Book of the Day

February 2018

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Decorating with Candy
Eye Candy: Crafting Cool Candy Creations

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Decorating with Candy
It's Decorate with Candy Day. Check out this book all about crafting cool and fun candies used to decorate with.

Eye Candy: Crafting Cool Candy Creations

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

Author Rau, Dana Meachen
Pages 32
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading T
Lexile 790L
 
Hedgehog Day
Herbie's Big Adventure

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Friday, February 2, 2018 - Hedgehog Day
It's all about hedgehogs! Follow Herbie the Hedgehog as he goes on his first adventure without his mom. Explore and make new friends.

Herbie's Big Adventure

Herbie is a little hedgehog who is perfectly happy at home with his mother. But one day Mommy tells Herbie that it's time to go exploring—all by himself! Herbie is so not sure, but ready or not, a westerly wind sweeps Herbie into the wide world...and Herbie's Big Adventure begins! Little Herbie finds that he's braver than he thinks and even makes a friend before coming safely back home to Mommy.

Author Poh, Jennie
Illustrator Poh, Jennie
Pages 40
Genre Fiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level PK-2
Lexile 580L
 
Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast
Cows

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Saturday, February 3, 2018 - Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast
While you are eating ice cream for breakfast, read about cows and how they use milk to make ice cream.

Cows

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

Author Doyle, Sheri
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading H
ATOS 1.9
Lexile 500L
 
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Rosa Parks' Birthday
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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Sunday, February 4, 2018 - Rosa Parks' Birthday
Today is Rosa Park's Birthday. Read this graphic novel about her heroic story and the Alabama bus boycott.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Tells the story of Rosa Park's 1955 arrest for not giving up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, and the boycott it sparked. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Miller, Connie Colwell
Illustrator Kala, Dan
Pages 32
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading S
ATOS 4.7
Lexile 730L
 
Western Monarch Day
When Butterflies Cross the Sky: The Monarch Butterfly Migration

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Monday, February 5, 2018 - Western Monarch Day
Conservation groups would like us all to help the Monarch. Learn more about their journey, and plant a milkweed to help them on their way.

When Butterflies Cross the Sky: The Monarch Butterfly Migration

Focusing on the migration journey of one specific monarch butterfly, When Butterflies Cross the Sky engages readers with a story-like narrative while subtly teaching the role of migration in the butterfly's life cycle. Includes a "fast facts" page, a glossary, and realistic, text-match illustrations that pull readers right into the sky.

Author Cooper, Sharon Katz
Illustrator Brunet, Joshua S
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 2-3
Interest level K-3
Guided reading N
ATOS 3.1
Lexile 590L
 
Babe Ruth's Birthday
The Bambino: The Story of Babe Ruth's Legendary 1927 Season

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - Babe Ruth's Birthday
George Herman "Babe" Ruth is famous for hitting home runs. Read about his legendary 1927 baseball season to celebrate his birthday.

The Bambino: The Story of Babe Ruth's Legendary 1927 Season

In 1927, Babe Ruth stepped up to the plate and looked history in the eye. With each swing of the bat his towering legacy grew larger. Ball after ball sailed into the seats and the race for 60 home runs was on. Join the Bambino as he swings for the fences chasing down one of the greatest baseball records of all time.

Author Yomtov, Nel
Illustrator Foley, Tim
Pages 32
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading S
ATOS 4.1
Lexile 760L
 
Ballet Day
Ballet Dancing

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - Ballet Day
Turn up the music and break out this book. Learn some classic ballet moves and what you need to get started.

Ballet Dancing

Ballet dance is smooth and graceful. Read along as ballet dancers plié and turn to the music.

Author Clay, Kathryn
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading H
ATOS 2
Lexile 320L
 
Opera Day
Sasha Sings: Understanding Parts of a Sentence

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Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Opera Day
Sasha the Hippo is not only a Opera Singer but let her and the book teach you all about understanding parts of a sentence.

Sasha Sings: Understanding Parts of a Sentence

Sasha sings. Sasha sings loudly. Shimmering Sasha sings loudly and softly to her fans. The charming story of Sasha, a flamboyant opera-singing hippo, illustrates sentence construction, starting with a simple subject and predicate and building to include a variety of other parts of speech. Back matter provides a more in-depth look at grammar concepts.

Author Meister, Cari
Illustrator Whitehouse, Ben
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 2-4
Interest level 2-4
ATOS 2.6
Lexile 500L
 
Pizza Day
The Pizza Palace

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Friday, February 9, 2018 - Pizza Day
We all love pizza, especially on pizza day. Read the Pizza Palace today. Learn about math and see that pizza can be fun.

The Pizza Palace

Teen superstar Flory Glory is coming to the Pizza Palace, and Lucy can't wait. When Flory arrives with her entourage, nobody seems hungry - until the pizza arrives. Lucy and Flory know just how to solve the problem, and it's more than a fraction of fun!

Author Aboff, Marcie
Illustrator Doerrfeld, Cori
Pages 32
Genre Fiction
Reading level K-2
Interest level K-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 3
Lexile 580L
 
Umbrella Day
Forecasting Weather

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Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Umbrella Day
Do I bring my umbrella today? Umbrellas are used for rain and sun. Read this book about forecasting weather, and answer the question.

Forecasting Weather

Should you bring your umbrella to school today? What if there's a snowstorm? Weather forecasters gather the information that helps us stay safe, warm, and dry every day.

Author Sievert, Terri
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 2.5
Lexile 560L
 
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Thomas Edison's Birthday
When Thomas Edison Fed Someone Worms

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Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Thomas Edison's Birthday
Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison! Read this wonderful book about what Thomas Edison must have been like as a kid.

When Thomas Edison Fed Someone Worms

Thomas Edison became a great American inventor and businessman. But do you know what he was like as a child? From exploring shipyards and pastures to feeding a girl worms, Thomas was a curious and creative child. This playful story of his childhood will help young readers connect with a historic figure and will inspire them to want to achieve greatness.

Author Weakland, Mark
Illustrator Radcliffe, Thomas
Pages 32
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 2-5
Interest level 1-6
Guided reading O
Lexile 680L
 
Darwin Day
Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

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Monday, February 12, 2018 - Darwin Day
It is Darwin day, celebrate by learning about him and his controversial theory of evolution.

Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

Tells the story of how Charles Darwin developed his controversial theory of evolution based on the research he conducted during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Adamson, Heather
Pages 32
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading T
ATOS 4.3
Lexile 670L
 
Extraterrestrial Culture Day
Ooze Is It?

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - Extraterrestrial Culture Day
What a day to read about extraterrestrial visitors. Read this book from the Igor's Lab of Fear, to hear about Professor Igor's scary tales of ET.

Ooze Is It?

A group of friends is driving to a private lake for nighttime fishing when a meteor impacts nearby. Meteors can bring thousands of dollars to those lucky enough to find them--after all, they're just oozing with valuable minerals. But this one is oozing with something else, too--something from the darkest corners of space. Listen up as Professor Igor shares his favorite tale of extraterrestrial terror! This series of hi-lo books is sure to grab the attention of any reluctant reader--and refuse to let go until the final page. Each book includes discussion and writing questions, a glossary, and educational back matter.

Author Dahl, Michael
Illustrator Sinkovec, Igor
Pages 40
Genre Fiction
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 4-8
Guided reading P
ATOS 3.1
Lexile 400L
 
Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day, Gus!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is always a great day to show your appreciation for someone. Follow Gus has he tries to make something for his mother.

Happy Valentine's Day, Gus!

Every time Gus has a lovely Valentine's gift for his mother, it seems to meet with disaster.

Author Williams, Jacklyn
Illustrator Cushman, Doug
Pages 32
Genre Fiction
Reading level K-3
Interest level K-3
Guided reading N
ATOS 2.9
Lexile 500L
 
Hippo Day
A Hippopotamus Grows Up

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Hippo Day
Hip Hip Hurray for Hippo Day! Watch hippopotamus grow before your eyes, learning hippo facts as you go.

A Hippopotamus Grows Up

Describes the development of a hippopotamus from infancy to adulthood, as he grows up in Africa.

Author Suen, Anastasia
Illustrator Denman, Michael L
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-2
Interest level K-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 3
Lexile 690L
 
Trina Jackson's Birthday
The Science Behind Swimming, Diving, and Other Water Sports

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Friday, February 16, 2018 - Trina Jackson's Birthday
Trina Jackson received the Gold Medal in the Olympic 4X200m Freestyle. Celebrate her birthday by reading more about the science behind swimming.

The Science Behind Swimming, Diving, and Other Water Sports

Behind the flips, splashes, and speed of Olympic water sports, science is at work. Gravity and centrifugal force are at work as a diver spins and flips before splashing into the water. Olympic swimmers shave their bodies to reduce drag as they zip through the water. Find out how science is involved in all your favorite water events and how athletes take science into account in their quest for the gold medal.

Author Lanser, Amanda
Pages 32
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
ATOS 5.9
Lexile 940L
 
Black History Month
Memoir of Susie King Taylor: A Civil War Nurse

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 - Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, read about Susie King Taylor's life in her own words. She taught others how to read and worked as a nurse during the Civil War.

Memoir of Susie King Taylor: A Civil War Nurse

Susie King Taylor, born a slave in 1848, would learn to read at secret schools and go on to teach countless others to read and write. Follow the course of the Civil War in her own words as she remembers her work as a nurse and teacher with an Army troop of African-American soldiers.

Author Dell, Pamela
Pages 32
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Lexile 1,080L
 
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Pluto Day
The Puzzling Pluto Plot

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Sunday, February 18, 2018 - Pluto Day
Eek and Ack are up to it again! They are trying to take over Earth. What do they have in mind? Find out what happens to Pluto.

The Puzzling Pluto Plot

Eek and Ack don't give up! The Terrible Twins from the Great Goo Galaxy are out to conquer Earth once again. But maybe they should have studied up on the solar system first. Let's just say, the planet Pluto will never be the same.

Author Hoena, Blake A.
Illustrator Harpster, Steve
Pages 40
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Fiction
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 2-5
Guided reading K
ATOS 2.7
Lexile 380L
 
Jeff Kinney's Birthday
Jeff Kinney

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - Jeff Kinney's Birthday
Today Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was born! Ever wonder how he became an author? Check out this book to find out.

Jeff Kinney

Did you know Jeff Kinney posted sections of Diary of a Wimpy Kid on a website long before it became a book? Discover how an aspiring cartoonist went on to become a bestselling children's author.

Author Hicks, Kelli L.
Illustrator Byers, Michael
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 4.1
Lexile 770L
 
Love Your Pet Day
A Cat for You: Caring for Your Cat

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Love Your Pet Day
Read about how to care and love your pet cat. Check out the whole series!

A Cat for You: Caring for Your Cat

Find out all of the basics about owning a cat. Learn what cats eat, how to keep your cat happy, and general care.

Author Blackaby, Susan
Illustrator Delage, Charlene
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level PreK-3
Interest level PreK-3
Guided reading I
ATOS 2.1
Lexile 530L
 
Initial Issue of the Cherokee Phoenix
The Cherokee: The Past and Present of a Proud Nation

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Initial Issue of the Cherokee Phoenix
On this day in 1828, the Cherokee Phoenix was printed, both in English and Cherokee (using the Cherokee syllabary). Read bout this proud Nation.

The Cherokee: The Past and Present of a Proud Nation

The Trail of Tears marked the low point in Cherokee history. The survivors of that deadly event set a new course, rebuilding their lives in an unfamiliar land. Their descendants have prospered in modern America but always remember their culture and past.

Author Smith-Llera, Danielle
Pages 32
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading U
ATOS 5.6
Lexile 840L
 
Learn about plants
Do Plants Have Heads?: Learning About Plant Parts with the Garbage Gang

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Learn about plants
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue but do you know about plant parts? Take time to learn more about plants and how they grow.

Do Plants Have Heads?: Learning About Plant Parts with the Garbage Gang

The Garbage Gang meets a sunflower named Raye, but they want to know more about her. A real adventure takes place when they shrink in size and climb up Raye to take a closer look at all of her plant parts. The gang wonders, "Do plants have heads?" Their new friend, Raye, teaches them all about plant parts, and she eventually answers their burning question.

Author Troupe, Thomas Kingsley
Illustrator Toye, Derek
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-2
Interest level K-2
ATOS 2.8
Lexile 380L
 
Curling is Cool Day
Curling

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Friday, February 23, 2018 - Curling is Cool Day
Curling is Cool, read more about the winter sport. I'll bet after you will think it's cool too!

Curling

Though it’s not as popular as some of the other winter sports, curling is a lot of fun to both watch and play. Learn the ins and outs of the game and find out what you’ll need to give it a try!

Author Throp, Claire
Pages 48
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-6
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading U
ATOS 6.5
Lexile 1,030L
 
Steve Jobs' Birthday
Steve Jobs

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Saturday, February 24, 2018 - Steve Jobs' Birthday
Do you have an iPhone or iPad? The founder of Apple was born today, read this book and uncover what made him a success.

Steve Jobs

How has Apple Inc. come to dominate the technology industry? This book looks at the life of Steve Jobs, with a focus on how he became successful.

Author Hunter, Nick
Pages 48
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 4-6
Interest level 4-6
Guided reading X
ATOS 7.1
Lexile 1,010L
 
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Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day
Milton Hershey's Sweet Idea: A Chocolate Kingdom

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Sunday, February 25, 2018 - Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day
Hershey's is known for their chocolate, especially when it comes to chocolate-covered peanuts. Learn the story behind Hershey's chocolate.

Milton Hershey's Sweet Idea: A Chocolate Kingdom

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

Author Cooper, Sharon Katz
Illustrator Sánchez, Alvaro Iglesias
Pages 32
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 2-3
Interest level 2-4
ATOS 3.9
Lexile 610L
 
Play with More Cards Day
My First Guide to Magic Tricks

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Monday, February 26, 2018 - Play with More Cards Day
Ever wanted to know how to do cool magic tricks? Check out this step-by-step guide to learning how to do cool tricks with cards.

My First Guide to Magic Tricks

Step-by-step instructions and photographs guide students through easy magic tricks. Readers will learn how to impress audiences with tricks that require minimal, inexpensive props such as a deck of cards or a single coin. Helpful tips ensure the success of even the youngest budding magicians.

Author Barnhart, Norm
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Lexile 540L
 
American Heart Month
Thump-Thump: Learning About Your Heart

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - American Heart Month
It is American Heart Month. Read this book for a brief introduction to the parts of the heart and circulatory system and how they function.

Thump-Thump: Learning About Your Heart

An introduction to the parts of the heart and circulatory system and how they function.

Author Hill Nettleton, Pamela
Illustrator Shipe, Becky
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-3
Interest level K-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 3.7
Lexile 650L
 
Pink Day
Teasing Isn't Funny: Emotional Bullying

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Pink Day
Pink day is all about anti-bullying. Help break the cycle of bullying. Learn more from this series, No More Bullies, to help each other.

Teasing Isn't Funny: Emotional Bullying

Jesse and the other animals at the bus stop make fun of Kelly's fluffy fur and plain clothes. The constant teasing makes Kelly the cat feel sad. Young readers watch Kelly struggle with the teasing and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of emotional bullying.

Author Higgins, Melissa
Illustrator Shin, Simone
Pages 24
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-3
Interest level K-3
Guided reading N
ATOS 2.3
Lexile 300L