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Cover: Dear Professor Whale

Dear Professor Whale

Now that Professor Whale has retired, he writes many letters to “You, Whoever You Are, Who Lives on the Other Side of the Horizon”. Seal and Pelican are busy delivering the letters and Penguin is now teaching. Although he is happy his friends are doing so well, Whale wants a… 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: The Science Behind Epic Earthquakes

Disaster Zone

Earth—it’s a disaster zone! For thousands of years, Earth has been ravaged by enormous natural disasters with unthinkable destructive forces. From epic earthquakes and fearsome floods to hurricane horrors, mega tsunamis, raging wildfires, and super volcanoes, our planet and the people… 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: Duck, Death and the Tulip

Duck, Death and the Tulip

From award-winning author and illustrator, Wolf Erlbruch, comes one of the world’s best children’s books about grief and loss. In a curiously heart-warming and elegantly illustrated story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. Duck and Death… View →

 
Cover: Duck's Backyard

Duck's Backyard

A very funny and philosophical illustrated chapter book by a bestselling author/illustrator pair about courage, true friendship and our most secret wishes, in which a lame duck takes a blind chicken on a goose chase. A duck spends her days limping around her View →

 
Cover: Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest

Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest

A funny and contemporary illustrated fairy tale about a strong heroine who saves the day, perfect for early readers. Brave Dulcinea has known since she was small not to enter the dangerous magic forest where the witch has her castle. But her father hasn’t… 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 →

 
Cover: Heat

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 →

 
Cover: Cara the Cowgirl

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 →