Book of the Day

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Battle of Gettysburg
The Biggest Battles of the Civil War

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Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Battle of Gettysburg
On this day in 1863, the Gettysburg Battle began. This battle proved to be the turning point of the Civil War.

The Biggest Battles of the Civil War

In the Civil War, battles raged in more than 20 states. The war between North and South remains the bloodiest in U.S. history. The casualties of the Battle of Gettysburg numbered more than 50,000 alone, and the day the Battle of Antietam was fought September 17, 1862 is recorded as the deadliest single day in U.S. military history. Find out what happened in the wars largest battles to cause the devastation that still scars the nation today.

Author |Kolpin, Molly
Lexile |740L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |U
Lexile |740L
 
Medgar Evers' Birthday
Medgar Evers

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Monday, July 2, 2018 - Medgar Evers' Birthday
Medgar Evers was a civil rights activist and the first state field secreatry of the NAACP. Today is his birthday.

Medgar Evers

Explore the life of Medgar Evers 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 |Weil, Ann
Lexile |800L
Pages |48
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |4-6
Interest level |4-6
Guided reading |Q
Lexile |800L
 
Stay Out of the Sun Day
Sunshine

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 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
Lexile |360L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |PK-1
Interest level |PK-1
Guided reading |I
Lexile |360L
 
Independence Day (U.S.)
The First Independence Day Celebration

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - Independence Day (U.S.)
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
Lexile |480L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-3
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |N
Lexile |480L
 
P. T. Barnum's Birthday
Fire-Breathing, Sword-Swallowing, and Other Death-Defying Circus Science

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Thursday, July 5, 2018 - P. T. Barnum's Birthday
P.T. Barnum was founded what became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Celebrate his birthday by learning about the Circus Science.

Fire-Breathing, Sword-Swallowing, and Other Death-Defying Circus Science

Ever watch the circus and wonder, "how do they do that?" Find the answers in this book! Readers will learn about some of the most death-defying circus acts, from human cannonballs to high wire walkers, and the science that makes them possible. Short, simple activities help demonstrate the science for readers.

Author |Mara, Wil
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
 
Be Nice to New Jersey Week
New Jersey

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Friday, July 6, 2018 - Be Nice to New Jersey Week
Explore the Garden State! Learn about New Jersey's history, geography, weather, people, and more.

New Jersey

Explore the Garden State! Learn about New Jersey's history, geography, weather, people, and more in this book that's all about our third state.

Author |Mills, Jordan
Lexile |840L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |R
Lexile |840L
 
Chocolate Day
Chocolate Chill-out Cake: and Other Yummy Desserts

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Saturday, July 7, 2018 - Chocolate Day
Celebrate Chocolate Day by learnng to make some yummy deserts. Eating chocolate is a celebration for any day!

Chocolate Chill-out Cake: and Other Yummy Desserts

Every meal deserves a happy ending, and it’s your job to help make that happen. From no-bake cheesecake pie to banana bread pudding, these kid-friendly desserts will be the perfect ending to any meal.

Author |Fauchald, Nick
Illustrator |Peterson, Rick
Lexile |890L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-3
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |P
Lexile |890L
 
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Math 2.0 Day
Unusual and Awesome Jobs Using Math: Stunt Coordinator, Cryptologist, and More

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Sunday, July 8, 2018 - Math 2.0 Day
Today is Math 2.0 Day. It is a day to remind ourselves that math is the basis of almost all sceince and technology. The world runs on numbers and mathematics.

Unusual and Awesome Jobs Using Math: Stunt Coordinator, Cryptologist, and More

Fascinating facts, figures, and pictures highlight informative text about some of the most interesting and extreme jobs that use math. Young readers will learn what kind of training it takes to be a stunt coordinator, how much money a cryptologist makes, and what exactly a fluid mechanics engineer does, all while discovering how math is involved in each of these exciting jobs.

Author |Simons, Lisa M. Bolt
Lexile |910L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Lexile |910L
 
Wimbledon Tournament begins in 1877
Serena vs. Venus: How a Photograph Spotlighted the Fight for Equality

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Monday, July 9, 2018 - 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: How a Photograph Spotlighted the Fight for Equality

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
Lexile |1,090L
Pages |64
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |5-7
Interest level |5-9
Lexile |1,090L
 
1913 Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C), which is the highest temperature recorded in the United States.
The Hottest Places on Earth

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 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!

The 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.
Lexile |750L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |O
Lexile |750L
 
1798 US Marine Corps established by an act of Congress
The United States Marines

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 1798 US Marine Corps established by an act of Congress
The US Marine Corp is one of the branches of armed service. Learn about the history, function, weaponry, and future of the United States Marine Corps.

The United States Marines

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

Author |Green, Michael
Lexile |700L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |O
Lexile |700L
 
Malala Yousafzai's Birthday
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story

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Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Malala Yousafzai's Birthday
Malala Yousafzai grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But she refused and her words changed the world. Today is her birthday

For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story

She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban's rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. Discover Malala's story through this powerful narrative telling, and come to see how one brave girl named Malala changed the world.

Author |Langston-George, Rebecca
Illustrator |Bock, Janna
Lexile |720L
Pages |40
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |T
Lexile |720L
 
International Rock Day
Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough

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Friday, July 13, 2018 - International Rock Day
Rocks are useful. You can skip them in a lake, sit on them to rest, or build something. Learn more about the types of rock and where to find them.

Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough

The rocks you see everyday can be grouped into different types, like igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic. Some rocks are actually minerals, and you can even find fossils in some types of rocks.

Author |Rosinsky, Natalie M.
Illustrator |John, Matthew
Lexile |790L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-4
Interest level |K-4
Guided reading |N
Lexile |790L
 
Mac and Cheese Day
The Dish on Mac and Cheese

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Mac and Cheese Day
More cheese, please! It's Mac and Cheese Day. Read about this cheesy dish and try out the recipe at the end of the book!

The Dish on Mac and Cheese

More cheese, please! Mac and cheese is America's number one cheese dish. Read more to get the scoop on this cheesy dish. Check out the recipe at the end of the book too!

Author |Ipcizade, Catherine
Lexile |570L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |K
Lexile |570L
 
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Ocean Month
Endangered Oceans: Investigating Oceans in Crisis

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Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Ocean Month
Three/fourths of the world is covered by Oceans. Celebrate Ocean Month by learning how we can protect this valuable resource.

Endangered Oceans: Investigating Oceans in Crisis

Oceans are an important part of the Earth. Filled with millions of species of life, human actions have put this important ecosystem in danger. Why are oceans so important to humans? Why should we change our actions to help protect them? Endangered Oceans answers these questions by engaging readers with lively text, graphic features, and stunning photography. Readers will learn about the vast life within the ocean and the part they can play in protecting it.

Author |Rake, Jody Sullivan
Lexile |830L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |S
Lexile |830L
 
World Snake Day
Snakes

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - World Snake Day
Slither! Rattle! Hiss! Celebrate World Snake Day by learning where they live, how they move, and what they eat!

Snakes

Slither! Rattle! Hiss! Discover the wonderful world of snakes where they live, how they move, what they eat and whether they bite it, squeeze it, or swallow it whole!

Author |Rustad, Martha E. H.
Lexile |590L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |PK-2
Guided reading |L
Lexile |590L
 
Angela Merkel's Birthday
Germany: A Benjamin Blog and His Inquisitive Dog Guide

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - Angela Merkel's Birthday
Today is Angela Merkel's birthday. She is the Chancellor of Germany. Celbrate by learning more about her country.

Germany: A Benjamin Blog and His Inquisitive Dog Guide

Join intrepid explorer Benjamin Blog and his inquisitive dog Barko Polo as they travel to one of the world's most fascinating countries: Germany! The book includes chapters on German history, geography, cities, people, and food, as well as visiting some of the most famous places of this unique country, such as the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

Author |Ganeri, Anita
Illustrator |Isik, Sernur
Lexile |830L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-3
Interest level |3-5
Guided reading |P
Lexile |830L
 
Nelson Mandela's Birthday
Nelson Mandela

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 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
Lexile |1,040L
Pages |48
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-6
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |X
Lexile |1,040L
 
National Hot Dog Day
The Skinny on Hot Dogs

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 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
Lexile |560L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |K
Lexile |560L
 
Moon Day
Tuckerbean on the Moon

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - Moon Day
Travel with your old friend, Tuckerbean, as he visits the moon. What a great way to celebrate Moon Day!

Tuckerbean on the Moon

Tuckerbean takes a trip to the moon and learns what it's like to be in space. See what sort of fun he has once he arrives!

Author |Kalz, Jill
Illustrator |Mahan, Benton
Lexile |290L
Pages |24
Genre |1
Reading level |PreK-3
Interest level |PreK-3
Guided reading |H
Lexile |290L
 
National Junk Food Day
Jumping for Junk Food

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 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
Lexile |630L
Pages |96
Genre |1
Reading level |2-3
Interest level |2-4
Guided reading |P
Lexile |630L
 
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Emma Lazarus' birthday
The Statue of Liberty

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Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Emma Lazarus' birthday
Poet Emma Lazarus wrote the famous poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Today is her birthday.

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is the tallest woman in the United States and one of the country's most beloved symbols of freedom. Listen as park ranger Jeanetta tells the amazing story of Lady Liberty's journey in 1885 from France to New York Harbor.

Author |Firestone, Mary
Illustrator |Skeens, Matthew
Lexile |790L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |O
Lexile |790L
 
Cell Phone Courtesy Month
Cell Phone Safety

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Monday, July 23, 2018 - Cell Phone Courtesy Month
A cell phone lets you stay in touch with friends and family. It is also a big responsibility. Learn how to keep your cell phone a safe zone!

Cell Phone Safety

If you get a text from a stranger, do you know what to do? Don’t worry if you don’t. This book is here to help! Learn  tech-savvy ways to keep your cell phone a safe zone without taking away all the fun!

Author |Allen, Kathy
Lexile |760L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |R
Lexile |760L
 
Amelia Earhart Birthday
Amelia Earhart

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - Amelia Earhart Birthday
Amelia Earhart was one of American's most famous aviators. Today is her birthday.

Amelia Earhart

Explore the life of Amelia Earhart 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 |Doak, Robin S.
Lexile |950L
Pages |48
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |4-6
Interest level |4-6
Guided reading |Q
Lexile |950L
 
Thread the Needle Day
Kid Style: Cool Clothes for You!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 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!

Kid Style: 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
Lexile |490L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |J
Lexile |490L
 
Aunt's and Uncle's Day
Aunts: Revised Edition

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Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 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: Revised Edition

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

Author |Schaefer, Lola M.
Lexile |270L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |F
Lexile |270L
 
Peggy Fleming's Birthday
Figure Skating

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Friday, July 27, 2018 - Peggy Fleming's Birthday
In 1968, Peggy Fleming won the Olympics for Women's Figure Skating. Celebrate her birthday by learning more about the sport that made her famous.

Figure Skating

Though it’s graceful and beautiful to watch, don’t be fooled. Champion-level figure skaters are some of the strongest, most technically skilled athletes anywhere. Learn about this stylish sport and find out how the pros train! Do you think you have what it takes to give it a try?

Author |Throp, Claire
Lexile |1,030L
Pages |48
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-6
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |U
Lexile |1,030L
 
Beatrix Potter's Birthday
Beatrix Potter

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Saturday, July 28, 2018 - Beatrix Potter's Birthday
Beatrix Potter is the author Peter Rabbit and other popular children's books. Today is her birthday.

Beatrix Potter

Introduce students to Beatrix Potter, the author of children’s favorites like Peter Rabbit. This biography uses simple text structures and clear images to help readers learn about this amazing writer.

Author |Guillain, Charlotte
Lexile |630L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-2
Guided reading |L
Lexile |630L
 
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Creation of NASA
NASA

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Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 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.
Lexile |510L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |L
Lexile |510L
 
International Day of Friendship
Trust, Truth, and Ridiculous Goofs: Reading and Writing Friendship Poems

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Monday, July 30, 2018 - International Day of Friendship
What's more improtant than making and being a good friend? Celebrate Friendship Day with this fun and funny poems about friendship!

Trust, Truth, and Ridiculous Goofs: Reading and Writing Friendship Poems

Friends make everything better - even poetry! This book celebrates friendships of all kinds. And, like a good friend, it shares the tools you'll need to write your own poems. So open up, and discover the poet in you!

Author |Fandel, Jennifer
Lexile |750L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |2-4
Interest level |2-4
Guided reading |Q
Lexile |750L
 
J.K. Rowling's Birthday
JK Rowling: Author of the Harry Potter Series

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 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!"

JK Rowling: Author of the 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
Lexile |700L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |V
Lexile |700L