Book of the Day

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Francis Scott Key Birthday
Our National Anthem

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - Francis Scott Key Birthday
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States. The words were written by Francis Scott Key. Today is his birthday.

Our National Anthem

If you love your country, sing! Since 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been the national anthem of the United States. Journey back to 1814, and join Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote the words to the anthem, for a close look at this song of freedom.

Author |Pearl, Norman
Illustrator |Skeens, Matthew
Lexile |650L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |P
Lexile |650L
 
Water Quality Month
Cleaning Water

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Thursday, August 2, 2018 - Water Quality Month
Where does the water we drink come from? Celebrate Water Quality Month by learning about the processes involved in treating and cleaning water.

Cleaning Water

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
Lexile |650L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |1-3
Guided reading |N
Lexile |650L
 
Christopher Columbus Sets Sail
Christopher Columbus: New World Explorer or Fortune Hunter?

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Friday, August 3, 2018 - Christopher Columbus Sets Sail
On this date in 1492, Columbus and his crew set sail from Spain in three ships: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

Christopher Columbus: New World Explorer or Fortune Hunter?

Great explorer and sailor. Hungry for riches and gold. Views about Christopher Columbus have changed over time. But who was the real Christopher Columbus? Explore Columbus's life throughout his journeys to the New World. Then decide for yourself whether he was a hero or villain.

Author |Gunderson, Jessica
Lexile |760L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |U
Lexile |760L
 
Barack Obama's Birthday
Hope!: A Story of Change in Obama's America

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Saturday, August 4, 2018 - Barack Obama's Birthday
Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States. Today is his birthday.

Hope!: A Story of Change in Obama's America

When Anton Fox is sentenced to community service on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, he thinks it's just a punishment fit for someone who'll never do any better. But as he learns more about his community, and watches the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, he begins to realize that he, too, has the power to change the world and himself.

Author |Stevens, Eric
Illustrator |Derington, Nick
Lexile |630L
Pages |56
Genre |1
Reading level |2-3
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |N
Lexile |630L
 
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Neil Armstrong's Birthday
When Neil Armstrong Built a Wind Tunnel

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Sunday, August 5, 2018 - Neil Armstrong's Birthday
Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon and the most famous astronaut of all time. Today is his birthday.

When Neil Armstrong Built a Wind Tunnel

Astronaut Neil Armstrong couldn't be held down by Earth's gravity. As the first person to step foot on the moon, Neil took the US space program to new heights. But before he did that, he had humble boyhood jobs-cutting lawns, cleaning ovens, washing airplanes-and plenty of adventures, including building a wind tunnel in his parents' basement! This playful story shows young readers that not even the sky is the limit for their own dreams.

Author |Weakland, Mark
Illustrator |Lozano, Luciano
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |2-3
Interest level |1-4
 
Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima
Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Monday, August 6, 2018 - Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima
On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, hoping to end World War II. Learn about this terrible and historic event.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Hoping to finally end World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. Three days later, the U.S. dropped another massive bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. The result was total devastation. Within seconds of the blasts, more than 120,000 men, women and children died. Thousands more would die from radiation sickness in the months to come. The war was over but the ongoing fear of nuclear destruction had begun.

Author |Langley, Andrew
Pages |112
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |5-7
Interest level |5-9
 
Purple Heart Day
Courage on the Battlefield: True Stories of Survival in the Military

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - Purple Heart Day
The Purple Heart is a decoration of merit that honors the men and women in the Military who display courage and devotion.

Courage on the Battlefield: True Stories of Survival in the Military

Courage finds its way into the hearts of soldiers in the heat of war. A soldier's bravery is tested on the battlefield, where life-and-death decisions are made in a split second. These true stories detail the amazing events of soldiers who were outnumbered and staring death in the face but survived.

Author |Yomtov, Nel
Illustrator |Girard, Thomas
Lexile |710L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Lexile |710L
 
Matthew Henson's Birthday
Matthew Henson: Arctic Adventurer

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - Matthew Henson's Birthday
Matthew Henson was the first person to explore the North Pole. Today is his birthday.

Matthew Henson: Arctic Adventurer

A biography discussing the life story of explorer Matthew Henson and his expedition to the North Pole with Robert Peary. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author |Hoena, B. A.
Illustrator |Barnett III, Charles
Lexile |640L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |P
Lexile |640L
 
National Book Lovers Day
Pingpong Perry Experiences How a Book Is Made

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - National Book Lovers Day
We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate myON than National Book Lover's Day! Find a new adventure in one of our thousands of books!

Pingpong Perry Experiences How a Book Is Made

Perry likes pizza and pingpong. But one day he wonders what kind of pizza professional pingpong players would pick. When he can't find the answers at the library, Perry decides to write his own book. Follow Perry's idea from beginning to end, and find out how his big idea becomes a book.

Author |Donovan, Sandy
Illustrator |Christoph, James
Lexile |560L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-4
Interest level |K-4
Guided reading |N
Lexile |560L
 
Suzanne Collins' Birthday
Suzanne Collins: Author of the Hunger Games Trilogy

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Friday, August 10, 2018 - Suzanne Collins' Birthday
Suzanne Collins is the author of the Hunger Games Trilogy. Today is her birthday.

Suzanne Collins: Author of the Hunger Games Trilogy

Readers will learn about the life and works of Suzanne Collins. This young adult author’s life leading up to her success as the best-selling author of the Hunger Games trilogy is discussed. Readers will also learn about the author’s writing process and what inspires her to write. What’s next for this author and other interesting details are also included.

Author |Ferguson, Melissa
Lexile |770L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |W
Lexile |770L
 
National Bowling Day
Are Bowling Balls Bullies?: Learning About Forces and Motion with the Garbage Gang

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Saturday, August 11, 2018 - National Bowling Day
Today is National Bowling Day. Celebrate by learning about the science behind bowling. Then maybe knock a few pins down yourself!

Are Bowling Balls Bullies?: Learning About Forces and Motion with the Garbage Gang

The Garbage Gang builds a bowling alley, and they meet Gordy's bowling ball, Beau. Beau likes to knock down pins, so the gang wonders, "Are bowling balls bullies?" Fortunately, Beau helps them learn all about forces and motion, and soon they discover the answer to their burning question.

Author |Troupe, Thomas Kingsley
Illustrator |Toye, Derek
Lexile |340L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-2
Interest level |K-2
Lexile |340L
 
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World Elephant Day
Amazing Elephants

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Sunday, August 12, 2018 - World Elephant Day
How big can elephants grow? How do elephants communicate? Celebrate World Elephant Day by learning more about these amazing animals.

Amazing Elephants

How big can elephants grow? How do elephants communicate over long distances? How well can elephants remember? This title takes a fun look at elephants through engaging photos and lively text.

Author |Guillain, Charlotte
Lexile |780L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-3
Interest level |3-5
Guided reading |M
Lexile |780L
 
Left Handers Day
Left or Right: Where's Eddie?

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - Left Handers Day
Today is Left-Handers’ Day! Every year on August 13, we celebrate the 10% of the population that is left-handed.

Left or Right: Where's Eddie?

Books in the Hide and Seek series provide an entertaining introduction to some of the words that tell us where things are. This book looks at “Left” and “Right”, and features an animal character called Eddie the Elephant who is playing hide-and-seek. On each spread, Eddie is hiding using one of the two opposite words featured in the book’s title, and the reader is asked to find him. The fun, cartoon-like design combined with the interactive “hide-and-seek” approach makes these books visually appealing for young readers and great to read aloud together.

Author |Nunn, Daniel
Lexile |290L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |PreK-K
Interest level |PreK-K
Lexile |290L
 
National Creamsicle Day
Orange Food Fun

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - National Creamsicle Day
It’s National Creamsicle Day! This frozen treat is the perfect way to sit back and relax. Read about other fun orange foods on myON today!

Orange Food Fun

Text and photographs describe common foods that are the color orange. Includes a recipe.

Author |Bullard, Lisa
Lexile |690L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-2
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |K
Lexile |690L
 
Napoleon's Birthday
France ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of France

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Napoleon's Birthday
Napoléon Bonaparte was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution. Today is his birthday.

France ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of France

An alphabetical exploration of the people, geography, animals, plants, history, and culture of France.

Author |Katz Cooper, Sharon
Illustrator |Previn, Stacey
Lexile |770L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-5
Interest level |K-5
Guided reading |N
Lexile |770L
 
National Roller Coaster Day
BIG Roller Coasters

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 - National Roller Coaster Day
Today is National Roller Coaster Day. Before you head out to your favorite theme park, read about these giant rides! What a thrill!

BIG Roller Coasters

Celebrate all that is BIG! From big bugs to big trucks, big things come in all forms. The large format, striking photos, and simple text are sure to engage the reader.

Author |Ipcizade, Catherine
Lexile |680L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |L
Lexile |680L
 
World Emoji Day
Speaking Secret Codes

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Friday, August 17, 2018 - World Emoji Day
World emoji day celebrates those small pictures that represent ideas and emotions in our text messages. It's like learning a secret code.

Speaking Secret Codes

From hospital and police codes to Cockney slang, spoken codes can be both helpful and entertaining. Learn the history behind some of today’s most useful and popular codes, and then have fun creating a language all your own.

Author |Bell-Rehwoldt, Sheri
Lexile |770L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |Y
Lexile |770L
 
World Honey Bee Day
Busy Buzzers: Bees in Your Backyard

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Saturday, August 18, 2018 - World Honey Bee Day
World Honey Bee Day is a day to learn about how important bees are to our ecosystem. Don't fear the buzz! Celebrate how they help plants grow.

Busy Buzzers: Bees in Your Backyard

Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of honeybees. Includes activity.

Author |Loewen, Nancy
Illustrator |Reibeling, Brandon
Lexile |740L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |PreK-3
Interest level |PreK-3
Guided reading |L
Lexile |740L
 
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Philo T. Farnsworth's Birthday
Philo Farnsworth and the Television

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Sunday, August 19, 2018 - Philo T. Farnsworth's Birthday
Ever wonder who invented the Television? It was Philo Farnsworth. Today is his birthday.

Philo Farnsworth and the Television

Tells the story of how Philo Farnsworth came up with the idea for electronic television at age 14, and later developed his idea into the technology for television that is still used today. Written in graphic-novel format.

Author |Niz, Ellen S.
Illustrator |Tucker, Keith
Lexile |560L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |T
Lexile |560L
 
National Radio Day
The Radio

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - National Radio Day
Before streaming was possible, people listened to music and news on the radio. Learn more about this technology that changed the world.

The Radio

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
Lexile |1,080L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-5
Interest level |3-5
Guided reading |S
Lexile |1,080L
 
Hawaii Becomes the 50th State in the USA
Hawaii

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Hawaii Becomes the 50th State in the USA
On this day in 1959, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii to the Union as the 50th state.

Hawaii

Welcome to the Aloha State! Learn about Hawaii's history, geography, weather, people, and more in this book that's all about our 50th state.

Author |Swanson, Angie
Lexile |740L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |R
Lexile |740L
 
National Tooth Fairy Day
The Tooth Fairy

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - National Tooth Fairy Day
Today is National Tooth Fairy Day. Celebrate by learning all about the tooth fairy in this amusing autobiography.

The Tooth Fairy

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
Lexile |600L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |1-3
Interest level |3-5
Guided reading |N
Lexile |600L
 
Ride the Wind Day
Hot Air Balloons

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Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Ride the Wind Day
Today is Ride the Wind day, and what better way to celebrate that flying in a hot air balloon?

Hot Air Balloons

Float through the sky under a giant, colorful balloon! Peek inside for the facts on hot air balloons.

Author |Schuh, Mari
Lexile |450L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-1
Interest level |PreK-2
Guided reading |J
Lexile |450L
 
Pluto Demoted Day
Demoting Pluto: The Discovery of Dwarf Planets

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Friday, August 24, 2018 - Pluto Demoted Day
On this day in 2006, Pluto was demoted from our solar system's 9th planet down to "Dwarf Planet" by world scientists.

Demoting Pluto: The Discovery of Dwarf Planets

When is a planet not a planet? Dwarf planets orbit the sun, are solid bodies, and are not moons. But they are not considered regular planets. Learn more about these spherical oddities and why Pluto is still hotly debated today.

Author |Kortenkamp, Steve
Lexile |880L
Pages |48
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |U
Lexile |880L
 
Althea Gibson's Birthday (tennis player)
Breaking Barriers

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Saturday, August 25, 2018 - Althea Gibson's Birthday (tennis player)
Althea Gibson was the first African American to play in a national tennis tournament in the United States. Today is her birthday.

Breaking Barriers

When Althea Gibson broke the color line in 1950 to become the first African American to play in a national tennis tournament in the United States, she inspired hope. Young readers will delight in reading about Gibson and athletes like her in Real Heroes of Sports: Breaking Barriers.

Author |Hetrick, Hans
Lexile |1,030L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Lexile |1,030L
 
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National Women's Equality Day
Stories of Women's Suffrage: Votes for Women!

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Sunday, August 26, 2018 - National Women's Equality Day
On this day in 1920 a woman's right to vote became part of the US constitution.

Stories of Women's Suffrage: Votes for Women!

Women used to have few rights. All the important decisions in their lives were made by men. They could not vote and give their opinion on who should run the country. By the middle of the 19th century, more and more women were starting to ask why not? These are the stories of five trailblazers who achieved amazing things in difficult circumstances: Elizabeth Cady Stanton began campaigning for women’s rights when she was refused entry to a convention because she was a woman. Susan B. Anthony cast her vote knowing she’d be arrested. Clementina Black organized a strike at a factory that paid women low wages. Carrie Chapman Catt traveled the world promoting the need for women’s suffrage. Emmeline Pankhurst led a march along Downing Street in London, petitioning the vote for women. Many of the rights women have today are thanks to their actions. They helped change society's image of women forever.

Author |Guillain, Charlotte
Lexile |1,100L
Pages |112
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |6-11
Interest level |6-11
Guided reading |W
Lexile |1,100L
 
International Bat Day
Bats: Nocturnal Flyers

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Monday, August 27, 2018 - International Bat Day
Are you afraid of bats? Celebrate International Bat Day y learning how useful bats are.

Bats: Nocturnal Flyers

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
Lexile |540L
Pages |24
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |K-2
Interest level |PK-2
Guided reading |K
Lexile |540L
 
The March On Washington Occurred
The March on Washington: A Primary Source Exploration of the Pivotal Protest

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - The March On Washington Occurred
In 1963 over 250,000 people attended this Civil Rights rally where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I have a Dream" speech.

The March on Washington: A Primary Source Exploration of the Pivotal Protest

The March on Washington brought 200,000 people together. They spoke of equality for people of all races. They spoke of a dream for a better future. Explore the points of view of the people who led the March on Washington and the people who opposed them through powerful primary sources and historical photos.

Author |Schwartz, Heather E.
Lexile |930L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Guided reading |U
Lexile |930L
 
Michael Jackson's Birthday
King of Pop: The Story of Michael Jackson

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - Michael Jackson's Birthday
Michael Jackson was one of the most popular entertainers in the world and a best-selling musical artist . Today is his birthday.

King of Pop: The Story of Michael Jackson

In the 1960s, Michael Jackson was just a young boy with a dream. By the time he died in 2009, he was a record setting musician and an international pop icon. Follow Michael’s journey growing up in the tumultuous music industry. Watch him strive for greatness and witness the legacy he has left on the world.

Author |Collins, Terry
Illustrator |Byers, Michael
Lexile |590L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-9
Guided reading |O
Lexile |590L
 
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Birthday
Frankenstein

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Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Birthday
Mary Shelley wrote the original Frankenstein story in 1818. Today is here birthday.

Frankenstein

A young scientist has created a living being out of dead flesh and bone. His creation, however, turns out to be a frightful monster! Now, Victor Frankenstein must stop his creation before the monster's loneliness turns to violence.

Author |Shelley, Mary
Illustrator |Calero, Dennis
Lexile |300L
Pages |72
Genre |1
Reading level |2-3
Interest level |5-9
Guided reading |M
Lexile |300L
 
We Love Memoirs Day
Memoir of Tillie Pierce: An Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - We Love Memoirs Day
A memoir is a historical account written from personal knowledge. Celebrate by reading one of the wonderful memoir's on myON today!

Memoir of Tillie Pierce: An Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg

Tillie Pierce was 15 years old when the Battle of Gettysburg raged around her. The three-day battle fought in July 1863 proved to be the deadliest of the Civil War and the turning point of the conflict. Go behind the scenes and follow the bloody battle in Tillie’s own words.

Author |Dell, Pamela
Lexile |980L
Pages |32
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |3-4
Interest level |3-6
Lexile |980L