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Cover: How Do Tanks Work?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — How Vehicles Work

These engaging titles introduce all kinds of vehicles and explain how they work. From fire trucks and trains to big rigs and tanks, this series covers the gamut of high-interest machines. View →

 
Cover: Pygmy Goats

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Little Pets

What could be cuter than a mini pig or a pygmy goat? Appealing photos and fun text introduce readers to the life cycles and behaviors of these smaller-than-usual animals and show how their human owners care for their needs. View →

 
Cover: Do You Know about Insects?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Meet the Animal Groups

Perfect for animal lovers, these rich resources explore the six major classes of the animal kingdom. Each title in the series describes the basic physical features, behavior, and life cycle belonging to that class. View →

 
Cover: Are You Ready for Summer?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Our Four Seasons

Learn all about the different seasons in the Our Four Seasons series – part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life! View →

 
Cover: Experiment with What a Plant Needs to Grow

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Plant Experiments

Young scientists will conduct simple experiments to answer key questions about plants. Each book provides step-by-step instructions; captioned photos help students follow along. Students analyze their results to build understanding of science concepts. View →

 
Cover: Robots at Home

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Robots Everywhere!

This series engages readers through a fascinating topic: robots! Each book covers a variety of examples, ranging from helpful robots that vacuum our floors to sophisticated machines that help scientists explore distant planets. View →

 
Cover: Angel Sharks in Action

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Shark World

Explore the world of sharks—the ultimate predators—with high-impact photos and clear text. Each book covers life science curriculum concepts including shark life cycles, what sharks eat, how they behave, and how they interact with their habitat. With plenty of fearsome photos and… View →

 
Cover: It's Rainy Today

Lightning Bolt Books ® — What's the Weather Like?

This enlightening series teaches basic weather concepts by asking young readers to observe the world around them. It also explains such concepts as the shapes of snowflakes, the different kinds of clouds, the water cycle, and other science concepts for beginning readers. Vivid photos,… View →

 
Cover: Eye Color: Brown, Blue, Green, and Other Hues

Lightning Bolt Books ® — What Traits Are in Your Genes?

In this series, accessible text, vivid photos, and a colorful design illustrate how we inherit genetic traits, while familiar examples make abstract concepts easy to grasp. Back-matter special features, including glossaries and further reading pages, bolster these informative texts. View →

 
Cover: What Is Taste?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Your Amazing Senses

Accessible text, vivid photos, and a colorful design illustrate how we use our senses, while familiar examples make abstract concepts easy to grasp. Glossaries and further reading pages bolster these informative texts. View →

 
Cover: Magnificent Monarchs

Linda Glaser's Classic Creatures

Linda Glaser’s simple picture books honor some of our planet’s most fascinating creatures. Kids love these fact-filled and fun books with their bright and interesting illustrations. View →

 
Cover: Make Way for Animals!: A World of Wildlife Crossings

Make Way for Animals!

Around the world, city highways and country roads have cut through natural spaces. Wild animals are blocked from the resources they need to survive, or must make dangerous crossings across busy roads to get to them. Fortunately, solving this problem has inspired some creative solutions!… View →

 
Cover: Giant Plant-Eating Dinosaurs

Meet the Dinosaurs

“Dino” Don Lessem introduces readers to various species of dinosaurs, some that have never before been illustrated. He details their habitats, way of life and how they became extinct. These high interest books will capture kids’ attention with fun facts and colorful illustrations and… View →

 
Cover: Night Becomes Day: Changes in Nature

Night Becomes Day

Night becomes day / Flower becomes fruit. Nature is always at work, transforming. Whether sudden or gradual, change is a constant in our world. Author Cynthia Argentine describes transitions including acorns sprouting, deserts blooming, canyons forming, and… View →

 
Cover: Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep

Night Creatures

As the sun sets, night creatures awaken. In their rural backyard, a parent and child camp out, watching as fireflies flicker, bats flap, and rabbits race. Atmospheric illustrations bring the nocturnal world to life in this lyrical and informative picture book. View →

 
Cover: Play Like an Animal!: Why Critters Splash, Race, Twirl, and Chase

Play Like an Animal!

Dash! Hide! Splash! Ride! Exuberant text celebrates all the different ways animals play, from rhinos taking mud baths and parrots somersaulting through the air to kangaroos boxing and dolphins diving through the surf. Additional text explains how playing benefits animals.… View →

 
Cover: Pouncing Bobcats

Pull Ahead Books — Animals

Perfect for young animal lovers, these rich resources explore a wide range of wild creatures—their physical features, habitats, and life cycles. The conversational text prompts the reader to pose questions, observe the photos carefully, and begin to understand animal groupings.… View →

 
Cover: Forest Fires

Pull Ahead Books — Forces of Nature

Explore the natural phenomena that fascinate young readers. Each clear, simple text describes the natural event and offers fascinating facts about how the phenomenon forms, what it does, how it is tracked, and how to stay safe. View →

 
Cover: Robins: Songbirds of Spring

Robins

As springtime approaches, the air fills with the sound of robins singing. Discover how these cheerful little birds with red feathers and gray fluttering wings live and grow. Rhyming verse and vivid illustrations reveal the song-filled world of this beloved bird. Activities and fun facts… View →

 
Cover: Robo-Motion: Robots That Move Like Animals

Robo-Motion

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a . . . robo-hummingbird? Meet robots engineered using biomimicry that are built to move like animals. These robots are changing the way we live today and shaping the way we’ll live in the future. On spreads pairing photos of robots View →

 
Cover: Emily's Pumpkin

Science All Around Me (Pull Ahead Readers — Fiction)

Science concepts become relatable through these engaging fiction stories. Beginning readers will learn about motion, patterns, hibernation, and more through simple stories designed to build literacy skills. View →

 
Cover: Nature Walk

Science All Around Me (Pull Ahead Readers — Nonfiction)

Inspire young scientists with these introductions to concepts such as food chains, forces and motion, life cycles, states of matter, and more. With simple text structures and close photo-text matches, these readers are designed to develop nonfiction reading skills. View →

 
Cover: Almost Invisible Irene: Animal Camouflage

Science Solves It! ®

Kane Press’s Science Solves It!® series merges fiction and science in storylines that intrigue youngsters and encourage them to observe, investigate, predict, and experiment! Young readers ages 5–8 will be inspired by the relatable characters in each story as they… View →

 
Cover: Snow Clothes

Seasons All Around Me (Pull Ahead Readers — Fiction)

What do you love about each season? With carefully leveled text and vibrant illustrations, emergent readers follow the characters of these fictional stories as they experience the joys of the four seasons. View →