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First Step Nonfiction — Kinds of Weather

Students will learn general terms to describe various weather conditions in this easy-to-read series. Key terms are repeated while sensory cues describe what a child might see or feel in various weather conditions. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Landforms

Simple sentences and vivid color photos explain the features of various landforms. These books define each landform and explain what it looks like, how it is formed, and how it is useful to people, plants, and animals. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Let's Look at Plants

Vibrant color photographs and simple sentences introduce students to the parts of plants. Students will love learning about plants while improving their reading skills. This series meets both science and reading standards. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Let's Watch the Weather

This simple series introduces emergent readers to the ins and outs of weather, from what sunlight does to what a weather forecast is. Vibrant photos directly match the text on each page, and curricular features such as chapter headings and photo captions help kids learn about weather in… View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Light and Sound

This simple, engaging series for beginning readers illuminates the basic properties of light and sound, from colors, shadows, and vibrations to ways we use light and sound to communicate. Bright photos, accessible text, and curricular features such as chapter headings and photo captions… View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Living or Nonliving

This series explains the criteria for determining whether items are living or nonliving. Each book gives many examples, using text that directly corresponds with the photographs on each page. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Look at Trees

Vibrant color photographs and simple vocabulary introduce students to a variety of trees. The books can be used together to compare the various types of roots, trunks, seeds, leaves, and bark. This series meets both science and reading standards. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Materials

Build awareness of the many types of manufacturing materials. Photographs and text offer kid-friendly examples of products and what they are made from, such as cotton cloth made from cotton plants, and wool that comes from sheep. A spread in each book briefly explains a manufacturing… View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Observing Fall

Take readers on a virtual autumn nature walk with these appealing informational texts! Readers will examine a wide range of curricular topics from size, shape, and color to various animal traits and categories of autumn crops while observing nature in the fall. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Parts of Plants

Introduce students to the parts of plants, from roots and stems to flowers and leaves. Support science concepts while building reading skills. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Plant Life Cycles

Readers will have a close-up view of plant life through the detailed photographs in this series. The images show a variety of plants, uncovering the secrets of how roots sprout from seeds, tubers, and bulbs and following the young plants through to maturity. Illustrated diagrams sum up… View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Pollination

Emergent readers discover the process of pollination through simple nonfiction text. The books showcase connections between plants and animals as they depend on each other for survival. Main ideas are clearly explained, and science-specific vocabulary is supported by diagrams and photos. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Properties of Matter

This series teaches students about the various ways in which objects can be described and compared. Color photos accompany the simple sentences on each page. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Seasons

Learn how weather, daylight, plants, animals, and people all change their behaviors and activities in each season. A diagram and text in the back of each book explains how the amount of sunlight changes in each season. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Simple Machines to the Rescue

This series allows readers to compare simple machines to see which one works best in a particular situation. Each book sets up a problem. The kids test two simple machines and determine a winner. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Simple Tools

Each book in this series explains the uses for a simple tool found in the elementary classroom. With simple sentences and colorful photographs, this series corresponds directly to science standards. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Space

Develop young astronomers by exploring basic space concepts. Images from recognizable perspectives—viewing a night sky, for example—keep readers grounded, while scientific models and images from space expand their horizons. Simple diagrams help introduce readers to concepts… View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — States of Matter

This science series explores the physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases. The texts describe changes in states of matter using simple texts and corresponding color photographs. Meets national science standards. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Tools at Work

Vibrant color photographs and simple sentences introduce students to a variety of tools. Students will learn how these basic tools work while improving their reading skills. This series meets both physical science and reading standards. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Water

This simple series explores the world of water—from what it is and where it’s found to the process of freezing and melting, the water cycle, and how we use water. A simple diagram in the back of each book shows readers how information such as how much of the world’s… View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — Weather

This breezy series teaches basic weather concepts and builds readers’ observational skills. Additional back matter provides information about the types of clouds, the water cycle, the movement of the sun, how to tell the direction of the wind, and what snowflakes look like. View →

 
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First Step Nonfiction — What Earth is Made Of

Students take a close look at four basic elements of our planet—gases, rocks, soil, and water—in this easy science series. The detailed photos provide opportunities to see, for example, several forms of water in nature or the parts of soil. Amazing trivia, such as the fact… View →

 
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Food Is CATegorical ™

The Words Are CATegorical® cats are back, and they’re hungry for knowledge . . . about food! Brian P. Cleary provides a playful look at the food groups and physical activity. His zany rhymes and Martin Goneau’s comical cartoon cats introduce key concepts and give a wide… View →

 
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Go Green (Early Bird Stories ™)

Ready to help planet Earth? These fun narratives feature diverse characters learning how to protect the environment. The inviting stories are punctuated with critical thinking and recall questions to get readers more involved with the stories. Photo-illustrated fast facts and a… View →

 
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Let's Look at Animal Habitats (Pull Ahead Readers — Fiction)

Baby animals—fish, elephants, penguins and more—introduce young readers to the places they live in these delightful fiction stories. Charming illustrations draw in emergent readers while supportive text structures help them build literacy skills. View →

 
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Let's Look at Animal Habitats (Pull Ahead Readers — Nonfiction)

Explore all the places that animals can live—under the desert sand, on top of polar ice, in a rainforest tree, on the ocean floor, and more. Emergent readers will build literacy skills will these instructionally leveled nonfiction texts. View →

 
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Let's Look at Weather (Pull Ahead Readers — Fiction)

These endearing fiction stories show young readers what happens during different types of weather events. The carefully constructed texts—developed by guided reading experts—will build literacy skills in emergent readers. View →

 
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Let's Look at Weather (Pull Ahead Readers — Nonfiction)

Fascinate beginning readers with these perfect introductions to observing all types of weather. Crisp photos support emergent readers as they learn vocabulary, make predictions, and navigate simple nonfiction texts. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Amazing Migrators

Follow the journeys of some of the animal kingdom’s most amazing migrators! See how they fly, swim, or run from summer locations to winter locations to find food, mate, have their young, and survive seasonal weather changes. Colorful photos and clear, lively text with plenty of kid… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Animal Close-Ups

These books bring life to a wide range of animals, from armadillos to sloths. In each title, young readers will discover the animal’s physical characteristics, habitat, behaviors, and life cycle. The conversational text prompts readers to answer questions, observe photos carefully… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Animal Look-Alikes

These Lightning Bolt Books™ explain the difference between various animals that share some similarities, such as dolphins and porpoises. With vivid photos and a lively design, titles include curricular topic coverage of animal traits. Backmatter features a “Who Am… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Animals in Danger

These fascinating titles introduce young readers to endangered and extinct animals from each of the six major animal groups and offer tips for protecting animals and our planet. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Baby Australian Animals

Each title in this informative series gives young readers a peek into the lives of the cutest baby animals down under. Vivid photos and clear, lively text cover life science curriculum concepts such as life cycle, animal behavior, and animals interacting with their habitat. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Baby Farm Animals

Meet newborn farm animal babies in this cute and informative series. From appearance and eating habits to growth and behavior, life science basics are covered in these fun titles. Adorable images complement and illustrate key details in the clear, explanatory text, and chapter headings… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Biome Explorers

Introduce primary readers to biomes around the world. Each book presents curricular concepts such as habitats and ecosystems in a way that early readers can understand. With descriptive text and striking photos of wildlife and terrain, this series takes readers on an adventure through… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Colors Everywhere

Colors are everywhere! Using a lively tone and examples from everyday life, this series helps readers recognize colors, identify various shades of colors, and understand how colors or color words are used. The fun text prompts readers to ask questions and carefully observe the photos and… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Dinosaur Look-Alikes

Dinosaur enthusiasts compare two prehistoric giants and explore the similarities and differences between them. The informative text supports science standards and builds readers’ expertise on the dinosaurs featured in each title. View →

 
Cover: What Holds Us to Earth?: A Look at Gravity

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Exploring Physical Science

This informative series introduces young readers to basic physics concepts, from gravity and friction to floating and sinking. Bright photos and accessible text clarify each concept and bring curricular topics to life. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — How Flight Works

Unlocking the secrets of flight is a fun way for readers to explore this ever-fascinating field of physics and engineering. By using a question-and-answer format, the books lend themselves to independent reading while also engaging readers in important aspects of the science curriculum. View →

 
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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 →

 
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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 →

 
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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 →

 
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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 →

 
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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 →

 
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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 →

 
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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 →