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Cover: The Beautiful Game

Cody Trilogy

Thirteen-year-old Cody Dorsett is recovering from cancer and wants a normal life, and that includes soccer. Stuck on the bench and bullied as the new, bald kid, Cody has to find a way to prove himself as a Striker. The Beautiful Game challenges Cody to fight for what he View →

 
Cover: Platypuses: Web-Footed Billed Mammals

Comparing Animal Traits

The Comparing Animal Traits series builds students’ critical thinking skills by helping them gather and analyze information about what makes animals similar to and different from one another. The clear text and vibrant photos show how some species in the same… View →

 
Cover: El libro de patrones de Crayola ® (The Crayola ® Patterns Book)

Conceptos Crayola ® (Crayola ® Concepts)

Vibrant photos and engaging text in Spanish resent core childhood concepts with a splash of Crayola ® color. Each title includes simple illustrations that encourage readers to create art inspired by the shapes, patterns, colors, and concepts all around them. A back matter feature shows… View →

 
Cover: How Batteries Work

Connect with Electricity

This highly curricular, STEM-focused series outlines how electrical components work—including circuits, batteries, LEDs, conductors, transistors, and sensors. Designed to support engineering concepts being taught in many schools, including robotics and coding,… View →

 
Cover: Satellites

Cool Science

Highly accessible writing combines with a magazine-style format in this timely look at cutting-edge science. Each high-interest subject illustrates how scientists solve problems and develop new technology while firmly connecting each title to core curricular subjects. With a splashy… View →

 
Cover: Nigeria

Country Explorers

Engaging photographs, colorful designs, and informative, accessible text are combined in this beginning geography series. World and country maps show the country’s location and geographical features. Extensive back matter includes a description and traceable image of the… View →

 
Cover: Count Your Way through Italy

Count Your Way

Count Your Way from one to ten in languages from around the world. Each spread has beautiful, full-page art and a number displayed in both English and a second language, introducing a cultural aspect of the featured country. View →

 
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Crayola ® Colorology ™

This charming Crayola® series is a celebration of color in our world—how new colors are discovered, the role color plays in cultures around the world, and what color does in nature and in art. Readers will explore the red of Chinese New Year, how darks and lights work together in… View →

 
Cover: The Crayola ® Shapes Book

Crayola ® Concepts

Vibrant photos and engaging text present important early childhood concepts with a splash of Crayola® color. Each title includes simple illustrations that encourage readers to create art inspired by the shapes, patterns, colors, and concepts all around them. A special feature shows the… View →

 
Cover: Crayola ® Summer Colors

Crayola ® Seasons

The blue of the summer sky, orange leaves in fall. Celebrate the colors of the seasons with this charming Crayola® series. Vibrant photos and descriptive text encourage readers to notice color in the real world. Illustrations demonstrate art techniques and encourage readers to create art View →

 
Cover: Go Free or Die: A Story about Harriet Tubman

Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View →

 
Cover: What's Your Story, Helen Keller?

Cub Reporter Meets Famous Americans

Cub Reporter is on a mission. He’s interviewing famous people from US history to find out what made them so special. Using classic journalistic questions—who, what, when, where, why, and how—he’ll uncover the story of how these people made a difference. Readers will join Cub… View →

 
Cover: Body Cycles

Cycles

A well-illustrated series on nature’s cyclical phenomena. Each book offers three examples of a cycle and the scientific reasons behind them, all while providing an overview of the wondrous order of our world. View →

 
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Dandy and Dazza

Dandy and Dazza are different in so many ways. Dandy is a best-in-show sort of hound. Dazza is a rough-and-tumble sort of mongrel. Can these very different dogs EVER be friends? “Dandy was a five-star food sort of hound. Dazza was… View →

 
Cover: Dappled Annie and the Tigrish

Dappled Annie and the Tigrish

A beautiful story of nature, family, bravery, and a touch of something magical. There are faces in the hedge at the end of the garden, and a nest of tiny fantails, and that’s where nine-year-old Annie gets to play one hot summer while her father works up at the lighthouse. One… View →

 
Cover: The Deadening: Book 1

Dead Max Comix

Middle school can be a survival of “fitting-in,” at best. In Dead Max Comix, Derrick discovers that his secrets aren’t really unusual. This series offers a light-hearted touch at accepting yourself and finding your own “pack.” View →

 
Cover: Detective Gordon: The First Case

Detective Gordon

Detective Gordon is a friendly, philosophical, humorous, and thoughtful detective series following the adventures of the rather tired—and often hungry—Detective Gordon and his chirpy assistant, Buffy. Detective Gordon is something of a humanist, and keeps an View →

 
Cover: Dibs!

Dibs!

Teaching your little brother his first word—dibs—is funny. Until he starts calling dibs on everything, from your parents’ bed to a real airplane to the White House. What’s next? Calling dibs on the moon? Sure enough, Julian’s little brother, Clancy, calls dibs on View →

 
Cover: Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z

Dictionary for a Better World

How can we make the world a better place? This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect. For each word, there is a… View →

 
Cover: Create Your Own Blog

Digital Makers (Alternator Books ® )

Learn how to create, launch, perfect, and safely share digital works of art, including videos, songs, blogs, and websites. This series capitalizes on the popularity of both digital technology and makerspace activities. Creator profiles and expert tips provide extra inspiration. View →

 
Cover: Don't Cross the Line!

Don't Cross the Line!

The guard always follows the general’s orders without question. This time, the order is that no one must cross the line! The right-hand page of this book must be kept blank for the general. As the crowd builds up on the border, the guard is under pressure. If no one is allowed onto View →

 
Cover: Don't Sit On the Baby!: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled, and Safe Babysitting

Don't Sit On the Baby!

Babysitting is one of the most popular part-time jobs for teens, but caring for kids is no easy feat. Offering a ton of useful tips, this funny, modern no-nonsense guide covers all the basics any babysitting hopeful needs to know, and much more. Includes: -What to expect from View →

 
Cover: Don't Turn the Page

Don't Turn the Page

Like most children, Sami puts off going to bed for as long as possible. But reading a story about Little Bear’s bedtime ritual inspires Sammy, just as the young reader will be inspired by this soothing story and clever book-within-a-book concept. A bedtime book that both parent and View →

 
Cover: The Little Black Dress and Zoot Suits: Depression and Wartime Fashions from the 1930s to the 1950s

Dressing a Nation: The History of U.S. Fashion

What was it like to wear pumpkin breeches in colonial times? Or hoopskirts during the Civil War era? Find out in this fascinating series that covers American fashions through many historical time periods. Each volume shows the trends and influences on clothing designs, hairstyles, and… View →

 
Cover: Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest

Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest

Dulcinea has been forbidden since she was small to enter the dangerous magic forest where the witch has her castle. But her father hasn’t come home from collecting blueberries for her birthday pancakes. Did the witch cast a spell on him? Dulcinea must brave the dark forest and… View →

 
Cover: Uranus

Early Bird Astronomy

Newly fluent readers will explore the solar system in this colorful and interesting series. Accessible text describes the unique features of each planet, its place in the solar system, its makeup, its satellites and rings, and how scientists have learned about the planet through space… View →

 
Cover: Volcanoes

Early Bird Earth Science

Dig into key geology concepts with these highly supportive titles. Clear, simple language supports early readers in understanding essential information. As in other Early Bird series, each book introduces important vocabulary terms upfront with a “Be a Word Detective”… View →

 
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Early Bird Energy

Introduce students to basic concepts of energy and matter. Readers learn about topics such as sound and light through vivid photography, simple experiments, and short, easy-to-understand sentences. Each title in this core curriculum series helps students develop vocabulary and language… View →

 
Cover: Mosquitoes

Early Bird Nature Books

Vivid photographs and clear, concise sentences describe the life cycles of animals and plants. Each title meets the life science standards for lower middle graders and develops vocabulary and language skills. Especially useful for reading hours, Chapter One programs, primary… View →

 
Cover: City Animals: An Alien's Guide

Early Bird Nonfiction Readers — Silver (Early Bird Stories ™)

Imagine you are an alien exploring earth and discover nonfiction topics that capture the attention of young readers—food, animals, weather, and more. A quiz to test reading comprehension is included at the end of each book. View →

 
Cover: Inclined Planes and Wedges

Early Bird Physics

This series highlights six simple machines to make difficult physics concepts such as work, force, gravity, and friction easy to understand. With full-color photographs featuring kids doing simple experiments, these introductions to physics for middle grade readers also help develop… View →

 
Cover: Bibble and the Bubbles

Early Bird Readers — Blue (Early Bird Stories ™)

Fuel the imaginations and reading skills of emergent readers! These fun stories combine age-appropriate text and kid-friendly illustrations perfect for reading levels E-G. View →

 
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Early Bird Readers — Gold (Early Bird Stories ™)

Meet a knitting werewolf, a lonely ghost, and a baby Freezosaurus! Early fluent readers will improve on their reading independence with these quirky stories featuring charming characters, all within guided reading levels L-K. View →

 
Cover: George and the New Craze

Early Bird Readers — Green (Early Bird Stories ™)

Emergent readers at guided reading levels G-I will delight in these books that blend charming, leveled text and illustrations. Silly characters will delight children and a reading quiz helps readers with text comprehension. View →

 
Cover: A Box of Socks

Early Bird Readers — Orange (Early Bird Stories ™)

Engaging, leveled text at guided reading levels H-J help build literacy skills. From animals who learn about playing well with others to pirates who just want to drive diggers, these whimsical stories are sure to entertain. View →

 
Cover: Meg and Rat & Puff! Puff! Puff!

Early Bird Readers — Pink (Early Bird Stories ™)

Each book in this series features two fun stories. Delightful illustrations and text leveled to GRLs A-C appeal to emergent readers while helping them develop reading skills. View →

 
Cover: Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Early Bird Readers — Purple (Early Bird Stories ™)

Readers will engage their imaginations and reading skills with these fully illustrated stories at guided reading levels J-K. From royal mishaps to cookies in outer space, these silly stories are sure to capture young readers’ attention. View →

 
Cover: Seeds & Stuck in the Tree

Early Bird Readers — Red (Early Bird Stories ™)

Emergent readers will delight in these silly, simple, and carefully leveled stories, featuring guided reading level C-D. With two tales in each book and charming illustrations, readers will have fun while developing reading skills. View →

 
Cover: Izzy! Wizzy!

Early Bird Readers — Yellow (Early Bird Stories ™)

Discover silly, fun, and simple stories perfect for building reading skills. Capture the attention and imaginations of emergent readers with charming art and age-appropriate text for guided reading levels C-E. Suggested activities to test reading comprehension add to the fun! View →

 
Cover: Pelican in Peril

Eco Rangers

This action-packed series centers around two best friends who rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife through their local conservation center. Ebony and Jay love helping others and looking after the environment. In each story, they meet new animal friends, solve mysteries, and… View →

 
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Eddie Whatever

Thirteen-year-old Eddie needs to do a community service project in preparation for his bar mitzvah. Against his better judgment, he ends up with a volunteering gig at Silver Brook Pavilion retirement home, where the residents call him “Eddie Whatever” rather than worry about… View →

 
Cover: Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication

Elephant Talk

On a hot day in the African savannah, a group of elephants searches for food. While foraging they often lose sight of one another. Yet at the end of the day, in one coordinated movement, the elephants suddenly regroup. This coordinated movement—and others like it—has puzzled scientists View →

 
Cover: Elmer's Special Day

Elmer

Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has been a favorite of children around the world for decades. Join Elmer and his friends as they have adventures and learn valuable lessons about helping others and embracing differences. Charmingly written and vividly illustrated by acclaimed… View →

 
Cover: What Makes Medical Technology Safer?

Engineering Keeps Us Safe

If you believe tabloid newspapers or cable news networks, people are always just minutes away from a disaster. Although disasters do happen, the truth is that most times they don’t. Thanks to the troubleshooting nature of engineering, airplanes tend to stay in the sky. Thanks to… View →

 
Cover: Colores del invierno Crayola ® (Crayola ® Winter Colors)

Estaciones Crayola ® (Crayola ® Seasons)

The blue of the summer sky, the orange leaves in fall—celebrate the colors of the season with this charming Crayola ® series in Spanish. Vibrant photos and lyrical text encourage readers to notice color in the real world. Illustrations demonstrate art techniques and encourage readers to… View →

 
Cover: Eureka!: 50 Scientists Who Shaped Human History

Eureka!

Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Darwin, Hawking — we know the names, but how much do we really know about these people? Galileo gained notoriety from his battle with the Vatican over the question of heliocentrism, but did you know that he was also an accomplished lute player? And Darwin of… View →

 
Cover: Every Body's Talking: What We Say without Words

Every Body's Talking

Are you nervous about your presentation at school tomorrow? Or about going onstage for the school play? What about trying out for the baseball team? Try standing like a superhero for a few seconds before you start. Research shows that standing like a hero makes you feel—and act—like one! View →

 
Cover: Everything Together: A Second Dad Wedding

Everything Together

When Jeremiah arrives in Minneapolis to spend the summer with his Dad, everything feels odd. His dad’s fiancé, Michael, has buried the apartment in piles of DIY wedding decorations. His best friend Sage now spends all her time with a new girl as quirky and View →