Hooray for Hair!

Tish Rabe - 2013
    Curly or straight? Long or short? It's too hard to choose--until the Cat in the Hat arrives with his Wig-o-lator--a machine that allows the kids to "try on" the hairstyles of a yak, a fur seal, and a porcupine--with comical (and educational) results! Written specifically for children learing to read on their own, this Step 3 reader is based on an episode of the PBS KIDS preschool science show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!  Young readers will flip their wigs over it!

Are You A Butterfly?

Judy Allen - 2000
    Young children should be fascinated by this tiny life found just outside their back door. Full description

How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects

Ruth Heller - 1985
    Go on a fascinating nature hunt to find the butterflies, bees, inchworms, and other intriguing insects hiding in the brilliantly-painted pages of this book.

Ultimate Ocean Rumble

Jerry Pallotta - 2015
    What would happen if sixteen sea creatures met in a tournament? Who will be the ocean champion? Who do you think would win?

Wild Reptiles: Snakes, Crocodiles, Lizards, and Turtles (Wild Kratts)

Chris Kratt - 2015
    PBS’s successful animated show Wild Kratts follows the adventures of zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt as they travel to animal habitats around the globe. Along the way, they encounter incredible creatures while combining science education with fun. Boys and girls ages 4 to 6 can join the Kratt brothers as they activate their Creature Power Suits to creep, crawl, and slither with amazing reptiles!Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. For children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.

The Little Lamb

Judy Dunn - 1977
    "Delectable photographs illuminate this appealing story of a little girl and a lamb."--Child Study Assn.

Growing Frogs

Vivian French - 2000
    Day after day she checks on the jellylike bubbles until they turn into tadpoles, which sprout stumps that turn into legs with webby feet. The engaging narrative and colorful illustrations accurately evoke each stage of a frog's growth--in a story that will inspire children to experience firsthand the wonders of the natural world.

The Big Book of Dinosaurs

Angela Wilkes - 1992
    Children love dinosaurs, and this picture book is a wonderful introduction to the subject, with lifelike models and detailed illustrations sure to excite young readers.


Elizabeth Carney - 2009
    WHAT WAS THAT? That’s the roaring burp of a bullfrog! SEE THAT? That’s the slick, shiny skin of colorful little rainforest frogs! Alive with froggy facts, this book has the coolest photos to bring kids deep into the swampy world of our amphibian amigos.National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.

If I Ran the Rain Forest: All About Tropical Rain Forests

Bonnie Worth - 2003
    The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick for an “umbrella-vator” ride through the understory, canopy, and emergent layers of a tropical rain forest, encountering a host of plants, animals, and native peoples along the way.

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School

Jamie Harper - 2006
    From the enormous Hippo to the teeny Ant, each member of her class is certainly unique. Do you have any idea how long Giraffe's tongue is? Or how much water Pelican's pouch can hold? Visit Miss Mingo's classroom for just one day and meet a delightfully diverse group of students — and discover a world full of wonderful facts!

The Magic School Bus Hops Home: A Book About Animal Habitats

Patricia Relf - 1995
    The class wants to help look for her. Ms. Frizzle says, "The best way to find a frog is to be a frog!" So, the kids take a ride on the Magic School Bus. Join them as they shrink to frog size and learn all about animal habitats!

The Great Graph Contest

Loreen Leedy - 2005
    Follow two comical creatures as they go graph-crazy! Gonk the frog and his friend Chester have all kinds of questions-- do more of their friends like mud, or not? Who has the biggest feet? What color butterfly is most common?In order to answer these questions, the two friends make all kinds of charts-- and so can you!This funny look at graphs and charts introduces several major ways of organizing information-- bar graphs, pie charts, Venn diagrams, and more. With concrete, easy-to-understand examples and bright, cartoonish illustrations, The Great Graph Contest is a kid-friendly introduction to the basics of data visualization that will have you itching to make your own graphs!An author's note expands on the different kinds of charts pictured in the story, and instructions on making your own graphs and charts are included.

Charlie the Caterpillar

Dom Deluise - 1990
    But each time he's told not welcome -- because he's ugly. As winter approaches, Charlie spins himself a cocoon. When spring arrives, the cocoon opens and out comes Charlie -- now a beautiful butterfly. Everyone wants him to be part of their group. But Charlie puts these fair-weather friends properly in their place in this heartwarming story about the meaning of true friendship.

The Magic School Bus in the Arctic: A Book About Heat: A Book About Heat

Anne Schreiber - 1998
    The Magic School Bus slides into the icy arctic to learn why people, animals, and things lose heat and how they preserve it--from house insulation to walrus blubber!