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This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.

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Flying Machine cover Flying Machine

Vivid photos and lively captions document humankind's age-old desire to fly; explain the principles behind lift, drag, and thrust; and reveal the inner and outer workings of everything from gliders and hot-air balloons to helicopters and fighter planes.

Mama Miti cover Mama Miti

A story inspired by the life of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan woman who helped to bring trees back to a sadly deforested country.

Ready to Dream cover Ready to Dream

Ally is visiting Australia for the summer, and learns about art from Pauline, a shamanlike Aboriginal painter.

Bugs and Beasties cover Bugs and Beasties

An alphabetically arranged collection of familiar and unusual creatures shown in the bright colors and appealing patterns. Includes both upper and lower case letters.

Fall cover Fall

Wonderful fall photographs in this science emergent reader

I'm Taking a Trip on My Train cover I'm Taking a Trip on My Train

Simple cumulative verse and clear rebus illustrations invite imaginative play as a locomotive engineer while building vocabulary and basic reading skills.

Jacket I Wear in the Snow cover Jacket I Wear in the Snow

Repetitive rhyming text with rebus pictures keeps adding pieces of clothing one wears to keep warm on a snowy winter day outside.

When Autumn Falls cover When Autumn Falls

Tells why the autumn is aptly nicknamed--falling leaves, falling apples, falling football players, falling temperatures . . .

A Bellbird in a Flame Tree cover A Bellbird in a Flame Tree

The Twelve Days of Christmas with an decidedly Australian twist.

Planting the Trees of Kenya cover Planting the Trees of Kenya: The story of Wangari Maathai

A stirring biography of Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize winner in 2004, which focuses on her efforts to reforest Kenya through empowering women.

John Blair and the Great Hinckley Fire cover John Blair and the Great Hinckley Fire

Based on a true story of bravery and duty, this book tells how a porter helped save many lives when the train he was working was caught in a horrendous firestorm near Hinckley, MN, in 1894.

The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash cover The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

When Jimmy's unusual pet accompanies him on the class field trip things on the farm will never be the same.

Who Took Farmer's Hat? cover Who Took the Farmer's Hat?

The wind blew away the farmer’s favorite hat. The  animals have seen some strange things flying through the air but not the hat.

The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh

In the time of the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. On the journey, he whittled the branch from a blackthorn tree into a shillelagh and each St. Patrick's Day told his story of coming to America and of the shillelagh that brought some of Ireland with him.

Eyewitness Dinosaur cover Eyewitness: Dinosaur

Text and photographs explore the world of the dinosaurs, from their physical traits to reasons they may have gone extinct.

The Highwayman cover The Highwayman

Dramatic, colorful illustrations for the famous poem story of the highwayman and his doomed love for Bess, the landlord's black-eyed daughter.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie cover If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

The consequences of giving a cookie to an energetic mouse continue to pile up on the young host as the fun comes full circle.

If You Take a Mouse to School cover If You Take a Mouse to School

 The cheerful little rodent in blue bib overalls wants to spend a day at school. First, he’ll want your lunchbox . . .  Then he'll need a notebook  . . .

The Last Dragon cover The Last Dragon

While spending a summer in Chinatown with his great-aunt, a young boy finds an old ten-man dragon in a shop and gets a number of people to help him repair it.