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Cover: Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean

Planet Ocean

“Books like this one help lead the way to a better climate future for all inhabitants of Mother Earth. We are all in this together!” — Jeff Bridges, Academy Award winner and environmentalist A little more than 70 percent of Planet Earth… View →

 
Cover: Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic, Ahoy!

Plastic: it’s used to make everything from drink bottles and bags to toys and toothbrushes. But what happens when it ends up where it doesn’t belong—like in the Pacific Ocean? How does it affect ocean life? Is it dangerous? And exactly how much is out there? A… View →

 
Cover: Play Like an Animal!: Why Critters Splash, Race, Twirl, and Chase

Play Like an Animal!

Dash! Hide! Splash! Ride! Exuberant text celebrates all the different ways animals play, from rhinos taking mud baths and parrots somersaulting through the air to kangaroos boxing and dolphins diving through the surf. Additional text explains how playing benefits animals.… View →

 
Cover: Pom and Pim

Pom and Pim

Pom and Pim go outside. It’s hot. The sun is shining. What luck! Pom and Pim’s day is full of ups and downs, and luck both good and bad. Is eating a huge ice cream truly a good idea? Is it really bad luck that it’s raining? Or is it good luck…? A wonderfully simple… View →

 
Cover: Pop Flies, Robo-Pets, and Other Disasters

Pop Flies, Robo-Pets, and Other Disasters

Thirteen-year-old Satoshi Matsumoto spent the last three years living in Atlanta where he was the star of his middle-school baseball team—a slugger with pro potential, according to his coach. Now that his father’s work in the US has come to an end, he’s moved back to his… View →

 
Cover: Pops

Pops

Pops is a warm and comforting board book about a visit to granddad. The bond between grandfather and child is shown through powerful images and simple text. The child and their Pops explore the day—a small hand in a big one, they go for a walk, collect food from View →

 
Cover: Lost Sight: True Survival Stories

Powerful Medicine

Explore the power of medicine through the true stories of people who lived through injuries and diseases that impact one part of the body. Award-winning science author Sandra Markle explains how doctors use the latest medical breakthroughs to repair the damage and prepare patients for… View →

 
Cover: A Journey with Hernán Cortés

Primary Source Explorers

This dynamic series is packed with primary sources (letters, journal excerpts, maps, and objects from the period) to give readers new insight about some of the most studied explorers of the world. Each engaging title helps readers understand the historical context and consider the point… View →

 
Cover: The Statue of Liberty

Pull Ahead Books — American Symbols

Visit some of America’s national monuments and investigate our most recognizable symbols. Historical photographs and illustrations provide background and perspective while modern images show how the building or symbol appears today. View →

 
Cover: Pouncing Bobcats

Pull Ahead Books — Animals

Perfect for young animal lovers, these rich resources explore a wide range of wild creatures—their physical features, habitats, and life cycles. The conversational text prompts the reader to pose questions, observe the photos carefully, and begin to understand animal groupings.… View →

 
Cover: Rosa Parks: A Life of Courage

Pull Ahead Books — Biographies

Help kids honor world heroes with this beginning biography series. Conversational text introduces young readers to figures with lives of true character. The simple, easy-to-follow text is supported with illustrations and photographs on each spread. View →

 
Cover: Custodians

Pull Ahead Books — Community Helpers

These easy-to-read books introduce how each type of community helper interacts with and serves the community. Interesting back matter provides information about what people have to learn to perform in each career. View →

 
Cover: Africa

Pull Ahead Books — Continents

Journey to all parts of the earth in this geography starter series. Readers will be introduced to each continent’s landforms and agriculture, animals, famous cities, and sites. Also discussed are occupations, activities, languages, and cultures on each continent. View →

 
Cover: Forest Fires

Pull Ahead Books — Forces of Nature

Explore the natural phenomena that fascinate young readers. Each clear, simple text describes the natural event and offers fascinating facts about how the phenomenon forms, what it does, how it is tracked, and how to stay safe. View →

 
Cover: Staying Clean

Pull Ahead Books — Health

Reviewed by a pediatrician and a health education curriculum expert, each title in this new addition to the successful Pull Ahead Books series features a different component of staying healthy. Whether discussing physiological aspects such as eating right or emotional aspects such as… View →

 
Cover: Earthmovers

Pull Ahead Books — Mighty Movers

Jump start kids’ interest in reading with these fast-moving titles. A whole fleet of transportation options are available to explore, covering a variety of categories: public transportation (school buses to jets), military might (submarines to fighter planes), occupational vehicles View →

 
Cover: No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves

Queer History Project

Join author Lee Wind on a fascinating journey through LGBTQIA+ history, as he delves into primary sources to reclaim the lives, loves, and identities of historical figures around the world. View →

 
Cover: Is the Saxophone for You?

Ready to Make Music

Ready to Make Music is an intermediate series that will help budding musicians select an instrument to play. Each book profiles a different instrument, from violin to guitar to the human voice. Peppered with pop-culture tidbits and quotations from musicians, the series… View →

 
Cover: Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Ša, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist

Red Bird Sings

“I remember the day I lost my spirit.” So begins the story of Gertrude Simmons, also known as Zitkala-Ša, which means Red Bird. Born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Zitkala-Ša willingly left her home at age eight to go to a boarding school in… View →

 
Cover: Red Dove, Listen to the Wind

Red Dove, Listen to the Wind

Abandoned by her white father, thirteen-year-old Red Dove faces another lean winter with her Lakota family on the Great Plains. Willful and proud, she is presented with a stark choice: leave her people to live in the white world, or stay and watch them starve. Red Dove begins a journey… View →

 
Cover: Red Menace

Red Menace

A suspenseful and heartfelt story about an era whose uncertainties, controversies, and dangers will seem anything but distant to contemporary readers. If thirteen-year-old Marty Rafner had his way, he’d spend the summer of 1953 warming the bench for… View →

 
Cover: Remaking the John: The Invention and Reinvention of the Toilet

Remaking the John

Did you know that about 40 percent of the world’s population lives without toilets? That’s more than two billion people, most of whom live in rural areas or crowded urban slums. And according to the World Health Organization, diseases spread by the lack of basic sanitation… View →

 
Cover: Rissy No Kissies

Rissy No Kissies

A lovebird who doesn’t like kisses?! Rissy’s friends and family wonder if she’s sick, confused, or rude. But kisses make Rissy uncomfortable. Can one little lovebird show everyone that there’s no one right way to show you care? View →

 
Cover: Robins: Songbirds of Spring

Robins

As springtime approaches, the air fills with the sound of robins singing. Discover how these cheerful little birds with red feathers and gray fluttering wings live and grow. Rhyming verse and vivid illustrations reveal the song-filled world of this beloved bird. Activities and fun facts… View →

 
Cover: Robo-Motion: Robots That Move Like Animals

Robo-Motion

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a . . . robo-hummingbird? Meet robots engineered using biomimicry that are built to move like animals. These robots are changing the way we live today and shaping the way we’ll live in the future. On spreads pairing photos of robots View →

 
Cover: Roosevelt Banks, Good-Kid-in-Training

Roosevelt Banks, Good-Kid-in-Training

When ten-year-old Roosevelt Banks discovers that his two best friends are planning a bike and camping trip, he wants more than anything to go along. There’s just one problem—he doesn’t have a bike. Roosevelt’s parents agree to buy him a bike if he can manage to be good… View →

 
Cover: Rotten Pumpkin

Rotten Pumpkin

In brilliant images and an easy-to-understand text, Schwartz and Kuhn tell the story of what happens to a Jack O’ Lantern after Halloween. Compost won’t mean the same thing after you’ve seen the amazing transformation of Jack from grinning pumpkin to mold-mottled… View →

 
Cover: Ruby and Graham

Ruby and Graham

Ruby LOVES HAVING FUN, while Graham LOVES ORGANIZING. In their own unique ways, they make sure that Acorn Wood is a beautiful and lively… View →

 
Cover: Rumors

Rumors

When Russell makes a deal with the Ms. Krunchensnap, the muscle-flexing principal, that he’ll find her stolen wrestling trophy, provide her with a worthy opponent for the bout of the century, and clear his name from the dreaded “bad behavior” list, what could go wrong?… View →

 
Cover: Ruth and the Green Book

Ruth and the Green Book

The picture book inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film The Green Book Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family’s new car! In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she… View →

 
Cover: The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery

Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries

Join award-winning science author Sandra Markle as she sheds light on some of the most fascinating scientific investigations in the animal kingdom. Solve real-life science mysteries alongside the teams of scientists dedicated to saving vanishing species or discovering new ones. And see… View →

 
Cover: Protecting Earth's Rain Forests

Saving Our Living Earth

Explore the causes of current environmental problems, particularly pollution, and discuss new trends, technology, and solutions. A special “Going Green” section showcases what kids and adults can do to help the environment. View →

 
Cover: Emily's Pumpkin

Science All Around Me (Pull Ahead Readers — Fiction)

Science concepts become relatable through these engaging fiction stories. Beginning readers will learn about motion, patterns, hibernation, and more through simple stories designed to build literacy skills. View →

 
Cover: Nature Walk

Science All Around Me (Pull Ahead Readers — Nonfiction)

Inspire young scientists with these introductions to concepts such as food chains, forces and motion, life cycles, states of matter, and more. With simple text structures and close photo-text matches, these readers are designed to develop nonfiction reading skills. View →

 
Cover: Key Discoveries in Earth and Space Science

Science Discovery Timelines

Trace the history of significant scientific discoveries through a visual timeline of events and supporting text. Each chapter tells an intriguing story of how scientists build on the work of earlier thinkers, showcasing how smaller findings can lead up to major discoveries, perhaps even… View →

 
Cover: Your Head Shape Reveals Your Personality!: Science's Biggest Mistakes about the Human Body

Science Gets It Wrong

Check out some of science’s biggest mistakes and most glaringly incorrect assumptions. With spreads devoted to the most surprising stories, these books reveal how scientific thought has changed over time. Even reluctant science students will be drawn into these strange—and often… View →

 
Cover: Almost Invisible Irene: Animal Camouflage

Science Solves It! ®

Kane Press’s Science Solves It!® series merges fiction and science in storylines that intrigue youngsters and encourage them to observe, investigate, predict, and experiment! Young readers ages 5–8 will be inspired by the relatable characters in each story as they… View →

 
Cover: Battle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh vs Edward Drinker Cope

Scientific Rivalries and Scandals

Bribery. Theft. Betrayals and lifelong feuds. Intense competition leading to bitter disputes has characterized the relationships among some of the world’s greatest scientific innovators. This one-of-a-kind series combines math, science, history, and biography to expose the rivalries… View →

 
Cover: Detective Editor

Scoop McLaren

These fast-paced detective stories star top-notch editor, Scoop McLaren, and her friend and roving reporter, Evie Andrews. Together they solve mysteries and help people while writing their incredible online newspaper. Armed with a list of suspects, Scoop and Evie set out on mission to… View →

 
Cover: Detective Editor

Scoop McLaren

These fast-paced detective stories star top-notch editor, Scoop McLaren, and her friend and roving reporter, Evie Andrews. Together they solve mysteries and help people while writing their incredible online newspaper. Armed with a list of suspects, Scoop and Evie set out on mission to… View →

 
Cover: Seal Child

Seal Child

A little girl and a young seal pup are separated from their families after a devastating storm. While the child is searching for a place to call home, she is befriended by the seal pup. There begins an enchanting friendship, as the child and seal cross the sea,… View →

 
Cover: Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

Sea Otter Heroes

A Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book A Green Earth Book Award Winner This up-close look at a fascinating scientific discovery highlights the critical role predators such as sea otters play in keeping ecosystems healthy. In Elkhorn Slough, an… View →

 
Cover: Trap-Door Spiders and Other Amazing Predators

Searchlight Books ™ — Animal Superpowers

We all know that skunks spray, tigers hunt, and birds fly south for the winter—but what about exploding ants, freezing frogs, and dancing bees? Readers will learn all about some unique animals and their amazing superpowers, from hibernation and communication to defense and camouflage, in View →

 
Cover: Researching Rocks

Searchlight Books ™ — Do You Dig Earth Science?

Uncover the basic elements of earth science in this interesting series. A lively design keeps readers engaged while informative text and striking photographs build their understanding of key curricular concepts. View →

 
Cover: Investigating Heat

Searchlight Books ™ — How Does Energy Work?

Spark interest in energy, including electricity, heat, light and more. Clear and simple text delivers the background information students need to understand each form of energy. View →

 
Cover: Documents of Freedom: A Look at the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution

Searchlight Books ™ — How Does Government Work?

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on an important civics question—how does government work? Informative text, interesting photos, and useful examples will help you find the answer. View →

 
Cover: Your Circulatory System

Searchlight Books ™ — How Does Your Body Work?

Discover the workings of the human body with this core curricular series. Each volume explains how a system functions and interacts with the rest of the body. Searchlight Books™—How Does Your Body Work? meets national science standards for fourth-grade study of human body systems. View →

 
Cover: Put Wedges to the Test

Searchlight Books ™ — How Do Simple Machines Work?

Support young readers as they tackle a key question—How Do Simple Machines Work? Easy-reading text introduces wedges, inclined planes, levers, and more. Hands-on experiments, instructive photos, and useful diagrams demonstrate how the machines work and how they make… View →