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    • 08/22/13
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    A Boy Called Slow

    Tradition in the Lakota Sioux involves giving a name to a child based on his actions, so a young child who moves slowly in all he does …

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    A Very Important Day

    In this story, several different families from other countries prepare to become US citizens. Characters from different cultures share …

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Anthony Reynoso

    Nine-year old Anthony is proud of his history, culture, and family tradition of Mexican rodeo-style roping and riding. He also enjoys v…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Boss Of the Plains

    This biography relates the life of John Batterson Stetson as a hatting apprentice until he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and decided …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Cendrillion

    In this Caribbean Cinderella story, Cendrillon is treated as a servant by her step-mother and half-sister. Nannin, the godmother, uses …

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Dancing Rainbows

    Curt, a young Tewa Indian, and his grandfather, Andy, prepare for Feast Day. They enjoy the good food, beautiful dances, colorful costu…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
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    Earthquake Terror

    This is the story of how 12-year-old Jonathan protects his younger sister, Abby, during an earthquake.  Jonathan, Abby, and their …

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Eye of the Storm

    This book describes how storm chaser Warren Faidley finds storms and photographs them, as well as how he makes a living off his photogr…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Gloria Estefan

    Along with her worldwide musical fame, Gloria Estefan also experienced tragedy, but continued to help others in unfortunate situations.…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Happy Birthday Dr. King

    When ten-year old Jamal’s grandfather hears that the boy is in trouble for fighting to sit in the back of the bus, he tells Jamal…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Heat Wave!

    A fantastic heat wave hits a Kansas farm, roasting the geese, popping the corn in the fields, and causing other distressing events. The…

    Grade 4

    • 09/11/14
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    How to Babysit an Orangutan

    In this nonfiction text, orphaned orangutans are cared for and raised at Camp Leakey on the island of Borneo, including the skills the …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    James Forten

    James Forten, a free African American in Philadelphia, joins the United States’ fight for freedom on the high sea. After the Revo…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    La Bamba

    Manuel, a fifth grader, feels average and lacks confidence in himself. He has doubts about volunteering for the elementary school talen…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Mariah Keeps Cool

    With the help of her friends and family, Mariah plans a surprise party for her sister Lynn. After many close calls, the party is succes…

    Grade 5

    • 09/11/14
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    Mom's Best Friend

    Leslie and her family learn to adjust to life without their mother when she is away training her new dog guide, Ursula, after the passi…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    My Side of the Mountain

    Sam Gribley has been living alone in the woods all summer, but fall has arrived and the fear of winter has forced Sam to think of new w…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Pioneer Girl

    “Pioneer Girl” relates the real-life experiences of the McCance family, Nebraska homesteaders in 1885, combining narrative …

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    Poppa's New Pants

    Poppa buys himself some new pants that need hemming. The women of his family are too tired to hem the pants before church the following…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Raising Dragons

    A young girl raises a dragon on her family’s farm. The young girl takes the dragon to Dragon Island, but returns to the farm with…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Salmon Summer

    Like his Aleut ancestors, Alex continues the tradition of catching salmon, during their spawning at Kodiak Island in Alaska, to feed fa…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Seal Surfer

    Ben goes to the beach and watches a seal being born. Over the next few seasons, Ben develops a special bond with this seal, a bond that…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Sing to the Stars

    Ephram loves to play the violin, and when he discovers that a blind neighbor was once a musician, but stopped playing the piano due to …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Skylark

    In this story, a family struggles on a prairie farm during a drought. They are forced to make a painful choice when their water soon ru…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Tanya's Reunion

    Tanya is initially thrilled to be heading early to Grandma’s Virginia family farm for a reunion, but it's not as much fun as she …

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    The Ballad of Mulan

    When war breaks out in Mulan’s land and her father is drafted into the army, Mulan makes a great sacrifice when she disguises her…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    The Fear Place

    Despite his fear, Doug Grillo must cross a terrifying mountain ledge to find his missing brother. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading, 2…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

    A little boy loses his neighbor’s dog inside the mysterious garden of Abdul Gasazi, who tells the boy that he has turned the dog …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    The Grizzly Bear Family Book

    In this nonfiction piece, the author shares what he learned about the way of life of grizzly bears after spending a full year in Alaska…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    The Keeping Quilt

    Patricia’s Great-Grandmother comes to America as a child from Russia. She creates a quilt that is passed on from generation to ge…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    The Last Dragon

    A young boy, Peter, is hesitant to spend the summer with his great aunt in Chinatown. Peter finds an aging parade dragon in a store and…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    The Lost and Found

    Two students hide in the bathroom in order to avoid taking the math test, eventually telling their teacher they were trapped yb a giant…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    The Mysterious Giant

    In this folktale, the town of Barletta faces destruction until Zia Concetta asks the town’s giant statue for help. With a clever …

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    The Waterfall

    A boy on a family backpacking adventure discovers an amazing waterfall and decides he wants to climb to the top. The boy becomes a lead…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Two Days in May

    Sonia, her father, and a group of their neighbors launch a peaceful protest to help 5 deer that have wandered into their city neighborh…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Volcanoes

    In this passage about volcanoes, science writer Seymour Simon explains the characteristics of the different types of volcanoes, and how…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Wildfires

    Wildfires can cause damage but also play a critical role in the renewal of forests and grasslands. Through the example of the 1988 Yell…

    Grade 4