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Science Text: Decoding our DNA: Craig Venter VS the Human Genome Project

Ballen, K. G. (2013). Decoding our DNA: Craig Venter vs the Human Genome Project. Minneapolis. Twenty-First Century Books. Plot: Decoding our DNA gives readers a cursory overview of genetics, DNA and genome sequencing. It then takes the reader on a wild goose … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

Limbaugh, R. (2013). Rush Revere and the brave Pilgrims. New York. Threshold Editions. Plot: Join substitute teacher Rush Revere and his talking horse, Liberty, as they time travel and teach the students about American History. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is the … Continue reading

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Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Titanic’s Second Class

Bailey, R. A. (2016). Stories of Titanic’s second class. Mankato, MN. The Child’s World. Plot: Stories of Titanic’s Second Class show readers the real account of four second class passengers who set sail on the infamous Titanic. From the first day they boarded, … Continue reading

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History Picture Book: The House That George Built

Slade, S. & Bond, E. (2012). The House That George Built. Watertown, MA. Charlsbridge. Plot: Most elementary students learn that George Washington was the first president of the United States, but how many of them know that George was responsible for building the … Continue reading

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Science Picture Book: Bridges Go From Here to There

Wilson, F. (1993). Bridges go from here to there. Washington D.C. The Preservation Press. Plot: Why are arches used in some bridges? What is a truss? Why does a feather float to the ground when it’s dropped and why does an elephant … Continue reading

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Math Picture Book: Place Value

Adler, D. & Miller E. (2016). Place Value. New York. Holiday House. Plot: Looking for a creative way to teach children about place value? David Adler’s book, Place Value is the book you need. Through a charming troop of monkeys who … Continue reading

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Elementary Poetry Book: Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs

Florian, D. (2001). Lizards, frogs and polliwogs. New York: Scholastic. Plot: Contained in this whimsical book are Douglas Florian’s 21 poems about various reptiles and amphibians.  Children will discover some interesting facts about these creatures. They will also have their … Continue reading

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