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Beezus and Ramona

Beverly Cleary; Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Having a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn't always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to ...

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

Lincoln Peirce; Illustrated by Lincoln Peirce

For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Get ready to meet Big Nate! In the first novel in the New York Times bestselling series, Big Nate is in a class by himself!...

Breadcrumbs

Anne Ursu; Illustrated by Erin McGuire

The winner of numerous awards and recipient of four starred reviews, Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs is a stunning and heartbreaking story of growing up, wrapped in a modern-day fairy tale....

Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson; Illustrated by Donna Diamond

This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss.Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest ru...

Bull Run

Paul Fleischman

Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman's fictional treatment of this Civil War battle is an intimate and sweeping portrait of this period in human history.Northerners, Southerners, generals, co...

Cabinet of Curiosities, The

Stefan Bachmann; Illustrated by Alexander Jansson; By (author) Katherine Catmull; By (author) Claire Legrand; By (author) Emma Trevayne

A collection of thirty-six forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short stories by the acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. The Cab...

Castle Behind Thorns, The

Merrie Haskell

This magical adventure set in an enchanted castle surrounded by thorns tells a tale of the power of memory and story, forgiveness and strength, and the true gifts of craft and imagination. By th...

Charlotte's Web

E. B. White; Illustrated by Garth Williams; By (author) Kate DiCamillo

This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect." This paperbac...

Childtimes

Eloise Greenfield; Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; By (author) Lessie Jones Little

Three generations of African-American women remember their "childtimes" in this lyrical memoir spanning a century of American history. This book preserves the lives and communities of times past...

Chocolate Touch, The

Patrick Skene Catling; Illustrated by Margo Apple

In a laugh-out-loud hilarious twist on the legend of King Midas, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate. Can you ever have too much of your favorite fo...

Chronicles of Narnia Teaching Guide, The

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This teaching guide, aligned with Common Core standards for grades 5-6, features all seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series and includes questions for group discussion, journal writing activities, and prompts for writing expository texts for each title. [PDF]

Civil War

Martin W. Sandler

During the years 1861–1865, America was a nation torn apart by war. From terrible land combat to fierce battles at sea, from mothers losing sons to brothers fighting brothers, the Civil Wa...

Class Acts Middle-Grade Summer Reading Guide

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This teaching guide includes discussion questions for ten middle-grade titles and series including The Cold Cereal Saga, Jinx, The Genius Files, The Fourth Stall, Stick Dog, and more. The guide aligns with Common Core standards for grades 3-6 and covers such concepts as Key Ideas and Details, Comprehension and Collaboration, Conventions of Standard English, and Fluency. [PDF]

Cold Cereal

Adam Rex

From author Adam Rex comes the first book in the Cold Cereal Saga—a hilarious, clever, and action-packed adventure series with an educational hook.Scottish Play Doe—aka Scott&...

Common Core Teaching Guide (Fall 2014)

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This teaching guide includes Common Core strands, discussion questions, activities, and Guided Reading Levels for 25 new titles for Kindergarten through High School. [PDF]

Common Core Teaching Guide (Winter and Summer 2014)

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This teaching guide includes Common Core strands, discussion questions, activities, and Guided Reading Levels for 25 new titles for Kindergarten through High School. [PDF]

Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone, The

Tony Abbott; Illustrated by Bill Perkins

Bestselling author Tony Abbott's epic new middle grade series, the Copernicus Legacy, begins with The Forbidden Stone, a thrilling adventure packed with puzzles, intrigue, and action. F...

Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent's Curse, The

Tony Abbott; Illustrated by Bill Perkins

Bestselling author Tony Abbott returns with the next full-length book in the Copernicus Legacy series, a globe-trotting adventure packed with more riddles, puzzles, and secret histories. The hun...

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary; Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Beverly Cleary’s Newbery Medal-winning book explores the thoughts and emotions of a sixth-grade boy, Leigh Botts, in letter form as he writes to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw. A...

Dragonwings

Laurence Yep

In this Newbery Honor Book, Moon Shadow is eight years old when he sails from China to join his father, Windrider, in America. Windrider lives in San Francisco and makes his living doing laundry...

Dyerville Tales, The

M. P. Kozlowsky; Illustrated by Brian Thompson

"Kozlowsky deftly intertwines imagination and adventure with sobering realities; while the story arc itself engrosses and the grandfather's fairy tale–like quest enchants, he underpins the...

Founding Mothers

Cokie Roberts; Illustrated by Diane Goode

Fans of number one New York Times bestselling author and celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts will love this stunning nonfiction picture book based on her acclaimed work for adults, ...

Fourth Stall, The

Chris Rylander

The humor of Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets a Godfather-like tale of crime and betrayal in this first book in Chris Rylander's The Fourth Stall Saga.Do you need something? M...

Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable, The

Dan Gutman

The most exciting road trip in history begins! In this action-packed, New York Times bestselling adventure, twelve-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald embark on a family vacation you...

Graveyard Book, The

Neil Gaiman; Illustrated by Dave McKean

In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and ot...

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