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    • 09/19/14
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    A Butterfly is Patient

    This is an illustrated informational text that describes the many characteristics of butterflies. Through a poetic narrative, students …

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    A Drop Around the World

    This text is about what happens to a single drop of water over time.  The drop of water travels from the coast of Maine, across Eu…

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
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    A Drop of Water

    This informational text by Walter Wick takes readers on the journey of a drop of water. The states of water and concepts of evaporation…

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
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    A Seed is Sleepy

    This informational text by Dianna Hutts Ashton uses personification to demonstrate the complex and adaptive life of a seed, offering ri…

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    Amelia Bedelia

    Amelia Bedelia is a literal-minded but charming housekeeper who confounds her employers, the Rogers, by following their list of things …

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    Are Trees Alive?

    Through the use of simple language and vibrant illustrations, "Are Trees Alive?" shares details about the structure, functions, product…

    Grade K

    • 09/19/14
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    Around One Cactus

    This is a literary text with a poetic structure which draws in information and content specific vocabulary focusing on the saguaro cact…

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    Bats

    This informative book by Gail Gibbons offers an intriguing look at some of the many different kinds of bats, their amazing abilities, a…

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Cactus Hotel

    This informational text by Brenda Z. Guiberson chronicles more than a century in the life of a saguaro cactus and shows how water and s…

    Grade K

    • 06/30/14
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    Charlotte's Web

    In this literary text by E.B. White, Wilbur, a farm pig, is saved as a little runt by an adoring young girl, Fern. As Fern grows older …

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    Commotion in the Ocean

    This is an illustrated collection of silly verses and rhymes that describe marine life creatures living in and around the ocean.  …

    Grade K

    • 09/19/14
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    Cows For America

    A Maasai man relates his 9/11 experiences with his African villagers.  After asking for permission from the elders, he offers his …

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    Dear Children of the Earth

    This book is written as a letter to children from the planet earth. It describes how the earth feels about the living things on it, how…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Dear Juno

    In this literary text by Soyung Pak, a young boy and his grandmother who lives in Korea send each other pictures and gifts to tell the …

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Desert Giant

    This informational text by Barbara Bush focuses on the saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert, which provides shelter and food for a dive…

    Grade 2

    • 06/25/14
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    Eat Like A Bear

    In this informational text by April Pulley Sayre, a grizzly bear and its eating habits are followed throughout the year.

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    Elephants Can Paint Too

    An art teacher teaches painting to young children in the city and to elephants in the jungle. The children and elephants have more in c…

    Grade K

    • 09/19/14
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    Feel The Wind

    We can’t see air moving, though we can watch it push clouds across the sky, or shake the leaves of a tree. We call moving air the…

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    For You Are a Kenyan Child

    This literary text by Kelly Cunnane tells the story of a Kenyan child who is easily distracted from his daily work and has forgotten hi…

    Grade K

    • 10/23/14
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    Freddy the Frogcaster

    This is a narrative-structured text in which a young frog is fascinated with weather, including watching weather clues and following th…

    Grade 1

    • 10/23/14
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    Frogs

    This non-fiction text provides interesting and amazing facts and information about different species of frogs around the world.  T…

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    From Cow to Ice Cream

    The manufacturing process relies on the interdependence of human and natural resources. There is a systematic manufacturing process tha…

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    Gilberto and The Wind

    In this piece of fiction, a boy named Gilberto makes Wind his playmate. Along the way, Gilberto discovers that the wind can be an unpre…

    Grade K

    • 09/19/14
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    Hello Ocean

    In this rhyming text, a young girl describes her journey of discovery as she experiences ocean treasures through each of her five sense…

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Here Is the African Savanna

    This informational text by Madeleine Dunphy is a cumulative tale listing animals of the African savanna and their relationships to each…

    Grade K

    • 09/19/14
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    How My Family Lives in America

    This informational text follows three young children from New York City. These children, Sanu, Eric, and April, have one or both parent…

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    How to Bicycle to the Moon

    In this literary text by Mordicai Gerstein, a young boy creates a plan to travel to the moon on his bicycle in order to plant sunflower…

    Grade 1

    • 06/25/14
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    Jackrabbit

    This poem by Byrd Baylor conveys physical traits and characteristics that help a jackrabbit survive.

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Jamie's Journey

    In this literary text by Susan Ebbers, Jamie is interested in learning more about Africa. Reading books and using his imagination, he s…

    Grade K

    • 09/19/14
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    Knots on a Counting Rope

    Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses and his grandfather reminisce about the young boy’s birth, his first horse, and an exciting horse rac…

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    Livingstone Mouse

    An adventurous mouse named Livingstone is faced with the task of finding a place to build his own nest. At his mother’s suggestio…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Mama Panya's Pancakes

    This literary text by Mary and Rich Chamberlin tells a tale of community, friendship and sharing. As a mother and son go to the market …

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Moon Rooster

    In this literary text by David and Phillis Gershator, a rooster notices that the sky is dark and realizes there is no one to help it co…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Mr. Popper's Penguins

    This literary text by Richard and Florence Atwater tells the story of Mr. Popper, a seasonal house painter who is faced with making a d…

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    My Great Aunt Arizona

    This story is based upon the life of Arizona Houston Hughes, a teacher who taught generations of children in a one-room schoolhouse tha…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    My Side Of The Mountain

    In this literary text by Jean Craighead George, Sam Gribley leaves his home and family in New York City and establishes a home on his f…

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    Of Thee I Sing

    This is a letter from President Barack Obama to his daughters, where he poses reflective questions regarding the character of his daugh…

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
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    On The Same Day in March

    This informational text by Gail Marilyn Singer displays the lives of local people and wildlife on the same day in March, from the Arcti…

    Grade K

    • 09/19/14
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    One Hen

    This is a story of how changes happen in the world, one person, one family, one community at a time. The story takes place in Ghana, We…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Our Solar System

    This informational text by Seymour Simon discusses the composition and functions of the sun, along with its role in regulating life on …

    Grade 2

    • 06/25/14
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    Owl Moon

    In this literary text by Jane Yolen, a girl and her father go owling for the first time. Along the way they encounter a great horned ow…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Rocks in His Head

    This literary text by Carol Otis Hurst tells the story of her father's life and passion for collecting rocks. Although people continual…

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
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    Snow Is Falling

    This informational text by Franklyn M. Branley gives facts about snow and its formation, as well as the positive and negative effects o…

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Snowboard Twist

    This literary text by Jean Craighead George gives a gripping account of the awesome wonder and potential peril of an avalanche. …

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
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    Snowflake Bentley

    In this informational text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, two important truths about snowflakes are revealed. First, no two are alike and…

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
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    Spiders

    This informational text by Gail Gibbons gives facts and examples of spiders and what they do to catch insects to eat.

    Grade 1

    • 06/25/14
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    Stellaluna

    In this literary text by Janell Cannon, a baby bat separated from her mother is raised by a mother bird, on the condition that she acts…

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    The Big Snow

    This literary text by Berta and Elmer Hader recounts how many different animals prepare for winter.

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    The Cloud Book

    This informational text by Tomie dePaola explores the types of clouds, the myths about certain shapes, and popular sayings inspired by …

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    The Great Kapok Tree

    A man walks into a lush rain forest and starts chopping down a huge kapok tree. Lulled by the heat, he sits down and soon falls asleep.…

    Grade 2

    • 09/19/14
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    The Keeping Quilt

    In this story, there are six generations of women descended from a woman who emigrated from Russia to America. Throughout the story, ea…

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
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    The Moon

    This informational text by Niki Walker describes the characteristics of the moon and traces the history of man's exploration of Earth's…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    The Moon Book

    This informational text by Gail Gibbons offers information on the moon and its relationship to the Earth and Sun.

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    The Raft

    Nicky reluctantly spends the summer in the Wisconsin woods with his grandmother who is an artist. He is not thrilled with all of the ch…

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    The Seashore

    A young boy, who has never seen the sea, asks his mother to describe it. As the poem progresses, the author uses descriptive words, sim…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    The Snowy Day

    In this literary text by Ezra Jack Keats, a boy wakes up to a snow-covered city and experiences different emotions through the day.…

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    The Spider and the Fly

    This literary text by Mary Howitt tells the well-known story of a spider who tries to lure a fly into his web, promising interesting th…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    The Storm Book

    This literary text by Charlotte Zolotow tells how a summer storm changes and moves over the countryside, city, and the seashore, s…

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
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    The Stranger

    In this literary text by Chris Van Allsburg, a stranger recuperates at the Bailey farm after Farmer Bailey hits him with his truck. He …

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
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    The Tortilla Factory

    This informational text by Gary Paulsen describes the life cycle of a corn seed as it goes from farm to table and nourishes the hands t…

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    The Year At Maple Hill Farm

    This informational text by Alice and Martin Provensen describes farm animals and what happens during one year on a farm.

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Thunder Boomer

    This literary text by Shutta Crum tells the tale of a Midwest family seeking relief from a hot summer day. The mother begins to recogni…

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Thunder Cake

    This literary text by Patricia Polacco tells the story of how she conquered her childhood fear of thunderstorms with the assistance of …

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Thunderstorms

    This informational text by Chana Stiefel discusses thunderstorms and information about the destruction that severe storms can create.…

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    Tikki Tikki Tembo

    Tikki Tikki Tembo is a short fable set in ancient China.  During this time period parents honored their first born son with long a…

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    Too Many Tamales

    This is a literary text about a little girl named Maria who instead of telling the truth, panics and tries to cover up a problem.  …

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Train to Somewhere

    This literary text by Eve Bunting tells the story of Marianne, an orphan, heading west on the Orphan Train with other children to be pl…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Turtle Watch

    In this literary text by Saviour Pirotta and Nilesh Mistry, a young boy and wise man observe many living things of the sea while awaiti…

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    Two Bad Ants

    A scout ant has returned with a beautiful sparkling crystal for his ant queen.  She deemed it the most delicious food she has ever…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Two Bobbies

    This literary text by Kirby Larson and Mary Nether tells the story of two animals in New Orleans who were left by their owners during H…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Wangari's Trees of Peace

    This literary text by Jeanette Winter tells a true life story of Wangari Maathai, who decided to make a big difference in her hometown …

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Ways People Live

    This informational text by Emily Neye contrasts the homes, clothing, food, and activities from different types of places.

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    When The Root Children Wake Up

    This literary text by Audrey Wood retells a German story about birth and rebirth, as Mother Earth sends the Root Children out into the …

    Grade K

    • 06/27/14
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    Wild Weather

    This informational text by Seymour Simon describes extreme weather, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, floods, and blizzards…

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Zinnia's Flower Garden

    In this literary text by Monica Wellington, Zinnia plants a flower garden in the spring. As summer, fall and winter approach, she has t…

    Grade K