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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 →

 
Cover: Free-Range Farming

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: Hair Story

Hair Story

With rhythmic, rhyming verse, this picture book follows two girls—one non-Black Puerto Rican, one Black—as they discover the stories their hair can tell. Preciosa has hair that won’t stay straight, won’t be confined. Rudine’s hair resists rollers, flat irons, and 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 →

 
Cover: Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant?

The brilliantly interactive, bestselling picture book that tickles the funny bones of both children and adults. Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too. But you’ll need to try your best—he’s VERY good! He can even… View →

 
Cover: Safety Superhero: Watch for Dangers at Home

Health Smarts (Early Bird Stories ™)

What are your healthy habits? From personal hygiene to stress management, young readers will learn about a variety of ways to stay healthy with the help of diverse characters. These appealing stories feature critical-thinking and comprehension questions to encourage reader engagement. View →

 
Cover: Stay Fit!: How You Can Get in Shape

Health Zone

Being a preteen isn’t easy! This reader-friendly series addresses a wide variety of health-oriented topics, from bullying and safety to skin care and stress. With fictional case studies and a magazine-style layout, these books will engage young readers with helpful information… View →

 
Cover: Canada

Hello Neighbor (LOOK! Books ™)

You may know the neighbors that live next door to you. This series compares our country with its neighbors. Readers will compare and contrast holidays, customs, foods, and more with colorful photos and simple text. View →

 
Cover: Sparky Helps Mary Make Friends

Helper Hounds

An early chapter book series about specially trained emotional support dogs who help the kids who need them most. Meet these uncommon heroes with wet noses and big hearts. These stories are told from the point-of-view of the helper hound so that young readers can easily relate to the… View →

 
Cover: D-Day Invasion

Heroes of World War II (Alternator Books ® )

Discover heroic, untold stories of World War II. Engaging narrative text reveals what life was like for people fighting in the war or living in its wake on the home front. STEM-focused sidebars highlight technology and advancements used during the war. View →

 
Cover: Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band

Hey, Charleston!

What happened when a former slave took beat-up old instruments and gave them to a bunch of orphans? Thousands of futures got a little brighter and a great American art form was born. In 1891, Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins opened his orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina. View →

 
Cover: Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

Hildie Bitterpickles is a witch who needs her sleep. Her quiet neighborhood has been turned upside down with the sudden arrival of the old woman in her shoe, big bad wolf, and other fairy tale characters. What will Hildie have to do to get a quiet night’s sleep? View →

 
Cover: Franklin D. Roosevelt

History Maker Biographies

Explore the lives of famous figures found in the core of every history curriculum. Each completely nonfiction book is illustrated with historical photographs and illustrations. Sidebars, a timeline, and entertaining cartoon illustrations further illuminate each subject’s personality. View →

 
Cover: The Stormy Adventure of Abbie Burgess, Lighthouse Keeper

History's Kid Heroes

History is brought to life using compelling stories in a visually contemporary way. Each History’s Kid Heroes title brings historical fiction into the graphic novel format using strong characters and exciting storylines. View →

 
Cover: Enrique Esparza and the Battle of the Alamo

History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader's Theater

Bring to life important stories from U.S. history with the History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader’s Theater. These books bring together illustrated picture books with reader’s theater scripts for students to practice fluency. In the back of each book, you’ll… View →

 
Cover: My Family Celebrates Halloween

Holiday Time (Early Bird Stories ™)

Follow the fun as a variety of families celebrate all types of holidays. Each book describes the origin of the holiday in simple terms and highlights special customs. Critical thinking and comprehension questions get readers talking about the stories. View →

 
Cover: Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

Hoop Genius

Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all. The last two teachers of this class quit in frustration. The students—a bunch of energetic young men—are bored with all the regular games and… View →

 
Cover: How to be a Virus Warrior

How to be a Virus Warrior

Danny Dino is not feeling well. What can he do to protect himself and others from getting sick? Dr. Pterosaur tells Danny Dino and his friends how to prevent the spread of germs and viruses through correct hand washing, and other useful tips. Can you do the View →

 
Cover: How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

How to Be Human

With powerful words and pictures Florida Frenz chronicles her journey figuring out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make school feel like a complicated maze. Diagnosed with autism as a two-year-old, Florida is now an articulate… View →

 
Cover: How to Build an Insect

How to Build an Insect

See what the buzz is about in this fresh, fun look at insect anatomy. Let’s build an insect! In the pages of this book, you’ll find a workshop filled with everything you need, including a head, a thorax, an abdomen, and much more. Written by entomologist Roberta… View →

 
Cover: How to Live on the Edge

How to Live on the Edge

Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she’ll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like… View →

 
Cover: Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic

Iceberg, Right Ahead!

“Iceberg, Right Ahead!” Only 160 minutes passed between the time a sailor on lookout duty uttered these chilling words and the moment when the mighty ocean liner Titanic totally disappeared into the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic. This century-old… View →

 
Cover: I, Claudia

I, Claudia

A 2019 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Disaffected teen historian Claudia McCarthy never expected to be in charge of Imperial Day Academy, but by accident, design, or scheme, she is pulled into the tumultuous and high-profile world of the Senate and Honor… View →

 
Cover: Blades of Green: Adventures in Backyard Habitats

Imagine That!

As broad as a child’s imagination, Imagine That! books take readers on exciting journeys. Along the way, scientific facts about the topic are presented. Each science storybook ends with much more in Fact Files of graphs, diagrams and charts presenting the latest… View →

 
Cover: Impossible Inventions: Ideas That Shouldn't Work

Impossible Inventions

A funky and fascinating collection of ideas, patents, and plans. When Leonardo da Vinci, over five hundred years ago, invented the tank, car, helicopter, glider, parachute, submarine, elevator, and telescope, he was considered a dreamer. Or even crazy. Today he is… View →

 
Cover: In a Village by the Sea

In a Village by the Sea

Written in a spare, lyrical style using fresh, evocative imagery, Village by the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home. A perfect book for teaching about diverse cultures and lifestyles through rich pictures and words, moving from the wide world to the snugness View →

 
Cover: Research and Synthesize Your Facts

Info Wise

Today’s students are bombarded with facts and opinions. They need strong information literacy skills to navigate our data-rich world and identify the best information. These books take students step by step through the research process—how to ask good questions and strategize their View →

 
Cover: In My Dreams

In My Dreams

A child’s imagination takes him on a wild and wondrous journey as he sleeps soundly at night. “In my dreams, I can float on marshmallow clouds, splash in jelly puddles and showers of strawberry rain, lick the stripes off rainbows, tasting the flavors of my… View →

 
Cover: Inner

Inner

Inner is about a young girl on her journey to question the universe about the secrets of life. The questions she poses to the universe, “Is there any kindness in the world? I’m looking for kindness,” can only be found… View →

 
Cover: Media: From News Coverage to Political Advertising

Inside Elections

What’s going on behind the scenes during an election? Readers will explore the inner workings of our political system from a critical thinking perspective. Each book examines key factors that affect the outcome of an election, such as campaign funding, media coverage, the influence View →

 
Cover: Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Roman is a lone wanderer and the wild is his to explore. “If he heard a grasshopper chirp, he would follow it everywhere. Roman craved wonder and surprise . . . and wandered further.” Yet despite his amazing adventures and fascinating… View →

 
Cover: Into the Wind

Into the Wind

A character-driven novel about the unlikely friendship between a 10-year-old boy and an elderly woman. The old woman badgers the boy into taking her sailing, but when the weather turns bad, it becomes a wild sail. It becomes the last trip before she goes into the hospital where she dies: View →

 
Cover: Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin came to the United States as a refugee from Tsarist Russia, escaping a pogrom that destroyed his village. Growing up on the streets of the lower East Side, the rhythms of jazz and blues inspired his own song-writing career. Starting with his first big hit, Alexander’s View →

 
Cover: Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?: And Other Questions about Your Health and Body

Is That a Fact?

There is life on other planets. People have tiny insects living in their eyelashes. You may have heard these common sayings before. But are they really true? Can they be proven through research? The Is That a Fact? series investigates and finds out which statements are true, which ones… View →

 
Cover: Put on Your Thinking Cap: And Other Expressions about School

It's Just an Expression

It’s Just an Expression explores the meaning and origin of common idioms in the English language, from “batting a thousand” to “bring home the bacon.” The series’ dual-level approach makes the books perfect for both striving readers as well as advanced learners looking… View →

 
Cover: Jack Death

Jack Death

Jack is an ordinary boy except that his father happens to be Death. Nadine is a perfectly normal girl except that her Mother is—oh well, that’s a Secret and not to be carelessly revealed on the back cover of a book. The important thing is that together, these two incredibly average View →

 
Cover: The Conundrum of the Crooked Crayon: Solving Mysteries Through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math

Jesse Steam Mysteries

Ten-year-old Jesse Steam’s curiosity about how the world works leads her to one mystery after another as she pedals around town with Mr. Stubbs, her tabby cat, keeping her company in the bike basket. Using simple scientific tools and their powers of observation, Jesse and her… View →

 
Cover: Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures

Journey into the Deep

Have you ever wondered what mysteries the ocean holds? Prepare to explore the ocean from sunlit shallows to the deepest, darkest depths. Along the way, you’ll meet many incredible creatures that are brand new to science. Dive to a coral reef and spot a new species of… View →

 
Cover: Just Ash

Just Ash

Ashley “Ash” Bishop has always known who he is: a guy who loves soccer, has a crush on his friend Michelle, and is fascinated by the gruesome history of his hometown—Salem, Massachusetts. He’s also always known that he’s intersex, born with both male and female… View →

 
Cover: Kate Warne, Pinkerton Detective

Kate Warne, Pinkerton Detective

When Kate Warne applied for a job with the Pinkerton Agency, Pinkerton assumed she wanted to cook or clean, but he agreed to try her out as an agent. Assigned to a tough case with high stakes, Warne went undercover and not only found the stolen money, she got almost all of it returned.… View →

 
Cover: Energy Investigations

Key Questions in Physical Science (Alternator Books ® )

What kinds of questions did Edison, Tesla, and others ask before they made their big breakthroughs? This high-interest informational series helps readers learn about physical science topics through questions that model scientific inquiry. Clear text, photos, and diagrams cover core… View →

 
Cover: Coding, Bugs, and Fixes

Kids Get Coding

What’s an algorithm? How do you fix bugs? What is an app? How do you program a computer game? This series leads students through the basics of computer programming using real-world examples and practical activities. View →

 
Cover: Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth

Know Your Rights and Claim Them

“This book is a guide for every young person who believes in a better world for all”—Malala Yousafzai Adults are aware of their universal human rights of freedom and equality, but children often are ignorant of the rights they possess before reaching… View →

 
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. Kathleen refuses to be parted from her only remaining relative, so she finds a job in domestic service for herself and her younger…sister. Danny reluctantly pretends to be a… 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 →