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"Grow with Mo!" Mo Willems Teaching Guide

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This teaching guide includes activities for eight Mo Willems titles and is aligned with Common Core standards for grades PreK-2. The activities cover such concepts as writing narratives, writing opinion pieces, summarizing, determining the central message, and more, and there are some just-for-fun activities, as well! [PDF]

Abuelo

Arthur Dorros; Illustrated by Raul Colon

Together, a young boy and his abuelo (grandfather) go camping, ride horses, and even confront a mountain lion. Soon, the boy's family moves to the city from the country, away from A...

Ah, Music!

Aliki; Illustrated by Aliki

In this richly layered compendium, Aliki, the beloved creator of many award-winning books for children, shares her keen insight about music and all its themes and variations. Ah, Music!...

Airport

Byron Barton; Illustrated by Byron Barton

Byron Barton introduces young readers to the fun of the airport in this bold and colorful book. From the excitement of arrival to the wonder of taking off, Airport captures all the magic of an a...

Alien in My Pocket #1: Blast Off!

Nate Ball; Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

The adventure begins in this exciting new chapter book series, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment! When a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee's bedroom window, Zac...

Alien in My Pocket #2: The Science UnFair

Nate Ball; Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

The must-read second book in the Alien in My Pocket series. Zack and Amp are back and up to even more trouble in this hilarious story, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment!Ev...

Alien in My Pocket #3: Radio Active

Nate Ball; Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

This third book in the Alien in My Pocket series is the zaniest yet! Zack and Amp create a massive mishap in this hilarious story. Plus the book comes with a do-it-yourself science experiment.

Alien in My Pocket #4: On Impact!

Nate Ball; Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

This must-read Alien in My Pocket book is the fourth in the series by Nate Ball, the host of PBS's Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. In this hilarious new adventure, Za...

Amazing Whales!

Sarah L. Thomson

How big are whales? How do whales breathe in the ocean? Do they live alone or in groups? Why are so many whales in danger? Read and find out in this Level Two I Can Read that is perfect for begi...

Amelia Bedelia

Peggy Parish; Illustrated by Fritz Siebel

From dressing the chicken to drawing the drapes, Amelia Bedelia does exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Rogers tell her to do. If things get a bit mixed up, well, that's okay. When Amelia Bedeli...

Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #1: Amelia Bedelia Means Business

Herman Parish; Illustrated by Lynne Avril

Amelia Bedelia makes her chapter book debut! In Amelia Bedelia Means Business, a New York Times bestseller and the first book in the new chapter book series, young Amelia Bedel...

Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book Series Teaching Guide

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This teaching guide for Amelia Bedelia Means Business, Amelia Bedelia Unleashed, and Amelia Bedelia Road Trip! is aligned with Common Core standards for grades 2-5 and includes discussion questions, writing prompts, classroom activities, a reproducible word search, and a reproducible "Homophone Memory Game." [PDF]

Ant Cities

Arthur Dorros; Illustrated by Arthur Dorros

Did you ever wonder where an ant goes when it disappears into an anthill? Underneath the hill, there are miles of tunnels and hundreds of rooms! With simple, easy-to-understand words and colorfu...

Best Bug Parade, The

Stuart J. Murphy; Illustrated by Holly Keller

Which bug is the biggest? Which bug is the longest? It's time to find out as all the bugs in Ladybug's garden line up for the best bug parade! This fun book written by Stuart J. Murphy a...

Best Vacation Ever, The

Stuart J. Murphy; Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

This busy family needs a vacation, but they don't know where to go. Mom and Dad want peace and quiet. Grandma wants to go somewhere hot. Fluffer wants to go somewhere that pets can go, too! Not ...

Bigmama's

Donald Crews; Illustrated by Donald Crews

Donald Crews, the Caldecott Honor artist and award-winning creator of Freight Train, Truck, and many other classic picture books for young children, writes of his own childhood...

Biscuit Plays Ball

Alyssa Satin Capucilli; Illustrated by Pat Schories

Biscuit is excited to be at the ball game, but no dogs are allowed in the game itself. He doesn't just want to watch, though—Biscuit wants to play ball, too! Can the determined puppy find ...

Boats Board Book

Byron Barton; Illustrated by Byron Barton

Byron Barton introduces young readers to all different kinds of boats in this bold and colorful board book. With simple text and vibrant illustrations, readers will learn about transportation by...

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones

Byron Barton; Illustrated by Byron Barton

Six paleontologists search for bones. When they find them, they dig them up, wrap them, and load them on a truck, bound for the museum. With simple text and vibrant illustrations, young readers ...

Brave Girl

Michelle Markel; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

From acclaimed author Michelle Markel and Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet comes this true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in ...

Brave Girl Teaching Guide

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This teaching guide for Brave Girl aligns with Common Core standards for grades 2-5 and includes discussion prompts and extension activities that cover writing and presenting speeches, writing arguments, research, and more. [PDF]

Bread, Bread, Bread

Ann Morris; Illustrated by Ken Heyman

Bread is a food enjoyed by people in all parts of the world. Its many shapes, sizes, textures, and colors are as varied as the people who eat it. This photographic round-the-world tour provides ...

Brick by Brick

Charles R. Smith; Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Coretta Scott King Award-winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper deliver the compelling story behind the building of the White House, a powerful part of history rarely taught. The home of ...

Building a House

Byron Barton; Illustrated by Byron Barton

Byron Barton, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books for very young children, including Trucks, My Bus, and My Car, builds a house, step by step, right befor...

Caps for Sale

Esphyr Slobodkina; Illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by generations of readers—now celebrating its 75th anniversary!This story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is f...

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