The Story of Ellis Island

Title: The Story of Ellis Island Author: R. Conrad Stein Illustrator: Tom Dunnington Pages: 32 Recommended Ages: 7 & up Star Rating: ★★★★ The United States has long been seen as a melting pot – a place where refugees from all the nations could come to seek a better life. Many did come, and many

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Sons of Liberty

Title: Sons of Liberty Author: Felix Sutton Illustrator: Bill Barss Pages: 90 Recommended Ages: 8 & up Star Rating: ★★★★★ In Sons of Liberty, Felix Sutton (author of We Were There at Pearl Harbor) zooms in on the lives of five American patriots – Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, and Joseph Warren.

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The Story of the Flight at Kitty Hawk

Title: The Story of the Flight at Kitty Hawk Author: R. Conrad Stein Illustrator: Len W. Meents Pages: 32 Recommended Ages: 7 & up Star Rating: ★★★★★ Most books about great events either begin at the very beginning – way back when it all kicked off – or right at the moment itself. Not so with The

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Benito Juarez: Hero of Modern Mexico

Title: Benito Juarez Author: Rae Bains Illustrator: Allen Davis Pages: 48 Recommended Ages: 7-10 Star Rating: ★★★ Apparently Benito Juarez is considered a ‘Hero of Modern Mexico’… which is rather embarrassing, considering I’d never heard of him before picking up this book. But what Benito Juarez gave me was a perfectly succinct account of his

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Stories from The Peterkin Papers

Title: Stories from The Peterkin Papers Author: Lucretia P. Hale Illustrator: Lisl Weil Pages: 90 Recommended Ages: 8 & up Star Rating: ★★★★★ Meet THE PETERKINS. The Story. The Peterkins are a unique family. They are well educated and enjoy life to the limit, but they aren’t very good at one thing. That one thing

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Family Farm

Title: Family Farm Author: Thomas Locker Pages: 32 Recommended Ages: 7-8 Star Rating: ★★★★ Sarah and Mike are worried – firstly because their school is shutting down and secondly because their family is having a hard time keeping the farm afloat. The corn crop will hardly pay for itself much less give the family much

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Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come

Title: Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come Author: Nancy Carlson Pages: 32 Reading Level: Read Aloud Star Rating: ★★ Over the months since I moved to Tennessee I’ve found gobs of picture books which were mailed out as part of Dolly Parton’s “Imagination Library”, a program designed to provide reading material for young children. This

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Four Seasons for Little People

Title: Four Seasons for Little People Author: Jerry Ballard Illustrator: Lynne Marie Davis Pages: 64 Reading Level: Read Aloud Star Rating: ★★ In this picture book Lyne Marie Davis created over fifty full-page illustrations which depict children gleefully interacting with each season – spring, the time of new birth; summer, the time of heat and

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A Picture Book of Insects

Title: A Picture Book of Insects Author: Joanne Mattern Illustrator: Janice Kinnealy Pages: 24 Recommended Ages: Beginning Reader Star Rating: ★★★★ This book contains brief evaluations of 12 different insects. Where the insect has a unique developmental process (such as the butterfly), social structure (ant farms and bee cities), or function in nature (such as

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Journey of a Humpback Whale

Title: Journey of a Humpback Whale Author: Caryn Jenner Pages: 32 Reading Level: Beginning Readers Star Rating: ★★★ This ‘Beginning to Read Alone’ book introduces us to Triton, a humpback whale who is beginning his migratory journey back north. Along the way he meets several whale friends, escapes from a fishing net, is nearly stranded

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Cheetah Cubs

Title: Cheetah Cubs Author: Ginjer L. Clarke Illustrator: Lucia Washburn Pages: 48 Recommended Ages: Early Readers Star Rating: ★★★ The cheetah is often overlooked in favor of its stronger, more majestic relatives, the lion and the tiger, but it is a beautiful creature. More sleek and streamlined than the king of the jungle, the cheetah

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Let’s Tell Time

Title: Let’s Tell Time Author: Melissa Getzoff Illustrator: Julie Durrell Pages: 16 Reading Level: Read Aloud Star Rating: ★★ Let’s Tell Time encourages children to think sequentially by depicting Puppy engaging in particular activities and asking if it is the proper time to pursue that activity – eating breakfast, preparing for school, etc. A clock is

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Only You, Solo Tu

Title: Only You, Solo Tu Author: Rosemary Wells Multi-Lingual Adaptor: Teresa Mlawer Pages: 18 Reading Level: Read Aloud Star Rating: ★★ Only You, Solo Tu explores the peculiar roles, joys, and inconveniences only parents and children provide to one another. I don’t know if this picture book was originally written in a dual-language format –

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Four Puppies

Title: Four Puppies Author: Anne Heathers Illustrator: Lilian Obligado Pages: 24 Recommended Ages: Read Aloud Star Rating: ★★★★★ In this wonderfully, wonderfully illustrated story, four little collie pups experience the changes and befuddlements that accompany the shift of seasons. As each new season arrives, the puppies are excessively saddened by the disappearance of the last

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