The nonfiction library consists of 6 theme-connected, leveled books for each of the 8 units (48 titles total). This set includes 1 copy of each of the 48 nonfiction titles:
Coming to the United States
Lily and Miss Liberty
The U... more
Sixth graders help to find alternative energy solutions to the town's energy crisis.
In the Planet Protectors series, students are introduced to some of the key environmental issues affecting the United States today. Each book explore... more
Lucy goes on an exciting ocean expedition and finds a way to share the experience with her younger brother.
A young humpback whale becomes stranded on a beach when he comes too close to shore to feed on the tiny krill shrimp that are plentiful in the bay. A marine biologist races to save the beached whale.
The Chronicles series of science-b... more
Read about Japantown, an immigrant community in San Francisco, at the time of the 1906 earthquake. See how Toru Oshiro and his family adapt to life in America while holding on to Japanese traditions.
Follow fugitive slaves Callie Taylor and William Ballard on their long walk to freedom from Kentucky to Canada on the Underground Railroad. Discover how abolitionists help them survive the long journey to freedom.
A Quaker family offers their home as a station on the Underground Railroad. When they host a family of runaway slaves, the community struggles with the decision about whether to protect them or turn them in.
Students will... more
Cesar Chavez changed the lives of thousands of people when he organized farm workers to join a labor union. His is still remembered as one of the greatest leaders in the history of the United States.
In 1902, a coal mining family faces challenges during a major coal strike. The striking miners must decide if the should hold out or give up on their efforts for better working conditions.
Students will learn about important ev... more
The water from the faucet looks clean and clear. So, why does it smell so bad? In this chapter book, Madison and her family visit a local lake and discover pollution isn't the problem.
Your students will find out how much fu... more
Some kids investigate a marsh and discover how important wetlands are to the environment.
In the Planet Protectors series, students are introduced to some of the key environmental issues affecting the United States today. Each book explores... more
A school well project helps a Maasai community in Kenya.
With the Kids Around the World series, use the power of content-based fiction to explore the relationship between traditional cultures and contempor... more
In this chapter book, the Mexican Revolution forces Fina and her family to immigrate to Loredo, Texas in 1910. Though life is hard for the family of farmers, Fina and her family must learn to get by in their new home.
Billy and his family have been searching for gold for six months, but not everyone finds their fortune in the gold fields of California.
Andrew's latest invention is supposed to shrink garbage, but it shrinks him and his cousin instead!
When the director of a popular TV show begins filming at the Portage Bay docks, he brings along actors and crew, as well as mayhem. Things begin to get mysterious when dead fish are found floating in the water. Twelve-year-old sleuth Hannah West investigates.
In this chapter book, an 1860s crop shortage forces Eric and his family from their home in Sweden. Facing starvation, the family moves to the United States where they work hard to earn money to purchase a farm.
An enterprising group of kids introduces a recycling program in their town.
In the Planet Protectors series, students are introduced to some of the key environmental issues affecting the United States today. Each book explores a particu... more
The people of Saddleboro think their town is cleaner than most. So when their feathery mascot is found dead, they want answers. A young boy named Tony is determined to find them. As he unravels this eco-mystery, Tony soon realizes that Saddleboro isn’t as clean as people may have t... more
Sarah and Grub join the Monster Club and learn about spending, saving, and investing for the future.
An Ohio family struggles to compete with new factory farms. When the father suffers an accident, the family must make big changes to the farm. Will they be able to keep the farm running?
Students will learn about socia... more
Meet the Marks family. Read how they escaped their harsh life in Russia, came to America, settled in New York City, and worked to live the American dream.
A boy and his family race to escape the devastation caused when the South Fork Dam breaks and water destroys their town.
Your students will learn about science as they read the Eyewitness series of realistic adventure stories. Each story ... more
In this play based on an ancient Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus, the son of a clever inventor flies too close to the sun, not heeding his father's warning, and ends up paying for his mistake.
Three folktales from different cultures explain how the sun, the moon, and the stars came to be in the sky.