Bestselling Education & Reference Books for 8 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling education & reference books for 8 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. 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.

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

2. 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

3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

by: C. S. LewisPauline Baynes
Release date: Jul 08, 1994
Number of Pages: 208
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A beautiful paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition features cover art by three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner, and interior black-and-white illustrations by the series’ original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

Open the door and enter a new world! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has been captivating readers of all ages with a magical land and unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to discover more about Narnia, pick up The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

4. Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks

by: Arthur BenjaminMichael Shermer
Release date: Aug 08, 2006
Number of Pages: 304
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These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers.

Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin shares his techniques for lightning-quick calculations and amazing number tricks. This book will teach you to do math in your head faster than you ever thought possible, dramatically improve your memory for numbers, and—maybe for the first time—make mathematics fun.

Yes, even you can learn to do seemingly complex equations in your head; all you need to learn are a few tricks. You’ll be able to quickly multiply and divide triple digits, compute with fractions, and determine squares, cubes, and roots without blinking an eye. No matter what your age or current math ability, Secrets of Mental Math will allow you to perform fantastic feats of the mind effortlessly. This is the math they never taught you in school.

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5. 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

6. I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be)

by: Julia CookKelsey De Weerd
Release date: Aug 15, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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NO is RJ s least favorite word . . . and he tries his best to convince his dad, his mom, and his teacher to turn No into Maybe or We ll see or Later or I ll think about it. Even though he doesn t have much success, RJ keeps arguing until his teacher suggests that he try to join her classroom s Say YES to NO Club. If RJ can learn how to accept No for an answer and to disagree appropriately with his teacher and parents, he can add his name to the club s Star Board. RJ finds that lots of praise and some rewards come his way when he uses these skills the right way!

Author Julia Cook helps K-6 readers laugh and learn along with RJ as he understands the benefits of demonstrating these social skills both at home and in school. Tips for parents and educators on how to teach and encourage kids to use the skills of accepting No for an answer and disagreeing appropriately are included in the book.

I Just Don t Like the Sound of NO! is another title in the BEST ME I Can Be! series of books from the Boys Town Press to teach children social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful.

This book is also available with an accompanying CD audio book, read by the author. Winner of the 2011 MOM’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence and the National Parenting Center’s ‘Seal of Approval.’

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

7. 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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8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. Beans Baker’s Best Shot (Step into Reading)

by: Richard Torrey
Release date: Jun 27, 2006
Number of Pages: 48
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When Beans hurts his leg in soccer practice right before the big championship game, his best friend Chester thinks it’s all his fault! Beans may not be able to play in the game, but he can still play an important role on the team when he cheers up—and cheers on—Chester.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men

19. 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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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reference > Atlases

20. The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language

by: Clayton ValliPeggy Swartzel LottDaniel RennerRob Hills
Release date: Apr 17, 2006
Number of Pages: 656
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•More than 3,000 ASL Sign Illustrations
•Fully Searchable Full-Color DVD Featuring Every Sign
•Special ASL Classifier Section
•Complete Index of English Synonyms for Every Sign

Created by an unparalleled board of experts led by renowned ASL linguist and poet Clayton Valli, The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language represents the culmination of more than five years of meticulous assessment and labor. More than 3,000 illustrations arrayed in this volume display the most useful selection of signs to be found in any single ASL reference resource. Each sign illustration, including depictions of fingerspelling when appropriate, incorporates a complete list of English synonyms. A full, alphabetized English index enables users to cross-reference words and signs throughout the entire volume.

The comprehensive introduction lays the groundwork for learning ASL by explaining in plain language the workings of ASL syntax and structure. It also offers examples of idioms and describes the antecedents of ASL, its place in the Deaf community, and its meaning in Deaf culture. This extraordinary reference also provides a special section unique to this volume on ASL classifiers and their use. Readers will find complete descriptions of the various classifiers and examples of how to use these integral facets of ASL.

The full-color DVD included with this dictionary features a diverse group of native ASL signers demonstrating how to form each of the 3,077 signs. Fully searchable, users can view a sign and quickly go to its synonyms. This and the many other exclusive features in The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language combine to make it the outstanding ASL reference for all instructors, students, and users of ASL.

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21. The Ghost Backstage #3 (The Haunted Library)

by: Dori Hillestad ButlerAurore Damant
Release date: Nov 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 128
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Kaz and Claire’s new detective agency is a success! Their latest case, though, is proving to be the hardest yet. When Claire’s classmate says he saw a ghost backstage while rehearsing the school play, Kaz goes to school with Claire to investigate. From the description the boy gave, Kaz is sure it’s his mom—but where has she gone? Kaz and Claire search everywhere and find no trace of her, but the mysterious ghostly activities are still happening…
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts

22. Tell Me a Story: Stories from the waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

by: Louise deForest editorDeborah GriederJo Valens
Release date: Jan 11, 2013
Number of Pages: 276
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Wherever there are children, the cry of “Tell me a story. . .” is heard, and in Waldorf education, storytelling is an integral part of each day. Stories connect us to one another, give us a sense of who we are, and can help to guide us into the future. This new collection of over 80 stories from the members and friends of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America is full of treasures for all ages and all occasions. Whether you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, caregiver, or just a lover of good stories, you will find inspiration and nourishment in these pages.
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Arts & Photography > Performing Arts

23. Magic School Bus Presents: The Human Body: A Nonfiction Companion to the Original Magic School Bus Series

by: Tom JacksonCarolyn Bracken
Release date: Jun 24, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS PRESENTS THE HUMAN BODY is a photographic nonfiction companion book to the original bestselling title, THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS INSIDE THE HUMAN BODY.

INSIDE THE HUMAN BODY taught thousands of kids about the incredible systems that work together to make the human body function. what makes us who we are. MAGIC SCHOOL BUS PRESENTS THE HUMAN BODY will expand upon the original title with fresh, updated Common Core-aligned content about our amazing bodies. With vivid full-color photographs on each page and illustrations of the beloved Ms. Frizzle and her students, the Magic School Bus Presents series will enthrall a whole new generation of Magic School Bus readers.

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

24. City Trails – London (Lonely Planet Kids)

by: Lonely Planet KidsMoira ButterfieldDynamo Ltd
Release date: Jun 21, 2016
Number of Pages: 104
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Here’s a book about London 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 London that you’ll never forget. This book is perfect for anyone who has been to London, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city!

Discover London’s best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don’t have to be a visitor or armchair traveller to enjoy this–Londoners are sure to learn new things about their very own city too!

Find out how an old parrot hit the headlines, where you can purchase a tin of panic or some tasty brain jam, what the weirdest item ever left on a bus was and lots more! For readers ages 8 and up.

Contents:

  • Special Streets
  • London By Jetpack
  • Tunnel Under London
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Yum Yum London
  • Go Wild
  • Magical Mysteries and Legends
  • London Wheels
  • London Out Loud
  • Scream Streets
  • Tales of Tails
  • Hey! Nosy Parker!
  • Secrets Revealed
  • Let’s Do the Show
  • Wear London
  • Right Royal Route
  • Watery London
  • Sporty London
  • Pleased To Meet You

Also available: Paris 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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25. Learn to Sign the Fun Way: Let Your Fingers Do the Talking with Games, Puzzles, and Activities in American Sign Language

by: Penny Warner
Release date: Apr 27, 2001
Number of Pages: 216
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The perfect guide to signing for everyone!
Never before has learning to sign been so simple and so much fun! Whether you are a teacher or a parent, this lively self-guided book of American Sign Language (ASL) will quickly become your kids’ new favorite teacher!
Learn to Sign the Fun Way goes beyond the manual alphabet and teaches the beautiful language of sign—the United States’ fourth most pervasive language—in a simple, interactive format. Signers-to-be will discover:
·Great games to make learning ASL an entertaining adventure
·Activities for both the individual and the classroom
·Cool groups of signs that appeal esspecially to kids
·And much more!
Kids love to sign, whether it be to communicate with a hearing-impaired individual or as a “secret” language with their friends. With this illustrated book they’ll quickly and easily become signing superstars!
Inside are cool signs for kids, including:
·People signs
·Alphabet and numbers
·Animals
·Food and drinks
·Home signs
·Clothing
·Color
·Sports
·Activity signs
·Thoughts and feelings
·Action signs
·Body parts
·School talk
·Calendar signs
·Silly and fun signs
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26. Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog (Princess Posey, First Grader)

by: Stephanie GreeneStephanie Roth Sisson
Release date: Sep 15, 2011
Number of Pages: 96
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Princess Posey is back with the third story in this chapter book series for first grade readers!

After hearing about her classmate’s new puppy, Posey wants a dog of her own even though she’s a little bit scared of dogs. When a new neighbor moves in with a dog that has a very big bark, Posey tries not to be afraid. Will her special pink tutu give her the courage to befriend the next-door dog?

“Posey is the perfect fictional friend for any first-grade girl.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

27. City Trails – New York (Lonely Planet Kids)

by: Lonely Planet KidsMoira ButterfieldDynamo Ltd
Release date: Jun 21, 2016
Number of Pages: 104
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Here’s a book about New York 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 New York you’ll never forget. This book is perfect for anyone who has been to New York, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city!

Discover New York’s best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don’t have to be a visitor or armchair traveller to enjoy this–New Yorkers are sure to learn new things about their very own city too!

Find out what’s lurking in the pumpkin garden, why you might find cows underground, how eating hotdogs could make you rich and lots more! For readers ages 8 and up.

Contents:

  • Street Life
  • Skyscraper Fly-By
  • Secret City
  • Green New York
  • Trash Town
  • Urban Jungle
  • Going Underground
  • Bite Into the Big Apple
  • Top Treasures
  • It’s Showtime
  • Way to Go
  • Harbor Tour
  • Fright Fest
  • Game On
  • Sounds Great!
  • Big Apple Art
  • Street Sculpture
  • Shop ‘Til You Drop
  • Movie Magic

Also available: London City Trails, Paris 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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28. Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts (Corwin Literacy)

by: Nancy FreyDouglas B. Fisher
Release date: Oct 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 256
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“With Rigorous Reading Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey have provided literacy educators who are committed to successfully raising the bar with solutions that make sense.  The book is masterfully developed with an extensive reach across many grade levels in terms of defining what it means to provide intentional instruction and teaching text complexity.  The five access points are discussed pragmatically with evidence of a solid research base deftly woven throughout the book.  This is the most practical book I have come across in terms of providing teachers with the knowledge base and assistance many are seeking to improve their instruction with regard to complex texts.”
– Steven L. Layne, Ed.D., Professor of Literacy Education, Judson University, Elgin, IL

What it really means to “read closely.”

Call it close reading, call it deep reading, call it analytic reading—call it what you like. The point is, it’s a level of understanding that students of any age can achieve with the right kind of instruction. In Rigorous Reading, Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher articulate an instructional plan so clearly, and so squarely built on research, that teachers, schools, and districts need look no further: 

  1. Purpose & Modeling
  2. Close & Scaffolded Reading Instruction
  3. Collaborative Conversations
  4. An Independent Reading Staircase
  5. Performance

 
Also included are illustrative classroom video and an online Facilitator’s Guide.

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is Professor of Literacy in the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. The recipient of the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference, she is also a teacher-leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College and a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California.
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Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, NCTE’s Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.  Doug can be reached at [email protected]

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29. 6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, Grades 3 and Up

by: Ruth CulhamBeverly Ann Chin
Release date: Sep 01, 2019
Number of Pages: 304
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These powerful models give you everything you need to assess and teach young writers.
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30. Princess Posey and the First Grade Ballet (Princess Posey, First Grader)

by: Stephanie GreeneStephanie Roth Sisson
Release date: Dec 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 96
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Princess Posey’s glittery tutu is extra busy in the ninth book in the chapter book series.

Valentine’s Day is coming! Posey is so excited about her special ballet recital and giving cards to everyone at school. Then she learns that one of her classmates doesn’t have any valentines to give out. Can Princess Posey and her tutu find the perfect way to help?

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