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TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers

TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers

[Grade K] "These very simple readers rely on vivid photographs to help beginning or struggling readers find success in reading. Each of the books contains "Words to Know" that are detailed at the end of the books. Helping students study these word lists before reading will help them achieve reading success. These word lists are also accompanied by photographs. Lots of repetition and full-color stock photos throughout will keep students interested while promoting good choices. These books would be a great non-fiction addition to a beginning reader collection."

-School Library Connection

[Grade K] "This new nonfiction series is ideal for the beginning reader. Some titles are wordless, while others have several words repeated with authentic, colorful photographs. Rules at School, Good Manners, and Being a Good Citizen have examples with yes/no or good/bad prompts under the photos. My Birthday Party and Too Many Toys incorporate math, and have children count more, less, and equal party favors for six friends. All titles include a section with word definitions, even the wordless titles."

-School Library Connection


[Grade 4] "With a greater emphasis on nonfiction in the Common Core Standards, these leveled nonfiction readers entertain while filling a curricular need. Conversational text and absorbing layouts with plenty of sidebars, questions to consider, facts, graphics, and color photos will entice even the most reluctant of readers. A wide-ranging and appealing series."

-Booklist

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Science Readers: Content and Literacy

Science Readers: Content and Literacy in Science

[Grades 4 and 5] "In this engaging and accessible series, each topic is introduced from a point familiar to students from their everyday experiences; such as the electricity all around us in Circuits, or how your body must convert your lunch into fuel in Digesting and Using Food. Difficult topics, like the vast extent of the universe or DNA, are presented in clear, logical sequences with sidebars and text boxes providing more specific information on specific items. Illustrations include eye-popping photographs as well as drawings, diagrams, and charts. Activities at the end of each book are simple enough for children to try at home or in a classroom to reinforce the ideas presented. Glossary. Index."

-School Library Connection


[Grade 4] "The latest additions to this ongoing series deliver the same authoritative, comprehensive, and relevant information that educators have come to expect from the publisher. The high-interest subjects support inquiry-based learning and encourage readers to think critically about science, and they do so in an engaging way that holds students' attention. Photos, illustrations, and diagrams keep children motivated, while features such as "Think Like a Scientist" and "Your Turn!" encourage learning through hands-on activities. What makes this series stand out, though, are the fascinating facts ("grizzly bears can smell a dead animal up to 20 kilometers…away!") and the fabulous photos, such as the close-up view of a butterfly's eye and rolled-up tongue. Smartly written, these innovative and imaginative volumes make learning fun. VERDICT First-rate nonfiction."

-School Library Journal


[Grade 4] "Does the world really need more books about well-worn elementary science topics such as light, plant life cycles, fossil fuels, and animals? Yes - if they are done as well as these new books in the Science Readers series. The books have a friendly tone that strikes the perfect balance between matter-of-factness and wonder. They get beyond the surface of serious scientific topics without becoming boring or pedantic. The writing is engaging enough to draw in even non-science lovers, and the photos and diagrams consistently illustrate and enrich the text. A carefully described but open-ended project and observation-based activity conclude, encouraging readers to extend their learning and undertake their own scientific exploration."

-Booklist


[Grade 1] "This is a well-done series of short and colorful books on a variety of topics ranging from plants to space. The series has numerous authors and each book contains beautiful color photographs. The wording is age-appropriate, but still encourages new vocabulary. The scientific explanations are thorough, with just the right amount of information for young readers. Students can read these independently, or a teacher can easily work them into science lessons. At the back of each title, there is an activity or experiment to help students extend the concept. Glossary. Table of Contents."

-Library Media Connection


[Grade 2] "This well-organized, picture-laden and informative series covers topics in Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, Life Science, and Scientific Practices. With an underlying wit, the books draw students in with their colorful photographs, interesting captions, and "lightbulb" facts. The conversational tone makes the text easy-to-read, although the books can be enjoyed by students who merely want to look at the pictures. Each book also includes a scientific experiment, perfect for students to apply what they've learned. Each book also shares a "Your Turn" page, asking students questions that will get them thinking about the science at work in their own surroundings. Glossary. Table of Contents. Index."

-Library Media Connection


[Grade K] "This science series for younger grades would be an excellent addition in any classroom or library. Students will benefit from these books as either an introduction to a lesson or as a culminating review. The books are color-coded by scientific topic; each page contains vivid photography, large print, and few words for emerging readers. At the end of each book there is a simple experiment that correlates with the topic. Glossary. Index."

-School Library Connection


[Grade 3] "Budding young scientists will find this series appealing and engaging; they will find lots of interesting facts and information about scientific practice, Earth and space, life science, and physical science topics. It offers students high interest texts that can be read for both pleasure and research. Directions for easy and practical science experiments are located at the end of each book. Captioned, full-color photographs, inset photographs, some cartoon drawings, labeled diagrams and charts, as well as maps, offer detailed information about each topic. Classroom teachers will find these titles helpful when teaching about various science-related topics. The practical experiments can easily be done in the classroom setting. Glossary. Table of Contents. Index."

-School Library Connection


Science Readers: A Closer Look

Science Readers: A Closer Look

[The Basics of Matter] "This series introduces the three most common states of matter and the changes they go through. ...Solids, Liquids, and Gases discuss matter and its properties. Evaporation and Condensation include information on the water cycle and Melting and Freezing introduces the three states of water. Each title concludes with an activity and scientist's biography, both of which are repeated in one other book..."

-School Library Journal


[Be Healthy! Be Fit!] "Eat Healthy! encourages a take-charge attitude toward dietary choices. The same tone is expressed in Get Moving, which covers aspects of fitness, emphasizing personal responsibility and increased activity. Plans for a large-group activity and an addendum on celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in Eat Healthy and Michelle Obama in Get Moving complete the titles. The colorful scrapbook-style layouts include full-page and spot photos...charts, insets, and diagrams."

-School Library Journal


[The Human Body] "Addressing readers directly, the authors describe the major parts and functions of each selected body system, as well as health and safety advice in clear, simple language. Each volume closes with directions for an easy project and a brief introduction to a relevant doctor or researcher…in general the level of information is deep enough to feature such special terms as "humerus" and "cerebrum" without becoming challenging to less practiced readers."

-School Library Journal


Primary Source Readers: Content and Literacy

Primary Source Readers: Content and Literacy in Social Studies

[Grade 2] "This refreshing series includes diverse titles related to citizenship, responsibility, immigration, and families. Each book is written and designed in a simple, homespun manner that will appeal to children. Real kids and families rather than models grace many of these pages. I Can Work! shows a boy's pride at earning stars for feeding his dog. A Family's Story, which explores several generations in the life of an ordinary family, contains charming vintage photos. This book, like Immigration Stories, will inspire children to document their own histories. Families Through Time depicts loving families. Immigration Stories is the gem in the series, introducing lesser-known stories of remarkable immigrants. Archival photography and manuscripts enliven the pages. You Can Count On Me! takes a child's responsibility beyond the home into the larger community. Photos depict children cleaning up a beach and helping the elderly."

-School Library Journal


[Grade 2] "These primary source leveled readers are written to explain concepts that are covered in history, civics, and economic lessons. All present continuity and detail on concepts that may be new to young readers, but need to be conveyed in an understandable format. The photographs are colorful and diverse, with individuals of many ethnicities and backgrounds. These illustrations will make the reader feel included in the story and dialog. Some of the titles have words broken down into syllables to show readers the proper pronunciation. These titles would be a welcomed addition to any library or classroom setting. Glossary."

-Library Media Connection


Primary Source Readers

Primary Source Readers

[World History] "A great feature of this series is that the volumes are complementary to one another. For example, Medieval accompanies Chaucer. It's an effective way of narrowing the focus and providing a specific experience connected to the era. Some information overlaps within each pairing, but since these are introductions, that's not necessarily a flaw as it can reinforce some key points. Oversimplification and superficiality are a risk when covering a subject as broad as the Byzantine Empire or the Enlightenment for a younger audience, but the authors do an admirable job of achieving depth while maintaining accessibility. Reproductions, photos, and sidebars break up the texts without making them too busy. Each book concludes by revisiting a tidbit from the text and inviting readers to complete a creative and thought-provoking activity."

-School Library Journal


"...biographical information and history (to) introduce elementary readers to the people and events of women's and African-American history...gives readers a well-rounded view of events and emphasizes the importance of leadership in creating societal change and expanding civil rights."

-School Library Journal

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Math Readers

Mathematics Readers

[Grade 6] "This series aims to introduce math concepts in the practical context of professional or everyday activities. Each book includes math problems, including a two-page problem-solving activity at the end of the book, and brief answers in the back matter. The books' overall direction is worthwhile."

-Booklist


Fiction Readers

Fiction Readers

"The art is brightly colored and funny..."

-School Library Journal


"These books are designed for early-intervention-level or beginning readers… these titles are better than many books for beginning readers..."

-Library Journal

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Early Childhood Themes

Early Childhood Themes

"This series of science books have simple text or are wordless; they are designed to get the very young to imagine and participate in the shared reading experience. The text flows effectively and incorporates clean, lively, and intriguing photos, which become helpful clues to the overall meaning for visual and inexperienced readers. Some titles will allow students the opportunity to make predictions as the text is repetitive and anticipated. The structure of the information is charming and age-appropriate. This series would be a wonderful purchase for lower grade elementary classrooms and school libraries; it would be an even greater benefit if these books were made into Big Books."

-Library Media Connection


"Oceans and Five Senses are wordless with attractive full-color photos; they could be used for oral storytelling or as writing prompts."

-School Library Journal

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Targeted Phonics

Targeted Phonics

"These books may be small, but they're sure to make big impressions on beginning readers. Colorful, simply designed, and fortified with image-text matches on every page, the three subsets that make up this collection ascend in required mastery...these starter books are a solid springboard to launch students on their way to independent reading."

-School Library Journal

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Five Senses

"... wordless with attractive full-color photos; they could be used for oral storytelling or as writing prompts."

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Oceans

"... wordless with attractive full-color photos; they could be used for oral storytelling or as writing prompts."

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Speak Up!

"... a collection of very short poems. They are clever and easy to read with humorous illustrations."

-Library Journal

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It's Good Enough to Eat!

It's Good Enough to Eat!

"... children find creative ways to make things out of their fruits and vegetables before eating them. It might spark interest in consuming mosre healthy food…"

-Library Journal

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Safari Camp

"...provides humor by describing different types of toothbrushes the various animals use..."

-Library Journal

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Maddy's Mad Hair Day

"...sometimes accepting oneself includes accepting that same misbehaving hair - which is the message of this short and sweet easy reader...What Callen and White do well is use the text to carefully reinforce the pictures... The horizontal trim size is especially well suited for the story, as Maddy's hair - a sprawling tangle of orange and red and yellow - springs across the white background like it's trying to escape the pages...good fodder for those newly grappling with the printed word."

-Booklist

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Paul Bunyan: A Very Tall Tale

"...will appeal to young readers...The absurdity creates humor, and children will like reading about a blue ox that is the giant woodsman's faithful companion... appropriate to a classroom library."

-Library Journal

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My Life as a Bee

"There are 94 basic words in all, with a few challenges like goggles and beautiful... the photo-album aspect makes for a nice format - and may inspire kids to keep their own."

-Booklist

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How Many Toys?

"...incorporate(s) math, and ha(s) children count more, less, and equal..."

-School Library Connection

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Being a Good Citizen

"...Being a Good Citizen (has) examples with yes/no or good/bad prompts under the photos."

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Using Good Manners

"...Good Manners ...(has) examples with yes/no or good/bad prompts under the photos."

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Strange but True: Tiny Creatures

".Accompanied by numerous color-enhanced, microscopic images, Strange but True: Tiny Creatures is anything but cute and cuddly as it describes stinging bullet ants, antdecapitating phorid flies, bloodsucking ticks and fleas, asthma-inducing dust mites, and parasitic nematode worms, too small to be seen with the naked eye.."

-Booklist

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Helen Keller: A New Vision

"Complemented by quotes from Keller's own writings, the brief biography Helen Keller highlights her unique relationship with Anne Sullivan, the various ways she learned to communicate, and her desire to attend college and explore the world."

-Booklist

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My Birthday Party

"My Birthday Party ...incorporate(s) math, and ha(s) children count more, less, and equal party favors for six friends."

-School Library Connection

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Rules at School

"Rules at School ...(has) examples with yes/no or good/bad prompts under the photos."

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Straight Talk: Smoking

"Straight Talk: Smoking helps children consider how advertisers lure young smokers, the health risks and expense associated with smoking, the difficulties of breaking addiction, and ways to confront peer pressure."

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Strange but True: Gross Anatomy

"Strange but True: Gross Anatomy gives an overview of the body's structure, including bones and muscles, respiration and circulation, skin, digestion, and the brain, with special attention to the truly "gross" part of anatomy seen in footbinding, face transplants, and flatulence."

-School Library Connection

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Behind the Canvas: An Artist's Life

"The brief introduction in this entry in the Time for Kids series is packed with essential facts, thought provoking questions, and engaging illustrations about art. This is not a how-to book; rather, it is a solid overview of art that fills a nice general niche. A great first book in an art class for upper elementary students."

-Booklist

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A Family's Story

"The newest subset of the Primary Source Readers: Content and Literacy in Social Studies series focuses on concepts of family, with this particular volume taking a look at an average American family over four generations. This works best when it simulates a family album, bestowing young readers with the sense that everyone has a full, rich family story... Still, this serves its purpose and may be useful in encouraging students to assemble their own family histories."

-Booklist


"[A Family's Story], which explores several generations in the life of an ordinary family, contains charming vintage photos. This book, like Immigration, will inspire children to document their own histories."

-School Library Journal

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Abigail Adams and the Women Who Shaped America

"This 32-page entry in the American Revolution series contains a good deal of information about Abigail Adams, as well as several other women who lived contemporaneously. The book begins with Adams writing about witnessing the Battle of Bunker Hill. The narrative then moves back in time to introduce a young Abigail—who, thanks to her father, was unusually well educated—and chronicles her relationship with farmer John Adams. Her married life is surrounded by important historical events, culminating with her becoming First Lady (and later First Mother). Maloof includes brief sketches of writer Mercy Otis Warren, poet Phillis Wheatley, Margaret Cochran Corbin, and others. Historical etchings, artworks, and copies of letters illustrate. Sometimes, especially in the sidebars, information is truncated, but this intro will intrigue readers. The final spread offers questions to ponder."

-Booklist

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Founding Mothers

"This introduction to influential women in early American history begins with the colonial period and closes with the Civil War... Subsequent chapters discuss events chronologically and focus on women's roles... Some of the women... may be introduced to young researchers here for the first time. The clear text is enhanced with archival illustrations and sidebars that highlight notable items about the women... Two suggested extension activities conclude this informative book."

-Booklist

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Families Through Time

"[Families Through Time] depicts loving families."

-School Library Journal

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I Can Work

"...[I Can Work!] shows a boy's pride at earning stars for feeding his dog."

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Immigration Stories

"Immigration Stories is the gem in the series, introducing lesser-known stories of remarkable immigrants. Archival photography and manuscripts enliven the pages...will inspire children to document their own histories."

-Booklist

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Geoffrey Chaucer

"This Primary Source Readers series title introduces Chaucer and the times in which he lived. Straightforward, accessible prose details everything from his London childhood to his travels, influences, and The Canterbury Tales. The colorful pages incorporate short factual sidebars, about topics such as serf life and the concept of chivalry, and feature art reproductions and portraits. ...This slim volume's format may appeal to low or reluctant readers interested in or studying medieval times, while also conveying Chaucer's literary impact."

-Booklist

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You Can Count on Me!

"You Can Count On Me! takes a child's responsibility beyond the home into the larger community. Photos depict children cleaning up a beach and helping the elderly."

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The Nature of Matter

"The concrete examples - building blocks, Popsicles, hot cocoa - are common enough that most students will likely recognize them and be able to identify states of matter on their own. A simple experiment featuring kitchen items and a glossary of terms round out this useful primer on elemental science concepts."

-Booklist

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Get Moving

"This volume from the Be Healthy! Get Fit! series, part of the Science Readers: A Closer Look collection, presents a broad look at staying robust and active... As a compendium of starting points...it's pretty solid, giving the health-curious grade-schooler plenty to chew on...layout is varied and friendly..."

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Traits for Survival

"After introducing the concept that adaptation enables species to survive despite conditions that change over time, the book quickly presents topics such as migration, camouflage, and flight. DNA is briefly discussed within a section on how a species' traits can enable it to survive...the double-page spreads include text boxes, captioned photos, digital drawings, and highlighted facts. The two appended activities require little equipment beyond household supplies and basic art materials. However, this book introduces a basic topic in biology in a well-paced narrative studded with interesting bits of information."

-Booklist

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DNA

"Difficult topics, like the vast extent of the universe or DNA, are presented in clear, logical sequences with sidebars and text boxes providing more specific information on specific items."

-School Library Connection

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The Milky Way: A River of Stars

"... Difficult topics, like the vast extent of the universe… are presented in clear, logical sequences with sidebars and text boxes providing more specific information on specific items. Illustrations include eye-popping photographs as well as drawings, diagrams, and charts. Activities at the end of each book are simple enough for children to try at home or in a classroom to reinforce the ideas presented. Glossary. Index."

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Digestion and Using Food

"Each topic is introduced from a point familiar to students from their everyday experiences; such as ...how your body must convert your lunch into fuel in Digesting and Using Food."

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Circuits

"Each topic is introduced from a point familiar to students from their everyday experiences; such as the electricity all around us in Circuits."

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Light and Its Effects

"Light and Its Effects provides more a straightforward explanation of topics such as color and refraction, but still employs interesting examples, illustrative photos, and helpful diagrams."

-Booklist

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Plant Reproduction

"Plant Reproduction covers pollination and different types of seeds with a straightforward but deft hand."

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The Story of Fossil Fuels

"The Story of Fossil Fuels takes a more personal approach, including an introductory narrative about the formation of fossil fuel and touching lightly on readers' experience with the use and conservation of fossil fuels."

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Environment: A World of Change

"The title says it all. Elements in the physical world, such as water and rocks, change, as do living organisms. As the human population expands, humans will compete with animals for water, food, and land. Animals will be forced from their natural habitats; some may adapt to new living conditions, while others become extinct. What will happen if humans do not conserve these limited resources? The book uses common words, short sentences, and engaging full-color nature photography to explore these questions and look at possible answers. There's plenty of information here for both report writers and browsers. The back matter includes two experiments to answer the question: "How do living things change?""

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Animal Senses

"What makes this series stand out, though, are the fascinating facts ("grizzly bears can smell a dead animal up to 20 kilometers...away!")"

-School Library Journal


"Animal Senses is the gem of the collection, packed with exciting facts supported by excellent background information and visual comparisons of differences, such as how humans and dogs see color."

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My F Words

"There is a healthy mix of subject matter. The photos (are) intensely bright and vivid... This is a solid set for those looking to introduce short nouns."

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