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    • 06/27/14
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    A Seed is Sleepy

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

    Grade 2

    • 03/21/17
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    Amazing Grace

    In the story, Grace wants to try out for the lead role of Peter Pan.  Classmates discourage Grace by saying that Peter Pan was not…

    Grade 1

    • 03/20/17
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    Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

    This picture book celebrates the pioneering spirit of two friends whose passion for life gave them the courage to defy convention in th…

    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

    • 03/20/17
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    An Egg is Quiet

    The book starts with a few general statements about eggs. The author then starts giving descriptions of eggs. She pairs the description…

    Grade 1

    • 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

    • 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

    • 04/04/17
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    Chrysanthemum

    The text is about a mouse named Chrysanthemum who learns, with the help of her teacher, to love her name and appreciate it for its uniq…

    Grade K

    • 03/20/17
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    Click Clack Moo

    The cows and the chickens are cold and want electric blankets. They type letters on a typewriter to Farmer Brown telling him they need …

    Grade 1

    • 06/27/14
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    Desert Giant

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

    Grade 2

    • 03/20/17
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    Dirt

    This book provides a lot of facts about soil. It describes how soil is made and the different layers that compose the soil’s stru…

    Grade 1

    • 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

    • 03/20/17
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    From Seed to Plant

    From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons is an informational text on the life cycle of plants and how the plants are used. This informational…

    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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    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

    • 03/20/17
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    Martin's Big Words

    This award winning, beautifully illustrated picture book biography introduces children to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. He grew …

    Grade 1

    • 03/20/17
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    Miss Maple's Seeds

    This is a narrative depicting the journey of small seeds preparing to take root and begin their life cycle. The main character, Miss Ma…

    Grade K

    • 03/21/17
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    Mummies Made in Egypt

    This text describes and illustrates with labeled pictures the purpose and process for making mummies in Ancient Egypt. It begins with t…

    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

    • 03/21/17
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    Ox-Cart Man

    The story begins in the 1900s with the ox-cart man and his family loading his cart with goods they produced over the year.  He jou…

    Grade 2

    • 03/20/17
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    Rachel Carson and her Book

    This is an illustrated biography of Rachel Carson’s life. All her life she was curious and determined to make a difference in the…

    Grade 2

    • 03/20/17
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    Rechenka's Eggs

    Babushka saved an injured goose and brought it back to good health. When the goose was well, it accidentally bumped into Babushka&rsquo…

    Grade K

    • 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

    • 03/20/17
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    Sit In

    Four young black men stand up against segregation by participating in a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. Their actions in…

    Grade 2

    • 03/20/17
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    The Art Lesson

    In the book, The Art Lesson, Tommy wants to be an artist when he gets older. He practices his art all of the time and listens to the ad…

    Grade K

    • 03/01/16
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    The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children is about four orphaned children living on their own. They set out to find a safe place to live and overcome challen…

    Grade K

    • 03/20/17
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    The Day the Crayons Quit

    Duncan is an artist who likes to draw and color, and his crayons have issues with the way they are used. Purple isn’t happy with …

    Grade 1

    • 03/21/17
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    The Fisherman and His Wife

    There once was a poor fisherman and his wife who lived in a pigsty by the seaside.  The fisherman goes fishing one day and comes a…

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
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    The Great Kapok Tree

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

    Grade 2

    • 03/20/17
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    The Memory String

    This narrative text addresses a young girl’s experience with processing the death of her mother while trying to accept the challe…

    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

    • 03/21/17
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    The Rough-Face Girl

    A scarred face does not prevent the Rough-Face girl from seeing the beauty of the earth around her, nor does it disguise her pretty, ki…

    Grade 2

    • 03/20/17
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    The Salamander Room

    A young boy, Brian, finds a salamander in the woods and wants to keep it as a pet. This story follows Brian as he uses his perseverance…

    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

    • 03/01/16
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    The Storm

    Pandora, a kindhearted cat, is a lighthouse keeper who lives a solitary life until she meets Seabold, a sailor dog during a bad storm. …

    Grade 2

    • 03/20/17
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    The Wizard of Oz

    A little girl, Dorothy, and her dog, Toto, are carried to a magical place called the Land of Oz by a cyclone. On her quest to find her …

    Grade 2

    • 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

    • 03/20/17
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    Wemberly Worried

    In this picture book, the main character, a mouse named Wemberly, constantly worries about big and small things. Her largest worry is a…

    Grade K

    • 03/20/17
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    White Water

    Michael Bandy, the author, writes about the personal experience when he was a child during the segregation era. While in town with his …

    Grade 1