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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

By: Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince

"Michaela is nothing short of a miracle, born to be a ballerina. For every young brown, yellow, and purple dancer, she is an inspiration!” —Misty Copeland, world-renowned ballet dancerThe extraordinary...

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4)

By: Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince
illustrated by: Frank Morrison

Perfect for newly independent readers—the amazing true story of Michaela DePrince, one of America’s top ballerinas.   At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina...

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

By: Candace Fleming

“[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #29: Soccer

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday, they had lots of questions. How did soccer get started? Who are some of...

A Volcano Beneath the Snow

By: Albert Marrin

John Brown is a man of many legacies, from hero, freedom fighter, and martyr, to liar, fanatic, and "the father of American terrorism." Some have said that it was his seizure of the arsenal at Harper's...

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art

By: Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by: Mary GrandPre

A Caldecott Honor BookVasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes,...


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #28: Heroes for All Times

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #51, they had lots of questions. How did Florence Nightingale change nursing? Who helped women...

Barack Obama: Out of Many, One

By: Shana Corey
illustrated by: James Bernardin

A newly updated leveled reader about the first African American president of the United States, for children who are ready to read on their own.   A Step 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader about...

Christopher Columbus

By: Stephen Krensky

Illus. in full color. Youngsters can celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus's fateful voyage with this dramatic, easy-to-read account of a pivotal moment in American history. "