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Thematic and curriculum connections for picture books, beginning readers, and middle grade books. Prepared by educators, these guides are designed to excite students about literature while saving you valuable lesson preparation time. Browse below by title, author, grade, or theme—or use the search box on the right for a general guide search.

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Calvin Coconut

By: Graham Salisbury

A humorous chapter book about a fourth-grade boy, full of the fun of growing up in Hawaii.
 
Calvin Coconut lives near the beach in Kailua, Hawaii, with his mom and his little sister. All...

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Under the Blood-Red Sun & Eyes of the Emperor

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Lord of the Deep

By: Graham Salisbury

Fishing. This is it, the big time. Mikey's 13, a deckhand working on a charter boat in Hawaii. Working for the best skipper anywhere, his stepdad, Bill. Before Bill came along, it was just Mikey and his...

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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

By: Gary D. Schmidt

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The Boy Who Loved Words

By: Roni Schotter
illustrated by: Giselle Potter

TEACHERS GUIDE
ABOUT THIS BOOK
This delightful picture book will inspire its readers to celebrate language and look for new words wherever they go.
Words. Selig loves everything about them–the...

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Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City

By: Janet Schulman
illustrated by: Meilo So

The birdwatchers of Central Park were buzzing–a young red-tailed hawk had been spotted, would he stay? The bird they dubbed Pale Male not only stayed, he became one of New York City’s most...

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Where in the Wild?

By: David M. Schwartz

Ten creatures await, camouflaged in artful, full-page photographs, while playful poems offer clues about each animal's identity and whereabouts. Think you've spotted one? Lift one of ten gatefolds to find...

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Q Is for Quark

By: David Schwartz

A is for Atom, B is for Black Hole, C is for Clone-hang on to your test tubes, we'¬?re covering a lot of ground here! But both the science-curious and the science-phobic are in for a treat as the...

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G Is for Googol

By: David M. Schwartz

B is for Binary, F is for Fibonacci, P is for Probability... even a small sample begins to give you the idea that this is a math book unlike any other. Ranging freely from exponents to light-years to numbers...

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Ice Island

By: Sherry Shahan

What begins as a training run with sled dogs turns into a race against time for Tatum and her new friend, a Siberian Yupik boy named Cole. When a freak blizzard hits this remote island off the coast of...

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Child of the Mountains

By: Marilyn Sue Shank

It's about keeping the faith.

Growing up poor in 1953 in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia doesn't bother Lydia Hawkins. She treasures her tight-knit family. There's her loving mama,...

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Nate the Great

By: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
illustrated by: Marc Simont

Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!  
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ZooZical

By: Judy Sierra
pictures by: Marc Brown

Winter weather is keeping children from visiting the zoo. So the animals are out of sorts—listless, grumpy, and no longer fun. All except two little friends, a very small hippo and a baby kangaroo....

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The Sleepy Little Alphabet

By: Judy Sierra
illustrated by: Melissa Sweet

A fun read-aloud for little ones who are learning their ABCs.

It's sleepy time in Alphabet Town. But the twenty-six little letters of the alphabet all have something they need—or want—to...

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Milkweed

By: Jerry Spinelli

A stunning novel of the Holocaust from a Newbery Medalist

He's a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Filthy son of Abraham.

He's a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He's a boy...

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Bluebird

By: Bob Staake

"Like nothing you have seen before," raves Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying,...

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When You Reach Me

By: Rebecca Stead

Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New...

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Liar & Spy

By: Rebecca Stead

The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal book When You Reach Me: a story about spies, games, and friendship. Seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building...

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The Emerald Atlas

By: John Stephens

Called “A new Narnia for the tween set” by the New York Times and perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials series, The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action...

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Edge Chronicles

By: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

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Far-Flung Adventures

By: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

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The Five Ancestors

By: Jeff Stone

Twelve-year-old Fu and his temple brothers Malao, Seh, Hok, and Long don’t know who their parents were. Raised from infancy by their grandmaster, they think of their temple as their home and their...

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Sylvan Learning Workbook Pages for Kindergarteners

By: Sylvan Learning

Bonus $10 discount coupon off your child’s Skills Assessment at a Sylvan Learning Center with the purchase of every Sylvan Workbook!

Is your child ready to master the letters of the alphabet?...

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Sylvan Learning Workbook Pages for 1st Graders

By: Sylvan Learning

Bonus $10 discount coupon off your child’s Skills Assessment at a Sylvan Learning Center with the purchase of every Sylvan Workbook!

First Grade Reading Skill Builders will give your child...

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Sylvan Learning Workbook Pages for 2nd Graders

By: Sylvan Learning

Receive a bonus $10 discount coupon off your child’s Skills Assessment at a Sylvan Learning Center with the purchase of every Sylvan Workbook!

Sylvan’s Second Grade Reading Skill...

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Sylvan Learning Workbook Pages for 3rd Graders

By: Sylvan Learning

A solid foundation in spelling not only prepares third-graders for academic success– it makes them stronger readers. The teacher-reviewed, curriculum-based activities and exercises in this workbook...

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Sylvan Learning Workbook Pages for 4th Graders

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Sylvan Learning Workbook Pages for 5th Graders

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