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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.

Afghanistan

Amy Rechner (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035802

With two official languages and many different ethnic groups, Afghanistan is a diverse country with a rich and ancient history. Delicious food, thrilling sports, and festive celebrations are hallmarks of Afghani life, despite decades of war. This title introduces young readers to modern-day life and culture in this complex nation.

Cuba

Amy Rechner (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035819

Vibrant colors, lively music, and welcoming smiles fill the streets of the beautiful country of Cuba. Despite a history of economic hardships, the people of Cuba have created a nation dedicated to warmth and culture. Young readers can explore the country few citizens of the United States have been able to visit in this lively title.

The Dominican Republic

Amy Rechner (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035826

Nestled within the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic is one of two countries on the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic’s Spanish and African roots have come together to create a nation of rich culture and unique beauty. Explore exotic wildlife, some of the Americas’ oldest landmarks, and so much more in this title highlighting the Dominican Republic.

Egypt

Amy Rechner (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035833

The mention of Egypt immediately stirs up images of towering pyramids and powerful pharaohs, but there is so much more to discover! As young readers immerse themselves in this title, they will find a diverse land of deserts and fertile river plains, nomads and city-goers, and differing cultural norms and practices all while marveling over beautiful images of the people and landscape.

Jordan

Amy Rechner (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035840

Among much of the conflict in the Middle East, Jordan has become a place of refuge for many seeking safety. This land of deserts along the Great Rift Valley is home to the ancient city of Petra and people wearing welcoming smiles. This title is the perfect trek through the culture, customs, and daily life in Jordan.

Spain

Amy Rechner (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035857

From the mounting heights of the Pyrenees down through the Meseta Central Plateau and into the Andalusian Plains along the Mediterranean, Spain is a nation whose culture is as diverse as the land. Deep-rooted Christianity sets the stage for vibrant festivals while day-to-day life incorporates tapas and siestas. This title will allow young readers to appreciate all there is to discover in Spain!

Skyscrapers

Chris Bowman (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035666

As the tallest buildings on Earth, skyscrapers tower over cities! These massive buildings house offices, shops, and apartments in cities around the world. This title introduces readers to the building methods, materials, and science that lets these towers climb high into the sky.

Labor Day

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035185

In the United States, Labor Day honors American workers. What started as a small labor union festival in 1882 has become a national holiday. Every first Monday in September, many schools and businesses close, and parades pop up across the country! This informative title explains the history and many transformations of Labor Day.

Farmers

Kate Moening (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035345

Rain or shine, a farmer’s work is never done. Farmers grow crops, raise livestock, and gather eggs and milk. Young readers will get an inside look at a day in the life of these important community members!

Garbage Collectors

Christina Leaf (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035352

Where would we be without garbage collectors? They pick up our trash, help sort our recycling, and keep our neighborhoods clean. In this book, young readers will learn about the hardworking individuals who collect our trash.

Librarians

Kate Moening (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035369

Finding the right book can be daunting, but librarians are here to help! They buy books for the library, track down information, and even host read-a-louds. In this engaging title, beginning readers will learn all about how librarians support and shape our communities.

Mechanics

Christina Leaf (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035376

Uh-oh, the car won’t start. Better call a mechanic! Mechanics test, care for, and repair the machines that keep our world running. This informative title helps readers understand the busy world of these community helpers.

Holi

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035161

Holi – the Hindu Festival of Colors – heralds the coming of spring. This vibrant title explores the ancient history and modern practices of this joyful holiday. Holi’s food, dance, music, and colors will captivate young readers.  

American Indians of the West: Battling the Elements

Katelyn Rice (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781480756717

With the Battling the Elements: American Indians of the West e-Book, introduce your students to the diverse lifestyles of West Coast American Indians. Your class will learn about the different tribes in the Southwest, the Great Basin, the Plateau, the Pacific Northwest, and California. This e-Book also looks at other aspects of daily life including tools and building materials used, trade networks, and how life drastically changed for the American Indians once the European settlers arrived. This intriguing nonfiction reader breathes life into early US history with primary source documents that features images of Native American artifacts, maps, and other materials from that era. Build literacy and subject content knowledge with this high-interest e-Book that explores history, geography, and other social studies topics. American Indians of the West: Battling the Elements provides access to every type of learner with appropriately leveled content. The e-Book 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.

How We Get Around

Ellen Lawrence (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781910549131

Perhaps you take the bus to school or ride in the car. But imagine traveling to school on your family’s donkey cart or paddling to school along a jungle river in a canoe! How We Get Around explores the many different ways in which people travel during their everyday lives. From high-speed bullet trains in Japan to snowmobiles in Alaska, we’re all on the move in dozens of different ways.

All About Families

Ruth Owen (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781911341826

Specially created to support early years teaching, this beautiful new words and pictures book is perfect for children learning to read. As young readers turn the pages, they will have lots of opportunities to: understand similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities, and traditions; understand feelings; be sensitive to others’ needs; explore behavior and consequences.

Carlsbad Caverns

Sara Louise Kras (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993574

This book explains how the caves were formed, and what creatures can be found in the caverns.

Places Around the World

Dona Herweck Rice (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433399770

Take a tour around the world with just a few flips of the pages! This engaging nonfiction reader features clear, vivid photos of landmarks from all around the world including the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and the Grand Canyon.

South Carolina

Holly Saari (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609730895

Explore the colorful customs, people, and places of South Carolina. 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.

Casas alrededor del mundo (Homes Around the World)

Dona Herweck Rice

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743992275

In this book, students are introduced to the different types and sizes of homes and learn that some homes are made to protect families from different weather conditions. From pictures of mobile homes to castles, readers will explore different ways of living and discover vocabulary about places to live.

Russia

Jessica Dean (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624969249

In this book, readers will learn about the unique and defining features of Russia. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about the key details of the country including geography, climate, culture, and resources. Compelling questions encourage further inquiry.