Best History Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 history books for 4 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. Farfallina & Marcel

by: Holly KellerHolly Keller
Release date: May 10, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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Once there was a caterpillar named Farfallina, whose best friend was a gosling named Marcel. They did everything together — until one day, everything started to change.

This beautiful and touching story shows that even as life takes different turns, friendship endures.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

2. Sam the Minuteman (I Can Read Books: Level 3)

by: Nathaniel BenchleyArnold Lobel
Release date: Feb 01, 1987
Number of Pages: 62
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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > Colonial

3. Buddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog (Hello Reader!, Level 4)

by: Eva MooreDon Bolognese
Release date: Jun 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 48
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With inspiring and educational stories, Scholastic’s Hello Reader series caters to the spectrum of reading abilities among beginning readers. My First Hello Readers use basic words to reinforce phonics and sight vocabulary. The books at this level offer punch-out flash cards plus six additional pages of skill-building activities. Levels 1 – 4 combine a greater vocabulary and longer sentence length. Each book has an introductory letter from an education specialist guiding parents on how to help their children learn to read. Grades 2 – Grades 4.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

4. K9 Karson Comes Home

by: Abbie Beam
Release date: Sep 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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This is the story of a beloved police dog who escaped from a boarding facility in order to find his owner who was on vacation. K9 Karson survived for 61 days in subzero temperatures while an entire community banded together to find him.

This true story takes place in the small farming community of Wilmington, Ohio, the community that has only ever been in the news for loss and tragedy that is now known for one of the most miraculous and heartwarming tales of our time, when K9 Karson was found alive.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

5. Hurricanes!

by: Gail Gibbons
Release date: Sep 16, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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Imagine a force that can toss boats around like toys, wash away bridges, and create waves as high as eighteen feet. With fierce winds and torrential rains, hurricanes can do all of these things. They can cause tremendous damage and even change the shape of a shoreline. For centuries people did not know when a hurricane was coming. But now we have new methods to predict when and where these storms will occur. Young readers will learn how hurricanes are formed, how they are named and classified, and what to do if a dangerous storm is on the way. 
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

6. The Mighty Lalouche

by: Matthew OlshanSophie Blackall
Release date: May 14, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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   In Paris, France, there lived a humble postman named Lalouche. He was small, but his hands were nimble, his legs were fast, and his arms were strong. When his job was replaced by an electric car, he turned to boxing to support himself and his pet finch, Genevieve. But–“You? A boxer?” the fighters asked. “I could sneeze and knock you down!” Still, Lalouche refused to give up. And perhaps small Lalouche was just nimble . . . just fast . . . and just strong enough to beat his fierce competitors. This is a marvelous story, full of humor and heart, and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Award.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men

7. Matisse the King of Color (Anholt’s Artists Books for Children)

by: Laurence Anholt
Release date: Oct 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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When Monique, a young visiting nurse, steps into the home of an elderly patient, she finds herself in rooms filled with the most vivid color she has ever seen. Her patient is the artist Henri Matisse, and as Matisse recovers from his illness, he and Monique become good friends. Later, Monique enters a convent where she becomes a nursing nun?and by happy coincidence, she meets Matisse once again. Her religious order is so poor that they don’t have a chapel of their own, but Matisse decides that with Monique’s help, he can remedy that situation. He develops a sketch drawn by Monique into a brilliant set of stained-glass chapel windows, and then uses his influence to raise enough money for the chapel’s construction. This true account of Matisse and the chapel at Vence, in southern France, is the main focus of Laurence Anholt’s newest delightful children’s story. Anholt’s illustrations faithfully reproduce many of Matisse’s wonderful artworks in this beautiful storybook.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art > History

8. Randy the Raccoon and His Musical Friends: Fireworks in the Night

by: Sherry O. MillerJohn M. Tatulli
Release date: Feb 24, 2016
Number of Pages: 44
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An unlikely cast of characters will take you on an adventure into the world and music of George Frideric Handel. Rock a Note Farm, on Harmony Lane, will never be the same now that Randy the Raccoon is there to stay. His stories about the magical woods that surround the farm piqued the animals’ interest to explore. After Farmer Heather tucks everyone in each night the adventures start. Randy leads his new friends through the magical woods that border the farm, back in time to England, where George Frideric Handel lived. Randy didn’t realize how dangerous it would be for him to go back in time. Fireworks and a mistaken identity are all part of the suspense in the Randy the Raccoon and His Musical Friends book.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

9. 3D Theater: Rainforest

by: Kathryn JewittFiametta Dogi
Release date: Oct 25, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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Lean all about the rainforest in this 3D pop-up book!
3D Theatre: Rainforest – by Kathryn Jewitt, illustrated by Fiametta Dogi – uses stunning 3D scenes to take the reader into the very heart of the jungle. Whether it’s looking down from the canopy through the different layers to the forest floor, exploring a Mayan temple half-covered by foliage, meeting the many animals that the rainforest is home to or coming across a river complete with caimans and piranhas, this enticing book will enthrall children and parents alike. Backed up with fascinating reference spreads, this is a book to treasure.

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

10. In the Trees, Honey Bees!

by: Lori MortensenCris Arbo
Release date: Mar 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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Here is the ideal introduction for preschoolers and early elementary children to insects that are not only amazing but also critically important to humans. Inside-the-hive views of a wild colony of honey bees offer close-ups of the queen, the cells, even bee eggs. Simple verse will engage a young child, while sidebars with fascinating information satisfy the somewhat older child. Parents, teachers, and interested children will enjoy much more information about both wild and domestic hives in the back of the book. The detailed art shimmers with life, highlighting each hair or grain of pollen on the bees. A wild hive in a tree in her own backyard served as a model for the artist!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

11. Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something from Everything

by: Ashley BryanAshley Bryan
Release date: Jul 08, 2014
Number of Pages: 80
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Beloved storyteller and creator Ashley Bryan reveals the vibrant spirit of found objects in this magnificent treasury of poetry and puppets.

Little Cranberry Island. It’s a small island, with fewer than a hundred inhabitants, but it’s got more than its share of treasures—including the magnificent Ashley Bryan himself, a world-renowned storyteller and author of such classics as All Night, All Day and Beautiful Blackbird. Daily, for decades, Ashley has walked up and down the beach, stopping to pick up sea glass, weathered bones, a tangle of fishing net, an empty bottle, a doorknob. Treasure.

And then, with glue and thread and paint and a sprinkling of African folklore, Ashley breathes new life into these materials. Others might consider it beach junk, but Ashley sees worlds of possibilities.

Ashley Bryan’s two-foot-tall hand puppets swell with personality and beauty, and in this majestic collection they make their literary debut, each with a poem that tells of their creation and further enlivens their spirit.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

12. Everglades

by: Jean Craighead GeorgeWendell Minor
Release date: Mar 21, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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A lyrical creation tale of the Florida Everglades with stunning landscapes by Wendell Minor.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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

13. Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

by: Roseanne ThongJohn Parra
Release date: Aug 04, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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In this lively picture book, children discover shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, while triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child’s day!
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Children’s Books > Geography & Cultures > Multicultural Stories > Hispanic & Latino

14. 3D Theater: Oceans

by: Kathryn JewittFiametta Dogi
Release date: Oct 25, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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Learn all about the ocean in this 3D pop-up book! 3D Theatre: Oceans – by Kathryn Jewitt, illustrated by Fiametta Dogi – uses stunning pop-up 3D scenes to take the reader into the very heart of the seas. Whether it’s exploring a coral reef, meeting all the creatures that inhabit a rock pool, travelling down from the surface to the different ocean zones or discovering a shipwreck and its fabulous treasure, this enticing book will enthrall children and parents alike. Backed up with fascinating reference spreads, this is a book to enchant.

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

15. Grandpa’s Gold: A Children’s Picture Book About Adventure and Explorers of Lost Gold

by: Robin AdolphsArthur Filloy
Release date: Apr 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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It’s time for an ADVENTURE!

Includes exclusive ‘Can You Find?’ game as part of the story!

Jake and his Grandpa head off to the gold fields to search for gold.
It’s much harder for Grandpa to find gold than he expects.
What they find just proves that one man’s trash is indeed another boy’s treasure.
A warm-hearted story of a boy and his grandfather sharing an unforgettable adventure.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Robin Adolphs

We could do with more children’s picture books about adventure and exploration, what made you decide to write Grandpa’s Gold?

I’ve been visiting the Australian gold fields for years. I realized that some city children may never get the chance to experience outback Australia and see where a unique part of Australian history unfolded. That was part of it. Also, Grandpa’s Gold is based on the real experience my husband and grandson shared. Jake was so fascinated by the bush and prospecting I just had to write this story.

The strong relationship between Grandpa and Jake is not often seen in an illustrated children’s story, how did this come about?

I like all my stories to have strong, emotional themes. When we took Jake into the bush I saw the relationship between Jake and his grandfather grow and strengthen as they shared a common interest. Grandpa’s Gold was inspired by the special relationship I saw unfolding from day to day. I just needed to piece it all together in a way young children would understand.

Are you planning on writing any more gold rush books for kids?

I have already. I’ve written ‘Jake’s Golden Handbook’, a companion non-fiction e-book to Grandpa’s Gold. In this book Jake tells kids what they have to do to find gold. This is free from my website with the purchase of Grandpa’s Gold. Details are on my website. I also co-wrote a song with Jenny James called ‘Come Along To the Gold fields’. I’m not planning any more gold rush books as yet; but who knows?

You seem to enjoy writing preschool books for 2-8 years, why do you like writing for this age group so much?

This is the age when the love of reading begins. I was an Early Childhood teacher and saw how vital it was for children of this age to engage with good stories. There can never be enough stories written for this age group. And the learning possibilities from good picture books are immense. That’s why all my books have free downloadable teaching and learning activities on my website to go with them.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Exploration & Discoveries

16. Alamo from A to Z, The

by: William Chemerka
Release date: Sep 28, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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The patriotic sacrifice of Texas remembered. This tribute to the famous 13 day siege gives the stories of real-life heroes including David Crockett, Sam Houston, and William King (who, at 15 years old, was the youngest defender to die during the conflict.) These accounts, lacking in sensationalism, reveal the true characters in one of the most important events in Texas history. This reference includes a timeline of events.

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Children’s Books > History > Military & Wars

17. A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar

by: Candace FlemingS.D. Schindler
Release date: Mar 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Based on a true moment in American history, this funny picture book celebrates the ingenuity and community spirit of one small New England town as it attempts to make the country’s biggest cheese for the nation’s greatest man.

A Children’s Book of the Year, Bank Street College

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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1800s

18. Boom Town

by: Sonia Levitin
Release date: Feb 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 40
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Cat Bowman Smith and Sonia Levitin have teamed up again to bring the history of America’s westward expansion to life in this fun, colorful picture book.

Bored by cabin life in the sparse settlement, Amanada figures out how to bake a gooseberry pie in the family’s crude wood stove. Soon prospectors are paying for her pies, and her business success spills over to the other folks who’ve decided to settle there.

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

19. Georges Seurat (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists (Sagebrush))

by: Mike Venezia
Release date: Mar 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Introduces kids to the life and work of Post-Impressionist French artist Georges Seurat. This great artist was best known for inventing Pointillism.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art > History

20. Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs: A story about Rembrandt van Rijn

by: Molly BlaisdellNancy Lane
Release date: May 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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Author Molly Blaisdell transports young readers to the city of Amsterdam in the 1650s. It is a time when world-renowned artist Rembrandt van Rijn is at the height of fame among his patrons—and when his young son Titus longs to imitate his father and become a great painter. At first, Rembrandt rebuffs Titus’s attempts at drawing, telling the boy he is too young to learn art. But gradually, the master painter is won over by his son’s enthusiasm and persistence, and he begins to teach a very happy Titus the basic techniques of drawing from life. Here is a warmhearted story for children, with illustrations that capture the atmosphere of seventeenth-century Holland and suggest some of the genius that radiates from Rembrandt’s own magnificent paintings.
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Arts & Photography > Individual Artists

21. About the Ocean (We Both Read – Level 1-2 (Cloth))

by: Sindy McKay
Release date: Nov 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 40
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Explore the vast ocean, discovering the incredible variety of life in the sea and the need to protect this huge ecosystem.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

22. A Christmas Like Helen’s

by: Natalie Kinsey-WarnockMary Azarian
Release date: Oct 25, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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At Helen’s home, there are no telephones or electric lights. Cars have not yet been invented, so she and her sister and brothers must walk a mile to school, even in freezing weather. Without refrigeration, they must harvest ice from the pond.
But at night she and her family gather around the woodstove to hear stories of castles and princes in hiding. They take horse-drawn sleigh rides, snug under buffalo robes and wool blankets; skate in the moonlight; and on Christmas morning have real maple syrup for breakfast.
With absorbing details of country life and elegant, hand-colored woodcuts, this book captures the strength of family, the magic of Christmas, and the love of place all year long.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

23. In the Rainforest (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

by: Kate DukeKate Duke
Release date: Oct 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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The rainforest is home to millions of plant and animal species.

The inhabitants of the rainforest depend on each other, and they all depend on rain. How much rain falls in a rainforest? How do scientists work in the treetops? What kind of plants are swimming pools for frogs and crabs? Read and find out!

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Children’s Books > Animals

24. A Baby Elephant in the Wild

by: Caitlin O’ConnellTimothy Rodwell
Release date: Mar 18, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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Last summer, the Sibert Honor–winning duo Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell witnessed the birth—and growth—of a baby elephant. In this intimate account for preschool through elementary readers, find answers to questions such as: What do newborn elephants look like? How big are they? What threatens them in the wild? Do they bully each other? Are they stalked by lions? What happens if they don’t get enough food or water? Are they at risk of extinction?

With irresistible photographs and a text that places the reader in the wonder of the savannah, this is a book to treasure for all animal lovers.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

25. Will We Miss Them?: Endangered Species (Reading Rainbow Books)

by: Alexandra WrightMarshall Peck Iii
Release date: Feb 01, 1992
Number of Pages: 32
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Did you know that a Galapagos tortoise can live to be 200 years old if nothing harms it? And yet, the Galapagos tortoise is an endangered species. Learning about endangered species is the first step toward saving them. WILL WE MISS THEM? introduces children to the fascinating lives and challenges of endangered species from the unique perspective of an eleven-year-old author. Realistic color illustrations enhance the engaging text.
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Children’s Books > Animals

26. The Usborne Great Wildlife Search (Great Searches (EDC Hardcover))

by: Caroline YoungKate NeedhamIan Jackson
Release date: Jan 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 112
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This fun-filled bind-up includes Big Bug Search, Great Animal Search and Great Undersea Search, with over 4,000 animals to find!
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Children’s Books > Animals

27. Hello Kitty, Hello USA!

by: Higashi/Glaser Design Inc.
Release date: Sep 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 56
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Hello Kitty has traveled the world in the highly successful Hello Kitty Hello World-now she explores the United States, state by state!

In Hello Kitty Hello USA, fans will travel around all fifty United States with Hello Kitty and her friends! After giving a piano recital at a White House gala Hello Kitty is invited by people all over the USA to visit them. On her trip, she learns a great deal: each state’s motto, its official flower and bird, important landmarks and fascinating trivia. Whether sailing in Rhode Island, riding a rollercoaster in Ohio, rock climbing in South Dakota, skiing in Colorado, or hula-dancing in Hawaii, Hello Kitty soon decides that she loves the United States of America-everyone of them!

A perfect addition to the successful Hello Kitty books, this book is a great way for young readers to learn about the USA and have fun with Hello Kitty!

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Children’s Books > History > United States > State & Local

28. My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by: Martin Luther III KingAG Ford
Release date: Aug 06, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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What was it like growing up as a son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? This picture book memoir, My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III, provides insight into one of history’s most fascinating families and into a special bond between father and son.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King III was one of those four little children mentioned in Martin Luther King’s groundbreaking “I Have a Dream” speech. In this memoir, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son gives an intimate look at the man and the father behind the civil rights leader. Mr. King’s remembrances show both his warm, loving family and a momentous time in American history.

AG Ford is the illustrator of several other books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Barack. He is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award.

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

29. National Geographic Readers: George Washington Carver (Readers Bios)

by: Kitson Jazynka
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Take a bite into the fascinating history of peanut butter and the man who invented it. Through leveled text and engaging photos, kids meet George Washington Carver and learn about his important work with peanuts and other plants. This Level 1 reader is carefully leveled for an early independent reading or read aloud experience, perfect to encourage the scientists and explorers of tomorrow! From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

30. Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll

by: Holly George-WarrenLaura Levine
Release date: Mar 26, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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Rock and roll around the clock with this fun and fact-filled introduction to the pioneers of rock and roll. Read about fourteen of the original stars of rock and roll ? from Bill Haley and His Comets to James Brown and his Famous Flames ? and learn how, nearly fifty years ago, they created a brand-new sound. These artists influenced a generation of teenagers and inspired many of today’s most important musicians.
Bright, lively, and hip illustrations combined with concise and informational text make this a sure number-one hit with music buffs of all ages.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Music > History

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