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Cover: Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World

Luis wishes Nico wasn’t leaving for the Army. To show Nico he doesn’t need to go, Luis begins a mural on the alleyway wall. Their house, the river, the Parque de las Ardillas—it’s the world, all right there. Won’t Nico miss Mami’s sweet flan? What about… View →

 
Cover: Honestly, Mallory!

Mallory

Meet Mallory McDonald, a spunky, energetic young girl whose comical exploits and joke-telling will hit the mark with early chapter book readers. Check out Mallory’s website at www.mallorymcdonald.com. Kids can meet Mallory’s creator (author Laurie Friedman), find out fun… View →

 
Cover: The Secret Ghost: A Mystery with Distance and Measurement

Manga Math Mysteries

Modern manga artwork engages readers in kid-friendly mysteries. In each book, a group of friends from a martial arts school uses visual clues and mathematics to solve a mystery. The stories illustrate problem-solving thought processes and reinforce math concepts taught in third and… View →

 
Cover: Manjhi Moves a Mountain

Manjhi Moves a Mountain

Dashrath Manjhi used a hammer and chisel, grit, determination, and twenty years to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital. Manjhi Moves a Mountain shows how everyone can make a difference if… View →

 
Cover: Muay Thai: Kickboxing Combat

Martial Arts Sports Zone

This action-packed, fun, fact-filled overview will take a high-interest approach to martial arts. Readers will get an introduction to famous martial artists, necessary equipment and gear, and various competitions within the genre. Famous movies and TV shows will also be highlighted where View →

 
Cover: Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank

Martin & Anne

Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were born the same year a world apart. Both faced ugly prejudices and violence, which both answered with words of love and faith in humanity. This is the story of their parallel journeys to find hope in darkness and to follow their dreams. View →

 
Cover: Shopping Trip Math

Math Everywhere!

Math is all around us! This fun, curricular series demonstrates how kids see and use math in their daily lives. Follow the characters as they do basic conversions; figure out scores and statistics; measure; count; and add, subtract, divide, and multiply. Sidebars ask readers to solve an… View →

 
Cover: Henry Keeps Score: Comparing

Math Matters ®

Math Matters® offers young readers engaging stories with real-life math connections. Kids will identify with the characters, laugh at their humorous dilemmas, and delight in their clever solutions. Activities support reading and math skills. View →

 
Cover: Firefighters in My Community

Meet a Community Helper (Early Bird Stories ™)

Who are the helpers in your community? From librarians to construction workers, young readers will meet a variety of neighborhood heroes. Each book features critical thinking and recall questions, plus a fast facts section to encourage reader engagement. View →

 
Cover: Giant Plant-Eating Dinosaurs

Meet the Dinosaurs

“Dino” Don Lessem introduces readers to various species of dinosaurs, some that have never before been illustrated. He details their habitats, way of life and how they became extinct. These high interest books will capture kids’ attention with fun facts and colorful illustrations and… View →

 
Cover: Meltdown!: The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future

Meltdown!

Japan. March 11, 2011. 2:46 P.M. The biggest earthquake in Japan’s history—and one of the world’s five most powerful since 1900—devastated the Tohoku region, 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of Tokyo. It triggered a huge tsunami that left crippling damage in its wake.… View →

 
Cover: #MeToo and You: Everything You Need to Know about Consent, Boundaries, and More

#MeToo and You

The #MeToo movement has changed the way many people view the world, but how well do tweens understand it? Middle-grade readers are ready to learn about consent, harassment, and abuse, as well as healthy boundaries in all their relationships. #MeToo and You includes… View →

 
Cover: Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind

Mindfulness and Meditation

From hormones to homework, parents to peers, health issues to bad habits, life can be a pressure cooker leading to anxiety and even thoughts of suicide. How can we find relief? Author Whitney Stewart introduces readers to the practice of mindfulness. With its roots in ancient Buddhist… View →

 
Cover: Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball

Miracle Mud

Lena Blackburne loved baseball. He watched it, he played it, he coached it. But he didn’t love the ways players broke in new baseballs. Tired of soggy, blackened, stinky baseballs, he found a better way. Thanks to a well-timed fishing trip and a top-secret mud recipe, Lena… View →

 
Cover: California Dreaming

Mira's Diary

History comes alive as Mira travels through places and times, trying to right old wrongs, starting with the Dreyfus Affair. Each book introduces real political characters, writers, artists, and actual cases of great injustice. View →

 
Cover: It All Adds Up: Earning Money

Money Smarts (Early Bird Stories ™)

How do you handle your money? These entertaining, illustrated stories follow diverse characters as they learn about borrowing, earning, and saving money. Each book features critical-thinking questions and fast facts to further reading engagement. View →

 
Cover: I'm Casting a Spell!: Meet a Fairy-Tale Witch

Monster Buddies

Putting a fun twist on a spooky subject, Monster Buddies introduces young readers to scary creatures of legend. Lively first-person text covers each monster’s basic features, famous examples, and variations from around the world, while bright, kid-friendly… View →

 
Cover: Beastly Monsters: From Dragons to Griffins

Monster Mania

This high-interest series covers the always-popular topic of monsters. Each title features a high-profile monster type, covering their history, role in pop culture, and more. What are the best movies about sea monsters? What have Bigfoot expeditions uncovered? Why do some sports teams… View →

 
Cover: Albert Keeps Score: Comparing Numbers

Mouse Math ®

Say cheese! Albert and Wanda are here! Kids will relate to these spunky mouse characters who live in the walls of a People House and learn about numbers, shapes, sizes, and more—all while avoiding Groucho the dreaded cat! Each book in the Mouse Math® series… View →

 
Cover: A Hubbub: Book 2

Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox

When a hunter’s dog chases Mrs. Fox and her daughter, Ginger, out of their home, the Fox family moves into the tunnel of Mr. Badger, his two squabbling sons (Bristle and Grub), and his toddler daughter, Berry. The result is a story of the ups and downs of forming a blended family,… View →

 
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Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy is a rather reserved and gentle duck, with all the qualities of an English aristocrat. He likes to tip his hat and say “Good Morning” and he would never want to bother anybody. He lives alone on the edge of Pemberley Park and… View →

 
Cover: Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps: A Hair-Raising History of Women's Hairstyles in 18th-century London

Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps

History is full of fascinating stories of colorful characters, but some of the most interesting parts of history are really odd. You have probably seen scenes of government officials with their powdered white wigs, but in 1700s England and high-society in the American colonies, women… View →

 
Cover: My Ex-Imaginary Friend

My Ex-Imaginary Friend

Eleven-year-old Jack thought he had outgrown his imaginary friend, George—until his dad also disappears from his life. His mom’s bipolar disorder isn’t being properly treated, so while in the throes of a manic episode, she ditches Jack with his aunt, uncle, and cousins. Jack… View →

 
Cover: Lipizzans Are My Favorite!

My Favorite Horses

My Favorite Horses is sure to appeal to kids with a passion for horses and riding. Each title focuses on a different horse breed, from Arabians to American Quarter Horses. The series introduces readers to the characteristics of each breed, provides a breed history, discusses traits of… View →

 
Cover: Going to the Dentist

My First Time (LOOK! Books ™)

For young children, the world is full of new experiences. This series takes a true-to-life approach to first-time experiences in a way that is sure to help readers feel empowered. These books allow readers to learn about common events—through the use of clear, easy-to-follow text… View →

 
Cover: My Happy Life

My Happy Life

This acclaimed series of illustrated chapter books follows Dani as she starts school and meets Ella, who becomes her best friend in the world. At school and at home, Dani overcomes life’s ups and downs with optimism and understanding. Full of fun and happiness, these warm-hearted… View →

 
Cover: Nia Bakes Cookies

My Reading Neighborhood: First-Grade Sight Word Stories

These early readers combine the Dolch sight words appropriate for first grade along with inviting story lines to engage young readers and help build their reading confidence. View →

 
Cover: Sam Is Six

My Reading Neighborhood: Kindergarten Sight Word Stories

These supportive texts draw from the Dolch sight words for Kindergarten to help emergent readers practice their literacy skills. View →

 
Cover: Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters

Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters

Fun, funny, and fully heartfelt. Everyone needs true-blue friends like Lizbeth’s. SuperChicken for life. —Kristin L. Gray, author of The Amelia Six and Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge One of those books that explores difficult topics—divorce, View →

 
Cover: What Are Fiction Genres?

Name That Text Type!

This accessible new series introduces young readers to the basics of differentiating between genres. Readers will learn the characteristics of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, plays, and legends and folktales. Each book contains written examples of the text type in question,… View →

 
Cover: The Chumash

Native American Histories

Developed in conjunction with Native American consultants, each book in this fascinating series provides a chronological history of the Native American group, from their origins through modern times. The coverage includes early histories, traditional lifestyles, housing, crafts, and… View →

 
Cover: Lightning

Nature in Action

Teaming dramatic color photographs with vivid descriptions, this series makes natural phenomena easy to understand. View →

 
Cover: Night Becomes Day: Changes in Nature

Night Becomes Day

Night becomes day / Flower becomes fruit. Nature is always at work, transforming. Whether sudden or gradual, change is a constant in our world. Author Cynthia Argentine describes transitions including acorns sprouting, deserts blooming, canyons forming, and… View →

 
Cover: Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep

Night Creatures

As the sun sets, night creatures awaken. In their rural backyard, a parent and child camp out, watching as fireflies flicker, bats flap, and rabbits race. Atmospheric illustrations bring the nocturnal world to life in this lyrical and informative picture book. View →

 
Cover: No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

No Crystal Stair

“You can’t walk straight on a crooked line. You do you’ll break your leg. How can you walk straight in a crooked system?” Lewis Michaux was born to do things his own way. When a white banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because… View →

 
Cover: No More Excuses: Dismantling Rape Culture

No More Excuses

Soon after the sexual misconduct allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein became public in late 2017, the #MeToo movement went viral, opening up an explosive conversation about rape culture around the globe. In the US, someone is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. More than… View →

 
Cover: No One Is Angry Today

No One Is Angry Today

An illustrated collection of thought-provoking stories about how anger doesn’t always have to be angry, with illustrations from Marc Boutavant. In ten thoughtful, philosophical, absurd tales by master storyteller Toon Tellegen, the forest animals—from squirrel to View →

 
Cover: Native Peoples of the Arctic

North American Indian Nations

Explore the history, culture, and modern-day lifestyles of American Indians living in ten distinct geographic regions of North America. Readers will evaluate the similarities and differences between the Indian nations and make connections as to how geography affected their past and… View →

 
Cover: Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics

Numbers in Motion

Sophie Kowalevski was both a brilliant mathematician and a talented writer. Creative work nurtured her mathematical research, giving her a flexibility of thought she treasured. A wonderful STEAM figure, she not only did mathematical research, but she also… View →

 
Cover: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

One Plastic Bag

The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community. Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia,… View →

 
Cover: John Brown

On My Own Biography

Engage readers’ interest and imagination! These award-winning biographies feature full-page illustrations. Written in story format, each book features pivotal episodes that reveal what kind of person the subject is (or was) and how he or she came to be famous. View →

 
Cover: Mike Fink

On My Own Folklore

Folklore characters come to life in these magically illustrated titles. Each story shares both the facts and the fiction behind the tall tale and explains how the story became a part of folklore. View →

 
Cover: An American Army of Two

On My Own History

With striking, full-page illustrations, real and fictionalized characters, and stories featuring events that really happened, these books capture readers’ interest and imagination. View →

 
Cover: Day of the Dead

On My Own Holidays

Encourage understanding of diverse cultures. Featuring full-page illustrations, these beautiful editions look at the history and customs associated with various holidays and present early readers with high-interest offerings. View →

 
Cover: Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure at the Abbey Grange: Case 2

On the Case with Holmes and Watson

Get ready to jump on the case with Holmes and Watson! This graphic novel series presents the thrilling adventures of the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant, John H. Watson. At the end of each book, readers examine the clues that helped Holmes solve each… View →

 
Cover: Open Fire

Open Fire

A dramatic page-turner that captures the devastating toll of war and the impact of women’s struggles and solidarity, through the lens of a little-known slice of history. In 1917, Russia is losing the war with Germany, soldiers are deserting in droves, and… View →

 
Cover: What's Great about North Carolina?

Our Great States

Do you know the state with the biggest mall in the United States? Did you know that Montana is one of the best places in the world to learn about dinosaurs? In the Our Great States series, readers will learn fun and fascinating facts like these about the fifty states,… View →

 
Cover: Overturning Wrongful Convictions: Science Serving Justice

Overturning Wrongful Convictions

Imagine being convicted of a crime you didn’t commit and spending years behind bars. Since 1989 more than 1,400 Americans who experienced this injustice have been exonerated. Some of the people who have won their freedom include Ronald Cotton, who was falsely convicted of raping a… View →