Book of the Day

March 2017

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Yellowstone is made first National Park
The Yellowstone Kidnapping That Wasn't

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Yellowstone is made first National Park
On this day in 1872, Yellowstone became the very first National Park in the world!

Sam Archer and her mystery-solving friends have to crack a case at Yellowstone National Park.

Author Brezenoff, Steve
Illustrator Calo, Marcos
Pages 88 pages
Genre Fiction
Reading level 2-3
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading M
ATOS 3.4
Lexile 480L
 
Dr. Seuss Birthday
Dr. Seuss

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Dr. Seuss Birthday
Today is the birthday of popular children's author Dr. Seuss. His best known book may be "The Cat in the Hat." What is your favorite?

Introduce students to Dr. Seuss, the author of children’s favorites like Green Eggs and Ham. This biography uses simple text structures and clear images to help readers learn about this amazing writer.

Author Guillain, Charlotte
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 2.6
Lexile 560L
 
Chief Joseph Day
Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain: The Story of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce

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Friday, March 3, 2017 - Chief Joseph Day
Chief Joseph was best known for his resistance to the U.S. Government's attempts to force his tribe onto reservations.

Chief Joseph wanted peace for his people. But the U.S. Army had different ideas. As the headman and spokesperson for the Nez Perce, Chief Joseph tried to do what was best for his people. Join him as he leads his people over vast plains and rugged mountains on the run from the U.S. army.

Author Biskup, Agnieszka
Illustrator Zimmerman, Rusty
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading S
ATOS 4.3
Lexile 670L
 
Garrett Morgan's Birthday
Garrett Morgan

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Saturday, March 4, 2017 - Garrett Morgan's Birthday
Explore the life of this African American Inventor and Entrepeneur. He is best known for his invention of the safety hood and traffic signal.

Explore the life and achievements of Garrett Morgan, an African American inventor and entrepreneur.

Author Schuette, Sarah L.
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PK-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 2.5
Lexile 570L
 
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Women's History Month
Great Women of the Civil War

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Sunday, March 5, 2017 - Women's History Month
This month honors the extraordinary achievements of American women. Understand their impact on American history!

Imagine dodging bullets as you rush to help a wounded soldier on a battlefield. Or hiding secret messages in your skirt and sneaking across enemy lines. Women did these things and more during the American Civil War. Some worked as nurses or spies, while others were abolitionists, authors or preachers. But whatever their job, these women fought for what they believed in. Learn about the efforts of these brave women, and open your eyes to the impact women made in the Civil War.

Author Kolpin, Molly
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading U
ATOS 4.8
Lexile 650L
 
National Dentist's Day
A Day in the Life of a Dentist

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Monday, March 6, 2017 - National Dentist's Day
Learn more about what the day in the life of a dentist is really like!

This book follows a dentist through the work day, and describes the occupation and what the job requires.

Author Adamson, Heather
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 2.9
Lexile 630L
 
Telephone Patent
Alexander Graham Bell

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Telephone Patent
On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention - the telephone.

This book traces the life of Alexander Graham Bell, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and challenges faced, early successes, and the invention for which he is best known: the telephone. A timeline at the end of the book summarizes key milestones and achievements of Bell's life.

Author Chambers, Catherine
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 2-4
Interest level 2-4
Guided reading Q
ATOS 5.4
Lexile 870L
 
First Troops in Vietnam War
The Vietnam War

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - First Troops in Vietnam War
The first U.S. troops arrive in Vietnam. Read about what it was like for American soldiers serving in the Vietnam War.

Why was the Vietnam War so contentious, and how did one of the world's superpowers fail to defeat a much less wealthy and populous opponent? Why was the Vietnam War of such global significance and how has it affected people on both sides of the conflict? This book seeks to relate the overall events and chronology of the war and shows its impact on everyday lives.

Author Senker, Cath
Pages 80 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 7-8
Interest level 6-10
Guided reading Z
ATOS 9.1
Lexile 1160L
 
Yuri Gagarin's Birthday
Yuri Gagarin and the Race to Space

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Yuri Gagarin's Birthday
On this day, Yuri Gagarin, the first astronaut to go into space, was born.

Join Yuri Gagarin on his journey into space! This book examines the extraordinary life of the first astronaut in space, from his early life to his first trip aboard a Russian spacecraft. Discover what the space race was and other developments happening at the time. Find out about the rigorous training that astronauts undergo and how they prepare for a journey into the unknown.

Author Hubbard, Ben
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 4-6
Interest level 4-6
Guided reading V
ATOS 6.7
Lexile 1030L
 
Harriet Tubman Birthday
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

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Friday, March 10, 2017 - Harriet Tubman Birthday
Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave. Find out how she did everything she could to help and rescue other slaves using the Underground Railroad!

Tells the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Martin, Michael J
Illustrator Anderson, Bill
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading N
ATOS 3.7
Lexile 510L
 
National Submarine Day
U.S. Military Submarines

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Saturday, March 11, 2017 - National Submarine Day
The United States Navy acquired the Holland VI, the Navy’s first modern commissioned submarine, on April 11, 1900.

Submarines travel through the ocean hidden beneath the waves. Subs are used for everything from spying to sneak attacks. Learn more about these underwater vessels, including the weapons they carry, how they find their way around under the sea, and the missions they face.

Author Alpert, Barbara
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading O
ATOS 3.8
Lexile 790L
 
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National Check Your Batteries Day
Using Batteries

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Sunday, March 12, 2017 - National Check Your Batteries Day
Celebrated annually with the start of Daylight Savings Time, Check Your Batteries Day serves as a reminder to check all your batteries.

This book looks at batteries, examining what they are, the different types of batteries, and how we use them. The book considers a range of examples that will be familiar to young readers, and explains the scientific concepts behind batteries and electricity in clear, simple language.

Author Oxlade, Chris
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 2-4
Interest level 2-4
Guided reading N
ATOS 4.6
Lexile 720L
 
National Good Samaritan Day
Acting Responsibly

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Monday, March 13, 2017 - National Good Samaritan Day
This is a day celebrating selfless acts for others. Read about how you can participate by being a good citizen!

What is a responsibility? How can you be responsible for yourself? In what ways can you behave responsibly? Read ‘Acting Responsibly’ to learn about how and why to behave in a responsible way. Explore what might happen if people were not responsible for themselves and others around them.

Author Parker, Vic
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading H
Lexile 820L
 
Pi Day
Unusual and Awesome Jobs Using Math: Stunt Coordinator, Cryptologist, and More

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Pi Day
Pi Day is the celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14, since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three digits of π.

Fascinating facts, figures, and pictures highlight informative text about some of the most interesting and extreme jobs that use math. Young readers will learn what kind of training it takes to be a stunt coordinator, how much money a cryptologist makes, and what exactly a fluid mechanics engineer does, all while discovering how math is involved in each of these exciting jobs.

Author Simons, Lisa M. Bolt
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
ATOS 5.9
Lexile 910L
 
Julius Cesar died on this day
Julius Caesar

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Julius Cesar died on this day
Who was Julius Ceasar? Read about the life and death of Julius in ancient Rome.

Retold in graphic-novel format, the epic tale of Julius Caesar’s rule over Rome. Brutus and Cassius, friends and supporters of Julius Caesar, brood and worry over his increasing ambitions. Caesar’s pursuit of power leads the two men to worry that Caesar will crown himself Emperor, which would ruin Rome’s Republic of the people. Behind closed doors, Cassius and Brutus begin to concoct a scheme that will irrevocably alter the fate of the Roman empire.

Author Shakespeare, William
Illustrator Garcia, Eduardo
Pages 88 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Fiction
Reading level 2-3
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading M
ATOS 3.3
Lexile 480L
 
James Madison Birthday
Mr. Madison's War: Causes and Effects of the War of 1812

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - James Madison Birthday
Celebrate the birth of our 4th President by learning more about Madison's War, otherwise known as the War of 1812.

The United States won its independence from Great Britain in 1783, but that didn't mean the conflicts were over. By 1812, tensions between the two countries had reached the boiling point. Why would the United States again want to wage war on a rich and powerful country? And how would it change the young nation?

Author Radomski, Kassandra
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading S
ATOS 5.6
Lexile 820L
 
St. Patrick's Day
Ireland

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Friday, March 17, 2017 - St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture. Discover the beauty, history and culture of Ireland!

Ireland offers complete coverage of this fascinating country, including sections on history, geography, wildlife, infrastructure and government, and culture. It also includes a detailed fact file, maps and charts, and a traceable flag.

Author Waldron, Melanie
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-6
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading V
ATOS 7.2
Lexile 1050L
 
4,400  year old mummy was discovered
Mummies of Ancient Egypt

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Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 4,400  year old mummy was discovered
On this day in in 1989, a 4,400 year old egypitan mummy was discovered. Learn more about ancient egypt in Mummies of Anicent Egypt!

Mummies are more than just bodies wrapped in bandages! Learn about some famous mummies and where they were buried. Find out why ancient Egyptians preserved their dead and why becoming a mummy was important to life after death.

Author Hall, Brianna
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading V
ATOS 5.4
Lexile 780L
 
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National Poultry Day
Chickens

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Sunday, March 19, 2017 - National Poultry Day
Take some time and learn more about chickens in celebration of National Poultry Day.

Peck the ground. Lay some eggs. Chickens are at home on the farm.

Author Clay, Kathryn
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading H
ATOS 1.7
Lexile 470L
 
First Day of Spring
Buds and Blossoms: A Book About Flowers

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Monday, March 20, 2017 - First Day of Spring
Spring means flowers! Learn all about them in "Buds and Blossoms: A Book about Flowers".

Learn about the role of flowers in pollination and spreading plant growth in this walk through how pollen works.

Author Blackaby, Susan
Illustrator Delage, Charlene
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level PreK-2
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading M
ATOS 3.2
Lexile 680L
 
International Day of Forests
Three Cheers for Trees!: A Book about Our Carbon Footprint

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - International Day of Forests
Celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types trees, for the benefit of current and future generations.

Lights on or lights off? Take your bike or ride the bus? The choices you make every day affect the planet. Learn about carbon footprints and ways to be earth-friendly.

Author Lepetit, Angie
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading L
ATOS 3.2
Lexile 640L
 
World Water Day
Cleaning Water

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - World Water Day
What if you had to drink and wash in dirty water? Some people do! This day is to help understand the importance of clean water for everyone.

Where does the water we drink come from? This title introduces readers to the processes involved in treating and cleaning water. The cycle from freshwater sources to the faucet is covered. Readers will learn about removing sediment and disinfecting water. An activity to help readers understand the concept is included.

Author Olien, Rebecca
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading N
ATOS 3.5
Lexile 650L
 
National Puppy Day
From Puppy to Dog: Following the Life Cycle

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 - National Puppy Day
Who doesn't love puppies? Celebrate National Puppy Day by learning more about the cycle from pup to full grown dog.  

How long does a puppy need to grow inside its mother? When do puppies start to walk? Groom your mind and you discover the life cycle of a golden retriever.

Author Slade, Suzanne
Illustrator Yesh, Jeff
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-4
Interest level 1-4
Guided reading L
ATOS 3.6
Lexile 780L
 
Peyton Manning's Birthday
Touchdown!: You Can Play Football

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Friday, March 24, 2017 - Peyton Manning's Birthday
Learn more about the game of football in celebration of one of the greatest football players to play in the NFL!

A brief introduction to the game of football as intended to be played by children.

Author Fauchald, Nick
Illustrator Dickson, Bill
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-3
Interest level K-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 3.9
Lexile 870L
 
Henry Hudson starts exploration
Henry Hudson: An Explorer of the Northwest Passage

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Henry Hudson starts exploration
On this day in 1609, Henry Hudson starts his exploration for Dutch East India Company on the ship, the Half Moon.

Explore the life of Henry Hudson in this captivating biography. In the early 1600s, England was amid the many countries in search of a northern passage to trade with the Far East. After many explorers failed, Henry Hudson was asked to try. Follow along the brave journey of Hudson and learn the importance of his voyage through the Northwest Passage.

Author Hazleton, Amie
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading S
 
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National Epilepsy Day
I Know Someone with Epilepsy

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Sunday, March 26, 2017 - National Epilepsy Day
Do you know someone with Epilepsy? Even if you don't, learn more about Epilepsy and what it means to have it.

This book introduces readers to what epilepsy and other seizure disorders are, how they affect people, and what they can do to be a good friend to someone living with epilepsy or other seizure disorders.

Author Parker, Vic
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading N
ATOS 4.5
Lexile 850L
 
Geronimo Surrenders to US Army
Apache Resistance: Causes and Effects of Geronimo's Campaign

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Monday, March 27, 2017 - Geronimo Surrenders to US Army
On this day in 1886, Apache leader, Geronimo, surrendered to the US Army. Learn how this affected the Apaches and changed the United States!

The Apache of the American Southwest had long been in conflict with Mexican and U.S. soldiers and settlers by the time Geronimo began resisting these forces. The Apache warrior and his followers spent decades fighting to remain free and in control of their vast lands. The last stage of the long-running resistance began about 1877 when U.S. troops rounded up the Apache and moved them to a reservation. Unable to tolerate life there, Geronimo and his followers escaped several times, fleeing to the hills and their traditional ways. Each time they were captured and brought back. Geronimo surrendered for the last time in 1886 and Apache resistance collapsed. How would it affect the lives of the Apache and change the United States?

Author Dell, Pamela
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading V
ATOS 5.8
Lexile 870L
 
Jim Thorpe Dies
Jim Thorpe: Greatest Athlete in the World

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Jim Thorpe Dies
On this day, Jim Thorp passed away. Read about his accomplishments and why he is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time!

Tells the life story of athlete Jim Thorpe, star of the 1912 Olympic Games and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Fandel, Jennifer
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading R
ATOS 3.8
Lexile 600L
 
Sam Walton's Birthday
Sam Walton

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Sam Walton's Birthday
Sam Walton was a very successful businessman. Learn more about his accomplishments as America celebrates the birth of such a success!

Explore the life and achievements of Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart stores.

Author Shores, Erika L.
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PK-2
Guided reading K
ATOS 2.5
Lexile 570L
 
National Doctor Day
A Day in the Life of a Doctor

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 - National Doctor Day
Explore what it's like in the day of a Doctor. Who knows, maybe one day you will be a doctor too!

This book follows a medical doctor through the work day, and describes the occupation and what the job requires.

Author Adamson, Heather
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 3
Lexile 560L
 
Cesar Chavez Day
Cesar Chavez: Fighting for Farmworkers

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - Cesar Chavez Day
Famous hispanic organizer and leader, Cesar Chavez is celebrated on this day. Learn more about him and his gift to insprire others. 

A biography telling the life of labor leader Cesar Chavez and the boycotts that he led to gain fair working conditions for farmworkers. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Braun, Eric
Illustrator Barnett III, Charles
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading S
ATOS 4
Lexile 590L