Open Road: Elementary

Open Road Media helps readers connect with classic stories that still entertain students today. With a focus on publishing ebook editions of older works of literature and nonfiction, Open Road Media is a bridge between the readers of today and the stories that have delighted students for years.

About this collection: 

Includes many long-time children's favorites like Franklin the Turtle, books by Robert Munsch, and Tomie DePaola.

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Limited International

This collection includes all titles on the list below.

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An Early American Christmas
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An Early American Christmas

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A new family shows the neighborhood what Christmas is all about. In this small New England village, no one makes much of a fuss about Christmas—until a new family moves in, that is. The family works tirelessly to prepare for the holiday: decorating the house, hand-dipping candles, baking mounds of delicious cookies, and carving nativity pieces. In the end, these new neighbors show their small village how to celebrate the holiday in a very special way.

ISBN: 9781480416642
156 407 sec 1-5 810L Nonfiction
Christopher, the Holy Giant
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Christopher, the Holy Giant

Author: dePaola, Tomie

A stunning picture-book interpretation of the legend of St. Christopher. Because of his stature, Reprobus the giant sets off to serve the most powerful ruler in the world. At one point during his travels, the giant uses his impressive strength to carry travelers across a fast-flowing river. One stormy night, he risks his life to help a small child across. With each step, the river rises higher, the wind blows harder, and his passenger grows heavier. Finally safe on the other side, the child reveals that he is Jesus, and renames Reprobus "Christopher," or "Bearer-of-Christ." Stunning illustrations accompany the dramatic text in this picture book portrayal of the legend of Christopher.

ISBN: 9781480416529
dePaola, Tomie
32 563 sec 1-5 680L Nonfiction
Fin M'Coul, the Giant of Knockmany Hill
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Fin M'Coul, the Giant of Knockmany Hill

Author: dePaola, Tomie

An ALA Notable Children’s Book. Fin’s wife saves him from the most feared giant in Ireland.  

ISBN: 9781480416543
dePaola, Tomie
32 635 sec 1-5 580L Nonfiction
Songs of the Fog Maiden
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Songs of the Fog Maiden

Author: dePaola, Tomie

With colorful illustrations and songs written by Tomie dePaola, the world of the Fog Maiden is filled with magic. As she drifts through her Day Garden, the Fog Maiden passes flowing crystal fountains, rows of dancing statues, and secret, shadowy places where she can stop and rest. In each place, she sings a special song. At twilight, her cat Token joins her. They take a Night Garden walk as Star-Flowers and Moon-Flowers tumble from the sky. Then it is time to leave for their enchanting night journey. Token and the Fog Maiden first made their appearance in dePaola’s book When Everyone Was Fast Asleep. As in the previous book, the gifted author/artist has created beautiful, dreamlike landscapes in magnificent full-color paintings. The words and pictures capture the experience of childhood imaginations.

ISBN: 9781480416628
dePaola, Tomie
32 354 sec 1-5 Fiction
The Family Tree Christmas Book
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The Family Tree Christmas Book

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One family tells the history of the Christmas tree while decorating its own. In this warmly illustrated book, a family trims its Christmas tree. As the mother, father, grandmother, and children decorate together, they tell the story of how Christmas trees came to be, including the changes in size and appearance over time, and the way ornaments were first introduced. Tomie dePaola effortlessly weaves together little-known historical facts with the story of one family’s traditions.

ISBN: 9781480416659
478 sec 1-5 570L Nonfiction
The Kids' Cat Book
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The Kids' Cat Book

Author: dePaola, Tomie

This warmly illustrated picture book is full of cats-and lots of cat facts! Did you know that: Some cats do not have tails? The ancient Egyptians worshiped cats as gods? Some cats have curly hair, like poodles? Even their whiskers are curly! Granny Twinkle knows everything there is to know about cats. When Patrick visits to pick out a free kitten, he ends up knowing everything, too. After you read this picture book by Tomie dePaola, you’ll know a lot about cats! 

ISBN: 9781480416581
dePaola, Tomie
32 762 sec 1-5 480L Nonfiction
When Everyone Was Fast Asleep
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When Everyone Was Fast Asleep

Author: dePaola, Tomie

In this magically illustrated picture book by Tomie dePaola, the Fog Maiden enchants the night for two small children. In this poetic fantasy, two small children are awakened by Token, the Fog Maiden’s mysterious cat, and sent into the enchanted night. In the course of their adventure, they meet an elf horse, share warm milk and honey with trolls, and attend an extravagant ball at the palace, where they watch a play with the king and queen. As night draws to a close, the Fog Maiden floats them back to their beds and kisses them asleep. The Fog Maiden’s dream world is enhanced by exquisite full-color illustrations that will stir young imaginations.

ISBN: 9781480416635
dePaola, Tomie
32 86 sec 1-5 Fiction
Franklin and Harriet
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Franklin and Harriet

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin likes being a big brother … most of the time. But when his little sister, Harriet, wants to play with his favorite stuffed animal, Franklin doesn’t want to share. As they tug at the toy, something terrible happens. It rips! Franklin’s mother fixes it, but he remains angry and hides the toy in his closet. Then Franklin discovers it’s not the toy that makes Harriet happy-it’s her big brother who brings a smile to her face. Franklin decides that maybe sharing isn’t so bad after all.

ISBN: 9781453248379
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 657 sec 1-5 220L Nonfiction
Franklin and the Thunderstorm
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Franklin and the Thunderstorm

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin is afraid of thunderstorms. When a storm approaches while he is playing at Fox's house, a flash of lightning sends Franklin into his shell. He refuses to come out-even for snacks-until his friends make him laugh with their tall tales about what causes storms. And when Beaver explains what really causes thunder and lightning, Franklin begins to feel much safer.

ISBN: 9781453248492
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 449 sec 1-5 370L Nonfiction
Franklin Goes to School
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Franklin Goes to School

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

With his new pencil case packed with a ruler, eraser, and a dozen colored pencils, Franklin is ready for his first day of school-until it's time to board the bus. In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin faces the excitement and fear of starting school.

ISBN: 9781453248522
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 420 sec 1-5 480L Nonfiction
Franklin Goes to the Hospital
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Franklin Goes to the Hospital

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, our hero goes to the hospital for an operation to repair his broken shell, and everyone thinks he’s being very brave. But Franklin is only pretending to be fearless. He’s worried that his X-rays will show just how frightened he is inside. With the help of Dr. Bear, Franklin learns that even though he’s feeling scared, he can still be brave.

ISBN: 9781453248324
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 720 sec 1-5 390L Nonfiction
Franklin in the Dark
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Franklin in the Dark (25th Anniverary Edition)

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In the Franklin Classic Storybook that started it all, poor little Franklin has one of the most common childhood afflictions-he is afraid of the dark. This is particularly difficult for Franklin as he happens to be a turtle, and the darkness he fears is, of course, inside his own shell. Bravely, with shell in tow, he sets forth to seek help and in the course of his travels discovers a bird who is afraid of heights, a polar bear who is afraid of the cold, and even a hydrophobic duck. In the end, Franklin discovers that everybody, even his own mother, is afraid of something, and his response to what he has learned is guaranteed to draw a smile.

ISBN: 9781453248300
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 458 sec 1-4 460L Nonfiction
Franklin Says I Love You
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Franklin Says I Love You

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, our hero is a very lucky turtle. He has the best friends, the best little sister, the best goldfish, and, of course, the best mother. But when he discovers that his mother's birthday is coming up, he can't find the best present. After giving it some serious thought, Franklin decides to do everything for his mom. On the morning of her birthday he takes her breakfast in bed, makes a brooch, draws a picture, and cuts fresh flowers from the garden! And then Franklin gives his mom a great big hug and says, "I love you"-which is, of course, the best gift of all.

ISBN: 9781453248515
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 539 sec 1-5 460L Nonfiction
Franklin's Baby Sister
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Franklin's Baby Sister

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, our hero is thrilled to learn he’ll be a big brother in the spring. He can hardly wait for the new baby, but spring seems a long time away. Franklin does everything he can to make spring come, but nothing happens. Even the seed he planted at school doesn’t look like it will ever become a plant. Then, one day, spring finally appears and something very special arrives … something little and green and absolutely wonderful!

ISBN: 9781453248423
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 502 sec 1-5 240L Nonfiction
Franklin's Christmas Gift
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Franklin's Christmas Gift

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin can't decide what to donate to his school's Christmas toy drive. At first, all of his toys seem too special to give away, then nothing seems special enough. With some inspiration from his Great Aunt Harriet, Franklin finally comes up with the perfect gift.

ISBN: 9781453253854
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 528 sec 1-5 380L Nonfiction
Franklin's Class Trip
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Franklin's Class Trip

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin is excited about his class trip to the museum. Just before they go inside, Beaver tells him that they’ll see real dinosaurs. At first Franklin is worried, but he has so much fun seeing and doing other things in the museum that he almost forgets about the dinosaurs-until he comes face-to-face with a tyrannosaurus!

ISBN: 9781453248430
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 510 sec 1-5 310L Nonfiction
Franklin's Secret Club
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Franklin's Secret Club

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, our hero discovers a hideaway-perfect for a secret club- but there’s only room for four members. Soon Franklin becomes so busy with his Secret Club that he forgets about his other friends. When Beaver starts her own club, Franklin learns how it  feels to be left out.

ISBN: 9781453248386
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 500 sec 1-4 530L Nonfiction
Franklin's Thanksgiving
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Franklin's Thanksgiving

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, our young hero likes everything about Thanksgiving, from eating pumpkin-fly pie to making cornucopias. But what he likes best is having his Grandma and Grandpa share the holiday with him and his family. This year, however, his grandparents are traveling abroad. Thanksgiving just won't be the same without guests around the table, so Franklin decides to invite some friends for dinner. What a nice surprise it will be for his parents. Only Franklin's mother and father have the same idea, and on Thanksgiving Day all their friends show up for the festivities! With no more room in the house, where will the holiday meal take place?

ISBN: 9781453253878
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 547 sec 1-5 310L Nonfiction
Franklin's Valentines
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Franklin's Valentines

Author: Bourgeois, Paulette

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, it's Valentine's Day and Franklin can't wait to give his friends the cards he has made. But when he gets to school, he discovers that they're missing. Franklin is heartbroken and worried that now his friends won't want to give him any cards. Big hearts prevail and Franklin soon learns that he has very good friends-and that he can be a good friend, too.

ISBN: 9781453253885
Bourgeois, Paulette
32 484 sec 1-5 330L Nonfiction
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