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Cover: Happy

First Step Nonfiction — Feelings

Students will relate to the feelings addressed in these picture-filled books. Simple language familiarizes students with the written forms of words they already know, while teaching about the cause-and-effect relationships that evoke certain emotions. View →

 
Cover: Meats and Proteins

First Step Nonfiction — Food Groups

Build nutritional awareness in beginning readers through this appetizing series. The main text explains why each food group is beneficial and how much to eat. Kids will especially enjoy the trivia in the back of the book. View →

 
Cover: Gravity

First Step Nonfiction — Forces and Motion

Readers will easily grasp central concepts of physics in this fun series. From roller coasters to pool floats, and swings to hula hoops, the examples in the text and photographs illustrated each force or motion in the series. Rich back matter offers additional facts about the physical… View →

 
Cover: Globes

First Step Nonfiction — Geography

This series teaches beginning readers about geography, introducing maps, globes, and simple geography terms. Color photos support each concept. View →

 
Cover: What Is Government?

First Step Nonfiction — Government

This social studies series explores the concepts of government in relation to students’ family, school, community, and country. Broad concepts are introduced using simple explanations and familiar examples. View →

 
Cover: Let's Make a Circle Graph

First Step Nonfiction — Graph It!

Informative photographs and simple texts familiarize readers with a variety of graphs. Students will see how graphs organize data and make it easier to understand. This series meets standards for both math and language arts. View →

 
Cover: Ocean

First Step Nonfiction — Habitats

Readers will travel to a variety of environments in this engaging series. The simple text and striking photography explore the types of plants and animals that live in each habitat. The books also shows the contrasts within a type of habitat—illustrating, for example, that some… View →

 
Cover: T Sounds

First Step Nonfiction — Hard Consonants

Engaging photos fully support readers as they learn simple words that use sounds of seven hard consonants. The words come together on the page to build a complete sentence. Students will feel the joy of building their reading skills as they successfully identify each word and read the… View →

 
Cover: Liquids

First Step Nonfiction — Kinds of Matter

Students will enjoy learning about solids, liquids, and gases while improving their reading skills. Full-color photographs and easy sentences introduce students to the three types of matter. View →

 
Cover: Kinds of Grains

First Step Nonfiction — Kinds of Plants

Vibrant photographs and simple vocabulary introduce students to fruits, vegetables, grains, and flowers. Students learn about different types of plants while improving their reading skills. View →

 
Cover: Windy

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 →

 
Cover: Plateaus

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 →

 
Cover: Let's Find Ads on Signs

First Step Nonfiction — Learn about Advertising

Build critical thinking skills in young readers by helping them understand the concept of advertising. Simple texts focus on the places where kids encounter advertising and explain how ad messages influence viewers. This series supports media literacy standards and shows students how to… View →

 
Cover: Exploring Stems

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 →

 
Cover: How Does Weather Change?

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 →

 
Cover: Sensing Light and Sound

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 →

 
Cover: I Know It Is Nonliving

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 →

 
Cover: Above and Below

First Step Nonfiction — Location

Students will learn key vocabulary words to describe the locations of objects. Repetition and color photographs reinforce vocabulary terms. View →

 
Cover: Look at an Ash Tree

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 →

 
Cover: Map My Neighborhood

First Step Nonfiction — Map It Out

In this series, students learn how to read a variety of maps, from a map of North America down to a map of furniture in a room. Simple text introduces map features, including a compass and legend key. View →

 
Cover: Wood

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 →

 
Cover: Saving Money

First Step Nonfiction — Money

Covering the basic principles of money, commerce, and economics, these titles teach readers that everything has a comparative value. Simple examples—such as earning an allowance or selling lemonade—show ways that money is used in society. View →

 
Cover: I Eat Apples in Fall

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 →

 
Cover: Leaves

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 →

 
Cover: Pumpkins

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 →

 
Cover: Cross-Pollination

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 →

 
Cover: How Does It Feel?

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 →

 
Cover: How I Do My Homework

First Step Nonfiction — Responsibility in Action

This easy-reading series gives examples of how young people can show responsibility. Simple, straightforward text helps beginning readers understand what a process is and teaches them sequencing vocabulary. View →

 
Cover: Fire Safety

First Step Nonfiction — Safety

This series offers early emergent readers an introduction to safety topics and describes precautions they can take to stay safe in various situations. Color photographs of children their own age along with corresponding text encourage students to practice making healthy and safe decisions. View →

 
Cover: Summer

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 →

 
Cover: Rectangle

First Step Nonfiction — Shapes

These simple books for beginning readers introduce students to two-dimensional shapes and the vocabulary to describe these geometric concepts. The repetitive sentence structure familiarize students with sight words while vocabulary is reinforced with interesting full-color images. These… View →

 
Cover: Making a Salad: Wedge vs. Inclined Plane

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 →

 
Cover: Eyedropper

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 →

 
Cover: Cylinder

First Step Nonfiction — Solid Shapes

Students will see where solid shapes appear in their surroundings, from lunch boxes shaped like rectangular prisms to cylinder-shaped pasta. Direct photo-text correspondence supports beginning readers. View →

 
Cover: Moon

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 →

 
Cover: Dance Is Fun!

First Step Nonfiction — Sports Are Fun!

Create reading success in students—and inspire a love of fitness and physical activity—with these fun introductions to six common co-curricular activities. Vibrant color photos correspond directly with each page’s simple text to reinforce concepts and vocabulary. View →

 
Cover: What Is a Gas?

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 →

 
Cover: Transportation Then and Now

First Step Nonfiction — Then and Now

Historical and modern-day photographs interspersed throughout these books clearly illustrate how aspects of daily life change over time, while simple text shows readers how to compare and contrast ideas. Timelines in the back of each book give readers perspective by listing key… View →

 
Cover: What Does a Screwdriver Do?

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 →

 
Cover: The Water Cycle

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 →

 
Cover: Holidays

First Step Nonfiction — We Are Alike and Different

Discover the similarities in our differences and the differences in our similarities! This series shows readers how people live in their local communities. By focusing on everyday topics, students will be encouraged to compare and contrast their own experiences. View →

 
Cover: A Cloudy Day

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 →

 
Cover: Rocks

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 →

 
Cover: Where Is My Home?

First Step Nonfiction — Where Am I?

Explore geographical concepts of location through this information-rich series. Aerial views and maps supplement other photographs to help readers understand the different ways one can express a location—from one’s home to one’s town, state, country, and continent. Fun facts… View →

 
Cover: Doctor

First Step Nonfiction — Work People Do

This beginning reader series describes the job duties of familiar occupations. Vibrant color photos correspond directly with each page’s simple text to reinforce concepts and vocabulary. View →

 
Cover: Flight of a Starling

Flight of a Starling

Best friends and sisters Lo and Rita have spent their lives flying through the air on the trapeze under the lights in the big top. The nomadic circus community is a close-knit family, but those bonds are threatened as secrets and lies surface and Lo finds forbidden love with a boy from… View →

 
Cover: Follow Finn: A Search-and-Find Maze Book

Follow Finn

The goblins are on the loose so Finn and his dog race after them. Follow the chase through Follow Finn—a fantastic journey full of fairytale characters and strange creatures, with a puzzle on every page and a new story in every scene. Each image is packed with… View →

 
Cover: A Tundra Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in the Arctic

Follow That Food Chain

Play the food chain game! This interactive series shows animals in their habitats while illuminating curriculum concepts related to food webs and biomes. The game-like format allows readers to choose a starting animal, then follow a food chain by selecting among options of what each… View →