Bestselling Education & Reference Books for 10 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling education & reference books for 10 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math

by: Majed Marji
Release date: Feb 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 288
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Scratch is a fun, free, beginner-friendly programming environment where you connect blocks of code to build programs. While most famously used to introduce kids to programming, Scratch can make computer science approachable for people of any age. Rather than type countless lines of code in a cryptic programming language, why not use colorful command blocks and cartoon sprites to create powerful scripts?

In Learn to Program with Scratch, author Majed Marji uses Scratch to explain the concepts essential to solving real-world programming problems. The labeled, color-coded blocks plainly show each logical step in a given script, and with a single click, you can even test any part of your script to check your logic. You’ll learn how to:

  • Harness the power of repeat loops and recursion
  • Use if/else statements and logical operators to make decisions
  • Store data in variables and lists to use later in your program
  • Read, store, and manipulate user input
  • Implement key computer science algorithms like a linear search and bubble sort

Hands-on projects will challenge you to create an Ohm’s law simulator, draw intricate patterns, program sprites to mimic line-following robots, create arcade-style games, and more! Each chapter is packed with detailed explanations, annotated illustrations, guided examples, lots of color, and plenty of exercises to help the lessons stick. Learn to Program with Scratch is the perfect place to start your computer science journey, painlessly.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Entertainment & Games

2. Where Did I Come From?

by: Peter MayleArthur Robins
Release date: Dec 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 48
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Describes the reproductive process from intercourse to birth.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Sexuality

3. Brain Quest Grade 5, revised 4th edition: 1,500 Questions and Answers to Challenge the Mind

by: Chris Welles FederSusan Bishay
Release date: May 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 150
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Brain Quest is beloved by kids, trusted by parents, used and recommended by teachers. It’s the curriculum-based, fast-paced, question-and-answer game that challenges kids on the stuff they need to know, when they need to know it. It’s the brand that says “It’s fun to be smart!” And it delivers.

For the fourth edition every deck is thoroughly revised and includes 20 percent new material. The content aligns with national and state standards and is overseen by the Brain Quest Advisory Board, a panel of award-winning educators, each a recent state teacher-of-the-year award winner or a recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. The covers and cards have a refreshed design, giving Brain Quest a cooler, updated look.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

4. 5000 Amazing Facts (Discovery Kids)

by: Parragon Books
Release date: May 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 320
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This book is packed with 5000 amazing facts! Varied and exciting design presents information in appealing, bite-sized chunks. Great value format with eye-catching finishes. High quality photography and dynamic graphics on every page.
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5. Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (DIY Science)

by: Robert Bruce Thompson
Release date: May 09, 2008
Number of Pages: 432
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For students, DIY hobbyists, and science buffs, who can no longer get real chemistry sets, this one-of-a-kind guide explains how to set up and use a home chemistry lab, with step-by-step instructions for conducting experiments in basic chemistry — not just to make pretty colors and stinky smells, but to learn how to do real lab work:

  • Purify alcohol by distillation
  • Produce hydrogen and oxygen gas by electrolysis
  • Smelt metallic copper from copper ore you make yourself
  • Analyze the makeup of seawater, bone, and other common substances
  • Synthesize oil of wintergreen from aspirin and rayon fiber from paper
  • Perform forensics tests for fingerprints, blood, drugs, and poisons
  • and much more

From the 1930s through the 1970s, chemistry sets were among the most popular Christmas gifts, selling in the millions. But two decades ago, real chemistry sets began to disappear as manufacturers and retailers became concerned about liability. ,em>The Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments steps up to the plate with lessons on how to equip your home chemistry lab, master laboratory skills, and work safely in your lab. The bulk of this book consists of 17 hands-on chapters that include multiple laboratory sessions on the following topics:

  • Separating Mixtures
  • Solubility and Solutions
  • Colligative Properties of Solutions
  • Introduction to Chemical Reactions & Stoichiometry
  • Reduction-Oxidation (Redox) Reactions
  • Acid-Base Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Chemical Equilibrium and Le Chatelier’s Principle
  • Gas Chemistry
  • Thermochemistry and Calorimetry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Photochemistry
  • Colloids and Suspensions
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Synthesis of Useful Compounds
  • Forensic Chemistry

With plenty of full-color illustrations and photos, Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments offers introductory level sessions suitable for a middle school or first-year high school chemistry laboratory course, and more advanced sessions suitable for students who intend to take the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry exam. A student who completes all of the laboratories in this book will have done the equivalent of two full years of high school chemistry lab work or a first-year college general chemistry laboratory course.

This hands-on introduction to real chemistry — using real equipment, real chemicals, and real quantitative experiments — is ideal for the many thousands of young people and adults who want to experience the magic of chemistry.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

6. Math Dictionary for Kids: The #1 Guide for Helping Kids With Math (5th ed.)

by: Theresa Fitzgerald
Release date: May 18, 2016
Number of Pages: 272
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Equipped with the #1 guide to help kids with math homework, children will be able to quickly find the definitions and illustrated examples that will enable them to solve many of the math challenges they face. Covering everything from “addend” to “zero,” the fifth edition of the best-selling Math Dictionary for Kids gives students in grades 4–9 more than 400 definitions, full-color illustrations, and examples that can help them solve math problems. This handbook includes illustrated, concise explanations of the most common terms used in general math classes, categorized by subjects that include measurement, algebra, geometry, fractions and decimals, statistics and probability, and problem solving. This edition also discusses how students can use manipulatives and basic math tools to improve their understanding and includes handy measurement conversion tables. Each term has a concise definition and an example or illustration. Perfect for both kids and their parents looking to help them with math homework!
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Study Aids > Children’s General Study Aids

7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

by: J. K. Rowling
Release date: Sep 02, 2003
Number of Pages: 1232
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A New York Times Bestseller

It’s the darkest year yet for Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling’s hero in the Harry Potter series. In Rowling’s fifth book Harry finds himself and Dumbdelore under scrutiny by the Ministry of Magic which refuses to alert the community and acknowledge the terrifying truth that Voldemort has returned.

Harry’s other challenges include:

• Hogwarts having a High Inquisitor
• Facing an overwhelming course load as the fifth years prepare for their Ordinary Wizarding Levels examinations (O.W.L.s)
• Distressing changes in the Gryffindor Quidditch team lineup
• Vivid dreams about long hallways and closed doors
• Ever-increasing pain in his lightning-shaped scar

Harry faces the difficult transition into adulthood, when adult heroes are revealed to be fallible, and matters that seemed black-and-white suddenly come out in shades of gray. Readers, on the other hand, will be thrilled and eagerly waiting for the next title in the spectacular, magical series.

(AR) For ages 13-18

No Canadian Rights for the Harry Potter Series

HARRY POTTER and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter publishing rights © J. K. Rowling. (s05)

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8. My Weird School Fast Facts: Sports

by: Dan GutmanJim Paillot
Release date: Jun 21, 2016
Number of Pages: 176
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Think fast with A.J. and Andrea from My Weird School!

Did you know that the only sport that’s been played on the moon is golf? Did you know that an NFL quarterback once threw a touchdown pass to himself?!

Learn more weird-but-true sports facts with A.J. and Andrea from Dan Gutman’s bestselling My Weird School series. This all-new series of nonfiction books features hundreds of hysterical facts, plus lots of photos and illustrations.

Whether you’re a kid who wants to know more about sports or just someone who is curious why Major League Baseball umpires have to wear black underwear, this is the book for you!

With more than 10 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

9. 3rd Grade Super Reading Success: Activities, Exercises, and Tips to Help Catch Up, Keep Up, and Get Ahead (Sylvan Language Arts Super Workbooks)

by: Sylvan Learning
Release date: Jan 06, 2009
Number of Pages: 320
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Good reading skills are essential not only for third-grade academic success, but also for lifelong learning. The teacher-reviewed, curriculum-based activities and exercises in this 3-in-1 SuperWorkbook will help your children catch up, keep up, and get ahead. Best of all, they’ll have lots of fun doing it! Here’s a peek at what’ s inside:

SPELLING SUCCESS

WRITE IT RIGHT! — Fill-in-the-blank exercises help distinguish the long or short letter sounds in lessons such as You and the Letter “U” and Say Hey to “A.”

CRISS-CROSS — Crossword puzzles review topics such as prefixes, suffixes, silent letters, and more.

VOCABULARY SUCCESS

TIC TAC TOE — Helps kids distinguish between synonyms and antonyms. Find three synonyms or antonyms in a row, and win!

IT’S PUZZLING — Reviews word roots by matching “prefix,” “root,” and “suffix” puzzle pieces together to form new words.

READING COMPREHENSION SUCCESS

REASON TO READ — Colorful book covers, story descriptions, and articles teach kids how to predict what a story will be about.

STOP AND GO STORY — Illustrations and short stories about toys, superheroes, roller coasters, and more show how to absorb and think about the facts of the story along the way.

PLUS!
CHECK IT! STRIPS — Reinforce concepts and build confidence as kids check their own work.

Give your child’s grades and confidence a boost with 3rd Grade Super Reading Success.

Why Sylvan Products Work

Sylvan Learning Workbooks won a Honors Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) as a top book series for children in the elementary-aged category.  The NAPPA is the nation’s most comprehensive awards program for children’s products and parenting resources, and has been critically reviewing products since 1990. The Award recognizes Sylvan Learning Workbooks as some of the most innovative and useful products geared to parents.

Sylvan’s proven system inspires kids to learn and has helped children nationwide catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school. Sylvan has been a trusted partner for parents for thirty years, and has based their supplemental education success on programs developed through a focus on the highest educational standards and detailed research. Sylvan’s line of educational products equips families with fun, effective, and grade-appropriate learning tools. Our workbooks and learning kits feature activities, stories, and games to reinforce the skills children need to develop and achieve their academic potential. Students will reap the rewards of improved confidence and a newfound love of learning.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing > Grammar

10. Children’s Mathematics, Second Edition: Cognitively Guided Instruction

by: Thomas P CarpenterElizabeth FennemaMegan Loef FrankeLinda LeviSusan B. Empson
Release date: Oct 27, 2014
Number of Pages: 240
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Explore the new edition-including video clips, a sample chapter, and related blogs-at Heinemann.com/ChildrensMath

The bestselling first edition of Children’s Mathematics helped hundreds of thousands of teachers understand children’s intuitive mathematical thinking and use that knowledge to help children learn mathematics with understanding. The highly anticipated Second Edition provides new insights about Cognitively Guided Instruction based on the authors’ research and experience in CGI classrooms over the last 15 years. Highlights include:

  • how children solve problems using their intuitive understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • the development of children’s mathematical thinking throughout the primary grades
  • instructional practices that promote children’s active engagement in mathematics
  • connections between children’s strategies and powerful mathematical concepts

A new expanded collection of over 90 online video episodes illustrating children’s mathematical thinking, interactions between students and teachers, and classroom instruction that builds on children’s mathematical thinking.

Together, the Second Edition and videos provide a detailed research-based account of the development of children’s mathematical thinking and problem solving, and how teachers can promote this development in ways that honor children’s thinking.

Save money when you buy all three books in the Cognitively Guided Instruction series together: Children’s Mathematics, Extending Children’s Mathematics, and Thinking Mathematically

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11. My Weird School Fast Facts: Geography

by: Dan GutmanJim Paillot
Release date: Jun 21, 2016
Number of Pages: 176
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Think fast with A.J. and Andrea from My Weird School!

Did you know that Antarctica’s largest land animal is an insect? Did you know that the smallest country in the world is only 0.2 square miles?!

Learn more weird-but-true geography facts with A.J. and Andrea from Dan Gutman’s bestselling My Weird School series. This all-new series of nonfiction books features hundreds of hysterical facts, plus lots of photos and illustrations.

Whether you’re a kid who wants to learn more about geography or simply someone who wants to know if there’s really a town called Scratch Ankle, this geography facts edition is the book for you.

With more than 10 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

12. 3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Success: Activities, Exercises, and Tips to Help Catch Up, Keep Up, and Get Ahead (Sylvan Language Arts Workbooks)

by: Sylvan Learning
Release date: Jan 06, 2009
Number of Pages: 128
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Good reading skills are essential not only for third-grade academic success, but also for lifelong learning. The teacher-reviewed, curriculum-based activities and exercises in this workbook will help your children catch up, keep up, and get ahead. Best of all, they’ll have lots of fun doing it! Some of the great features you’ll find inside are:

REASON TO READ
Colorful book covers, story descriptions, and articles teach kids how to predict what a story will be about.

STOP AND TO STORY
Illustrations and short stories on toys, superheroes, roller coasters, and more
show how to absorb and think about the facts of the story along the way.

PICTURE THIS!
Drawing exercises help kids visualize what they’re reading.

WHAT’S THE WORD?
A combination of funny made-up and real words helps kids learn vocabulary
in context.

MIND MAP
Fill-in-the-blank charts help kids analyze stories for main ideas and details.

PLUS!
CHECK IT! STRIPS
Reinforce concepts and build confidence as kids check their own work.

Give your child’s grades and confidence a boost with 3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Success.

Why Sylvan Products Work


Sylvan Learning Workbooks won a Honors Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) as a top book series for children in the elementary-aged category. The NAPPA is the nation’s most comprehensive awards program for children’s products and parenting resources, and has been critically reviewing products since 1990. The Award recognizes Sylvan Learning Workbooks as some of the most innovative and useful products geared to parents.

Sylvan’s proven system inspires kids to learn and has helped children nationwide catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school. Sylvan has been a trusted partner for parents for thirty years, and has based their supplemental education success on programs developed through a focus on the highest educational standards and detailed research.  Sylvan’s line of educational products equips families with fun, effective, and grade-appropriate learning tools.  Our workbooks and learning kits feature activities, stories, and games to reinforce the skills children need to develop and achieve their academic potential.  Students will reap the rewards of improved confidence and a newfound love of learning.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing > Grammar

13. Dinosaurs (Discovery Kids)

by: Parragon Books
Release date: Jun 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 80
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Discover the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. Using stunning images and illustrations, Dinosaurs takes you on a fascinating visual journey of these amazing creatures who once ruled the Earth, revealing their incredible secrets along the way. Satisfy the curiosity of the most inquisitive minds and uncover dinosaurs and their dramatic story with this concise reference book for all the family. Features key information on the habitats, behavior, and feeding habits of dinosaurs. Discover how dinosaurs adapted to perfectly suit their surroundings. Learn all about plant-eating and meat-eating dinosaurs and how they lived together. Discover how fossils are used to build pictures of dinosaurs and recreate the past.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reference

14. Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story

by: Andrea Warren
Release date: Sep 28, 1998
Number of Pages: 80
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Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west on orphan trains to find new homes. Some were adopted by loving families; others were not as fortunate. In recent years, some of the riders have begun to share their stories. Andrea Warren alternates chapters about the history of the orphan trains with the story of Lee Nailling, who in 1926 rode an orphan train to Texas when he was nine years old.

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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1800s

15. A Week in the Woods

by: Andrew Clements
Release date: Apr 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 208
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Collision course
The fifth-grade Week in the Woods is a beloved tradition of Hardy Elementary, where Mark Chelmsley (the Fourth) is pretty much killing time before his parents send him off to an exclusive prep school. But then Mark realizes the Week might be a chance to prove to Mr. Maxwell that he’s not just another of the slacker rich kids the teacher can’t stand.
But it may be too late for Mark to change Mr. Maxwell’s opinion of him. On the first day of the Week, the tension between teacher and student explodes, and in a reckless moment, Mark puts not only himself, but also Mr. Maxwell, in grave danger. Can two such strong adversaries work together to save their lives?
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Values

16. Boys, Girls & Body Science: A First Book About Facts of Life

by: Meg HicklingKim La Fave
Release date: Oct 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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With humour and sensitivity, Boys, Girls & Body Science provides no-nonsense answers for children – and parents – with questions about sex. Specifically designed for young readers, Boys, Girls & Body Science walks children through the wonders of their bodies in a direct, easy-to-read manner. The story begins with Nicholas, 7, and Jenny, 5, learning about different types of science in their class – from ecology to the digestive system. Then Meg Hickling, a guest speaker, comes to talk to them about a new type of science. Hickling talks about the “science names” for the children’s body parts, about good and bad touches and about making babies. She coaches the children not to be embarrassed or shy about body science: “We are going to make this just like a science lesson, we will learn to think like a scientist and we will learn the scientific names for our private parts,” she says.

Hickling is a Registered Nurse who has been teaching sexual education for over 25 years. She is an outstanding educator, and her ability to convey difficult material with sensitivity, gentle humour and warmth distinguishes her as a remarkable teacher and role model. In this latest publication, Hickling brings her award-winning lesson into the homes, schools and libraries of inquisitive children everywhere!

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Self-Help > Sex

17. 3rd Grade Spelling Success: Activities, Exercises, and Tips to Help Catch Up, Keep Up, and Get Ahead (Sylvan Language Arts Workbooks)

by: Sylvan Learning
Release date: Jan 06, 2009
Number of Pages: 128
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A solid foundation in spelling not only prepares third-graders for academic success– it makes them stronger readers. The teacher-reviewed, curriculum-based activities and exercises in this workbook will help your children catch up, keep up, and get ahead. Best of all, they’ll have lots of fun doing it! Some of the great features you’ll find inside are:

WRITE IT RIGHT!
Fill-in-the-blank exercises help distinguish the long or short letter sounds from sections such as You and the Letter “U” and Say Hey to “A.”

GRID LOCK
Grid games show how to break down syllables and compound words.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS
Charts and activities teach kids multiple endings for verb tenses and plurals.

CRISS CROSS
Crossword puzzles review topics such as prefi xes, suffi xes, silent letters and more (ie: “1. Across: not expected” or “8. Down: more brave than”).

Plus!
CHECK IT! STRIPS
Reinforce concepts and build confi dence as kids check their own work.

Give your child’s grades and confi dence a boost with 3rd Grade Spelling Success.

Why Sylvan Products Work

Sylvan Learning Workbooks won a Honors Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) as a top book series for children in the elementary-aged category. The NAPPA is the nation’s most comprehensive awards program for children’s products and parenting resources, and has been critically reviewing products since 1990. The Award recognizes Sylvan Learning Workbooks as some of the most innovative and useful products geared to parents.

Sylvan’s proven system inspires kids to learn and has helped children nationwide catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school. Sylvan has been a trusted partner for parents for thirty years, and has based their supplemental education success on programs developed through a focus on the highest educational standards and detailed research.  Sylvan’s line of educational products equips families with fun, effective, and grade-appropriate learning tools.  Our workbooks and learning kits feature activities, stories, and games to reinforce the skills children need to develop and achieve their academic potential.  Students will reap the rewards of improved confidence and a newfound love of learning.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing > Grammar

18. If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

by: Faith RinggoldFaith Ringgold
Release date: Jan 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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If a bus could talk, it would tell the story of a young African-American girl named Rosa who had to walk miles to her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white children rode to their school in a bus. It would tell how the adult Rosa rode to and from work on a segregated city bus and couldn’t sit in the same row as a white person. It would tell of the fateful day when Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man and how that act of courage inspired others around the world to stand up for freedom.
In this book a bus does talk, and on her way to school a girl named Marcie learns why Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights movement. At the end of Marcie’s magical ride, she meets Rosa Parks herself at a birthday party with several distinguished guests. Wait until she tells her class about this!
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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1900s

19. Science Verse (Golden Duck Awards. Picture Book (Awards))

by: Jon ScieszkaLane Smith
Release date: Sep 23, 2004
Number of Pages: 40
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“Amoeba”
Don’t ever tease a wee amoeba
By calling him a her amoeba.
And don’t call her a him amoeba.
Or never he a she amoeba.
‘Cause whether his or hers amoeba,
They too feel like you and meba.

What if a boring lesson about the food chain becomes a sing-aloud celebration about predators and prey? A twinkle-twinkle little star transforms into a twinkle-less, sunshine-eating-and rhyming Black Hole? What if amoebas, combustion, metamorphosis, viruses, the creation of the universe are all irresistible, laugh-out-loud poetry? Well, you’re thinking in science verse, that’s what. And if you can’t stop the rhymes . . . the atomic joke is on you. Only the amazing talents of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, the team who created Math Curse, could make science so much fun.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

20. The Conversation Train: A Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum

by: Joel Shaul
Release date: Mar 10, 2014
Number of Pages: 72
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This inventive colour picture book uses the metaphor of a train to teach basic conventions of conversation to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Engines are like greetings; they get the train going. Freight wagons are like different speakers’ turns; it is good to have at least a few when you are in conversation. A set of points guiding a train from one track to another is like a tactful change in the topic of conversation. When a conversation veers off-topic it is like a derailed train. As well as attractive colour photographs of trains, the book contains engaging photocopiable worksheets and colouring pages to help promote skill generalisation.

This highly visual approach to conversation is ideally suited to children with ASDs aged approximately 5-13.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Special Needs

21. Ant Cities (Lets Read and Find Out Books) (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

by: Arthur Dorros
Release date: Jun 23, 1988
Number of Pages: 32
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Did you ever wonder where an ant goes when it disappears into an anthill? Underneath the hill, there are miles of tunnels and hundreds of rooms! With simple, easy-to-understand words and colorful illustrations, Arthur Dorros explains the life of a harvester ant for the early reader and even shows readers how to build their own ant farms!

This is a Stage 2 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades. Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

Supports the Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

22. The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language

by: The Editors of Gallaudet University PressJean M. GordonDebbie TilleyPeggy Swartzel LottDaniel RennerRob Hills
Release date: Oct 31, 2014
Number of Pages: 384
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* Featuring more than 1,000 ASL sign drawings
* All signs paired with charming color illustrations
* Introduction explains how to sign ASL and fingerspell
* Complete index of English terms for each sign, including synonyms
* Sample sentences using specific words to match every sign’s meaning

The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language presents more than 1,000 ASL sign drawings arranged alphabetically by English terms, plus delightful color illustrations for each sign. Also featuring English sentences for each sign, the Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary stands alone as the best, most entertaining ASL reference volume for deaf and hearing children alike.

     The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary is a bilingual dictionary that serves a twofold purpose—to increase and improve deaf children’s English vocabulary skills and to teach American Sign Language to hearing children. Research indicates that all children benefit from knowing more than one language, and they acquire the second language relatively quickly when they start learning it before the age of twelve. This dictionary will help deaf children make the connections between the signs they already know and the written English words that express the same concept. As a result, their reading vocabulary will grow, and they will gain an understanding of how English words can have different meanings. Hearing children will learn a new language and a new way to communicate.

     The introduction explains the history and culture of American Sign Language as well as how to sign and fingerspell. The accompanying DVD displays native ASL signers demonstrating how to form each sign plus 150 ASL sentences. For easier retention, signs can be watched in full speed or slow motion. The index listing all of the English vocabulary for each sign completes The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language as the new standard ASL reference for children, their parents, and their teachers.

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23. It’s Called Dyslexia (Live and Learn Series)

by: Jennifer Moore-MallinosNuria Roca
Release date: Sep 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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This is one of several titles in Barron’s Live and Learn series for younger children. They are books that take a child’s point of view, especially if the child suffers from some physical challenge or lack self-confidence in going about everyday activities. These attractively illustrated picture storybooks encourage kids never to be afraid of a challenge. Following each story are four pages of suggested activities that relate to the book’s theme. A final two-page section offers advice to parents. The child in this story knows the alphabet, but she sometimes has trouble putting all the letters together to read words. No matter how hard she tries, she often mixes up the letters or writes them backwards. She’s unhappy until her teacher explains that she has dyslexia, and that she can be helped to read and write correctly.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

24. Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (DIY Science)

by: Robert Bruce ThompsonBarbara Fritchman Thompson
Release date: Apr 29, 2012
Number of Pages: 378
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Experience the magic of biology in your own home lab. This hands-on introduction includes more than 30 educational (and fun) experiments that help you explore this fascinating field on your own. Perfect for middle- and high-school students and DIY enthusiasts, this full-color guide teaches you the basics of biology lab work and shows you how to set up a safe lab at home.

The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments is also written with the needs of homeschoolers firmly in mind, as well as adults who are eager to explore the science of nature as a life-long hobby. To get the most from the experiments, we recommend using this guide in conjunction with a standard biology text, such as the freely downloadable CK-12 Biology (ck-12.org).

  • Master the use of the microscope, including sectioning and staining
  • Build and observe microcosms, soda-bottle worlds of pond life
  • Investigate the chemistry of life from simple acids, bases, and buffers to complex carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, enzymes, and DNA
  • Extract, isolate, and observe DNA
  • Explore photosynthesis, osmosis, nitrogen fixation, and other life processes
  • Investigate the cell cycle (mitosis and cytokinesis)
  • Observe populations and ecosystems, and perform air and water pollution tests
  • Investigate genetics and inheritance
  • Do hands-on microbiology, from simple culturing to micro-evolution of bacteria by forced selection
  • Gain hands-on lab experience to prepare for the AP Biology exam

Through their company, The Home Scientist, LLC (thehomescientist.com/biology), the authors also offer inexpensive custom kits that provide specialized equipment and supplies you’ll need to complete the experiments. Add a microscope and some common household items and you’re good to go.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

25. Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?: REAL Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff

by: Julie Metzger RN MNRobert Lehman MD
Release date: Mar 27, 2012
Number of Pages: 192
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This flip book for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 has questions asked by girls in one half of the book; flip it over and questions asked by boys are on the other side. Contains honest, informative, and reassuring answers to questions pre-adolescents have about puberty, friends, feelings, sex, pimples, babies, body hair, menstruation, bras, and much more.

Straightforward, age-appropriate answers to REAL questions from preteens are provided by an experienced nurse-and-physician team who have been giving popular seminars to moms and daughters, and dads and sons, in Seattle and Palo Alto for more than twenty years. Each of the questions in the book has been asked–many of them frequently!–by kids during their seminars. Filled with fun, full-color illustrations throughout.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Maturing

26. The Common Core Lesson Book, K-5: Working with Increasingly Complex Literature, Informational Text, and Foundational Reading Skills

by: Gretchen Owocki
Release date: Apr 12, 2012
Number of Pages: 400
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“To reach their potential, children need an engaging environment and a reason to learn. This book is aimed at helping teachers implement quality Common Core instruction around this principle.”
-Gretchen Owocki

The quality of instruction is the most important factor in helping students meet the Common Core Standards. That’s why Gretchen Owocki‘s Common Core Lesson Book empowers teachers with a comprehensive framework for implementation that enhances existing curriculum and extends it to meet Common Core goals.

“Children,” writes Gretchen (author of The RTI Daily Planning Book), “need teachers who believe in the power of meaningful reading as a context for instruction.” She breaks the CCSS reading standards into manageable chunks that emphasize engaged, authentic reading and differentiated teaching. For each standard, she offers:

  • a clear description of what it asks from students
  • an instructional decision tree that connects assessment to planning
  • instructional strategies that gradually release responsibility to students
  • techniques for intensifying instruction when readers need more support.

“In implementing the standards,” writes Gretchen, “we want children to deeply engage with multiple forms of reading. I wrote this book to offer encouragement to stay grounded in meaningful instruction, and to offer a set of strategies that emphasize meaningful reading.” Respond to the Common Core with The Common Core Lesson Book-you’ll help students meet the standards, and so much more.

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Children’s Books

27. Totally Catholic!: A Catechism for Kids and Their Parents and Teachers

by: Sister Mary Kathleen Glavich Snd
Release date: Feb 25, 2013
Number of Pages: 246
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Share and pass on the faith from A to Z with this guidebook of all things totally Catholic! In this comprehensive resource, adults and children ages 9 12 are provided with child-appropriate and theologically-correct language based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Containing extensive information on what Catholics believe and how they live, this manual also offers readers ways to engage in the faith.”

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Christian Books & Bibles > Worship & Devotion > Catechisms

28. The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School — Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More

by: Haley KilpatrickWhitney Joiner
Release date: Apr 03, 2012
Number of Pages: 288
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Today’s middle school girls have it rough.

In a few short years, they go through an incredible number of biological and emotional changes, making this the most formative—and riskiest—time in their lives. Groups turn on each other, a trusted childhood friend can reveal secrets by sending a text message or updating a Facebook status, and deciding where to sit in the cafeteria can be a daily struggle. As any tween will tell you, life for a middle school girl can be summed up in one word: drama.

Haley Kilpatrick’s own turbulent middle school experience inspired Girl Talk, a nonprofit organization in which high school mentors offer a “just been there” perspective to tween girls, helping them build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Here, Haley delivers the definitive guidebook, packed with anecdotes from real girls around the country, who offer their insight into why her friends’ approval is suddenly vitally important, why she feels pressured to be perfect, why she’s no longer telling her parents everything, and what three vital things adults can offer to the girls in their lives to downplay the drama.

Filled with practical strategies from tweens and teen mentors to help adults understand what girls today are facing, The Drama Years is a must-read for anyone struggling to help girls navigate the often difficult transition into adolescence.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Abuse

29. Christmas Around the World (On My Own Holidays)

by: Emily KelleyJoni Oeltjenbruns
Release date: Jan 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 48
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Introduces the holiday and describes how Christians celebrate in Mexico, Ethiopia, China, Germany, Lebanon, Sweden, Australia, and Russia.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Holidays > Christmas

30. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery (Clarion Nonfiction)

by: Russell Freedman
Release date: Apr 14, 1997
Number of Pages: 208
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The intriguing story of Eleanor Roosevelt traces the life of the former First Lady from her early childhood through the tumultuous years in the White House to her active role in the founding of the United Nations after World War II. A Newberry Honor Book.
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Biographies & Memoirs

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