Bestselling Education & Reference Books for 12 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling education & reference books for 12 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. The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You!

by: Tom Robinson
Release date: Oct 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 144
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Science has never been so easy–or so much fun!

With The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book, all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. High school science teacher Tom Robinson shows you how to expand your scientific horizons–from biology to chemistry to physics to outer space.

You’ll discover answers to questions like:

  • Is it possible to blow up a balloon without actually blowing into it?
  • What is inside coins?
  • Can a magnet ever be “turned off”?
  • Do toilets always flush in the same direction?
  • Can a swimming pool be cleaned with just the breath of one person?

You won’t want to wait for a rainy day or your school’s science fair to test these cool experiments for yourself!

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

2. Wonder

by: R. J. Palacio
Release date: Feb 14, 2012
Number of Pages: 320
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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY!

Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. 

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

“Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder

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

3. Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky

by: Michael DriscollMeredith Hamilton
Release date: May 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 96
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Children eight and up will enjoy this conversational but information-packed introduction to astronomy and stargazing, which includes the achievements of the great scientists, the history of space exploration, the story of our solar system, the myths behind the constellations, and how to navigate the night sky. Whimsical color illustrations on every page and handy definitions and sidebars help engage younger readers and develop their interest. The special star wheel helps locate stars and planets from any location at any time of year. This is the third in Black Dog & Leventhal’s successful series including The Story of the Orchestra and A Child’s Introduction to Poetry.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Astronomy & Space > Astronomy

4. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition

by: Susan Wise Bauer
Release date: Apr 17, 2006
Number of Pages: 338
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This first book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers’ polls?over 150,000 copies of the series in print!

What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi’s tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome?

Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, The Story of the World series covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas?find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first revised volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor. Newly revised and updated, The Story of the World, Volume 1 includes maps, a new timeline, more illustrations, and additional parental aids. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations.

Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests?each available separately to accompany each volume of TheStory of the World Text Book. Volume 1 Grade Recommendation: Grades 1-5. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps

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Business & Money > Education & Reference

5. Cosmos

by: Carl SaganAnn DruyanNeil deGrasse Tyson
Release date: Dec 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 432
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RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX

Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

Praise for Cosmos
 
“Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.”The Plain Dealer
 
“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”Newsday
 
“Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions . . . shimmers with a sense of wonder.”The Miami Herald
 
“Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space.”Cosmopolitan
 
“Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”The New York Times Book Review

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6. The ABC’s of LGBT+

by: Ashley Mardell
Release date: Nov 08, 2016
Number of Pages: 190
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Beyond Binary

The 21st Century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights in the last few years – the overturning of DOMA, SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO. We are living in a post-binary world where gender fluency and awareness of how people identify is essential. Ashley Mardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube, presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+. Along with in-depth definitions, personal anecdotes, helpful infographics, resources, and more, Mardell’s book is proof it does get better every day in a world where people are empowered by information and understanding. In Mardell’s own words, “This book is also for allies and LGBT+ people simply looking to pack in some extra knowledge… a critical part of acceptance. Learning about new identities broadens our understanding of humanity, heightens our empathy, and allows us different, valuable perspectives.”

Whether you are a questioning teen, a teacher or parent looking for advice or anyone wanting to learn the language of respect, this book is an essential guide for you.

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Self-Help > Self-Esteem

7. Freak the Mighty

by: Rodman Philbrick
Release date: Jun 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 192
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Two boys – a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces – forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force. (Made into the film, The Mighty.)

 

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

8. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance (Second Revised Edition) (Vol. 2) (Story of the World)

by: Susan Wise Bauer
Release date: Apr 16, 2007
Number of Pages: 424
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This second book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers’ polls?over 150,000 copies of the series in print!

Now more than ever, other cultures are affecting our everyday lives?and our children need to learn about the other countries of the world and their history. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of other lands. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, this revised edition of The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 2: The Middle Ages weaves world history into a story book format. Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?

The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas?find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Designed as a read-aloud project for parents and children to share together, The Story of the World includes each continent and major people group. Volume 2: The Middle Ages, is the second of a four-volume series and covers the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 CE, as well as including maps, illustrations, and tales from each culture.

Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests?each available separately to accompany each volume of TheStory of the World Text Book. Volume 2 Grade Recommendation: Grades 1-6. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps

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Children’s Books > History > Medieval

9. 50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know Revised and Upated: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why (Gentlemanners)

by: John BridgesBryan Curtis
Release date: Jan 02, 2012
Number of Pages: 208
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50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know is a young man’s guide to becoming the type of guy that people respect and enjoy. He knows how to shake hands. He knows how to be a good sport. He knows how to give a genuine compliment and how to speak his mind without being offensive. His friends listen to what he has to say, and he returns the favor. He knows how to achieve the perfect knot in a necktie, and more important, he knows when he should be wearing a tie in the first place. Oh, and his favorite ball cap? He knows when to wear it and when to leave it at home on his dresser. Becoming a gentleman doesn’t happen in an instant; it’s a lifelong exercise in refining etiquette, social interaction, and personal discipline. It all begins here.

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

10. Harriet the Spy

by: Louise Fitzhugh
Release date: May 08, 2001
Number of Pages: 320
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Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?
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Children’s Books > Classics

11. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times

by: Susan Wise Bauer
Release date: Apr 12, 2004
Number of Pages: 400
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This third book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers’ polls?over 150,000 copies of the series in print!

Now more than ever, other cultures are affecting our everyday lives?and our children need to learn about the other countries of the world and their history. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of other lands. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child; Volume 3: Early Modern Times weaves world history into a story book format. Who was the Sun King? Why did the Luddites go around England smashing machines? And how did samurai become sumo wrestlers?

The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas?find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Designed as a read-aloud project for parents and children to share together, The Story of the World includes each continent and major people group. Volume 3: Early Modern Times is the third of a four volume series and covers the major historical events in the years 1600 to 1850, as well as including maps, illustrations, and tales from each culture.

Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests?each available separately to accompany each volume of TheStory of the World Text Book. Volume 3 Grade Recommendation: Grades 3-8. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps

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Children’s Books > History > Modern

12. The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others

by: Bob SornsonMaria Dismondy
Release date: Sep 30, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Have you ever seen a bully in action and done nothing about it? The kids at Pete’s new school get involved, instead of being bystanders. When Pete begins to behave badly, his classmates teach him about “The Promise”. Will Pete decide to shed his bullying habits and make “The Promise”?

(Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy)

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

13. Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14

by: Chip Wood
Release date: Jan 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 240
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Written with warmth and humor, Yardsticks offers clear descriptions of children’s development. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference helps teachers and administrators use knowledge of child development to shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed.

For each age, this book includes:

  • Narrative description of developmental traits
  • Charts summarizing physical, social, language, and cognitive growth patterns
  • Suggestions for curricular areas: reading, writing, mathematics, and thematic units
  • Favorite books for different ages.

What’s new in the third edition:

  • A new, brief overview of issues in the development of bilingualism and biliteracy among Latino/Hispanic children
  • A new appendix on the “birthday cluster exercise” for applying the information in the book to working with a whole class of students
  • An updated list of recommended children’s books
  • An updated list of recommended resources for teachers and parents.
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14. 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

15. Love That Dog

by: Sharon Creech
Release date: Mar 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 128
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With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. With classic poetry included in the back matter, this provides the perfect resource for teachers and students alike.

“I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that.”

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won’t stop giving her class poetry assignments—and Jack can’t avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

16. Celebrate Christmas Around the World

by: Beth Stevens
Release date: Nov 03, 2004
Number of Pages: 144
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Expand cultural awareness with Christmas activities from more than 20 countries. Background information is provided along with activities, crafts, carols, legends, recipes, patterns, and more.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Holidays > Christmas

17. 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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18. Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem (Revised & Updated Edition)

by: Gershen KaufmanLev RaphaelPamela Espeland
Release date: Oct 15, 1999
Number of Pages: 128
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First published in 1990, this perennial best-seller has helped countless children build self-esteem and assertiveness skills.

Newly revised and updated, it’s the ultimate resource for any kid who’s ever been picked on at school, bossed around, blamed for things he or she didn’t do, or treated unfairly—and for any kid who sometimes feels frustrated, angry, powerless, or scared. Simple words and real-life examples show how children can stick up for themselves with other kids (including bullies and teasers), big sisters and brothers, even grown-ups.

Kids learn how to build relationships, become responsible, manage their anger, grow a “feelings vocabulary,” make good choices, solve problems, set goals, and “store” happiness and pride. Questions from real kids are paired with answers about how to handle specific situations calmly, confidently, and effectively. A special note to parents and teachers explores the “self-esteem backlash” and explains what self-esteem really is—and why kids today need it more than ever.

A wealth of practical, encouraging, realistic advice, this empowering little book is also recommended for parents, teachers, and counselors.
Part of the Bully Free Kids™ line

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Self-Help > Self-Esteem

19. 4th 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 fourth-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:

READ BETWEEN THE LINES
Do-it-yourself essays on games, camping trips, and more teach kids how to grasp inferences within a story.

COMPARE & CONTRAST
Diagrams show how to figure out what similar subjects such as “comets or asteroids?” have in common and how to tell them apart.

FACT & OPINION
Interesting articles help kids back up opinions with facts from the text on topics such as “Should kids have cell phones?”

QUESTION BUSTERS
Right There and Think-and-Search questions explain how to find the answers to straightforward and not-so-straightforward questions about a story.

STORY PLAN
Fill-in-the-blank sections aid in building story structure, including setting, main characters, problems, and solutions.

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 4th Grade Reading Comprehension Success.

Why Sylvan Learning 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 > Composition & Creative Writing

20. Iqbal

by: Francesco D’AdamoAnn Leonori
Release date: Jul 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 128
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When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master’s promises, he plans on keeping them as his slaves indefinetely. But it is also Iqbal who inspires the other children to look to a future free from toil…and is brave enough to show them how to get there.
This moving fictionalized account of the real Iqbal Masih is told through the voice of Fatima, a young Pakistani girl whose life is changed by Iqbal’s courage.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism

21. Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers

by: Walter HovingJoe EulaJohn Hoving
Release date: Mar 18, 1989
Number of Pages: 96
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Here is the perfect little book for anyone—teenage or otherwise—who has ever wanted to master the art of good table manners. Written by Walter Hoving, former chairman of Tiffany’s of New York, it is a step-by-step introduction to all the basics, from the moment the meal begins (“It is customary for the young man to help the young lady on his right to be seated”) to the time it ends (“Remember that a dinner party is not a funeral, nor has your hostess invited you because she thinks you are in dire need of food. You’re there to be entertaining”). In addition to the essentials about silverware, service, and sociability, it includes many of the fine points, too—the correct way to hold a fish fork, how to eat an artichoke properly, and, best of all, how to be a gracious dining companion.

Concise, witty, and illustrated with humor and style by Joe Eula, this classic guide to good table manners has delighted readers of all ages for more than 50 years.

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

22. Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High

by: Melba Pattillo Beals
Release date: Jul 24, 2007
Number of Pages: 240
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An innocent teenager.
An unexpected hero.

In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School.

Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.

This is her remarkable story.

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

23. 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

24. 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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25. The Next Step in Guided Reading: Focused Assessments and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader

by: Jan Richardson
Release date: Jun 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 304
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Teachers facing the challenge of meeting the diverse reading needs of students will find the structure and tools they need in Jan Richardson’s powerful approach to guided reading. Richardson has identified the essential components of an effective guided reading lesson: targeted assessments, data analysis that pinpoints specific strategies students need, and the use of guided writing to support the reading process. Best of all, Richardson provides detailed lessons for readers at all grade levels and at all reading stages from emergent through proficient. For use with Grades K-8.
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26. The Story of the World Activity Book Three: Early Modern Times

by: Susan Wise BauerSusan Wise Bauer
Release date: Oct 11, 2004
Number of Pages: 275
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Color a picture of Captain Cook in Botany Bay, design an Ottoman pattern, play the Battle of Bunker Hill board game, and pan for gold…don’t just read about history?experience it!

This comprehensive, 8.5″ x 11″ curriculum guide and activity book contains map activities, coloring pages, games, projects, review questions, cross-references to illustrated encyclopedias, and extensive book lists. Children and parents love the activities, ranging from cooking projects to crafts, board games to science experiments, and puzzles to projects.

Each Story of the World Activity Book provides a full year of history study when combined with the Textbook, Audiobook, and Tests?each available separately to accompany each volume of The Story of the World Activity Book. Activity Book 3 Grade Recommendation: Grades 3-8. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps

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Children’s Books > History > Modern

27. Teamwork Isn’t My Thing, and I Don’t Like to Share! (Best Me I Can Be!)

by: Julia CookKelsey De Weerd
Release date: Aug 15, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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RJ’s having another bad day… His teacher wants him to work with bossy Bernice, messy Frankie, and Norma (who just sits and picks her nose) on a report about Egyptian mummies. After a frustrating school day with his team, RJ goes home to find only one cookie left in the jar. And his mom makes him share it with his sister! With the help of his coach, RJ learns that working as a team and sharing are skills needed not just on the soccer field, but in school and at home too!
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28. SOAR Study Skills; A Simple and Efficient System for Getting Better Grades in Less Time

by: Susan Kruger
Release date: Jan 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 160
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The SOAR Study Skills book is in over 3,800+ schools and in 35 different countries world-wide.
          
“Bottom line: Get the book; you won’t be sorry. We’ve only had it for under a week, and it has already proven its worth 10 times over.” 
– Sharmian L. White, Parent   
 
10 Strategies Covered in SOAR Study Skills:                   

  1. Time & Task-Management
  2. Organizing at Home & School
  3. Writing Strategies
  4. Note-Taking Strategies
  5. Test-Taking Strategies
  6. Paper Organization
  7. Homework & Project Planning
  8. Communication Skills
  9. Reading Skills
  10. Goal-Setting
Why SOAR Study Skills? Apply the brain-friendly strategies, and…
  • Build Confidence!
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  • Raise Writing Scores in a single semester.
  • Raise GPA.
  • Master Executive Function techniques for improved intelligence.
  • Gain High-Speed Learning techniques that cut back study-time, as much as 50%.
  • Achieve – better grades… in less time.
                                   
How can SOAR Study Skills guarantee all of this? It’s simple, SOAR teaches you what your school does NOT… how to learn. It is the most essential, fundamental, and basic element to any education, but schools still don’t address it. National and state curriculum demand heavier amounts of content. But, teachers have no time or training for teaching the vital learning strategies and “life-skills” students need!
                   
“SOAR has been a Godsend to our family…You have no idea!  My son has not lost one assignment or forgotten anything at school since I set him up with your Binder System.  You really demonstrated how to simplify the organizational process and I am so grateful to have found something that finally works!” — Paul K., Middle School Parent
                     
Is the education system setting students up for failure? Students are learning lots of new technical knowledge. But, very few are able to juggle their new knowledge, time, and tasks all at once. Organizing papers, managing time, managing tasks, taking tests, taking notes, studying, communicating, organizing at home… these are all HUGE functions in everyday school-life. Yet, schools don’t teach any of it! Students struggle in school, not because of their lack of intelligence, but because they haven’t been taught how to learn! 
            
What is the missing link in education? HOW TO LEARN! Get your child ahead in school by giving them the proper skills needed to be a successful student and more importantly, a successful learner.
The strategies in this book are appropriate for students in: upper elementary, middle school, high school, & college.
                                
Do you struggle with test-taking? Flip to page 92. Begin to discover the tips and tricks you can use immediately, for test taking success. 
                     
Do you lose easy points for missing assignments? Turn to page 43, and follow the easy to read step-by-step instructions to paper organization mastery. Then, say goodbye to zeros and missing assignments once and for all!
                                 
Special Features: 
  • Tips for students who live in two homes. 
  • Guidelines for students with ADD/ADHD.
  • Guidelines to help parents & educators use this book effectively with students.
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29. Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises That Are Not Personal, Not Introspective, Not Boring!

by: Dawn DiPrinceCheryl Miller Thurston
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 108
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Some people just don’t want to share intimate details about their thoughts, feelings, and lives—at least not with others in a class or group. That’s where UnJournaling comes in. All the writing prompts in this book are entirely impersonal but completely engaging—for both kids and adults.

Just a couple of examples of the 200 writing prompts on widely varied topics:

  • Write a paragraph about a girl named Dot, but use no letters with a dot (in other words, no i or j).
  • Why on earth would Yankee Doodle stick a feather in his cap and call it “macaroni”? Come up with a plausible explanation.

The book includes sample responses to all of the questions—a helpful tool for anyone who gets stuck with a topic and wants to see that it can be done!

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30. City Trails – Paris (Lonely Planet Kids)

by: Lonely Planet KidsHelen GreatheadDynamo Ltd
Release date: Jun 21, 2016
Number of Pages: 104
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Here’s a book about Paris that’s seriously streetwise! Let Marco and Amelia, our Lonely Planet explorers, take you off the tourist trail and guide you on a journey through Paris you’ll never forget. This book is perfect for anyone who has been to Paris, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city!

Discover Paris’s best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff from the comfort of your own home, or while out and about in the city.

Find out where you can ride a dodo, how to paint the Eiffel Tower, where Paris keeps its historic underpants and lots more! For ages 8 and up.

Contents:

  • Expect the Unexpected
  • In, On and Over The Water
  • Paris by the Nose
  • City Shapes
  • The World’s Smoochiest City?
  • Off With Their Heads
  • Up With The Emperor
  • Sporty Paris
  • Paris on a Plate
  • Rumblings Under the Streets
  • Paris, C’est Chic
  • Paris on the Prowl
  • It Happened First in Paris
  • Paris by Paintbrush
  • Cops and Robbers
  • Ghostly, Grim and Grisly
  • Paris Magic
  • Rats, Cats and a Hunchback
  • Paris After Dark

Also available: London City Trails, New York City Trails.

About Lonely Planet Kids: From the world’s leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children’s imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. With a range of beautiful books for children aged 5-12, we’re kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be.

From bright and bold sticker activity books, to beautiful gift titles bursting at the seams with amazing facts, we aim to inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is.

It’s going to be a big adventure – come explore!

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