Book of the Day

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Battle of Gettysburg
Memoir of Tillie Pierce: An Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg

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Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Battle of Gettysburg
On this day in 1863, the Gettysburg Battle began. This battle proved to be the turning point of the Civil War.

Memoir of Tillie Pierce: An Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg

Tillie Pierce was 15 years old when the Battle of Gettysburg raged around her. The three-day battle fought in July 1863 proved to be the deadliest of the Civil War and the turning point of the conflict. Go behind the scenes and follow the bloody battle in Tillie’s own words.

Author Dell, Pamela
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
 
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World UFO day
Unsolved Mysteries of UFOs

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Sunday, July 2, 2017 - World UFO day
Bright lights in the night sky. Strange sightings of flying saucers. Explore this unsolved mystery, and why some people believe and others don’t.

Unsolved Mysteries of UFOs

Bright lights in the night sky. Strange sightings of flying saucers. What are UFOs, and could they be visitors from another planet? No one knows for sure. Explore this unsolved mystery, and why some people believe and others don’t.

Author Sievert, Terri
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading O
ATOS 4.1
Lexile 700L
 
Stay Out of the Sun Day
Sunshine

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Monday, July 3, 2017 - Stay Out of the Sun Day
It's Stay Out of the Sun Day! Learn what sunshine is, how to stay safe in the sun, and why sunshine is an important part of our weather.

Sunshine

Through stunning photographs and simple text, books in this series introduce children to different types of weather. In Sunshine, children learn what sunshine is, how the sun moves, when the sun is strongest, how to stay safe in the sun, and why sunshine is an important part of our weather.

Author Cox Cannons, Helen
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level PK-1
Interest level PK-1
Guided reading I
Lexile 360L
 
First Independence Day Celebration
The First Independence Day Celebration

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - First Independence Day Celebration
The First Independence Day happened during a time of war. Learn about how different it was from the parades, and fireworks today!

The First Independence Day Celebration

In the United States, the Fourth of July means picnics, parades, and fireworks. But it wasn’t always so. The First Independence Day happened during a time of war. Here’s the story.

Author Allen, Kathy
Illustrator Sperling, Tom
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading N
ATOS 3
Lexile 480L
 
1643 First recorded tornado in the US (Essex County, Massachusetts)
Investigating Tornados

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 1643 First recorded tornado in the US (Essex County, Massachusetts)
Overturned cars, destroyed houses and snapped power lines. See how tornadoes form and learn about some of history’s worst twisters.

Investigating Tornados

Overturned cars. Destroyed houses. Snapped power lines. The powerful winds of a tornado can cause a devastating amount of damage in a short time. Get an up-close look at how tornadoes form and learn about some of history’s worst twisters.

Author Elkins, Elizabeth
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading U
 
Beatles: John Meets Paul for the First Time
The Beatles

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Thursday, July 6, 2017 - Beatles: John Meets Paul for the First Time
The Beatles are one of the most loved bands of all time. Learn about these lads from Liverpool and how they captivated the world!

The Beatles

In the ever-changing world of popular music, few bands stand the test of time. Those who do earn the title of legends. Engaging photos, fast-paced text, and special features, including primary source quotes and charts, introduce readers to legendary bands, including Aerosmith, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and U2.

Author Tougas, Joe
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
ATOS 5.4
Lexile 890L
 
Chocolate Day
Milton Hershey

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Friday, July 7, 2017 - Chocolate Day
Explore the life and achievements of Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey Company and Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Milton Hershey

Explore the life and achievements of Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey Company and Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Author Schuette, Sarah L.
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PK-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 2.6
Lexile 560L
 
Video Games Day
The Electrifying, Action-Packed, Unusual History of Video Games

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Saturday, July 8, 2017 - Video Games Day
Do you like to play video games? Find out about the gaming wonders that have wowed fans of the past and revolutionized the video game industry.

The Electrifying, Action-Packed, Unusual History of Video Games

The history of video games is an adventure story that goes back more than 50 years. Learn the tales behind classic games such as Pong and Pac-Man. In The Electrifying, Action-Packed, Unusual History of Video Games, you’ll witness the gaming wonders that have wowed fans of the past and revolutionized the video game industry.

Author Maltman, Thomas James
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading W
ATOS 5.5
Lexile 810L
 
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Wimbledon Tournament begins in 1877
Serena Vs. Venus

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Sunday, July 9, 2017 - Wimbledon Tournament begins in 1877
Wimbledon is the dream of all tennis players. Sisters Serena and Venus were no different. Learn how they made their dreams come true.

Serena Vs. Venus

The final match of the 2001 U.S. Open featuring tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams was groundbreaking. It was the first time siblings had squared off in the final match for more than 100 years. And it was the first time both players were black. The photo of the smiling Williams sisters holding their trophies after the tennis match appeared in newspapers around the globe. It captured two athletes who fought, and would continue to fight, for a place for women and African-Americans in tennis and the world beyond.

Author Smith-Llera, Danielle
Pages 64 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 5-7
Interest level 5-9
 
1913 Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C), which is the highest temperature recorded in the United States.
Hottest Places on Earth

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Monday, July 10, 2017 - 1913 Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C), which is the highest temperature recorded in the United States.
Death Valley is one of the hottest places on earth. But there are many others. You may need a fan for this one!

Hottest Places on Earth

Visit a city that set the record for the hottest temperature on earth. Find out about the intense heat found inside our planet. By opening this book you will journey to places where temperatures reach extreme highs. You may need a fan for this one!

Author Besel, Jennifer M.
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading O
ATOS 4.1
Lexile 750L
 
1798 US Marine Corps established by an act of Congress
The United States Marines: Special Operations Regiment The Missions

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 1798 US Marine Corps established by an act of Congress
When an elite team trained for quick, secret operations is needed, they call in the Marines Special Operations Regiment.

The United States Marines: Special Operations Regiment The Missions

When missions call for an elite team trained for quick, secret operations, they call in the Marines Special Operations Regiment. Training foreign soldiers, destroying weapons, or gathering enemy information, the men of MARSOC are ready to do whatever it takes.

Author Sodaro, Craig
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading U
ATOS 5.6
Lexile 810L
 
1962 1st time 2 manned crafts in space (USSR)
Destined for Space: Our story of Exploration

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 1962 1st time 2 manned crafts in space (USSR)
Who hasn’t looked to the night sky and wondered, what’s out there? Learn how man ventured into space.

Destined for Space: Our story of Exploration

Who hasn’t looked to the night sky and wondered, what’s out there? Miracles of human curiosity, bravery, and science have made it possible to begin answering that question. From wishful stargazing to moon walking to, someday, intergalactic travel, the story of human space exploration is full of daring adventure, incredible machinery, and endless curiosity about our place in the universe.

Author Nardo, Don
Pages 64 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 4-5
Interest level 2-6
Guided reading T
ATOS 5.4
Lexile 720L
 
In 1960 John F. Kennedy was nominated for Presidency
John F. Kennedy

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Thursday, July 13, 2017 - In 1960 John F. Kennedy was nominated for Presidency
John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. Read about his childhood, military service, and work as president.

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. Learn about his childhood, military service, and work as president.

Author Edison, Erin
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading M
ATOS 2.7
Lexile 360L
 
Reading on the Go
The Zoo with the Empty Cage

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Friday, July 14, 2017 - Reading on the Go
Check out one of the Summer Reading Challenge recommended books. Why is there an empty cage at the zoo?

The Zoo with the Empty Cage

Edward G. Garrison, better known as Egg, is pretty excited about the Science Club's field trip to the zoo. They'll get to see a rare display of Island Foxes, an endangered species. But when the club arrives, they learn that the foxes have been nabbed! Can Egg and his friends find the foxes?

Author Brezenoff, Steve
Illustrator Canga, C.B.
Pages 88 pages
Genre Fiction
Reading level 2-3
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading M
ATOS 3
Lexile 390L
 
Cow Appreciation Day
Cows

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Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Cow Appreciation Day
Chew some grass. Flick a tail. Cows are at home on the farm.

Cows

Chew some grass. Flick a tail. Cows are at home on the farm.

Author Doyle, Sheri
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading H
ATOS 1.9
Lexile 500L
 
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National Ice Cream Day
The Scoop on Ice Cream

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Sunday, July 16, 2017 - National Ice Cream Day
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day. What's your favorite flavor? Read on to get the scoop on this popular cool treat!

The Scoop on Ice Cream

Dig in! Vanilla may be a favorite, but there are thousands of ice cream flavors. Read more to get the scoop on this icy dish. Check out the recipe at the end of the book too!

Author Ipcizade, Catherine
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading K
ATOS 2
Lexile 590L
 
1964 Don Campbell sets record for turbine vehicle, 690.91 kph (429.31 mph)
World's Fastest Cars

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Monday, July 17, 2017 - 1964 Don Campbell sets record for turbine vehicle, 690.91 kph (429.31 mph)
Supercars, race cars, and sports cars all have blazing speed. Which one do you want to drive?

World's Fastest Cars

Supercars, race cars, and sports cars all have blazing speed. How do they go so fast? Why do some cars have wings? Learn the answers for yourself and decide which of the fastest cars you'd like to drive.

Author McCollum, Sean
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
 
Nelson Mandela's Birthday
Nelson Mandela

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Nelson Mandela's Birthday
Learn about Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black President. He helped end apartheid despite much opposition. Today is his birthday.

Nelson Mandela

This series will tell the amazing stories of inspiring people who have made a difference and changed the world, despite the odds stacked against them. They will detail the characters' humble origins, the obstacles standing in their way that had to be overcome, and discuss the successes and achievements for which they are lauded today. This book tells the story of Nelson Mandela, who became South Africa's first black President and helped to end apartheid despite the opposition of the white Afrikaner government.

Author Senker, Cath
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-6
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading X
ATOS 7
Lexile 1040L
 
1942 George Washington Carver begins experimental project with Henry Ford
George Washington Carver: Ingenious Inventor

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 1942 George Washington Carver begins experimental project with Henry Ford
This graphic-novel tells the story of scientist and inventor George Washington Carver and his amazing discoveries.

George Washington Carver: Ingenious Inventor

Tells the story of plant scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Olson, Nathan
Illustrator Tucker, Keith
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading S
ATOS 4.2
Lexile 600L
 
Moon Day
Out of This World Journey to the Moon

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Moon Day
Would you want to move to the moon? Starr is nervous, but she is determined! Maybe one day, this will be you.

Out of This World Journey to the Moon

Moving is hard for any kid, but Starr is learning that moving to outer space is a whole new challenge especially when you float in microgravity! Her family is to lead the first group of space tourists to the Moon. Starr is nervous, but when her brother tells her girls aren’t tough enough to go to the Moon, she’s determined to prove him wrong.

Author Bean, Raymond
Pages 112 pages
Genre Fiction
Reading level 2-5
Interest level 2-5
 
National Junk Food Day
Jumping for Junk Food

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Friday, July 21, 2017 - National Junk Food Day
Junk food is delicious but too much can spell trouble! Billy Burger is learning this first hand. Do you eat too much junk food?

Jumping for Junk Food

When Billy Burger gets a bad report at the doctor, his mom starts pushing fruits and veggies and cutting out the junk food. Delirious from his cravings, Billy swipes a bag of chips from the school cafeteria and devours them. When he realizes his mistake, he rushes to pay, but it's too late. He's sent to the principal's office for stealing. Can Billy make up for his poor judgement? Can he live life with less junk food and more movement? Can he become Billy Burger, Model Citizen?!

Author Sazaklis, John
Illustrator Robinson, Lee
Pages 96 pages
Genre Fiction
Reading level 2-3
Interest level 2-4
Guided reading P
ATOS 3.9
Lexile 630L
 
1849 Emma Lazarus, poet ("New Colossus" - on the base of Statue of Liberty), born in New York City
In the Shadow of Lady Liberty: Immigration Stories from Ellis Island

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Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 1849 Emma Lazarus, poet ("New Colossus" - on the base of Statue of Liberty), born in New York City
She is the beautiful lady that all saw when they came to America. Find out about the people who risked everything to come to America.

In the Shadow of Lady Liberty: Immigration Stories from Ellis Island

Immigrants gazed upon the towering Statue of Liberty and entered the gates of Ellis Island in order to begin their journeys in America. Meet the immigrants who were processed at Ellis Island, and hear their stories through their own words. Meets Common Core standards for analyzing multiple accounts of an event.

Author Kravitz, Danny
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading V
ATOS 5.8
Lexile 920L
 
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National Hot Dog Day
The Skinny on Hot Dogs

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Sunday, July 23, 2017 - National Hot Dog Day
Grab one while its hot! Plain or with lots of toppings, people eat millions of hot dogs a year. Get a dog today!

The Skinny on Hot Dogs

Grab one while its hot! Plain or with lots of toppings, people eat millions of hot dogs a year. Read more to get the scoop on this easy to serve dish. Check out the recipe at the end of the book too!

Author Ipcizade, Catherine
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading K
ATOS 2.1
Lexile 560L
 
Amelia Earhart Day
When Amelia Earhart Built a Roller Coaster

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Monday, July 24, 2017 - Amelia Earhart Day
Amelia Earhart was one of American's most famous aviators. Find out what she was like as a child.

When Amelia Earhart Built a Roller Coaster

Amelia Earhart was one of America's most famous aviators. But do you know what she was like as a child? From running on the river bluffs and playing football to building a roller coaster, Amelia Earhart was an active and confident child. This playful story of her childhood will help young readers connect with a historic figure and will inspire them to want to achieve greatness.

Author Weakland, Mark
Illustrator Grivina, Oksana
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 2-5
Interest level 1-6
Guided reading P
 
Thread the Needle Day
Cool Clothes For You

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Thread the Needle Day
Want a style that's all your own? Make it yourself. Fun, simple projects step up your look for a style that's new, but all you!

Cool Clothes For You

Want a style that's all your own? Fun, simple projects step up your look for a style that's new, but all you!

Author Peterson, Megan Cooley
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading J
Lexile 490L
 
Aunt's and Uncle's Day
Aunts

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Aunt's and Uncle's Day
Your mother or father's sister is your aunt. What fun things do you do together? Read about what Aunts do!

Aunts

Text and photographs present aunts and how they interact with their families.

Author Schaefer, Lola M.
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading F
ATOS 1
Lexile 270L
 
1909 Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s
The Wright Brothers

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Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 1909 Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s
Do you like to fly? Find out how these brothers changed the way we travel and opened up the skies to us and our military.

The Wright Brothers

Explore the lives and achievements of the Wright Brothers. Photographs, a timeline, and easy-to-read text tell the story of these famous inventors of the airplane.

Author James, Emily
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PK-2
Guided reading M
 
1984 23rd modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
Great Olympic Moments

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Friday, July 28, 2017 - 1984 23rd modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
The world watches as athletes come together to compete to see who is best! Read about some great Olympic moments!

Great Olympic Moments

Great Olympic Moments looks at great Olympic moments through the history of the modern Olympics and reasons why these moments were so memorable and made such an impact. It also includes a spread of Olympic records and an Olympic timeline.

Author Hurley, Michael
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-5
Interest level 3-5
Guided reading S
ATOS 7.2
Lexile 1030L
 
Creation of NASA
NASA

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Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Creation of NASA
Do you dream about space? NASA is all about space! Read what NASA does. Maybe one day, you'll go to 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
 
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International Day of Friendship
Comparing Past and Present: Playing with Friends

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Sunday, July 30, 2017 - International Day of Friendship
What do you and your friends like to do? Read about the things friends used to do together. Maybe you'll come up with some new ideas!

Comparing Past and Present: Playing with Friends

Read Playing with Friends to learn how games, hobbies, and sports have changed over time! Photographs and clear text compare and contrast modern and historical amusements in a child-friendly format, making this a great tool for discussing how life has changed over the years.

Author Rissman, Rebecca
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level PK-1
Interest level PK-1
Guided reading H
Lexile 530L
 
J.K. Rowling's Birthday
J.K. Rowling Author of Harry Potter Series

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Monday, July 31, 2017 - J.K. Rowling's Birthday
J.K. Rowling created a magical world that captivated us! Read about this imaginative lady and what she overcame to bring us "The Boy Who Lived!"

J.K. Rowling Author of Harry Potter Series

Readers will learn about the life and works of J.K. Rowling. The author’s life leading up to her success as the best-selling author of the Harry Potter 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 Hunsicker, Jennifer
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading V