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Who Will Win? (I Like to Read)

by Arihhonni David (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Series: I Like to Read 

Bear has fast legs. Turtle has a fast mind. Who will win the race?

A fun Native American tale that kindergarteners and first graders can read on their own. Ready, set, go! Bear will go over the ice. Turtle will go under the ice. Bear runs fast. But where is Turtle? When a quick-footed bear and a quick-witted turtle race across a frozen lake, Turtle has a secret plan to win!

Written and illustrated by Mohawk author-illustrator Arihhonni David, this easy reader based on a Native American tale combines exciting storytelling and easy-to-read language.

What A Map Can Do?

by Gabrielle Balkan (Author) Alberto Lot (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

An accessible and humorous introduction to maps for budding navigators.

A raccoon narrator embarks on a big adventure in this exciting exploration of maps for the youngest readers. Traditional maps of cities, roads and parks are joined by some less conventional ones, such as inside the body, each one methodically introduced with humor and clear explanation. A clever, colorful, and engaging first look at constructing and decoding maps.

I, Sea:  A Tale Told In Homonyms

by Suzanne Sutherland (Author) Ashley Barron (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A playful tale about homonyms and the power of perspective

Told through the repetition of two sounds, this delightful pirate adventure is also a clever lesson on homonyms: words that sound the same or are spelled the same but have different meanings.

A swashbuckling tabby and their crabby first mate are enjoying a day on the water when--"Eye! Sea!"--a wave crashes against their ship and something gets in the captain's eye. The two companions visit the optometrist, where the cat reads out the letters I and C during an eye test. The eye doctor explains, "Eye. See?" and teaches the pirate how to put on an eyepatch. By the end of the book, readers will shout, "I see!" as it's revealed that the whole story was part of a child's bathtub playtime.

This charming ode to language and imagination is illustrated in Ashley Barron's iconic cut-paper collage artwork. Read aloud; it will spark conversation and exclamation as young kids discover the whimsy of wordplay.

More Than Words: So Many Ways to Say What We Mean 

by Roz MacLean (Author) Roz MacLean (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

In the tradition of All Are Welcome and The Day You Begin comes a touching picture book about the many unique ways we communicate and how we can better listen to and respect these different modes of expression.

Nathan doesn't say much.

He sure has a lot on his mind, though.

At school, Nathan quietly observes the ways his peers communicate. Even when they're not talking, they're expressing themselves in all sorts of ways!

By witnessing the beauty of communication diversity, Nathan learns and shows his classmates the essential lesson: Not only does everyone have something to say, but seeking to understand one another can be the greatest bridge to friendship and belonging.

This tender stunningly illustrated picture book explores and celebrates the many forms of expression--signing, speaking, singing, smiling, among others-- and culminates in a poignant story about connection and understanding.


All Kinds of Maps

by Susan Ahmadi Hansen (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Series: On the Map 

Which highways pass through Wyoming? How much rain did New Orleans get yesterday? How many people live in Texas? Learn about different kinds of maps and how we use them to understand the places and people around us. This first introduction to types of maps will help kids build visual literacy skills and navigate their world.

Did You Know? Ocean (Why?)

by DK (Author) 

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Series: Why? 

Explore the intriguing answers to more than 200 questions about oceans and seas in this absorbing encyclopedia of the natural world for kids.

What is an ocean?

How do waves form?

What lives at the bottom of the sea?

This children's book helps inquisitive minds find out the answers to all the questions they may have about seas and oceans and some they hadn't thought of! Featuring amazing sea creatures, geological wonders and marine exploration, Did You Know? Ocean lets children dip their toes into oceanography and explore its incredible depths. Each page asks and answers a different question and features a quick quiz designed to cement new knowledge. Bursting with mind-boggling details and fascinating facts, this visually stunning book will be treasured by every young ocean enthusiast.

States of Matter (DK Super Readers: Level 1)

by DK (Author)      

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Series: DK Super Readers 

Find out what the world is made of - matter! Make reading your superpower with DK’s beautiful, leveled nonfiction.

Use your reading superpowers to learn all about states of matter - liquids, gases and solids - a high-quality, fun, nonfiction reader - carefully leveled to help children progress.

States of Matter is a beautifully designed reader explaining the states of matter that the world is made of and how they can change.

The engaging text has been carefully leveled using Lexile so that children are set up to succeed.

A motivating introduction to using essential nonfiction reading skills.

Children will love to find out about what they and other things are made of!

Look and Listen:  Who's In The Garden, Meadow, Brook?

by Dianne White (Author) Amy Schimler (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A guessing game in a book that celebrates the curiosity and delight of a jaunt through a garden and a meadow and alongside a brook.

A child steps outside and strolls along, taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Rhythmic, rhyming text tracks his journey through a garden and a meadow and next to a brook, introducing a new color and animal found in that ecosystem with every turn of the page, transforming an ordinary walk into a feast for the senses.
Complete with material that explains the rich variety of wildlife and natural habitats found in the book, author Dianne White’s playful text is paired with the vibrant collage artwork of Amy Schimler-Safford, making for an exciting read-aloud and guessing game for budding nature lovers.

Animals: Our World in Numbers (DK Encyclopedia of Fantastic Facts)  

by DK (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Series: DK Encyclopedia Of Fantastic Facts 

Learn about everything in the animal kingdom with this book of extraordinary figures and number-based facts for children aged 9-12! Put the fun back into learning and take children on a number-crunching journey around the animal kingdom.

From colossal mammals to tiny insects and everything in between, learn all about your favorite animals with more than 1,000 weird and wonderful numbers. Our World in Numbers: Animals will have you impressing your family and friends like never before with mind-blowing facts and stats on a vast range of different animal species. Children aged 9-12 will number-crunch their way around the animal kingdom, discovering everything from the age of the world's oldest animal and which bird has the most feathers to which snake has the longest fangs and how long a tiger sleeps in a day.

This animal book of fantastic figures offers:

  • More than 1,000 astonishing animal facts for children aged 9-12.

  • Different topics divided by five chapters: invertebrates, fish, amphibians and reptiles, birds and mammals.

  • Eye-catching double-page features, including vibrant photographs and graphics for every topic.

  • Fun and surprising information on more than 80 topics to engage children in the world around them.

This data-packed adventure through the animal world is filled with everything you've ever wanted to know about your favorite animals, with full-page photographs and fun, colorful images, wacky animal fact-bites and funky figures to become an animal expert!

A Day In The Life Of An Astronaut, Mars, And The Distant Stars   

 by Mike Barfield (Author) Jess Bradley (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

From the creators of A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu, and You comes an encyclopedic glance at all things outer space and makes a hilarious and informative guide for curious young readers.

Blast off for a day in the life of space and the people (and animals!) who have explored it. From hilarious comics to secret diaries and detailed diagrams, there are tons of things to discover and fantastic facts to learn.

Can You Believe It?: How To Spot Fake News and Find The Facts

by Joyce Grant (Author) Kathleen Marcotte (Illustrator) 

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

For today's tech-savvy kids, here's the go-to resource for navigating what they read on the internet. Should we believe everything we read online? Definitely not! And this book will tell you why. This fascinating book explores in depth how real journalism is made, what "fake news" is and, most importantly, how to spot the difference. It's chock-full of practical advice, thought-provoking examples and tons of relevant information on subjects that range from bylines and credible sources to influencers and clickbait. It gives readers context they can use, such as how bias can creep into news reporting, why celebrity posts may not be truthful and why they should be suspicious of anything that makes them feel supersmart. Young people get most of their information online. This must-read guide helps them decide which information they can trust --- and which they can’t. Author and journalist Joyce Grant is an expert on how young people interact with and think about online media. Never judgmental and often hilarious, she encourages readers to approach what they find online with skepticism and helps them hone their critical thinking skills to make good choices about what to believe and share. Engaging text is broken into manageable chunks, with loads of Kathleen Marcotte's playful illustrations on every spread to help explain tricky concepts. Two fake articles are deconstructed step by step using the information found in the book, and an additional article allows readers to test their skills. This comprehensive book has strong curriculum connections in language arts and social studies. Endmatter features a glossary, an author's note, sources and an index.

Absurd Words:  A Kids' Fun and Hilarious Vocabulary Builder for Future Word Nerds 

by Tara Lazar (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Why use boring old words when you can expand and build your vocabulary--and have fun doing it? A user-friendly, engaging book about the power of words--perfect for educators, parents and future word nerds. Build confidence and become a stronger reader, writer and communicator! This fun and hilarious vocabulary builder includes over 750 high-level, wondrous and wacky words! With sample sentences and word history that help new words make sense! Bright and fun illustrations make learning new words fun! Allows readers to search by category, so new word choices are easy to find! Kids with strong vocabularies are better readers and better writers and even feel more confident tackling math and science. When a kid wants to learn a new word, we often send them to the dictionary or a thesaurus. But dictionaries only work if you know exactly the word you want. This dictionary-thesaurus hybrid is organized by theme and puts words in context with fun, engaging and hilarious sentences, pictures and fun facts. You'll learn what words mean and then actually use them!