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Like Vanessa

Tami Charles (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897778

Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.

Priceless Gifts

Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss (author), John Kanzler (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874837889

A humorous retelling of an Italian tale in which a Genoese merchant, richly rewarded for solving an irritating problem for the king of the Spice Islands, causes a greedy rival to try and gain a fortune in the same way.

B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet

Sneed B. Collard (author), Joanna Yardley (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585366163

"The sky in Montana somehow seems bigger, bluer, and more spectacular than in any other state." Author Sneed B. Collard, III writes, "it's simply because our sky stretches over such an abundance of beauty." In B is for Big Sky Country readers will find out where the Going-to-the-Sun Road really takes you and what city the copper capitol dome calls home.

Cairo, Camels, and Chaos

Alicia Klepeis (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305914

Twins, Samal and Anara, live in New York City with their mom and little brother, Oliver. Living in New York City is an adventure alright but sometimes the kids travel with their mom who works for the United Nations. A family vacation is very different for the Nylund family! Samal and Anara are excited to start their adventure in Cairo with their mom and younger brother. Everything is so different from their home in New York City. The girls learn the importance of understanding the culture of other parts of the world. Can the girls blend in and not draw negative attention their American clothes? Will Samal survive her snorkeling adventure? Will the kids make it out of the protest safely? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title Pyramids of Egypt.

From Pizza to Pisa

Alicia Klepeis (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305938

The Nylund kids are experienced world travelers thanks to their mom. Having a mom who works for the UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, means they get to tag along for amazing world adventures. They each record their trips in their travel journals so that can always have the memories… and because they have to share what they learned with their teachers and classmates! The family is packing up and shipping out to Italy! Excited and desperate to leave Chicago’s winter weather, the Nylund family meets one obstacle after another. A huge ice storm in New York before their flight, losing Ollie in the Roman Catacombs, a crab taking a chunk out of Samal’s foot, and an encounter with a viper threaten to terminate this trip. Will their luck ever turn around so they can enjoy their time in Italy? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title STEM Guides to Maps.

Grand Theft Safari

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305853

Having parents who travel the world for work has its benefits. Twins, Tomas and Marisol, are able to tag along on many or their parents’ trips exploring new cultures, making new friends, and maybe a few adventures. Tomas and Marisol never thought such a beautiful place would be so dangerous. The twins are eager to see all the animals they can but they never considered poachers invading their camp, stampedes, or the hot savannah sun. Are Tomas and Marisol cut out for Kenya? What did the poachers want from a bunch of researchers? Will the Perez family make it out of the African savannah safely? Adventure books with longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations are perfect for fluent readers. Paired to the nonfiction title STEM Guides to Travel.

Mountains, Monsoons, and Mules

Alicia Klepeis (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305921

Twins, Anara and Samal, love to travel with their mom and little brother, Oliver. Having a mom that works for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, means the family gets to travel to the coolest places. Sometimes their dad or their grandma from Finland, Vovo, are able to tag along and visit the most amazing places. India is totally better than spending all summer at camp. Traveling through busy citifies and India’s countryside, the Nylund’s experience rickshaws, spicy foods, and, Ollie’s favorite, history. Things get complicated when the kids encounter the many homeless children, mistreatment of Anara’s beloved elephants, and 13 hour “surprise” trip. Can the Nylunds survive India’s hot, humid weather? Will they make it through the mountains to the Valley of Flowers? Can they help all the homeless children wandering in India? These adventure books are perfect for your fluent reader. They develop independent reading through longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations. Paired to the nonfiction title A Listen to World Music.

Walking the Dragon's Back

M.M. Eboch (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634305907

Grace and her brother, Jaden, were adopted by two wonderful people. Grace was adopted from China and Jaden from America. Their parents are history buffs and share their love of history through teaching and writing. Grace loves tagging along as their dad writes for travel magazines. She gets to explore amazing places and experience things that most kids her age don’t. Grace is from China but she doesn’t remember it. She was adopted at a young age and now her and her family are going back to adopt her younger sister! Before the new edition comes to the family, Grace, Jaden, and her dad adventure to the Great Wall of China. But a series of mishaps makes this adventure take a turn for the worst. Will Grace and her family survive the Great Wall of China? These adventure books are perfect for your fluent reader. They develop independent reading through longer, complex sentences, rich vocabulary, and minimal illustrations. Paired to the nonfiction title Great Wall of China.

My Calendar: Holidays

Luana K. Mitten

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781615906031

Popular holidays throughout the year are highlighted for the emergent reader with engaging text and matching photos.

George Washington Carver

Jennifer Kroll (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396731

George Washington Carver was born a slave and grew up to be a great botanist and inventor! Readers will learn why George was known as the "plant doctor" as a young boy, his strong desire to learn, and how he taught other farmers about crop rotation. Vibrant images, supportive text, a glossary, table of contents, and index work in conjunction to engage and delight readers as they learn all they can about "The Peanut Man"!

Hanukkah Hamster

Michelle Markel (author) André Ceolin (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126428

The holiday season is a busy time, with people bustling about. And it's a busy time for Edgar, a cabdriver who conveys passengers around the city. All day long Edgar drives his cab; many people going to many different places. At the end of one busy day, Edgar is so tired he climbs into the backseat of his cab to take a nap. But he discovers he is not alone. A little hamster has somehow been left behind from one of the many fares Edgar has driven. Edgar dutifully reports the hamster to the cab company's Lost and Found department, but in the meantime the little creature needs to be taken care of. Edgar brings the hamster to his apartment, making it a bed, feeding it, and even giving it a name, Chickpea. As Edgar starts his Hanukah observance, with no family nearby to share in it, the little hamster becomes more than a casual companion to the lonely man. But what happens when Chickpea's owner is found?

The Well of Truth: a folktale from Egypt

Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss (author), Tom Wrenn (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874838800

When Goat, Rooster, and Donkey decide to try their hand at farming, Donkey learns the price of being greedy and discovers that the truth will always come out in the end.

Tell Me a Story: Family Folklore

Gus Snedeker (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292532

Does your family have a favorite holiday meal? What are your birthday traditions? Do the older people in your family tell stories about their childhood and what life was like when they were young? All these are parts of family folklore. Tell Me a Story will help you better understand: what family is; the ways the generations are linked together; how families relate to each other; and how families pass along a heritage for the future. We get strength from our family's past, and this sort of folklore also gives us hope for the future.

Jacqueline Kennedy: Cultural Icon

Annette Gulati (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503825482

Offers readers an inside look into the life of Jacqueline Kennedy and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn all about her mission to promote arts and culture and to renovate the White House. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.

Martha Washington: Loyal Public Servant

Tyler Omoth (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503825499

Offers readers an inside look into the life of Martha Washington and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn about how she established herself as the first First Lady, and how she set the stage for the women that followed her in the White House. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.

Michelle Obama: Health Advocate

Clara MacCarald (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503825512

Offers readers an inside look into the life of Michelle Obama and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn all about how she encouraged children to be healthy and supported educational opportunities for females across the globe. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Progressive Reformer

Clara MacCarald (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503825468

Offers readers an inside look into the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn all about how she supported the country when it was at war and continued to make a difference long after she left the White House. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.

Hillary Clinton: Ground-Breaking Politician

Jeanne Marie Ford (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503825475

Offers readers an inside look into the life of Hillary Clinton and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn all about her road leading up to the White House and how her successful political career after her tenure as First Lady led to accomplishments in improving health care for women and children. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.

Abigail Adams: Champion for Women

Tyler Omoth (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503825413

Offers readers an inside look into the life of Abigail Adams and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn all about her progressive stance on women's rights in the 1700s, and her campaign for education rights for all. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.

Barbara Bush: Literacy Champion

Patricia Hutchison (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503825420

Offers readers an inside look into the life of Barbara Bush and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn all about her work to improve literacy and her support for troops serving overseas. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.

Dolley Madison: Hostess and Patriot

Emily Rose Oachs (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503825451

Offers readers an inside look into the life of Dolley Madison and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn all about how she helped her husband win the presidency and the impact she had on the early nation. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.

The Legacy and Legend of Sacagawea

Margaret King (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781480757585

With The Legacy and Legend of Sacagawea e-Book, students will explore the life of the American Indian girl who helped Lewis and Clark on their westward expedition. Breathe life into the pages of history with primary source documents that offer significant clues on what Sacagawea's life must have been like during the 1800s. Authentic artifacts, including maps, government documents, and other primary sources offer an intimate glimpse of life during this era of exploration. Students will build content knowledge across geography, history, and other social studies strands, with content that can be leveled for different types of learners, from below-level, above-level, and English language learners. This reader contains text features, including captions, bold print, glossary, and index to increase comprehension and academic vocabulary. A "Your Turn!" activity continues to challenge students as they extend their learning. Aligned to McREL, WIDA/TESOL, NCSS/C3 Framework, and other state standards, this text readies students for college and career readiness.

Pocahontas: Her Life and Legend

Heather E. Schwartz (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781480756748

Take an in-depth peek at the life of legendary Pocahontas , the famous historical figure who helped create peace between the American Indians and European settlers. With the Pocahontas: Her Life and Legend e-Book, students will examine what happened with John Smith and the daughter of Chief Powhatan, as well as Pocahontas' new life in an English village. Bring a greater understanding to historical events with this e-Book filled with primary source documents from this time period. Build literacy and subject content knowledge with this high-interest book that explores US history, geography, and other social studies topics. Pocahontas: Her Life and Legend provides access to every type of learner with appropriately leveled content. The reader contains text features such as captions, bold print, glossary, and index to increase understanding and build academic vocabulary. Aligned to McREL, WIDA/TESOL, NCSS/C3 Framework and other state standards, this text readies students for college and career readiness.

Frederick Douglass

Melissa Carosella (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433397738

Frederick Douglass was born a slave and ended up becoming one of the most famous abolitionists of his time. This inspiring biography teaches readers about Douglass' incredible life. Through captivating images and illustrations and engaging sidebars and facts, readers will learn about the Thirteenth Amendment, the Underground Railroad, and the Emancipation Proclamation as well as people that had major impacts on Douglass' freedom and life, such as Abraham Lincoln, WIlliam Lloyd Garrison, and suffragists. A glossary and index are provided to give readers the tools they may need to better understand the content and vocabulary.

Langston Hughes: Harlem Renaissance Writer

David H. Anthony (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433397752

Langston Hughes is often thought of as one of the greatest and most influential African American authors. This fascinating and inspiring biography will have readers enthralled by the life of Hughes as they learn how he became known as the voice of the Harlem Renaissance. Featuring lively images, photos, and captivating facts, this book allows readers to gain insight into how the Civil Rights Movement had an effect on Hughes' life and writing as well as important movements in the Harlem Renaissance like jazz, poetry, music, and clubs. The easy-to-read, supportive text works in conjunction with the accessible glossary and index to give readers the tools they may need to better understand the content and vocabulary.