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Sniff, Lick, & Scratch: The Science of Disgusting Animal Habits

Sniff Lick Scratch - book 2 Disgusting Habits Series You thought humans were gross! Animals are even grosser!! In the companion to Pick, Spit, & Scratch, readers will learn all about poop cannon balls and butt sniffing. If you thought the first book was funny, wait till you see this book!

Do flies really puke on our food when we’re not looking? And why do dogs sniff each other’s behinds? The companion book to Pick, Spit & Scratch answers these and many of the other most pressing questions young readers have about the animal kingdom—specifically, do animals really do all those nasty things we hear about, and why?

As with the disgusting habits of humans, there’s a bit of science behind the strange things that animals do. Each spread describes a specific naughty-by-nature habit and provides multilayered reading opportunities in the form of one or two weird, disgusting facts that ratchet up the gross factor by connecting animal habits with relatable concepts. In many cases, the author even debunks commonly held myths about the animal habits described and, in the process, shows that these animal habits, though disgusting to us humans, are really matters of evolution and survival.

Have a question about a specific icky animal behavior? A glossary and index make Sniff, Lick & Scratch a great reference.

Kids will get a thrill out of exclaiming “Eww!” as they read this book. Parents will love that their children are reading and engaged in scientific inquiry.

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Young Voyageur (December 4, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0760363455
ISBN-13: 978-0760363454

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Pick, Spit, & Scratch: The Science of Disgusting Behaviors

Pick, Spit, Scratch - Disgusting Habits Series Book 1
Parents, don’t nag your child about picking their noses. Let Julia show them why it’s gross! In Pick, Spit, & Scratch readers will learn all kinds of reasons picking their nose, ignoring soap, and peeing in pools is disgusting. After reading this book and exploring the hilarious illustrations by Chris Monroe, they’ll think twice before putting their pointer finger in a place it doesn’t belong!

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Young Voyageur (November 27, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0760361789
ISBN-13: 978-0760361788

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Elite Warriors Series

Learn about top secret operations and dangerous missions with this series. Each book includes the high-tech gear soldiers use, steps to becoming an elite warrior, and infographics to tell stories of courage, intellect, and technology!

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7
Lexile Measure: 520 (What’s this?)
Series: Elite Warriors
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Bolt (August 1, 2018)


The Disgusting Crafter Series

This series is definitely disgusting….and in some cases, delicious! Drinkable blood, edible poop, and fake skin are just some of the topics in this series. Young readers will learn how to follow basic directions as they create crazy concoctions to trick and gross out their friends!

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Published: July 31, 2018

Books in series: 6


Military Tech

isbn 0716693720 Big ships, big planes, big guns! All the military hardware and gear that kids want to know about are here in the Bolt set “Military Tech”! Younger readers can learn about everything from massive aircraft carriers to stealthy submarines to body armor and night-vision goggles. Follow along with brave military dogs and look in at drones that spy from above. The amazing pictures alone in these books tell the story, but there is plenty of easy-to-read text to capture the attention of each reader. The books in this series feature high-interest topics that students with a 3rd through 5th grade primary reading level will return to again and again. The easy-to-read infographics make complex STEM subjects easy to understand. Packed with dynamic photos, charts, diagrams, fun facts, and infographics, these high-interest books are designed for young readers and feature stories that will have them return to again and again.

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Black Rabbit (July 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0716693720
ISBN-13: 978-0716693727

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Baby’s Big World: US Government

Baby's Big World: US GovernmentBaby’s Big World™ introduces children to important concepts using simple text and delightful art.
Discover how the U.S.GOVERNMENT works, from how a law is passed, to where the president lives.
This book is a great introduction to the US Government, using simple explanations and clever illustrations.

ISBN-13: 9781946000026
Publisher: Little Hero
Publication date: 03/09/2017
Series: Baby’s Big World Series
Pages: 18
Sales rank: 79,629
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 1 – 3 Years


All-American Fighting Forces

With primary source photos, infographics, timelines, and easy-to-read text, Bolts All-American Fighting Forces series reveals the little-known history of men and women who acted heroically for their country even as they faced hardship and discrimination. Each nonfiction book focuses on a particular fighting force that represents Americas diverse society and history. Helpful glossaries and indexes in each volume direct readers to the most important terms and topics. The books in the BOLT 1 series feature high-interest topics that students with a 3rd through 5th grade primary reading level will return to again and again. Easy-to-read text helps kids understand the material and enjoy the reading experience. Packed with dynamic photos, charts, diagrams, fun facts, and infographics, Bolts attention-grabbing titles are sure to have your readers coming back for more.

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Black Rabbit (April 4, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0716697769
ISBN-13: 978-0716697763

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The Complete Guide to the Titanic

Complete Guide to the Titanic WHAT LED TO THE FAMOUS DISASTER? HOW MANY PASSENGERS SURVIVED? WHAT DOES TITANIC LOOK LIKE NOW? See Titanic’s construction, meet the passengers and crew that were on board, and discover the deep watery home of the shipwreck, more than two miles below the ocean’s surface.

Gr 1 – 3
ISBN-13: 9781435161689
Publisher: Sandy Creek
Publication date: 10/05/2015
Pages: 144

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George Washington Carver: World-Famous Botanist and Agricultural Inventor

GWCarver Series: Great Minds of Science Set 2
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Core Library (September 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1624038719
ISBN-13: 978-1624038716

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Charles Drew: Distinguished Surgeon and Blood Researcher

CharlesDrew Series: Great Minds of Science
Library Binding: 48 pages
Publisher: Core Library (September 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1624038735
ISBN-13: 978-1624038730

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Rev Up Your Writing in Informational Texts

informationaltxt These slim volumes present solid information and sound advice offered in concise, clearly written sentences printed in a large font. Written in a friendly, encouraging tone, they make for engaging reading. Cheerful, colorful cartoons and photos add to the visual appeal. Each title contains examples-usually hand lettered on lined paper, to resemble students’ work-of the specific type of writing, followed by questions to reinforce readers’ comprehension of concepts. Safety advisories appear in Blogs warning children not to share personal information. “Tips for Young Readers” includes helpful guidelines.

Gr 3-6
Series: Rev Up Your Writing
Library Binding: 24 pages
Publisher: Childs World (August 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634070631
ISBN-13: 978-1634070638

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Rev Up Your Writing in Nonfiction Narratives

writingNonfiction These slim volumes present solid information and sound advice offered in concise, clearly written sentences printed in a large font. Written in a friendly, encouraging tone, they make for engaging reading. Cheerful, colorful cartoons and photos add to the visual appeal. Each title contains examples-usually hand lettered on lined paper, to resemble students’ work-of the specific type of writing, followed by questions to reinforce readers’ comprehension of concepts. Safety advisories appear in Blogs warning children not to share personal information. “Tips for Young Readers” includes helpful guidelines.

Gr 3-6
Series: REV Up Your Writing
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Child’s World (August 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634070658
ISBN-13: 978-1634070652

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Life in Colonial America

Life in Colonial America This series humanizes seminal events and movements in U.S. history through the exploration of the lives of men, women, and children. The authors do a terrific job of including a variety of viewpoints, such as those of slaves and child laborers. Sidebars highlight key ideas, including the Homestead Act and the mystery at Roanoke. Passages from primary source documents are included as well. A “Stop and Think” section concludes each title with provocative discussion questions that encourage readers to put themselves in the shoes of people from the featured era. The illustrations are made up of photos, maps, drawings, and charts. The most effecting images are those depicting children—the photo of the little boy selling metal for a World War II scrap drive is a particularly memorable addition. VERDICT Concise and well organized, with a broad perspective, this series is first-rate.

Gr 3–6
Series: Daily Life in Us History
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Core Library (January 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1624036309
ISBN-13: 978-1624036309

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Life During the Industrial Revolution

Industrial Revolution Daily life in US History takes you on a trip to the past to learn what everyday like was like in the different eras of US History.

Gr 3–6
Hardover: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1624036279
ISBN-13: 978-1624036279

This series humanizes seminal events and movements in U.S. history through the exploration of the lives of men, women, and children. The authors do a terrific job of including a variety of viewpoints, such as those of slaves and child laborers. Sidebars highlight key ideas, including the Homestead Act and the mystery at Roanoke. Passages from primary source documents are included as well. A “Stop and Think” section concludes each title with provocative discussion questions that encourage readers to put themselves in the shoes of people from the featured era. The illustrations are made up of photos, maps, drawings, and charts. The most effecting images are those depicting children—the photo of the little boy selling metal for a World War II scrap drive is a particularly memorable addition. VERDICT Concise and well organized, with a broad perspective, this series is first-rate.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms: 101 Inspirational Stories of Joy, Love, and Wonder

Essay Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; 1 edition (March 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193509663X
ISBN-13: 978-1935096634

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