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A summer reading initiative from Reading Rockets

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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Clocks and More Clocks

By: Pat Hutchins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When the hall clock reads twenty minutes past four, the attic clock reads twenty-three minutes past...

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Dinosaur Train

By: John Steven Gurney

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Does Jesse travel back in time or is an imaginative jaunt when he boards a train with a...

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Telling Time

By: Jules Older

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Time isn't an easy concept for kids to grasp, but young readers will delight in learning all...

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The Clock Struck One: A Time-Telling Tale

By: Trudy Harris

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When the clock strikes one, a fun-loving mouse runs up the clock. But what happens when the clock...

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Time Train

By: Paul Fleischman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Join Miss Pym's students as they take a memorable train trip across the U.S. to a time and...

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Train Leaves the Station

By: Eve Merriam

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Between the rolling cadences of this choo-choo and the vigorous swaths of color left in its tracks...

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What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile?

By: Judy Sierra

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Mr. Crocodile has big plans for finally catching — and eating — five pesky monkeys, but...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Carnival at Candlelight

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jack and Annie head to a Venice of long ago on a mission for Merlin to save the city from a...

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House series)

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Share adventures with Annie and her brother Jack when they accept missions from a magical library...

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Flotsam

By: David Wiesner

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam —...

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Gold in the Hills: A Tale of the Klondike Gold Rush

By: Candice Ransom

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Slide back to 1897 with Mattie, Alex, and Sophie where they meet a young writer named Jack London...

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Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Annie and Jack go back in time to Camelot to a haunted castle to find the Stone of Destiny. Their...

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How the Sphinx Got to the Museum

By: Jessie Hartland

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The history of the Hatshepsut sphinx: from its carving in ancient Egypt to its arrival in the...

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It's All Greek to Me

By: Jon Scieszka

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In this installment of friends known as the Time Warp Trio, Joe, Fred, and Sam meet key figures...

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Just a Second

By: Steve Jenkins

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In just a second, a bat can make 200 calls, a black mamba snake can slither 24 feet, four babies...

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Me Counting Time: From Seconds to Centuries

By: Joan Sweeney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How long is a second? Can you count a minute? What is a decade? How many years are in a century?...

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My First Book of Time

By: Claire Llewellyn

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Chapters on the passage of seasons, growing, and measuring time provide background, context, and...

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Nine O’Clock Lullaby

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When it's 9 P.M. in Brooklyn, it's 10 P.M. in Puerto Rico, and midnight on the mid-atlantic. Far...

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Tar Beach

By: Faith Ringgold

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Cassie doesn't have to actually go to the beach; she's got her very own "tar...

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The First Drawing

By: Mordicai Gerstein

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An illustration of a contemporary boy with pencil in hand stands in front of a blank piece of...

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The Magic School Bus: In the Time of the Dinosaurs

By: Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Everyone's favorite science teacher is back as Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a journey...

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The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux

By: Emily Arnold McCully

Age Level: 6-9 years old

While looking for gold, four French boys accidentally discovered what was to be considered the...

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Time Zones

By: David Adler

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Why is the time different in New York and in Tokyo at the same moment? How time zones were...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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A Wrinkle in Time

By: Madeleine L'Engle

Age Level: 9-12 years old

How the Murray children search through time to find and save their missing scientist father...

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Anno's Sundial

By: Mitsumasa Anno

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Explains how the earth's movements around the sun and the resulting movement of shadows have...

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Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio series)

By: Jon Scieszka

Age Level: 9-12 years old

As a gift from his magician uncle, Joe receives The Book setting into motion a series of...

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On the Blue Comet

By: Rosemary Wells

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The Great Depression changed everything for 11-year-old Oscar and his widowed dad. Oscar's...

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Secrets of Stonehenge

By: Mick Manning

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Why was this amazing monument erected? How did our Stone-Age ancestors bring such massive stones...

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By: Brian Selznick

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Image and text combine in a unique presentation to tell the story of an orphan boy who lives...

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