Book of the Day

May 2018

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National Foster Care Day
Foster Families

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - National Foster Care Day
Foster Care Day on the first Tuesday in May encourages everyone to wear blue and raise their voices to show support for foster youth everywhere.

Foster Families

Students explore and understand the meaning of family relationships. Great books for prompting value-oriented discussions on caring, sharing, and loving.

Author |Schuette, Sarah L.
Lexile |490L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |F
Lexile |490L
 
National Bike Month
All Kinds of Bikes: Off-Road to Easy-Riders

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - National Bike Month
One wheel, two wheels, or three? There is a perfect bike for every rider. Check out the range of bike styles and find the perfect one for you.

All Kinds of Bikes: Off-Road to Easy-Riders

One wheel, two wheels, or three? There is a perfect bike for every rider. Check out the range of bike styles and find the perfect one for you.

Author |Amstutz, Lisa J.
Lexile |540L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |I
Lexile |540L
 
National Wildflower Week
Flowers

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - National Wildflower Week
Always the first full week of May, National Wildflower Week commemorates the colorful blossoms that bring our landscapes to life.

Flowers

Sweet purple lilacs bloom. Tulips poke through soil. Cherry blossoms open. Spring is here! Celebrate the season with lovely photos and a simple design that beautifully support early readers.

Author |Clay, Kathryn
Lexile |110L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PK-2
Guided reading |F
Lexile |110L
 
Firefighters' Day
Firefighters to the Rescue Around the World

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Friday, May 4, 2018 - Firefighters' Day
Could you imagine risking your life for someone you don't know at all? These are things firefighters do every day and we should celebrate them.

Firefighters to the Rescue Around the World

How do the emergency services in different countries of the world rescue people? How do they travel and what equipment do they use? This series answers all these questions and more. This book looks at the work of firefighters around the world, including how they rescue people from burning buildings as well as the different types of fires they tackle.

Author |Staniford, Linda
Lexile |680L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-2
Interest level |K-2
Guided reading |L
Lexile |680L
 
Cinco De Mayo
Max Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Cinco De Mayo
It's Cinco de Mayo! Learn about the food, music, dancing, and other customs of this popular Mexican celebration.

Max Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Max is invited to a fiesta at José's house. They are celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Food, music, dancing, and a parade are all part of the celebration.

Author |Worsham, Adria F
Illustrator |Gallagher-Cole, Mernie
Lexile |580L
Pages |24
Genre |1
Reading level |PreK-2
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |F
Lexile |580L
 
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National Nurses Day
A Day in the Life of a Nurse

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Sunday, May 6, 2018 - National Nurses Day
On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society.

A Day in the Life of a Nurse

This book follows a nurse through the work day, and describes the occupation and what the job requires.

Author |Fluet, Connie
Lexile |550L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |L
Lexile |550L
 
National Paste Up Day
Out and About at the Newspaper

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Monday, May 7, 2018 - National Paste Up Day
Paste-up was the way of preparing and laying out pages for publication in a newspaper or magazine before desktop publishing.

Out and About at the Newspaper

A group of children go on a field trip for a guided tour of a newspaper, where they learn how reporters, photographers, and other staff members work together to publish a newspaper. Includes an activity.

Author |Shea, Kitty
Illustrator |Trover, Zachary
Lexile |620L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |PreK-3
Interest level |PreK-3
Guided reading |P
Lexile |620L
 
National Teacher Appreciation Day
A Day in the Life of a Teacher

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - National Teacher Appreciation Day
Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping you: the future of our country. It is time to say "Thank You" to the teachers you know.

A Day in the Life of a Teacher

This book follows an elementary school teacher through the work day, and describes the occupation and what the job requires.

Author |Adamson, Heather
Lexile |580L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |L
Lexile |580L
 
National Sleepover Day
Katie's Spooky Sleepover

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - National Sleepover Day
Sleepovers have always played an important role in both friendships and memory making. Find out how Katie Woo's sleepover turns out!

Katie's Spooky Sleepover

Katie Woo is having a sleepover filled with food, fun, and friends. The girls giggle at a spooky story, but when Katie's lucky kimono goes missing, she can't help but wonder if the ghost from the story is to blame.

Author |Manushkin, Fran
Illustrator |Lyon, Tammie
Lexile |490L
Pages |32
Genre |1
Reading level |K-2
Interest level |K-2
Guided reading |J
Lexile |490L
 
National Clean Up Your Room Day
Henry Helps Clean His Room

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Thursday, May 10, 2018 - National Clean Up Your Room Day
From cleaning your closet to making your bed to donating toys you no longer play with, help get your home feeling clean and fresh!

Henry Helps Clean His Room

It's time for Henry to clean his room. Thankfully his dad teaches him what to do. From making his bed to picking up his toys, Henry learns that cleaning his room is a lot of work!

Author |Bracken, Beth
Illustrator |Busby, Ailie
Lexile |410L
Pages |24
Genre |1
Reading level |PreK-PreK
Interest level |PreK-PreK
Lexile |410L
 
National Moving Month
Megan Has to Move

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Friday, May 11, 2018 - National Moving Month
With summer comes an increase in home sales and that means more people are on the move. Find out what happens to Megan when she has to move.

Megan Has to Move

Megan is sad about moving and leaving her friends, but she soon discovers the positive aspects of living in a new place.

Author |Wolfe, Jacqueline A.
Illustrator |Kouse, Patrick
Lexile |360L
Pages |32
Genre |1
Reading level |PreK-3
Interest level |PreK-3
Guided reading |G
Lexile |360L
 
National Babysitter's Day
The Babysitter

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 - National Babysitter's Day
On this day, we give babysitters across the nation appreciation and special recognition for their quality child care.  

The Babysitter

Amy and Brad's parents go to the movies, leaving them with a babysitter who knows just what to do to make them happy.

Author |Jones, Christianne C.
Illustrator |Trover, Zachary
Lexile |330L
Pages |24
Genre |1
Reading level |PreK-3
Interest level |PreK-3
Guided reading |E
Lexile |330L
 
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National Frog Jumping Day
Frogs

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Sunday, May 13, 2018 - National Frog Jumping Day
Did you know there was a Frog Jumping Day? Celebrate by learning all about these long-legged amphibians.

Frogs

With a quick flip of the tongue, a frog catches its next meal. Learn all about theses long legged amphibians in Frogs.

Author |Sweeney, Alyse
Lexile |550L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |J
Lexile |550L
 
Mark Zuckerberg Birthday
Mark Zuckerberg

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Monday, May 14, 2018 - Mark Zuckerberg Birthday
Mark Zuckerberg was the inventor of Facebook. Celebrate his birthday by learning how he became so successful!

Mark Zuckerberg

How was Facebook created and what has made it so influential? This book looks at the life of Mark Zuckerberg, with a focus on how he became successful.

Author |Fertig, Dennis
Lexile |830L
Pages |48
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |4-6
Interest level |4-6
Guided reading |X
Lexile |830L
 
Chocolate Chip Day
Wallace "Famous" Amos

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Chocolate Chip Day
Celebrate Chocolate Chip Day by learning about Wallace "Famous" Amos, the founder of Famous Amos cookies.

Wallace "Famous" Amos

Explore the life and achievements of Wallace Amos, entrepreneur and founder of Famous Amos cookies.

Author |Schuette, Sarah L.
Lexile |550L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PK-2
Guided reading |K
Lexile |550L
 
Drawing Day
Drawing

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Drawing Day
Drawing Day is dedicated to the artist inside of us and encouraging it to come out, and then letting it flourish every day of the year to follow!

Drawing

This book introduces the reader to drawing, examining what drawing is, what drawings can be made of, what drawings can show, differences in size, technique and style, historical and modern examples, and examples from different cultures.

Author |Thomas, Isabel
Lexile |470L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-2
Interest level |K-2
Guided reading |K
Lexile |470L
 
World Baking Day
Out and About at the Bakery

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 - World Baking Day
Crunchy cookies, chewy brownies, cute cupcakes, crusty baked bread…baking is an art this world would just not be the same without.

Out and About at the Bakery

Uses a field trip to a bakery to introduce the process by which baked treats are made. Learn about using flour and yeast to make bread.

Author |Ericsson, Jennifer A.
Illustrator |McMullen, Anne
Lexile |850L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |PreK-3
Interest level |PreK-3
Guided reading |L
Lexile |850L
 
Endangered Species Day
The Most Endangered Animals in the World

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Friday, May 18, 2018 - Endangered Species Day
The existence of some animals is very fragile and it is very important for us to learn how to protect before they become extinct.

The Most Endangered Animals in the World

All endangered animals risk extinction, but some are closer to the brink of dying out than others. Give readers the details about the world's most endangered animals , including their ranges, habitats, appearances, and behaviors. Reasons are given for why the animals are dying out, as well as actions people are taking to save these amazing animals before it's too late. Large, colorful photos entice young readers while fact boxes support the text.

Author |Gagne, Tammy
Lexile |800L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |O
Lexile |800L
 
Learn to Swim Day
The Swim Race

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Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Learn to Swim Day
Before the start of summer, it is an opportunity for families to learn the importance and benefits of learning to swim.

The Swim Race

Follow Casey as she takes part in a swim race that is all an exciting daydream at her actual swim lesson.

Author |Yasuda, Anita
Illustrator |Harpster, Steve
Lexile |270L
Pages |32
Genre |1
Reading level |K-2
Interest level |K-2
Guided reading |G
Lexile |270L
 
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Volcanoes Month
The Explosive World of Volcanoes with Max Axiom, Super Scientist

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Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Volcanoes Month
Follow the adventures of Max Axiom as he explains the science behind volcanoes.

The Explosive World of Volcanoes with Max Axiom, Super Scientist

Follows the adventures of Max Axiom as he explains the science behind volcanoes. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author |Harbo, Christopher L.
Lexile |880L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |R
Lexile |880L
 
National American Red Cross Founder's Day
Clara Barton

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Monday, May 21, 2018 - National American Red Cross Founder's Day
The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the first president of the organization.

Clara Barton

Known as the "Angel of the Battlefield," Clara Barton cared for Civil War soldiers and formed the American Red Cross.  Photographs and easy-to-read text tells the story of this great woman in history.

Author |Edison, Erin
Lexile |500L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |O
Lexile |500L
 
National Maritime Day
BIG Boats

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - National Maritime Day
Today is National Maritime Day. Celebrate the maritime industry by learning more about ships and seafarers who have helped our nation.

BIG Boats

They zoom across water. They ship big cargo. Big boats float on the seas. Learn about big boats and their special features.

Author |Ipcizade, Catherine
Lexile |480L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |H
Lexile |480L
 
Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
Out and About at the Hospital

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
Go on a virtual field trip for a guided tour of hospital, where you learn about admissions, the emergency and other areas of the building.

Out and About at the Hospital

A group of children go on a field trip for a guided tour of a hospital, where they learn about the admitting office, the emergency room, and other areas of the building. Includes an activity.

Author |Attebury, Nancy G.
Illustrator |Trover, Zachary
Lexile |650L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |PreK-3
Interest level |PreK-3
Guided reading |O
Lexile |650L
 
Tiara Day
T Is for Tiara: A Princess Alphabet

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Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Tiara Day
You don’t need an excuse to sport a sparkly tiara for the day and go out on the town. This Tiara Day, let your inner princess shine!

T Is for Tiara: A Princess Alphabet

Fancy dresses, jewelry, and palaces — what’s not to love about the life of royalty? Discover your inner princess in T Is for Tiara.

Author |Ipcizade, Catherine
Lexile |440L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |O
Lexile |440L
 
National Tap Dance Day
Tap Dancing

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Friday, May 25, 2018 - National Tap Dance Day
From clogging to wing styles, soft-shoe to the sand step and a little bit of jazz, tap dancing evolved from African and Irish influences.

Tap Dancing

Tap dancers stomp out beats like a drummer. Read along as they hop and shuffle to the music.

Author |Clay, Kathryn
Lexile |320L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |G
Lexile |320L
 
Paper Airplane Day
My First Guide to Paper Airplanes

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Saturday, May 26, 2018 - Paper Airplane Day
All it takes is a simple piece of paper and a few clever folds, and you can create an airplane all your own as well!

My First Guide to Paper Airplanes

For years people have folded paper into planes. But the recent introduction of origami folds results in unique planes that truly take off. Step-by-step photo-illustrated instructions walk young readers through each stage. In no time they’ll be challenging one another to see whose plane flies farthest.

Author |Harbo, Christopher
Lexile |570L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Lexile |570L
 
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Rachel Carson's Birthday
Rachel Carson: Environmental Pioneer

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Sunday, May 27, 2018 - Rachel Carson's Birthday
Learn about Rachel Carson, ground-breaking conservationist and leader in the environment movement. Today is her birthday.

Rachel Carson: Environmental Pioneer

This book takes an engaging look at the work of ground-breaking conservationist, Rachel Carson, and her work to uncover the dangers of pesticides. It covers Carson's inspiration, her methods, findings, and the impact of her work on the environment movement.

Author |Hile, Lori
Lexile |990L
Pages |48
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-6
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |S
Lexile |990L
 
Memorial Day
Memorial Day

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Monday, May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day
Many men and women have died fighting for our country. They gave their lives to keep us free. Let's celebrate them on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day

Many men and women have died fighting for our country. They gave their lives to keep us free. Let’s celebrate them on Memorial Day.

Author |Cella, Clara
Lexile |330L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |K
Lexile |330L
 
Learn About Composting Day
Composting: Nature's Recyclers

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Learn About Composting Day
Who would have thought that the waste from your kitchen could turn into rich nutrients for the food in your backyard? Learn all about composting!

Composting: Nature's Recyclers

Dead leaves, food scraps, and grass clippings for lunch? Small animals, fungi, and bacteria called decomposers turn trash into a tasty compost treat. Learn more about compost and how you can use it in your garden or yard.

Author |Koontz, Robin
Illustrator |Harrad, Matthew
Lexile |740L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-4
Interest level |K-4
Guided reading |N
Lexile |740L
 
National Egg Month
Whose Egg Is This?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - National Egg Month
Eggs come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Some eggs are hard. Other eggs are soft. Can you match each egg to its owner?

Whose Egg Is This?

Eggs come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Some eggs are hard. Other eggs are soft. Can you match each egg to its owner? Fun clues and multiple choice photos will have you puzzling to learn more!

Author |Amstutz, Lisa J.
Lexile |630L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |K
Lexile |630L
 
National Speak in Complete Sentences Day
Grouping Words: Sentences

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Thursday, May 31, 2018 - National Speak in Complete Sentences Day
This day is dedicated to using proper sentence structure while speaking and writing.  So no LOL or ASAP today!

Grouping Words: Sentences

This book examines sentences, explaining what they are, how they are used, and how we put them together. The text is accompanied by bright, colorful sentence diagrams designed to clarify basic grammatical concepts, while engaging photographs and eye-catching illustrations make the book visually appealing to young readers.

Author |Ganeri, Anita
Lexile |440L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-3
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |N
Lexile |440L