Book of the Day

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Rosa Parks arrested
Rosa Parks

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Rosa Parks arrested
On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat. Known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," Rosa Parks arrest sparked a fight for equal rights.

Rosa Parks

Known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," Rosa Parks sparked a fight for equal rights.  Photographs and easy-to-read text tells the story of this great woman in history.

Author |Edison, Erin
Lexile |460L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |N
Lexile |460L
 
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National Mutt Day
The Amazing Mini-Mutts

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 - National Mutt Day
Celebrate National Mutt Day by reading about the crime-fighting super dogs in "The Amazing Mini-Mutts". 

The Amazing Mini-Mutts

On planet Earth, KRYPTO, ACE, SWIFTY, and other SUPER-PET pooches visit the Bowwow Boot Camp, a school for up-and-coming pups with powers. They're ready to show this new breed of heroes a few old tricks. Unfortunately, Brainicat, an evil cyborg kitty from the planet Colu, wants to teach these canine cadets a lesson as well. Using his hyper-forces, the villain shrinks the Bowwow Boot Camp to microscopic size and traps the mini mutts inside a glass bottle. To escape, these prep-school pups must step up and discover their own super hero identities.

Author |Lemke, Donald
Illustrator |Baltazar, Art
Lexile |620L
Pages |56
Genre |1
Reading level |2-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |J
Lexile |620L
 
International Disability Day
Some Kids Use Wheelchairs

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Monday, December 3, 2018 - International Disability Day
Celebrate International Disability Day by learning more. Read one or more of the books in the "Understanding Differences" series.

Some Kids Use Wheelchairs

Text and photographs discuss why some children cannot walk, how wheelchairs help them, and the everyday activities of children who use wheelchairs.

Author |Schaefer, Lola M.
Lexile |440L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |G
Lexile |440L
 
World Wildlife Conservation Day
Who Grows Up in the Forest?: A Book About Forest Animals and Their Offspring

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - World Wildlife Conservation Day
It's World Wildlife Conservation Day. Read about animals in the forest and learn how you can help protect them!

Who Grows Up in the Forest?: A Book About Forest Animals and Their Offspring

Names and describes the offspring of a squirrel, toad, woodpecker, wolf, opossum, bear, mouse, and whitetail deer.

Author |Longenecker, Theresa
Illustrator |Carpenter, Melissa
Lexile |800L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-4
Interest level |K-4
Guided reading |L
Lexile |800L
 
International Ninja Day
Ninja-rella: A Graphic Novel

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - International Ninja Day
Celebrate International Ninja Day by reading this graphic novel story of Cinderella told ninja style!

Ninja-rella: A Graphic Novel

Cinderella's stepmother and two stepsisters treat her like dirt. Each and every day, they force her to clean their clothes, cook their meals, and only give her rags to wear and crumbs to eat. But each night, in secret and in shadows, Cinderella trains to be a ninja! More than anything, Cinderella yearns to become the Prince's personal bodyguard. When the opportunity to prove her worth to the Prince finally arrives in the form of an invitation to a royal costume ball, Cinderella's stepmother won't let her go! But this time around, Ninja-rella isn't going to take "no" for an answer . . .

Author |Comeau, Joey
Illustrator |Lozano, Omar
Lexile |300L
Pages |40
Genre |1
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |M
Lexile |300L
 
Put on Your Own Shoes Day  
Loop, Swoop, and Pull!

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 - Put on Your Own Shoes Day  
Celebrate "Put on Your Own Shoes Day" by learning how to tie your shoes. If you already know, teach someone else!

Loop, Swoop, and Pull!

Stevie practices tying his shoes and receives the satisfaction of a job well done.

Author |Anderson, Joseph P.
Illustrator |Anderson, Joseph P.
Lexile |370L
Pages |24
Genre |1
Reading level |PreK-3
Interest level |PreK-3
Guided reading |H
Lexile |370L
 
Pearl Harbor Day
Day of Infamy: The Story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

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Friday, December 7, 2018 - Pearl Harbor Day
On this day in 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked. Remember this day by learning more about what happened this day in US history.

Day of Infamy: The Story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

The quiet Sunday morning was shattered as Japanese warplanes screamed toward the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet without warning. The attack sent shockwaves around the globe, pushing the United States to enter World War II. Through powerful narrative storytelling, follow the tales of people who experienced the tragedy firsthand. Meets Common Core standards for narrative nonfiction and exploring multiple accounts of an event.

Author |Otfinoski, Steven
Lexile |910L
Pages |112
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |Y
Lexile |910L
 
Eli Whitney's Birthday
Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin

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Saturday, December 8, 2018 - Eli Whitney's Birthday
How could one invention change the world? In 1793 Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, which changed the economic and social impact in the southern U.S. states. Today is his birthday.

Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin

Tells the story of how Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, and the effects it had on the Southern United States. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author |Gunderson, Jessica
Illustrator |Acerno, Gerry
Lexile |580L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |P
Lexile |580L
 
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World Carol Day
A Christmas Carol

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Sunday, December 9, 2018 - World Carol Day
Celebrate World Carol Day by reading Charles Dickens's classic book, "A Christmas Carol".

A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge has always hated Christmas, but in this particular Eve, he's given another reason to be wary of the holiday: the ghost of Jacob Marley comes to visit! Clad in heavy chains and burdensome weights, Marley's ghost warns Scrooge that three spirits will visit him over the next three nights, each with a ghastly story to share. Will Scrooge's ghoulish experience teach him to embrace the spirit of Christmas, or will he say "bah humbug" to the holidays for the last time? These full-color graphic novels feature enhanced Common Core State Standards support, including discussion and writing prompts developed by a Common Core expert, an expanded introduction, and bolded glossary words.

Author |Dickens, Charles
Illustrator |Almara, Dono Sanchez
Lexile |420L
Pages |72
Genre |1
Reading level |2-3
Interest level |5-9
Guided reading |S
Lexile |420L
 
Human Rights Day
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

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Monday, December 10, 2018 - Human Rights Day
On Human Rights Day, explore the life and achievements of Harriet Tubman, a former slave and human rights leader.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Tells the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author |Martin, Michael J
Illustrator |Anderson, Bill
Lexile |510L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |N
Lexile |510L
 
International Mountain Day
Living on a Mountain

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - International Mountain Day
Towering, majestic, and beautiful. Mountains are some of the most beautiful of nature’s structures. Celebrate Mountain Day by learning what it is like to live on a mountain.

Living on a Mountain

This book takes a simple look at what it means to live on a mountain. It examines basic geographical features, why people choose to live there, and the risks people might have because of living on a mountain, such as some extreme weather. The book also looks at how people adapt to living on mountains and the different things both adults and children can do in their daily lives, such as wearing special clothes to protect against the weather, to enjoying the views.

Author |Labrecque, Ellen
Lexile |760L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-3
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |O
Lexile |760L
 
National 12 Hour Fresh Breath Day
Taking Care of My Teeth

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - National 12 Hour Fresh Breath Day
It's National 12 Hours Fresh Breath Day! If you want to keep your breath fresh, use this day to learn how to care for your teeth!

Taking Care of My Teeth

Text and photographs introduce teeth, and reviews ways to take care of them.

Author |DeGezelle, Terri
Lexile |300L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |I
Lexile |300L
 
National Day of the Horse
Favorite Horses: Breeds Girls Love

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - National Day of the Horse
Horses are beautiful and mysterious creatures. Choose this perfect day to learn more about these amazing animals.

Favorite Horses: Breeds Girls Love

Did you know all Morgan horses are descended from one stallion named Justin Morgan? Or that Thoroughbreds are known as the fastest horses on Earth? Engaging text and colorful photos shine a spotlight on the characteristics of different horse breeds. From the Paint horses colorful coat to the Clydesdales amazing strength, readers will learn all there is to know about their favorite breeds!

Author |Kolpin, Molly
Lexile |900L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |R
Lexile |900L
 
National Monkey Day
Howler Monkeys

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Friday, December 14, 2018 - National Monkey Day
Howler monkeys spend most of their lives in the trees. Learn about these noisy monkeys and their habitats.

Howler Monkeys

Howler monkeys spend most of their lives in the trees. Learn about these noisy monkeys and their habitats in Howler Monkeys.

Author |Gillenwater, Chadwick
Lexile |670L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |J
Lexile |670L
 
Bill of Rights Day
The Bill of Rights

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Saturday, December 15, 2018 - Bill of Rights Day
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution, which spell out our rights as Americans, are known as The Bill of Rights. Learn more about these important legal rules.

The Bill of Rights

Which freedoms do Americans hold most dear? The Bill of Rights is a list of important freedoms shared by everyone in the United States. Join President James Madison to find out how the Bill of Rights came to be. Also, discover what it means to people today.

Author |Pearl, Norman
Illustrator |Skeens, Matthew
Lexile |720L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |O
Lexile |720L
 
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Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Milton Hershey's Sweet Idea: A Chocolate Kingdom

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Sunday, December 16, 2018 - Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Have you ever tasted Hershey's chocolate? Well, to celebrate Chocolate Covered Anything Day, read about the man that created the delicious chocolate!

Milton Hershey's Sweet Idea: A Chocolate Kingdom

Have you ever tasted a Hershey chocolate bar? Milton Hershey’s chocolate bars are famous around the world, but it wasn’t an easy path to turn his idea into a reality. Readers will love learning the story behind the name as they follow along with Milton’s beginnings as a family farmer, his string of failed candy businesses, and his eventual massive success.

Author |Cooper, Sharon Katz
Illustrator |Sánchez, Alvaro Iglesias
Lexile |610L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |2-3
Interest level |2-4
Lexile |610L
 
Maple Syrup Day
Making Maple Syrup

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Monday, December 17, 2018 - Maple Syrup Day
What a yummy day! Learn about that wonderful treat that we like to drown our pancakes and anything else in!

Making Maple Syrup

Learn what it takes to make maple syrup in this beginning how-to book.

Author |Moore, Elizabeth
Lexile |260L
Pages |16
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |PreK-1
Interest level |PreK-1
Guided reading |G
Lexile |260L
 
Bake Cookies Day
Smart Cookie: Designing Creative Cookies

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - Bake Cookies Day
Bake Cookies Day is a great excuse to bake some delicious cookies to help you get through the cold, winter days! 

Smart Cookie: Designing Creative Cookies

Cookies aren’t just for dipping in milk. Learn to use cookies as a canvas to create adorable animals, party decorations, and much more. Your friends will want to take a picture of their cookie creation … before they devour it!

Author |Rau, Dana Meachen
Lexile |790L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |T
Lexile |790L
 
National Hard Candy Day
Eye Candy: Crafting Cool Candy Creations

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - National Hard Candy Day
You may have a sweet tooth, but do you have a sweet eye? Learn how to make beautiful candy creations that not only taste sweet, but look it too! 

Eye Candy: Crafting Cool Candy Creations

Candy isn’t just for eating anymore. Learn to use all kinds of candies to create delicious decor, magical creatures, and much more. Your friends will want to take a picture of their trendy treat … before they devour it!

Author |Rau, Dana Meachen
Lexile |790L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |T
Lexile |790L
 
Games Day
Fun and Games: A Spot-It Challenge

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Thursday, December 20, 2018 - Games Day
It's Games Day! Can you complete the challenges in "Fun and Games: A Spot it Challenge"?

Fun and Games: A Spot-It Challenge

Open up a Spot It book and feast your eyes. Delightful photographs packed with hidden objects will keep you searching for hours. Combined with fun clues, the Spot It collections of scenes and objects are sure to challenge even eagle-eyed readers.

Author |Marks, Jennifer L.
Lexile |570L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |K
Lexile |570L
 
Don't Make Your Bed Day
The Messy One

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Friday, December 21, 2018 - Don't Make Your Bed Day
Don’t Make Your Bed Day should be a day of relaxation and freedom from the arbitrary “rules”. So today it's ok for your room to be a little bit messy.

The Messy One

Vivienne is a messy girl, but it doesn't seem to bother her. But when Vivienne loses her favorite necklace, she must evaluate her messy ways and do the unthinkable. Vivienne must finally clean her room!

Author |Jones, Christianne C.
Illustrator |Martinez-Neal, Juana
Lexile |380L
Pages |32
Genre |1
Reading level |K-3
Interest level |PreK-1
Guided reading |H
Lexile |380L
 
Abilities Day
We All Have Different Abilities

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Saturday, December 22, 2018 - Abilities Day
Everyone has different talents and abilities. Let's share and celebrate our many talents.

We All Have Different Abilities

What can you do? Tie your shoes? Play piano? Everyone has different talents and abilities. Let's share and celebrate our many talents!

Author |Higgins, Melissa
Lexile |90L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |J
Lexile |90L
 
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First Kidney Transplant
Understanding Our Organs

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Sunday, December 23, 2018 - First Kidney Transplant
On this day in 1954, the first human kidney transplant took place in Boston, Massachusetts. Let's read about our organs!

Understanding Our Organs

Heart, lungs, kidneys, stomach--all these organs keep our bodies working, but what really goes on inside them? This book explores beneath the surface to find out how our organs work.

Author |Beevor, Lucy
Lexile |790L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-5
Interest level |3-6
Lexile |790L
 
Stephenie Meyer's Birthday
Stephenie Meyer: Author of the Twilight Series

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Monday, December 24, 2018 - Stephenie Meyer's Birthday
Stephenie Meyer's is the author of the popular "Twilight" series. Today is her birthday

Stephenie Meyer: Author of the Twilight Series

Readers will learn about the life and works of Stephenie Meyer. This young adult author’s life leading up to her success as the best-selling author of the Twilight series is discussed. Readers will also learn about the author’s writing process and what inspires her. What’s next for this author and other interesting details are also included.

Author |Mortensen, Lori
Lexile |750L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Lexile |750L
 
Christmas
All About Christmas

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018 - Christmas
Today is the annual Christian festival celebration of Christmas. Celebrate by reading about this special winter holiday.

All About Christmas

Simple nonfiction text and full-color photographs present the winter holiday of Christmas.

Author |Rustad, Martha E.H.
Lexile |140L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PK-2
Guided reading |H
Lexile |140L
 
Thank You Note Day
Sincerely, Katie: Writing a Letter with Katie Woo

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - Thank You Note Day
Thank You Note Day is a silly, yet wonderful little holiday that makes time with our families a whole lot more cheerful and fun.

Sincerely, Katie: Writing a Letter with Katie Woo

Hi! I'm Katie Woo. My teacher Miss Winkle asked us to write a thank you letter to a special classroom visitor. Well, once I got started writing letters, I didn't want to stop. From the greeting to the signature, writing letters is the best. Write your own and brighten someone's day. I’ll show you how!

Author |Manushkin, Fran
Illustrator |Lyon, Tammie
Lexile |480L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-2
Interest level |K-2
Guided reading |L
Lexile |480L
 
Make a Cut-Out Snowflake Day
Copos de Nieve/Snowflakes

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Thursday, December 27, 2018 - Make a Cut-Out Snowflake Day
Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day encourages you to pick up this art again, and create your own unique and special snowflake.

Copos de Nieve/Snowflakes

Snow falls, animals hibernate, and people bundle up, it’s winter! Check out all the changes that come with longer nights and colder temperatures.

Author |Rustad, Martha E. H.
Lexile |420L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PK-2
Lexile |420L
 
Card Playing Day
The World's Tallest House of Cards and Other Number Records

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Friday, December 28, 2018 - Card Playing Day
The holiday season has come and gone, and the end of the year is in sight. You know what you need to do now? Play a family game of cards.

The World's Tallest House of Cards and Other Number Records

How big was the world's biggest cookie? How many dominoes were used in the longest domino wall? Crack open this book to find out!

Author |Adamson, Thomas K. and Heather
Lexile |700L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |J
Lexile |700L
 
Tick Tock Day
Time

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Saturday, December 29, 2018 - Tick Tock Day
Tick Tock Day reminds you that the year is almost at an end, and there are things still left to be done. Get out there and beat the Tick Tock!

Time

Have you noticed that sometimes time seems to go by very quickly and other times it drags? Even though it may feel that way, time moves along at the same pace every day. This book explores the different ways we measure time and explains the concepts of seasons, daylight savings, and time zones.

Author |Rand, Casey
Lexile |900L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-6
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |S
Lexile |900L
 
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Bacon Day
Bacon Artist: Savory Bacon Recipes

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Sunday, December 30, 2018 - Bacon Day
Whether you eat bacon or veggie bacon this is a day to thoroughly enjoy it at every meal. So, go ahead, and have a bacon party!!

Bacon Artist: Savory Bacon Recipes

Bacon isn't just for burgers anymore! This savory pork product brings delicious smoky flavor to almost any food. The easy-to-follow recipes and creative tips in this book teach beginning cooks all about bacon and how to make a variety of delicious bacon-based dishes. With basic instructions and cooking safety information, young readers can become creative bacon chefs in no time.

Author |Ventura, Marne
Lexile |820L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Lexile |820L
 
Make Up Your Mind Day
Make Good Choices: Your Guide to Making Healthy Decisions

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Monday, December 31, 2018 - Make Up Your Mind Day
Make Up Your Mind Day is today. Eventually, the decisions you put on hold need to be decided upon. Well, today is the day. Make your resolutions.

Make Good Choices: Your Guide to Making Healthy Decisions

Every day we're faced with choices. Skip breakfast or grab something on the run? Study for that test now, or wait until the last minute? Some choices are harder than others, especially when it comes to something others are doing that you know isn't right. But you can be the one in charge. Learn how to handle difficult choices. Then face your day with confidence. It's a tough world out there, but when you're armed with the facts, you'll know what to do.

Author |Schwartz, Heather E.
Lexile |670L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |T
Lexile |670L