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Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Alphabet Mystery

By: Audrey Wood

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When the lower case x from Charley's alphabet disappears, the other letters set off to find...

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Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do

By: Katherine Heling, Deborah Hembrook

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Clothes on lines and a rhyming description ask readers to figure out what job the wearer might do....

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Follow That Map! A First Look at Mapping Skills

By: Scot Ritchie

Age Level: 3-6 years old

One day when Sally and her friends are playing, they notice that her dog and cat are missing....

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I Spy Mystery: A Book of Picture Riddles

By: Jean Marzollo

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The I Spy books ask readers to use their sharp eyes to solve the rhyming riddles and...

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Polo: The Runaway Book

By: Regis Faller

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The chase is on when Polo's book is stolen by a small alien. Polo, an engaging hound, pulls...

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When You Wander: A Search-and-Rescue Dog Story

By: Margarita Engle

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A golden retriever with a "smart nose" is doing his job: tracking down a young child lost in the...

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Why?

By: Richard Torrey

Age Level: 3-6 years old

All scientific inquiry begins with a question, something at which Jack is quite adept. He wonders...

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Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth

By: David Adler

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Is there really such a thing as a "photographic memory"? That's how Cam Jansen got her nickname...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective

By: David Biedrzycki

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ace Lacewing — whose business is bad bugs — narrates the saga of how he and his trusty...

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Archaeologists Dig for Clues

By: Kate Duke

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Archaeologists on a dig work very much like detectives at a crime scene. Every chipped rock,...

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Around the World: Three Remarkable Journeys

By: Matt Phelan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Follow three long ago adventurers who traveled around the world by bike, by herself, and on a...

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Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World

By: Tracey Fern

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Even as a child, Barnum Brown started collecting fossils. This boy from Carbondale, Kansas, grew up...

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By the Great Horn Spoon!

By: Sid Fleischman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jack leaves the comfort of his aunt's Boston home lured west by the California Gold Rush....

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Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery

By: David Adler

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Cam (short for "Camera") uses her photographic memory to help solve the theft of the...

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Chet Gecko, Private Eye Series

By: Bruce Hale

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Chet Gecko is a sassy, wisecracking fourth-grade detective. Along with Natalie Attired, his...

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Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud

By: Tracey Fern

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ellen Prentiss "was born with saltwater in her veins" whose father taught her to sail and navigate...

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Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation

By: Mark Teague

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ike LaRue, famous correspondent (introduced in Dear Mrs. LaRue) known by readers as a four...

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Encyclopedia Brown Series

By: Donald Sobol

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Boy detective Encyclopedia Brown is the fifth-grade mastermind behind Idaville's police...

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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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Hermelin the Detective Mouse

By: Mini Grey

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Offley is a vibrant street where a delightful white mouse named Hermelin lives and narrates his...

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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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Hurricane

By: David Wiesner

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As the sky grays and the leaves swirl by in a "green blizzard," two young boys and...

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Julian, Secret Agent

By: Ann Cameron

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Julian narrates the story of how he, his little brother Huey and best friend Gloria become...

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Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson

By: Deborah Hopkinson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Matthew Henson, the African American who accompanied Robert Peary on an expedition to the North...

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Letters from Camp: A Mystery

By: Kate Klise

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Three pairs of siblings, sent to a summer camp that helps brothers and sisters get along, must...

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Melonhead and the Undercover Operation

By: Katy Kelly

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Melonhead and his friend Sam go undercover thinking that they have identified a notorious...

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Monster Hunt: Exploring Mysterious Creatures

By: Jim Arnosky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Author/illustrator and self-taught naturalist Jim Arnosky introduces mysteries that surround...

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Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

By: Brian Floca

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Relive the journey of the Apollo 11 where the first people stepped on the moon's surface...

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Mrs. Harkness and the Panda

By: Alicia Porter

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ruth Harkness continued her husband's work after his death. She traveled alone to China alone,...

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Nate the Great

By: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Meet Nate the Great, the neighborhood detective. He's just finishing up breakfast (pancakes...

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Patterns in Peru: An Adventure in Patterning

By: Cindy Neuschwander

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Matt and his twin sister, Bibi accompany their scientist parents to Peru where they stumble into an...

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Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs

By: James Rumford

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In 1802, when Champollion was eleven years old, he vowed to be the first person to read Egypt...

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Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives On the Job

By: Dorothy Hinshaw Hinshaw Patent

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Explore the many ways specific dogs put their super sniffing ability to use: from bedbug sniffers...

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The Buzz on Bees: Why Are They Disappearing?

By: Shelly Rotner, Anne Woodhull

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Bees have been around for over 65 million years but have been in decline since early in the 21st...

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The Dinosaur Museum

By: National Geographic

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This interactive guide takes you on a room-by-room tour of a natural history museum.You can open...

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The Museum Book: A Guide to Strange and Wonderful Collections

By: Jan Mark

Age Level: 6-9 years old

People have kept old and interesting things for a long, long time — in fact, Princess Bel-Shati...

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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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The Stunning Science of Everything: Science with the Squishy Bits Left In

By: Nick Arnold, Tony De Saulles

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophisticated young scientists will enjoy dipping in and out of this funny but edifying...

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The Talking T. Rex (An A to Z Mystery)

By: Ron Roy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Friends and amateur detectives Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose set out to help their friend whose...

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The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest

By: Steve Jenkins

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Exploring its history, geography, climate, and culture, this unique book takes readers on the...

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The Wrigley Riddle

By: David Kelly

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Go inside Wrigley Field where the Chicago Cubs play baseball with Mike and Katie as they solve the...

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What Darwin Saw: The Journey that Changed the World

By: Rosalyn Schanzer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Young Charles Darwin's voyages on the Beagle are presented in meticulously detailed (and...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Archaeology for Kids

By: Richard Panchyk

Age Level: 9-12 years old

This activity book features 25 projects such as building a screen for sifting dirt at a dig,...

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Historium: Welcome to the Museum

By: Jo Nelson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Welcome to the museum! Discover a collection of curated objects on every page, accompanied by...

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How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark

By: Rosalyn Schanzer

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The Lewis and Clark expedition was well-documented by the explorers themselves; their travels...

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I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer

By: Carole Boston Weatherford

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Matthew Henson, an African American, accompanied Robert Peary to the North Pole where together...

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If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge

By: Marc Aronson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

No matter how much is known, there's always more to learn. In a fascinating re-examination of...

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Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

By: Christopher Paul Curtis

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nine-year-old Steven has a quadrillion-dollar bill. Agent Fondoo and the U.S. Treasury Department...

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Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Max and his soil scientist parents live in a marsh where Max discovers mud’s special properties...

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Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard

By: Mary Kay Carson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Meet up with scientists studying geysers, grizzlies, salamanders, cacti, and fireflies in some of...

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Saving Kabul Corner

By: N.H. Senzai

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Twelve-year-old Ariana, a tomboy, and her ladylike cousin Laila, recently arrived from...

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Secret Coders

By: Gene Yang

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Hopper dreads moving but dreads attending Stately Academy. Is it creepy beyond imagination; but...

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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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Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs: Digging into Southwest Archaeology

By: Susan Goodwin

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Ancestral Puebloan people lived in the Mesa Verde region of Colorado for over a thousand years,...

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Tesla’s Attic

By: Neal Shusterman

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The first in the Accelerati Trilogy, 14-year old Nick, his younger brother and his father have...

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The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt

By: Claudi Logan

Age Level: 9-12 years old

It is 1924, two years after the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Readers are invited to join a...

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The Mighty Mars Rovers

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 9-12 years old

This book tells the greatest space robot adventure of all time through the eyes — and heart — of...

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Read Aloud Tips

Read Aloud Tips

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