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Pine Tree 2021 Reading List (Kids)

West Bloomfield School District Grade 3 - 5 Pine Tree reading program begins January 25. These are the books for 2021.

Ink! : 100 fun facts about octopuses, squid, and more by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

Presents information about cephalopods, including details about the evolution, physical characteristics, and behavior of such sea creatures as octopuses, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses.

Great migrations. Elephants by Laura F Marsh

This exciting reader follows the story of the longest and the most demanding elephant migration on the planet. Living at the furthest corners of the hot and dry Sahara Desert, the very margins of where elephants can survive, hundreds of these great creatures make a dangerous but necessary journey as their main source of food and water dries up and they must go in search of more. Battling 120-degree heat, sandstorms, and fierce thunderstorms, these amazing animals travel 35 miles a day in a race against time in search of the bare essentials of life. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources. Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.

Mission: polar bear rescue : all about polar bears and how to save them by Nancy F Castaldo

Shares stories and facts that reveal the real-life survival challenges that have caused polar bears to become endangered, and provides information about what kids can do to support conservation efforts.

Everything volcanoes & earthquakes : Earthshaking Photos, Facts, and Fun! by Kathy Furgang

Combines facts with photographs of volcanoes and earthquake-affected regions to introduce readers to such topics as underwater volcanoes and plate tectonics while offering insight into the world-changing power of natural disasters.

Gross as a snot otter : discovering the world's most disgustuing animals by Jess Keating

"The latest installment in the World of Weird Animals series, featuring seventeen of the grossest animals on earth"--

Cute as an axolotl : discovering the world's most adorable animals by Jess Keating

Offers an illustrated introduction to several adorable animals, including the axolotl, the quokka, the pangolin, and the dik-dik

Pink is for blobfish : discovering the world's perfectly pink animals by Jess Keating

"An informative introduction to the weirdest, wildest, pinkest creatures in the animal kingdom"--

Timmy Failure : mistakes were made by Stephan Pastis

Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear

Jasmine Toguchi, super sleuth by Debbi Michiko Florence

Jasmine has looked forward to spending Girls Day with her family and best friend, Linnie, but first her sister says she will not participate, and then Jasmine upsets Linnie.

Mindy Kim and the yummy seaweed business by Lyla Lee

Mindy Kim wants to fit in at her new school, but her favorite lunch leads to scorn, then a thriving business, and finally big trouble.

Rock star by Kelly Starling Lyons

Fourth-grader Jada's best friend moved away but a class project on rocks and minerals, her favorite topic, could mean new friends, if only one of her teammates would stop being mean

Class act by Kelly Starling Lyons

Jada's campaign for class representative leads to rumors about her fear of public speaking, the pressure to make promises she cannot keep, and conflict between friends

Sleepover scientist by Kelly Starling Lyons

Hosting her first sleepover, Jada has lots of scientific activities planned, but when her best friends just want to hang out, can Jada figure out the formula for fun and save the sleepover?

The city of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters

The wild robot by Peter Brown

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor by Jon Scieszka

In his Grandpa Al's garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan

The 13-story treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Follows the efforts of Andy and Terry to meet a latest book deadline despite numerous distractions in their sophisticated tree house home, including flying cats, giant bananas, and sea monsters pretending to be mermaids

Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner

When a group of nerdy best friends each begin receiving robots that start to act like real creatures, it is up to them to save the day, and the planet.

The Oregon Trail : an interactive history adventure by Matt Doeden

"Describes the journey on the Oregon Trail from three different historical perspectives"--Provided by publisher.

The Titanic : an interactive history adventure by Bob Temple

You are aboard the Titanic, the world s largest ocean liner. The ship is sinking, and the ocean water is freezing. Will you survive?. Ages 9+

The Underground Railroad : an interactive history adventure by Allison Lassieur

Describes the Underground Railroad that operated in the United States for runaway slaves, and offers readers a chance to pick sides and make choices

I survived the shark attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

In July, 1916, Chet Roscow is fascinated by news accounts of the great white shark said to be attacking people along the New Jersey shore not far from his home, but when he goes swimming in Matawan Creek he discovers the truth of the stories

I survived the sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis

Excited to board the Titanic with his aunt and little sister, ten-year-old George begins to explore the ill-fated ship's first-class storage cabin when the ship is rocked by a collision with an iceberg and begins to sink

Comics Squad. 1 : recess!

"A collection of comics about every kid's favorite school subject: recess"--

Comics Squad. 2 : lunch!

"A collection of comics about every kid's favorite school subject: lunch!"--

Comics Squad. 3 : detention!

An anthology of comics by well-known graphic novelists on the theme of detention.

New kid by Tim Green

"A troubled kid finds his bearings in a new school after a baseball coach offers him a spot on the team"--

Crazy contraptions : build Rube Goldberg machines that swoop, spin, stack, and swivel : with hands-on engineering activities by Laura Perdew

Presents machines designed by Goldberg, which were based on complicated chain reactions and used to accomplish simple tasks.


This volume provides a collection of ghostly and mysterious stories.

Islandborn by Junot Díaz

"Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland...and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding herown heritage"--

Nya's long walk : a step at a time by Linda Sue Park

When her little sister, Akeer, becomes sick as they are returning home from the water hole, Nya must carry her and the water back to their village, one step at a time.

Runny Babbit : a billy sook by Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit's topsy-turvy world is brought to life through wordplay and drawings

The birthday castle by Dee Romito

Caleb and his best friend Jax are excited to start their own fort-building business. Can they finish the fort in time for Analise's big birthday bash?

The panda problem by Deborah Underwood

A narrator's story is disrupted by the main character (Panda) who refuses to play the part.

The undefeated by Kwame Alexander

"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree"--
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