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J is for Jack-O'-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet

Denise Brennan-Nelson (author), Donald Wu (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585366019

Who lit the first jack-o'-lantern? What creature of the night must return to his grave by dawn? And why do we holler "Trick or treat"? J is for Jack-O'-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet invites you to come along on this A-Z adventure and celebration of all things that "go bump in the night." Poetry and prose combine to entertain and educate. H is for Haunted House A haunted house; you better beware. Only enter if you dare. Monsters lurking, looking mean-- Just can't wait to make you scream! Classic autumn games, jokes, and recipes (including gooey deviled egg eyeballs!) help round out the Halloween festivities. Atmospheric artwork blends just enough fun with fright to provide the perfect backdrop. One of Denise Brennan-Nelson's favorite Halloween memories is of her daughters wearing homemade skunk costumes, since the girls are "Mommy's little stinkers." Her other books include Willow and Buzzy the bumblebee. When she's not visiting schools to speak to schoolchildren and teachers, Denise is at home in Howell, Michigan. Born in Hong Kong, Donald Wu grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He studied illustration at the California College of the Arts. Donald's current focus is in children's book illustration, but he also has experience with portraiture and editorial artwork. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Cultural Traditions in Japan

Lynn Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427179807

This wonderful book describes the different traditions and festivals celebrated in Japan today and how they are influenced by a love of art, nature, beauty, and ritual. Young readers will also learn how the Japanese people celebrate family occasions.

How do plants help us?

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427196682

This interesting book teaches children about the different foods plants provide for us and for animals, and how trees provide homes for animals and wood for peoples homes. Simple explanations also describe what a plant is, where it grows, and how it makes food and cleans the air.

T is for Time

Marie Smith Roland Smith (author), Rene Graef (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781633621299

T is for a Time Alphabet uses poetry and expository text to explore the concept of time, from explaining basic units of measurement to showcasing important scientific achievements. Topics include famous inventors (Albert Einstein and John Harrison) and important structures and landmarks (Kulkulkan Pyramid and Big Ben). Budding scientists will discover what world-famous stone structure is believed to be an early calendar, follow the voyages of explorer Ferdinand Magellan to better understand the International Date Line, and learn to tell time using the Zulu time system.

Working at a Restaurant

Katie Marsico (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781602794184

Working at a Restaurant introduces young readers to many careers available in a restaurant. Colorful sidebars encourage young children to think, create, guess, and ask questions about a career working in a restaurant.

Abrams Tanks

Jack David

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781600141010

Roll across the terrain with the most feared tank on the planet. The Abrams tank is the armored backbone of United States ground forces. Readers will learn about the technology and crew that make the M1 Abrams a perfect blend of power and speed.

Maria Von Trapp

Amy Tiehel (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692581

Here is the incredible true story of the woman inspired the beloved movie The Sound of Music. See how she became stepmother to the von Trapp children, and how the family escaped the Nazi's and became a revered singing group.

Spin it Figure Skating

Paul Challen (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778791744

Kids will learn about the jumps, maneuvers, and techniques that are at the heart of figure skating, as well as how top skaters prepare for competition and how they are judged.

Eyes and Ears

Carmen Corriols (author)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478816928

Teach early Physical Development concepts and foundational reading skills with this precisely leveled text.

From Accident to Hospital

Anastasia Suen (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634301152

Do you hear a siren? Well, pull over and learn about the chronological timeline of events just after an accident is discovered to the time it takes to transport the victim(s) to the hospital. 9-1-1- operators, police, EMTs and paramedics, and emergency room staff are all described with the duties they perform. This title will help kids sequence and order events. Filled with photographs and captions, informational sidebars, and clear, precise text, it will be a must read for kids. This title will allow students to describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet

Joy Steiner Stan Steiner (author), Jocelyn Slack (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585367566

Continuing the great Discover American State By State series is P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet. That's right, Idaho! Sleeping Bear Press explores the lush land and rich history of a state so often overlooked. Kids of all ages will love the A to Z rhymes boasting about all the riches found within Idaho's borders - from the Appaloosa steed to the zinc mines to Mount Borah, to, you knew we couldn't forget it, the potato. Every page expands on the rhyme and introduces the readers to more interesting facts, places and people that have helped make Idaho the unique treasure it is. Lyrically written by Idaho's own husband and wife team, Stan and Joy Steiner, P is for Potato excels through the love and knowledge of their home state. The text comes dancing to brilliant life behind the talented strokes of illustrator - and Idaho native -- Jocelyn Slack's brush. P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet is as unique as Idaho itself. It's rare to find a children's book on our 43rd state, but it's a great discovery to when you can offer one this well done.

China

Walter Simmons

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 1612113494

China, with over one billion people, is the most populated country in the world. China's most famous tourist attraction is the Great Wall, which runs across about 5,000 miles of northern China. Rich with Chinese culture, this title explores Chinese food, holidays, and daily life. Eager readers will also get to challenge their tongues with a few common words from one of the many Chinese languages! Blastoff! Series

Cyber Cop 2

Wil Mara (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781633627376

Readers will learn what it takes to succeed as a cyber cop. The book also explains the necessary educational steps, useful character traits, potential hazards, and daily job tasks related to this career. Sidebars include thought-provoking trivia. Questions in the backmatter ask for text-dependent analysis. Photos, a glossary, and additional resources are included.

Pump it up Cheerleading

Margaret Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427197504

Kids will learn about the basics of tumbling, dance, jumps, and stunting, or building formations, in Pump it up Cheerleading. This highly illustrated book also features a section on top-rated teams.

Idaho

Mari Kesselring (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609730604

Explore the colorful customs, people, and places of Idaho. With straightforward text and captivating photos, this book is a great introduction to the state. Maps and symbols are included to enrich the student's understanding of geography and state identity.

Quienes usan datos?

April Barth (author)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781612698267

Algunas personas necesitan datos, o informacion, para hacer su trabajo. Lee acerca de quienes usan datos en su trabajo.

Queen of the Toilet Bowl

Frieda Wishinsky (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 1551433648

When Renata is chosen to play the lead role in the school musical, students who used to ignore her start saying hello and congratulating her in the hall. She is happy until it becomes evident that Karin, a wealthy girl who expected to get the lead role, will go to great lengths to ruin Renata's reputation.

La actuacin (Acting)

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624963803

In Acting, emergent readers learn about the craft of acting by following the experience of two working actors. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they explore this performing art. A labeled diagram shows readers the parts of a stage, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about acting using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Acting also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index. Acting is part of Jump!'s Artist's Studio series.

The Sydney Opera House

Nicole Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692093

If you are ever in Sydney, Australia and ask a few Sydneysiders what to see first, they will tell you to visit the Opera House. It is one of the most elaborate entertainment venues in the world and has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment. It is home to Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The Statue of Liberty

Ann Tatlock (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692079

What looks like a solid stone statue but inside has a staircase of 354 steps leading from pedestal to crown? The Staute of Liberty! This enormous monument in New Yotk Harbor is both a stunning sork of art and an amzing feat of engineering. If you like building things and putting puzzles together, you'll love learning about the making of Lady Liberty, America's greatest symbol of freedom and friendship.

India

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993710

This book discusses the climate, geography, animals, and culture of India.

Legends of the Leagues

Pete DiPrimio (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692826

Brace to meet some of the biggest baseball stars of the Negro Leagues. They were men and women of glory and achevement, of spectacular ability and heartbreaking obstacles. They rose above discrimination to pursue their dreams. Cool Papa Bell was once said to be so fast, he could outrun electricity. Another story had Josh Gibson hit a towering fly ball in Pittsburgh that didn't land until the next day-in Philadelphia! Pitcher Satchel Paige won with a blistering fastball when he was young, and then with experience and creativity when he was old. He played with charm and witty sayings: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." Nobody messed with Oscar Charleston or fielded better than John "Pop" Lloyd.Women such as Peanut Johnson and Toni Stone also made big impressions. These are among the brightest stars of a league, gone but never forgotten.

The Taj Mahal

Karen Gibson (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692116

It started with a promise, but was fueled by a passion for building. Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India in the seventeenth century, promised to build the most magnificent tomb for his dying wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Every measurement and material had deep meaning. All contributed to the perfection of the Taj Mahal. The 42-acre complex was a vision of harmony that reflected Mughal culture and the importance placed on respect for the dead. Almost 400 years later, the Taj Mahal of India remains one of the most beautiful tombs on Earth.

Tall Tales of Jenny Gold

Sue Laneve (author), Giuliano Aloisi (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781681918792

One girl's journey from wealth to poverty changes her perspective during the Great Depression.

The Animals of South America

Amie Jane Leavitt (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692727

Come with us on a journey to the beautiful continent of South America. Along the way, you'll see golden-furred monkeys in the rain forest. You'll spy pink-feathered flamingos in the desert. And you'll even spot bright blue beetles that behave just like tortoises. It'll truly be an adventure like no other!