ancient ruins of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Teatro Marcello. The family sets out to explore Rome’ s historic streets, eating mozzarella, panini, and gelato. Then they see a group of dancing women. The performers whirl the two girls into ancient times, where they must discover three places where the new Rome is built on or around the old before they can return to the present time. Illustrations, photographs, and a map support the text.

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Who Likes Lemonade?

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Realistic (fiction)

Who Likes Lemonade? is the second installment of the Moneybags Mike series, and Mike still longs to buy a spy kit. When his friend Derek offers to sell his kit, Mike decides to sell fresh lemonade in order to buy it! Will he earn enough money, or will the complications of business get in hisway? Likeable characters and an engaging storyline will keep readers interested while learning basic concepts about money and profit. The book can also be used to teach students how to retell the major events to better understand the text as well as how to determine the character’ s point of view.

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Why Abe Lincoln Grew a Beard

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Informational (nonfiction)

Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell changed history when she wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln with a simple suggestion: to grow a beard. Lincoln responded to her letter and soon after began to grow into his signature look. Why Abe Lincoln Grew a Beard is the delightful story of one little girl’ sinfluence on this memorable president. Informative photographs and illustrations provide historical context in this enjoyable nonfiction text.

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Zookeeping

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Interview (nonfiction)

This book is an interview with Jeff Polcen, lead zookeeper of hoofed mammals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Readers learn about the animals under Jeff’ s care and the responsibilities of a lead zookeeper. Zookeeping contains many fascinating facts about the care of giraffes, zebras, ostriches, and gazelles.

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