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Books published by publisher Crabtree Publishing Company

  • The Ninjabread Man

    Katrina Charman

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, Feb. 1, 2016)
    In a terrific twist on the original tale of The Gingerbread Man, follow the amazing Ninjabread Man as he dips and dives out of danger!
  • Bacteria: Staph, Strep, Clostridium, and Other Bacteria

    Judy Wearing

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, Feb. 1, 2010)
    Bacteria are microscopic organisms with a cell structure that is very different from that of the other kingdoms. Traditionally classified according to their shape, scientists now use DNA studies to refine the groupings of bacteria. This book examines bacteria that are found in virtually every environmentincluding those that are characterized by extreme heat, cold, and depthand, of course, bacteria that are found inside our bodies. Intriguing information highlights the key role that bacteria play in shaping the ecology of our planet, how some bacteria make their own food while others feed on ready-made food, and how some do indeed cause disease, while most do not. Case studies examine the development of new vaccines against bacterial diseases and the use of bacteria to help fight pollution.
  • Night of the Spadefoot Toads

    Bill Harley

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2012)
    A classroom favorite!An inspiring story of intergenerational friendship, activism, and how our actions can drastically impact our environment. “Harley’s appealing story shows readers that adults and children can connect in meaningful friendships, and reminds them that conservation can begin in their own backyards.” ―Kirkus ReviewsWhen his father takes a new job in Massachusetts, Ben Moroney must leave behind his best friend Tony, a western banded gecko named Lenny, and worst of all, the Arizona desert home he has loved and explored.Ben’s adjustment to his new environment is not going well until he unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit in his eccentric fifth-grade science teacher, Mrs. Tibbets. She introduces him to the rare and elusive Eastern spadefoot toads that make their home on her rural property. When Ben discovers that Mrs. Tibbets’s land may be sold to developers, he knows he has to do something. As Ben’s obsession with saving the spadefoot toads’ habitat grows, his schoolwork and his relationships with his family and new friends suffer. But just when it seems things can’t get any worse, Ben finds a way to meet his responsibilities to the people around him and demonstrates the importance of even the smallest efforts to save the earth’s rapidly disappearing habitats.A beloved exploration of important environmental themes, this appealing middle grade novel comes from renowned storyteller and two-time Grammy Award winner Bill Harley.Green Earth Book Award (Children’s Fiction) – Newton Marasco FoundationTeacher’s Guide available!
  • Community Helpers from A to Z

    Bobbie Kalman

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, Oct. 1, 1997)
    Lavishly illustrated with artwork and amazing photographs, Alphabasics are a combination of ABC books and picture dictionaries. Each book names an object for each letter and gives fascinating information on topics that are fresh and appealing to children.-- an entire page explores one subject and its related topics-- lavish illustrations and photographs help provide further information-- entertaining and informative factsLet's meet people who make our communities cleaner, safer, more pleasant places to live. Full-color photographs and illustrations with informative captions feature workers performing tasks related to their occupations putting their various roles into a context children will recognize. This alphabet book introduces young readers to a range of community helpers including: -- agricultural workers-- firefighters-- recycling workers-- veterinarians, and more!
  • Center Court: The History of Basketball

    Jaime Winters

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, Sept. 15, 2015)
    Do you know who invented basketball? Who won the first NBA championship? When did the WNBA start? Find the answers to these questions and more in this jam-packed title. Fascinating fact boxes and clearly written text chronicle the historic triumphs and challenges of a favorite American sport thats now played worldwide.
  • Life in the Ancient Indus River Valley

    Hazel Richardson

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2005)
    This book is intended for ages 8-14. The Indus River Valley was once home to thriving communities of peoples who worked the land now known as Pakistan. Some of the world's oldest civilisations, including the Harappans and the Maurya and Gupta empires, grew in this fertile region. This beautiful new book, beautifully documents the lives of these remarkable people from long ago. The topics include: farming innovations that helped support larger populations; the arrival of Hinduism and Buddhism; daily life in a Harappan village; the development of the caste system; early language and writing; and the arrival of the White Huns.
  • What Are Light Waves?

    Robin Johnson

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, Feb. 28, 2014)
    "This engaging title introduces readers to the science of light waves. Relatable examples, accessible text, and a creative design challenge help readers discover the properties of light waves and their essential role in seeing our world"--
  • What Is Motion?

    Natalie Hyde

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, Feb. 28, 2014)
    Motion is a change in an objects position. This fascinating title explains in a clear, simple way how objects are moved by a change in energy. Simple activities show young readers how energy is changed by applying a force, either by coming in contact with an object or by a force that does not touch it physically, like gravity.
  • Going Down Home with Daddy

    Kelly Starling Lyons, Daniel Minter

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2019)
    A 2020 Caldecott Honor Book "On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there’s nothing like going down home.” Down home is Granny’s house. Down home is where Lil Alan and his parents and sister will join great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to family history. All the kids have to decide on what tribute to share, but what will Lil Alan do? In this rich and moving celebration of history, culture, and ritual, Kelly Starling Lyons' eloquent text explores the power of family traditions. Stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Daniel Minter reveal the motion and connections in a large, multigenerational family.
  • What Is Pollination?

    Bobbie Kalman

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, Oct. 1, 2010)
    Pollination by insects is a critical function of all land ecosystems. Most orchard fruits, vegetables, and some field crops are pollinated by insects. This book features photographs that focus on the critical fact that protecting pollinators means having food to eat. It helps children look at insects in a different way.
  • Coral Reef Food Chains

    Bobbie Kalman, Kelley MacAulay

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, March 15, 2005)
    Intended for ages 5-9, this book takes readers on an exciting underwater journey to one of the world's most fascinating habitats. Stunning photographs and detailed illustrations help show: the relationships between the plants, herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores that live in and around the reef; the dangers to these fragile habitats; why coral reefs are described as the rainforests of the sea.
  • Life in a Longhouse Village

    Bobbie Kalman

    Paperback (Crabtree Publishing Company, March 30, 2001)
    Children's author Bobbie Kalman's new series Native Nations of North America is an ongoing series that looks at the lives of the indigenous peoples of North America before the land was divided into the countries of the United States and Canada. The books focus on geographical areas, language groups, important historical events, as well as village life and homes. Some of the books also explain the impact Europeans had on the lives of native peoples. Every step of the research, writing, and editing process has involved native writers and consultants and has been meticulously checked for cultural sensitivities -- and, of course, Bobbie Kalman has put her teaching expertise to work on each book.The people who lived in the northeastern woodlands belonged to many nations and spoke many languages. This region's two major language groups were Iroquoian and Algonkian. Some of the nations were friends, and some were not, but they all shared a common way of life -- life in a Longhouse Village. All these nations lived in permanent homes and grew crops. They all belonged to clans and each longhouse was the home of a clan. Children will learn about the fascinating lifestyle of these hunting and farming peoples who thanked the Earth each day for its many gifts.Topics include: -- clan and village life-- how a longhouse was built-- life inside the longhouse-- gifts from the land-- making clothes from hide-- the roles of men, women, children and elders-- games and celebrations