Book of the Day

November 2017

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
You Can Write Awesome Stories

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This book will help you get a start on writing your very first story!

You Can Write Awesome Stories

You can take readers to faraway places. You can make giraffes burp and hippos sing. You can turn the sky purple and make readers wonder what’s coming next. You can write awesome stories!

Author Fandel, Jennifer
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading N
Lexile 420L
 
North Dakota became the 49th U.S. States
North Dakota

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Thursday, November 2, 2017 - North Dakota became the 49th U.S. States
On this day in 1889, North Dakota became the 39th U.S. State. Learn more about North Dakota.

North Dakota

Take a trip to the Peace Garden State! Learn about North Dakota's history, geography, weather, people, and more in this book that's all about our 39th state.

Author Maine, Tyler
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading R
 
Walker Evans's Birthday
Setting Up the Shot: Photography Volume 1

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - Walker Evans's Birthday
Walker Evans was born in 1903, a well-known photographer and photojournalist. Be inspired and set up your own photography shots.

Setting Up the Shot: Photography Volume 1

Plants growing out of people’s heads. Washed out colors. Red eyes. Sound like photos you’ve taken? With a little planning, you can avoid some common photography mistakes. Flip inside for tips on setting up your shot, finding the right light, and playing with perspective.

Author Skog, Jason
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 5-7
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading Y
ATOS 5.4
Lexile 840L
 
King Tut's Tomb Discovered, 1922
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb

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Saturday, November 4, 2017 - King Tut's Tomb Discovered, 1922
Explore this non-fiction graphic-novel about the discovery and excavation of the tomb of King Tut, and the myth of the curse.

The Curse of King Tut's Tomb

Follows the discovery and excavation of the tomb of King Tutankhamen, also known as King Tut, and the myth of the curse that afflicted those involved in the tomb's exploration. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Burgan, Michael
Illustrator Schulz, Barbara
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading U
ATOS 4.5
Lexile 690L
 
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Zero Tasking Day
Calm Girl: Yoga for Stress Relief

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Sunday, November 5, 2017 - Zero Tasking Day
Take an hour out of your day when Daylight Savings Time comes into effect to relax and recharge. Read this book about yoga and stress relief.

Calm Girl: Yoga for Stress Relief

Having a hard time finding your inner Calm Girl? Set the stress aside with relaxing yoga stretches and holds. In no time you'll find a soothing escape to relax, stay calm, and get in shape all at once.

Author Rissman, Rebecca
Pages 64 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 4-5
Interest level 4-8
Lexile 780L
 
Abraham Lincoln Elected President, 1860
Abraham Lincoln

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Monday, November 6, 2017 - Abraham Lincoln Elected President, 1860
Celebrate the election of our 16th president. Read about his fascinating life and how he helped shape America!

Abraham Lincoln

Explore the life of Abraham Lincoln in this fascinating biography. Richly supported by photos, art work, and a family tree, readers will come away with an enhanced understanding of an important figure in American history.

Author Raum, Elizabeth
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 4-6
Interest level 4-6
Guided reading Q
ATOS 5.6
Lexile 840L
 
U.S. General Election Day
A Timeline of Presidential Elections

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - U.S. General Election Day
Today is all about general election day, read this book to look through history and understand the elements of presidential politics.

A Timeline of Presidential Elections

Presidential politics has always been a minefield of competition, excitement, and even scandal. Read about the evolution of presidential politics from the election of George Washington, the nation's first president, to the election of Barack Obama, the nation's first black president. Learn which elements have stood the test of time, such as the Electoral College, and other elements, such as voting rights and processes, that have evolved with the changing times.

Author Krasner, Barbara
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
ATOS 7
Lexile 1000L
 
Bram Stoker's Birthday
Count Dracula

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Bram Stoker's Birthday
Celebrate Bram Stoker's birthday by reading this fun fictional "autobiography" of his popular character, Dracula.

Count Dracula

Each book in this series presents a fun "autobiography" of a popular mythical character. Amusingly illustrated and with simple leveled text, the books will be sure to hook in reluctant readers. The autobiographical style and text in the first person will also make the books work well as examples of Common Core genres and text types. In this book, Count Dracula tells his story.

Author Chambers, Catherine
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 3-5
Guided reading P
ATOS 3.3
Lexile 680L
 
World Freedom Day
Ronald Reagan

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - World Freedom Day
A day to observe the fall of the Berlin Wall, read more about President Ronald Reagan, who gave a famous speech to "Tear down this wall".

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States. Learn about his childhood, his acting career, and his service as president.

Author Tucker, Rosalyn
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 2.7
Lexile 570L
 
USMC Day
The United States Marines

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - USMC Day
Celebrate the birth of the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marines were created during the Revolutionary War, learn more facts with this book.

The United States Marines

Provides an introduction to the history, function, weaponry, and future of the United States Marine Corps.

Author Green, Michael
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading O
ATOS 4.4
Lexile 700L
 
Veterans' Day
Navajo Code Talkers: Secret American Indian Heroes of World War II

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Saturday, November 11, 2017 - Veterans' Day
Veterans' Day is about celebrating all military men & woman. Read this book about the Navajo Code Talkers and all they did during World War II.

Navajo Code Talkers: Secret American Indian Heroes of World War II

During World War II, the Japanese military cracked the codes used by the American Army and Navy, but never the Marines.  What made the Marines’ code different?  They used Navajo Code Talkers, specially recruited American Indian soldiers who used their language to send and receive top-secret messages. Infographics, sidebars, and fact boxes bring the experiences of these brave military men to life.

Author Baker, Brynn
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
ATOS 6
Lexile 930L
 
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Voyager I closest approach to Saturn, takes 1st images of its rings.
NASA

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Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Voyager I closest approach to Saturn, takes 1st images of its rings.
On this day in 1980, NASA's Voyager I takes 1st images of Saturn's rings. Learn more about NASA and the many ways they explore outer space.

NASA

Did you know NASA builds robots? Did you know NASA has many ways to explore outer space? Find out more in NASA.

Author Rustad, Martha E. H.
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 2.8
Lexile 510L
 
World Kindness Day
Black Beauty

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Monday, November 13, 2017 - World Kindness Day
Be kind today, read about the story of Black Beauty and how it teaches us to treat people and animals with kindness.

Black Beauty

Black Beauty faces human cruelty and mistreatment in a world that cares little for the happiness of animals. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Sewell, Anna
Illustrator Tanner, Jennifer
Pages 72 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Fiction
Reading level 2-3
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading I
ATOS 3
Lexile 450L
 
World Diabetes Day
What You Need to Know about Diabetes

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - World Diabetes Day
On World Diabetes Day, understand what you need to know about diabetes and true stories from youth who experienced diabetes.

What You Need to Know about Diabetes

Diabetes may be a familiar word, although you may not understand the disease or its two different types. But the more you know about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of diabetes, the better equipped you will be to understand this disease. Clear, concise information breaks down the disease and the experience of having it, or relating to someone who has it. Be inspired by true stories from youths who have experienced diabetes in their own lives and how they live with the condition.

Author Kolpin, Amanda
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Lexile 760L
 
America Recycles Day
Time to Recycle

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - America Recycles Day
Today, read more about how you can help the earth and recycle.

Time to Recycle

The Earth is running out of places to dump garbage. What can we do about it? Recycle! Learn how almost everything you no longer need or want can find another use.

Author Weber, Rebecca
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 2.8
Lexile 630L
 
Button Day
Buttons and Beads

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Button Day
It is National Button Day, read about recycling buttons to make craft projects.

Buttons and Beads

This books looks at what happens to old buttons and beads when you throw them in the trash, and then looks at alternative things that the reader could make out of them instead of throwing the buttons and beads away.

Author Nunn, Daniel
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-2
Interest level K-2
Guided reading K
Lexile 620L
 
World Peace Day
Peacefulness

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Friday, November 17, 2017 - World Peace Day
On World Peace Day, read this book to see examples of everyday situations where peacefulness can be used.

Peacefulness

Introduces peacefulness through examples of everyday situations where this character trait can be used.

Author Olien, Rebecca
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 2.9
Lexile 630L
 
Wilma Mankiller's Birthday
Wilma Mankiller

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Wilma Mankiller's Birthday
Read about this amazing activist and the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation. Today is her birthday.

Wilma Mankiller

Explore the life and achievements of Wilma Mankiller, an activist and the first female chief of the Cherokee Indian nation.

Author Colich, Abby
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PK-2
Guided reading K
ATOS 2.6
Lexile 400L
 
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Cold War - Ronald Regan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time
Deep-Cover Spies and Double-Crossers of the Cold War

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Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Cold War - Ronald Regan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time
On this day in 1985, the US and Soviet Union met during the Cold War. Explore the book to see the lives of spies during the Cold War.

Deep-Cover Spies and Double-Crossers of the Cold War

Explores the lives and daring deeds of spies during the Cold War using photos, original sources, maps, timelines, and little known facts.

Author Langston-George, Rebecca
Pages 64 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 5-6
Interest level 4-8
 
Human & Animal Relationship Week
Let's Think About Animal Rights

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Monday, November 20, 2017 - Human & Animal Relationship Week
Read this book to exam animal rights. Help bring awareness during this week for human & animal relationships for creating a better community.

Let's Think About Animal Rights

This book helps children to develop critical thinking and debating skills. It examines the topic of animal rights in a lively and accessible way. Information is presented to help readers deliberate, debate, and decide for themselves. The book looks at animal rights: what the current situation is, how far animal rights should go, and how far should they go in the future. The book covers eating meat, animals in sport, animals in medical testing, and the alternatives we could consider.

Author Parker, Vic
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-6
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading S
Lexile 1060L
 
Thomas Edison Introduces the Phonograph, 1877
Thomas Edison

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Thomas Edison Introduces the Phonograph, 1877
Thomas Edison introduced the phonograph on this day in history. Learn about the life of this amazing inventor and his many inventions.

Thomas Edison

This book traces the life of Thomas Edison, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and challenges faced, early successes, and the many inventions for which he is best known. A timeline at the end of the book summarizes key milestones and achievements of Edison's life.

Author Barnham, Kay
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 2-4
Interest level 2-4
Guided reading Q
ATOS 5.2
Lexile 860L
 
President John F. Kennedy Assassinated, 1963
Tragedy in Dallas

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - President John F. Kennedy Assassinated, 1963
Read about this somber day in history and a selection of people who experienced the event.

Tragedy in Dallas

In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Author Otfinoski, Steven
Pages 112 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading Y
Lexile 910L
 
Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving, Gus!

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Thursday, November 23, 2017 - Thanksgiving
Read this fiction book about Gus and his friend Bean as they gather vegetables for Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, Gus!

When Gus and Bean go to gather farm vegetables for Thanksgiving, Gus brings his camera along so that he can finish a homework assignment.

Author Williams, Jacklyn
Illustrator Cushman, Doug
Pages 32 pages
Genre Fiction
Reading level K-3
Interest level K-3
Guided reading N
ATOS 2.8
Lexile 510L
 
Native American Heritage Day
The Ojibwe: The Past and Present of the Anishinaabe

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Friday, November 24, 2017 - Native American Heritage Day
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning more about one of hundreds of tribes located in the United States, the Ojibwe.

The Ojibwe: The Past and Present of the Anishinaabe

The Great Lakes region and parts of Canada were home to the Ojibwe. But the Anishinaabe suffered great losses of land and other broken treaties when settlers discovered Ojibwe homelands. Today the Ojibwe preserve their culture and maintain their traditions in modern America.

Author Halvorson, Alesha
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading U
 
Japan records 690 earthquake shocks
Anatomy of an Earthquake

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Saturday, November 25, 2017 - Japan records 690 earthquake shocks
In 1930, Japan records 690 earthquake shocks in 1 day. Learn how earthquakes form, how scientist predict them and more..

Anatomy of an Earthquake

The rumbling ground could only mean one thing: an earthquake. Learn about where and how earthquakes form, how scientists predict them, how structures are built to withstand them, and more.

Author Rebman, Renée C.
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading W
ATOS 5.7
Lexile 790L
 
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National Cake Day
Piece of Cake!: Decorating Awesome Cakes

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Sunday, November 26, 2017 - National Cake Day
Read this amazing book about all the ways you can decorate a cake for National Cake Day!

Piece of Cake!: Decorating Awesome Cakes

Cakes aren’t just for birthdays anymore. Learn to use cakes as a canvas to create delicious accessories, party decor, and much more. Your friends will want to take a picture of their designer dessert … before they devour it!

Author Rau, Dana Meachen
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading T
Lexile 760L
 
American Indian Wars: Battle of Washita River
Last Stand: Causes and Effects of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

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Monday, November 27, 2017 - American Indian Wars: Battle of Washita River
Today, in 1868, Custer lead an attack on the Cheyenne, in the Battle of Washita River. Read about another battle with Custer and Lakota Sioux.

Last Stand: Causes and Effects of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Americans remember the Battle of the Little Bighorn as Custer’s Last Stand. But the shocking defeat of U.S. forces in 1876 represents the last stand of the Lakota nation. The greatest American Indian victory ever would be one of their last. How would it affect their lives and change the United States?

Author Higgins, Nadia
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading V
Lexile 790L
 
Red Planet Day
S.M.A.R.T.S. and the Mars Mission Mayhem

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Red Planet Day
Celebrate Red Planet Day by reading a fun fictional book about a science club's mission and solving the red plant puzzler.

S.M.A.R.T.S. and the Mars Mission Mayhem

The S.M.A.R.T.S. team is going to Mars! After winning a contest, S.M.A.R.T.S. gets the chance to participate in a Mars colony simulation out in the desert. Other science clubs are there, too including a rival club that’s played dirty in the past. Now, only a day into the mission, the S.M.A.R.T.S. equipment is malfunctioning. Could it be sabotage? Faced with multiple suspects and the challenges of (simulated) space, Zoe, Jaden, and Caleb will have to use their best science skills and investigative powers to figure out this red planet puzzler.

Author Metz, Melinda
Illustrator McKenzie, Heath
Pages 128 pages
Genre Fiction
Reading level 3-6
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading R
 
Freedom Riders
Freedom Riders: A Primary Source Exploration of the Struggle for Racial Justice

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Freedom Riders
On this day in 1960, Freedom Riders were attacked in Mississippi. Read more about the Freedom Riders and the courageous stand they took.

Freedom Riders: A Primary Source Exploration of the Struggle for Racial Justice

The Freedom Riders were a courageous group of people who decided to fight against bus segregation. They had no idea how bad it could get. But they were ready to stand up for their beliefs. Explore the points of view of the Freedom Riders and the people who opposed them through powerful primary sources and historical photos.

Author Schwartz, Heather E.
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading U
ATOS 5.7
Lexile 950L
 
World Vegan Month
Going Vegan: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 - World Vegan Month
Celebrate World Vegan Month by learning more about being Vegan and what it takes to being Vegan.

Going Vegan: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch

Vegan food is good for you and for the planet. But if you're thinking of revolutionizing your diet, you need to get the facts first. Learn about the benefits and challenges of a diet that does not include meat or animal products such as eggs and dairy. Helpful tips, delicious vegan recipes, and how tos will make the switch so much easier. Want to change the world? Now you can, one plate at a time.

Author Rau, Dana Meachen
Pages 64 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 6-7
Interest level 6-9
Guided reading X
ATOS 6.1
Lexile 900L