Best Education & Reference Books for 12 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 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. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)

by: J.K. RowlingJim Dale
Release date: Oct 05, 1999
Number of Pages: 6
Run Time: 504 minutes
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Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

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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. 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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4. 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

5. Tools of Navigation: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Finding Your Way

by: Rachel Dickinson
Release date: Jul 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 160
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Children will learn all about inventions: their inventors, the way they changed history, and their evolution over centuries, through the activities and anecdotes provided in this interactive series.
 
Travel through the past and into the future to explore the history of human navigation, from the crude maps of early explorers to the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) of today. This guide to learning about geography, trade routes over land and sea, and navigational tools and people who used them, is supplemented with 15 hands-on projects and educational activities to expand world view and build navigational confidence.
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Children’s Books > History > Exploration & Discovery

6. Space Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Space

by: Amy AndersonBrian Anderson
Release date: Aug 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 192
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Packed with hundreds of illustrated definitions about astronomy and space, Space Dictionary for Kids is certain to spark any kid’s enthusiasm for the solar system and galaxy. Explore cosmology, stars and galaxies, the solar system, space exploration, and exoplanets and astrobiology. Hop on an astronomy timeline to learn the story of how primitive ancient beliefs evolved over centuries to become a high-technology science. Crack up over the humorous sidebars that expand on the topic of space with examples, explanations, diagrams, quizzes, and even short activities to enhance understanding. Use the references and further reading recommendations at the end to help find more information about astronomy, perfect for assignments or those just wanting to know more about the coolest topic in the galaxy! Divided into sections for quick access to the easy-to-understand definitions and amazing full-color illustrations, Space Dictionary for Kids is a must-have for any kid’s home library!
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reference > Dictionaries

7. Judge Judy Sheindlin’s You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: Cool Rules for School

by: Judge Judy SheindlinBob Tore
Release date: Feb 06, 2001
Number of Pages: 96
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Judge Judy Sheindlin’s Win or Lose by How You Choose!, her first children’s book, wowed critics and topped bestseller lists by presenting kids with questions about real-life dilemmas and asking them to select the right response from a list of choices.

Now, with Judge Judy Sheindlin’s You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, judge Judy tackles the moral choices kids encounter every day at school. It’s in the schools that kids can face their toughest tests of character. judge Judy helps them prepare by examining the deeper meaning behind popular sayings such as “Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today” and “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” and applying these rules of thumb to familiar school situations. By setting up recognizable scenarios and then challenging kids to judge which of four responses best fits the case, Judge Judy creates a plat form for adults and children to talk through the answers together, exploring moral choices and weighing the consequences their decisions could bring. Judge Judy dares kids to judge for themselves and to make the right choice!

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

8. ILLUSTRATED MATH DICTIONARY

by: FEARON
Release date: Sep 01, 2019
Number of Pages: 160
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This quick-reference guide is ideal for teachers, students, and parents. The definitions are written in simple language that students will readily understand and find useful. Diagrams and illustrations are used to help reinforce and support the definitions. Definitions of science and technology terms are accompanied by illustrative support-including charts, graphs, and diagrams that add clarity and meaning. Facts on topics from the planets in our solar system to the accomplishments of scientists and inventors are included in ur comprehensive appendices.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reference > Dictionaries

9. Lost Boys of Natinga: A School for Sudan’s Young Refugees

by: Judy Walgren
Release date: Sep 28, 1998
Number of Pages: 48
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In the remote foothills of southern Sudan thousands of boys live together in a place called Natinga. They are displaced people. The bitter civil war raging in Sudan has claimed the lives of an estimated 1.5 million people and driven more than 4 million others from their homes. Among them are countless children, many of whom have no home left to return to when and if the conflict is resolved. Natinga is the temporary refuge for about 2,000 boys, ranging in age from 8 to 18, from many different tribes. The camp is protected by the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army, a group who is engaged in a fierce battle with the Islamic Arab regime that took control of the Sudanese government in 1983. The rebels claim to want to educate the boys for peace and self-government. School supplies are scarce, however, as are basic necessities such as food and medicine. In addition to the war, disease and famine are constant threats. It is unclear whether these boys will ever return to what remains of their
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

10. Native People of Wisconsin, TG (New Badger History)

by: Bobbie MaloneKori Oberle
Release date: Nov 10, 2003
Number of Pages: 224
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The revised and updated Teacher’s Guide for Native People of Wisconsin is available Winter 2015, ISBN 9780870207495. This teacher’s guide helps students grasp fully the rich content of Native People of Wisconsin. The guide offers more structured activities that reengage students in the text itself in a manner that diverges from teacher’s guides to our earlier publications. Activities for each chapter focus on interdisciplinary standards-related reading strategies, journaling, and other multidimensional skills that both reinforce and complement the content of the text. Included with the teacher’s guide is an accompanying CD-ROM, produced specifically for Native People of Wisconsin of segments from several of the video series on Wisconsin Studies produced by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. Such interactive learning integrates reasoning and reading skills (and state standards) beyond the social studies and promise to make Native People of Wisconsin an essential part of the classroom curriculum.

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11. Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass (Scientists in the Field Series)

by: Mary Kay CarsonTom Uhlman
Release date: Oct 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 80
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In the Arizona desert, scientists conduct studies and experiments aimed to help us better understand our environment and what sort of things are happening to it due to climate change. The location is Biosphere 2, an immense structure that contains a replica ocean, savannah, and rainforest, among other Earth biomes. It’s a unique take on the Scientists in the Field mission statement — in this case, the lab is a replica that allows the scientists to conduct large-scale experiments that would otherwise be impossible.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Jobs & Careers

12. The Black Soldier: 1492 to the Present

by: Catherine Clinton
Release date: Sep 25, 2000
Number of Pages: 128
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Black soldiers have fought and died in the Americas for centuries, forming a chain of warriors stretching back nearly 500 years. Yet their contribution to our nation’s history has been neglected, and the battles they’ve had to fight against racism and prejudice have often been as challenging as facing the enemy on the field of battle.
This exciting story of African-American heroism traces the history of the black soldier, from the African explorers who accompanied Columbus to African Americans who took up arms in the American Revolution, the Civil War, and Desert Storm. These tales of heroism show young readers that while black soldiers were once systematically ignored within the armed forces, earning little praise and often dying for a nation that granted them few rights, black men and women rose to the occasion and distinguished themselves with each successive opportunity to prove themselves in combat and in the ranks. Ultimately, the sacrifices of these valiant soldiers led to today’s fully integrated armed services.
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Children’s Books > History > Military & Wars

13. 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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14. More AbraVocabara: The Amazingly Sensible Approach to Teaching Vocabulary (AbraVocabra Series)

by: M.S. Samston
Release date: Aug 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 153
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Help your students improve their vocabularies with More AbraVocabra, a sequel to the popular AbraVocabra. The book includes 24 lists of 12 words—all words taken from newspapers, magazines, and television. The words are practical words that any reasonably educated person is likely to encounter in real life.

More AbraVocabra includes the following:

  • “tip-off” sentences to help students figure out what the words mean;
  • simple, student-friendly definitions;
  • lots of ideas for getting the students to use, and thus learn, the words;
  • interesting tests that do more than ask students to “regurgitate” definitions; and
  • playing cards and instructions for the “Vocabra” game.

More AbraVocabra has everything a teacher needs to help students expand their vocabularies. The AbraVocabra approach really works!

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

15. Amazing Beginning of You

by: Matt &amp Lisa Jacobson,Matt Jacobson,Lisa Jacobson
Release date: Aug 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Eight to twelve-year-olds discover the amazing truth about their life before birth, and gain respect and wonder for life and the Creator who made each person unique.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Science Fiction

16. Do You Understand Me?: My Life, My Thoughts, My Autism Spectrum Disorder

by: Sofie Koborg Brosen
Release date: Jul 15, 2006
Number of Pages: 53
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Sofie Koborg Brøsen is eleven years old and, like other children of her age, goes to a mainstream school, loves reading comics and being with her family and her cat, Teddy. But Sofie is not the same as everyone else – she has autism spectrum disorder. Fed up with being misunderstood by her classmates, she has written a book about her world so others can learn to understand her, and vice versa.

Sofie describes her day-to-day life in clear, unambiguous language and tells readers about things she finds difficult: being given too many instructions, disruptions to her routine, being teased, strong lights and smells and too much noise. She also tells about what she really likes – feeling accepted by other children, reading, nature, her autism camp and her cat.

This fully illustrated book has already attracted much positive attention in Denmark. It is a readable insider’s view of life as a child with autism attending a mainstream school and will be an invaluable resource in helping other children to understand their classmates with autism spectrum disorders. Teachers, parents, carers, support workers, children with autism spectrum disorders and their classmates will find this an entertaining, informative and attitude-changing read.

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

17. Writer’s Choice: Grammar and Composition, Grade 7, Student Edition

by: McGraw-Hill
Release date: May 05, 2005
Number of Pages: 847
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Writer’s Choice: Grammar and Composition © 2005, an integrated language arts program, keeps pace with the current trends in the teaching of writing and related communication skills. Features in both the student and teacher editions build on a solid foundation of instruction including easy-to-understand explanations, clear-cut definitions, real-world examples, and skill-based assessment. The visuals and graphics throughout the textbook engage students’ attention and illustrate key concepts and processes. Writer’s Choice © 2005 provides students and teachers with the tools for developing skills in writing, reading, researching, speaking, listening, critical thinking, and viewing and representing.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing > Composition & Creative Writing

18. Heads Up!

by: David BranonDave Branon
Release date: Aug 22, 2000
Number of Pages: 320
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Sports Spectrum’s Dave Branon hits a home run when he brings together the worlds of faith and sports to create this unique devotional designed just for young sports fanatics. Heads Up! uses stories of athletes and sporting events to inspire faith and achievement in kids, ages 8 and up. Each day’s devotions includes: A ‘game plan’—verse for the day and a ‘playbook assignment’—a short Scripture passage. ‘On the chalkboard’—final thoughts In addition to great devotions, you’ll also find scattered throughout birthdays of some well-known athletes, sports tips, and rare facts and figures. With all the challenges that kids face today, Heads Up! is a great inspirational book for the young all-star kid.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

19. How to Write a Great Research Paper

by: Leland GrahamIsabelle McCoy
Release date: May 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 64
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Give your students the tools they need to write a great research paper with this handbook from The Literacy Essential Series. “How to Write a Great Research Paper” guides students step-by-step through the research process. Each step is carefully explained, and the handbook includes helpful practice activities, as well as appropriate examples taken from research papers written by middle school students. Don’t let the process of writing a research paper overwhelm your students–watch them become confident writers and thinkers with this new edition of “How to Write a Great Research Paper.”
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20. Organ Transplants: A Survival Guide for the Entire Family (It Happened to Me)

by: Tina P. Schwartz
Release date: Aug 22, 2012
Number of Pages: 256
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This is a one-of-a-kind book that addresses the issue of what it’s like to be involved with an organ transplant procedure. It’s filled with real-life stories of teens whose parents, siblings, or other family members are transplant recipients as well as teens who have had transplants themselves and includes stories of recipients who have received heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, and double-lung transplants.

This book describes the physical and emotional ups and downs that are part of the transplant process. It addresses, from both the recipient’s and family’s point of view, what it feels like to be placed on the transplant list, to wait for an organ, to receive “false alarm” calls to come to the transplant center, to finally undergo the transplant operation, to recover, to deal with setbacks of surgery and organ rejection, and to live on anti-rejection drugs the rest of one’s life. Also detailed are the medical, financial, mental, and other preparations that must be undertaken as part of the transplant process. Guidance on what to expect, how to help, where to seek assistance, and how to support the patient is also given.

Answers to the tough practical and emotional questions that teens have about an organ transplant, such as will my parent survive the surgery, how long will it take for my parent to recover, and why is this happening to me are discussed? Numerous question-and-answer sections of frequently asked questions about organ transplants and the myths that surround them are included, as well as contact information for organizations that provide many forms of assistance for recipients and their families.

Through all the serious issues, however, this book offers much hope and promise for recipients and their families through the stories of those whose lives have been greatly improved through an organ transplant. This is the ideal resource for all readers who are interested in the subject of organ donation and transplant, including those who are facing a transplant and their family members as well a

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

21. Children’s books: Honeybee’s Dictionary 2 Volume 12, Honey bee information, vocabulary, children’s dictionary, resources & worksheets on teachers pay teachers: … bee words A-Z & meanings (Honey bee Series)

by: Jeanette VuurenSudipta Dasgupta
Release date: Apr 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 108
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TEACHERS AND STUDENTS! LOOK NO FURTHER!

ALL HONEY BEE INFORMATION – PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (AGES 8-12)

“Students, teachers, educators and parents will benefit from this book as each of them can use it in a different way to teach kids. A perfect book for kids that will help them learn new words and new concepts about honey bees.” Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite.

This educational tool truly delivers and has been followed by a second dictionary entitled “Honeybee’s Dictionary 2” which does much the same with the same vocabulary but is geared to older learners and focuses more on content and conceptual meaning. Both volumes would be a welcome addition to any pre-k, kindergarten or elementary classroom.” Peter Cassidy.

After learning all about honey bees in volumes 1 to 4 of the Honeybee Series by Jeanette Vuuren – their types, their body parts and their roles in society – a reference book is important to keep this information in one place. Details about various honeybee related words are covered in the Honeybee’s Dictionary Volume 12, the last book in the Clever Mind Series of learning books for elementary & middle school students.

??? DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS ABOUT HONEY BEES! INTERESTING INFORMATION AND FUN FACTS!

Bright, beautiful and informative!, “Honeybee’s Dictionary 2” talks off from the younger version (volume 11) and it proves every bit as helpful to elementary school children (ages 8-12). “ Garden Writer

The experienced teacher and author, Jeanette Vuuren and gifted illustrator, Sudipta Dasgupta (Steve) bring it all together in this grand finale. While the 11th book acts as a dictionary, the 12th volume is a reference book with detailed information on all the important words and fun facts studied throughout the Honeybee series of children books.

??? THE A-Z ABOUT HONEY BEES! INFORMATION IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER WITH COLORFUL ILLUSTRATIONS TO DO A PROJECT ON HONEY BEES!

“Honeybee’s Dictionary 2 is a great in depth resource for young children to learn about the world of honey bees. From the definition of the abdomen to the definition of worker bees this is a great dictionary and resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the incredible lives of honeybees.” Jackie Ferrell.

Set up for elementary & middle school students, in alphabetical order, this book includes interesting facts about honey bees and is an amazing resource. All the pages are laid out with a honeybee related word at the top, followed by beautiful, colorful illustrations. Below this, there is a thorough, but simple description of the word with fun facts that make it easy to understand for all kids aged 9 to 12 years.

??? VOCABULARY IN HONEYBEE’S DICTIONARY 2, VOLUME 12:

abdomen, adult bee, antenna, antennae, anther, apiary, bee, beebread, bee-keeper, brood, cell, chores, classification, cocoon, colony, comb, communication, compound eyes, dance, drone, egg, exoskeleton, female, field workers, flowers, food, forage, gender, guards, head, hexagonal cells, hive, honey, honey sac, insect, invertebrate, jaws, jelly, jobs, bee-keeper, kilometres, larva, larvae, legs, life cycle, male, mandibles, man-made, metamorphosis, nectar, nymph, ocelli, ocellus, pheromones, pollen, pollen baskets, pollination, proboscis, propolis, pupa, pupae, queen, royal jelly, simple eyes, spiracles, stamen, stinger, stomach, swarming, thorax, tongue, undertakers, vertebrates, violet, wax, wings, worker bees, thorax, yellow, yummy, buzz

Worksheets for middle school students will soon be available!

Visit Jeanette Vuuren’s Amazon author central page to access the other books in the series or visit her website

http://clevermindseries.com

for related teaching resources available on Teachers Pay Teachers & SELLFY aligned to Common Core Standards<

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22. Su Dongpo: Chinese Genius

by: Demi
Release date: Sep 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 56
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As a little seed one day will
become a great tree, as a flowing river
can carve a mighty rock…
One day the work you do will show too!

Even as a young boy in eleventh-century China, Su Shih was clearly special. After finding a rare inkstone, he began to write stories and verses expressing his love of the natural world. His words flowed effortlessly. His brush danced across the paper.

Su Shih grew up to become a leading scholar and statesman, eventually taking the name Su Dongpo. Integrating his love of natural order and humanity into his writings and civic works, Su Dongpo promoted justice and condemned corruption often at his own peril. His life was rife with reversals of fortune; but through it all he retained his grace, his humility, and his compassion.

Award-winning author and artist Demi has created a graceful tribute to one of history’s most accomplished yet overlooked figures. Su Dongpo’s life truly transcends the ages and is a shining example of dignity, ingenuity, courage and resilience.

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Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Authors

23. DK EW FUTURE REVISED EDIT (DK Eyewitness Books)

by: PRENTICE HALL
Release date: Aug 02, 2004
Number of Pages: 72
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New Look! Relaunched with new jackets and 8 pages of new text!

Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the 21st century and beyond. Original photography and artworks illustrate the extraordinary visions of the future of scientists, artists and inventors through the ages, offering a unique “eyewitness” view of a world we are yet to know. See an insect robot learning to walk, a hypersonic plane, a calendar for the next century, a space hotel and a millennium tower that will house 50,000 people. Learn the way genetic engineering will affect future foods, how a spaceship will be driven by antimatter and how large the world’s population will be in 2050. Discover how a woman can work a flight simulator with her mind, the medical advances that will prolong life, the cyberpets that will be the companions of the future, and much, much more!

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works

24. Israel: The Culture (Lands, Peoples, & Cultures (Hardcover))

by: Debbie Smith the
Release date: Dec 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 32
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Because Jews, Muslims, and Christians all follow a different calendar, hardly a month goes by in Israel when there is not some kind of holiday or festival. This book includes topics such as Israel’s art, music, dance, literature, and clothing; the Hebrew, Muslim, and Christian faiths; their exciting traditions, foods, and festivals; and more.
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Children’s Books > Religions > Judaism

25. My Colorado

by: William VirdenMary Borg
Release date: Mar 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 48
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Make Colorado history more interesting to your students with this hands-on activity book that is packed with 48 pages of information. With “My Colorado,” students write, color, complete challenging games, create, analyze, practice their critical thinking skills, and more. Best of all, students learn to make connections between the past and their own lives in present-day Colorado. Use “My Colorado” as a supplement to your existing Colorado textbooks. Or use “My Colorado” as your basic text and your other books as resource materials! “My Colorado” addresses fourth-grade geography, history, and earth science content standards. It includes the many diverse groups that have contributed to Colorado’s state history. Unlike so many textbooks that skip over the last 100 years, “My Colorado” also remembers to connect history with present-day Colorado.
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Children’s Books > History > United States > State & Local

26. Notebook Reference Writer’s Guide: Second Edition

by: School Specialty Publishing
Release date: May 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 144
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The Notebook Reference Writer’s Guide offers students everything they need for success in writing right at their fingertips! From the eight parts of speech to the writing process, this convenient 144 page fact book is filled with guidelines for grammar, style, spelling, and punctuation that will help children write with proficiency, clarity, and confidence. Writing tips and self-assessment checklists lead students step-by-step through the writing process. Plus, a complete section of things to write about will help students hone their writing skills. The 3-hole punched format allows students to carry this book in a 3-ring binder for quick reference at school, at home, or on the go!

Features include:

•Grammar usage

•Writing style

•Research

•Spelling

•Vocabulary

•A complete section of things to write about

•And more!

The Notebook Reference series offers students everything they need for school success – in a convenient, 3-hole punched format. Containing essential information, each comprehensive guide offers subject-specific text that is easy to read and easy to use. The 3-hole punched format allows the guides to be inserted into notebooks for quick and easy reference. Our other titles include Math, Science, Student Planner, Dictionary, Spanish Dictionary, and Thesaurus.

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27. The Sudan Project: Rebuilding With the People of Darfur – A Young Person’s Guide

by: Melissa Jane Leembruggen
Release date: Aug 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 40
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The Sudan Project helps make children aware of the devastating effects of poverty and war in Sudan, as well as the suffering of Darfur’s people. As current as today’s headlines, this significant work seeks to stir the conscience of an awakening America. The book focuses on the plight of the people of Darfur and encourages hope that they can flourish through the help readers can provide. Such organizations as the United Nations and UMCOR are working to provide relief to this forgotten region. For ages 9–12.

 

Based on the experiences of The Sudan Project mission by Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, OH, The Sudan Project has raised over $1.6 million for Darfur relief since 2004. A portion of the proceeds from this book go to help the people of Sudan through The Sudan Project. For more information, visit The Sudan Project.

 

The Sudan Project:

  • Teaches children about Sudan, through an A to Z overview of its history and culture, as well as how the social climate affects Sudanese lives.
  • Helps children learn how they can be part of a worldwide relief effort taking place even as they read the book.
  • Contains a glossary, lesson plans, a Sudanese recipe, discussion questions, service project ideas, and more!
  • Is ideal for directors of Christian education, pastors, teachers, parents and grandparents, libraries, and relief aid organizations.

 

Melissa Leembruggen is an author, motivational speaker, small group trainer/team builder, wife, and mother. She obtained a master’s degree in communication from Auburn University, where she also worked as a communications specialist for the Auburn University School of Forestry. She lives in Beavercreek, Ohio, near Dayton and is a member of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, where she is an active volunteer with The Sudan Project.

 

Click here to view sample pages of The Sudan Project.

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28. Truth and Lies: An Anthology of Poems

by: Patrice Vecchione
Release date: Jan 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 142
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Here are poems teenagers will treasure, inscribe in diaries, and share with friends for years to come.

“The truth isn’t always beauty but the hunger for it is.”–Nadine Gordimer

Experienced anthologist and teacher Patrice Vecchione has created a unique thematic anthology which teenagers will pore over as they seek to be true, and have to face telling lies. Drawing on poets from Margaret Atwood to Langston Hughes, from Walt Whitman to Yevgeny Yevtusenko, she shows how truth is necessary, but how it can hurt, how lies may kill, and yet can soothe. The poems touch on a range of motivations and emotions including fear, guilt, forgiveness, trust, pride and anger. Some express surprising truths while others reveal painful lies. A sensitive gift, a great classroom resource, a companion in the hardest struggles of adolescence, Truth and Lies will be a perfect bridge from a teenager’s diary to the world’s greatest poetry.

Song of the Bald Eagle

we want what is real
we want what is real
don’t deceive us!
-Crow

#1455

Opinion is a flitting thing,
But truth outlasts the Sun–
If then we cannot own them both–
Possess the oldest one–
-Emily Dickinson

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

29. What Is It Like to Be Me?: A Book About a Boy with Asperger’s Syndrome

by: Alenka KlemencUrsa RozicTony AttwoodBranka D JurisicKatarina Kompan Erzar
Release date: Mar 28, 2013
Number of Pages: 96
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Join Greg, a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome (AS), as he tells us all about the world as he sees and experiences it. We learn about all the things he loves, including his routine and numbers, as well as his special interest in batteries (he even has a rectangular one!). Greg also tells us about the things that he finds challenging, from a change in his beloved routine to reading facial expressions, and how these things can sometimes leave him upset and overwhelmed. By explaining the way he feels and how best to calm him down when it all gets too much, Greg helps us to understand AS and how it affects the way he views the people and objects around him.

With comprehensive sections for parents and professionals on AS and the impact it can have on the family unit and life in the wider community, this charmingly illustrated book helps to increase awareness and understanding of Asperger’s syndrome. It will be of interest to families of children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as teachers and other professionals working with children on the autism spectrum.

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30. What’s with My Body?: The Girls’ Book of Answers to Growing Up, Looking Good, and Feeling Great

by: Selene Yeager
Release date: Feb 16, 2011
Number of Pages: 273
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All About Girls, Puberty, and Growing Up
What preteen or young teen hasn’t wondered, “What is up with my body?” even if YOU haven’t yet, you will, and that’s okay. There really are answers, good answers, to all of your questions.

Inside is reassuring, accurate advice for all preteen and young teen girls (and their parents). Presented in a question and answer format, all of the toughest and most important stuff that’s on your mind is right here from body changes, skin and hair care, and menstruation to moods, eating disorders, and sexuality. You’ll discover what your body is all about and feel great about it and yourself.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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

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