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Grades K–1

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 in this CCSS-featured text.

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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 CCSS-featured 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 CCSS-featured 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 the answer in this fascinating, CCSS-featured 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 fascinating, CCSS-featured 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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Plants

  • Apples for Everyone

    Jill Esbaum

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

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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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  • 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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Weather

  • A Is for Autumn

    Robert Maass

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

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  • It's Snowing!

    Gail Gibbons

    Grades K–1   What is snow? How does it form? An explanation of this winter wonder.

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  • Storms

    Miriam Busch Goin

    Grades K–1   What makes the wind howl and the night sky light up? Facts and photos for young readers about scary weather.

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  • Wind

    Ann Herriges

    Grades K–1   An introduction to the characteristics of wind

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Up in the Sky

  • My Book of Planets

    Elise See Tai

    Grades K–1   A charming introduction to the planets

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  • The Moon Book

    Gail Gibbons

    Grades K–1   Exploring Earth's only natural satellite

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  • The Sun

    Melvin & Gilda Berger

    Grades K–1   A photo-filled book about the wonders of the sun

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True Lives

  • Betsy Ross

    Becky White

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

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Popular American Symbols

  • The Story of the White House

    Marge Kennedy

    Grades K–1   Inside a famous home

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  • What Is Mount Rushmore?

    Laine Falk

    Grades K–1   Tour the monument!

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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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Animal Life Cycles

  • See Me Grow

    Penelope Arlon

    Grades K–1   Bright images bring an animal's journey alive.

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Ocean Life

  • Baby Dolphin's First Day

    Connie & Peter Roop

    Grades K–1   A surprisingly busy day

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  • Dolphins

    Melissa Stewart

    Grades K–1   All about dolphins and their habitats

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  • Starfish

    Edith Thacher Hurd

    Grades K–1   How starfish eat, move and grow

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The Human Body

  • 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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Grades 2–3

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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  • I Am Harriet Tubman

    Grace Norwich

    Grades 2–3   First-person account of the conductor of the Underground Railroad; includes maps, sidebars, and a timeline

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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   Comprehensive biography about 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   A CCSS-featured account of the 1963 March on Washington

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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 CCSS-featured 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 CCSS-featured 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   These fascinating facts and fun activities encourage the budding scientist to explore meteorology, ecology, and more.

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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   Chidlren 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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World History

  • 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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  • Mummies

    Elizabeth Carney

    Grades 2–3   A riveting introduction to an ancient tradition

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  • Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs

    Gail Gibbons

    Grades 2–3   A visit back in time to one of the world's oldest civilizations

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The U.S. Government

  • Abraham Lincoln

    Caroline Crosson Gilpin

    Grades 2–3   The fascinating life and legacy of one of the greatest U.S. Presidents

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  • So You Want to Be President?

    Judith St. George

    Grades 2–3   A look at U.S. leaders—from George Washington to George W. Bush

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  • The Congress of the United States

    Christine Taylor Butler

    Grades 2–3   The history behind the Senate and House; includes time lines and a glossary

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  • Vote!

    Eileen Christelow

    Grades 2–3   Using a town's mayoral election as a model, this introduction to voting covers every step in the process.

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The Solar System

  • If You Decide to Go to the Moon

    Faith McNulty

    Grades 2–3   A lyrical tour of space

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  • Moonshot

    Brian Floca

    Grades 2–3   The dramatic flight of Apollo 11 in this CCSS-featured text

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  • Planets

    Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris

    Grades 2–3   Unlocking the secrets of the Milky Way and other mysteries of space

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  • The Magic School Bus® Lost in the Solar System

    Joanna Cole

    Grades 2–3   The Magic School Bus turns into a spaceship and takes the class zooming through the atmosphere, to the Moon, and beyond!

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Famous Americans

  • Side By Side / Lado A Lado

    Monica Brown

    Grades 2–3   A colorful, bilingual account of the lives of Delores Huerta and César Chávez

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  • Wilma Unlimited

    Kathleen Krull

    Grades 2–3   How Wilma Rudolph became the world’s fastest woman

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Science

  • Living Sunlight

    Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

    Grades 2–3   A mesmerizing explanation of photosynthesis and its connection to all living things

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Animals

  • 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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  • Nic Bishop Spiders

    Nic Bishop

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

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  • Pass the Energy, Please!

    Barbara Shaw McKinney

    Grades 2–3   A rhyming story describes how the food chain connects herbivores, carnivores, insects and plants.

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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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  • Who Eats What?

    Patricia Lauber

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

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Grades 4–5

The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights

  • If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution

    Elizabeth Levy

    Grades 4–5   Takes readers to Philadelphia for the drafting of the Constitution

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  • James Madison: Fourth President

    Mike Venezia

    Grades 4–5   A brief biography of the fourth president of the United States and Father of the Constitution

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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

    Lucia Raatma

    Grades 4–5   A series that brings U.S. history to life

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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 Founders

    Dennis Brindell Fradin

    Grades 4–5   Short, fascinating biographies of the 39 men who created and signed the Constitution

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  • The U.S. Constitution

    Michael Burgan

    Grades 4–5   A series that brings U.S. history 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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Environment and Geography

  • Into the Volcano

    Donna O’Meara

    Grades 4–5   A journey to the center of volcanoes

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  • Ocean Sunlight

    Molly Bang

    Grades 4–5   A look at the life cycles that keep oceans vibrant

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Around the World

  • Hands Around the Library

    Susan L. Roth

    Grades 4–5   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 4–5   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 4–5   A history of the fearsome 13th-century Emperor

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Understanding Weather Patterns

  • Blizzard!

    Jim Murphy

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

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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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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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  • Volcano

    Patricia Lauber

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

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Extraordinary Americans

  • Now & Ben

    Gene Barretta

    Grades 4–5   The inventive mind of Benjamin Franklin

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  • Patience Wright

    Peggy Deitz Shea

    Grades 4–5   The story of a widowed mother who became an artist and a spy during the American Revolution

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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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  • When Marian Sang

    Pam Muñoz Ryan

    Grades 4–5   The story of Marian Anderson and her remarkable voice

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American History

  • And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

    Jean Fritz

    Grades 4–5   Anecdotes and facts shed light on Paul Revere's famous midnight ride.

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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 Signers

    Dennis Brindell Fradin

    Grades 4–5   The 56 stories behind the Declaration of Independence

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  • Thunder on the Plains

    Ken Robbins

    Grades 4–5   The tragic story of the demise of the buffalo

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Biology

  • Bones

    Steve Jenkins

    Grades 4–5   Human and animal skeletons and how they work

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  • Dive!

    Sylvia A. Earle

    Grades 4–5   The adventures of an undersea explorer and marine biologist

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  • Face to Face With Sharks

    David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes

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

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  • Growing Patterns

    Sarah C. Cambell

    Grades 4–5   Exploring the biggest mathematical mystery in nature—Fibonacci numbers

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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   Readers tour space with astronaut Mae Jemison and learn how technology has aided in new discoveries.

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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

    Brian Floca

    Grades 4–5   The dramatic flight of Apollo 11 in this CCSS-featured text

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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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Famous Americans

  • Bad News for Outlaws

    Micheaux Vaunda Nelson

    Grades 4–5   The story of Bass Reeves, a renowned—and feared—Deputy U. S. Marshall

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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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  • What to Do About Alice?

    Barbara Kerley

    Grades 4–5   A biography of Theodore Roosevelt's uncoventional and adventurous daughter

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  • Worst of Friends

    Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

    Grades 4–5   Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the story of their feud

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Animals

  • An Extraordinary Life

    Laurence Pringle

    Grades 4–5   A monarch butterfly’s migratory route from Massachusetts to Mexico

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  • Lizards

    Nic Bishop

    Grades 4–5   Welcome to the irresistible world of geckos and dragons

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  • Owen & Mzee

    Craig Hatkoff; Isabelle Hatkoff; Dr. Paula Kahumbu

    Grades 4–5   The true story of a remarkable friendship

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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 Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

    Barbara Kerley

    Grades 4–5   An award-winning picture book about the life of an unusual artist

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Grades 6–8

Environments and Ecosystems

  • Ocean and Sea

    Steve Parker

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

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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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Ancient Civilization

  • Ancient Inca

    Michael Burgan

    Grades 6–8   The history and daily life of one of the world's greatest civilizations

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  • The Emperor's Silent Army

    Jane O’Connor

    Grades 6–8   An insider's view of the discovery of terracotta warrior statues in northern China in 1974

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Outer Space

  • 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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  • Super Stars

    David A. Aguilar

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

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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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Natural Resources

  • Heroes of the Environment

    Harriet Rohmer

    Grades 6–8   Twelve environmentalists are profiled.

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  • Who Wants Pizza?

    Jan Thornhill

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

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Civl Rights

  • Freedom Walkers

    Russell Freedman

    Grades 6–8   The story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-'56

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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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  • 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 Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Shot

    Jim Haskins

    Grades 6–8   The struggle for civil rights and the gains made since King’s death

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Biography

  • Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

    Deborah Heiligman

    Grades 6–8   The story of Charles and Emma Darwin, whose marriage survived conflicting scientific beliefs

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  • Lincoln: A Photobiography

    Russell Freedman

    Grades 6–8   A chronicle of Lincoln's life is accompanied by analyses of his presidency.

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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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  • Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently

    Patricia Lakin

    Grades 6–8   The chronicle of a visionary, entrepreneur and inventor

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Archaeology

  • Before Columbus

    Charles C. Mann

    Grades 6–8   Insights into life in the Americas before Columbus set sail

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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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Animals and Biology

  • Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time!

    Bernard Buigues and Christopher Sloan

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

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  • The Brain

    Seymour Simon

    Grades 6–8   Digital images accompany an exploration of the many dimensions of this complex organ.

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American History

  • Lafayette and the American Revolution

    Russell Freedman

    Grades 6–8   A French nobleman helps assure victory at Yorktown.

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  • The Great Fire

    Jim Murphy

    Grades 6–8   Why Chicago's fire of 1871 was one of the most catastrophic in U.S. history

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  • Up Before Daybreak

    Deborah Hopkinson

    Grades 6–8   Slaves, sharecroppers and mill workers tell the story of cotton in America.

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  • Washington at Valley Forge

    Russell Freedman

    Grades 6–8   How American soldiers survived a brutal winter in 1777-78

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Grades 9–10

Memoirs

  • Night

    Elie Wiesel

    Grades 9–10   A Jewish boy's harrowing experiences in a Nazi death camp

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War

  • Memories of Vietnam

    Ellen Weiss

    Grades 9–10   Letters from soldiers recount their experiences during the war in Vietnam.

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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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  • Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust

    Ruth Thomson

    Grades 9–10   Life at an infamous Nazi transit camp

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Technology

  • Seeing Earth From Space

    Patricia Lauber

    Grades 9–10   Text and photos taken from space depict the nature, evolution and future of Earth

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  • Technology

    Clive Gifford

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

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  • What a Great Idea!

    Stephen M. Tomecek

    Grades 9–10   Inventions that changed the world

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The Civil Rights Movement

  • Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 9–10   A portrait of one of America's most controversial and important figures

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  • We've Got a Job

    Cynthia Levinson

    Grades 9–10   The little-known story of 4,000 black students who went to jail voluntarily in 1963 in support of the civil rights...

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Famous and Infamous

  • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller

    Joseph Lambert

    Grades 9–10   The powerful bond between a teacher and her pupil

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  • Joseph Stalin

    Sean McCollum

    Grades 9–10   A portrait of the ruthless Soviet leader

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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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  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold

    Steve Sheinkin

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

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American History

  • 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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  • Truce

    Jim Murphy

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

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  • Unraveling Freedom

    Ann Bausum

    Grades 9–10   How democracy in the U.S. became imperiled during World War I

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  • Years of Dust

    Albert Marrin

    Grades 9–10   The causes and effects of the 1930s Dust Bowl in the Great Plains

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Grades 11–12

World at War

  • 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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  • Bomb

    Steve Sheinkin

    Grades 11–12   The race to build–and steal–the world's most dangerous weapon

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Social Issues

  • To Be a Slave

    Julius Lester

    Grades 11–12   An account of the humiliation and ostracism caused by slavery

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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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Economics

  • Not Your Parents' Money Book

    Jean Chatzky

    Grades 11–12   A guide for young people on how to make—and save—money

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Memoirs

  • Bad Boy: A Memoir

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 11–12   A gripping memoir about life in 1940s and '50s Harlem

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  • Guts

    Gary Paulsen

    Grades 11–12   Best-selling author Gary Paulsen relates incidents in his life and how they inspired his writing.

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  • Night

    Elie Wiesel

    Grades 11–12   A Jewish boy's harrowing experiences in a Nazi death camp

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Champions of Justice

  • Chasing Lincoln's Killer

    James L. Swanson

    Grades 11–12   An hour-by-hour account of the hunt for and capture of John Wilkes Booth

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  • Harriet Tubman

    Thomas B. Allen

    Grades 11–12   In a compelling narrative, new facts about Harriet are brought to light.

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  • The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

    Walter Dean Myers

    Grades 11–12   The famous boxer's challenges and triumphs

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Business and Technology

  • Ice!

    Laurence Pringle

    Grades 11–12   The amazing history of the ice business is told through archival photographs, postcards, prints and drawings.

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  • Six Days in October

    Karen Blumenthal

    Grades 11–12   The stock market crash of 1929

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The Civil Rights Movement

  • Freedom's Children

    Ellen Levine

    Grades 11–12   Young civil rights activists tell their stories.

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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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American History

  • Stolen Into Slavery

    Dennis Brindell Fradin, Judith Bloom Fradin

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

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  • The Forgotten Heroes

    Clinton Cox

    Grades 11–12   The story of the Buffalo Soldiers, black regiments that fought American Indians in the 1800s

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  • Walt Whitman: Words for America

    Barbara Kerley

    Grades 11–12   As a Civil War nurse, poet Walt Whitman treated all soldiers.

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