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Cover: Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth's Most Dominant Species

Last of the Giants

Today, an ancient world is vanishing right before our eyes: the age of giant animals. Over 40,000 years ago, the earth was ruled by megafauna: mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed tigers and giant sloths. Of course, those creatures no longer exist, and there is only one likely reason for… View →

 
Cover: Last of the Name

Last of the Name

Twelve-year-old Danny O’Carolan and his sister, Kathleen, arrive in New York City in 1863, at the height of the Civil War. Kathleen finds a job in domestic service for herself and Danny, hoping to keep Danny from being drafted into the US Army as a drummer boy. As he explores the… View →

 
Cover: Learn to Draw Ancient Times: Step-by-step instructions for 18 ancient characters and civilizations

Learn to Draw

Kids will learn how to bring their ideas to life with these step-by-step learn-to-draw books. Each book offers easy-to-follow instructions to guide kids from simple sketches to colorful renderings. View →

 
Cover: Learn to Draw Sea Creatures: Step-by-step instructions for more than 25 ocean animals

Learn to Draw: Expanded Edition

This fun and educational series features easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions about how to get started drawing, including sections on tools and materials and warm-up exercises. View →

 
Cover: Leilong's Too Long!

Leilong's Too Long!

In this expressively illustrated picture book, an overeager dinosaur school bus causes problems for the city’s transportation system—so the children find a place where oversize is perfect. Every morning, Leilong the school bus shuttles through the city,… View →

 
Cover: Leilong the Library Bus

Leilong the Library Bus

A library-loving dinosaur reminds us how it feels to be transported by story in this picture book for young children. Leilong’s friends are taking him to story time at the library. But it’s difficult for a large, clumsy brontosaurus without a library card to… View →

 
Cover: Lerner ™ Sports Database

Lerner ™ Sports Database

Score big with sports fans, reluctant readers, and report writers! Lerner Sports is a database of high-interest biographies profiling sports superstars. Packed with fascinating facts, these bios explore the backgrounds, career-defining moments, and everyday View →

 
Cover: Let's Go on a Digger

Let's Go!

This new board book series features a mode of transportation in each book. It encourages children to explore the great outdoors. It is a fun and engaging read, perfect for toddlers and early learners as they begin the years of discovery. The fun illustrations perfectly complement the… View →

 
Cover: My Baby Elephant

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 →

 
Cover: Polar Animals

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 with these instructionally leveled nonfiction texts. View →

 
Cover: A Windy Day

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 →

 
Cover: The Snow Is Fun

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 →

 
Cover: Let's Notice Patterns in the Sky

Let's Make Observations (Early Bird Stories ™)

Entertaining, illustrated stories follow a set of diverse characters as they explore the world around them and make observations of nature. Each book features critical-thinking and recall questions to further reader engagement. View →

 
Cover: Janey Crane: Long Vowel a

Let's Read Together ®

Award-winning author Barbara deRubertis merges phonics and rhyme in delightful stories that build phonics and decoding skills. An audio component and comprehensive resource guide make Let’s Read Together® the perfect series for all emergent readers. View →

 
Cover: ¿Sabes algo sobre mamíferos? (Do You Know about Mammals?)

Libros Rayo — Conoce los grupos de animales (Lightning Bolt Books ® — Meet the Animal Groups)

These excellent Spanish resources explain the characteristics of the six main classes of the animal kingdom. Pair with the English editions for dual-language needs. View →

 
Cover: The Monarch Butterfly's Journey

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 →

 
Cover: Let's Look at Snails

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 →

 
Cover: Can You Tell a Bee from a Wasp?

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 →

 
Cover: Endangered and Extinct Mammals

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 →

 
Cover: Meet a Baby Giraffe

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Baby African Animals

This exciting series from Lightning Bolt Books™ gives young readers a look into the lives of adorable baby African animals. Captivating photographs and clear, lively text draw readers into learning key life science concepts. Each book covers the animal’s birth and… View →

 
Cover: Meet a Baby Tasmanian Devil

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 →

 
Cover: Meet a Baby Cow

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 →

 
Cover: Let's Visit the Desert

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 →

 
Cover: Blue Everywhere

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 →