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BARACK OBAMA: FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT

The Child’s World, January 1, 2021
ISBN: 1503853772

“Briefly examines the childhood, education, adulthood, and presidency of the first African-American president in U.S. history. Additional features include detailed captions and sidebars, critical-thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.”

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WHO IS JACKIE CHAN?

Illustrated by Gregory Copeland
Penguin Workshop, February 4, 2020
ISBN: 9781524791636

How did Jackie Chan become one of the most recognizable and beloved actors in the world? Find out in this exciting biography of this martial artist turned international film superstar.

When Kong-sang was a young boy in Hong Kong, he enjoyed practicing martial arts with his dad but hated going to school. He was eventually enrolled in the China Drama Academy, where he improved his martial arts skills and became a stuntman. That training led to a successful career as an actor. Kong-sang, now known as Jackie Chan, never gave up on his passion for screwball physical comedy. Luckily for Jackie, his determination paid off. His humor and dangerous stuntwork in films like Cannonball RunRush HourShanghai Noon, and Karate Kid have made him an international star, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be leaving the big screen anytime soon.

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VOWEL BLENDS

The Child’s World, January 1, 2020

Simple text and repetition of the vowel blends ‘ai,’ ‘ea,’ ‘oa,’ ‘ee,’ ‘ie,’ and ‘ay’ help readers learn how to use these sounds. Also included are word lists for review, a note to parents and educators, and an introduction to the author.

School Library Journal says…

VERDICT “A first purchase for libraries in need of titles teaching vowel blends or spelling patterns.” Full review here.

Titles include:

The Trail (the sound of AI)
Jean Can Teach (the sound of EA)
Coach Floats (the sound of OA)

Three Bees (the sound of EE)
Spies and Pies (the sound of IE)
Let’s Play (the sound of AY)

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CITY AND COUNTRY

National Geographic Kids, Sept 19, 2017
ISBN: 9781426328862

Adult and child readers will learn all about urban and rural areas together in this new Co-reader from National Geographic Kids Readers will take a tour through cities and rural areas around the world to learn what life is like downtown, in a farm community, in the mountains, and all around.

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YOU CAN TOO! : SUCCESS AFTER FAILURE

Time for Kids/Teacher Created Materials, October 1, 2017
ISBN: 978-1425849900

What do the airplane, the escalator, the vacuum cleaner, and the Polaroid camera have in common? It took many, many attempts to perfect these inventions. But the people who invented them persevered and did not give up on their ideas. With TIME For Kids content, this nonfiction book will engage students in reading about inventions as they build their comprehension, vocabulary, and literacy skills. The Reader’s Guide and culminating activity direct students back to the text as they develop their higher-order thinking skills. Check It Out! provides resources for additional reading and learning. With text features such as a glossary, index, and table of contents, this book aligns with national and state standards and will keep students engaged in reading.

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SITTING BULL: EAGLES CANNOT BE CROWS

Teacher Created Materials, Jan 30, 2017
ISBN: 9781493838004

The SITTING BULL: EAGLES CANNOT BE CROWS primary source reader builds literacy skills while offering engaging content across social studies subject areas. Primary source documents provide an intimate glimpse into what life was like during the 1800s. This nonfiction reader can be purposefully differentiated for various reading levels and learning styles. It contains text features to increase academic vocabulary and comprehension, from captions and bold print to index and glossary. The “Your Turn!” activity will continue to challenge students as they extend their learning. This text aligns to state standards as well as McREL, WIDA/TESOL, and the NCSS/C3 Framework.

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BENJAMIN BANNEKER: SELF-MADE MAN

Teacher Created Materials, Aug 30, 2016
ISBN: 9781493830824

Explore the life of this self-educated mathematician, scientist, astronomer, and civil rights advocate with Benjamin Banneker: Self-Made Man. This informational text profiles the life of the man who worked hard to educate himself and became an almanac writer and land surveyor for the nation’s capital. Get your students excited as they explore this nonfiction reader filled with primary source material, offering a historical glimpse of what life was like back then. Build literacy and subject content knowledge with this nonfiction reader that explores US history, geography, and other social studies topics. Benjamin Banneker: Self-Made Man provides access to every type of learner with appropriately leveled content. This book contains text features such as captions, bold print, glossary, and index to increase understanding and build academic vocabulary.

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THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED

Illustrated by Kelly Kennedy
Simon Spotlight, July 5, 2016
ISBN: 978-1481461801

C is for cookie in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read that explores the history of cookies, part of a series about the history of fun stuff!

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I used to have gingerbread cookies molded into the shapes of her favorite advisers? Or that Girl Scouts used to bake the cookies they sold themselves? Or that if you stacked all the Oreos ever made, they would reach to the moon and back five times? Become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on the super-sweet history of cookies and amaze your friends with all you’ve learned in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read!

A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like science, social studies, and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning history has never been so much fun!

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WHAT’S YOUR STORY, SEQUOYAH?

Lerner, Jan 2016
ISBN: 978-1467796514

How did Sequoyah create a Cherokee alphabet? How did he improve the lives of the Cherokee? Cub Reporter interviews him to find out! Learn how Sequoyah overcame adversity in his childhood, and created the Cherokee alphabet, which helped thousands to become literate. Readers will see how to use interviewing skills and journalistic questions to reveal the story behind a famous American.

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WHAT’S YOUR STORY, FREDERICK DOUGLASS?

Lerner, Jan 2016
ISBN: 978-1467796477

How did Frederick Douglas escape from slavery? How did he make a difference during the abolition movement? Cub Reporter interviews the civil rights activist to find out how Frederick, a freed slave, inspired others with his achievements as an author, activist, and speaker. Readers will see how to use interviewing skills and journalistic questions to reveal the story behind a famous American.

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