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Identity and Gender

Charlie Ogden (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118998

This empowering book talks about how family, culture, and values shape our identities and that it is important to be happy with who you are. Identities are the ways that people think about and see themselves. Gender often makes up a large part of our identity. Whether male or female, a person's gender is more about which sex they strongly identify themselves as being. An activity encourages further discussion.

Human Rights and Liberty

Charlie Ogden (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118981

As people, we are all born with certain rights, called human rights, that are not given to us by laws. This book explains that no matter where we live in the world or under what government, our human rights protect our claim to live with freedom, equality, justice, and peace. Case studies discuss what happens when human rights are blocked and our liberty—the right to live the way we want to—is taken away. An activity encourages further discussion.

Equality and Diversity

Charlie Ogden (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118967

Equality is having the same rights, opportunities, and status as everyone else. Diversity is about recognizing the importance of different cultures in society, while still protecting their equality. This timely book discusses why the acceptance of diversity is important in society to prevent discrimination based on race, religion, and sex. Case studies of real-world events help readers understand the consequences of inequality.

John Muir: Protecting and Preserving the Environment

Henry Elliot (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778790549

John Muir spoke, wrote, and lived the wilderness, including taking President Theodore Roosevelt on an overnight trip to the Yosemite Valley. This trip led to Roosevelts signing into law a bill that placed Yosemite under federal control as a national park. Because of this and his founding of the Sierra Club, John Muir is credited as one of the key shapers of the modern environmental movement.

Fracking: Fracturing Rock to Reach Oil and Gas Underground

Nancy Dickmann (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427116345

In the search for oil and gas, we have drilled deep beneath the ocean’s surface and the ground to tap into the energy wells trapped there. Today, we need more energy than ever before in our history, but the oil and gas fields may soon dry up. One option being considered is fracking. Rock is fractured underground in order to reach deposits. Discover how people use fracking to harness the before-unreachable supplies of gas and oil beneath Earth’s surface, the challenges of this form of mining, and the controversies surrounding it.

Energy from Water: Hydroelectric, Tidal, and Wave Power

Nancy Dickmann (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427117571

For centuries, falling water has been used in parts of the world to create energy to run grinding stones at mills and irrigation systems for crops. This interesting book shows how the use of this “clean” form of energy, called hydroelectricity, is being expanded to help us build a more sustainable future. Discover how other forms of water-based energy, such as energy from ocean waves and tides, are being harnessed and used to help create electricity to power our homes, offices, and factories.

Victor Wouk: The Father of the Hybrid Car

Sean Callery (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778790563

In 1974, an inventor named Victor Wouk became a man who could be described as ahead of his time. He had developed a prototype for the hybrid, a car that would become the most credible and commercially successful alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles.

Blizzard

Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781612473086

These traditional reads are brimming with spirited characters and positive values--but with a little extra excitement and bite, so hold on to your hats! Written expressly for the middle grade struggling reader, the series does not contain strong language, edgy themes, or dysfunctional families. In fact, family is the main theme of these titles. And one particular Latino family is the focus with their uncanny knack for finding humor, hope, and colorful personalities--even in unusual circumstances. Written at the lowest reading levels, the 50-page story structure is straightforward and moves the reader through the text quickly and efficiently.

A Day at the Museum

Christine Platt (author) Sharon Sordo (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781532133824

Ana and Andrew are excited when Grandma comes to stay. During her visit, the family tours the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and learns about important African American achievements. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Calico Kid is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.

A Calf Named Brian Higgins

Kristen Ball (author)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781947159006

Thirteen-year-old Hannah Higgins is convinced her summer is ruined when she is forced to travel to Africa and work in a remote village in Kenya with her mom and uncle. Never having been to a developing country, she finds the food challenging and the community filthy. She has to live without electricity or running water. Then she is told she must attend school. Just when she thinks nothing could make this trip any worse, she learns people there are dying of hunger and preventable disease. Hannah becomes frustrated and wants to help, but when poverty threatens the lives of people she loves, all she wants to do is go home.

Frida Kahlo Artist and Activist

Matt Doeden (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541583061

Decades after her death, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo remains an icon for Chicanos as well as for the feminist and LGBTQ+ movements. Read about her life as an artist and political activist.

Greta Thunberg: Climate Crisis Activist

Matt Doeden (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728400303

Appalled by government apathy regarding climate change, 15-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg started a protest in front of the her country's parliament building in August 2018. She criticized leaders for not doing enough to reduce carbon emissions and stood outside with the sign Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for the climate). Within months, Thunberg's strikes and blunt speeches to world leaders and all adults ignited a global movement, inspiring millions of people to take action worldwide.

A Bowl Full of Peace

Caren Stelson (author) Akira Kusaka (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582194

In this deeply moving nonfiction picture book, award-winning author Caren Stelson brings Sachiko Yasui's story of surviving the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and her message of peace to a young audience. Sachiko's family home was about half a mile from where the atomic bomb fell on August 9, 1945. When they returned to the rubble where their home once stood, her father miraculously found their serving bowl fully intact. This delicate, green, leaf-shaped bowl—which once held their daily meals—now holds memories of the past and serves as a vessel of hope, peace, and new traditions for Sachiko and the surviving members of her family.

The Great Bear Rescue: Saving the Gobi Bears

Sandra Markle (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728401553

Acclaimed science author Sandra Markle offers a fascinating look at Gobi bears—the rarest bears on the planet. These adorable animals face threats ranging from illegal gold miners to climate change. Find out more about these bears, which are considered a national treasure in Mongolia, and learn what scientists are doing to help this critically endangered species.

All of a Sudden and Forever

Chris Barton (author) Nicole Xu (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541560987

On April 19, 1995, something terrible happened in Oklahoma City: a bomb exploded, and people were hurt and killed. But that was not the end of the story. Those who survived—and those who were forever changed—shared their stories and began to heal. Near the site of the bomb blast, an American elm tree began to heal as well. People took care of the tree just as they took care of each other. The tree and its seedlings now offer solace to people around the world grappling with tragedy and loss.

Underground Railroad

Rod Espinosa (author) Rod Espinosa (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781602704299

United States, 1800s. Due to the need for manual labor, millions of African people were transported to and sold in the United States. These people were treated as property, and many felt this was wrong. These people helped thousands of slaves escape to the North where slavery was illegal. Follow the drinking gourd along the Underground Railroad in these daring graphic novels. Maps, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles an exciting addition to classroom discussion.

Salem Witch Trials

Joeming Dunn (author) Cynthia Martin (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616412418

Massachusetts, 1692. The largest witch hunt in the United States was held in the small village of Salem, Massachusetts. Witness the accusations of witchcraft and trial that followed in this impressive graphic novel. Maps, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles an exciting addition to classroom discussion.

Boston Tea Party

Rod Espinosa (author) Rod Espinosa (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781602704244

Boston, 1773. On a rainy night on December 16, 150 men climbed aboard three English cargo ships from Great Britain. The men were angry at the excessive taxes on tea, so they disguised themselves and threw crate upon crate of tea into the harbor. Come along on the act that would lead to the American Revolution in this astounding graphic novel. Maps, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles an exciting addition to classroom discussion.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain (author) Howard McWilliam (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616411589

In Mark Twain's classic tale of friendship and adventure, Tom Sawyer is the trouble-making leader of the boys in a small town in Missouri. Tom uses his wit to talk his friends into all kinds of adventures, including witnessing a murder, pretending to be pirates, and finding treasure! Even school is an adventure with Tom in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

David Copperfield

Charles Dickens (author) Howard McWilliam (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616413262

Charles Dickens presents the classic tale of David Copperfield to readers young and old. From the loss of Copperfield's father before his birth, through his mother's remarriage, to finding the love of his life, Dickens reveals the heartbreak, hope, and friendship found along an ordinary life. Young readers can follow the tale of love in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Dickens's David Copperfield.

Anne Frank

Joe Dunn (author) Ben Dunn (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616411961

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! Anne Frank has been plucked from history books and her life and accomplishments have been depicted in informative nonfiction graphic novels. The subject's birth, childhood, education, and holocaust experience have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Joeming Dunn (author) Chris Allen (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616412098

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! Martin Luther King Jr. has been plucked from history books and his life and accomplishments have been depicted in an informative nonfiction graphic novel. The subject's birth, childhood, education, and civil rights leadership have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

Cesar Chavez

Joeming Dunn (author) Rod Espinosa (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781616412067

Graphic novels aren't just for superheroes! Cesar Chavez has been plucked from history books and his life and accomplishments have been depicted in an informative nonfiction graphic novel. The subject's birth, childhood, education, and humanitarian efforts have been skillfully told with detailed art. Further reading lists, timelines, glossaries, and indexes make these titles useful in classroom discussion.

Living with Substance Addiction

Melissa Higgins (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614784616

Living with Substance Addiction features fictional narratives paired with firsthand advice from a medical expert to help preteens and teenagers feel prepared for dealing with substance addiction during adolescence. Topics include complications of substance addiction, getting help and detox, rehab, and aftercare, triggers, and relapse. Throughout the book, Ask Yourself This questions encourage discussion. Features include a selected bibliography, further readings, Just the Facts summary of medical facts about addiction, Where to Turn summary of key advice that includes contact information for helpful organizations, a glossary, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Living with Food Allergies

Carol Hand (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614784609

Living with Food Allergies features fictional narratives paired with firsthand advice from a medical expert to help preteens and teenagers feel prepared for dealing with food allergies. Topics include causes, risk factors and complications, testing and diagnosis, treatment, coping strategies, lifestyle changes, and getting help. Throughout the book, Ask Yourself This questions encourage discussion. Features include a selected bibliography, further readings, Just the Facts summary of medical facts about addiction, Where to Turn summary of key advice that includes contact information for helpful organizations, a glossary, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.