New Reading A-Z and Raz-Plus Leveled Books – October 2017

23 Titles Added

We’ve added 23 new books for the month of October. These new titles include a few Halloween-themed stories, as well as books discussing how the impacts of World War II created different experiences for people around the globe. Available through Reading A-Z and Raz-Plus, these books range in levels from A-Z 2.

Halloween Houses

Halloween Houses

Level: A
Take your students on a trick-or-treating adventure. This book explores the fun and spooky decorations you might come across during Halloween. Emergent readers will enjoy colorful illustrations, high-frequency words and repetitive sentence structure.

Under My Bed

Under My Bed

Level: B
Have you ever lost something, only to discover it was just hiding under your bed? This book is accompanied by a Leveled Book Lesson plan and helps learners identify high-frequency words and recognize/use nouns.

Strange Animals

Strange Animals

Level: C
The world is full of many different kinds of animals. This book informs young learners of creatures they have probably never seen before. From a rosy moth to a water bear or star spider, the engaging photographs found in this book help young learners compare and contrast characteristics of strange animals.

Class Pets

Class Pets

Level: E
Use this book to teach students how to determine author’s purpose and recognize and use verbs as they learn how different classrooms take care of different class pets. Colorful illustrations and repetitive text structure support early emergent readers.

Homemade Halloween

Homemade Halloween

Level: G
Choosing a unique Halloween costume is a fun project, but it becomes that much more rewarding when you make it yourself! In this book, Raina puts her creativity to the test as she creates an original costume that everyone loves. Use this book to help students develop text-to-self connections, make inferences and draw conclusions.

Sled Dogs to the Rescue

Sled Dogs to the Rescue

Level: H, K, N
This nonfiction story describes how teams of brave sled dogs and mushers raced through a grueling blizzard to deliver medicine to help save people from a terrible disease ravaging Alaska in 1925. Simple sentences help learners understand this important event in history.

I'm The Small One

I'm The Small One

Level: J, M, P
Second-grader Sophie is frustrated because she is the smallest in her class. This funny storyline helps readers learn the powerful lesson of self-acceptance and self-love, as Sophie learns there are benefits to being small. Students will also learn to identify silent letters and the use of proper nouns that name people.

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Level: Q, T, W
In this biographical text, readers learn about the musical prodigy Yo-Yo Ma – a famous cellist who gained global recognition for his talent at the age of seven and even played for President John F. Kennedy. This book teaches students to recognize and use complex sentences, and can be used to promote higher-order thinking.

Trick or Treat?

Trick or Treat?

Level: R
This plot describes an internal battle Mike is facing as he tries to weigh his options between doing the right thing or doing the wrong thing to get what he wants. Use this book to help readers learn a valuable lesson from Mike’s actions, and to identify and use synonyms. This book also includes a “Math Minute” and an informational block on UNICEF.

Water Cities

Water Cities

Level: R, U, X
Could you imagine living in a city built on water? This nonfiction book explores the landscapes and lifestyles of people in a city surrounded by water. Using engaging photographs, this book is accompanied by a comprehension eQuiz, a Leveled Book Lesson plan, and a worksheet to help learners use open compound words.

Stories from Asgard: Norse Myths

Stories from Asgard: Norse Myths

Level: S, V, Y
Students learn about the mythical legends created by the Norse people living in Europe between 700 – 1100 CE. Students will love the engaging stories involving trickery, battles, and shape-shifting – they’ll even learn how Thor received his hammer. These stories help students understand root words and their affixes, analyze the plot, and recognize prepositional phrases.

The Blitz

The Blitz

Level: Z1
This historical fiction provides valuable insight about the realities of World War II in London as readers learn about the experiences faced by Reggie, a thirteen-year-old boy who finds himself at the epicenter of a bombing. Utilize the reading strategy of correctly retelling a story and character point of view.

Japanese American Incarceration During World War II

Japanese American Incarceration During World War II

Level: Z2
The bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941 created a lot of prejudice and suspicion towards Japanese Americans. This led to hysteria and the unjust incarceration of over 100,000 Japanese American citizens. In this book, students learn how fear and prejudice led to the imprisonment of innocent Americans. Reading this story helps readers to understand the mistakes of the past to avoid them in the future, and helps students make inferences and draw conclusions while reading.


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