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Ricky Rocket

A summer reading initiative for kids from Reading Rockets

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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Fleabag

By: Helen Stephens

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A dog with no name and no home meets a boy with a ball but no dog. Boy and dog play in the park...

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Home

By: Carson Ellis

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Travel through time, imagination, literature, and more for a unique look at "home" in any number...

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How a House Is Built

By: Gail Gibbons

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As readers quickly comprehend, building a house is a complex project requiring the cooperative...

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In the Small, Small Pond

By: Denise Fleming

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A child (and a small green frog) witness the change of seasons in a small, critter-filled pond....

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Jump into Science: Coral Reefs

By: Sylvia Earle

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Readers explore a coral reef with a snorkeling young swimmer and see what the swimmer sees as...

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Looking Closely Along the Shore

By: Frank Serafini

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A full-color, close-up framed by black and a repeated text focuses the reader's eye. Look closely....

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Looking Closely Around the Pond

By: Frank Serafini

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Look very closely. What do you see? It may be something familiar or quite out of the ordinary....

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On the Way to the Beach

By: Henry Cole

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Young readers are invited to look and listen as they join a girl on a summer morning walk to the...

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Out on the Prairie

By: Donna Bateman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The prairie is home to lush and unique plants and animals. Here they are introduced in the cadence...

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Trout Are Made of Trees

By: April Sayre

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As two children and their fathers explore a stream and its natural riches, a straightforward text...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A Beach for the Birds

By: Bruce McMillan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ever noticed sea birds at the beach? There's a quiet place on a Maine beach especially for least...

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A City Through Time

By: Philip Steele

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Follow the progress of an imaginary city through six key periods of time, each captured by a...

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A House Is a House for Me

By: Mary Ann Hoberman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A lively rhyming cadence introduces many different houses for various residents. From spiders to...

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A Place for Fish

By: Melissa Stewart

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Full color illustrations and clear language present a range of fish in different ecosystems in...

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Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest

By: Irene Kelly

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Birds live all over the world, but their nests come in many sizes, shapes, and some even borrow...

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If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

By: Giles Laroche

Age Level: 6-9 years old

People all around have homes in which to live, but not all of them look alike. Dwellings old and...

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Leaving the Nest

By: Mordicai Gerstein

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A baby jay, a small stripped kitten and a little girl with a bike come together in an unexpected...

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Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas: Earth's Astonishing Animals and Where They Live

By: National Geographic Kids

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Dramatic photographs, attention-grabbing facts, and clear maps introduce a world of animals and...

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Roberto: The Insect Architect

By: Nina Laden

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ever since he was a wee mite (a termite, that is), Roberto has wanted to be an architect....

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Seabird in the Forest: The Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

By: Joan Dunning

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The mystery of why a Pacific seabird nests inland has only recently been solved. Lyrical...

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When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone

By: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning photographs combine with a clear text to show how early use of Yellowstone, changed it...

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Where Once There Was a Wood

By: Denise Fleming

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This book is a good introduction to the effects people can have on the environment. The simple...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon

By: Sy Montgomery

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The author joins several field scientists to find the mysterious encantado, the pink dolphins of...

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Take Shelter: At Home Around the World

By: Nikki Tate

Age Level: 9-12 years old

A roof, a door, some windows, a floor. All houses have them, but not all houses are alike. Some...

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The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea

By: Sy Montgomery

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The author and photographer Nic Bishop join biologist Lisa Dabek and other scientists and...

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