Book of the Day

April 2017

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April Fool's Day
Max and Zoe: Too Many Tricks
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - April Fool's Day

Max and Zoe: Too Many Tricks

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Today is April Fool's Day. It is a day to play practical jokes and spread hoaxes. Share your April Fool's stories on Twitter @myonreader

On April Fool's Day, Max plays lots of tricks on Zoe. Max must learn when tricks are funny and when they are hurtful or he might lose his friendship with Zoe forever.

Author Sateren, Shelley
Illustrator Sullivan, Mary
Pages 32 pages
Genre Fiction
Reading level K-2
Interest level K-2
Guided reading I
ATOS 1.9
Lexile 320L
 
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National Ferret Day
Ferret Fiasco
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - National Ferret Day

Ferret Fiasco

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Today is National Ferret Day! These crafty hunters have been domesticated for over 2,000 years and make quite the pet.

Worried that he'll be bored to tears by a school assembly, Billy Burger decides to bring along his own excitement—the class pet ferret, Franklin! The only problem is Franklin gets away from him, taking over the stage and leaving chaos behind. Now Billy's in a heap of trouble, but while he waits for his punishment from his parents, he gets to spend the afternoon with his loving grandma. The wise woman has lots of funny stories, and more importantly, great ideas on how Billy might use his punishment time helping others. Can Billy turn his ferret fiasco into something good? Can shoveling snow actually be fun? Can Billy Burger really be a model citizen?! Back matter features, including a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts, combine with a fast-paced plot and strongly developed characters to make this a great choice for libraries.

Author Sazaklis, John
Illustrator Robinson, Lee
Pages 96 pages
Genre Fiction
Reading level 2-3
Interest level 2-4
Guided reading P
ATOS 3.7
Lexile 560L
 
National Find a Rainbow Day
How to Make a Liquid Rainbow
Monday, April 3, 2017 - National Find a Rainbow Day

How to Make a Liquid Rainbow

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Today is National Find a Rainbow Day. Want to make your own rainbow? Just follow the simple steps inside this book.

Did you know you can make a rainbow in a jar? Do you want to find out how? Just follow the simple steps inside this book.

Author Shores, Lori
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading K
Lexile 490L
 
World Rat Day
From Pup to Rat: Following the Life Cycle
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - World Rat Day

From Pup to Rat: Following the Life Cycle

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Did you know some people keep rats as pets? Ask any rat owner and they will say rats are friendly, loyal, intelligent, and fun.

How much does a brown rat pup weigh? How much food does an adult brown rat eat each day? Scurry across the pages of this book to learn about the life cycle of a brown rat.

Author Slade, Suzanne
Illustrator Yesh, Jeff
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-4
Interest level 1-4
Guided reading M
ATOS 4
Lexile 900L
 
Trail of Tears
Forced Removal: Causes and Effects of the Trail of Tears
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Trail of Tears

Forced Removal: Causes and Effects of the Trail of Tears

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On this day in 1838, the first group of Cherokee were forced to walk to Oklahoma from their homelands. Learn more about the Trail of Tears.

American Indians and white Americans had been living near each other for hundreds of years. But in 1830 the U.S. government forced Indians from their homes in the East. Many would die on their journey west, which became known as the Trail of Tears. How would it affect their lives and change the United States?

Author Schwartz, Heather E.
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading V
Lexile 830L
 
First Modern Olympic Games in 1896
High-Tech Olympics
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - First Modern Olympic Games in 1896

High-Tech Olympics

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Today in 1896, the first modern Olympics was held. Learn how technology has helped make changes in the Olympics of today.

High-Tech Olympics focuses on the new technologies used in sport today and how they are being used to help train world-class athletes. It also includes diagrams to illustrate how technology has been used to develop state-of-the art sports equipment and an Olympic records table to show how Olympic records have changed and some technological reasons why these may have changed.

Author Hunter, Nick
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-5
Interest level 3-5
Guided reading S
ATOS 6.4
Lexile 970L
 
Lewis & Clark Expedition
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Friday, April 7, 2017 - Lewis & Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

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Today in 1805, Lewis and Clark break camp among the Mandan Tribe and continue to move west.

Explains the dramatic story of Lewis and Clark's exploration of the unmapped American west. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Gunderson, Jessica
Illustrator Barnett III, Charles
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading T
ATOS 3.5
Lexile 480L
 
Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
Drawing Fascinating Animals
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

Drawing Fascinating Animals

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Ready boys and girls? Grab some crayons. Now, open up your curtains and look for some birds. Once you spot a nice one, start drawing.

Make your butterfly more beautiful or give your flamingo flare with the easy-to-use illustrated instructions. You’ll find inspiration to get more creative with your animal artwork and try your hand at drawing these awesome creatures.

Author Colich, Abby
Illustrator Howard, Colin
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
ATOS 4.6
Lexile 870L
 
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First Astronauts Introduced
Astronaut in Training
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - First Astronauts Introduced

Astronaut in Training

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On this day in 1959, the first 7 US Astronauts were introduced by NASA. They were known as the "Mercury Seven."

Want to go to space? Before launch, you've got some work to do! Find out what scuba diving, medical skills, and survival training all have to do with being an astronaut. Then it's 3-2-1 lift off!

Author Clay, Kathryn
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level PK-2
 
National Siblings Day
Siblings, Curfews, and How to Deal: Questions and Answers About Family Life
Monday, April 10, 2017 - National Siblings Day

Siblings, Curfews, and How to Deal: Questions and Answers About Family Life

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We all love our brother or sister, but ever wonder how to deal with them? Read this book and get some of your questions answered.

Why can't I have a cell phone like my sister has? What if I don't like my new stepdad? Four diverse peer mentors answer more than 30 common questions about family life posed by tween girls, providing sound advice that's not only kid-friendly but also expert approved.

Author Loewen, Nancy
Illustrator Mora, Julissa
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Lexile 650L
 
National Pet Day
Family Pets: Revised Edition
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - National Pet Day

Family Pets: Revised Edition

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National Pet Day encourages us to pay special attention to pets who may not get that extra attention. Check out pets at the shelter!

Text and photographs present family pets and how they interact with their families.

Author Schaefer, Lola M.
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading F
ATOS 0.9
Lexile 280L
 
The Civil War Began
The Terrible, Awful Civil War: The Disgusting Details about Life During America's Bloodiest War
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - The Civil War Began

The Terrible, Awful Civil War: The Disgusting Details about Life During America's Bloodiest War

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On this day in 1861, the Civil War began. It started when a Confederate artillery unit fired at the Union held Fort Sumter.

From crawling lice and deadly diseases to bloody battles and crammed prison camps, life was truly terrible for Union and Confederate soldiers. Get ready to explore the nasty side of life during the U.S. Civil War.

Author Olson, Kay Melchisedech
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading T
ATOS 5.3
Lexile 840L
 
Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
Thomas Jefferson: Great American
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

Thomas Jefferson: Great American

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Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd President. He drafted the United States' Declaration of Independence. Today is his birthday.

Tells the life story of President Thomas Jefferson, the individual who authored the Declaration of Independence. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Doeden, Matt
Illustrator Purcell, Gordon
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading S
ATOS 4.1
Lexile 560L
 
National Laughter Day
Roaring with Laughter: A Book of Animal Jokes
Friday, April 14, 2017 - National Laughter Day

Roaring with Laughter: A Book of Animal Jokes

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Love to laugh? Crack this book open, crack a joke and laugh.

A book of animal jokes, like "What goes 'zzub zzub'? A bee flying backwards."

Author Dahl, Michael
Illustrator Haberstroh, Anne
Pages 24 pages
Genre Fiction
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading M
Lexile 340L
 
Titanic Remembrance Day
Passengers of the Titanic: Traveling on an Ill-Fated Ship
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Titanic Remembrance Day

Passengers of the Titanic: Traveling on an Ill-Fated Ship

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On this day in 1912, the Titanic sank in the icy waters of the north Atlantic ocean. Learn more about this historic disaster.

Titanic's passengers came from various places and walks of life, but all found themselves together on an ill-fated ship. From luxurious staterooms to third class berths, experience what life was like aboard history's most famous ocean liner.

Author Price, Sean Stewart
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading U
ATOS 5.8
Lexile 880L
 
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National Stress Awareness Day
Calm Girl: Yoga for Stress Relief
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - National Stress Awareness Day

Calm Girl: Yoga for Stress Relief

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RELAX! Today is National Stress Awareness Day. There are thousands of reasons for you to get stressed out....as if you didn't already know.

Having a hard time finding your inner Calm Girl? Set the stress aside with relaxing yoga stretches and holds. In no time you'll find a soothing escape to relax, stay calm, and get in shape all at once.

Author Rissman, Rebecca
Pages 64 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 4-5
Interest level 4-8
Lexile 780L
 
Bat Appreciation Day
Bats: Nocturnal Flyers
Monday, April 17, 2017 - Bat Appreciation Day

Bats: Nocturnal Flyers

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No, we are not going batty. We just think that bats deserve a little respect. So read and celebrate bats today!!

This book takes readers on a journey through the night to discover the world of nocturnal animals living in their own backyards. This title focuses on bats, showcasing their behavior, habitat, diet, and the things they get up to when we're asleep!

Author Rissman, Rebecca
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-2
Interest level PK-2
Guided reading K
ATOS 2.5
Lexile 540L
 
National Autism Awareness Month
I Know Someone with Autism
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - National Autism Awareness Month

I Know Someone with Autism

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Do you know someone with Autism? Learn a little more about them and then make friends!

This book introduces readers to what autism is, how it affects people, and what they can do to be a good friend to someone living with autism.

Author Barraclough, Sue
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading O
ATOS 4.4
Lexile 760L
 
American Revolutionary War
Patriots and Redcoats: Stories of American Revolutionary War Leaders
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - American Revolutionary War

Patriots and Redcoats: Stories of American Revolutionary War Leaders

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On this day in 1775, the American Revolutionary War began. Learn more about the leaders and players of this historic event.

Powerful leaders emerged during the victories and defeats of the Revolutionary War. Meet the people who planned the battles, led the attacks, and shaped the war between the Patriots and the Redcoats. Perfect for Common Core studies on analyzing multiple accounts of an event.

Author Otfinoski, Steven
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-6
Guided reading U
ATOS 6.2
Lexile 870L
 
First Pasteurization Test
Louis Pasteur and Pasteurization
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - First Pasteurization Test

Louis Pasteur and Pasteurization

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Did you know people used to get sick every day from just eating and drinking food? Find out how Louis Pasteur found the answer to this problem!

Tells the story of French scientist Louis Pasteur and his invention of the pasteurization process. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Fandel, Jennifer
Illustrator Wilson, Keith
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading S
ATOS 4.8
Lexile 770L
 
Barbara Park's Birthday
Barbara Park
Friday, April 21, 2017 - Barbara Park's Birthday

Barbara Park

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Did you know Barbara Park wanted to be a teacher? Learn how the author of the "Junie B. Jones" series became a bestselling children's author.

Did you know Barbara Park wanted to be a teacher instead of a writer when she was growing up? Discover how a late blooming writer used her talent for humor to become a bestselling children's author.

Author Kolpin, Molly
Illustrator Byers, Michael
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 4.1
Lexile 710L
 
Earth Day
Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Earth Day

Earth Day

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We live on an amazing planet. We have to work together to keep our Earth clean. Let’s celebrate Earth and its future on Earth Day.

We live on an amazing planet. But we have to work hard to keep it clean. Let’s celebrate Earth and its future on Earth Day.

Author Cella, Clara
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level K-1
Interest level PreK-2
Guided reading K
Lexile 230L
 
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Talk Like Shakespeare Day
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Talk Like Shakespeare Day

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Imagine yourself as Shakespeare and delve into one of his classics tales. William Shakespeare was born (and died) on this date.

Witness a tale of love, fairies, and betrayal in this classic tale retold in graphic-novel format. Theseus, duke of Athens is preparing for his marriage when Hermia, and her father, Egeus, burst into his court and beg for Theseus’s judgment regarding whom Hermia, Egeus’s, daughter, should marry. Theseus tells Hermia she must marry Demetrius, even though she really loves Lysander. At nightfall, the two young lovers run off to the forest to be married in secret. However, Demetrius discovers their deception and charges into the forest, searching for his bride-to-be. Little do any of them know, a band of magical fairies lives in this forest, and they have other plans for these lovestruck humans.

Author Shakespeare, William
Illustrator Aburtov
Pages 88 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Fiction
Reading level 2-3
Interest level 5-9
Guided reading M
ATOS 3.2
Lexile 450L
 
Animal Cruelty Prevention Month
Helping Animals
Monday, April 24, 2017 - Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Helping Animals

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April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month. Animals everywhere can use your help!

This book teaches readers what volunteering is, why it is important, and how they can volunteer to help animals both in their community and in the world at large.

Author Parker, Victoria
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-3
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading M
Lexile 950L
 
National Telephone Day
Alexander Graham Bell and the Telephone
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - National Telephone Day

Alexander Graham Bell and the Telephone

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Celebrate National Telephone Day by reading about the Telephone's inventor: Alexander Graham Bell

Tells the story of how Alexander Graham Bell came up with the telephone, and how his invention changed the way people communicate. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Fandel, Jennifer
Illustrator Tucker, Keith
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading T
ATOS 4.4
Lexile 660L
 
Richter Scale Day
Investigating Earthquakes
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Richter Scale Day

Investigating Earthquakes

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Charles F. Richter invented the Richter Scale, which measures earthquakes, in 1935. Today is his birthday.

Dangerous landslides. Collapsed buildings. Blazing fires. The violent shaking of earthquakes can cause a devastating amount of damage in a short time. Get an up-close look at how these catastrophes form and learn about some of history’s worst earthquakes.

Author Elkins, Elizabeth
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading U
 
Samuel Morse's Birthday
Samuel Morse and the Telegraph
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Samuel Morse's Birthday

Samuel Morse and the Telegraph

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Can you believe that it use to take hours to send a message across town and weeks to another city! Samuel Morse helped solve this problem.

Tells the story of how Samuel Morse developed a working telegraph in 1844 that changed the way people communicated. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author Seidman, David
Illustrator Whigham, Rod
Pages 32 pages
Format Graphic Novel/Book
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 3-4
Interest level 3-9
Guided reading R
ATOS 4.6
Lexile 710L
 
National Great Poetry Reading Day
Thorns, Horns, and Crescent Moons: Reading and Writing Nature Poems
Friday, April 28, 2017 - National Great Poetry Reading Day

Thorns, Horns, and Crescent Moons: Reading and Writing Nature Poems

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Indulge in some poetry today. Read and learn how to write poetry. Maybe, you will be reading your own poetry next year.

Woods and brambles, hawks, and frogs. Mosquitoes, snow, and buffalo. This book celebrates nature of all kinds. And it gives you the seeds you'll need to grow your own poems. So open up, and discover the poet in you!

Author Fandel, Jennifer
Illustrator Burkes-Larrañaga, Dustin
Pages 32 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 2-4
Interest level 2-4
Guided reading Q
Lexile 720L
 
International Astronomy Day
What Do We Know About Stars and Galaxies?
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - International Astronomy Day

What Do We Know About Stars and Galaxies?

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Ever look up to the sky and have a ton of questions? Open this book today and learn all you can about the stars and galaxies.

This book explains how the Universe is made up, from stars and their systems to galaxies and globular clusters.

Author Farndon, John
Pages 48 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 6-6
Interest level 6-10
Guided reading U
ATOS 7.5
Lexile 1120L
 
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National Honesty Day
Honesty
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - National Honesty Day

Honesty

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What is honesty? Honesty begins with you. Learn more about what it means to be honest on National Honesty Day

Introduces honesty through examples of everyday situations such as at school, with friends, and at home, where this character trait can be used.

Author Keller, Kristin Thoennes
Pages 24 pages
Genre Nonfiction
Reading level 1-2
Interest level 1-3
Guided reading M
ATOS 3
Lexile 540L