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Cover: A Walk in the Prairie, 2nd Edition

Biomes of North America Second Editions

The interdependence of plant and animal species comes alive in these immersive looks at North American biomes. Descriptive text engages the senses as it takes readers through each habitat. Scientifically accurate illustrations and striking photos add to the you-are-there approach. View →

 
Cover: Bionic Beasts: Saving Animal Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks

Bionic Beasts

What happens when a young elephant steps on a buried land mine? What happens when a sea turtle’s flipper is injured by a predator? Thanks to recent advances in technology, we have new ways to design and build prosthetic body parts that can help these animals thrive. Meet an… View →

 
Cover: Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th-Grade Vampire

Blood Diaries

Middle school is tough enough for normal humans, but when you’re a vampire, it’s even more challenging. Edgar rises to the occasion with wit, humor, and some help from his friends. View →

 
Cover: Boardwalk Babies

Boardwalk Babies

In the late 19th century, there wasn’t much hope for premature babies—until Dr. Couney developed the incubator. The device was so new and strange, hospitals rejected it. So Dr. Couney set up a sideshow at Coney Island, taking care of the tiniest newborns as part of a display to… View →

 
Cover: Bombs over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster

Bombs over Bikini

In 1946, as part of the Cold War arms race, the US military launched a program to test nuclear bombs in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific Ocean. From 1946 until 1958, the military detonated sixty-seven nuclear bombs over the region’s Bikini and Enewetak Atolls. The twelfth bomb,… View →

 
Cover: Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons

Bone by Bone

What would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? You’d be a bat! What if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones? You’d be a whale, a dolphin, or a porpoise! This entertaining picture book will keep readers guessing as they learn about how View →

 
Cover: Boo Loves Books

Boo Loves Books

Phoebe is nervous about reading—she is embarrassed that she will say things wrong, so she just doesn’t read at all. “Phoebe worried when she didn’t know the sound of a letter. And letters that were joined together made her freeze.” When Mrs.… View →

 
Cover: Build, Beaver, Build!: Life at the Longest Beaver Dam

Build, Beaver, Build!

The first year of a beaver kit’s life is full of new discoveries and dangers. But the most important lesson the kit learns is how to take care of his family’s home. The lodge where he lives is protected by a long dam that many beavers have worked to build over the years. As… View →

 
Cover: Kevin and the Food Drive: A Story about Generosity

Building Character (Early Bird Stories ™)

Engaging, story-driven titles follow diverse characters through age-appropriate situations in which they need to draw on character values, such as learning to listen and treating others fairly. View →

 
Cover: Let's Explore Gravity

Bumba Books ® — A First Look at Physical Science

What is the difference between transparent and opaque? How can water take the form of ice and vapor? What keeps the moon in Earth’s orbit? Introduce the concepts of gravity, sound, light, and the states of matter in this beginning reader series. Carefully leveled text coupled with… View →

 
Cover: Let's Explore the Stars

Bumba Books ® — A First Look at Space

Explore the fascinating universe we live in. Learn about the wonders of the sun, the moon, stars, and our home planet, Earth! With critical thinking questions, incredible photos, and simple text, this series will captivate young readers curious about the wonders of space. View →

 
Cover: Backhoes Dig!

Bumba Books ® — Construction Zone

Welcome to the construction zone! From backhoes to concrete mixers, young readers will learn all about the big machines that help construction workers do their jobs. Carefully leveled text and vibrant photos take readers right to the action. View →

 
Cover: Iguanodon

Bumba Books ® — Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Beasts

Giant teeth, spiky thumbs, thick fur, and feathers—learn about the creatures with these features! This series explores fascinating animals from natural history. Discover what scientists know about prehistoric beasts, from iguanodons to velociraptors. Read what an ancient animal’s… View →

 
Cover: ¡Es una boa constrictora! (It's a Boa Constrictor!)

Bumba Books ® en español — Animales de la selva tropical (Rain Forest Animals)

Take a trip to the tropical rain forest to get up close to some awesome animals! Prowl the forest floor with jaguars, swing around with chimpanzees, and, well, maybe just read about the vampire bats. Now in Spanish, this series includes amazing full-color photographs, diagrams, and other View →

 
Cover: El tigre dientes de sable (Saber-Toothed Cat)

Bumba Books ® en español — Dinosaurios y bestias prehistóricas (Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Beasts)

Giant teeth, spiky thumbs, thick fur, and feathers—learn about the creatures with these features! Now in Spanish, these books feature carefully leveled text and vibrant images to offer an enriching early reading experience. Critical thinking questions and a photo glossary help build… View →

 
Cover: ¡El otoño es divertido! (Fall Is Fun!)

Bumba Books ® en español — Diviértete con las estaciones (Season Fun)

You can have fun in every season! Which one is your favorite? Learn about what people and animals do in each season with this Spanish-language edition series. Vibrant full-color photographs and helpful diagrams illustrate the exciting transformations that occur with the changing of the… View →

 
Cover: ¡Es el Año Nuevo Chino! (It's Chinese New Year!)

Bumba Books ® en español — ¡Es una fiesta! (It's a Holiday!)

Carefully leveled Spanish text and fresh, vibrant photos engage young readers in learning about the holidays we celebrate throughout the year. Age-appropriate critical thinking questions and a photo glossary help build nonfiction learning skills. View →

 
Cover: Exploremos México (Let's Explore Mexico)

Bumba Books ® en español — Exploremos países (Let's Explore Countries)

Now in Spanish, this series will help readers learn about the history and culture of various countries in an interesting and accessible format. Dynamic full-color photographs, charts and diagrams, and age-appropriate critical thinking questions help readers grasp what makes each country… View →

 
Cover: ¡Hora de fútbol! (Soccer Time!)

Bumba Books ® en español — ¡Hora de deportes! (Sports Time!)

Lots of kids like to swim, shoot hoops, make goals, or walk on the balance beam. Which sports do you like to play? Learn about different sports and their basic rules with these vibrant introductions, now in Spanish. Full-color photographs engage readers visually, while diagrams help… View →

 
Cover: Motocicletas en acción (Motorcycles on the Go)

Bumba Books ® en español — Máquinas en acción (Machines That Go)

How do products get across the country? Who works in an ambulance? Learn about different kinds of machines and the people who operate them with this series, a Spanish-language introduction to nonfiction reading on a topic children love. Fun features such as full-color photographs and… View →

 
Cover: ¡Que vivan los veterinarios! (Hooray for Veterinarians!)

Bumba Books ® en español — ¡Que vivan los ayudantes comunitarios! (Hooray for Community Helpers!)

What do you want to be when you grow up? Learn about the daily lives of veterinarians, nurses, librarians, and more! Now in Spanish, the carefully leveled text and fresh, vibrant photos engage young readers in learning about the people who make a difference in their community. Critical… View →

 
 
Cover: ¡Mira, una raya! (Look, a Ray!)

Bumba Books ® en español — Veo animales marinos (I See Ocean Animals)

Dive deep into the sea with these fascinating introductions to ocean animals, now available in Spanish! Young readers enjoy learning about the incredible variety of creatures that live in the world’s oceans. Carefully leveled text and vibrant photos engage early learners with… View →

 
Cover: Feeling Sad

Bumba Books ® — Feelings Matter

Explore feelings with this engaging series. Vibrant photos coupled with carefully leveled text make this series perfect for introducing young readers to nonfiction reading skills. Age-appropriate critical thinking questions encourage readers to engage with text and photos and think more… View →