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Cover: Lerner ™ Sports Database

Lerner ™ Sports Database

Score big with sports fans, reluctant readers, and report writers! Lerner Sports is a database of high-interest biographies profiling sports superstars. Packed with fascinating facts, these bios explore the backgrounds, career-defining moments, and everyday View →

 
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Let's Go!

This new board book series features a mode of transportation in each book. It encourages children to explore the great outdoors. It is a fun and engaging read, perfect for toddlers and early learners as they begin the years of discovery. The fun illustrations perfectly complement the… View →

 
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Let's Look at Animal Habitats (Pull Ahead Readers — Fiction)

Baby animals—fish, elephants, penguins and more—introduce young readers to the places they live in these delightful fiction stories. Charming illustrations draw in emergent readers while supportive text structures help them build literacy skills. View →

 
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Let's Look at Animal Habitats (Pull Ahead Readers — Nonfiction)

Explore all the places that animals can live—under the desert sand, on top of polar ice, in a rainforest tree, on the ocean floor, and more. Emergent readers will build literacy skills with these instructionally leveled nonfiction texts. View →

 
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Let's Look at Weather (Pull Ahead Readers — Fiction)

These endearing fiction stories show young readers what happens during different types of weather events. The carefully constructed texts—developed by guided reading experts—will build literacy skills in emergent readers. View →

 
Cover: The Snow Is Fun

Let's Look at Weather (Pull Ahead Readers — Nonfiction)

Fascinate beginning readers with these perfect introductions to observing all types of weather. Crisp photos support emergent readers as they learn vocabulary, make predictions, and navigate simple nonfiction texts. View →

 
Cover: Let's Notice Patterns in the Sky

Let's Make Observations (Early Bird Stories ™)

Entertaining, illustrated stories follow a set of diverse characters as they explore the world around them and make observations of nature. Each book features critical-thinking and recall questions to further reader engagement. View →

 
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Let's Read Together ®

Award-winning author Barbara deRubertis merges phonics and rhyme in delightful stories that build phonics and decoding skills. An audio component and comprehensive resource guide make Let’s Read Together® the perfect series for all emergent readers. View →

 
Cover: ¿Sabes algo sobre mamíferos? (Do You Know about Mammals?)

Libros Rayo — Conoce los grupos de animales (Lightning Bolt Books ® — Meet the Animal Groups)

These excellent Spanish resources explain the characteristics of the six main classes of the animal kingdom. Pair with the English editions for dual-language needs. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Amazing Migrators

Follow the journeys of some of the animal kingdom’s most amazing migrators! See how they fly, swim, or run from summer locations to winter locations to find food, mate, have their young, and survive seasonal weather changes. Colorful photos and clear, lively text with plenty of kid View →

 
Cover: Let's Look at Snails

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Animal Close-Ups

These books bring life to a wide range of animals, from armadillos to sloths. In each title, young readers will discover the animal’s physical characteristics, habitat, behaviors, and life cycle. The conversational text prompts readers to answer questions, observe photos carefully, View →

 
Cover: Can You Tell a Bee from a Wasp?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Animal Look-Alikes

These Lightning Bolt Books™ explain the difference between various animals that share some similarities, such as dolphins and porpoises. With vivid photos and a lively design, titles include curricular topic coverage of animal traits. Backmatter features a “Who Am… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Animals in Danger

These fascinating titles introduce young readers to endangered and extinct animals from each of the six major animal groups and offer tips for protecting animals and our planet. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Baby African Animals

This exciting series from Lightning Bolt Books™ gives young readers a look into the lives of adorable baby African animals. Captivating photographs and clear, lively text draw readers into learning key life science concepts. Each book covers the animal’s birth and… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Baby Australian Animals

Each title in this informative series gives young readers a peek into the lives of the cutest baby animals down under. Vivid photos and clear, lively text cover life science curriculum concepts such as life cycle, animal behavior, and animals interacting with their habitat. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Baby Farm Animals

Meet newborn farm animal babies in this cute and informative series. From appearance and eating habits to growth and behavior, life science basics are covered in these fun titles. Adorable images complement and illustrate key details in the clear, explanatory text, and chapter headings… View →

 
Cover: Let's Visit the Desert

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Biome Explorers

Introduce primary readers to biomes around the world. Each book presents curricular concepts such as habitats and ecosystems in a way that early readers can understand. With descriptive text and striking photos of wildlife and terrain, this series takes readers on an adventure through… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Colors Everywhere

Colors are everywhere! Using a lively tone and examples from everyday life, this series helps readers recognize colors, identify various shades of colors, and understand how colors or color words are used. The fun text prompts readers to ask questions and carefully observe the photos and View →

 
Cover: From Washboards to Washing Machines: How Homes Have Changed

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Comparing Past and Present

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: Can You Tell a Stegosaurus from an Ankylosaurus?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Dinosaur Look-Alikes

Dinosaur enthusiasts compare two prehistoric giants and explore the similarities and differences between them. The informative text supports science standards and builds readers’ expertise on the dinosaurs featured in each title. View →

 
Cover: What Can You Do with Money?: Earning, Spending, and Saving

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Exploring Economics

What is a good? What is a service? What happens in a bank? How is money made? How do you save money for what you want? Help students answer these questions and more with Lightning Bolt Books™—Exploring Economics. This series introduces basic economic concepts students… View →

 
Cover: What Holds Us to Earth?: A Look at Gravity

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Exploring Physical Science

This informative series introduces young readers to basic physics concepts, from gravity and friction to floating and sinking. Bright photos and accessible text clarify each concept and bring curricular topics to life. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Famous Places

Explore some of the world’s most fascinating structures and natural places in this visually stimulating series. Compelling photographs and engaging text take readers on a journey through the creation and history of each site, as well as its importance and significance in the world… View →

 
Cover: What's on My Plate?: Choosing from the Five Food Groups

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Healthy Eating

This fascinating and informative series from the highly praised Lightning Bolt Books™ brand for kindergarten through second-grade readers uses the clear and concise yet lively approach for which this brand is known to analyze food topics that young readers hear about at… View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Hero Dogs

This engaging, high-interest series is all about working dogs! Through vibrant pictures and fun information, learn how working dogs can help people who need physical aid, provide emotional support, catch bad guys, and so much more! Kids will love to learn about how these dogs go from… View →

 
Cover: How Do Helicopters Work?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — How Flight Works

Unlocking the secrets of flight is a fun way for readers to explore this ever-fascinating field of physics and engineering. By using a question-and-answer format, the books lend themselves to independent reading while also engaging readers in important aspects of the science curriculum. View →

 
Cover: How Do Tanks Work?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — How Vehicles Work

These engaging titles introduce all kinds of vehicles and explain how they work. From fire trucks and trains to big rigs and tanks, this series covers the gamut of high-interest machines. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Little Pets

What could be cuter than a mini pig or a pygmy goat? Appealing photos and fun text introduce readers to the life cycles and behaviors of these smaller-than-usual animals and show how their human owners care for their needs. View →

 
Cover: Do You Know about Insects?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Meet the Animal Groups

Perfect for animal lovers, these rich resources explore the six major classes of the animal kingdom. Each title in the series describes the basic physical features, behavior, and life cycle belonging to that class. View →

 
Cover: Are You Ready for Summer?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Our Four Seasons

Learn all about the different seasons in the Our Four Seasons series – part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life! View →

 
Cover: Experiment with What a Plant Needs to Grow

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Plant Experiments

Young scientists will conduct simple experiments to answer key questions about plants. Each book provides step-by-step instructions; captioned photos help students follow along. Students analyze their results to build understanding of science concepts. View →

 
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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Robots Everywhere!

This series engages readers through a fascinating topic: robots! Each book covers a variety of examples, ranging from helpful robots that vacuum our floors to sophisticated machines that help scientists explore distant planets. View →

 
Cover: Angel Sharks in Action

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Shark World

Explore the world of sharks—the ultimate predators—with high-impact photos and clear text. Each book covers life science curriculum concepts including shark life cycles, what sharks eat, how they behave, and how they interact with their habitat. With plenty of fearsome photos and… View →

 
Cover: Ambulances on the Move

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Vroom-Vroom

Gear up for reading fun with these exciting titles in this visually stimulating series. A whole fleet of transportation options will be available to explore, covering a variety of categories. Compelling photographs and engaging text offer readers an up-close look at each of these… View →

 
Cover: It's Rainy Today

Lightning Bolt Books ® — What's the Weather Like?

This enlightening series teaches basic weather concepts by asking young readers to observe the world around them. It also explains such concepts as the shapes of snowflakes, the different kinds of clouds, the water cycle, and other science concepts for beginning readers. Vivid photos,… View →

 
Cover: Eye Color: Brown, Blue, Green, and Other Hues

Lightning Bolt Books ® — What Traits Are in Your Genes?

In this series, accessible text, vivid photos, and a colorful design illustrate how we inherit genetic traits, while familiar examples make abstract concepts easy to grasp. Back-matter special features, including glossaries and further reading pages, bolster these informative texts. View →

 
Cover: What Is Taste?

Lightning Bolt Books ® — Your Amazing Senses

Accessible text, vivid photos, and a colorful design illustrate how we use our senses, while familiar examples make abstract concepts easy to grasp. Glossaries and further reading pages bolster these informative texts. View →

 
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Like Spilled Water

Nineteen-year-old Na has always lived in the shadow of her younger brother, Bao-bao, her parents’ cherished son. Years ago, Na’s parents left her in the countryside and went to work in the city, bringing Bao-bao along and committing everything to his education. … View →

 
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Linda Glaser's Classic Creatures

Linda Glaser’s simple picture books honor some of our planet’s most fascinating creatures. Kids love these fact-filled and fun books with their bright and interesting illustrations. View →

 
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Little Wolf Adventures

Little Wolf often fails to live up to his family’s standards of badness, but his adventures are certainly full of fun. Told through letter or diary entries with hilarious wordplay and amusing illustrations, these easy chapter books are perfect for beginning readers or as read alouds. View →

 
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Lola

Lola the lovable therapy dog faces common childhood problems and offers clear ways of handling them in stories even the youngest readers will relate to. The appealing photographs are popular with preschoolers and kindergartners who recognize themselves in Lola. View →

 
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Lola Goes to Work

Meet Lola, a little terrier with a big job. Children will identify with the feisty Lola as she struggles going to school, passing tests, and finally achieving her Big Dog dream. If Lola can make it in a world of Great Danes and Labradors, so can anybody who’s feeling like a runt. View →

 
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Look Closely (LOOK! Books ™)

In Look Closely, readers are challenged to identify people, plants, animals, structures, and objects from an extreme close-up of each one. An accompanying riddle provides clues. The complete image is then revealed along with fascinating facts about it. View →

 
Cover: Real Justice: Branded a Baby Killer: The Story of Tammy Marquardt

Lorimer Real Justice

True stories of wrongfully convicted youths who eventually clear their names. These high/low biographies feature compelling storylines, a readable page layout, photos, a glossary and a timeline to appeal to reluctant readers. They are perfect for sparking meaningful discussions on… View →

 
Cover: Choice of Colours: The Pioneering African-American Quarterbacks Who Changed the Face of Football

Lorimer Recordbooks

Lorimer Recordbooks is a high/low nonfiction series that features the true stories of how an athlete or a team worked to change attitudes around them about real issues like racism and sexism. View →

 
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Lorimer SideStreets

Edgy high/low fiction for teen reluctant readers. Each SideStreets novel deals with real-world issues and features contemporary teen characters, many from diverse backgrounds. Male and female characters face serious issues today’s teens can relate to, such as… View →

 
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Lorimer Sports Stories

Realistic, action-packed sports stories for reluctant middle-grade readers. Each book covers a contemporary theme—like bullying, friendship or prejudice—set against the backdrop of a specific sport. The themes will appeal to kids who play sports, such as rivalry, teamwork, competition… View →

 
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Lovely

Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely! View →