Bestselling Education & Reference Books for 11 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling education & reference books for 11 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. Brain Quest Grade 6, 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. What Do You Stand For? For Teens: A Guide to Building Character

by: Barbara A. Lewis
Release date: Sep 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 284
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Young people need guidance from caring adults to build strong, positive character traits—but they can also build their own. This book by the best-selling author of The Kid’s Guide to Social Action invites children and teens to explore and practice honesty, kindness, empathy, integrity, tolerance, patience, respect, and more.

Quotations and background information set the stage. Dilemmas challenge readers to think about, discuss, and debate positive traits. Activities invite them to explore what they stand for at school, at home, and in their communities. True stories profile real kids who exemplify positive traits; resources point the way toward character-building books, organizations, programs, and Web sites.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Values

5. 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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6. 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

7. What Do You Stand For? For Kids: A Guide to Building Character

by: Barbara A. Lewis
Release date: May 15, 2005
Number of Pages: 176
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Even elementary school children can build positive character traits like caring, citizenship, cooperation, courage, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The true stories, inspiring quotations, thought-provoking dilemmas, and activities in this book help kids grow into capable, moral teens and adults. Previously titled Being Your Best, this award-winning book has a fresh new cover and updated resources.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Values

8. 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

9. 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

10. Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature: with 65 fresh mentor texts from Dave Eggers, Nikki Giovanni, Pat Conroy, Jesus Colon, Tim O’Brien, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and many more

by: Harvey “Smokey” DanielsNancy Steineke
Release date: Mar 06, 2013
Number of Pages: 312
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“The experiences provided in these 37 lessons parallel the readings and tasks recommended by the Common Core State Standards. The main difference is that our lessons put student curiosity and engagement first.”
-Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke

In this highly anticipated follow-up to Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke share their powerful strategies for engaging students in challenging, meaningful reading of fiction and poetry using some of their favorite short, fresh texts-or, as they put it, “full-strength adult literature that gives us English majors a run for our interpretive money- but is still intriguing enough to keep teen readers digging and thinking.” Use the 37 innovative, step-by-step, common-core-correlated lessons with the reproducible texts provided, with selections from your literature textbook, or with your own best-loved texts to teach close reading skills and deep comprehension strategies. Give students opportunities to read and synthesize across texts with the 8 thematic text set lessons provided, or use the model unit outlines for using the lessons with The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Great Gatsby as springboards for planning your own novel studies.

Better Together!
Used together, Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature and Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading give you all the lesson ideas you need for all text types. Save 15% when you buy them together in a Texts and Lessons Bundle.

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11. Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School (Theory and Practice (Scholastic))

by: Ruth Culham
Release date: Jan 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 336
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The traits have revolutionized the way writing is taught. And nobody knows the traits better than Ruth Culham, who has written over 25 books and conducted countless workshops for teachers of all grades. Now, Ruth turns her expert eye to middle school. The Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School contains classroom-tested materials developed just for teachers of grades 6-8. Brand-new scoring guides, scored sample papers, Think Abouts, warm-up exercises, focus lessons, and activities for each trait, organized by that trait’s key qualities, make it easy to assess writing and deliver targeted instruction. Includes printable reproducible forms! For use with Grades 6-8.
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12. 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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13. 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

14. Children’s Ministry Resource Bible-NKJV: Helping Children Grow in the Light of God’s Word

by: Thomas Nelson
Release date: Jan 24, 1994
Number of Pages: 1856
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The Children’s Ministry Resource Bible, developed in conjunction with Child Evangelism Fellowship, is filled with almost endless options for Bible study with children, whether at home, school, or church. Teaching aids are designed to be used with children ages 5-12.

Full-page articles and a pronunciation dictionary complement the lessons. Comes complete with a special teacher training section and the Wordless Book, a colorful way to share the gospel message.

Features include:

  • Thousands of footnotes clarify important Bible terms, phrases, and ideas to provide you with cultural and historical background and insights on the Bible’s people and events
  • Teacher Training Sections help you learn how to communicate important Bible lessons in a kid-friendly manner
  • Lesson Outlines take selected Bible stories and break them down into an Introduction, Progression of Events, Climax, and Ending, prefaced with a Teacher’s Objective and Child-Related Truth
  • Full-Page Articles address foundational skills for evangelising and disciplining children
  • The Wordless Book presents the gospel message in a way children can understand
  • Full Bible text of the New King James Version

With the Children’s Ministry Resource Bible, you will be fully prepared to present the content of Scripture and the message of salvation to young children in a way they will understand and enjoy.

More than 165,000 Children’s Ministry Resource Bibles sold to date

The New King James Version—More than 60 million copies sold in 30 years

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Christian Books & Bibles > Bibles

15. 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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16. The English Teacher’s Companion, Fourth Edition: A Completely New Guide to Classroom, Curriculum, and the Profession

by: Jim Burke
Release date: Nov 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 392
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A new companion for every English teacher

“Why have I written an entirely new English Teacher’s Companion? Because to offer you anything less would suggest I had not grown, changed, or evolved these past fifteen years. I am not the same teacher I was when I wrote the first edition.” Jim Burke

The fourth edition of English Teacher’s Companion is 100 percent new. Jim Burke has rewritten it to model methods for reaching a new generation of students-when all the ground rules for teaching are changing.

A teacher’s teacher and a recognized leader in English/language arts education, Jim understands the need for instructional methods that connect the why of teaching to the how. “This edition makes the research behind my practice more explicit,” he writes. “It is also anchored in the Common Core State Standards, because I am still teaching every day-so these standards are my standards too.”

Weaving in ideas for working with ELLs, struggling readers, and technology, English Teacher’s Companion, Fourth Edition:

  • looks comprehensively at the research and reality of our profession, our students, and our content
  • provides practical and thoughtful methods for meeting standards in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language study
  • makes assessment a priority, not only to find out what students know but to help practitioners improve.

“I have taught English for nearly 25 years, and I love it,” writes Jim Burke. Never has this love been more apparent than in the numerous lessons and teaching moves he includes as well as in the many examples of his own classroom language. Trust the fourth edition of English Teacher’s Companion, and bring the passion, power, and practicality of one of America’s best teachers to your classroom.

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17. The Penny Pot (MathStart 3)

by: Stuart J. MurphyLynne Woodcock Cravath
Release date: Aug 08, 1998
Number of Pages: 40
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Stuart J. Murphy travels all over the United States talking to thousands of kids. And you’ll never believe what they talk about: MATH! Stuart shows kids that they use math every day — to share a pizza, spend their allowance, and even sort socks. Stuart writes funny stories about math — andif you read his books, you’ll start to see the fun in math, too.

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18. Scouting for Boys: The Original 1908 Edition (Dover Books on Sports and Popular Recreations)

by: Robert Baden-Powell
Release date: Feb 27, 2007
Number of Pages: 432
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Written by Robert Baden-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army and founder of the international Scouting movement, Scouting for Boys is one of the most influential manuals for youth ever published. First printed in 1908, it remains an all-time bestseller in the English-speaking world, second only to the Bible.
The original blueprint and “self-instructor” of the Boy Scout Movement, Scouting for Boys is a fascinating fusion of “yarns and pictures,” an irresistible mixture of nationalistic narrative, tracker legend, and quotations from Baden-Powell’s own autobiography and the popular adventure fiction of Rudyard Kipling, James Fenimore Cooper, and Alexander Dumas. The book provides practical advice on lighting fires, building boats and stalking animals, alongside proper Victorian-era education on chivalry and manners, self-discipline and improvement, and above all, good citizenship. Expounding upon the topics intrinsic to the life of a scout — tracking, woodcraft, camp life, endurance, patriotism, and more — this classic is essential for anyone interested in popular culture and the history of scouting and youth education. Ninety original diagrams and illustrations enhance the text.
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19. Systematic Sequential Phonics They Use: For Beginning Readers of All Ages

by: Patricia M. Cunningham
Release date: Sep 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 208
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Facilitate fun and functional phonics instruction using Systematic Sequential Phonics They Use for grades 1–5! This 208-page book helps beginning readers of any age learn phonics through the Word Wall and Making Words activities. This helpful classroom resource supports the Four-Blocks® Literacy Model and is an excellent addition to any classroom. The book includes review activities, take-home word walls, reproducibles, and word lists.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing

20. Sentence Composing for Middle School: A Worktext on Sentence Variety and Maturity

by: Donald Killgallon
Release date: Oct 21, 1997
Number of Pages: 144
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With the first edition of his book, Don Killgallon changed the way thousands of high school English teachers and their students look at language, literature, and writing by focusing on the sentence. In this revised edition, Killgallon presents the same proven methodology but offers all-new writing exercises designed specifically for the middle school student.

Unlike traditional grammar books that emphasize the parsing of sentences, this worktext asks students to imitate the sentence styles of professional writers, making the sentence composition process an enjoyable and challenging one. Killgallon teaches subliminally, nontechnically–the ways real writers compose their sentences, the ways students subsequently intuit within their own writing.

Designed to produce sentence maturity and variety, the worktext offers extensive practice in four sentence-manipulating techniques: sentence unscrambling, sentence imitating, sentence combining, and sentence expanding. All of the activities are based on model sentences written by widely respected authors. They are designed to teach students structures they should but seldom use. The rationale is that imitation and practice are as valuable in gaining competence and confidence in written language production as they are in oral language production.

Since the practices have proven successful for the great majority of students who have used them in all kinds of schools, it’s demonstrably true that Sentence Composing can work anywhere–in any school, with any student.

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21. Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want—and Why We Should Let Them

by: Jeffrey WilhelmMichael SmithSharon Fransen
Release date: Dec 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 192
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The book is divided into two parts: Part One provides an in-depth exploration of the nature and variety of the pleasure avid adolescent readers experience through their out-of-school reading. Part Two identifies and explains the genres teen readers most enjoy?romance, vampires, dystopian fiction, and science fiction/fantasy. The authors explore what we can learn from teens’ pleasure reading and the implications for instruction in this era of Common Core State Standards. They also suggest ways to make pleasure more central to the work we do in schools. For use with Grades 6 & Up.
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22. On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow!: A “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Younger Boys

by: Lynda MadarasPaul Gilligan
Release date: Feb 13, 2008
Number of Pages: 128
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Hi. My name is Lynda Madaras. I write books about growing up. I get tons of letters from boys. They tell me just what they’re thinking. They ask questions. Many of the things they say are here in this book. Many of their questions are here, too, along with my answers. So boys like you helped to write this book.

In her uniquely warm and funny style, Lynda Madaras wrote this entirely new book especially for younger boys to give them everything they need to know about the new and exciting changes that are happening to their bodies during puberty.

Illustrated with fresh and funny cartoons, On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow! is the seventh book in the popular “What’s Happening to My Body?” series of growing-up books for boys and girls. Praised by parents, teachers, nurses, doctors, and especially kids, the bestselling “What’s Happening to My Body?” books for older boys and girls are on the “Best Books for Young Adults” list from the American Library Association and have been translated into 12 languages. Over 2 million copies of the “What’s Happening to My Body?” series are in print.

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

23. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School (Worst Case Scenario Junior Editions)

by: Robin EpsteinBen H. Winters
Release date: Jun 17, 2009
Number of Pages: 128
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Homework, hormones, heartache…middle school has no shortage of perils. Never fear, the authors of the best-selling Worst-Case Scenario series return with a survival guide for those who are facingor just about to facethis big transitional time in school and life. The handbook is packed with funny-but-useful tips for the trickiest situations that crop up in middle school, like taking charge of a too-busy homework schedule, dealing with a cold shoulder from a friend who has suddenly become just too cool, avoiding common e-mail and cell phone disasters, and more.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

24. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

by: Malala YousafzaiPatricia McCormick
Release date: Aug 19, 2014
Number of Pages: 240
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I Am Malala. This is my story.

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school.
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.
No one expected her to survive.
Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world — and did.
Malala’s powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person — one young person — can inspire change in her community and beyond.

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Children’s Books > History > Asia

25. Community Helpers from A to Z (Alphabasics)

by: Bobbie Kalman
Release date: Oct 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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Lavishly illustrated with artwork and amazing photographs, Alphabasics are a combination of ABC books and picture dictionaries. Each book names an object for each letter and gives fascinating information on topics that are fresh and appealing to children.
— an entire page explores one subject and its related topics
— lavish illustrations and photographs help provide further information
— entertaining and informative facts

Let’s meet people who make our communities cleaner, safer, more pleasant places to live. Full-color photographs and illustrations with informative captions feature workers performing tasks related to their occupations putting their various roles into a context children will recognize. This alphabet book introduces young readers to a range of community helpers including:
— agricultural workers
— firefighters
— recycling workers
— veterinarians, and more!

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Jobs & Careers

26. Six-Way Paragraphs: 100 Passages for Developing the Six Essential Categories of Comprehension, Middle Level

by: Walter Pauk
Release date: Oct 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 219
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Six-Way Paragraphs, a three-level series, teaches the basic skills necessary for reading factual material through the use of the following six types of questions: subject matter, main idea, supporting details, conclusions, clarifying devices, and vocabulary in context.
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27. From Ideas to Words: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners

by: Tasha Tropp Laman
Release date: May 07, 2013
Number of Pages: 200
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Through strong teaching, multilingual students can expand their range of literacy practices, and we, their teachers, can also grow and change as we get to know students as individuals with talents, strengths, interests, and concerns.

-Tasha Tropp Laman

Tasha Tropp Laman helps classroom teachers, ELL specialists, administrators, and literacy coaches become confident in their ability to support English language learners’ growth as writers. Her book, From Ideas to Words, provides insight and practical tips for getting ELL students writing, even if they are at the very beginning stages of English language acquisition.

Each chapter is stocked with specific tools and strategies that help writing instruction meet the needs of ELL writers; illustrated classroom vignettes, samples of children’s writing, student observations, and planning notes based on the information in that chapter. In addition to the theories and research behind working with ELLs, Tasha offers her experience and advice on:

  • creating a classroom environment that supports ELL writers
  • building a community that promotes risk-taking and values different experiences
  • creating whole-group minilessons that meet the needs of emerging and fluent ELLs
  • scaffolding independent practice for a wide variety of ELLs
  • scaffolding writing conferences with tools based on ELL students’ writing and language needs
  • facilitating and encouraging students to share and reflect.


To preview a sample of From Ideas to Words click here.

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28. Lessons That Change Writers: Lessons with Electronic Binder

by: Nancie Atwell
Release date: Aug 22, 2007
Number of Pages: 296
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In Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilesson as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over a hundred of these writing lessons which are described by her students as “the best of the best.” The lessons fall into the following four categories that provide the structure for this book: Lessons about Topics: ways to develop ideas for pieces of writing that will matter to writers and to their readers Lessons about Principles of Writing: ways to think and write deliberately to create literature Lessons about Genre: in which we observe and name the ways that good free verse poems, formatted poetry, essays, short stories, memoirs, thank-you letters, profiles, parodies, and book reviews work and Lessons about Conventions: what readers’ eyes and minds have been trained to expect, and how marks and forms function to give writing more voice and power and to make reading predictable and easy.Learn more about Lessons That Change Writers by visiting http://www.lessonsthatchangewriters.com where you can review the table of contents, download sample lessons, read a passage from the introduction, and watch a lesson walk through!

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29. Spelling Skills: Grade 6 (Flash Kids Harcourt Family Learning)

by: Flash Kids Editors
Release date: Feb 07, 2005
Number of Pages: 144
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Spelling Workbooks are designed to help students improve their ability to read and write by strengthening spelling skills.  By learning key spelling techniques, young readers will benefit inside and outside the classroom.  Each of the lessons in these fun, colorful books provide:

  • Activities to teach readers to relate to sounds to spelling patterns
  • Exercises to help children link spelling to meaning
  • Unit reviews to test and reinforce what children have learned
  • Short passages to proofread for misspelled words
  • Rules for capitalization and punctuation
  • Introduction to dictionary use

Harcourt Family Learning Workbooks are a comprehensive line of workbook developed through a partnership with Harcourt, a leading educational publisher. Based on national teaching standards, these workbooks provide complete practice in math, reading, and other key subject areas.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing > Vocabulary & Spelling

30. Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens

by: Maureen GallagherJean Marie Hiesberger
Release date: Oct 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 384
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Even if you already love The Catholic Youth Bible® this daily reflection book gives you another 365 reasons to love it. Take Ten includes a lectionary-based reading for each day of the year. Readings are chosen from cycle A, B, or C, or are the exact reading for feast days or solemnities. Each day has a Scripture citation, a reflection, a short prayer, and a connection to an article in The Catholic Youth Bible.® Take Ten helps young people apply biblical wisdom to their everyday life, and its smaller format makes it easy to carry. Its 365 connections offer young people one more way to pray, study, and live The Catholic Youth Bible® more deeply every day.
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Last updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 8:36 AM

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