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Grades K–1

True Stories from America

  • A Weed Is a Flower

    Aliki

    Grades K–1   The story of George Washington Carver, a slave who became a scientist and helped improve the South's agriculture

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  • Abraham Lincoln

    Caroline Crosson Gilpin

    Grades K–1   The fascinating life and legacy of one of the greatest U.S. Presidents

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  • Betsy Ross

    Becky White

    Grades K–1   A seamstress clips and stitches the first American flag.

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  • Coretta Scott

    Ntozake Shange

    Grades K–1   Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta helped lead the way to freedom for all through nonviolent protest.

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  • George Washington

    Philip Abraham

    Grades K–1   An introduction to the general and first U.S. president

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life of Fairness

    Tonya Leslie

    Grades K–1   The life of a civil rights leader

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  • Side By Side / Lado A Lado

    Monica Brown

    Grades K–1   A colorful, bilingual account of the lives of Delores Huerta and César Chávez

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  • So You Want to Be President?

    Judith St. George

    Grades K–1   A look at the lives of U.S. leaders—from George Washington to George W. Bush

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  • Sonia Sotomayor

    Jonah Winter

    Grades K–1   Story of Sonia Sotomayor's journey from the South Bronx to U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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  • Wilma Unlimited

    Kathleen Krull

    Grades K–1   How Wilma Rudolph became the world’s fastest woman

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American Symbols

  • The Bald Eagle

    Lloyd G. Douglas

    Grades K–1   Children learn about the history and heritage of an American symbol.

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  • The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

    Judith St. George

    Grades K–1   Follow this famous document!

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  • The Liberty Bell

    Lloyd G. Douglas

    Grades K–1   Engaging introduction to an American symbol

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  • The Pledge of Allegiance

    Lloyd G. Douglas

    Grades K–1   Find out more about the ceremonial words we recite about our country.

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  • The Story of the White House

    Marge Kennedy

    Grades K–1   Inside a famous home

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  • What Is Air Force One?

    Amanda Miller

    Grades K–1   A look at the special plane built just for the U.S. president

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  • What Is Mount Rushmore?

    Laine Falk

    Grades K–1   Tour the monument!

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  • What Is the Statue of Liberty?

    Janice Behrens

    Grades K–1   Find out about Lady Liberty, the American icon of freedom.

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  • What Is the Story of Our Flag?

    Janice Behrens

    Grades K–1   The role of an icon

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  • What's in Washington, D.C.?

    Laine Falk

    Grades K–1   Learn about the capitol of the United States named for the first president.

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Plants and Seasons

  • A Is for Autumn

    Robert Maass

    Grades K–1   Magical moments of the season—with apples, leaves, frost and more

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  • A Tree Is a Plant

    Clyde Robert Bulla

    Grades K–1   Take a look at the largest plant that often lives for many years.

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  • Apples for Everyone

    Jill Esbaum

    Grades K–1   National Geographic photography and engaging text accompany this celebration of apples.

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  • From Seed to Pumpkin

    Wendy Pfeffer

    Grades K–1   Find out how a tiny seed turns into a giant pumpkin in this quality text that includes recipes and experiments.

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  • Living Sunlight

    Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

    Grades K–1   A mesmerizing explanation of photosynthesis and its connection to all living things

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  • Seed, Soil, Sun

    Cris Peterson

    Grades K–1   How air and water combine with seed, soil, and sun to create our food

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  • Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie

    Jill Esbaum

    Grades K–1   Festive images and lively text celebrate pumpkins, a favorite symbol of autumn.

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  • The Tiny Seed

    Eric Carle

    Grades K–1   The exciting and perilous adventures of a seed on its journey to becoming a flower

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  • Watching the Seasons

    Edana Eckart

    Grades K–1   Take a tour through the four seasons and learn the characteristics and common activities of each.

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  • What Do Roots Do?

    Kathleen V. Kudlinski

    Grades K–1   With rhyming text and bright illustrations, this peek underground allows kids to dig into the wonders of roots.

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Community Helpers

  • A Day with an Electrician

    Mark Thomas

    Grades K–1   What's it like to be an electrician? Find out how these helpers contribute to life in a community.

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  • A Day with Doctors

    Jodie Shepherd

    Grades K–1   What's it like to be a doctor? Find out how these helpers contribute to life in a community.

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  • A Day with Librarians

    Jodie Shepherd

    Grades K–1   What's it like to be a librarian? Find out how these helpers contribute to life in a community.

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  • A Day with Mail Carriers

    Jodie Shepherd

    Grades K–1   What's it like to be a mail carrier? Find out how these helpers contribute to life in a community.

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  • A Day with Paramedics

    Jodie Shepherd

    Grades K–1   What's it like to be a paramedic? Find out how these helpers contribute to life in a community.

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  • A Day with Police Officers

    Jan Kottke

    Grades K–1   What's it like to be a police officer? Find out how these helpers contribute to life in a community.

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  • Fire! Fire!

    Gail Gibbons

    Grades K–1   Whether in the city or country, in a deep forest or on the waterfront, firefighters are ready to help their communities.

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  • Firefighters A to Z

    Chris L. Demarest

    Grades K–1    The ins and outs of being a firefighter, fire safety, and the logistics of fighting a fire

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  • School Bus

    Donald Crews

    Grades K–1   A simply written, brightly illustrated book about the important role of school buses in communities

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  • We Are Citizens

    Laine Falk

    Grades K–1   Working, helping, sharing, and contributing are all part of being involved in a community.

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Animals

  • Amazing Whales!

    Sarah L. Thomson

    Grades K–1   Breathtaking photographs and quality text about whales in their natural habitat

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  • Animal Babies

    Andrea Pinnington

    Grades K–1   Facts and photos about the little creatures kids love

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  • Animals Born Alive and Well

    Ruth Heller

    Grades K–1   Stunning full-color spreads and engaging verse text are the trademarks of this highly original book for children.

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  • Biggest, Strongest, Fastest

    Steve Jenkins

    Grades K–1   Do you know the biggest, strongest, and fastest animals? Children will be amazed to find out about these record holders!

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  • Earthworms

    Claire Llewellyn and Barrie Watts

    Grades K–1   Colorful photographs and quality text tell how to find, house, feed, care for, and observe earthworms.

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  • Endangered Animals

    Gallimard Jeunesse

    Grades K–1   Full-color illustrations and simple text about animals struggling to survive

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  • Pets at the White House

    Marge Kennedy

    Grades K–1   Fascinating facts and full-color photos bring early readers right inside the most famous house in the United States!

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  • Starfish

    Edith Thacher Hurd

    Grades K–1   Is a starfish a fish? Children find out this answer and more in this fascinating text.

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  • What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

    Robin Page

    Grades K–1   Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? A tantalizing text about unusual animal traits!

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  • While the World Is Sleeping

    Pamela Duncan Edwards

    Grades K–1   A mesmerizing flight across the night to see what happens in nature while the world is sleeping

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The Human Body

  • Good Enough To Eat

    Lizzy Rockwell

    Grades K–1   A unique guide to nutrition for kids with simple text, images, recipes, and a fun experiment!

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  • How Your Body Works

    David Stewart

    Grades K–1   A good look inside your insides

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  • Me and My Amazing Body

    Joan Sweeney

    Grades K–1   All about the body

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  • Muscles

    Melvin & Gilda Berger

    Grades K–1   Facts and photos about muscles

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  • My Body

    Andrea Pinnington

    Grades K–1   The workings of the body made clear for young readers

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  • My Five Senses

    Aliki

    Grades K–1   How our senses lead us to new discoveries

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  • The Busy Body Book

    Lizzy Rockwell

    Grades K–1   Diagrams of bones, muscles, nerves, and more help children understand their bodies and the importance of fitness.

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  • The Magic School Bus Presents: The Human Body

    Joanna Cole

    Grades K–1   Go exploring with Ms. Frizzle!

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  • Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn

    Melvin H. Berger

    Grades K–1   Find out the answers to these questions about the quirks of the human body.

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  • You Can't Taste a Pickle with Your Ear

    Harriet Ziefert

    Grades K–1   Playful, scientifically accurate verse about the five senses

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Grades 2–3

Animals and Habitats

  • Bat Loves the Night

    Nicola Davies

    Grades 2–3   Follow a mother bat through the night as she wakes, hunts insects, and returns to feed her young at daybreak.

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  • Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!

    Kathleen V. Kudlinski

    Grades 2–3   A look at the mistakes that have plagued humans' understanding of dinosaurs

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  • Do Bears Sleep All Winter?

    Melvin Berger

    Grades 2–3   How do bears find food? How do they communicate? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

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  • Penguins

    Penelope Arlon

    Grades 2–3   How penguins eat, sleep, talk, walk, and swim; includes a digital companion book.

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  • Rainforests

    Andrew Langley

    Grades 2–3   Navigate through the forest floors and canopies in this colorful guide.

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  • Snakes

    Nic Bishop

    Grades 2–3   A sneak peek into these scaly, scary, silent predators!

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  • Spiders

    Nic Bishop

    Grades 2–3   Close-up photos and quirky facts about spiders

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  • Where Do Polar Bears Live?

    Sarah L. Thompson

    Grades 2–3   Learn about the Arctic -- the perfect home for polar bears.

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  • Who Eats What?

    Patricia Lauber

    Grades 2–3   The story of food chains and food webs

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  • Wild Tracks! A Guide to Nature's Footprints

    Jim Arnosky

    Grades 2–3   An in-depth guide to recognizing and reading the ancient language of animal tracks

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Magnets and Machines

  • Amazing Magnetism

    Rebecca Carmi

    Grades 2–3   Take a fantastical trip with Ms. Frizzle and her class to learn about magnets!

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  • Big Machines

    Melanie Davis Jones

    Grades 2–3   How bulldozers, cranes, dump trucks, and other big machines work

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  • Construction Zone

    Cheryl Willis Hudson

    Grades 2–3   Caution! Hard hats needed for construction ahead!

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  • How a House Is Built

    Gail Gibbons

    Grades 2–3   The many types of jobs and machinery involved in the building of a house

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  • Magnetism

    Mari C. Schuh

    Grades 2–3   Learn about the largest magnet in the world -- the world itself!

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  • Simple Machines

    Dana Meachen Rau

    Grades 2–3   How the forces of physical science help machines work

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  • What Is a Pulley?

    Lloyd G. Douglas

    Grades 2–3   The basic mechanics that drive simple machinery

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  • What Is a Wheel and Axle?

    Lloyd G. Douglas

    Grades 2–3   The basic mechanics that drive simple machinery

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  • What Magnets Can Do

    Allan Fowler

    Grades 2–3   How magnets are used as tools

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  • What Makes a Magnet?

    Franklyn M. Branley

    Grades 2–3   The properties and behavior of magnets; hands-on activities include making a magnet and compass.

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Explorers and Inventors

  • A Dinosaur Named Sue

    Fay Robinson

    Grades 2–3   The find of the century by scientist Sue Hendrickson!

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  • How People Learned To Fly

    Fran Hodgkins

    Grades 2–3   The many fascinating feats people tried as they learned to fly and invent the first successful airplane

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  • Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

    Jennifer Berne

    Grades 2–3   A tribute to the oceanographer and champion of the seas, Jacques Cousteau

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  • Marie Curie

    Mike Venezia

    Grades 2–3   Entertaining bio of the scientist and her glowing discoveries

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  • Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

    Gene Barretta

    Grades 2–3   Modern inventions, including helicopters, first conceived by da Vinci

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  • Now & Ben

    Gene Barretta

    Grades 2–3   The inventive mind of Benjamin Franklin

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  • Steve Jobs

    Joanne Mattern

    Grades 2–3   An introductory bio for beginners about a technology innovator

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  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

    Grades 2–3   The story of a Malawi boy who saved his village during a drought

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  • The Wright Brothers

    Russell Freedman

    Grades 2–3   The exciting story of how the airplane was invented!

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  • Timeless Thomas

    Gene Barretta

    Grades 2–3   Edison invented more than the iconic light bulb. Find out more in this exciting read!

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Freedom Leaders

  • A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt

    David A. Adler

    Grades 2–3   Brief overview of the former First Lady, an activist who fought for the rights of all people

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  • A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth

    David A. Adler

    Grades 2–3   The story of a brave crusader for African-American rights

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  • Escape North: The Story of Harriet Tubman

    Grades 2–3   Conductor of the Underground Railroad, a suffragette, and a spy in the Civil War

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  • Ida B. Wells

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 2–3   The extraordinary story of an activist, writer, educator, suffragette, and inspiring voice

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  • Jackie Robinson: American Hero

    Sharon Robinson

    Grades 2–3   The sports hero who brought about the desegregation of Major League Baseball

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington

    Frances E. Ruffin

    Grades 2–3   The account of the 1963 civil rights march

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  • Martin's Big Words

    Doreen Rappaport

    Grades 2–3   The life and famous words of Martin Luther King, Jr

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  • Rosa

    Nikki Giovanni

    Grades 2–3   The story of Rosa Parks and her fateful bus ride in 1955

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  • The Story of Ruby Bridges

    Robert Coles

    Grades 2–3   The inspiring story of six-year-old Ruby, the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school

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  • When Marian Sang

    Pam Munoz Ryan

    Grades 2–3   Moving and beautifully illustrated story of Marian Anderson, who became a world-renowned singer despite racism

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The Wonder of Water

  • A Cool Drink of Water

    Barbara Kerley

    Grades 2–3   Gorgeous photographs and poetic text convey our need for nature's most precious resource.

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  • A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder

    Walter Wick

    Grades 2–3   Evaporation, condensation, how clouds form, and more in this quality text with detailed photographs

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  • All the Water in the World

    George Ella Lyon

    Grades 2–3   Where does water come from, and how can we conserve it?

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  • Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water?

    Robert E. Wells

    Grades 2–3   Colorful, comic-book style tells young readers the story of the water cycle that been repeating for many, many years.

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  • Down Comes the Rain

    Franklyn M. Branley

    Grades 2–3   The ups and downs of the water cycle

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  • Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean

    Arthur Dorros

    Grades 2–3   Where water comes from, how it travels, where it goes, and why we need to keep it clean

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  • Hydrology: The Study of Water

    Christine Taylor-Butler

    Grades 2–3   Fascinating facts and fun activities about this basic human need

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  • Our Earth: Saving Water

    Peggy Hook

    Grades 2–3   A colorful reader with a glossary and index to help children learn about water conservation

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  • Re-Cycles

    Michael Elsohn Ross

    Grades 2–3   Children learn the ways that soil and water cycles work, and how to recycle natural and man-made materials.

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  • Where Do Puddles Go?

    Fay Robinson

    Grades 2–3   Striking photographs and fun, factual, fascinating text about the water cycle

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Around the World

  • Ancient Egypt

    Penelope Arlon

    Grades 2–3   Explore pharaohs, mummies, and pyramids like never before.

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  • Biblioburro: A True Story from Columbia

    Jeanette Winter

    Grades 2–3   A man and his books bring joy to children in remote villages.

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  • Hands Around the Library

    Susan L. Roth

    Grades 2–3   The story of Egyptian demonstrators who protected their library during the 2011 politcal uprising

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  • If the World Were a Village

    David J. Smith

    Grades 2–3   A look at the world's people through the lives of 100 villagers

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  • Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything

    Kathleen Krull

    Grades 2–3   A history of the fearsome 13th-century emperor

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  • Mummies

    Elizabeth Carney

    Grades 2–3   A riveting introduction to an ancient tradition

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  • My Librarian Is a Camel

    Margriet Ruurs

    Grades 2–3   Eye-opening glimpse at libraries around the world where books are delivered by elephants, donkeys, and even wheelbarrows...

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  • One World, One Day

    Barbara Kerley

    Grades 2–3    Beautiful photographs of everyday activities take children on a tour around the globe.

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  • This Is the Way We Go to School

    Laine Falk

    Grades 2–3   Celebrate the ways we are both similar and wonderfully unique!

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  • Throw Your Tooth on the Roof

    Selby Beeler

    Grades 2–3   Tooth traditions from around the world

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Grades 4–5

Ancient Civilizations

  • Ancient China

    Mel Friedman

    Grades 4–5   The history, culture, and everyday customs of China

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  • Ancient Greece

    Sandra Newman

    Grades 4–5   The history, culture, and everyday customs of Greece

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  • Ancient Rome and Pompeii

    Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

    Grades 4–5   Companion to 'Vacation Under the Volcano' packed with intriguing facts

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  • Everything Ancient Egypt

    Crispin Boyer

    Grades 4–5   The mysteries of ancient Egypt and weird, wacky, fascinating facts about the pyramids and pharaohs

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  • I Am Cleopatra

    Grace Norwich

    Grades 4–5   Learn about the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

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  • Mesopotamia

    Sunita Apte

    Grades 4–5   The history, culture, and everyday customs of Mesopotamia

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  • The Aztec Empire

    Sunita Apte

    Grades 4–5   Discover the ancient people of Mexico.

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  • The Inca Empire

    Sandra Newman

    Grades 4–5   The history, culture, and everyday customs of the Inca

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  • The Pueblo

    Peter Benoit and Kevin Cunningham

    Grades 4–5   Travel back in time to the deserts of the ancient Southwest.

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  • Who Was King Tut?

    Roberta Edwards

    Grades 4–5   Explore the life and tomb of King Tutankhamun, a symbol of the wealth and mystery of ancient Egypt.

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U.S. Founding Documents

  • If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution

    Elizabeth Levy

    Grades 4–5   The famous founding!

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  • Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

    Jean Fritz

    Grades 4–5   The story of Ben Franklin, George Washington, James Madison, and others who created the U.S. Constitution

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  • The Bill of Rights

    Christine Taylor-Butler

    Grades 4–5   An easy-to-understand overview of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution

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  • The Bill of Rights in Translation

    Amie Jane Leavitt

    Grades 4–5   A founding document translated into accessible language

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  • The Constitution of the United States

    Christine Taylor-Butler

    Grades 4–5   An easy-to-understand overview of the U.S. Constitution

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  • The Declaration of Independence

    Elaine Landau

    Grades 4–5   Find out more about the founding document that established the United States.

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  • The Declaration of Independence

    Melissa McDaniel

    Grades 4–5   The defining document of the birth of the United States

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  • The U.S. Constitution

    Michael Burgan

    Grades 4–5   A founding document brought to life

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  • We the Kids

    David Catrow

    Grades 4–5   An accessible introduction to the Preamble to the Constitution

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  • Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

    Jean Fritz

    Grades 4–5   Find out why one of the first signers of the Declaration of Independence penned his name in such large print.

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The Power of Nature

  • Blizzard!

    Jim Murphy

    Grades 4–5   What caused the historic blizzard of 1888?

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  • Do Tornadoes Really Twist?

    Melvin Berger

    Grades 4–5   How tornadoes and hurricanes start, where they strike, and what to do during a storm

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  • Floods

    Libby Koponen

    Grades 4–5   How natural forces become natural disasters

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  • Hurricane Katrina

    Peter Benoit

    Grades 4–5   The story of the powerful hurricane that hit New Orleans in 2005

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  • Into the Volcano

    Donna O'’Meara

    Grades 4–5   A journey to the center of volcanoes with a volcano researcher

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  • The Great Fire

    Jim Murphy

    Grades 4–5   Chicago's Great Fire of 1871 was one of the most colossal disasters in American History.

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  • The Superstorm Hurricane Sandy

    Josh Gregory

    Grades 4–5   A large, powerful storm that landed on the East Coast in 2012

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  • Volcano

    Patricia Lauber

    Grades 4–5   The eruption and healing of Mount St. Helens

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  • Volcanoes

    Seymour Simon

    Grades 4–5   Explore the inner workings of volcanoes.

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  • Weather

    Penelope Arlon

    Grades 4–5   Eyewitness accounts of extreme weather events; includes a digital companion book.

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Animals and Ecosystems

  • Coral Reefs

    Jason Chin

    Grades 4–5   As a girl turns the pages of a book about coral reefs, she enters a wondrous undersea world.

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  • Ecology: The Study of Ecosystems

    Susan H. Gray

    Grades 4–5   Exploring ecosystems and how we are all connected

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  • Face to Face With Sharks

    David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes

    Grades 4–5   Dramatic underwater photographs take you straight into shark territory.

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  • Food Chain Frenzy

    Anne Capeci

    Grades 4–5   Come along on this adventure and digest lots of fab facts on ecosystems and eating habits!

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  • Horses

    Seymour Simon

    Grades 4–5   Stunning photographs of horses in their natural habitats

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  • Pass the Energy, Please!

    Barbara Shaw McKinney

    Grades 4–5   A rhyming story describes how the food chain connects herbivores, carnivores, insects, and plants.

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  • Survival at 120 Above

    Debbie S. Miller

    Grades 4–5   A beautifully illustrated exploration of desert animals and the adaptations they make to survive in extreme heat

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  • The Buffalo Are Back

    Jean Craighead George

    Grades 4–5   The long history and dramatic resurgence of the buffalo

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  • The Buzz on Bees

    Shelley Rotner and Anne Woodhull

    Grades 4–5   Possible explanations for the alarming disappearance of bees

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  • The Cod's Tale

    Mark Kurlansky

    Grades 4–5   Provides new insight to 'fish and chips' and how we are all connected.

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Extraordinary Americans

  • Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

    Pam Muñoz Ryan

    Grades 4–5   Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt fly an airplane from D.C. to Baltimore in 1933.

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  • George Washington

    Mike Venezia

    Grades 4–5   Getting to know the general and remarkable first U.S. president

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  • I Am Harriet Tubman

    Grace Norwich

    Grades 4–5   The amazing story of the conductor of the Underground Railroad

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  • James Madison

    Mike Venezia

    Grades 4–5   Getting to know the Father of the Constitution and fourth U.S. president

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  • Lincoln: A Photobiography

    Russell Freedman

    Grades 4–5   Newbery Medal-winning biography of the U.S. Civil War president

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  • Portraits of African-American Heroes

    Tonya Bolden

    Grades 4–5   Picture-and-word portraits offer insights into each hero's personality.

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  • The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin

    James Cross Giblin

    Grades 4–5   A biography of one of America's most innovative and beloved figures

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  • The Crossing

    Jim Murphy

    Grades 4–5   The gripping tale of George Washington's military prowess during the American Revolution

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  • The Many Rides of Paul Revere

    James Cross Giblin

    Grades 4–5   Not just a patriot and famed rider, Revere was also a silversmith, cartoonist, print engraver, and even dentist!

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  • Thomas Jefferson

    Mike Venezia

    Grades 4–5   Getting to know the drafter of the Declaration of Independence and the third U.S. president

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The Solar System

  • Discover More: Planets

    Penelope Arlon Tory Gordon-Harris

    Grades 4–5   Unlock the secrets of the Milky Way, International Space Station, planets, comets, moons, and more!

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  • Exploring Our Sun

    Dr. Mae Jemison and Dana Meachen Rau

    Grades 4–5   Readers study the life-supporting star at the center of our solar system.

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  • Galaxies, Galaxies!

    Gail Gibbons

    Grades 4–5   A wonderful, vibrantly illustrated introduction to astronomy and the mysteries of the galaxies

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  • How Do You Burp in Space?

    Susan E. Goodman

    Grades 4–5   A compelling travel guide for space tourists: packing tips, orientation, accommodations, and what to do for fun!

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  • Journey Through Our Solar System

    Dr. Mae Jemison and Dana Meachen Rau

    Grades 4–5   Take a tour of outer space!

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  • Mars

    Elaine Landau

    Grades 4–5   A look at the red planet, from ancient times to modern studies carried out by telescope, satellite, and landing probe

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  • Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

    Brian Floca

    Grades 4–5   The incredible journey from Earth to moon

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  • Planet Earth

    Christine Taylor-Butler

    Grades 4–5   An exploration of new stars and planets, the ways celestial bodies are formed, this planet we call home, and more!

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  • Stars

    Ker Than

    Grades 4–5   Readers take a ride through galaxies to learn about stars, planets, and other objects in space.

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  • The Space Race

    Peter Benoit

    Grades 4–5   Dramatic and defining moments in space exploration

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Grades 6–8

Inventors and Inventions

  • Alexander Graham Bell

    Mike Venezia

    Grades 6–8   Getting to know the inventor of the telephone

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  • Computer Graphics

    Kevin Cunningham

    Grades 6–8   How innovators use STEM skills to shape inventions, and a call to innovative careers

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  • Internet Inventors

    Nel Yomtov

    Grades 6–8   The story and people behind the birth of the Internet

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  • Marie Curie

    Vicki Cobb

    Grades 6–8   Madame Curie's discovery of radium and invention of the term 'radioactivity'

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  • Technology

    Peter Kent

    Grades 6–8   Inventive technologies in action—and some that are yet to come—from bullet trains to space elevators

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  • Television

    Steven Otfinoski

    Grades 6–8   How innovators use STEM skills to shape inventions, and a call to innovative careers

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  • Toys

    Kevin Cunningham

    Grades 6–8   How innovators use STEM skills to shape inventions, and a call to innovative careers

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  • Video Games

    Kevin Cunnigham

    Grades 6–8   How innovators use STEM skills to shape inventions, and a call to innovative careers

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  • What a Great Idea!

    Stephen M. Tomecek

    Grades 6–8   Inventions that changed the world

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  • What Color Is My World?

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

    Grades 6–8   The lost history of African-American inventors

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Explorations and Discoveries

  • 100 Most Awesome Things on the Planet

    Anna Claybourne

    Grades 6–8   The Grand Canyon, Great Wall, Amazon River, longest bridge, smartest robot, fastest rocket, and more!

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  • Around the World

    Matt Phelan

    Grades 6–8   Three 19th-century adventurers who attempted to circumnavigate the globe, inspired by Verne's classic

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  • Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time!

    Christopher Sloan

    Grades 6–8   Out on the frozen Siberian tundra, hunters make a remarkable discovery.

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  • Explorers

    Bailey Tim

    Grades 6–8   In a week-long simulation, students embark on a voyage across the Atlantic as an explorer during Columbus's time.

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  • Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones

    David L. Harrison

    Grades 6–8   A scientist tracks North America's First People.

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  • Mission: Mars

    Pascal Lee

    Grades 6–8   An in-depth examination of a manned mission to Mars

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  • Ocean and Sea

    Steve Parker

    Grades 6–8   Sharks, tsunamis, coral reefs, strange-looking fish, and more

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  • Strange Mysteries of the Unexplained

    Oliver Doyle

    Grades 6–8   Unsolved mysteries throughout history including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness, and more

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  • The World Made New

    Marc Aronson and John W. Glenn

    Grades 6–8   Why the Age of Exploration happened and how it changed the world

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  • Wacky New Animals

    Heather L. Montgomery

    Grades 6–8   Newly discovered species from around the world

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Civil Rights

  • Dare To Dream

    Angela Shelf Medearis

    Grades 6–8   The story of Coretta Scott King, civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • Freedom Walkers

    Russell Freedman

    Grades 6–8   The story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-1956

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  • Malcolm X

    Renee Graves

    Grades 6–8   From a young life in crime to his conversion to Islam, Malcolm X was a controversial civil rights activist. Mature...

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  • Marching for Freedom

    Elizabeth Partridge

    Grades 6–8   An account of the children who walked from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 to call attention to discrimination

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  • Martin's Big Words

    Doreen Rappaport

    Grades 6–8   The life and famous speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?

    Patricia C. McKissack

    Grades 6–8   A biography of the African-American preacher, abolitionist, and activist

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  • The Civil Rights Movement in America

    Elaine Landau

    Grades 6–8   From the Civil War to the Montgomery Bus Boycotts to the Voting Rights Act of 1965

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  • Through My Eyes

    Ruby Bridges

    Grades 6–8   The story of desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement as told through Ruby's own eyes

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  • Women's Right to Vote

    Elaine Landau

    Grades 6–8   How women fought for their rights as U.S. citizens

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  • You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?

    Jean Fritz

    Grades 6–8   Elizabeth Cady Stanton spoke out for suffrage and traveled the country with Susan B. Anthony.

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Biographies

  • Anne Frank: The Young Writer Who Told the World Her Story

    Ann Kramer

    Grades 6–8   A young girl's WWII diary

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  • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller

    Joseph Lambert

    Grades 6–8   The inspiring story of a devoted teacher and determined pupil

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  • Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship

    Nikki Giovanni

    Grades 6–8   An unusual friendship between two great American leaders

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  • Lincoln Through the Lens

    Martin W. Sandler

    Grades 6–8   More than 100 images of Lincoln's life and times provide a thorough portrait of the extraordinary man.

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  • Nelson Mandela: No Easy Walk to Freedom

    Barry Denenberg

    Grades 6–8   With enough courage, perseverance, and conviction, anything can be done.

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  • Restless Spirit

    Elizabeth Partridge

    Grades 6–8   The life and work of photojournalist Dorothea Lange, best known for her portraits of the Great Depression

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  • Stealing Home

    Barry Denenberg

    Grades 6–8   The life of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson

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  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

    Mike Venezie

    Grades 6–8   Geek heroes who put the personal in computers

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  • The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 6–8   The life of boxer and political activist Ali

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  • What to Do About Alice?

    Barbara Kerley

    Grades 6–8   A biography of Theodore Roosevelt's uncoventional and adventurous daughter

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Environments and Ecosystems

  • Children of the Dust Bowl

    Jerry Stanley

    Grades 6–8   The true story of the school at Weedpatch Labor Camp

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  • Clean Water

    Beth Geiger

    Grades 6–8   Technologies for recycling and desalinating water that are helping bring clean water to people all over the world

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  • Heroes of the Environment

    Harriet Rohmer

    Grades 6–8   Twelve environmentalists are profiled.

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  • Moonbird

    Phillip Hoose

    Grades 6–8   The story of an astounding bird that has triumphed in the face of extinction

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  • Oil Spill

    Lynda Jones

    Grades 6–8   Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010

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  • Sea Otter Rescue

    Roland Smith

    Grades 6–8   The story of the sea otters affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989

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  • The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming

    Cambria Gordon and Laurie David

    Grades 6–8   A kid-friendly discussion about climate change and the environment

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  • Who Wants Pizza?

    Jan Thornhill

    Grades 6–8   An entertaining and educational guide to the history, science, and culture of food

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  • Years of Dust

    Albert Marrin

    Grades 6–8   The story of the Dust Bowl

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  • You Can Save the Planet

    Jacquie Wines

    Grades 6–8   50 ways you can make a difference to make homes, schools, and neighborhoods more environmentally friendly

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Outer Space

  • A Black Hole Is Not a Hole

    Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano

    Grades 6–8   What is a black hole? Can you visit one? Where do they come from? Find out these answers and more!

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  • Amazing Space Q & A

    Dr. Mike Goldsmith

    Grades 6–8   Bursting with intriguing questions and eye-opening answers about the final frontier

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  • Eyes in the Sky

    Lisa Jo Rudy

    Grades 6–8   The science behind satellites and other spyware

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  • Man on the Moon

    Pamela Dell

    Grades 6–8   The story behind the famous 1969 photograph taken by Neil Armstrong of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon

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  • Moon

    Stewart Ross

    Grades 6–8   The science, mystery, and history of this natural satellite

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  • Night Sky

    Giles Sparrow

    Grades 6–8   How stars are born and die, what nebulae are, and how comets and asteroids are formed; includes a digital companion book.

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  • Space Exploration

    Wil Mara

    Grades 6–8   Calling all innovators to use STEM skills to make new discoveries!

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  • Super Stars

    David A. Aguilar

    Grades 6–8   The biggest, hottest, brightest and most explosive stars in the Milky Way

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  • UFOs

    N. B. Grace

    Grades 6–8   The phenomenon of unidentified flying objects, including notable sightings throughout history and possible explanations

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  • When Is a Planet Not a Planet?

    Elaine Scott

    Grades 6–8   The 2006 downgrading of Pluto is recounted in accessible prose.

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Grades 9–10

Technology and Discovery

  • Bioterror

    Lisa Jo Rudy

    Grades 9–10   The science behind deadly invisible weapons

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  • Bomb

    Steve Sheinkin

    Grades 9–10   The race to build -- and steal -- the world's most dangerous weapon

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  • Bone Detective

    Lorraine Jean Hopping

    Grades 9–10   The story of forensic anthropologist Diane France

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  • Cities of the Dead

    Denise Rinaldo

    Grades 9–10   How new discoveries are being made every day using new technology

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  • Forecast Earth

    Renee Skelton

    Grades 9–10   The story of climate scientist Inez Fung

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  • Killer Lipstick and Other Spy Gadgets

    Don Rauf

    Grades 9–10   How new technologies are used in forensics and espionage

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  • Mummies

    Christopher Sloan

    Grades 9–10   How technology helps investigate mysteries from the grave

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  • Robo World

    Jordan D. Brown

    Grades 9–10   The story of a robot designer

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  • Tech Titans

    Carla Killough McClafferty

    Grades 9–10   Explore the lives of the people who have had a huge impact on technology today.

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  • Technology

    Clive Gifford

    Grades 9–10   How funky gadgets and technological gizmos really work

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Native Americans

  • Ancient Aztecs

    Michael Burgan

    Grades 9–10   Journey back in time to explore the people of ancient Mexico.

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  • Ancient Incas

    Michael Burgan

    Grades 9–10   Journey back in time to explore the ancient people of present-day South America.

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  • Ancient Maya

    Barbara A. Somervill

    Grades 9–10   Journey back in time to explore the ancient people of present-day Central America.

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  • Before Columbus

    Charles C. Mann

    Grades 9–10   Native American life in the Americas before Columbus and other Europeans arrived

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  • Indian Chiefs

    Russell Freedman

    Grades 9–10   Compelling profiles of six Indian chiefs who led their people during historic crisis

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  • Mayas, Aztecs, Incas

    Wendy Conklin

    Grades 9–10   Ancient America comes to life as students explore the Yucatan, meet Montezuma, visit Machu Picchu, and more.

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  • Pocahontas

    Joseph Bruchac

    Grades 9–10   The story of 11-year-old Pocahontas and her role in the relationship between the Powhatan and Virginia colonists

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  • Sacajawea

    Joseph Bruchac

    Grades 9–10   A captivating journey as Sacajawea joins Lewis and Clark on their expedition at age sixteen

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Memoirs

  • Bad Boy: A Memoir

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 9–10   Story of award-winning author Myers in the 1940s and 1950s Harlem of his youth; mature content

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  • Drawing from Memory

    Allen Say

    Grades 9–10   A renowned illustrator tells his story of becoming an artist as WWII raged around him.

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  • Four Perfect Pebbles

    Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan

    Grades 9–10   A Holocaust survival story

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  • Guts

    Gary Paulsen

    Grades 9–10   Best-selling author Paulsen relates incidents in his life and how they inspire his writing.

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  • I Am a Star

    Inge Auerbacher

    Grades 9–10   A Holocaust survivor tells of being sent to a concentration camp when she was seven.

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  • Jackie's Nine

    Sharon Robinson

    Grades 9–10   A tribute to baseball legend and civil rights hero Jackie Robinson and his values

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  • My Thirteenth Winter

    Samantha Abeel

    Grades 9–10   Samantha's experience with dyscalculia, a learning disorder that affected her math abilities and self esteem

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  • Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

    Ji-Li Jiang

    Grades 9–10   A family's hardships in Communist China

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  • The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank

    Grades 9–10   In this new translation of the beloved classic, Anne's diary includes entries omitted from the 1947 edition.

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  • Within Reach: My Everest Story

    Mark Pfetzer and Jack Galvin

    Grades 9–10   The youngest climber ever to attempt the 'Death Zone'

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Famous and Infamous

  • Cixi: Evil Empress of China?

    Sean Stewart Price

    Grades 9–10   Gripping, dynamic story of the arrogant empress

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  • Genghis Khan: 13th-Century Mongolian Tyrant

    Enid A. Goldberg and Norman Itzkowitz

    Grades 9–10   Gripping, dynamic story of the ruthless conqueror

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  • Henry VIII: Royal Beheader

    Sean Stewart Price

    Grades 9–10   Gripping, dynamic story of the heartless ruler

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  • Hitler

    Sean Stewart Price

    Grades 9–10   The German dictator behind the Holocaust

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  • How They Croaked

    Kevin O'Malley

    Grades 9–10   The awful ends of the awfully famous

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  • Joseph Stalin

    Sean McCollum

    Grades 9–10   A portrait of the ruthless Soviet leader

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  • Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary?

    Jane Buchanan

    Grades 9–10   Gripping, dynamic story of the lethal queen

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  • Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

    Jennifer Armstrong

    Grades 9–10   The 1914 attempt by Ernest Shackleton and his crew to cross Antarctica

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  • Sir Francis Drake: Slave Trader and Pirate

    Charles Nick

    Grades 9–10   Gripping, dynamic story of a thieving pirate

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  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold

    Steve Sheinkin

    Grades 9–10   How one man became a symbol of betrayal

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Around the World

  • Afghanistan

    Terri Willis

    Grades 9–10   Take a tour of Afghanistan's history, culture, and customs.

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  • Botswana

    Sara Louise Kras

    Grades 9–10   Highly visual introduction to world geography

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  • Dominican Republic

    Lura Radcliffe Rogers

    Grades 9–10   Take a tour of the Dominican Republic's history, culture, and customs.

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  • Finland

    Geri Clark

    Grades 9–10   Take a tour of Finland's history, culture, and customs.

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  • Italy

    Jean Blashfield

    Grades 9–10   Take a tour of Italy's history, culture, and customs.

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  • Libya

    Terri Willis

    Grades 9–10   Take a tour of Libya's history, culture, and customs.

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  • North Korea

    Patricia K. Kummer

    Grades 9–10   Take a tour of North Korea's history, culture, and customs.

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  • South Korea

    Patricia K. Kummer

    Grades 9–10   Take a tour of South Korea's history, culture, and customs.

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  • Thailand

    Mel Friedman

    Grades 9–10   Take a tour of Thailand's history, culture, and customs.

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  • United States of America

    Michael Burgan

    Grades 9–10   Take a tour of the history, culture, and customs of the homeland.

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American History

  • America in the Time of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    Sally Senzell Isaacs

    Grades 9–10   The inspirational life and words of the U.S. president

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  • Bury Me Not in a Land of Slaves

    Joyce Hansen

    Grades 9–10   African-Americans in the time of Reconstruction

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  • Chasing Lincoln's Killer

    James L. Swanson

    Grades 9–10   Fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth

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  • Dear Miss Breed

    Joanne Oppenheim

    Grades 9–10   True stories of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and a librarian who made a difference

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  • Fort Mose

    Glennette Tilley Turner

    Grades 9–10   The story of the man who built the first free black settlement in Colonial America

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  • Gettysburg

    Jennifer Johnson

    Grades 9–10   The bloodiest battle of the Civil War

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  • Migrant Mother

    Don Nardo

    Grades 9–10   How a photograph defined the Great Depression

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  • The Vietnam War

    Daniel Polansky

    Grades 9–10   The lives of six key players during one of the most controversial wars in history

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  • Truce

    Jim Murphy

    Grades 9–10   The tale of two WW I armies that defied their leaders and put down their arms one Christmas day

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  • Unraveling Freedom

    Ann Bausum

    Grades 9–10   How democracy in the United States became imperiled during WW I

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Grades 11–12

Strange and Scary

  • Belly-Busting Worm Invasions

    Thomasine E. Tilden

    Grades 11–12   Parasites that love your insides!

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  • Blood Suckers!

    John DiConsiglio

    Grades 11–12   Deadly mosquito bites

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  • Creepy Stuff

    Ripley's Believe It or Not

    Grades 11–12   Strange and spooky facts complete with intriguing images

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  • Cute, Furry, and Deadly

    Christen Brownlee

    Grades 11–12   Diseases you can catch from your pet

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  • Mummies Unwrapped!

    N. B. Grace

    Grades 11–12   The science of mummy-making

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  • Mythlopedia: All in the Family

    Steven Otfinoski

    Grades 11–12   A guide to the inlaws, outlaws, and offspring of Olympus

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  • Mythlopedia: What a Beast!

    Sophia Kelly

    Grades 11–12   A guide to the monsters and mutants of Mt. Olympus

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  • There's a Fungus Among Us!

    John DiConsiglio

    Grades 11–12   True stories of killer mold

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  • What's Eating My Flesh?

    Thomasine E. Tilden

    Grades 11–12   Runaway staph and strep infections

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  • When Birds Get Flu and Cows Go Mad!

    John DiConsiglio

    Grades 11–12   How safe are we?

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Biographies

  • Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient World

    Doug Wilhelm

    Grades 11–12   Gripping, dynamic story of the relentless conqueror

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  • Catherine the Great: Empress of Russia

    Vincent Zu

    Grades 11–12   Gripping, dynamic story of a devious despot

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  • Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

    Deborah Heiligman

    Grades 11–12   The story of Charles and Emma Darwin, whose marriage survived conflicting scientific beliefs

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  • Ivan the Terrible: Tsar of Death

    Sean Stewart Price

    Grades 11–12   Gripping, dynamic story of a vengeful czar

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  • Jane Austen: A Life Revealed

    Catherine Reef

    Grades 11–12   The story of the prolific period author

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  • Julius Caesar: Dictator for Life

    Denise Rinaldo

    Grades 11–12   Gripping, dynamic story of a imperious dictator

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  • King George: America's Enemy

    Philip Brooks

    Grades 11–12   Gripping, dynamic story of a bully royal

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  • Leonardo da Vinci

    Kathleen Krull

    Grades 11–12   A fascinating look at da Vinci, an artist obsessively devoted to investigating and innovating

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  • Leopold II: Butcher of the Congo

    Tod Olson

    Grades 11–12   Gripping, dynamic story of a greedy Belgian

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  • Napoleon: Emperor and Conqueror

    Kimberly Heuston

    Grades 11–12   Gripping, dynamic story of a egotist emperor

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Social Issues

  • Beating Depression

    Joan E Huebl and Faye Zucker

    Grades 11–12   Teens find light at the end of the tunnel.

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  • Bouncing Back

    Jami L. Jones

    Grades 11–12   Dealing with the stuff life throws at you

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  • I Did It Without Thinking

    Bob Hugel

    Grades 11–12   True stories about impulsive decisions that changed lives

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  • Jackie's Nine

    Sharon Robinson

    Grades 11–12   Values to live by -- from the life of baseball legend and civil rights activist Jackie Robinson

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  • Out of Control

    John DiConsiglio

    Grades 11–12   How to handle anger -- yours and everyone else's

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  • Smart Money

    Danielle Denega

    Grades 11–12   How to manage your cash

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  • Stay Strong

    Terrie Williams

    Grades 11–12   Life lessons for teens explore both challenges and triumphs, with an intro by Queen Latifah.

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  • Surviving Divorce

    Trudi Strain Trueit

    Grades 11–12   Teens talk about what hurts and what helps.

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  • Totally Tolerant: Spotting and Stopping Prejudice

    Laurie Mandel and Diane Webber

    Grades 11–12   Stories from teens about today's complicated issues

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  • True Confessions

    John DiConsiglio

    Grades 11–12   Real stories about drinking and drugs

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The Civil Rights Movement

  • Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

    Zita Allen

    Grades 11–12   Lawyers, teachers, professors, sharecroppers, students, and domestics who all played an important part

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  • Freedom's Children

    Ellen Levine

    Grades 11–12   Thirty African-Americans who were children or teens in the 1950s and 1960s talk about their experiences.

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  • Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 11–12   A portrait of one of America's most controversial and important figures

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  • Spies of Mississippi

    Rick Bowers

    Grades 11–12   The chilling story of a government-led effort in Mississippi to undermine equality

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  • Students on Strike

    John A. Stokes

    Grades 11–12   A moving account of one man's participation in the 1951 student walkout at an African-American high school

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  • Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan

    Rick Bowers

    Grades 11–12   The story of a 1946 children's radio show about the KKK

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  • Through My Eyes

    Ruby Bridges

    Grades 11–12   True accounts of desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement from Ruby Bridges herself

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  • We've Got a Job

    Cynthia Levinson

    Grades 11–12   The story of 4,000 black students who went to jail voluntarily in 1963 in support of civil rights

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American History

  • How a Bill Becomes a Law

    Bailey Tim

    Grades 11–12   Firsthand knowledge of how our government works with this easy-to-implement, weeklong simulation

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  • Imprisoned

    Martin W. Sandler

    Grades 11–12   The betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II

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  • Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929

    Karen Blumenthal

    Grades 11–12   Stories and photos

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  • Stolen into Slavery

    Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin

    Grades 11–12   The story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was sold into slavery

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  • The President Has Been Shot

    James L. Swanson

    Grades 11–12   An intense account of the JFK assassination

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  • To Be a Slave

    Julius Lester

    Grades 11–12   The humiliation and ostracism of slavery is described in vivid and painful detail; mature content.

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  • Walt Whitman: Words for America

    Barbara Kerley

    Grades 11–12   Poet and Civil War nurse Walt Whitman

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  • World War II Home Front

    Gary E. Barr

    Grades 11–12   An overview of what life was like in the United States during World War II

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World History

  • Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917

    Sally M. Walker

    Grades 11–12   An account of the terrifying 1917 collision of warships in Halifax

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  • Pearl Harbor

    Steve Dougherty

    Grades 11–12   The U.S. enters WWII.

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  • The War in Iraq

    Franklin Watts

    Grades 11–12   From the front lines to the home front

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  • When Plague Strikes

    James Cross Giblin

    Grades 11–12   Profile of three epidemics—small pox, the Black Plague, and AIDS

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