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2014 Grade 9-12 Summer Reading List

April 3, 2014 Leave a comment

DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – Grade 9-12 Lexile: 855-1210

This list was compiled by Linda Williams for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Most selected titles are loosely connected to Connecticut’s statewide summer reading theme, SCIENCE. Many have been selected as exemplary books by at least one of the following: American Library Association (ALA) the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Assocation (NSTA) or the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Note: There is little coverage of high school level titles by any of these organizations other than ALA and AAAS. (Download a .pdf of the list)


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Coming of age in middle America, 18-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister. Lexile:
ALA, Outstanding Books for the College Bound,


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Seconds before Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, an earthman is saved by his friend. Together they journey through the galaxy. Lexile: 1000

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. Lexile: 900. Ebook can be downloaded for free here:

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own. Lexile:

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Charlie Gordon, born with an unusually low IQ, must face his gradual return to his former state when the astounding results of an experimental surgery that increased his intelligence prove to be only temporary. Lexile:

The Carbon Diaries, 2015 by Saci Lloyd
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control. Lexile: 690

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World. Lexile: 860. Sequels: The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men.
ALA, Outstanding Books for the College Bound,

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
Battling aliens, space pirates, and competitors, Prince Khemri meets a young woman, named Raine, and learns more than he expected about the hidden workings of a vast, intergalactic Empire, and about himself. (Publisher) Lexile: 1070

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Dr. Moreau’s daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father’s island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle. Lexile: 640

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong. Lexile:

Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering. Lexile: 690
NBA Finalist,

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them. Lexile: 690


How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial by Darryl Cunningham
Author-illustrator Darryl Cunningham looks at hot-button science topics and presents a fact-based, visual assessment of current thinking and research on eight different issues everybody’s arguing about. Lexile:

Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Gris Grimly
Retells, in graphic novel format, Mary Shelley’s classic tale of a monster, assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies, who develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani
In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman. Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Jim Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man’s life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman’s exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death. (Publisher) Lexile: 620


Steampunk Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Presents a collection of Poe’s short stories and poems, including “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Raven,” accompanied by steampunk-inspired illustrations. Lexile:


Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts by Emily Anthes
Examines the advances in cloning technology, including sensor-wearing seals, cyborg beetles, a bionic bulldog, and the world’s first cloned cat. Lexile:

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson
Sugar has left a bloody trail through human history. Cane–not cotton or tobacco–drove the bloody Atlantic slave trade and took the lives of countless Africans who toiled on vast sugar plantations under cruel overseers. And yet the very popularity of sugar gave abolitionists in England the one tool that could finally end the slave trade. This book traces the history of sugar from its origins in New Guinea around 7000 B.C. to its use in the 21st century to produce ethanol. Lexile: 1120

Gulp.: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Examines the alimentary canal and the digestive system, answering such questions as, can constipation kill a person, why the stomach doesn’t digest itself, how much can be eaten before the stomach bursts, and more. Lexile: . Or any book by Mary Roach.

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson
A collection of essays on the cosmos, written by an American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist, includes “Holy Wars,” “Ends of the World,” and “Hollywood Nights.” Lexile: 1300

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
A study of what would happen to Earth if the human presence was removed examines our legacy for the planet, from the objects that would vanish without human intervention to those that would become long-lasting remnants of humankind. Lexile:


The Radioactive Boys Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein
This book recreates David Hahn’s nuclear quest to build a breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed. Lexile: 1300
ALA, Outstanding Books for the College Bound,

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2014 Grade 5 & 6 Summer Reading List

April 3, 2014 Leave a comment

(Finished) DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT - Grades 5-6: Lexile: 565-1000

This list was compiled by Linda Williams for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Some of the titles selected are loosely connected to Connecticut’s statewide summer reading theme, SCIENCE or are written or illustrated by Connecticut residents. Many listed titles have been selected as exemplary books by at least one of the following: American Library Association (ALA) the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Assocation (NSTA) or the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). (Download a .pdf of the list).


The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle by Claudia Logan
An account of Dr. George Reisner’s 1925 discovery and excavation of a secret tomb in Giza, Egypt, based on archival documents and records, but told through the fictionalized experiences of a young boy who accompanies his father on the dig. Lexile: 900


One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis
When a baby albino dolphin caught in old fishing netting washes ashore, Paralympics sailing hopeful Felix and English school girl Kara work with veterinarians and specialists to save and reunite the dolphin with her mother, setting off a chain of events that might just save the reef from the environmental effects of proposed dredging. Lexile: 620

Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and more. Between the chapters are short dialogues between the author and main character about the writing of the book. Lexile: 690
Nutmeg Nominee 2008,


Whales on Stilts! by M. T. Anderson
Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best friends, Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father’s conniving boss to conquer the world using an army of whales. Lexile: 760

Science Fair: A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense, and a Very Nervous Frog by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
The president of Kprshtskan is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby Harbinger, an ordinary student, makes up his mind finally to win the fair, the terrorists’ plans go awry. Lexile: 770

Science Fair: A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense, and a Very Nervous Frog by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
The president of Kprshtskan is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby Harbinger, an ordinary student, makes up his mind finally to win the fair, the terrorists’ plans go awry. Lexile: 770

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions. Lexile: 680. Or read The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel, adapted by Dallas Middaugh.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Lexile: . Or A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel adapted by Hope Larson.

Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner
Ebook available. Jaden’s summer visit with her meteorologist father, who has just returned from spending four years in Russia conducting weather experiments not permitted in the United States, fills her with apprehension and fear as she discovers that living at her father’s planned community, Placid Meadows, is anything but placid. Lexile: 740
NSTA, Nutmeg Nominee 2015,

Herbert’s Wormhole by Peter Nelson
When almost-sixth-grader Alex, a video game fanatic, is forced on a “playdate” with his neighbor Herbert, an inventor, the two travel to the twenty-second century and face off against aliens, who are not as beneficent as most people think. Lexile: 780
Nutmeg Nominee 2012,

Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman
With a plot combining science and the supernatural, four kids are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor, Nikola Tesla.


The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis
Eleven-year-old Julian Calendar thought changing schools would mean leaving his “nerdy” persona behind, but instead he forms an alliance with fellow inventors Greta and Ben and works with them to prevent an adult from using one of their gadgets for nefarious purposes. Lexile: 470

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
The enduring friendship between a dog and a robot is portrayed in this wordless graphic novel. Lexile:


At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems by Leslie Bulion
An illustrated collection of poems that provides information about some of the creatures that live in the sea. Includes a glossary of scientific terms. Lexile: 1130
Connecticut Author,

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors by Joyce Sidman
Poems and factual information about some of the creatures that live on Planet Earth. Lexile: 1300


When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm by Hannah Bonner
Describes life on Earth approximately 430 million years ago. Lexile:

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns
Anyone can get involved in gathering data for ongoing, actual scientific studies such as the Audubon Bird Count and FrogWatch USA. Just get out into a field, urban park, or your own backyard. You can put your nose to a monarch pupa or listen for raucous frog calls. You can tally woodpeckers or sweep the grass for ladybugs. This book, full of engaging photos and useful tips, will show you how. Lexile: 1050

The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins by H. P. Newquist
A thrilling and lively tour of the world of blood, from ancient history to modern science, to dark and often gruesome legends of vampires and plague, this book informs readers about the most important tissue in the body. (Publisher) Lexile:


Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd
Learn all about the life of Benjamin Franklin, from his childhood to his golden years, in this beautifully illustrated, thoughtful, and thorough book. Lexile: 1050

Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (And What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull
Profiles 18 of history’s most noteworthy scientists, from Zhang Heng and Isaac Newton to Albert Einstein and Barbara McClintock, sharing lesser-known facts about their favorite activities, relationships, and eccentricities. Lexile: 1120

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery
An authorized portrait about Grandin’s life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother. Lexile: 960

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2014 Grade 3 & 4 Summer Reading List

April 3, 2014 Leave a comment

(Finished) DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – G3-4 Lexile: 330-810

This list was compiled by Linda Williams for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Many of the titles selected are loosely connected to Connecticut’s statewide summer reading theme, SCIENCE. Most listed titles have been selected as exemplary books by at least one of the following: American Library Association (ALA) the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Assocation (NSTA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  or the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). (Download a .pdf of the list).


What Floats in a Moat? by Lynne Berry
While trying to cross a moat, Archimedes the Goat and Skinny the Hen learn why objects sink or float. Lexile: 400

Family Pack by Sandra Markle
A young wolf, taken from her pack in Canada to Yellowstone National Park, struggles alone to master the skills of hunting and survival until she finds a lone male and begins a new pack with him. Lexile: 760

Science Verse by Jon Scieszka
When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound verymuch like some well-known poems. Lexile: NP


Ivy + Bean: What’s the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows
When all the second grade students must enter the science fair, which has global warming as its theme, best friends Ivy and Bean team up to create an unusual project. Lexile: 550

Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat by Anna Branford
As the youngest in her family, seven-year-old Violet identifies with small creatures in the natural world, but when she tries to help special ladybug, she learns an important lesson about animal habitats. Lexile: 1080

The Year of the Baby by Andrea Cheng
Fifth-grader Anna is concerned that her baby sister Kaylee, adopted from China three months ago, is not thriving so she and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project that may save the day. Lexile: 640

The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School by Fowler DeWitt
When a mysterious illness sweeps through school, causing students to change color, sixth-grader scientist Wilmer Dooley tries to find the cause and cure. Lexile: 720

Hiss-s-s-s! by Eric A. Kimmel
When a Muslim American boy named Omar finally convinces his family that he should have a pet snake, it escapes and Omar learns why his mother is so scared of them. Lexile: 540

Judy Moody Saves the World by Megan McDonald
When Judy Moody gets serious about protecting the environment, her little brother Stink thinks she is overdoing it, but she manages to inspire her third grade class to undertake an award-winning, environment-saving project. Lexile: 500

How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills
Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system. Lexile: 730


Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home. Lexile: 310

Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. & Matthew Holm
Squish, a meek amoeba who loves the comic book exploits of his favorite hero, “Super Amoeba,” tries to emulate him when his best friend is threatened by a bully. Lexile: 230. And other books in the Squish series.

Zig and Wikki in The Cow by Nadja Spiegelman
Two extraterrestrial friends land on Earth in the center of a farm ecosystem, where an argument forces them to separate, only to be brought back together in the stomach of a cow. Lexile: 270


Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies
Introduces the sights and sounds of the changing seasons, along city streets and in country meadow. Lexile:

Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space by Amy E. Sklansky
Offers lyrically presented facts about space and with perspective illustrations and additional explanations in the margins. Lexile:


Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin
An island is about to be born- one that in time will become the home of plants and animals that exist nowhere else on Earth. This book is the biography of a Galápagos island- from birth, through adolescence, to adulthood, and beyond. Lexile: 900
Or other books by Jason Chin – Gravity, Coral Reefs, or Redwoods.

Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival by Janet Wyman Coleman
Recounts the true story of eight bottlenose dolphins and their trainers who survived the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Lexile: 710

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
Here is the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon — a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines. Lexile: 990

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber
Demonstrates how Scout the bee searches for nectar to sustain her hive and pollinates flowers to produce seeds and fruits. Lexile: 840

The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
An illustrated introduction to a variety of beetle species with information on unique characteristics and how these insects have adapted to survive. Lexile:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Brian Mealer
When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone’s crops began to fail. His family didn’t have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes. (Publisher) Lexile: 910
IRA, NCSS, NSTA, Nutmeg Nominee 2015,

Survival at 120 Above by Debbie S. Miller
Introduces the variety of animals who call the Australian Simpson Desert home and shows how they have adapted to survive extreme temperatures. Lexile: . Also Survival at 40 Below.

No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart
When you think of chocolate, you might think of a candy bar, a birthday cake, or a glass of chocolate milk. But where does chocolate come from? This book tells about the cocoa bean, which grows in the tropical rain forests and how the animals and other living things play an important part, even the monkeys. Lexile: 740


On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne
Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories. Lexile: 680

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor
Retells the story of Rachel Carson, a pioneering environmentalist who wrote and published “Silent Spring,” the revolutionary book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world. Lexile: 890




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2014 Kindergarten to Grade 2 Summer Reading List

April 3, 2014 Leave a comment

(Finished) DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – K-2 Lexile 0-500

This list was compiled by Linda Williams for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Some of the titles selected are loosely connected to Connecticut’s statewide summer reading theme, SCIENCE or are written or illustrated by Connecticut residents. Many listed titles have been selected as exemplary books by at least one of the following: American Library Association (ALA) the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Assocation (NSTA) or the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). (Download a .pdf of the list). These titles were selected as books that could be read by children going in grades K-2. Lexile measures are noted where known. According to the Lexile Framework for Reading, Lexile measures from 0-300 = Grade 1 and from 140-500 = Grade 2 reading levels.


Slow Down for Manatees by Jim Arnosky
Injured by a passing motorboat, a pregnant manatee is rescued and taken to an aquarium to recover and have her baby in a safe environment. Lexile: 860

I Took a Walk by Henry Cole
A visit to woods, pasture, and pond brings encounters with various birds, insects, and other creatures of nature. Flaps fold out to reveal the animals on each two-page spread. Lexile: 190

The Voyage of Turtle Rex by Kurt Cyrus
Follows the life of a giant prehistoric sea turtle. Lexile: 580

Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies
On her way to school, a young girl spots mallard ducks in the river and enthusiastically describes their appearance, habits, and behavior. Interspersed throughout the pages are facts about ducks. Lexile: 940

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming
In the summer of 1851, with encouragement and ideas provided by his family, an inventor builds a working submarine and takes his family for a ride. Includes notes about Lodner Phillips, the real inventor on whom the story is based.Lexile: 480

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
Illustrations and rhyming text describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses to autumn. Lexile: NP

Yucky Worms by Vivian French
While helping Grandma in the garden, a child learns about the important role of the earthworm in helping plants grow. Lexile: 620

Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst
A young man has a lifelong love of rock collecting that eventually leads him to work at a science museum. Lexile: 440

Moustronaut Goes to Mars by Mark Kelly
A small but plucky mouse named Mike is sure that he can help the Space Shuttle astronauts, and ends up saving the whole mission. Includes facts about NASA and space travel. Lexile:

Pluto Visits Earth! by Steve Metzger
Angry at being downgraded to a dwarf planet by Earth scientists, Pluto travels through the solar system, asking other planets along the way for support, in hopes of regaining his planetary status. Lexile: 380

11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offil
A young child tries a series of wacky experiments, such as seeing if a piece of bologna will fly like a frisbee and determining whether seedlings will grow if watered with expensive perfume, and then must suffer the consequences of experiments gone awry. Lexile:

A Leaf Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas
In rhyming text and illustrations, explores some of the many things a leaf can be, from tree topper to rain stopper. Includes facts about leaves and a glossary. Lexile: 170

Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre
Follows a bear from the time she emerges from her den in April after four months without food, through months of eating fish, ants, and huckleberries, to midwinter when the arrival of two cubs interrupts her long winter’s rest. Includes facts about brown (grizzly) bears of the Yellowstone National Park/Glacier National Park region. Lexile:

Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka
On a mission to conquer planet Earth, tiny but fearless Robot Zot and his mechanical sidekick leave a path of destruction as they battle kitchen appliances. Lexile: 390

June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner
While her third-grade classmates are sprouting seeds in paper cups, Becky has a more ambitious, innovative science project in mind. Lexile: 750


Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends by Kate McMullan
Pearl and Wagner, a rabbit and a mouse, work together to build a robot for their science project. Lexile: 340

Robot, Go Bot!: A Comic Reader by Dana Meachen Rau
A young girl makes so many demands on the robot she has constructed that he runs away.


Oh No!, or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett
After winning the science fair with the giant robot she has built, a little girl realizes that there is a major problem. Lexile:


In the Sea by David Elliott
A collection of poems for children featuring woodcut illustrations and rhyming text from David Elliot on the characteristics and behaviors of sea horses, sharks, urchins, whales, and other sea creatures. Lexile: NP

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
Celebrates the shape of a spiral in nature, from rushing rivers to flower buds and even the shape of an ear. Lexile: 330


Things That Float and Things That Don’t by David A. Adler
An apple floats in a tub of water, but a ball of aluminum foil sinks to the bottom. But wait. If that same ball of foil is flattened out and shaped into a boat, it floats! How can that be? David A. Adler’s clear, concise text and Anna Raff’s delightful illustrations explain the basic principles of flotation and density in a way that will really sink in. Lexile: 600

I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb
Introduces the characteristics and actions of the wind through simple hands-on activities. Lexile: 540

Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Allan Drummond
It’s windy on the Danish island of Samsø. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island. Lexile: 920

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
Simple text and bright pictures show how butterflies use flowers and identify several types of butterflies. Lexile: 160

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
During a cross country ski trip through the winter woods, adventurers can discover all sorts of animals living under the snow. Lexile: 700

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer
An evocative counting primer combines contrasting illustrations with engaging animal facts that invite young children to count a woodpecker’s 30 roosting holes, a giraffe’s 200 spots and 1,000 baby seahorses. Lexile: 860


Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations. Lexile: 830

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone
An introduction to the life and achievements of the first American female doctor describes the limited career prospects available to women in the early nineteenth-century, the opposition Blackwell faced while pursuing a medical education, and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women. Lexile:

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2014 Grade 7 & 8 Summer Reading List

April 3, 2014 Leave a comment

DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT - Grade 7-8 Lexile: 735-1100

This list was compiled by Linda Williams for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Many of the titles selected are loosely connected to Connecticut’s statewide summer reading theme, SCIENCE. Most listed titles have been selected as exemplary books by at least one of the following: American Library Association (ALA) the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), or the National Science Teachers Assocation (NSTA). (Download a .pdf of the list).


The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, The Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson
Eel, an orphan, and his best friend Florrie must help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water, and not poisonous air, when an epidemic sweeps across their London neighborhood in 1854. Lexile: 660

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father–but no one will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: he’s working on a top secret government program. Lexile: 790


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl. Lexile: 690

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing. Lexile:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. LexileL: 790

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Lexile: 770
ALA, Nutmeg Nominee,

Orleans by Sherry L. Smith
Set in a futuristic, hostile Orleans landscape, Fen de la Guerre must deliver her tribe leader’s baby over the Wall into the Outer States before her blood becomes tainted with Delta Fever. (Publisher) Virus diseases. Lexile: 750


Primates by Jim Ottaviani
This is the true story of three scientists who risked their lives for research that forever changed the way we think of primates–including ourselves. Lexile:




Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns
Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents. Lexile: 1200

Faces From the Past: Forgotten People of North America by James Deem
Describes the discovery of bodies in North America from fifteen to twenty thousand years ago, and discusses the evidence their remains reveal about themselves and the civilizations in which they lived. Lexile: 1190

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman
Through the case history of Phineas Gage, a 19th century Vermonter who had an iron bar driven through his brain and lived, the book examines what is known of brain function. Lexile: 1030

Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives by Albert Marrin
A history of the slick and foul-smelling substance that drives our existence and that becomes scarcer as our dependence on it grows. Lexile: 1070

Eruption!: The Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch
An account of the work of volcanologists Andy Lockhart, John Pallister, and their team describes their life-risking efforts to investigate dangerous volcanoes that pose threats to more than one billion people worldwide. Lexile: 1000

The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth by Anita Silvey
Presents the experiences and contributions of early adventurers, explorers, and scientists responsible for discovering and documenting new types of plants, showing how their often dangerous voyages help establish the field of botany. Lexile: ;1170


Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
Traces the inspiring life and career of the late founder of Apple, covering topics ranging from his struggles as an adopted child and a college dropout to his Buddhist faith and friendship with Steve Wozniak, in a portrait framed around his inspirational Stanford University commencement speech. Lexile: 1110
ALA, Outstanding Books for the College Bound,

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
A biography of English naturalist Charles Darwin that provides an account of the personality behind evolutionary theory and the affect of his work on his personal life, such as his relationship with his religious wife. Lexile: 1020


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Starred Books of 2013

January 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Download .pdf compilations of 2013 books which received 2 or more stars.

*updated after award announcements

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Children’s Book Publishers

January 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Abbeville Press – Abbeville Press, founded in 1977, is an international publisher and distributor of art and illustrated books – approximately 70 titles per year in English and a dozen in French.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansChildren’s Books.

Abdo Publishing “Educational publisher of nonfiction children’s books.” Imprints: ABDO & DAUGHTERS (G4-8) ; BUDDY BOOKS (G2-4) ; CHECKERBOARD LIBRARY (G3-5) ; SANDCASTLE (P-2). “Sister Companies”MAGIC WAGON ; SPOTLIGHT ; ABDO {digital}.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansResearch & White PapersGraphic Novel Teachers’ GuidesStudent ActivitiesDownloadable Desktop Images & Bookmarks.

Abrams Books for Young Readers (sitemap ; Facebook.) Founded in 1949, specializing in art books. Acquired by Times Mirror in 1966, and from Times Mirror by La Martinière in 1997. Began publishing children’s books in 1986, with a series of Museum ABC books. 1990 saw their launch of the First Impressions series, art books for young readers. Company historyImprints: ABRAMS APPLESEED [Facebook], AMULET [Facebook], STEWART, TABORI & CHANG. [Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr]
Features for Teachers & Librarians: Reading Group GuidesContacting AuthorsPermissions.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Albert Whitman & Company (sitemapFacebook) Independent children’s book publishers, founded in 1919. Publishes The Boxcar Children Mysteries, and some middle grade fiction, but is best known for their bibliotherapeutic books which address topics such as divorce, disability, and interracial families. Blog. (About Gertrude Chandler Warner).
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksActivity Guides (e.g. Bat’s Big Game Readers’ Theater), Permissions.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

All About Kids Publishing - San Jose, California Independent children’s book publisher. About usFeatures for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Alpha House Publishing “Books that reflect the increasing need for accurate and factual information that dispels the myths and clears up the confusion surrounding health topics as they relate to kids and the world around them.” from their website.

Annick Press (sitemapFacebook) Canadian publisher of children’s books, primarily picture books. Publishes approximately 30 new titles per year. In sprint of 2000 they added a line of young adult titles. About AnnickBlogFeatures for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthor & Illustrator VideosPodcastsCatalogsLesson PlansBook Trailers.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Arte Publico Press “Publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors.” Children’s and Young Adult ImprintPINATA BOOKS. The Piñata imprint was established in 1994, “dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the themes, languages, characters, and customs of Hispanic culture in the United States.” They publish bilingual picture books for children and young adult novels – about 10 books per year.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansTeacher GuidesPermissionsCatalog Request FormFeatures for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

August House Storytelling guides, and folktale collections for children and adults.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthors & ArtistsStorytellingLesson PlansBooklists for Character EducationLeveled Reading Correlation Chart.
Features for Kids & FamiliesStory Cove (animated stories for kids), Family Literacy Guide (48 page .pdf).

Barefoot Books (sitemapFacebook)
Independent publisher of children’s books run by two women with children. Emphasis on “original, high-quality picture books from traditional cultures all over the world.” Our StoryBarefoot Goes GreenBlogPodcasts.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew Books.
Features for Kids & FamiliesChildren’s Crafts & Activities.

Barron’s Educational (Facebook)
For Writers & ArtistsSubmissions (scroll down).

Bearport Publishing
Publisher of hi-interest nonfiction for K-8. About us.
For Teachers & LibrariansState Standards SearchCatalog Request Form.

Bethany House
Evangelical Christian publisher, “purpose… to help Christians apply biblical truth in all areas of life.” Mostly books for adults, but has several paperback series for middle- and high-school aged children.

Blackbirch (see Thomson Gale)

Blooming Tree Press (not updated since 2008)
“Dedicated to creating quality books for young readers and adults.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthorsCatalogPermissions.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Bloomsbury & Walker Books for Kids (sitemapBloomsbury Kids on FacebookBloomsbury Teens on Facebook
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthor VisitsCatalogGuides & ActivitiesReading Group Guides.
Features for TeensExtras.

Boyds Mills Press
Trade division of Highlights for Children, Inc. Imprints: Boyds Mills Press (“Picture books, nonfiction, activity books, poetry, and paperback reprints”), Calkins Creek(American history – fiction, nonfiction, and picture books), Front Street (“children’s and young adult fiction, in hardcover and paperback, and a unique line of art- and design-driven picture books”), Wordsong (“the only imprint in the country that is devoted exclusively to poetry for children”).
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthorsArtists.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Brown Barn Books (a division of Pictures of Record, Inc.)
“Publisher of books for young adults-from about 12 up.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansCatalogTeacher’s Guides.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Calkins Creek see Boyds Mills Press
“Picture books, chapter books, and novels–nonfiction and historical fiction for ages eight and up.”

Candlewick (sitemapFacebook)
“Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, publishes… children’s books for readers of all ages… 100 percent owned and operated by [its] employees…”Candlewick History.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansLibrary Lion Story Hour Guide & Event Kit (4 page .pdf), Downloads, Links & More!Authors & IllustratorsNewsletterCatalog,Costume RequestsPermissions.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.
Features for Kids & FamiliesDownloads, Links & More!.

Capstone Press Began in 1992. “Educational publisher of nonfiction children’s books, serving school and public libraries since 1991… dedicated to building a strong foundation for beginning and struggling readers, as well as ESL students, to achieve reading success.”
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthors & IllustratorsEducator ResourcesReader’s Theatre,

Charlesbridge “Independent publisher of research-based instructional materials for teachers and students, and… picture books for children of all ages… Founded in 1980 as an educational publisher… began publishing children’s books in 1989.” Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & IllustratorsActivities & Downloadables,Correlation to National Curriculum StandardsGuided Reading Level ListDownloadable Cover ImagesSchool Division.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.
Features for Kids & FamiliesActivities & Downloadables.

Chelsea House an imprint of Infobase Publishing
Nonfiction for children and young adults. About us.
Features for Writers & Artists: Submissions.

Child’s World
“An independent, family-owned company that has been publishing books for schools and libraries since 1968.” Nonfiction and easy-readers targeting the school market.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansBook ActivitiesFAQ.

Chronicle (kids)
In its 9th year of publishing hardcover children’s books (paperbacks for 3 years), focuses on “high quality and innovative children’s books,” “books that inspire young readers to learn and grow creatively while helping them discover the joy of reading,” art, activities, fairy tales, growing up, multicultural, environment and nature books.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthors & IllustratorsReaders GuidesActivitiesPermissions.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.
Features for Kids & FamiliesActivitiesPostcards.

Cinco-Puntos Press
An “independent, NOT non-profit, literary press that specializes in publishing the literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and books for kids) from the U.S./Mexico border, Mexico and the American Southwest… distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. [Publishes] bilingual and culturally relevant children’s books.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthors & ArtistsTeacher Resources.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions .

Clavis Publishing
“We believe in raising readers by publishing books for children of all ages that stimulate their imaginations.”

Compass Point Books see Capstone Press

Publishing children’s non-fiction books on sports, science, technology, ABC’s, history, animals, countries, art, and biographies, since 1978, most by the same author (Bobbie Kalman).
Features for Teachers & LibrariansTeacher GuidesGraphic Organizers.

Religious and inspirational books, professional and academic titles, illustrated children’s booksBlog.

Darby Creek Publishing
“Children’s books that will appeal to all young people, especially reluctant readers.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthors & Illustrators.

Dawn Publications
“Nature appreciation titles,… guides to assist teachers to share nature in the classroom.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & IllustratorsTeacher Guides (for sale), News.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Delacorte (see Random House)

Dorling Kindersley
Founded in London in 1974. Illustrated non-fiction, interactive software for children, from infant to young adult, and adults. Acquired by Pearson PLC, DK is now a part ofPenguin GroupAbout.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthorsTeacher Lounge.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.
Features for Kids & FamiliesChannel Fun.

Down East Books
Maine small press specializing in regional books. Children’s booksOur company.

Christian publisher. Publishes books that “nurture children’s faith in God and help children understand and explore the wonder, joy, and challenges of life.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthors & IllustratorsAuthor InterviewsBook Discussion GuidesSubject GuidePromotional MaterialsPermissions.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissionsStyle Guides for Eerdmans Authors.

Enslow Publishers, Inc.
“Quality, educational nonfiction books for children and young adults, who will access these materials in school and public libraries.” Company Info.
For Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksReading Level Chart.

Erickson Press
“An independent publisher of high-quality, high-interest, low-reading level, nonfiction books.” About us.

Farrar, Straus & Giroux (see also Macmillan)
“Founded in 1946… publishes books for toddlers through young adults.” About us.
For Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksForthcomingAuthors & IllustratorsTeachers GuidesBibliographiesTeensTours & EventsHow to Plan an Author Visit.
For Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Feiwel and Friends (see also Macmillan)
For Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksComing SoonAuthors.
For Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

First Second (see also Macmillan)
“Original graphic novel projects in almost any genre, for any age. Fiction of all kinds, and non-fiction from visual essays to journalism and memoirs.” FAQBlog.
For Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & IllustratorsLesson Plans, Activity Kits, and Reading Group Guides.

Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Canadian publisher specializing in reference, trade, education, and children’s books. About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksCatalogsTeachers Guides (extensive 40-50 page guides).
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Flashlight Press
Independent publishing house which publishes 2-4 original picture books each year.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & Illustrators.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Floris Books (Scotland)
Non-fiction for adults, and books for children… “the largest children’s book publisher in Scotland.” About us.
For Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Free Spirit
Books and other learning materials for children and teens, parents, educators, counselors. About usFAQFeatures for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksDownloads for Educators.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.
Features for Kids & FamiliesDownloads for KidsDownloads for TeensDownloads for Parents.

Front Street Books (see also Boyds Mills Press)
“Fiction for children and young adults and sophisticated picture books from here and abroad.” About us.

Gareth Stevens
A division of the Weekly Reader Publishing Group, publishes mostly school non-fiction. About Gareth StevensFor Teachers & LibrariansNew Books.

Gibbs-Smith Publisher Primarily an adult and textbook publisher, but home to Sierra Club books for childrenAbout usBlog.

Gingerbread House Westhampton Beach, New York
Children’s books. About us.

Graphic Arts Center Northwest focus. Mostly adult books, but occasional children’s books. Imprints: ALASKA NORTHWEST (“Publisher of books about Alaska, Alaska Northwest Books specializes in history, natural history, biography, travel adventure, Native heritage, factbooks, cooking, guidebooks, and children’s books by Alaskans and about Alaska.”) ; WEST WINDS (Books about the western United States. Specializing in “history, natural history, biography, travel adventure, factbooks, cooking, guidebooks, and children’s books.”)
For Teachers & LibrariansCatalogStudy GuidesPermissions.
For Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Greene Bark Press Inc.
“Established in 1991… a small Connecticut-based, family-owned publishing company. It publishes only books the company feels are original, colorful, imaginative, and have some value to add to the growth and learning process of young readers.” About us.

Greenhaven (see also Thomson Gale)
Nonfiction for the high school library market. About Greenhaven.

Greenwood Publishing Group “Publishers of reference titles, academic and general interest books, texts, books for librarians and other professionals, and electronic resources… founded as an academic and educational publisher in 1967.”
ImprintsGreenwood Press (“authoritative reference books in all subject areas taught in middle schools, high schools, and colleges”) ; Praeger Publishers, and Libraries Unlimited.
For Teachers & LibrariansAuthor Events.

Grolier (see Scholastic)

Groundwood “Children’s books for all ages, including fiction, picture books and non-fiction… primary focus… on works by Canadians.” About us.
For Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksLatino BooksAuthors & IllustratorsGuides.
For Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Gullane Children’s Books
For Teachers & LibrariansAuthors,
For Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Hachai Publications Jewish books for children.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Harcourt Children’s Books (see also Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Founded in 1919. Children’s publishing was added.
Imprints: GREEN LIGHT READERS ; GULLIVER BOOKS ; HARCOURT PAPERBACKS ; HARCOURT YOUNG CLASSICS ; ODYSSEY CLASSICS ; STECK-VAUGHN (Nonfiction children’s books for school and public libraries. “curriculum-related books to help them achieve academic success.” Expensive and not usually rated more than average. Short-discounted, too. Look for subjects from other publishers first.) ; RED WAGON ; RIGBY ; SILVER WHISTLE ; VOYAGER BOOKS/LIBROS VIAJEROS.
For Teachers & LibrariansAuthors & IllustratorsActivities & GuidesActivities & Downloadables for Lois Ehlert’s Leaf ManPermissions.

HarperCollins Children’s Books ImprintsAMISTAD (Books “by and about people of African descent on subjects and themes that have significant influence on the intellectual, cultural, and historical perspectives of a world audience.”) ; BALZER & BRAY ; COLLINS ; GREENWILLOW BOOKS (Began in 1974. “Books for children of every age. We hope that at the heart of each book there is honesty, emotion and depth–conveyed by an author or an artist who has something that is worth saying to children and who says it in a way that is worth reading.”) ; HARPERCHILDREN’S AUDIO ; HARPERCOLLINS ; HARPERFESTIVAL (Books, board books, novelties, and merchandise for the very young–children from 0-6.) ; HARPERTEEN (Books for “teens, with characters, settings, and stories relevant to their own lives, minds, and spirits ; from classic themes to the cutting edge.”) ; HARPERTROPHY ; RAYO ; KATHERINE TEGEN (Tegen’s intent: “I have always believed that the best books are made from the best stories-stories that entertain, inform, and that capture the excitement, the joys, and the longings of life. Narratives created through memorable characters and original voices are the most powerful way to connect the reader with the experience of growing up in our world.”) ; TOKYOPOP.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & IllustratorsTeaching GuidesBook ActivitiesPrintables.
Features for Writers & ArtistsFeatures for Kids & ParentsPrintablesListening Room (music and audiobook clips), QuizzeseCardsPreschool Clubhouse,ScreensaversOnline GamesContestsBookfinder.

Heinemann Library (see also Greenwood PressAbout us.

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (see also Macmillan)
“Picture books, chapter books, and novels for preschoolers through young adults.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksGuidesTeens.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Holiday House
“An independent publisher of children’s books… specializ[ing] in quality hardcovers from the picture book level to young adult, both fiction and non-fiction.”
For Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & IllustratorsGuides & Activity Sheets.

Houghton Mifflin
ImprintsCLARION (“Began publishing children’s fiction and picture books in 1965… In 1979 it was bought by and became an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company… includes nonfiction as well as fiction and picture books.”( ; GRAPHIA (” Graphia offers quality paperbacks that reach [teens]… From fiction to nonfiction, poetry to graphic novels.”) ;HOUGHTON MIFFLIN BOOKS FOR CHILDREN ; KINGFISHER (“Publisher of nonfiction and fiction for children of all ages… Reference books, activity books, and early learning books… classic anthologies for five-to-fourteen-year-olds and original picture books for very young children.”) ; REFERENCE ; WALTER LORRAINE (“Formed in 1995. In addition to developing new talent, Walter Lorraine Books publishes [the work of] award-winning authors and illustrators.”)
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksFeatured AuthorsTeacher Guides & Activity SheetsReader’s Guides for Young AdultsSite Map.
Features for Writers & ArtistsFeatures for Kids & ParentsHomeschool Resources.

Hyperion Books for Children
ImprintsJUMP AT THE SUN (“The first children’s book imprint to celebrate black culture for all children.” MICHAEL DI CAPUA BOOKS : “From the esteemed publisher of the same name.”) VOLO (“Paperback original series.”).
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthors & IllustratorsBook an AuthorTeacher’s GuidesReaders’ GuidesSite Map.
Features for Kids & ParentsAudio Excerpts.

Ideals Publications About us.
ImprintsCANDY CANE PRESS , IDEALS CHILDREN’S BOOKS ; LITTLE HANDS ; WILLIAMSON BOOKS (Primarily paperback craft books, many along a common curricular theme (i.e. Ancient Greece, Knights & castles, etc.)
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew Books.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Illumination Arts
A publishing company in Bellevue, Washington, “publishes high quality, enlightening children’s picture books with enduring, inspiring and spiritual messages.” Our story.Blog.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Interlink Books
Interlink Books publishes a general trade list of adult fiction and non-fiction with an emphasis on books that have a wide appeal while also meeting high intellectual and literary standards.
Imprint: CROCODILE BOOKS (Illustrated children’s picture books and fiction and non-fiction for children ages 3-8 from around the world.)

Jewish Publication Society (JPS)
The oldest publisher of Jewish literature published in the English language.” Children’s Books.

Jason and Nordic
“Easy-to-read books that honestly talk about what it’s like to be a child with a disability… There are sixteen books [in the Turtle Books series]. Each book tells a story of a young child with physical, mental and language impairment including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and communication disorders. All books are printed in 18 point type size. The average reading level is 2.2″

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
“Books for professional and general readers in a range of subjects… known for [books] on the autism spectrum, on social work, and on the arts therapies… mental health, counselling, palliative care, and practical theology.” There are some children’s books.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew Books.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Just Us Books
“An independent publishing company specializing in books and learning materials for children and young people… focuses on Black history, Black culture and Black experiences.”About us.Blog.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & Illustrators.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissionsFeatures for Parents:

Multicultural picture books originating in other countries, “reflect the sensibilities of the countries they represent.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansCatalogAuthors & IllustratorsTeacher TipsSpanish Language Books.
Features for Kids & ParentsFun Stuff.

Kar-Ben Publishing (see also Lerner Publishing)
“A Growing Jewish Library for Children.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksTeacher’s GuidesFree Downloads.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Key Porter Books
Canadian publisher of illustrated books. About us.
Features for Teachers & Librarians: New Books.
Features for Writers & Artists: Submissions.

Kids Can Press (part of Corus Entertainment)
“Publisher of non-fiction titles for children of all ages, covering science, nature, history and crafts… In November 2000, Kids Can Press and Nelvana became part of the Corus Family Entertainment Group, joining other children’s entertainment companies in the Corus Group.” About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & IllustratorsBook Buzz NewsletterPermissionsSite Map.

Kidsbooks Inc.
“Privately held… publisher of… fiction and non-fiction children’s books… markets its books primarily to blue-chip retailers, book clubs, schools and libraries, special markets, and direct to consumers via the Internet.”

Kingfisher (see also Macmillan)

Klutz Books (see also Scholastic, Inc.)
“How-to books… packaged with the tools of their trade.” About us.

Lee & Low
“An independent children’s book publisher specializing in multicultural themes.” Our historyImprintsARCOIRIS (books in Spanish) ; BEBOP BOOKS (“child-centered stories that support literacy learning and provide multicultural content for beginning readers in guided reading and intervention settings.”).
Features for Teachers & LibrariansCatalogBooktalkTeacher’s Guides (scroll down).
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissionsNew Voices Award.
Features for Kids & Parents: ActivitiesHomeschoolersBook Giveaway Contest.

Lemniscaat (see Boyds Mills Press)

Lerner Publishing Group
Books for “the retail, school and library markets on a variety of subjects including biographies, social studies, science, geography, sports, picture books, activity books, multicultural issues, and fiction.” About usImprintsCAROLRHODA BOOKS (Picture books, nonfiction, and fiction titles for children in grades K-6.) ; EDICIONES LERNER(Books in Spanish) ; GRAPHIC UNIVERSE ; KAR-BEN PUBLISHING (“Books on Jewish themes for children and families.”) ; LERNER PUBLICATIONS ; MILLBROOK PRESS(Children’s fiction and non-fiction books in hardcover and paperback for schools, libraries and consumer markets.) ; TWENTY FIRST CENTURY.

Little, Brown and Company (Time Warner)
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & IllustratorsReading Group GuidesTeacher’s GuidesTime Warner Site Map.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.
Features for Kids & ParentsFun & Games.

Little Hare Books
A “boutique children’s book publisher” based in Sydney, Australia. “Ranges from board books for babies to fiction for upper primary readers.”
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthor ProfilesNew Releases.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Little Tiger Press
Picture books for children.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & Illustrators,
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.
Features for Kids & ParentsKids’ CornerMonthly Competitions.

Lobster Press
Features for Teachers & LibrariansActivity Sheets & Coloring PagesGuides, Quizzes, Lesson Plans.

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (no website)

Lucent Books (see Thomson Gale)
“Educational nonfiction for upper-elementary to high school students.” About usMacmillan - Children’s imprints include: Feiwel & FriendsFarrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young ReadersFirst SecondHenry Holt Books for Young ReadersRoaring BrookPriddy BooksSquare FishTor Teen/StarscapeTor/Seven Seas;Kingfisher.

Magination Press Books “written for ages 4 through 18, [that] deal with topics ranging from the everyday– starting school, shyness, normal fears, and a new baby in the house — to more serious problems, such as divorce, attention deficit disorder, depression, serious injury or illness, autism, trauma, death, and much more.” Acquired by the American Psychological Association in 1997.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew Books.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Marshall Cavendish
Publisher of high quality illustrated reference books and children’s books. Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksAuthors & IllustratorsImprints: BENCHMARK BOOKS (Focuses on series nonfiction for students. Subjects covered include activities, American studies, the arts, biographies, health, human behavior, mathematics, science, social studies and world cultures.) ; CAVENDISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS (Picture books, nonfiction and fiction for children and young adults.) MARSHALL CAVENDISH REFERENCE (Multi-volume encyclopedias on subjects such as literature and the arts, multiculturalism, mythology and religion, science, social studies and history.)

Mason Crest
Nonfiction publisher. “Core-related materials for grades K-12.” About usSite map.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansLesson Plans.

Milkweed Editions - Young Readers
An “independent, nonprofit literary publishers, releasing twelve to twenty new books each year in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry… one of two nonprofit presses that publish children’s literature… publishes with the intention of making a humane impact on society, in the belief that literature is a transformative art uniquely able to convey the essential experiences of the human heart and spirit.”
Features for Teachers & Librarians.

Millbrook Press (see Lerner Publications)

Mitten Press (an imprint of Ann Arbor Media Group)
Children’s books. About us.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansAuthors & IllustratorsActivity guides.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Mondo Publishing “Research-based literacy materials and…exemplary professional development for teachers and administrators… children’s books [including] fiction, nonfiction, music, and poetry.” Features for Teachers & Librarians: Site Map.

Morgan Reynolds Publishers Nonfiction for young adults.

National Geographic Books & Calendars - Kids Books & Atlases

Graphic novels.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksRecommended for LibrariesClassic Tales Author Gallery.
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

“Independent publisher of children’s books… [rooted] in Europe, where [their] sister company, Nord-Süd Verlag, was founded.”

Northland Publishing “Books that capture the spirit of the West.”
Children’s ImprintsRISING MOON (“Northland’s children’s imprint… started in 1988 to publish Southwestern picture books and is now focused on acquiring titles with wide appeal and universal themes… frequently recognized for producing excellent Spanish-English bilingual titles.”) ; LUNA RISING (bilingual books).
Features for Teachers & LibrariansTeaching Guides

Orca Book Publishers Books for children and young adults by Canadian authors.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansTeacher’s GuidesOrca Soundings (hi-interest / lo-reading level fiction).
Features for Writers & ArtistsSubmissions.

Oxford Education - Children’s Books
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksPermissionsSite Map.
Features for Kids & ParentsFun Stuff.

Paintbox Press
“An independent publisher of imaginatively designed picture books for children and adults.”
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew Books.
Features for Kids & ParentsKids’ Page.

Publisher of “children’s picture and chapter books, young adult books, self-help titles covering education, parenting, psychology, and health, guides to the American South, including books about hiking, fishing, and walking.”

Peel Productions
Features for Kids & ParentsArt School Online (Free Online Lessons and Downloads).

Pelican Publishing - Children’s Books
“Travel guides, art and architecture books, Christmas stories, local and international cookbooks, motivational and inspirational works, and children’s books, as well as a growing number of social commentary, history, and fiction titles.”
Features for Teachers & LibrariansPermissions.
Features for Writers & ArtistsAuthor SubmissionsIllustrator Submissions.

Penguin Group Young Readers @ Penguin.
Includes DialDuttonFirebirdFrederick WarneG.P. Putnam’s SonsGrosset & DunlapPhilomelPrice, Stern, SloanPuffinRazorbillSpeak, and Viking Children’s.
Features for Teachers & LibrariansNew BooksTeachers’ GuidesBlogPermissions.
Features for Kids & FamiliesHumphrey Drawing Contest (Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2008).

Peter Bedrick Books
For children ages 6-12, Peter Bedrick titles cover ancient civilizations, world history, religions, culture, science, mythology, art, and poetry.

Pitspopany Press
Books on a variety of Jewish topics for children and young adults.
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Platypus Media - Children’s Books
“An independent publisher dedicated to creating and distributing materials about family life.” Features for Teachers & LibrariansSite Map.

Pleasant Company
Books for girls in the ages 8-13. “Historical fiction (high-quality, with strong, suspenseful stories that illuminate life in a significant time and place in American history), contemporary fiction (capturing the spirit and voice of contemporary American girls & While we do not shy away from serious issues, we want AG Fiction to offer an alternative to the graphic content found in much of today’s YA literature. These novels are for middle-grade readers who are not ready to delve too deeply into mature themes such as sexuality or deviant behavior.”), and nonfiction (advice and activity books).” Features for Kids & ParentsFun for GirlseCards“Wintry Words” Poetry MakerBook Activities Online.

Pokeweed Press
Specializes in picture books for children from 4 to 12, seemingly all by Frank B. Edwards and John Bianchi.

Priddy Books (see also Macmillan)
Books “designed to play an essential role in helping your children develop key early learning skills.”
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Pro Lingua Press
“Original stories that were meticulously translated by native speakers in order to retain the flow and characteristics of each language… format wherein each text is simultaneously presented in English, German French and Spanish.”

Purple House Press
“Our mission is to rescue long lost, but well loved children’s books.” [Facebook ; Pinterest]
Features for Teachers & Librarians: New Books, Authors.
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Features for Writers & Artists: ” Purple House Press does not accept manuscripts for new books, there are too many old ones out there we want to save!”

Random House
Random House includes many of the names we know but might not realize are under the Random House umbrella. Publishers include Bantam Dell Publishing Group (including Delacorte & Spectra), the Crown Publishing Group, Doubleday, Knopf, & Waterbrook Press. Kids@Random is the website for children’s books at Random House (more info on imprints & divisions of Random House)
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Raven Tree Press
Established in 2000. Publishes bilingual children’s books.
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Readers Digest Children’s Books Red Deer Press (see also Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Focus on “books by, about or of interest to Canadians with special emphasis on the West… children’s and literary publishing.” About Red Deer Press.

Richard C. Owen Publishers

Rigby Educational (see Harcourt)

Roaring Brook (see also Macmillan)
“Books for children of all ages, from toddlers to teens.” About us.
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Rosen Publishing Group Curriculum-based nonfiction for children and young adults, grades 5-12. Hot topics that other houses haven’t covered. About us.
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Rourke Publishing Group Vero Beach, Florida
Nonfiction for grades K-8. No about us page.
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Regional publisher. Specializes in nonfiction books for the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska and California. Children’s titles called “Little Foot Books.” All authors and illustrators are from the region.

Scholastic, Inc.
Global children’s publishing and media company, established almost 80 years ago.
Imprints: ARTHUR A. LEVINE BOOKS ; BLUE SKY PRESS ; CARTWHEEL BOOKS ; CHILDREN’S PRESS (Children’s nonfiction and early readers for children from preschool through middle school.) ; FRANKLIN WATTS (Non-fiction for the intermediate level through high school.) ; GROLIER (“Multi-volume, subject-specific sets and general reference encyclopedias for students as young as third grade.”) ; KLUTZ BOOKS (“Specialty children’s and adult activity books with attached toys. Acquired by Scholastic Inc. in 2002.”) ; ORCHARD (Hardcover children’s books for preschoolers through young adults-primarily picture books and novels, and a limited amount of nonfiction. Overall high quality.) ; SCHOLASTIC, INC. ; SCHOLASTIC PAPERBACKS ; SCHOLASTIC PRESS ; SCHOLASTIC REFERENCE.
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Shen’s Books
“A publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.”
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Sierra Club Books
Nonfiction. “Interested in great nature writing, first-person narratives, and all subjects relating to ecology and the environment.”
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Silver Moon Press
About 50 titles “in such areas as science, multicultural, and biographies” with a focus on historical fiction.
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Simon & Schuster
Children’s Imprints: ALADDIN ; ATHENEUM (Including: Jackson ; Jean Karl ; Schwartz.), BEACH LANELITTLE SIMONMARGARET McELDERRYPAULA WISEMAN,SIMON & SCHUSTER BFYR ; SIMON PULSE (Series books for teens 14-19), SIMON SPOTLIGHT.
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Sleeping Bear Press (see also Thomson Gale)
Picture books. About us.
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Sono Nis Press
Adult and children’s books, mostly nonfiction. About Sono Nis.
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Snow Tree Books
Independent publisher “dedicated to producing unique and memorable books for chlidren.” About us.

Square Fish (see also Macmillan)
“Reformatted and repackaged books from Macmillan’s children’s imprints.” FAQ.
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Starscape (see also Macmillan)

Stemmer House

Sylvan Dell Publishing
Illustrated children’s books “for the love of reading and learning.”
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Thomson Gale
“A business of The Thomson Corporation,… best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs — from homework help to health questions to business profiles — in a variety of formats — books, Web-based solutions and microfilm.” Imprints for children and young adults: BLACKBIRCH(“Educational, nonfiction books for elementary and middle school students. Launched as an independent imprint in 1992,” purchased by Thomson Gale in 2001.) ;GREENHAVEN (“Founded more than thirty years ago when it launched its flagship series–Opposing Viewpoints,” purchased by Thomson Gale in 2000.) ; KIDHAVEN(“Launched by Greenhaven in 2001, “quality, nonfiction books for younger readers… striv[ing] to present important information through the use of vivid imagery – both in the writing and in the picture selection.”) ; LUCENT (“Educational, nonfiction books for upper elementary to high school students. Created as a sister company in 1987 to Greenhaven Press… strives to present complex ideas and events simply, but with depth and objectivity…” Purchased by Thomson Gale in 2000.) ; SLEEPING BEAR PRESS(Established in 1998. “Based in Chelsea, Michigan… high-quality, beautifully illustrated picture books.”)
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Tilbury House (Children’s Books)
Adult books with a Maine focus and children’s picture books that explore cultural diversity, nature, and the environment.

Tor Teen/Seven Seas (see also Macmillan)
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Tor Teen/Starscape (see also Macmillan)
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Tradewind Books
“Picture books, novels and poetry for children of all ages.”
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Canadian publisher of children’s picture books, fiction, and non-fiction.
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Turtle Books
“Independent publishing house specializing in illustrated children’s books.”
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reschool to adult, history, languages, natural science, crafts, parent guides, puzzles and beginning readers. Their philosophy, when starting out, in 1973, was that educational nonfiction needed “to change in order to compete with TV and comics.”

Volcano Press (Children’s Books)
Books on domestic violence, women’s focus. Seems to publish folktales too.

Walker Books for Young Readers - a division of Bloomsbury, Inc.
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WestSide Books -
“Fiction for young adult readers.”
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Williamson Books (see Ideals)

Windmill Books
Fiction and nonfiction for grades PreK-8. About Windmill.
ImprintsAlphabet Soup (PreK-2), Skyview Books (Grades 5-8).
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Woodbine House
“Books on disabilities [for] parents, children, teachers, and professionals.”
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Workman School & Library
Mostly novelty books and game books.
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Children’s book division of Zondervan. Parent company, HarperCollins. “Focusing on kids ages 15 and under, we publish and promote age-appropriate books, Bibles, gifts, and videos…” Articles.
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