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A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet

Richard Michelson (author), Ron Mazellan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627536356

From Abraham to Zaydee, and from ancient times to modern day, A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet encompasses the history of Jewish traditions and customs and how they are practiced today. Following the alphabet, a poem identifies the letter topic while sidebar text provides background information. C could be the challah that my bubbe used to braid, or C could be the chicken soup, when I was sick she made, or chocolate coins on Chanukah we added to our coffers. But I say C should be for Chai "To Life" and all it offers. This joyful celebration of family and heritage includes the meaning behind celebrations such as the Festival of Lights, Passover, and Sukkot; important names and stories from the Old Testament; and how modern-day families continue to celebrate their heritage. Richard Michelson's children's books have received distinctive awards such as a New Yorker Best Book Award and a Jewish Book Council Book of the Month. His titles include Too Young for Yiddish; Across the Alley; and Tuttle's Red Barn (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2007). He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ron Mazellan's work has been featured in film and advertising, as well as books and magazines. His work for young readers includes The Harmonica (an IRA Children's Choice Award winner) and The Longest Season (a New York Times top ten bestseller). Ron teaches at Indiana Wesleyan University and lives in Marion, Indiana.

Surviving the Hindenburg

Larry Verstraete (author), David Geister (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410310040

On May 6, 1937, the giant German airship the Hindenburg was destroyed by fire as it attempted to land at Lakehurst Naval Base in New Jersey. Of the 93 people on board, a remarkable 62 survived, including Werner Franz, the ship's 14-year-old cabin boy. In Surviving the Hindenburg, writer Larry Verstraete recounts young Werner's story of the airship's final voyage. Through Werner's memories young readers will explore the inner workings of the giant airship, marvel at the breathtaking vistas from its observation windows, and hold their breath during Werner's terrifying escape from the fiery devastation. "My mind didn't start working again until I was on the ground," Werner said later. "Then I started running." Captured in detailed, dramatic artwork, the story of the doomed airship comes alive for readers and history buffs of all ages. Larry Verstraete's book, S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet, was named a 2011 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students by the National Science Teachers Association. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. David Geister's work has been featured in The History Channel Magazine. His books include B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith's Race to Complete Amelia Earhart's Quest

Aimee Bissonette (author) Doris Ettlinger (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126404

When she was seven years old, Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock took her first airplane ride. She decided then and there to be a pilot. Growing up, she was inspired by radio broadcasts detailing the travels of aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Joan Merriam was 15 when she took her first plane ride in 1952. She got her pilot's license before she could even drive a car. And like Jerrie, Joan too was inspired by Earhart and wanted to circle the globe, following Earhart's exact route. Years later, when both women begin to plan their dream flights, they are completely unaware of each other, and coincidentally pick the same time to depart. But when the media gets word of their plans, the stage is set for the race of a lifetime. This picture book retells the extraordinary story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world.

P is for Peach: A Georgia Alphabet

Carol Crane (author), Mark Braught (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585366200

As you travel through the Okefenokee Swamp, keep an eye out for Tiger Swallowtails and Brown Thrashers, and be sure to pick some Yellow Confederate Daisies before taking a nap under a Live Oak Tree. This is the Georgia that becomes a wondrous reality within the beautiful rhyming verses of Carol Crane and the colorful images of Mark Braught. At the same time the rhymes entertain and inform younger readers, Crane's in-depth expository text will appeal to older ones, creating a two-tiered teaching tool for educators in the Peach State and across the country.

Will's Words

Jane Sutcliffe (author) John Shelley (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580896399

A celebration of the words, phrases, and idioms that Shakespeare invented and the contributions he made to the modern-day English lexicon. The Bard of Avon is responsible for such familiar phrases as "what's done is done" and "too much of a good thing." He even helped turn "household words" into household words. As readers will discover, "the long and the short of it" is this: Will changed the English language forever. Will's words pop up all over the place!

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.

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"!

Write On, Irving Berlin!

Leslie Kimmelman (author) David C. Gardner (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534122963

Escaping persecution for being Jewish, the Baline family fled Russia and arrived by ship in New York City harbor in September 1893. Little Israel Isidore Baline is only five years old. After arriving at Ellis Island, the first stop for all immigrants, Israel and his family are ready to begin a new life in America. His family settles in the Lower East Side and soon Israel (now nicknamed Izzy) starts school. And while he learns English, he is not a very good student. According to his teachers he daydreams and sings in class. But while these may not be traits that are helpful in the classroom, these are wonderful tools for a budding singer and composer. And by the time that Izzy (now known as Irving) is a young man, he is well on his way to becoming one of the most well-known composers in America. This vivid picture-book biography examines the life of Irving Berlin, the distinguished artist whose songs, including "God Bless America," continue to be popular today.

The Riddle Horse

Mark Summers (author), Mark Summers (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607902

In this gentle riddle of a tale, a well-loved horse recounts its adventures and various riders throughout the long years of its curiously restricted yet imaginatively rich life.

Make It: Chocolate

Madison Spielman (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433399923

Whether it's in cake, pudding, cookies, or ice cream, chocolate is found in many different foods and styles of cooking! Early readers explore the history of chocolate and how it's made in this captivating nonfiction reader that features vibrant images and fresh, informational text.

Harriet Tubman

Debra J. Housel (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396830

In this biographical book, young readers will learn about the brave life of Harriet Tubman. Readers will discover how Tubman bravely escaped from her life as a slave to cross the Mason-Dixon line into freedom and how she helped hundreds of other slaves into freedom through the Underground Railroad with the help of abolitionists. The vivid images, stunning facts, and supportive text work in conjunction with the helpful glossary, index, and timeline of Tubman's life to give readers an engaging experience as they move from cover to cover.

Sojourner Truth

Debra J. Housel (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396847

This inspiring biography allows readers to learn about the incredible life of Sojourner Truth. Featuring a timeline of Sojourner's life, a glossary, and an index working in conjunction with vibrant images and supportive text, young readers will be inspired by Sojourner's life as an abolitionist and suffragist.

Neil Armstrong

Tamara Hollingsworth (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396762

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to ever walk on the moon! Readers will be engaged from cover to cover as they learn about Armstrong's inspirational career as an astronaut in this biography that features additional information on gravity, NASA, and the moon landing. The vivid images work in conjunction with the supportive text, timeline, glossary, and index to allow for better understanding of the content.

Wilma Rudolph

Stephanie Macceca (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396786

In this inspiring biography, readers will learn about the life of Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics. Readers will feel engaged and inspired as they read about Rudolph's incredible journey from a young girl with polio, to her first encounter with track and field, to becoming one of the best Olympic athletes of her time! A timeline of Rudolph's life, a glossary, and index are provided for further understanding of the content and improvement in vocabulary.

Thomas Jefferson

Jeanne Dustman (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396793

Thomas Jefferson was a great American who helped the United States win its freedom from England. Jefferson helped write the Declaration of Independence, later went on to become the third president of the United States, and is even featured on famous Mount Rushmore! Readers will enjoy this biography that includes details of Jefferson's time as a lawyer, his membership in the House of Burgesses, and his role as Secretary of State. The vivid images and supportive text combine with the helpful glossary and index to provide readers with tools for better understanding of the content.

Benjamin Franklin

Jeanne Dustman (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396809

Many people know that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity through lightning, but he was also a great inventor and helped write the Declaration of Independence! Young readers will learn about Franklin's life in this appealing biography that features plenty of vibrant images, supportive text, "Fun Fact" boxes, and an accomodating timeline, glossary, and index.

Annie Oakley

Jennifer Kroll (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396816

Readers will love this exciting biography about the famous cowgirl, Annie Oakley! Through colorful images, helpful text, glossary, index, and timeline of Annie's life, readers will discover the amazing things that Annie could do with a gun, how she earned the nickname "Little Sure Shot", and how she became one of the stars of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show!

Daniel Boone

Jennifer Kroll (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396823

Daniel Boone is often known for a coonskin cap, but more than that, he was one of America's greatest explorers! Readers will learn about Daniel's adventurous life as he hunted and trapped animals, created a "Wilderness Road", and rescued his daughter from Shawnee Indians! This fascinating book features informational text, lively images and drawings, and a helpful glossary, index, and timeline of Boone's life.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Stephanie Macceca (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396694

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in fighting for Civil Rights for all people. In this biography, readers will learn about his inspirational life as he fought for equality of African Americans through nonviolence. The rich photos, supportive text, helpful glossary, timeline, table of contents, and index give readers important information for understanding King's fight against Jim Crow Laws.

César Chávez

Stephanie Macceca (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396700

Young readers will learn the ways that César Chávez fought to protect the rights and lives of migrant workers in this inspiring biography that gives history behind protests and developments of unions that Chávez led. The vivid images and an interesting timeline of Chávez's life work in conjunction with supportive text and glossary, table of contents, and index to engage readers from cover to cover.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Tamara Hollingsworth (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396717

In this fascinating biography, readers will learn about the amazing life of Eleanor Roosevelt as she strived for equality of all. Lively images and a timeline help show children Eleanor's inspiring journey as she grew from a young student in England to the First Lady of the United States to the first female member of the United Nations. The informational text, supportive glossary, table of contents, and index work together with the bright images to give readers the tools they need to better understand the content.

Clara Barton

Tamara Hollingsworth (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396724

Clara Barton lived her life to help others. This inspiring biography introduces readers to the "Angel of the Battlefield" in the Civil War and how she spent her life caring for others on and off the battlefields. The vivid images, helpful timeline, and informational text work together to depict Clara's journey from a young Civil War nurse to the president of the American Red Cross. A table of contents, glossary, and index aid in better understanding of the content and improvement in vocabulary.

Alexander Graham Bell

Jennifer Kroll (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396748

Alexander Graham Bell was always trying to invent new things! In this biography, readers will learn about Alexander's life as a teacher and inventor of such incredible inventions as the telephone, record player, and metal detector. Colorful images, supportive text, an interesting timeline, and a helpful glossary, table of contents, and index combine to give readers an inspiring look into the life of Alexander Bell.

Amelia Earhart

Tamara Hollingsworth (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433396755

Young readers will be inspired by this biography about the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. The appealing images, helpful text, and supportive timeline, glossary, table of contents, and index combine to create an engaging experience as readers learn about one of the greatest female pilots of all time.

Amazing Americans: Paul Revere

Jennifer Overend Prior (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433388736

Readers will learn about Paul Revere in this interesting biographical book. The vivid images and supportive text work in conjunction with the helpful glossary, table of contents, and index to give readers tools they need to learn all they can about this amazing American. Readers will be encouraged to learn about a person they think is amazing.