Book of the Day

February 2017

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Langston Hughes' Birthday
Langston Hughes

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Langston Hughes' Birthday
Langston Hughes was an American poet, playwright, and icon of the Harlem Renaissance. Today is his birthday.

Explore the life of Langston Hughes in this fascinating biography. Richly supported by photos, art work, and a family tree, readers will come away with an enhanced understanding of an important figure in American history.

Author Gallagher, Brigid
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 4-6
Interest level 4-6
Guided reading Q
ATOS 6.5
Lexile 950L
In series American Biographies
Publisher Heinemann-Raintree
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Upper Elementary and Older Students
 
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Groundhog Day
Will it be spring or will winter continue? Learn about Groundhog Day and help celebrate!

Will it be a long winter? Or will spring come quick? The groundhog knows! Let’s celebrate the little critter on Groundhog Day.

Author Cella, Clara
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading J
Lexile 310L
In series Let's Celebrate
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Early Readers
 
Give Kids a Smile Day
Going to the Dentist

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Friday, February 3, 2017 - Give Kids a Smile Day
Today is a day many dentists across the U.S. provide free dental care and education to children. Read this graphic novel about going to the dentist.

What happens if you have a cavity? Keeping your teeth healthy means visiting the dentist. X-rays, polishing, and flossing are all part of a trip to the dentist.

Author Mortensen, Lori
Illustrator Thompson, Jeffrey
Pages 24 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading J
ATOS 2.4
Lexile 400L
In series First Graphics: My Community
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
Rosa Parks' Birthday
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Rosa Parks' Birthday
Read about this great woman in history, Rosa Parks. She was known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."

Tells the story of Rosa Park's 1955 arrest for not giving up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, and the boycott it sparked. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Miller, Connie Colwell
Illustrator Kala, Dan
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading S
ATOS 4.7
Lexile 730L
In series Graphic History
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
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Library Lovers Month
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library

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Sunday, February 5, 2017 - Library Lovers Month
It is Library Lovers Month. Read this new book on myON to learn about library etiquette in a fun way!

Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don't do it! You might have the best intentions, but that dragon will cause nothing but trouble. Using rhyming text and a diverse cast of characters, this charming picture book will provide some important—and some not so important—library etiquette in a very entertaining way.

Author Gassman, Julie
Illustrator Elkerton, Andy
Pages 32 pages
Genre Fiction
Language English
Reading level PK-2
Interest level PK-2
In series Fiction Picture Books
Publisher Picture Window Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
Babe Ruth's Birthday
The Bambino: The Story of Babe Ruth's Legendary 1927 Season

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Monday, February 6, 2017 - Babe Ruth's Birthday
George Herman "Babe" Ruth is famous for hitting home runs. Read about his legendary 1927 baseball season to celebrate his birthday.

In 1927, Babe Ruth stepped up to the plate and looked history in the eye. With each swing of the bat his towering legacy grew larger. Ball after ball sailed into the seats and the race for 60 home runs was on. Join the Bambino as he swings for the fences chasing down one of the greatest baseball records of all time.

Author Yomtov, Nel
Illustrator Foley, Tim
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading S
ATOS 4.1
Lexile 760L
In series American Graphic
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day
My Neighborhood: Places and Faces

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day
Today is National Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day! Do you know your neighbors? Try it today!

Libby gives a tour of her neighborhood to a boy just about her age whose family is moving in next door. By highlighting neighborhood safety and activities, Libby makes the boy feel welcome.

Author Bullard, Lisa
Illustrator Reibeling, Brandon
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level PreK-1
Interest level PreK-1
Guided reading J
ATOS 3.2
Lexile 730L
In series All about Me
Publisher Picture Window Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
National Kite Flying Day
Riley Flies a Kite

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - National Kite Flying Day
To celebrate National Kite Flying Day, go with Riley as he tries to find a perfect spot to fly his kite.

After trying to fly his kite in different places, Riley finally finds the perfect spot.

Author Blackaby, Susan
Illustrator Skeens, Matthew
Pages 24 pages
Genre Fiction
Language English
Reading level PreK-3
Interest level PreK-3
Guided reading F
ATOS 1.4
Lexile 380L
In series Read-It! Readers
Publisher Picture Window Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Early Readers
 
National Toothache Day
The Shivery Shark

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Thursday, February 9, 2017 - National Toothache Day
It's National Toothache Day! Dentists help people every day get rid of toothaches, even when those people are afraid!

Marco the shark gets shivery every time he thinks of the dentist. Dr. Gums is the biggest and scariest shark in the sea. What will Marco do when he gets a toothache?

Author Meister, Cari
Illustrator Harpster, Steve
Pages 32 pages
Genre Fiction
Language English
Reading level 2-3
Interest level 2-3
Guided reading I
ATOS 2.2
Lexile 300L
In series Ocean Tales
Publisher Stone Arch Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
Black History Month
Harlem Hellfighters: African-American Heroes of World War I

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Friday, February 10, 2017 - Black History Month
African-American history is rich with stories of bravery and adversity. Read about the heroes of the 369th Regiment and their key roles in World War I.

When World War I began, it seemed unlikely that a unit such as the Harlem Hellfighters would ever be formed. Given their nickname by their German foes who admired their bravery, the Harlem Hellfighters were members of the 369th, an all-black regiment. The 369th played key roles in critical battles and helped secure an Allied victory. Infographics, sidebars, and fact boxes bring the experiences of these brave military men to life.

Author Micklos Jr., John
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
In series Military Heroes
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Upper Elementary and Older Students
 
Thomas Edison's Birthday
When Thomas Edison Fed Someone Worms

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Thomas Edison's Birthday
Ever wonder what Thomas Edison was like as a child. Celebrate his birthday by reading this new book about Thomas Edison as a curious child.

Thomas Edison became a great American inventor and businessman. But do you know what he was like as a child? From exploring shipyards and pastures to feeding a girl worms, Thomas was a curious and creative child. This playful story of his childhood will help young readers connect with a historic figure and will inspire them to want to achieve greatness.

Author Weakland, Mark
Illustrator Radcliffe, Thomas
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 2-5
Interest level 1-6
Guided reading O
In series Leaders Doing Headstands
Publisher Picture Window Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
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Charles Darwin's Birthday
Charles Darwin

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Sunday, February 12, 2017 - Charles Darwin's Birthday
Charles Darwin is famous for his work on the theory of evolution. Learn about his early years that led to his success. Today is his birthday.

This book traces the life of Charles Darwin, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and challenges faced, early successes, and the theories of evolution and natural selection for which he is best known. A timeline at the end of the book summarizes key milestones and achievements of Darwin's life.

Author Hunter, Nick
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 2-4
Interest level 2-4
Guided reading Q
In series Science Biographies
Publisher Heinemann-Raintree
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Upper Elementary and Older Students
 
Radio Day
The Radio

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Monday, February 13, 2017 - Radio Day
It is Radio Day! Read this book and explore the history of this pioneering invention.

Readers will learn the history of the invention of the radio in this title that includes information on the key players, the setbacks along the way, and the moments of discovery.

Author Spilsbury, Louise
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 3-5
Interest level 3-5
Guided reading S
ATOS 6.7
Lexile 1080L
In series Tales of Invention
Publisher Heinemann-Raintree
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Upper Elementary and Older Students
 
Valentine's Day
No Valentines for Katie

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is celebrated every February 14th by sending cards, candy and flowers to loved ones.

Katie Woo's class had a special celebration for Valentine's Day. Katie had lots of fun reading the little candy hearts that her teacher handed out. But when everyone got a special valentine except her, she felt terrible. Could it be that nobody likes Katie Woo?

Author Manushkin, Fran
Illustrator Lyon, Tammie
Pages 32 pages
Genre Fiction
Language English
Reading level K-2
Interest level K-2
Guided reading H
ATOS 2.5
Lexile 490L
In series Katie Woo
Publisher Picture Window Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Early Readers
 
Hippo Day
A Hippopotamus Grows Up

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - Hippo Day
Hip Hip Hurray for Hippo Day! Watch hippopotamus grow before your eyes, learning hippo facts as you go.

Describes the development of a hippopotamus from infancy to adulthood, as he grows up in Africa.

Author Suen, Anastasia
Illustrator Denman, Michael L
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level K-2
Interest level K-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 3
Lexile 690L
In series Wild Animals
Publisher Picture Window Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
Edward Curtis' Birthday
Shadow Catcher: How Edward S. Curtis Documented American Indian Dignity and Beauty

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 - Edward Curtis' Birthday
Edward Curtis devoted his life to learning about American Indians. Learn how his controversial photographs influenced people's views.

At the turn of the 20th century, photographer Edward S. Curtis devoted his life to learning all he could about American Indians and sharing it with the world. He took his first photo of an American Indian in 1895, and for the next 30 years he traveled the West and north to Alaska to chronicle traditional native culture. The result was a magnificent—and controversial—20-volume project, The North American Indian. While some scholars and American Indians found fault with the work Curtis published, many others greatly appreciated it. His grand endeavor was nearly forgotten when he died in 1952, but Curtis’ rediscovered photographs are now recognized as treasures that will live forever.

Author Burgan, Michael
Pages 64 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 5-7
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading Y
ATOS 7
Lexile 1040L
In series Captured History
Publisher Compass Point Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Upper Elementary and Older Students
 
Heart Disease Awareness Month
Thump-Thump: Learning About Your Heart

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Friday, February 17, 2017 - Heart Disease Awareness Month
It is Heart Disease Awareness Month. Read this book for a brief introduction to the parts of the heart and circulatory system and how they function.

An introduction to the parts of the heart and circulatory system and how they function.

Author Hill Nettleton, Pamela
Illustrator Shipe, Becky
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level K-3
Interest level K-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 3.7
Lexile 650L
In series The Amazing Body
Publisher Picture Window Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
World Whale Day
When Whales Cross the Sea: The Gray Whale Migration

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Saturday, February 18, 2017 - World Whale Day
The world is wild about whales and we celebrate them today. Journey along with a gray whale as she migrates from the Arctic to the Pacific Ocean.

Invite readers to swim alongside a gray whale as she heads south on the longest migration journey of any mammal on Earth. When Whales Cross the Sea enchants readers with a story-like narrative while subtly teaching the role of migration in the whale's life cycle. Includes a "fast facts" page, a glossary, and realistic, text-match illustrations.

Author Cooper, Sharon Katz
Illustrator Leonard, Tom
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 2-3
Interest level K-3
Guided reading N
ATOS 3.3
Lexile 670L
In series Extraordinary Migrations
Publisher Picture Window Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
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Jeff Kinney's Birthday
Jeff Kinney

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Sunday, February 19, 2017 - Jeff Kinney's Birthday
Today Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was born! Ever wonder how he became an author? Check out this book to find out.

Did you know Jeff Kinney posted sections of Diary of a Wimpy Kid on a website long before it became a book? Discover how an aspiring cartoonist went on to become a bestselling children's author.

Author Hicks, Kelli L.
Illustrator Byers, Michael
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 4.1
Lexile 770L
In series Your Favorite Authors
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
President's Day
If I Were the President

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Monday, February 20, 2017 - President's Day
President's Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally this holiday celebrated George Washington's Birthday on February 22.

If I were the president, I would be Commander in Chief. I would help keep the country safe. I would also play tennis on my own court. Dream big, and see what fun it is to be the president.

Author Troupe, Thomas Kingsley
Illustrator Heyworth, Heather
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level K-3
Interest level K-3
Guided reading K
Lexile 690L
In series Dream Big!
Publisher Picture Window Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
Initial Issue of the Cherokee Phoenix
The Cherokee: The Past and Present of a Proud Nation

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Initial Issue of the Cherokee Phoenix
On this day in 1828, the Cherokee Phoenix was printed, both in English and Cherokee (using the Cherokee syllabary). Read about this proud Nation.

The Trail of Tears marked the low point in Cherokee history. The survivors of that deadly event set a new course, rebuilding their lives in an unfamiliar land. Their descendants have prospered in modern America but always remember their culture and past.

Author Smith-Llera, Danielle
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading U
ATOS 5.6
Lexile 840L
In series American Indian Life
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
George Washington's Birthday
George Washington

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - George Washington's Birthday
George Washington was the first US President. Read more about the "Father of our Country" to celebrate his birthday.

Explore the life of George Washington in this fascinating biography. Richly supported by photos, art work, and a family tree, readers will come away with an enhanced understanding of an important figure in American history.

Author Rand, Casey
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 4-6
Interest level 4-6
Guided reading Q
ATOS 6.5
Lexile 900L
In series American Biographies
Publisher Heinemann-Raintree
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Upper Elementary and Older Students
 
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Raising the Flag: How a Photograph Gave a Nation Hope in Wartime

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Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Learn about the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima and how the U.S. Marines took the island’s highest peak and most strategic position.

By February 1945 the United States had been fighting World War II for more than three years. Soldiers were worn down from battle, and civilians were drained by sacrifice. But a photograph of Marines raising an American flag on Japanese soil gave a wearied nation a renewed sense of pride and hope. This powerful image of strength and determination became the most famous image of the war. It not only captured a moment of victory against a strong foe. It also represented the effort every member of the armed forces had made and offered Americans the promise of victory and an end to conflict.

Author Burgan, Michael
Pages 64 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 5-7
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading W
ATOS 6.9
Lexile 960L
In series Captured History
Publisher Compass Point Books
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Upper Elementary and Older Students
 
Steve Jobs' Birthday
Steve Jobs

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - Steve Jobs' Birthday
Do you have an iPhone or iPad? The founder of Apple was born today. Read this book and uncover what made him a success.

How has Apple Inc. come to dominate the technology industry? This book looks at the life of Steve Jobs, with a focus on how he became successful.

Author Hunter, Nick
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 4-6
Interest level 4-6
Guided reading X
ATOS 7.1
Lexile 1010L
In series Titans of Business
Publisher Heinemann-Raintree
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Upper Elementary and Older Students
 
National Banking Act Signed Today
This Book is History: A Collection of Cool U.S. History Trivia

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 - National Banking Act Signed Today
Did you know on this day Abraham Lincoln established the federal dollar as the sole currency of the US? Learn more cool U.S. historical trivia.

Did you know that Washington, D.C. was not the first capital of the United States? Or that two U.S. presidents died on the exact same day? Do you know there is a secret vault hidden behind Mount Rushmore? Peek inside to learn some little-known secrets from U.S. history.

Author Forest, Christopher
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading P
ATOS 5.7
Lexile 840L
In series Super Trivia Collection
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Upper Elementary and Older Students
 
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National Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Learning About Folktales, Fables, and Fairy Tales

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Sunday, February 26, 2017 - National Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Stories that were once told by traveling storytellers have been written down and become known as fairy tales. Read about the magic!

If a story has magical creatures or a fairy princess, you're reading folklore. How else do you know? Quick, fun examples help you understand the magic of fairy tales, fables, and folk tales.

Author Rustad, Martha E. H.
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level K-1
Interest level PK-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 3.2
Lexile 440L
In series Language Arts
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Early Readers
 
Return to Wounded Knee
Last Battle: Causes and Effects of the Massacre at Wounded Knee

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - Return to Wounded Knee
On this day in 1973, AIM staged a protest to call attention to numerous issues involving Oglala Lakota. Read more about the history of this site.

A few days after Christmas 1890, U.S. cavalry troops surrounded and fired on a band of Lakota Sioux near Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. The Indians had already surrendered, but when someone fired a shot while the band was being disarmed, chaos broke out. No one knows for sure who fired that first shot, but in the end nearly 300 Lakota lay dead. The massacre at Wounded Knee marked the final conflict between the Sioux and the U.S. Army. How would it affect the lives of the Lakota and change the United States?

Author Dell, Pamela
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading X
ATOS 5.9
Lexile 870L
In series Cause and Effect: American Indian History
Publisher Capstone Press
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools
 
Tooth Fairy Day
The Tooth Fairy

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - Tooth Fairy Day
Ever wonder how old the tooth fairy is or what she does with your teeth? Read this book and you just might get all your questions answered!

Each book in this series presents a fun "autobiography" of a popular mythical character. Amusingly illustrated and with simple leveled text, the books will be sure to hook in reluctant readers. The autobiographical style and text in the first person will also make the books work well as examples of Common Core genres and text types. In this book, the Tooth Fairy tells her story.

Author Chambers, Catherine
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Language English
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 3-5
Guided reading N
ATOS 3
Lexile 600L
In series Autobiographies You Never Thought You'd Read!
Publisher Heinemann-Raintree
Collection * Capstone Core Collection for Elementary Schools