In 1872,Yellowstone became the first national park. Now, there are 59 national parks in the United States. The National Park Service also oversees landmarks, monuments, and seashores. In all, the NPS oversees 413 park sites. Featuring TIME For Kids content, this nonfiction reader explores the history and importance of America's national parks. This high-interest title includes detailed photos and sidebars, stimulating facts, and clear, informational text to engage students as they build their critical literacy skills. The book includes text features such as a table of contents, glossary, and an index to increase understanding and improve academic vocabulary. The Reader's Guide and Try It! sections prompt students to connect back to the text, and provide extensive language-development activities that will develop critical thinking. Aligned with state and national standards, this text prepares students for college and career. Keep grade 4 students engaged from cover to cover with this exciting reader.