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Grover Cleveland, Again!

By: Ken Burns
illustrated by: Gerald Kelley

The instant New York Times bestseller!A gorgeous collection of American presidents filled with fun facts and sparkling with personality, from nonfiction master Ken Burns.   This special treasury from...

Thomas Paine

By: Albert Marrin

From National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin comes a compelling look at the life and impact of Thomas Paine and the profound power of ideas.Uneducated as a boy, Thomas Paine grew up to become one of...

Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team

By: Daniel O'Brien
illustrated by: Winston Rowntree

Fans of How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous and Kid Presidents can draft their own presidential fantasy team, based on these hilarious-but-true profiles of our past leaders.   What...


The Search for El Dorado (Totally True Adventures)

By: Lois Miner Huey

Was the City of Gold a real place? Treasure seekers and mystery readers alike will love this action-packed Totally True Adventure.   Towers of gold! Glittering streets! Jewels, coins, and more! Early...

Take a Hike, Teddy Roosevelt!

By: Frank Murphy
illustrated by: Richard Walz

A Step 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader about Teddy Roosevelt and his efforts to protect our environment and establish national parks. Teddy battled asthma all his life, and the list of things he shouldn’t...


Vikings

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce; illustrated Carlo Molinari

The bestselling nonfiction companions to the Magic Tree House books!   When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #15: Viking Ships at Sunrise, they had lots of questions....

Sharks and Other Predators

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce; illustrated Carlo Molinari

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!   When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #53: Shadow of the Shark, they had lots of questions. How many teeth do sharks have? What...

The Great Houdini

By: Monica Kulling
illustrated by: Anne Reas

Harry Houdini was a great escape artist, but perhaps his greatest trick was becoming the famous magician that we have come to know. As a child, Houdini worked hard--and even quit school--to help support...


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The Winter Horses Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Philip Kerr

From Philip Kerr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, comes a breathtaking journey of survival in the dark days of WWII in Ukraine, a country that remains tumultuous...

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Cause Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Tonya Bolden

After the destruction of the Civil War, the United States faced the immense challenge of rebuilding a ravaged South and incorporating millions of freed slaves into the life of the nation. On April 11,...

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A Passion for Victory (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Benson Bobrick
Guide Prepared by: Colleen Carroll, children’s book author, curriculum writer-developer, and education consultant

From the barefoot races of 8th century BC to the underwater obstacle courses in the early 20th century to the high-tension Berlin Games preceding World War II, the Olympics have always been exciting dramas...

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Lara’s Gift Book Talk

By: Anniemarie O'Brien

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Lara’s dream is to inherit her family’s tradition of breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar.  She understands the dogs and feels a special connection to them.  However, when her mother...

The Book Thief Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Markus Zusak

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi...

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The Great Trouble

By: Deborah Hopkinson

“A delightful combination of race-against-the-clock medical mystery and outwit-the-bad-guys adventure.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
 
Eel has troubles of his own: As...

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Christopher Paul Curtis

The Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner.
...

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Lara’s Gift Educator’s Guide

By: Annemarie O'Brien

Young Lara is being groomed in the family tradition to take over as Count Voronstov's next kennel steward, breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar. But then Lara's baby brother is born and she finds herself...

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Belle Epoque

By: Elizabeth Ross

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The novel is set in the Belle Époque period in Paris, France; a forty year span of peace and prosperity. It is in this setting that Maude Pinchon, a girl from the French countryside, flees...


Magic Tree House New Teachers

The New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House® series has a brand-new paperback, with stickers included!
 
Hold your horses! Mary Pope Osborne perfectly blends fantasy, adventure,...

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A Thunderous Whisper

By: Christina Diaz Gonzalez

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Ani and her mother sell sardines for a living while her father is off fighting in the Spanish Civil War.  Her mother is distant and harsh and Ani has no friends since the kids at school...

I Have a Dream (Book & CD)

By: Martin Luther King, Jr.
illustrated by: Kadir Nelson

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition...

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