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Thoroughbred Horses

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919946

Reaching speeds over 40 miles per hour, thoroughbred horses love to show off their talents on the track! These horses are designed to run, with wide chests, muscular bodies, and long, strong legs. In this leveled title, young readers will learn about the breed’s appearance, history, and strengths. A size comparison chart, coat pattern feature, highlight even more about this popular hose breed.

Thorny Devils

Patrick Perish (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919809

Their name and appearance may send chills down your spine, but thorny devils are far from fearsome! Their dangerous looks are one of the many adaptations highlighted on the pages of this beginning reader. Adding even more interest and fun are features showing off the reptile’s home range, diet, and more!

Snowy Owls

Betsy Rathburn (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919724

A snowy owl silently glides to an open tree branch. It waits and listens for prey to come near. Then, it swoops down to grab its next meal! In this low-level text, readers will discover how these birds thrive in the Arctic biome. Engaging text and a special graphic explore the snowy owl’s adaptations, while a profile and diet feature provide even more information about snowy owls. Readers will be impressed by the survival skills of these silent hunters!

Sloths

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919847

A sloth makes its way across a branch. Time for a nap! These slow creatures do not travel very far. But they thrive in their rain forest home! In this fun title, readers will explore the physical and behavioral adaptations that help sloths survive. Leveled text and colorful photos accompany readers on the journey, and special features detailing range, unique adaptations, and diet help highlight key facts about these slow rain forest animals!

Siberian Tiger vs. Brown Bear

Nathan Sommer (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681037455

Tigers and bears, oh my! These powerful predators each have terrifying traits that firmly place them at the top of the food chain. But what would happen in a matchup between the two of them? Reluctant readers can weigh each animal’s advantages and compare their attack moves with this high-interest title. Profiles offer stats including height and weight, while infographics highlight special abilities. A final narrative follows a fight between the two animals. Who will be ruler of the north?

Sand Cats

Patrick Perish (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919793

As the sun beats down on the sand, sand cats make their way into burrows where they wait out the hot desert day. At night, they pounce on nearby rodents! This leveled reader highlights the sand cat’s adaptations for their desert home. A range map, adaptation feature, diet graphic, and more reinforce the fascinating facts found throughout the text.

Rhinoceroses

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919885

With their tough skin and long horns, rhinoceroses are armed and ready to survive the grasslands! This low-level title examines how rhinos are uniquely suited for the grasslands of Africa, from their body parts to their behaviors. Features such as a diet graphic, a range map, and a conservation status bar add information and clarity for beginning readers.

Rats

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681037059

Rats are cute critters and popular pets. They are also among the world’s smartest animals! Using engaging text and vibrant photos, this informative title explores what makes rats intelligent, from their excellent memories to their great social skills. Added features, including a brain comparison chart, a skills graphic, a profile, and a scientific study, offer even more information about brainiac rats!

Pronghorn

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919878

Bounding across the Great Plains at up to 53 miles (85 kilometers) per hour, pronghorn are grassland survivors! The hearts and lungs of these speedsters are specially adapted to keep them on the run. Young readers will learn how this and other adaptations allow pronghorn to thrive in the grasslands biome. A diet feature, range map, and conservation status bar support the text and aid readers in this low-level title.

Prairie Dogs

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919861

Loud barks carry across the grasslands. A predator is near! Prairie dogs rush into their burrows at the call. This low-level text shows how behaviors like these help prairie dogs survive in the grasslands biome. Features such as a diet graphic, a range map, and a conservation status bar support and add detail to the text. Young readers will love burrowing into the lives of prairie dogs with this fun title!

Parasaurolophus

Rebecca Sabelko (author) James Kuether (illustrator)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681037561

The parasaurolophus was a duck-billed dinosaur famous for its long crest. Scientists believe the crest made a sound like a horn! This high-interest text explores the fascinating parasaurolophus, focusing on its appearance, diet, and behavior. Leveled text highlights key points, while labeled illustrations bring them to life. Added features such as maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile further highlight the world of the parasaurolophus!

Oviraptor

Rebecca Sabelko (author) James Kuether (illustrator)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681037554

The oviraptor was a small but fierce dinosaur. It used its sharp claws to find food and fight off predators! Readers of this high-interest text will discover what made the oviraptor unique, from its tall crest and toothless beak to its favorite meals. Along the way, labeled illustrations highlight key points of the text, and special features such as maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile show off even more fascinating facts about this ferocious dinosaur!

Macaws

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919830

Macaws are among the most vibrant birds in the rain forest! Their colors help them blend in among bright fruits and flowers. In this low-level text, readers will explore how macaws’ bodies and behaviors equip them to survive in their environment. Labeled photos help illustrate the text, and special features show off the range, adaptations, and diet of these bright birds. This colorful book will help beginning readers soar!

Komodo Dragon vs. Orangutan

Nathan Sommer (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681037448

Orangutans seem harmless, but these apes are powerfully strong. How would they fare against a fierce Komodo dragon? This high-interest title lets reluctant readers determine for themselves, introducing a unique matchup that weighs the physical advantages and attack moves of both animals. Profiles and charts offer additional avenues for comparison, with stats including height and weight. A final narrative pits the two animals against one another. Who will come out on top?

Kangaroos

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919854

From licking their forearms to lying in the shade, kangaroos have ways of staying cool in the hot Outback. This title for beginning readers shows how these marsupials have adapted to their grassland home through body parts and behaviors. Features such as a range map and a diet graphic further explore these fascinating animals. This fun title will have readers hopping with excitement!

Insects

Elizabeth Neuenfeldt (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681037585

From lifting 50 times their own body weight to traveling for 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers), insects are capable of great feats! Readers can learn about these incredible animals while following easy instructions to create origami versions of honeybees, ants, and more! Tips and tricks sidebars offer insight into origami techniques in this hands-on title.

Howler Monkeys

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919823

Howler monkeys are loud! Their calls help them stand out in the noisy rain forest. This adaptation is one of many described in this fun title for beginning readers. Leveled text describes how howler monkeys survive the forest and colorful photos show them in action. A range map, an adaptation graphic, and a diet feature further explore these loud animals. This fun title will have readers howling with excitement!

Hedgehog or Porcupine?

Christina Leaf (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919571

Something prickly is moving in the forest! What could it be? People often confuse hedgehogs and porcupines, but there are a lot of differences between these cute critters! From spines to diets, this title explores what sets hedgehogs and porcupines apart with low-level text, colorful photos, and a side-by-side comparison.

Harpy Eagles

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919816

A harpy eagle snatches a sloth from a tree. Time to eat! These birds have strong, sharp talons that were made for carrying prey. This is just one adaptation explained in this fascinating series about harpy eagles’ lives in the rain forest. Readers will discover even more as they take in the leveled text and vibrant photos in this title. Special features such as a range map, an adaptation graphic, and a diet feature highlight even more information about these special birds.

Golden Eagle vs. Great Horned Owl

Nathan Sommer (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681037431

Golden eagles are some of the fiercest raptors in the world! But what would happen if a great horned owl challenged their territory? This high-interest title examines the advantages and attack moves of each of these birds of prey. Charts offer side-by-side comparisons, while profiles highlight stats for each animal. A final narrative imagines a battle between the two predators. Who will control the skies?

Dogs

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781618919977

Dogs are the world’s most popular pet! These intelligent friends have learned to work and communicate, and they use their skills to help humans every day. This fun title explores the intelligence of dogs, from their thinking skills to their relationship with people. Leveled text and fun photos present the information in an easy-to-understand way, while a brain comparison chart, profile, skills graphic, and scientific study feature further highlight smart pups!

Bionic Pets

Betsy Rathburn (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681037486

People have been using prosthetics for thousands of years. Today, animals use them too! And in the future, the cutting-edge technology of bionics will add even more possibilities. Readers of this high-interest title will explore the history of prosthetics, the technology available today, and what the future holds for bionics. Engaging text and interesting photos combine with a diagram, timeline, graph, and pro/con comparison to offer fascinating information about this amazing technology that benefits our animal friends!

Allosaurus

Rebecca Sabelko (author) James Kuether (illustrator)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681037530

Here comes an allosaurus! The fierce predator races toward its prey. It sinks its sharp teeth into its latest meal! Scenes like this one were common during the Jurassic Period, when the allosaurus walked the earth. In this high-interest text, readers will explore the world of the allosaurus, from how it hunted to where it lived to why it went extinct. Special features include maps, a pronunciation guide, a diet graphic, and a two-page profile that highlights key information about the allosaurus. Readers will love taking a bite out of this ferocious title!

Tails from the Animal Shelter

Stephanie Shaw (author) Liza Woodruff (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167315

Did you know that more than six million pets arrive annually at community animal shelters in the United States? Of that number over three million are dogs. But of course it's not just dogs and puppies that need homes. Shelters take in cats, kittens, birds, reptiles, and even domestic farm animals. And there are many reasons why these animals need to go to shelters. Some of the animals are strays and some are lost; some are rescued from natural disasters or from mistreatment. Some have been given up because their owners could no longer care for them. Using poetic back stories and informative text, Tails From the Animal Shelter shines a spotlight on the good work of community animal shelters. Ten different fictional animals, including a handicapped dog, a magician's former rabbit, and a pot-bellied pig, represent the millions of pets brought to shelters every day. Whether they're known as Humane Societies, rescue services, or other names, these organizations and their caring work remind us all of how a loving home can change the life of a vulnerable animal.

H is for Honey Bee: A Beekeeping Alphabet

Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen (author) Eileen Ryan Ewen (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167353

Though small in size at approximately 5/8 of an inch (15 mm), Apis mellifera, otherwise known as the honey bee, is one of the most important insects on the planet. Due to their status as super pollinators, it is estimated that a third of the food we eat each day can be attributed to bee activity. And the delicious honey that our winged friends produce makes its way into numerous food, health, and beauty products. This is one busy bee! But the health and welfare of honey bees are in dire need of our attention and help. Habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change are threatening bee colonies around the world. Helping to better educate readers of all ages, beekeeper and wildlife rehabilitator Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen gives a "behind-the-hive" peek into the world of the honey bee in H is for Honey Bee: A Beekeeping Alphabet.