Choosing just one animal mascot to represent the country of Australia is difficult! The marsupial contenders alone include the kangaroo, koala, and wombat. Then there are the predator options like the dingo and saltwater crocodile. After learning all about Australia in this title, fluent readers just might make a mascot pick!
Brazil has a monopoly over about half of the South American landscape. The country covers more than 3 million square miles of the continent! In this snapshot of Brazil, young readers will especially enjoy touring the Amazon Rain Forest and the country’s other unique biomes.
O Canada! The opening words of the Canadian national anthem are a fitting exclamation for appreciating the country sometimes called the True North. Canada’s untouched wilderness, Arctic animals, and native peoples are all worthy of a shout-out. This read points out to capable young readers what makes Canada special.
One-fifth of all the people in the world call China home. This means Mandarin Chinese is the number one language when it comes to native speakers! In this look at a country rich in history and culture, young readers will learn a few main Mandarin characters and much more.
The brotherly trio of George, Charles, and Edward Parker built the Parker Brothers game brand. George, the youngest, was the inventor of the bunch. His board game Banking set the company in motion in 1883. In this business biography, young readers will learn what can happen when someone rolls the dice with an idea.
Pikachu could be called the mascots of the Pokémon brand, as the short, yellow furballs are the most recognizable of hundreds of characters. This book for growing readers tracks the birth of the Japanese pocket monsters chased all around cities by Pokémon Go players.
Every saga has a beginning. This marketing tagline for Star Wars: Episode I— The Phantom Menace could also be the tagline for this biography of the Stars Wars brand. Young readers will travel back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
The insect symbol of hard work just might be a worker ant. A worker ant’s life is fully committed to finding food for a colony and caring for young. This book for beginning readers magnifies an insect that can carry more than its own weight!
Did you know that aphids poop honeydew? It’s true! And it’s also fact that ants harvest this sweet poo. In this insect introduction, early readers will see aphids more as honeydew suppliers than pests. Red ones, black ones, green ones, woolly ones, and winged ones are all swarming in this title!
Butterflies always use a straw when sipping nectar. This is because their mouths are crafted like suction tubes. In this insect profile, young readers are invited to travel from page to page like butterflies travel from flower to flower. They will drink up juicy information about butterfly basics.
The last insect to need a megaphone would be a cicada. No bug is louder than a male cicada buzzing for a female! This title shouts cool cicada facts at kids, including that cicada noisemakers are called tymbals and that nymphs can stay underground for up to 17 years!
Damselflies could very well be part of the inspiration for the term “bug-eyed.” Their compound eyes are huge and protruding! Young readers will look with amazement at damselflies flying, eating, molting, and more in this insect close-up. A staring contest is on!
Some adult dragonflies can fly as fast as 60 miles per hour—a common speed limit for cars on a highway! Quick flight is essential for them to catch prey in midair. In this children’s title, readers will travel alongside dragonflies moving from page to page.
An earwig has a Captain Hook appearance, with “pincers” attached to its back end. But honestly, the insect looks scarier than it is. Early learners will want to poke around this book to explore how earwigs look and behave. They are sure to get hooked on reading!
Fireflies are among nature’s tiniest luminaries. They are special in their ability to light up and blink at one another. Though they do not live for more than a couple months, they sure shine bright while alive! This title casts fireflies in a beautiful light for beginning readers.
If insects held their version of the Olympic games, a grasshopper would for sure make the podium for the long jump event. The long-legged insect can jump forward 20 times its body length! Elementary readers will make leaps in their understanding of grasshoppers in this book.
Honeybees are in the honey-making business. These insects turn nectar collected from plants into honey and then store it in honeycombs. In this book, young kids will job-shadow honeybees working hard in their hives. Readers will see how busy bees make productivity look fascinating.
Every orca pod has its very own theme song! Musical elements include whistles, clicks, and pops. “Singing” is the orca way of communicating, navigating, and hunting. This read offers young children the chance to get in tune with the world’s largest dolphin species.
A leafy or a weedy. Every sea dragon is one or the other. Leafies have the advantage when it comes to being underwater masters of disguise. They look just like pieces of swaying seaweed! In this book, young readers can compare and contrast leafy and weedy sea dragons.
Curious how sea lions got their name? Well, male sea lions are responsible. Most have a lion-like mane, and they roar loudly to protect females. Young readers will learn all about the wild relatives of the trick-performing sea lions they enjoy watching at the zoo.
Sea urchins look like fireworks exploding underwater. The spines that create their unusual appearance do have a purpose: they protect the tiny animals from dangerous predators. In this title, sea urchins of all shapes, sizes, and colors are on display for early readers!
Humor is the language Dav Pilkey speaks to reach his readers. Just consider the names he gives his characters: Wedgie Woman, Professor Poopypants, and Super Diaper Baby! In this storyteller bio, kids will discover the life adventures of the funny man behind the popular Captain Underpants book series.
Did you know that Gordon Korman’s mom typed his first book for him? This is because Gordon became a published author before he even graduated high school! This author profile for children introduces the lifelong writer responsible for sending troublemakers Boots and Bruno to Macdonald Hall.
Back in 1992, writer Mary Pope Osborne first invited readers to follow Jack and Annie into a tree house with magical books, and readers have been time traveling with these characters ever since! In this biography, elementary students will meet a talented literary travel agent.
Nikki Grimes is a proud Coretta Scott King Award winner. She has always been intentional about focusing her novels and poetry on the experiences of African Americans just like her. Young readers will get to know a writer who cares about their ability to relate as much as their ability to read.