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As the Junior Iditarod gets underway, Painter and Ugly are able to reconnect through sending the sound of yip through the cold Alaskan air. Though they are now leaders of different packs, Painter and Ugly are determined to finish the race together. This story of unbreakable friendships is geared toward young readers between the ages of four and eight.

Bleiman, Andrew, and Eastland, Chris. Simon and Schuster Beach Lane Books. This fun book is great for very young readers. For teaching the alphabet, it is certainly effective because of the consistency with showing and describing the animal that corresponds with the given letter. It is also interesting because the animals themselves can sometimes be less than common, which make for great initiatives for brief lessons about those animals. Its detailed pictures, as well as fun commentary that accompany those pictures, make it enjoyable for young students and the teachers or parents sharing it with their students.

Bailey is a dog who attends school with all humans. He takes the reader through a typical school day, and the reader learns that Bailey enjoys chasing squirrels, eating his own homework, using his tail instead of a paintbrush in art class, and, of course, lunch and recess. This book would be perfect for children between the ages of 3 and 6 to ease any uncertainties of what to expect at school.

Simon and Schuster Simon Spotlight. Illustrated by Eric Carle. This book is labeled a Level One book of Simon Spotlight Ready-to-Read books because of its simple plot and use of easy sight and sound-out words. Children will enjoy the various animals the python eats and be captivated by the simple rhyming words. While children enjoy the colorful animal illustrations, they will also be learning about the consequences of greed.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Clarion Books. Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. This book for elementary readers, Ballywhinney girl, is great for readers who like mystery and predicting what will happen next. The narration is in first person, told by a little girl named Maeve. The author used a lot of imagery through the whole book, which helped show what Maeve was going through when they found the body. This also helps readers understand the main points of the book while reading.

The brush strokes and vibrant colors help explain the emotions and sincerity of the young girl throughout the book. Adventure and appreciation are the predominant themes in this tale. This is an eerie picture book that shows how a young Irish girl, Maeve, is able to identify with a mummy that she and her grandfather discover in the bog in Ballywhinney, Ireland. The illustrations use color, lines, shape and light to portray the different moods of the book. Some of the situations described in the picture book will have to be read by a mature reader.

Although there is not an age recommended for readers, I would say that this would be suitable for Ages My dog Jack is fat. Illustrated by Michael Rex. Carson and his dog Jack are best friends, and readers will easily relate to this dynamic duo. The theme is staying healthy by eating right and exercising. This book is an applicable example for elementary teachers in the first through third grade range to teach their students how to be healthy people.

Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. This is the perfect book for curious young children. As the little elephant explores the jungle with Mama, he learns all about the special talents of others as well as his own. Readers will relate to this theme of everyone being special in their own way. The illustrations are soft and welcoming, and complement the feel-good nature of this book.

Scholastic Michael Di Capua Books. Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. This is a beautiful retelling of a classic fable by Aesop. A mighty African lion threatens to eat a meek field mouse, who begs for forgiveness.

The lion spares the mouse, and the mouse promises that he will pay the lion back someday. As it is a fable, children can discuss and respond to an important moral, this one being about an unlikely pair of characters who show kindness to one another. The ink and brush illustrations in this rendition are incredibly detailed, textured, and realistic. Ages 4 and up. Michael at the invasion of France Twelve-year-old Michael and his friend Jacques resist the Nazis in every little way they can, but they want more. The boys join the French Revolution, where they help aviators and other members of the Allies.

This proves to be a dangerous decision because of German spies that can send the boys to concentration camps. This life-risking novel takes the reader on a ride with a boy trying to help his country reach freedom. Heroes of the surf. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. A fictional tale, based on true events, that is certain to capture the attention of a young adventurer! The story is told in the first person perspective.

Carlbone chose to write the story in present tense, seemingly following the events in the story as they occur. The language is informal, told from the point of view of a young boy. The illustrations also utilize lines by indicating shadows and motion, such as the rain and wind. Despite the frightening events in the book, the protagonist and his friend maintain a love of the sea and begin to idolize the organization, what later becomes known as the United States Coast Guard, who aided in their rescue.

Summer of the wolves. This novel is about a young girl, Nika, who goes through various adventures that lead her to discover who she is. Growing up in foster homes, Nika finally gets the chance to live with her uncle that she hardly knows, but she is not that excited to leave.

He lives in northern Minnesota and studies wolves; not exactly a thrilling life for Nika. However, Nika soon discovers that life up north with her uncle is not all that bad. In this story, as Nika bonds with the wolves, she not only learns to take care of them but also realizes what is important in her life. This story is great for children ages ten to fourteen.

Leo Fillmore, age 10, lives with his father in the basement of the Whippet Hotel, an eccentric hotel filled with mysterious floors of ducks, robots, and magic. The owner and creator of the hotel, Merganzer D. Whippet, mysteriously disappears without so much as a note. Furthermore, it seems that the building is under sabotage by an unknown party. It is up to Leo to save this unique hotel as he encounters strange and colored boxes that direct him to uninhabited floors of the hotel. Ages 9 and up. The astonishing secret of awesome man. Illustrated by Jake Parker. This book is intended for children from pre-K through second grade.

Awesome Man is a superhero that protects the world from evil villains. Readers with vivid imaginations and who enjoy reading about superheroes will be motivated to read about this topic.

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Lerner Publishing Group Carol Rhoda. Illustrated by Heather M. A secret keeps is a great educational, family friendly book. In this book, a little boy, who is very close to his grandpa, goes sneaking around trying to figure out what the secret is that his grandpa is keeping. This book captivates its audience because of its use of rhyme throughout the book. No passengers beyond this point. Choldenko takes three realistic children and turns an ordinary situation into a madcap struggle to get home.

When the three siblings are forced to move when their house is sold, they end up in Falling Bird, a place that seems to defy logic and an easy way back home. The book can be confusing, but the kicker of an ending makes the strange journey worthwhile. Recommended for middle school readers MC. Flyaway is a novel about Isla and the challenges of having a parent who is in the hospital. This swan becomes the inspiration of her art project analyzing flight. Isla is a dynamic character that learns how to face these difficult challenges and someone students easily relate to while reading.

Recommended for students ages Feet and puppies, thieves and guppies: What are irregular plurals? Lerner Publishing Group Millbrook Press. Illustrated by Brian Gable. This book introduces readers to using irregular plurals. The book tells readers how to use the irregular plurals as it tells the story. Students will be able to look at the illustrations for examples and figure out how to use the irregular plurals.

The author does a great job of slowly introducing the harder plurals and helping students reflect on what they had learned in the previous pages. This would be a great book for any student working on irregular plurals or a student who is still struggling to grasp on to how to use them. The book lays out the directions for irregular plurals in a very easy and accessible way.

Student will have fun reading this book as well as learning the irregular plurals. The wicked and the just. The wicked and the just takes place in Wales just after it has been conquered by the English in the 13th century. Cecily, the young daughter of an English Lord, has just been uprooted from her home and moved to Wales.

Cecily is horribly self-centered and rude, especially to her servant Gwenhwyfar. Gwenhwyfar, who is still mourning the loss of her father, is strong and courageous but bitter with her servitude. This book is historical fiction and deals with the struggle of good and evil and the grey area that lies in between. This story does have some challenging vocabulary and would appeal most to readers ages 12 and above. Simon and Schuster Aladdin. Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri.

By taking cherished fairy tales and simply adding one new element, the whole story can change. The vivid and bright illustrations add a whole new level to the story. With a cute ending, kids will love this book as a regular bedtime story. This book is a collection of poems that have been inspired by people who have made a difference or have been an inspiration for change. Each poem or pairing of poems is accompanied by a brief biographical statement about the person that inspired the poem and why their story is significant.

The illustrations use vivid colors and images to support the important aspects of each poem. Teachers in history or English could use this book in a creative and unique way to engage students in learning about these individuals. Here come the Girl Scouts! Illustrated by Hadley Hooper. It is told from the third person and takes the reader on a journey through the development of the Girl Scouts and the history of this worldwide organization. The book is supported by historical facts and quotations taken from the original, How girls can help their country: Handbook for Girl Scouts. The illustrations and use of quotations within the illustrations help create the time period and a sense for what the Girl Scout Organization represents for girls in the past and into the present.

Friends to the end. This book is written for young children who are just learning to read or still have adults reading to them. The overarching theme of the book is friendship, and this is supported by different conflicts in the plot that relate to the struggles of being friends and getting in fights. The illustrations provide details that are not included in the text, which help to support the overall theme of the book. Young readers will enjoy the vibrant colors, fonts, and images that support and help to build the story.

The legend of Diamond Lil: Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. In this adventurous tale of J. New faces appear in town with the arrival of a new dog next door, Diamond Lil. A possum is also on the loose, and J. Illustrator Kevin Cornell adds a great dynamic with his drawings that connect the reader to the scene. This humorous story is great for kids who enjoy plot twists, excitement and some imagination.

Illustrated by Cheryl Harness. This educational book is useful for children who are doing research or just want to know more about women explorers. Upper elementary students will be intrigued by the short biographies. Lexington Bartleby may seem like an ordinary delinquent adolescent, but after her junior year of high school, she discovers that her violent fits of rage are actually a symptom of a unique power she possesses.

Instead, Lex discovers that she has the special ability to Kill a necessary process that separates a dead body from its soul and that Croak is a portal to the afterlife. As she finds her sense of purpose, Lex develops a fondness for the town and its people. In the same way, this strange little novel becomes increasingly charming with each page-turn and will have readers waiting anxiously for the sequel. Filled with eccentric language and teen-flavored wit, this book will appeal to imaginative readers grades In this sequel to The lemonade war, siblings Evan and Jessie find their hard-earned lemonade money missing…and Scott Spencer looks very suspicious.

To solve the problem, Jessie puts together a trial with their fourth grade class. What the first book did with marketing, this book does with the justice system: The book is short and easy to read, and it can be read and enjoyed without knowledge of its prequel. Recommended for late elementary reluctant readers. Ants in your pants, worms in your plants! Readers will learn that even the smallest gestures can have a big impact on our environment.

Students will love it and learn great reasons for protecting the environment. The accidental genius of Weasel High. Larkin Pace documents his life for a freshman English assignment and tells readers all about his insufferable sister, his woes about being short, his best friend and possibly girlfriend Brooke, and his quest to become a filmmaker.

Told in words and graphics, the novel is reminiscent of Diary of a wimpy kid, but geared for an older audience. Freshman boys—or anyone, for that matter—will easily relate. Charlie the ranch dog. Illustrated by Diane deGroat. Ree Drummond creates a comical, yet delightful story about a ranch dog named Charlie. Charlie has long, droopy ears and big paws.

Charlie likes to think he contributes to the daily work that has to happen on the farm; however, the reader sees differently. There is another dog named Suzie who works on the ranch. Charlie lets Suzie chase the cows away from the vegetables or help Mama fix the garden. The reader is taken on an adventure and learns what a dog does in a day on the farm. Recommended for ages 4 — 8.

There are both humorous and intense parts of the fantasy piece that Egan also illustrates with attractive watercolor pictures. Egan chooses to use grays, dark greens, dark reds, and dark yellows to help create a warm mood for the story. It is ironic that the duck is bright white, because the color white conveys innocence, and Duck is anything but innocent; Eagan does this purposefully to help the duck stand out in each illustration.

His use of word play, simple dialogue, and funny misunderstandings make Dodsworth in Rome highly recommendable. Age 6 and up. A doctor diagnoses a young girl, Fefa, with word blindness and told her that she would never be able to read or write. Soon Fefa filled the pages with words, and the more she wrote the better she got; Fefa writes about her life, including the ups and downs.

The dynamic words flow off the page and the text brings the story to life.

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This is a great book for children that have been diagnosed with dyslexia, because it gives them hope. Illustrated by Laura Freeman. Deja names her best friend Nikki as her campaign manager. In the heat of the election Deja loses sight of what it means to be a good friend, and jeopardizes her relationship with Nikki and others at her school. This story is about friendship and contains great characterization. It is a great, realistic read for kids of color. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Harcourt. But when they died in an accident, leaving her with a meteorite to protect and at the mercy of a snotty boarding school, she begins to doubt her worth.

Fagan employs the trope of an orphan joining a circus in a whole new way, making the circus troupe intergalactic aliens! Trix is soon immersed in the Big Top and learns to get along with a whole new set of friends and enemies. The plot is fast-paced and there are extra helpings of imagination that are sure to please.

Illustrated by Catherine Stock. This book tells the story of Emily Dickens and her dog, Carlo, who was her true companion. This book is informative and sheds a different light on Dickens, who was normally seen as shy and reserved. When Carlo was alive Dickens seemed bright, and some of her best work was done during the time of his life. The illustrations are very detailed, and accompany the text quite well. Each poem is about a different position on the baseball team and uses great imaginative word choice.

The illustrations perfectly accompany the stylistic writing choices of the author and provide a whimsical look at the game of baseball. Honeybee poems and paintings. Unbeelievables is an extremely colorful and fun book providing the reader with information about all aspects of a honeybee colony. From the role of the queen bee to the anatomy of a honeybee, each page provides a short, rhyming poem containing captivating facts of the honeybee world. The playful rhythm of the words correlates with the whimsical and colorful paintings printed on the opposite page.

An additional feature to this book is the use of short passages on each page containing more specific and scientific information pertaining to the concept to which the poem refers. Readers age five and up are sure to enjoy this creative piece. My mixed-up berry blue summer. This chapter book is based on the life of year-old June Farrell.

This story goes through many twists and turns, and girls going into their teens can easily relate to the book. Readers will think about their actions as a human being and learn about topics to which they may not usually be exposed. This collection of poems illustrates a struggle between a big sister and her little sister. The poems flow in a story-like manner and are told by big sister, Jessica, about the many adventures with little sister, Emma.

George does a great job capturing the frustrations, bonds, and annoyances of having a little sister. Nancy Carpenter helps George capture these different emotions through tenderly drawn scenes and facial expressions of the girls. The last few scenes that entail the most emotion of the entire poem collection are illustrated beautifully and really add to the intensity of the final events of the story.

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The collection of poems is written simply with lots of sight words that kids of all ages can understand and appreciate. The place is New York City. The year is Astrid basks in the glamour of her engagement to a handsome, rich bootlegger; Cordelia anticipates the opening of her own speakeasy in Manhattan; and Letty dreams of singing her way to fame. The girls, as do most bright, young things, encounter heartbreak, jealousy, and risk—but in this book, everything transpires in the dazzling light of the Roaring Twenties.

An exciting read that is both indulgently entertaining and historically accurate, this book would appeal to girls ages 12 and up. You are now on Indian land: Covering Native American history from pre-colonial times to the present day, this work of nonfiction explores important and sometimes not well-known civil rights issues involving American Indians. Photographs accompany much of the writing, and the book includes a timeline, glossary, and index, biographies, and a list of suggested further reading. This book is recommended for all readers fifth grade and up, and it is a good introduction to nonfiction for reluctant readers.

Illustrated by Dan Andersen. Every letter in the book has at least one fact about baseball accompanied by illustrations helping to provide context about the fact to the reader. This book is really well done and a great read for kids who are interested in sports. Also, this would be a good book for teachers to use to get students interested in reading. I lay my stitches down: Poems of American slavery. Illustrated by Michele Wood. This is a collection of American slavery poems.

The poems are each about different aspects and events from the time of slavery. A great asset to this book is the historical connection at the end of each poem. This collection is great for students interested in poetry and history. During the summer months, Ant is busy stocking food for the upcoming winter months while Grasshopper spends his time dancing and making music. Ant believes this activity to be ridiculous and extremely irresponsible as the cold is fast approaching. Eventually, Ant feels guilty leaving Grasshopper outside of his front door, so he invites Grasshopper inside.

This story of acceptance and companionship is encouraging and uplifting for children of ages This is the story of Trevor and Sam, two boys living in California who are unsatisfied with their everyday lives. He has everything, except his own dream of playing baseball on a real team.

After meeting by chance, naturally, the two decide to switch places.

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Oddly enough, they look enough alike to get away with it. The two boys experience lives which are opposite from their own, with one living in a mansion and the other a trailer. After finding out that they must be twins separated by adoption, the boys begin to search for their birth mother. This story is sports fiction, with elements of adventure and self-discovery branching off and making the plot a little deeper.

This book will be favorable to young readers interested in baseball but will be able to support readers with interests beyond sports. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. This picture book tells the story of Rabbit, who is eagerly waiting to see the moon but goes into his burrow too early in the night and falls asleep. The moonlight wakes up Rabbit, and he goes outside to enjoy the moonlight with the other animals.

The book uses a metaphor of the moon as butter, which coats everything it touches. It is written in prose, and its rhythm is perfect for lulling young children to sleep. This book is recommended for children ages and is a perfect story to read at bedtime. The two friends eat, play, sleep, and even do chores together. It is a typical day in the life of the little girl and her cat. The illustrations are somewhat abstract but stand out because of their bold colors. The little girl in the story never has hands, and the scenes are not actual scenes, but rather objects on a bright background.

The audience of the book would be pre-readers, but it would give early readers an opportunity to practice sight words paired with a few complex verbs. The genius files 1: Filled with quirky facts and fun challenges from the author, this book will entertain both boys and girls in late elementary and early middle school. Summer Jackson grown up. Illustrated by AG Ford. Summer Jackson is seven and tired of being a child. She wants to wear a blazer and high heels and carry a brief case just like her mom; Summer wants to be a grown up.

Her parents agree to this and give her responsibilities around the house, while they pretend to be kids. Summer starts to realize that being a grown up is not everything she hoped and wants to be treated like a seven-year-old again. The illustrations in this book are phenomenal; they are bright and realistic.

The font size is bigger so it is easier for young children to read. This book is great for younger children because at some point, all children want to be grown-ups. This book portrays the fun and importance of being a child. Recommended for children The young, aspiring herbalist Reveka is determined to discover the cause of the curse, but she is soon plunged into an underworld with a monstrous creature who cannot be easily pegged as either good or bad. With a likeable heroine, an unpredictable plot, and promise of a sequel, this book hits the right marks.

Recommended for late elementary school to middle school readers. Quirky, smirky poems from the animal world. Illustrated by David Clark. Quirky, smirky poems from the animal world is an educational, fun book for children.

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This book is filled with poems that inform readers about what certain animals eat. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. This is an inspiring true story about an orphaned lion cub, christened Zamba, rescued to live in a sanctuary in the United States. The book is recommended and appropriate for young readers. Penny and her song. Great for beginning readers, this book is simple and elegant. Penny has made her own song and wants to share it with her parents.

However, she has to wait until the time is right. Penny uses patience, and in the end it was worth it. Readers will learn the importance of being patient. This young-adult novel is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic culture with a plot to match. Due to its thick violence, it is appropriate for middle and high school readers. The narrative is told from first person by year-old Stephen Quinn, whose family was able to survive a vicious strain of influenza that killed over two-thirds of the American population.

Shortly afterwards, his father falls into a coma following an accident. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Voices from the disaster. This book is a perfect read for young readers who are interested in the history of the Titanic. This book follows the story of the Titanic by putting together the stories of real Titanic survivors and witnesses to the disaster.

The book is full of historical details, along with quotes and pictures from the Titanic. Not only is this book enjoyable to read, but it is also a history lesson that will keep young readers wanting to know more. ISBN Original copyright Illustrated by Thomas Yeates. Horowitz retells classic legends from around the world with excitement, sharing stories from the Greeks and the Romans, as well as the Chinese, Inca, Bororo Indians, and Celts. The inclusion of diverse, non-Western cultures is a refreshing change from many classic legend anthologies.

Recommended for students eight to twelve. Readers can confront the Sphinx, the Gorgon, a dragon, a river serpent, and a giant in the five legends that Horowitz retells and Yeates illustrates. Horowitz ensures excitement for modern readers without taking too many liberties with the tales.

Death and the underworld. Horowitz retells six stories from West Africa, Greece, Norway, and India with plenty of action and humor to captivate the modern reader, while doing the original stories justice. The retellings may leave readers hungry for more folktales and legends from around the world. Miss Dorothy and her bookmobile. Illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb. This story is about Dorothy, who always wanted to be a librarian in a fine, brick library, just like the one from her childhood.

However, when she moved to her new home in North Carolina as an adult, she soon found out there was no library. The moral of this story teaches children that they can be whoever they want to be, no matter where they are. Illustrated by Lizzy Duncan. Dynamite tales is made up of three different but interconnected books. These books explore the life of Tollin people and tell the different adventures that they experience. The stories are fun, exciting, and adventurous and would entertain children of all ages.

The illustrations are life like and really help the reader to understand what the Tollins people look like and show what the world is like from their point of view. Illustrated by Jane Manning. The words flow and connect from page to page. Jane also incorporates counting the numbers one through ten. From the first little monster one to little skellies eight to little goblins ten, children will visually enjoy counting up the little creatures. Jane nicely puts a spin on the concept of Halloween, which at times may be scary to little children. This reflects a caring, approachable side to the characters within the story.

This informational picture book on beetles would be a great addition to any elementary or science classroom. Each page is different and highlights interesting strengths that certain beetles acquire. The illustrations are playful and realistic by giving texture, color, and movement to the different beetles in each section of the book. The beetle book could be used for any age group due to its mass amount of information regarding the many different types of beetles.

He becomes starter for the basketball team, is elected class president, and his popularity level soars. When his cap goes missing, Enzo knows someone stole it. He has to find his cap—or find his own luck. A meal of the stars: Poems up and down. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Children. Illustrated by Tricia Tusa. This is a book of poems about ordinary events or situations which are brought to life. Some of the poems are to be read starting from the bottom of the page and others starting at the top of the page.

These poems will challenge readers to decide how to read the poem in such a way that it makes the most sense. It would be great for students who like to read aloud. The illustrations are colorful and add energy to the poems. Simple words are used with no punctuation, which would make this a good fit book for early readers.

Again, smarts had very little to do with their NonReading situation. You can access some of that information in this post: Before entering Letter Land , let me ask you a few questions. Guess that was more than a few, but they lay the groundwork for the next part of this Guide. The ability to identify words that rhyme as well as produce words that rhyme is so important to a pre-reader.

Played throughout the day anywhere, these banter games can be very engaging. Here are some ideas from Anna Geiger the measuredmom: The order in which the alphabet is taught varies with thought…. Reinforce the beginning sounds of each when teaching them in a repetitive, exaggerated way. You can view it by clicking on the link below: Or check out this website listing 50 ABC books for children of all ages. Need a list of these words? Review the word collection once a day, supplying unknown words. Quick recognition -without sounding out- usually takes about 5 repetitions. Review again, periodically, and point them out during read-alouds.

Click on the link below for a comprehensive sight words list combined with high frequency words list. You can check it out by clicking on the link below: I Am A Reader poster. Is your child squirming away? Many of my NonReaders experienced success with this strategy. Check them out on the links below: Illustrated by Meryl Henderson. Childhood of Famous Americans Aladdan, The book highlights her life's similarities and differences to its portrayal in the Little House books.

Ages Hintz, Martin. Box , Black Earth, WI , The focus is primarily on people who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries and many, such as Harry Houdini, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, are widely known within the state and beyond as standouts in their fields. Others, such as former Circuit Court Justice and Secretary of State Vel Phillips and activist Ada Deer, are less well known in broader circles but no less outstanding in their accomplishments.

From the noteworthy Zona Gale, Aldo Leopold, Al Jarreau to the occasionally notorious Joseph McCarthy , this trip through state history provides plenty of interesting points—or rather people—along the way. Ages Hitzeroth, Deborah. The Importance of Golda Meir. Includes black-and-white photographs, notes, and index. Ages Holliday, Diane Young. Boxed captions also give brief explanations of various aspects of Ho-Chunk culture, such as clans, medicine, and mat-making. Black-and-white drawings and photos accompany the text.

A timeline, glossary, and reading guide are included at the end of the book. Ages Hunt, Nancy Nye. Throughout the book, historic black-and-white Leopold family photographs are juxtaposed with images of the Shack as it is today. Includes a chronology of Aldo Leopold's life and short essays on his concepts of the land ethic and phenology. Age 9 and older Hunter, Sally M. Four Seasons of Corn: Photographs by Joe Allen. We Are Still Here Lerner, These are the four seasons of corn for the Winnebago, or Hochunk, people. Twelve-year-old Russell, a member of Hochunk Nation, is learning about the importance of corn from his grandfather, who takes Russell, his brothers, sisters and cousins to the country each year to plant and care for a field.

But the corn is more than food for the Hochunk, it is also considered a gift from the spirits. As Russell and his family give attention to the corn every season in the midst of their busy city lives, they reaffirm ties to their heritage and knowledge of the ways of their people. Text and color photographs comprise another welcome portrayal of contemporary American Indian lives. Ages Ito, Tom. The Importance of Lucent Books, Ages Jacobson, Bob. Short chapters in this Badger Biography are illustrated with many black-and-white photographs; back matter includes a time line, discography, and glossary, as well as discussion questions and suggested activities.

Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor. Includes photos and newspaper clippings. Ages Judge, Lita. One such effort to provide relief was spearheaded by noted ornithologists and longtime Wisconsin residents Frances and Frederick Hamerstrom. It was a letter from friends of the Hamerstroms in Germany that alerted them to the difficult circumstances of people in that country and across Europe.

This lovely, compelling volume details an extraordinary outpouring of support from the perspective of the Hamerstroms' young daughter, who describes her parents' work to assist an ever-expanding number of families. Letters from Europe arrived and out would fall the tracings, or outlines, of feet.

People needed shoes to get through winter, or to get to work each day. The Hamerstroms spread the word among their colleagues and donations-of shoes, of clothes, of food-poured into their home. Her spare, restrained narrative beautifully captures the voice of a young child her mother who doesn't fully comprehend the reasons behind the need, but who does understand, with the help of her mother, the need for caring and compassion.

Judge's stunning illustrations incorporate letters, photographs, and the actual tracings sent to her grandparents, all of which she found in her grandmother's attic. An author's note provides more information on the Hamerstroms' efforts, and on the Kramer family, their German friends whose letter inspired their efforts.

Ages Kann, Bob and Caroline Hoffman. Spirit of a Champion. When she takes the advice of a teacher to compete in the Special Olympics she discovers it changes her life in amazing ways. Ages Kann, Bob. A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook. This biography follows Kander through her childhood and schooling, and then describes her impact as an educator and activist. The pages are illustrated with copies of historical photographs and documents. Ages Kimmel, Eric A. A Spotlight for Harry. Illustrated by Jim Madsen.

Ages Koehler-Pentacoff, Elizabeth. John Muir and Stickeen: This picture book details one of his legendary glacier hikes, accompanied only by a Stickeen, a friend's dog whose adventurous spirit matched that of Muir. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Descriptions of his famous stunts are each followed by information about his life and career, including his early years in Appleton.

Illustrated by Rick Geary. Who was that and more? Ages Lalicki, Tom. The Life of Harry Houdini. He soon established himself as an escape artist who attempted increasingly daring feats, many of which remain a mystery to contemporary magicians. Houdini also mastered the art of publicity and promotion in a time when mass media was developing on an international level, and his fame spread rapidly throughout the world. A lively, well-researched biography, generously illustrated with archival photographs, brings the man and his times to life.

Ages Lasky, Kathryn. Short chapters track John Muir's life, as he moves from inventing mechanical devices to his eventual devotion to the natural world, and his commitment to conservation issues. Ages Locker, Thomas. Full-page oil paintings depicting Muir in the landscapes he loved are accompanied by a text which focuses on his adulthood travels in Yosemite, his founding of the Sierra Club, and his activism for the preservation of natural areas.

Age 8 and older Loew, Patty. Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal. Patty Loew, an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, writes in her introduction, "This is by no means an exhaustive study of the tribes in the state. It is my earnest attempt, however, to explore Wisconsin's rich native heritage in a collection of compact tribal histories. I confined my discussion to the twelve Indian nations. An opening chapter examines the early history of native peoples in the state, including the Effigy Mound Builders and the Mississippians, noting the connections of these cultures to contemporary Wisconsin native peoples.

The book documents the impact of European arrival in a general way in the second chapter. Subsequent chapters discuss individual tribes and their histories, including the too-often-tragic impact of white settlement, but also the richness of tribal cultures and traditions. Loew emphasizes the uniqueness of each nation. She also addresses the challenge of documenting a chronological "history" of peoples who organize their pasts thematically and for whom "stories unfold in a circular fashion.

Age adult Loew, Patty. Native Peoples of Wisconsin. Additional information in this welcome and essential papberback volume includes brief profiles of several contemporary Native children and adults in Wisconsin. Ages Lorbiecki, Marybeth. Things Natural, Wild, and Free: The Life of Aldo Leopold. Conservation Adventurers Fulcrum, Back matter includes a school resource section with a conservation time line, list of places to visit, suggested outdoor activities, and round-up of Internet and print resources related to Leopold. Introduction by Glen David Gold. The Center for Cartoon Studies.

With few words and many images, readers will be caught up in a dramatic moment of magical showmanship Age 10 and older McCully, Emily Arnold. Squirrel and John Muir.

Farrar Straus Giroux, This picture book offers a fictionalized account of Muir's actual meeting with Floy Hutching in Yosemite, when Muir worked for Floy's father while studying his theories of glacial formation. Six-year-old Floy was intrigued by Muir's unusual lifestyle, and he in turn shared with her his unique appreciation of nature. Ages McDonough, Yona Zeldis. Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Illustrations by Jennifer Thermes. Illustrated with pencil drawings throughout. A final section on pioneer games, crafts, and recipes rounds out the volume. Ages McElroy, Lisa Tucker. She's a Children's Book Author. Photographs by Joel Benjamin. Using the first-person voice of Abby, who lives in Racine, the book tells how Vicki Cobb researches her books' subjects, writes the books, receives editorial direction, and makes school presentations.

Ages MacLeod, Elizabeth. Illustrated by John Mantha. Part of the Kids Can Read series. This easy biography uses a scrapbook design, with many photographs supplementing the brief text. A Man with Many Names. Ages Malnor, Bruce, and Carol L. Champions of the Wilderness. Illustrated with photographs and pencil sketches. Ages Manger, Barbara, and Janine Smith. A Lifetime in Art. The property is currently maintained by the Kohler Foundation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Back matter includes a "Gallery of Mary's Art" with color photographs, a timeline, glossary, discussion questions, and suggested activities. Ages Marrin, Albert. Secrets from the Rocks: Dinosaur Hunting with Roy Chapman Andrews. Ages 9 Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table. Illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin. With an afterword by Will Allen. Readers to Eaters, But while helping a Belgian friend dig potatoes during his basketball days, he made a life-changing discovery: He "loved digging in the dirt.

Will devised ways to use every inch of space, growing food in the ground, and also in pots and baskets and buckets and boxes. He added hoophouses for more growing room, and vats of water to raise fish. He named his venture "Growing Power," and not only began feeding people in the city, but teaching people in his neighborhood, around the country, and around the world how to be urban farmers.

This lively introduction to Will Allen's groundbreaking work features a buoyant narrative by Jacqueline Briggs Martin set against Eric-Shabazz Larkin's energetic illustrations. It's impossible not to be inspired by their account of the creativity of Will's venture and the hope inherent in its success. Ages Mayo, Gretchen Will. As a young man, he briefly attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the UW.

Taliesin, built near Spring Green, served as both Wright's home and the site of the Taliesin Fellowship, his architectural school. This seven chapter volume contains photographs of Wright, his family and friends, and many of his architectural projects. Ages Moser, Elise.

The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling. Illustrated by Scot Ritchie. She purchased her own supplies, encouraged her community to drop off their used bottles and cans, and began preparing plastic, metal, and paper for recycling. Her determination sparked a nationwide movement, and it was her idea to use numbers on the bottoms of containers to denote plastic type that allows plastics to be easily recycled today. Ages Niven, Penelope. Adventures of a Poet. With poems and prose by Carl Sandburg. Illustrated by Marc Nadel. Penelope Niven's short essays about Sandburg are accompanied by a poem or prose excerpt from Sandburg's own writing, and a color illustration by Marc Nadel.

Ages Noyes, Deborah. The Magician and the Spirits: Can we communicate with them? Catch them in photographs? Age 10 and older Pardini, Priscilla. The Life of Betty Brinn. Illustrated by Joanne Scholler Bowring. Elizabeth Brinn Foundation, Betty Brinn's adult philanthropy helped to fund the Milwaukee children's museum and the children's room at the Milwaukee Public Library. Pferdehirt's biography is based largely on hours of taped interviews conducted by a historian from the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the reader can hear Jenkins in his own words describe what it was like to live through many of the twentieth century's great social changes, from the Great Migration to the Great Depression to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

Stories of the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin. Illustrated by Jerry Butler. Living History Press Elmwood Ave. Told in narrative form, these stories include real and imagined stories, and weave in actual quotes of real historical figures. Includes an annotated bibliography. They Came to Wisconsin. The author drew on materials from the archives of the Wisconsin Historical society and personal interviews as the basis for the book. European settlers, African Americans, Latinos and Hmong are among the immigrant groups included.

Ages Piehl, Janet. History Maker Bios Lerner, Ages Ralph, LeAnn R. True Stories From a Wisconsin Farm. She offers recipes for favorite holiday foods, including lefse, julekake and sugar cookies. Age 12 and older Ralph, LeAnn R. Age 12 and older Reischel, Rob. Leaders of the Pack: Includes brief examinations of the quarterback trios from other major franchises, allowing Reischel to highlight what makes the Packers stand out so distinctly.

Age 12 and older Rendon, Marcie R. A Family Celebrates the Circle of Life. The Downwind family--parents, children, foster children--is profiled over the course of a summer, during which time they go on the powwow trail, attending two gatherings where they become part of a larger community. Ages Rosinsky, Natalie M. The Ojibwe and Their History. We the People Compass Point, The narrative is accompanied by both black-and-white and color photographs.

Ages Saemann, Karyn. With maps and photographs, a timeline, glossary, and suggestions for activities and further reading. Ages Sandler, Michael. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Super Bowl Superstars Bearport Publishing, Ages Savage, Jeff. Amazing Athletes Lerner Publications, Ages Schier, Mary Larh. Midwest History Press, Active in the temperance movement and supportive of women's suffrage, Lavinia studied law independently and insisted on taking the bar exam in , despite strong opposition from local lawyers and judges. She opened her own practice in Janesville, and specialized in representing women and practicing criminal law until her death in at age forty.

Ages Schubert, Leda. Ballet of the Elephants. Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. Fifty elephants and fifty human ballet dancers performed the show times during Ages Sherrow, Victoria. Joseph McCarthy and the Cold War. Includes a timeline, glossary, bibliography, and index.

Ages Smith, Donna L. Illustrated by Gary J. In short chapters, she tells the sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, often surprising stories of her life with the sheep, dogs, and occasional goat or cow on her farm. With color illustrations, a map of Washington Island, and a glossary of sheep-related terms. Age 9 and older Stone, Amy. Each entry is accompanied by a photograph of the elder, as well as a photo documenting the interview itself.

The original voices of the teen narrators have been retained throughout. Age 9 and up Stotts, Stuart. Marching for Civil Rights. In addition to telling the story of Father Groppi's life and his fight against racism in Milwaukee, there is abundant background material about the civil rights movement in other parts of the United States. With timeline, glossary and reading group guide and activities. Ages Stotts, Stuart. Books in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin.

Big Valley Press, But she is a woman to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude for her enduring work to establish libraries for citizens across Wisconsin in the early s. In this fictionalized biography, Madison author Stuart Stotts introduces young readers to this passionate and compassionate woman who was a crusader and advocate for libraries, books, and, above all, people.

Working as one of the first two staff members of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission, Lutie established traveling libraries—trunks packed with a variety of reading materials for small communities that had no public library. Traveling in the sticky heat of summer or the frigid cold of winter, she went from town to town. Lutie spoke with lumberjacks and miners, farmers and store owners, men and women and children, offering each place she visited a traveling library: Ages 8—11 Sullivan, George. Eighteen of Football's Greatest. Photos and vital statistics accompany each entry.

Ages Tupper, Susan. Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom: It documents the life of these famous wildlife conservationists through their education, friendship with Aldo Leopold, and dedication to preserve native species of Wisconsin, including the Wisconsin prairie chicken. Back matter includes timeline, glossary, index, and discussion questions and activities. Ages Vandenburgh, Anne. Life as a Student at the University of Wisconsin Goblin Fern Press, Age 10 and older Weaver, Janice. Illustrated by Chris Lane. Abrams Books for Young Readers, Ages Wilder, Laura Ingalls.

A Little House Christmas Treasury: A Little House Reader: Edited by William Anderson. Ages Winter, Jeanette. My Name Is Georgia: The world-famous artist was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and spent her childhood there. Ages Wojahn, Rebecca Hogue. Ages Yannuzzi, Della. Protector of the Wild. The book includes a chronology, bibliography and index. Ages Zimm, John. This end matter includes discussion questions, glossary, and detailed index while bolded lumberjack vocabulary in the text is accompanied by footnote definitions.

Trails Custom Publishing, At the same time, they learn how the forest is used by people and wildlife. Ages Addy, Sharon Hart. Ages 8 and older Ball, Jacqueline A. Ages Danczyk, Ken. Ages Geisert, Bonnie and Arthur Geisert. Ages Gladitsch, Mary Rufledt.

Age 10 and older Kapolnek, Kate. Ages Knickelbine, Scott. Ages Peterson, P. Ages Vogel, Carole Garbunny. Illustrated by Chris O'Leary. This fictional story is based on the women's baseball league which existed from to , with teams in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. Ages 5 to 8 Allen, Terese, and Bobbie Malone. The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids. A final chapter considers how Wisconsin's immigrant communities and families continue to shape the state's food traditions.

In each chapter an examination of the topic is followed by a selection of related recipes. Generously illustrated with both historic and contemporary photographs; includes a general index and separate recipe index. Ages Allison, R. If Trees Could Talk: Stories About Wisconsin Trees. Introduction by Paul DeLong. Ages 8 to 12 Apps-Bodilly, Susan. Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades. Ages Arnold, Caroline. The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers. Illustrated by John Sandford. When animal catchers from the city show up, hoping the trap the Hodag and put him a zoo, the lumberjacks help their monstrous friend escape capture.

Black-and-white illustrations accompany this picture book version of a favorite Wisconsin myth. Ages 4 to 8 Buhle, Paul. He describes the many large and small contributions Wisconsin artists have made throughout the years to comic strips, comic books and other art forms. Ages 13 and up Carney, Margaret. Ages Carney, Margaret. Ages Fleming, Diane Bresnan. Age 10 and older Gibbons, Gail. Ages Granfield, Linda. Ages Pennington, Rochelle M. Age 8 and older Peterson, Cris. Farming practices from earlier, pre-machinery times are compared to the work done on contemporary farms using tractors, combines, mower-conditioners, and other equipment.

Ages Rappaport, Doreen and Lyndall Callan. Ages Rendon, Marcie R. Ages Balcziak, Bill. Ages Bowe, Julie. Ages Eccles, Mary. Ages Geisert, Arthur. Ages Gregg, Andy. Ages Heath, Kristina. Ages Horner, William. Ages Jacobs, Lily. Ages James, Eric. Ages Joosse, Barbara. Ages LaMarche, Jim. Ages Liebig, Nelda Johnson. Ages McLernon, Carol March. Ages Oliver, Andrew.