Best Early Learning Books for 11 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 early learning 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. Can You Find Saints?: Introducing Your Child to Holy Men and Women

by: Philip D. GalleryJanet L. Harlow
Release date: Sep 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 41
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Can You Find Saints? Introducing Your Child to Holy Men and Women is filled with inviting, kid-friendly illustrations. Building on the fun and adventure of the award-winning Can You Find Jesus? Introducing Your Child to the Gospel,Can You Find Saints? will provide hours of learning and delight for children. The stories of the heroes of the faith spring to life in dazzling pictures that sprinkle a little learning in with the fun. Includes a Parent’s Guide. Casebound. 48 pages. Four-color. Other titles in this series include Can You Find Jesus?, Can You Find Bible Heroes?, and Can You Find Followers of Jesus?.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Catholicism > Saints

2. Little Astronomer: Journey Into The Solar System From The Sun To Eris (Kid Lit Science Book 1)

by: Julia StilchenJulia Stilchen
Release date: May 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 46
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Encourages children to learn about Astronomy and our place in the Solar System. Kids can discover the vast wonders of space by exploring the eight primary planets, comets, asteroids, moons, and dwarf planets. Each page illustrates a fun character that children will sure to enjoy as they learn the names and fun facts about each planet within the solar system.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Astronomy & Space > Astronomy

3. The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: A Little Bonsai with a Big Story

by: Sandra MooreKazumi Wilds
Release date: Jul 14, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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**Winner of the 2015 Gelette Burgess Award for Best Intercultural Book**
**Winner of the 2015 Silver Evergreen Medal for World Peace**

This true children’s story is told by a little bonsai tree, called Miyajima, that lived with the same family in the Japanese city of Hiroshima for more than 300 years before being donated to the National Arboretum in Washington DC in 1976 as a gesture of friendship between America and Japan to celebrate the American Bicentennial.

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“In 1625, when Japan was a land of samurai and castles, I was a tiny pine seedling. A man called Itaro Yamaki picked me from the forest where I grew and took me home with him. For more than three hundred years, generations of the Yamaki family trimmed and pruned me into a beautiful bonsai tree. In 1945, our household survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In 1976, I was donated to the National Arboretum in Washington D.C., where I still live today—the oldest and perhaps the wisest tree in the bonsai museum.”

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction

4. Gregory McFlea the Excitement B

by: Justin StanislausJulianne Kelly
Release date: May 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 36
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Gregory McFlea is a bug who is bored with the life of a flea and is obsessed with the letter B. Gregory describes his big adventure from a dog’s backside to a buzzing beehive, using a bountiful number of words that begin with the letter B. Join Gregory as he goes through a bugged out transformation from flea to bee, then back again; learning that the best thing you can be is yourself.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

5. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the “I Feel Fat” Spell

by: Andrea Wachter LMFTMarsea Marcus LMFT
Release date: Feb 22, 2016
Number of Pages: 108
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This book is for kids who struggle with body image. Included is a fairy tale about a “Mirror Witch” who puts a spell on children, getting them to hate their bodies. There are 22 chapters, or “Spell Breakers,” which empower kids to question and change their thinking while learning how to love their bodies and break the “I Feel Fat” Spell. While this book was written for kids, we have also discovered that many adults are finding it to be extremely helpful, if not life-changing.
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Children’s Books

6. Betcha! Estimating (Mathstart, Level 3)

by: Stuart J. MurphyS. D. Schindler
Release date: Aug 16, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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What do cars, toys, people, and jelly beans have in common? They can all be estimated. Two friends try out their estimating skills and find out that estimating can have real rewards––especially when there’s a contest to enter!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

7. Word Play Cafe: Cool Codes, Priceless Punzles & Phantastic Phonetec Phun (Williamson Kids Can! Series)

by: Michael Kline
Release date: Jul 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 128
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Intended for children aged 9 to 12 years, “Wordplay Cafe” is so imaginative that kids and adults will be laughing together before they even begin a word game! Kline has added his trademark “Pundits”, a combination of art and word games for kids that encourage both visual and auditory thinkers. “Wordplay Cafe” is a serious vocabulary builder in disguise, but kids will see it as silly fun of the most wholesome kind.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

8. God Sent Jesus!

by: Aaron Miller
Release date: Feb 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 36
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Do you know the Jesus Story?
This story starts with God and includes you!
From the very beginning at Creation to the promise of life in Heaven, get the big picture of God’s great love for us. Playful illustrations and simple words show and tell why God sent Jesus and what his life, death, and resurrection mean for everyone.

Inspired by the Bible verse John 3:16.
Additional verses are referenced throughout to help parents and teachers learn and share with children about faith in Christ.

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Christian Books & Bibles > Education > Children & Teens

9. The Green Coat (This Is What Love Looks Like . . . Book 1)

by: Debra L StokesApril Sampson
Release date: Jun 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 23
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The Green Coat is book 1 in a series of children’s books explaining the love of God.

In this first book author Debra L. Stokes demonstrates God’s love for a lost soul through sacrificial giving. When Miss Betty notices a young woman at the train station in need she offers her the warmth of God’s love through the giving of her new green coat.

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

10. M Is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet (Alphabet Books)

by: Helen L. WilburRobert Papp
Release date: Dec 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 40
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From saber-toothed to tabby, cats have had a prominent place in human history, society, and hearts. Now cat lovers of all ages can discover what’s lurking behind kitty’s twitching tail and bewitching eyes in M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet. Beginning readers enjoy the simple rhymes, while older children discover facts about each letter topic in the accompanying sidebar expository. M is for Meow Feed me, pet me, come and play. Let me out, please go away! A cat fits all these thoughts somehow into the tiny word MEOW! General topics such as breeds, behavior, and cat care alternate with charming anecdotal entries. Lavish paintings of cat and owner appeal to enthusiasts of all ages. A back section on cat stats and feline facts provides even more information for pet owners.Former librarian Helen L. Wilbur has loved cats all her life. In explaining her goal in writing an animal book for children, she says, “Animals don’t care if you aren’t the most popular kid in the class or whether you did your homework.” Helen has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University, and lives in New York City. Robert Papp’s award-winning artwork includes hundreds of illustrations for major publishers across the United States, and his first children’s book, The Scarlet Stockings Spy, was named an IRATeachers’ Choice in 2005. Robert lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

11. Next Time You See a Seashell

by: Emily Morgan
Release date: Oct 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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This book tells the amazing story behind seashells: how they are made by mollusks, used for protection and camouflage, and full of clues about all they’ve been through. Inspired by Next Time You See a Seashell, young readers will find these intricate objects even more fascinating when they discover their origins in slimy, snaily creatures. Awaken a sense of wonder in a child with the Next Time You See series from NSTA Kids. The books will inspire elementary-age children to experience the enchantment of everyday phenomena such as seashells and sunsets. Free supplementary activities are available on the NSTA website. Especially designed to be experienced with an adult—be it a parent, teacher, or friend—Next Time You See books serve as a reminder that you don’t have to look far to find something remarkable in nature.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

12. Children’s book: A Cat Love Story, about loving, losing and getting comfort again.: Early learning about love loss and learning to love again. Comfort for children

by: Denise D. SharonFatima Stamato
Release date: Apr 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 30
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Dealing with the loss of a loved one, or pet, is one of the hardest things that a child can face. And as parents, we often times don’t know what to say or do to help them grieve and move past the pain, to live a happy life again. That’s where Muki and Joshua – A Cat Love Story comes in. Loosely based on a true story, it will help kids see that it’s okay to grieve and cry when they lose someone they love, but in time, they will be able to move past the hurt and be happy again.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

13. Robbin — The Girl Who Didn’t Want to Practice

by: Dorothy W. CareyLisa J. Michaels
Release date: Jul 21, 2015
Number of Pages: 46
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Everybody in Robbin’s family played a musical instrument. It was a family custom, and now it was time for Robbin to take music lessons. Robbin had other ideas though. She didn’t want to play any musical instrument at all! Her mother said she would and Robbin was determined that she wouldn’t.

Who would win?

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

14. Hannah’s Journal: The Story of an Immigrant Girl

by: Marissa Moss
Release date: May 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 56
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America! Hannah’s small European village buzzes with tales of life in a faraway land free from persecution. Cousin Esther has passage for two aboard a ship bound for New York, and Hannah convinces Mama and Papashka to let her use the extra ticket. Will America really be everything they’ve dreamed of?
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

15. Journeys in Time: A New Atlas of American History

by: Susan BuckleyElspeth LeacockRodica Prato
Release date: Jun 23, 2003
Number of Pages: 48
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Paddle in a birchbark canoe with the Anishinabe and brave the Atlantic with the Pilgrims. Drag cannons across the icy Hudson for George Washington and meet the West with Lewis and Clark. Journeys in Time takes you on twenty journeys that have shaped our national past, allowing you to follow in the footsteps of the real people who made American history.
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Children’s Books > History > United States

16. The Legend of the Lady’s Slipper (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales)

by: Kathy-jo WarginGijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Release date: Aug 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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The Legend of the Lady’s Slipper is a suspenseful tale of a young maiden’s run through the forest in an attempt to save the people of her village. Dashing through the forest, with starlight at her heels,” Running Flower is a testament of courage, loyalty, and sacrifice. You will remember her story whenever you see delicate pink and white lady’s slippers carpeting the ground of a northern forest. Add The Legend of the Lady’s Slipper to your collection and let it enchant you for years to come. Kathy-jo Wargin aims to help young readers notice the most intricate details of a story by adding the nuances that create magic and wonder in a good tale. Kathy-jo Wargin (Nelson) was born in Tower, Minnesota and moved to Grand Rapids at the age of seven. She studied music composition at University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her transition to writing books was a natural step. As well, her love for children and her desire to expose them to vivid written descriptions, inspire her to write with great attention to the nuances of a story, opening their minds to see all the possibilities in a scene or situation. Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen captures his lifelong connection to nature and wildlife. His talent for mural painting can be seen in several museums, including Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Born in the Netherlands, Gijsbert studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in Holland and immigrated to the United States in 1976. In 1993, after 17 years as the Art Director for the Michigan Natural Resources Magazine, he ventured out on his own. His highest professional achievement comes from being selected numerous times into the internationally renowned Leigh Yawkey Woodson Birds in Art exhibition, held in Wisconsin. Gijsbert and his wife Robbyn, give nature tours at their home outside Lansing, Michigan where they live with their two daughters, Kelly and Heather.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Multicultural

17. Orwell’s Luck

by: Richard W. Jennings
Release date: Apr 12, 2006
Number of Pages: 160
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When a wounded wild rabbit is found in the front yard, he is given a good home and a memorable name by a twelve-year-old with a liking for basketball, the trombone, and the newspaper’s daily horoscope. But Orwell is no ordinary rabbit. It soon seems that he is attempting to reward his young caretaker by mysteriously sending coded messages in the form of predictions: the final score of the Super Bowl, advance notice of a pop quiz at school, tomorrow’s winning lottery number! Can this little rabbit foretell the future? Can Orwell actually make luck happen? Here is a magical and heartwarming story about kindness, friendship, and hope in the shadow of fortune’s ever-turning wheel.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

18. Algebra, Grades 6 – 8 (Skill Builders)

by: Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Release date: Jan 03, 2011
Number of Pages: 80
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Skill Builders are great tools for keeping children current during the school year or preparing them for the next grade level. A variety of fun and challenging activities provides students with practice and helps introduce basic skills to new learners. This full-color workbook contains appropriate passages and exercises based on national standards for sixth through eighth grade to help ensure that children master algebra math skills before progressing. Skill Builders combines entertaining and interactive activities with eye-catching graphics to make learning and reviewing fun and effective. The compact 6″ x 9″ size makes this book perfect for school, at home, or on the go. It features 80 perforated, reproducible pages and an answer key.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Math > Algebra

19. Children’s Books: The Good Manners of Cats: (Fun rhyming children’s poetry book, animals, values, kids bedtime story).

by: Francis KeeneAbira Das
Release date: May 25, 2015
Number of Pages: 35
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The Good Manners of Cats is a beautifully illustrated rhyming story. This fun poetry book is a delight for young readers as they follow the cats to dinner and learn about good table manners in a fun and enchanting way.

Into the dining hall, not to be late,
they’re seated in time to eat dinner at eight.
The silverware is set and napkins laid apart,
and the table is where all good manners must start.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

20. The Snow Queen (Confident Readers)

by: Sarah LowesMiss Clara
Release date: Sep 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 64
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An exquisitely illustrated retelling of the classic story by Hans Christian Anderson. An evil troll creates a mirror which reflects the bad and ugly sides of people. Shards of its glass enter a young boy, causing him to reject his loving family and best friend Gerda. Helped by kind strangers and guided by her warm heart, Gerda makes the perilous journey to rescue her friend from the icy palace of the Snow Queen.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Chapter Books

21. Pop-Up: Hide & Seek (National Geographic Action Book)

by: National Geographic Society
Release date: Mar 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 12
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In Hide and Seek, ingenious action spreads show how animals use camouflage to hide from enemies or hunt for food, whether in the Arctic or Africa, the forests or the fields.
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Children’s Books > Animals

22. Desert Digits: An Arizona Number Book (America by the Numbers)

by: Barbara GowanIrving Toddy
Release date: Aug 29, 2006
Number of Pages: 40
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Scorpions and Gila monsters, jackrabbits and coyotes, bats, butterflies and 14 varieties of hummingbirds are just a few examples of the diverse wildlife population of Arizona. While 25 percent of Arizona is blanketed by lush forests, it is also the only state where four deserts are found. Its varied terrain includes vast plateaus, deep caves and caverns, steep canyons and lofty mountains — even volcanoes. Desert Digits guides children through the wonders of Arizona, where they can pan for gold, shoot the rapids on the Colorado River and camp in the Grand Canyon. They will also learn about Native American art and traditions, how to avoid a scorpion sting, how tall cacti grow, and the right way to make and eat a tortilla.
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Children’s Books > History > United States > State & Local

23. John Deere (Drive. Ride. Fly.)

by: Rod Beemer
Release date: Mar 23, 2006
Number of Pages: 80
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This is a new series created for younger gearheads ages 10 and up. They incorporate a flashy style that’s sure to keep a kid’s attention.

Nothing runs like a Deere?and nothing sums up the might of the American farm machine like the bright green John Deere tractor. Young readers and machine enthusiasts will revel in this full-color, picture-filled, fact-packed book about the tractor that has worked America’s fields for more than a hundred years. Here’s the whole fascinating model-by-model story of the John Deere tractor from its beginnings in 1892 to its triumphant place on the farms of today. An inspiring portrait of the muscle of American machinery and an exciting close-up look at the big green workhorses that keep our farms rumbling, this book is the ultimate guide to the ultimate tractor.

    

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Children’s Books > Cars, Trains & Things That Go

24. The Ghost Children

by: Eve BuntingJames Cross Giblin
Release date: Oct 17, 2005
Number of Pages: 176
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When Matt and Abby go to live with Great-Aunt Gerda in Sierra Madre Canyon after their mother dies, Matt is put off at first by the life-size wooden dolls whom Aunt Gerda talks to and calls her “children.” However, when someone vandalizes the dolls and two are stolen, it is Matt, with the help of his new friend, Kristin, who foils the would-be thief and returns the dolls to Aunt Gerda.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

25. Nature in the Neighborhood

by: Gordon Morrison
Release date: Mar 18, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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In a book as beautiful as it is informative, author and nature artist Gordon Morrison reveals the diversity and abundance of life that can be found as nearby as your own backyard. As the seasons change, readers learn how the stories and life cycles of each of the plants and animal families in the neighborhood change too. Filled with lovely, detailed illustrations and overflowing with information, Nature in the Neighborhood invites readers to look closely and enjoy the beauty of nature all around them.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Flowers & Plants

26. Scripture Cat: The Word Is Where It’s at for This Cat, Featuring Paws for Reflection Bible Study

by: Kelly Quickel
Release date: Sep 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 54
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Meet Oliver. Oliver is a cat who is on a special mission. A sweet and furry fluff-ball kitty, left orphaned and then rescued by a Christian family while they were on a road trip from Maryland to Florida, soon comes to learn of a wondrous fact. Oliver realizes that God is taking care of him, no matter what the circumstances. In fact, God takes care of ALL of his children and he is bursting with excitement to share this with everyone! Journey alongside Oliver as his faith grows and he forms a personal relationship with Jesus. This whimsical and relatable storyline illustrates how crucial spiritual disciplines such as prayer and reading the bible are important, while delivering the message to readers in a fun and simplistic way. Follow Oliver for a more in-depth introspection at the end of each chapter. “Paws for Reflection” bible study highlights relevant Scripture verses and poses key questions applicable to one’s own spiritual journey. Biblical principles are included to assist with a better understanding of the bible, which leads to a more meaningful, spirit-led life. As a new believer, Oliver wants to encourage you to know God more and engage with Him daily. He looks forward to continuing his quest towards Jesus, right along with you!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

27. Word Problems , Grade 4 (Spectrum)

by: Spectrum
Release date: Dec 02, 2013
Number of Pages: 128
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Spectrum(R) Word Problems for grade 4, includes focused practice for essential math skills. Skills include: *Real world applications *Multi-step word problems *Fractions, decimals, and money *Metric and customary measurement *Graphs and probability *Geometry *Preparing for algebra –Spectrum(R) Word Problems workbooks supplement classroom work and proficiency test preparation. The workbooks provide examples of how the math skills students learn in school apply to everyday life with challenging, multi-step word problems. It features practice with word problems that are an essential part of the Common Core State Standards, making it a perfect supplement at home or school.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Math > Arithmetic

28. Switcharound

by: Lois Lowry
Release date: Oct 28, 1985
Number of Pages: 131
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Forced to spend a summer with their father and his “new” family, Caroline, age eleven, and J.P., age thirteen, are given unpleasant responsibilities for which they are determined to get revenge.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

29. Along the Way – Book One – Welcome to Alberta!

by: Teresa Schapansky
Release date: Jun 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 20
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In the first book in this series, Albert wastes no time introducing himself and his two young friends, Jade and Ben, who are about to discover that they will have to move away, and learn to deal with changes.

Tag along with Albert as our prehistoric tour guide, learn some cool facts about Alberta, find some cool places to stop along the Yellowhead Highway, and test your skills with our very first Dino Trivia!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

30. At Jerusalem’s Gate: Poems of Easter

by: Nikki GrimesDavid Frampton
Release date: Jan 31, 2005
Number of Pages: 48
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A combination of poetry and woodcut illustrations invites readers to explore the events surrounding the first Easter.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry

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