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Loreen Leedy
Leedy and Andrew Schuerger discuss creating AMAZING PLANT POWERS.
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and Andrew Schuerger

The husband-and-wife duo discuss delving into the fascinating plant world in AMAZING PLANT POWERS!

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AMAZING PLANT POWERS: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt, & Change the World
by Loreen Leedy & Andrew Schuerger


This exceptional picture book introduces basic botany and presents the impressive range of adaptations plants have developed, from protecting themselves from forest fires and voracious leaf-eating insects to surviving in hostile environments that are numbingly cold or stiflingly hot.

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NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK

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A Bird is a Bird
by Lizzy Rockwell
Lizzy Rockwell, Illustrator

What do all birds share? Early nonfiction expert Lizzy Rockwell explains the features that set birds apart from other animals. After all, only a bird is a bird!

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NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK

The Cowboy
An I Like to Read® Book Level F
by Hildegard Müller
Hildegard Müller, Illustrator

In this easy-to-read book for emerging readers, a young girl discovers that first impressions can be misleading when a boy in a silly cowboy hat proves to be a hero—and a new friend, too!

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The Fruits We Eat
by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons, Illustrator

Berries, apples, melons, and grapes; oranges, grapefruits, bananas—yum! Here are facts about the different parts of fruits, where and how they grow, and how they are harvested and processed. A companion to The Vegetables We Eat.

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NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK

Market Maze
by Roxie Munro
Roxie Munro, Illustrator

Eight trucks navigate eleven intricately drawn mazes in a book that helps kids understand how food gets to their tables. For additional fun, kids are challenged to look for objects hidden on each spread.

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A Pig Called Heather
by Harry Oulton

A retiring and unmotivated pig called Heather finds herself thrust into the national spotlight and on the run to find her best friend in this humorous and heartwarming tale.

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The Bullet Catch
Murder by Misadventure
by Amy Axelrod and David Axelrod

When the orphanage he called home burns to the ground and his best friends betray him, 14-year-old Leo becomes an apprentice to a has-been magician. This spellbinding mystery chronicles the coming-of-age of a resourceful young man who must refashion his destiny amid murder and misadventure.

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Classroom Picks . . . Informational Picture Books!
Simple Machines
Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys
by David A. Adler
Anna Raff, Illustrator

Two appealing kids and their comical cat introduce levers, wheels, pulleys, inclined planes, and more, and explain how they work. This lively introduction to physics will get kids excited about how simple machines simplify our lives.

CCSS:
RI.2.1-4, 6-10
L.2.3, 4, 4a-c, 4e, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
RF.2.3, 3d, 3f, 4, 4a, 4c
SL.2.1, 1a-c, 2-4, 6
W.2.2, 3, 5, 7 ,8
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These educational books are aligned with Common Core State Standards and are available in hardcover and e-book formats! Check out more of this month's Classroom Picks here.