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  • Johnny Appleseed

    Jane Kurtz, Mary Haverfield

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, Sept. 1, 2004)
    Who's that walking along the Ohio? It's Johnny Appleseed! He walks across the land, planting trees wherever he goes. So, everyone, clap your hands for Johnny Appleseed!
  • Martin's Dream

    Jane Kurtz, Amy June Bates

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, Nov. 25, 2008)
    In 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech that proclaimed that it was time - long overdue - for all men to be treated as equals. Today his beliefs are more important than ever, and author Jane Kurtz explains Dr. King's words in language even the youngest reader can understand.
  • From Slave to Soldier: Based on a True Civil War Story

    Deborah Hopkinson, Brian Floca

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, Jan. 9, 2007)
    Johnny loves his uncle and his master's mule, but he hates being a slave. So when he's asked to join the Union army, he accepts. Being a soldier is hard work, and Johnny wonders if he made the right choice. But when the army needs him, Johnny knows it's up to him to come to the rescue!
  • Space Cows

    Eric Seltzer, Tom Disbury

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, Aug. 28, 2018)
    Cows in space: What’s not to love? This Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read is all about space cows and the wacky and fun things they do!Space cows fly high. Space cows fly low. Space cows dance three in a row. Space cows are green. Space cows are blue. Some of them quack (but most of them moo)! Read all about space cows in this book for beginning readers who like to giggle!
  • Pearl Harbor : Ready To Read Level 3

    Stephen Krensky, Larry Day

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, May 1, 2001)
    Bringing a dramatic moment of World War II to vivid life, author Stephen Krensky answers questions about the historic importance of the military action at Pearl Harbor. Written in simple yet clear language, the book teaches readers about the political scene before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December 1941, and how this event shaped our country's place in the world.
  • Party Pigs!

    Eric Seltzer, Tom Disbury

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, Jan. 1, 2019)
    Put on your party hat because these pigs have a plan, and it’s a plan filled with big, pig fun. This Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read is perfect for beginning readers who like a side of silly with their stories!Pigs slurp. Pigs chomp. Pigs burp. Pigs romp. In this sweet, silly rhymed story a pack of adventurous pigs throws a big, pig party!
  • Emmett and the Bright Blue Cape

    Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Henry Cole

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, Sept. 26, 2017)
    Meet Emmett, Katy Duck’s little brother! In this Level 1 Ready-to-Read, Emmett puts on his bright blue cape and becomes Super Emmett!Emmett loves his bright blue cape. He wears it to the park, he wears it to the store, and he even tries to wear it to bed. With his cape on, he isn’t just Emmett, he’s Super Emmett! So what happens when Emmett’s bright blue cape goes missing? How will he be super now?
  • Pigeon Hero!

    Shirley Raye Redmond, Doris Ettlinger

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, Nov. 1, 2003)
    In a town in Italy during World War II the people have surrendered without firing a shot. But American warplanes are due to arrive, and the radio's broken, so no one can tell them to call off the attack! G. I. Joe, a carrier pigeon, is the only one who can take the message to the Americans. Will he make it in time and save the town?
  • The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs

    Shirley Raye Redmond, Simon Sullivan

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, July 1, 2004)
    There once was a little dog named Tray. He lived in England with his owner, Mary Ann Anning. Besides Mary Ann, Tray loved one other thing: He loved to dig for dinosaur bones. Together he and Mary Ann found small bones, big bones, and even entire skeletons! People came from all around the world to see the bones they found. This is the honestly true story of Tray, the dog that dug for dinosaurs.
  • Do Not Open!: The Story of Pandora's Box

    Joan Holub, Dani Jones

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, March 4, 2014)
    Learn the story of Pandora’s Box in this beautifully illustrated Level 2 Ready-to-Read retelling of the myth, from Goddess Girls author Joan Holub!When Pandora receives a shiny, gold box that says “Do Not Open!” she is so curious that she ignores the warning and opens it! Hundreds of bugs are let loose to fill the world with trouble. Pandora feels horrible until she finds something else in the box that can help: a fairy called Hope. This Ready-to-Read retelling of the story of Pandora’s Box is an ideal introduction to mythology for beginning readers.
  • Mitchell Is Moving: Ready -To-Read Level 3

    Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Jose Aruego, Ariane Dewey

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, April 1, 1996)
    After sixty years in the same old place, Mitchell the dinosaur decides it's time to move. His neighbor, Margo, dreams up ways of stopping him. But nothing can hold Mitchell back. Two weeks later, Mitchell's in a new home, but he's not as happy as he thought he'd be. Can he be missing his best friend?
  • Gulp, Gobble: Ready-to-Read Pre-Level 1

    Marilyn Singer, Kathryn Durst

    Paperback (Simon Spotlight, Sept. 24, 2019)
    Award-winning author Marilyn Singer opens up an entire world of imagination in only twenty-four rhyming words in this Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read about how animals eat!Come see animals of all different kinds enjoy a picnic in this delightful story that beginning readers will love reading again and again. See how a frog “gulps,” a shark “gobbles,” a chicken “pecks,” and more. And don’t miss the fun surprise at the end! This story features only twenty-four rhyming words and comes with a pronunciation guide!