The Tree Lady- Learn about Katherine Olivia Sessions who brought trees to San Diego and created what eventually became Balboa Park.
Scaly, Spotted, Feathered, Frilled- Introduces the incredible talents of the paleoartist, whose work reanimates gone-but-never-forgotten dinosaurs in giant full-color paintings that are as strikingly beautiful as they aim to be scientifically accurate, down to the smallest detail. Follow a paleoartist through the scientific process of ascertaining the appearance of various dinosaurs from millions of years ago to learn how science, art, and imagination combine to bring us face-to-face with the past.
Hey, Charleston!- What happened when a former slave took beat-up old instruments and gave them to a bunch of orphans? Thousands of futures got a little brighter and a great American art form was born. In 1891, Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins opened his orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina. Soon the orphanage had a band. The Jenkins Orphanage Band caused a sensation on the streets of Charleston. The children performed as far away as Paris and London, and they earned enough money to support the orphanage that still exists today. They also helped launch the music we now know as jazz.
Volcano Rising- Discusses volcanoes, describing what happens when they erupt, and highlighting eruptions throughout history.
Math At the Bank- Uses word problem examples at the bank to introduce the concepts of place value, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.
Anne Frank and Her Diary- A timeline guides the young reader through the life of Anne Frank, and tells of her famous diary in which she recorded her life and struggles as a young Jewish girl during the Second World War.
Bill and Melinda Gates- Examines the life of the founder of Microsoft, discusses the history of the company, and describes the charitable works done with his wife through their foundation.
Graphing Story Problems- Introduces graphs, describes the different types, and discusses how to obtain data and use it to create a graph.
Sweet Feet- Ten-year-old Samantha "Sweet Feet" Gordon isn't just a girl who plays football. She's also the best player in a league full of boys and has become an online sensation. Known for flying past the defense to reach the end zone 35 times while racking up almost 2,000 yards in one season, Sam's YouTube highlight reel made her an overnight sensation. Appearing in her own Super Bowl commercial and on ESPN, Good Morning America, and Cartoon Network, Sam's attitude that girls can do anything, has inspired people across the world, from the U.S. women's soccer team to NFL greats to other kids just like her.
Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices- Shares stories about growing up in diverse homes or communities, from an Asian youth who gains temporary popularity by making up a false background, to a biracial girl whose father clears subway seats by calmly sitting between two prejudiced women.
Polar Bears- Learn about polar bears including details regarding their behavior, families, and environment.
Monkeys- Learn about monkeys including details regarding their behavior, families, and environment.
Cars- From racecars to electric cars, from engines to tires, this reader covers cars from multiple perspectives.
Jobs People Do- Contains an introduction to the different kinds of jobs people do.
Trucks- What kind of truck carries cars? What kind of truck puts out fires? Truck lovers will delight in the many trucks pictured in this reader. All Level 2 readers are simple and engaging, with plenty of interest and repetition. Vocabulary is easy and sentences are short and simple.