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First Step Nonfiction — Location

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

 
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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 — 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 →

 
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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 →

 
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 →

 
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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 →

 
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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 — 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 →

 
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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 — 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 →

 
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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 — 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 →

 
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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 — 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: What Is Water?

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 — 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 →

 
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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 →

 
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 →

 
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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 →

 
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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 →

 
Cover: Black Beans and Lamb, Poached Eggs and Ham: What Is in the Meat and Beans Group?

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 →

 
Cover: For the Good of Mankind?: The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation

For the Good of Mankind?

Experiment: A child is deliberately infected with the deadly smallpox disease without his parents’ informed consent. Result: The world’s first vaccine. Experiment: A slave woman is forced to undergo more than… View →

 
Cover: Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death

Forensic Identification

About 4,000 unidentified deceased persons are discovered in the United States every year. But forensic experts are successful in identifying about 3,000 of those bodies within a year. In Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death, forensic anthropologist Dr… View →

 
Cover: Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery

Forgotten Bones

Imagine you’re watching a backhoe dig up the ground for a construction project when a round object rolls down a pile of dirt and stops at your feet. You pick it up, brush off some dirt, and realize you’re holding a skull! This is exactly what happened in Albany… View →

 
Cover: Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment

Fourth Down and Inches

When the 1905 football season ended, nineteen players were dead and countless others were critically injured. The public was outraged. The game had reached a make-or-break moment—fourth down and inches. Coaches, players, fans, and even the president of the United States had one last… View →

 
Cover: Lying Around

Funny Bone Readers ™ — Developing Character

Funny Bone Readers™—Developing Character books help beginning readers learn through laughter by introducing key concepts for success in school and at play. View →

 
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Funny Bone Readers ™ — Living Healthy

Funny Bone Readers help beginning readers learn through laughter by introducing key concepts for success in school and at play. The twelve-book series addresses bullying, physical and dental health, safety, and healthy eating. View →

 
Cover: Nancy Pelosi: First Woman Speaker of the House

Gateway Biographies

Discover the human side of key newsworthy and historical figures. Each biography in this easy-reading series is peppered with quotes and childhood stories, accounts of successes and failures, and descriptions of the inspirational sources and experiences that influenced the person’s… View →

 
Cover: Ghost Walls: The Story of a 17th-Century Colonial Homestead

Ghost Walls

In 1638, John Lewger made a home in the wilderness of the New World, in a place called Maryland. He named his house St. John’s, and for nearly eighty years, it was the center of an ambitious English plan to build a new kind of community on American soil. Men and women lived and… View →

 
Cover: Girls on the Line

Girls on the Line

“An affecting and original thrill ride.” Kirkus Reviews A powerful, dual-narrative coming-of-age story set in 2009 China. Luli has just turned sixteen and finally aged out of the orphanage where she’s spent the last eight years. Her friend… View →

 
Cover: Go Green by Caring for Water

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 →

 
Cover: The Trojan Horse: The Fall of Troy [A Greek Myth]

Graphic Myths and Legends

Supreme artwork and storytelling are the hallmarks of Lerner Publishing Group’s Graphic Universe imprint. With art and text created by experienced graphic novel authors and artists―who also work for publishers such as DC and Marvel―using traditional drawings, coloring, and… View →

 
Cover: Upland Bird Hunting: Wild Turkey, Pheasant, Grouse, Quail, and More

Great Outdoors Sports Zone

This fun, fact-filled series takes a high-interest approach to hunting and fishing. Readers will learn what is involved in different types of outdoor sports, including preparation, techniques, gear, and what kinds of game are sought. The books also emphasize the importance of safety… View →

 
Cover: Clot & Scab: Gross Stuff about Your Scrapes, Bumps, and Bruises

Gross Body Science

Take readers on a guided tour of the human body’s grossest functions. Lighthearted text and irreverent illustrations pull readers in, while key science information about body systems and functions are revealed through clear explanations and fascinating photographs offering a… View →

 
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Growing Green

Organic foods, sustainable agriculture, free-range farming, eating local—what do these terms mean? And how are these concepts influencing the way people farm, shop, cook, and eat? Readers will evaluate four “green” agricultural food movements, learn how the movements started… View →

 
Cover: Gus's Garage

Gus's Garage

Gus’s workshop is chock-full of odds and ends. When his friend Rico comes over with a problem—his scooter seat is way too small for a rhino—Gus finds just the thing to fix it. One by one Gus’s friends bring him their vehicles and Gus solves their troubles with… View →

 
Cover: Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey

Handle with Care

Some farms grow vegetables or grains, and some raise cows, sheep, chickens, or pigs. But have you ever heard of a butterfly farm? How do you raise a butterfly? On a farm in Costa Rica, workers care for these delicate, winged creatures as they change from eggs to… View →