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A number of my books have been selected for use in the popular Accelerated Reader program which is being used in many schools to promote reading and develop reading skills. The list of my AR titles below is given with the publisher and assigned reading level.

What Is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader (http://www.renlearn.com/ar/) is a computerized reading program in which the students read a selection of books found in various libraries--classroom, school, public or their own. After reading the book, the student then takes a multiple-choice comprehension test of the book. When the student passes the test he or she receives bonus points which earn both intrinsic rewards (I'm growing as a reader and enjoying it) and extrinsic rewards (pencils, bookmarks, books, their name displayed on the recognition wall in the school's reading club.)

Level 8.0 - 8.9

El Nino: Stormy Weather For People and Wildlife El Nino: Stormy Weather For People and Wildlife (Clarion, 2005, paperback edition)

Find out how the warming of the Pacific Ocean combined with global weather patterns creates the current called El Nino and learn how it affects people and animals all over the world.

Level 7.0 - 7.9

Easter Island: Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic PastEaster Island: Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic Past - Level 7.9 (Clarion, 2000)

Easter Island is the most remote inhabited place on Earth. Find out about the giant stone statues that line its shores and learn about the people who carved them centuries ago.


Global Warming and the DinosaursGlobal Warming and the Dinosaurs (Clarion, 2009) - level 7.9

Did you think dinosaurs only lived in warm climates? New discoveries show us that they also thrived in Earth's polar regions.


When Mammoths Walked the EarthWhen Mammoths Walked the Earth (Clarion,2002) - level 7.9

During the Ice Age, woolly mammoths roamed the frozen lands to the north, while the huge Columbian mammoths lived in warmer parts of North America. Find out how scientists are learning more about these extinct relatives of elephants from fossil remains found in places ranging from sinkholes and tarpits to frozen tundra and at the bottom of the sea. Illustrated with beautiful watercolor paintings by Laurie Caple.

Uluru, Australia's Aboriginal HeartUluru, Australia's Aboriginal Heart (Clarion Books, 2003) - level 7.8

This book focuses on the giant rock formation of Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock,which is a sacred site for Aboriginal Australians and a place to observe the varied and fascinating wildlife of the vast Australian desert.


The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde(paperback) (Clarion, 2000) - level 7.5

The Anasazi, who once lived in what is now Mesa Verde National Park, suddenly left their homes in about 1200 AD. In this book you will learn about their culture and view the remains of the clifftop dwellings, pottery, tools and other artifacts they left behind.


Pterosaurs, Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur AgePterosaurs, Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur Age (Clarion, 2004) - level 7.5

Read about flying reptiles, some with wingspans as large as forty feet, that dominated the skies millions of years ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth and giant marine reptiles ruled the oceans.


Stone Age Farmers Beside the Sea: Scotland's Prehistoric Village of Skara BraeStone Age Farmers Beside the Sea: Scotland's Prehistoric Village of Skara Brae (Clarion Books, Spring 1997) - level 7.4

Five thousand years ago Stone Age farmers tilled the land in northern Scotland. Join visitors to the Orkney Islands and explore the remains of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae and see many of the ancient objects found during its excavation. No other place in Northern Europe provides such a complete picture of life in this period when people made tools of stone and bone and began to live in settled communities.

Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching Raptor Migration Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching Raptor Migration (Harcourt Brace, A Gulliver Green Book, Spring 1997) - level 7.2

Millions of hawks, eagles and falcons migrate between their summer and winter homes each year. In North America many of them pass over the Goshute Mountains in Eastern Nevada where they are studied by scientists and volunteers working with HawkWatch International. Join the HawkWatch team at its trapping and banding station and learn more about these extraordinary birds of prey.

On the Brink of Extinction: The California Condor (Harcourt) level 7.0

Giant Sea ReptilesGiant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age (Clarion, 2007) - level 7.7

Read about ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs, giant marine reptiles that ruled the oceans in the Dinosaur Age.


Stories in stone : Rock Art Pictures by Early Americans (Clarion Books, c1996)

- level 7.5

This visit to the canyons of the Coso Range in the California desert reveals of thousands of ancient stone engravings of people, animals, and abstract symbols -- evidence of some of the earliest human life in North America.


Level 6.0 - 6.9

A Warmer World A Warmer World (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2012) - level 6.4

This book for children 8-11, illustrated with colorful art by Jamie Hogan, examines the effects of climate change on wildlife.


Giant Shark: Prehistoric Super Predator Giant Shark: Prehistoric Super Predator (Clarion, 2000) -level 6.8

At more than fifty feet in length, megalodon was the largest predatory shark that ever lived. Find out about this extinct relative of the great white shark and its fossil remains.


Taj MahalTaj Mahal (Carolrhoda, 2007)

Echoing the style of the magnificent illustrated manuscripts that chronicle royal life in 16th century India, this book about Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal recalls both history and legend in the story of their meeting, of the epic events of their life together, and of the ultimate fulfillment of a promise. Co-authored with Madeleine Comora.

A Walk on the Great Barrier Reef (A Nature Watch Book) (Carolrhoda) - level 6.8

Ostriches and Other Flightless Birds (A Nature Watch Book) (Carolrhoda) level 6.5

Watching Desert Wildlife (A Nature Watch Book) (Carolrhoda) level 6.5

House Sparrows Everywhere (A Nature Watch Book) (Carolrhoda) level 6.1

Level 5.0 - 5.9

Saving the Peregrine Falcon (Carolhoda) level 5.6

A Guide Dog Puppy Grows Up (Harcourt) level 5.5

Shockers of the Sea Shockers of the Sea (Charlesbridge, 1999) - level 5.3

You wouldn't want to touch an electric eel, electric ray or electric catfish because you would get a strong shock. Learn how these and other animals use their ability to make and feel electricity to survive.

Birds Nature's Magnificent Flying MachinesBirds Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines (Charlesbridge, 2003) - level 5.2

This book, beautifully illustrated by Patricia Wynne, looks at how feathers, body structure, and wings vary from bird to bird. Readers will learn the mechanics of bird flight from takeoff to landing and discover how wing types meet the survival needs of each species.


Super Swimmers: Whales, Dolphins, and Other Mammals of the SeaSuper Swimmers: Whales, Dolphins, and Other Mammals of the Sea (Charlesbridge, 2007) - level 5.4

Meet aquatic mammals--from whales and walruses to polar bears and dugongs--and discover how they are adapted for survival in the world's oceans.


Level 4.0 - 4.9

Too Hot? Too Cold?Too Hot? Too Cold? Keeping Body Temperature Just Right (Charlesbridge, 2013) - level 4.9

Discover the remarkable--and similar--ways in which humans and animals adapt to heat and cold.

Illustrated by Annie Patterson.

Children of the Settlement HousesChildren of the Settlement Houses (Carolrhoda, 1998) - level 4.9

University Settlement House, which opened in New York City in 1886, was the first settlement house in the United States. This book looks at how poor immigrants in urban settings were helped through community centers that offered classes, sports activities, libraries, and at some locations, medical services.

South American Animals South American Animals (Morrow, 1999) - level 4.9

The continent of South America is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. From flamingo to jaguar, sloth to armadillo, find out how many different kinds of animals adapt to their own special environments.


Did You Hear That?  Animals With SuperhearingDid You Hear That? Animals With Superhearing (Charlesbridge, 2001) - level 4.9

From bats and dolphins to elephants and whales, many animals are able to hear sounds that are above or below the range of human hearing. Found out how a super sense of hearing helps these animals to survive.


Australian Animals Australian Animals (Harper Collins, 2000) - level 4.5

The island continent of Australia is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. From koala to kangaroo, platypus to kookaburra, find out how many animals adapt to their own special environments.


Skeletal SystemThe Skeletal System (Lerner, 2005) - level 4.3

This book for beginning readers introduces the bones of the human body and uses photographs and diagrams to show how they work. An Early Bird Body Systems book. Available in Spanish, November 2006.

A Day and Night on the Prairie A Day and Night on the Prairie (Capstone: PictureWindow Books, Jan 2015) - level 4.1

Illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, this book for primary grades follows a 24 cycle of activity on the prairie.


Level 3.0 - 3.9

A Day and Night in the Rain Forest A Day and Night in the Rain Forest (Capstone: PictureWindow Books, Jan 2015) - level 3.9

This book for primary grades, illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, follows a 24 cycle of life in the Amazon rain forest.


A Day and Night in the Desert A Day and Night in the Desert (Capstone: PictureWindow Books, Jan 2015) - level 3.9

This book for young readers, illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, follows a 24 cycle of life in the Sonoran desert.


A Day and Night in the ForestA Day and Night in the Forest (Capstone: PictureWindow Books, Jan 2015) - level 3.9

This book for young readers follows a 24 cycle of activity in a North American deciduous forest. Illustrated with cut-paper art by Caroline Arnold.


A Polar Bear's World A Polar Bear's World (PictureWindow Books, 2010)

This book for primary grades, illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, follows two polar bear cubs as they grow up in the icy world of the Arctic.


A Walrus' World A Walrus' World (PictureWindow Books, 2010)

This book for young readers, illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, follows a baby walrus as it grows up in the cold waters of the Arctic.


A Moose's World A Moose's World (PictureWindow Books, 2010)

Illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, this book for primary grades follows a moose calf as it grows up in the far north.


A Bald Eagle's WorldA Bald Eagle's World (PictureWindow Books, 2010)

This book for young readers follows two eaglets as they grow up in Alaska. Illustrated with cut-paper art by Caroline Arnold.


A Koala's World A Koala's World (PictureWindow Books, 2008)

This book for primary grades, illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, follows a baby koala as it grows up in an Australian forest.


A Kangaroo's World A Kangaroo's World (PictureWindow Books, 2008)

This book for young readers, illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, follows a baby kangaroo as it grows up in Australia.


A Platypus' World A Platypus' World (PictureWindow Books, 2008)

Illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, this book for primary grades follows two baby platypuses as they grow up in an Australian stream.


A Wombat's WorldA Wombat's World (PictureWindow Books, 2008)

This book for young readers introduces a baby wombat, and follows him as he grows up in Australia. Illustrated with cut-paper art by Caroline Arnold.

A Killer Whale's WorldA Killer Whale's World (PictureWindow Books, 2006) - level 3.9

This book for young readers introduces a baby killer whale, or orca, and follows him and his family pod as he grows up in the ocean.


A Penguin's World A Penguin's World (PictureWindow Books, 2006) - level 3.7

Illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, this book for primary grades follows two Adelie penguin chicks as they grow up in Antarctica.


Ostriches Ostriches (Lerner, 2001) - level 3.6

Ostriches are the world's largest living bird. Beginning readers will learn about the life cycle of these flightless giants and how they are adapted for survival on the grasslands of Africa.


The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers (Boyds Mills Press, 2006) - level 3.5

A tall tale set in the north woods about a creature with the head of an ox, feet of a bear, back of a dinosaur and tail of an alligator and how his lumberjack friends help keep him from going to a zoo.


A Zebra's World A Zebra's World (PictureWindow Books, 2006) - level 3.5

This book for young readers, illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, follows a baby zebra as it grows up on the African plain.


Bobcats Bobcats (Lerner, An Earlybird Nature Book,1997) - level 3.4

Bobcats are small wild cats that are distinguished by their tufted ears and short "bobbed" tails. Beginning readers will learn about the life cycle of these natural born predators and how they are adapted for survival in a wide variety of habitats.

A Panda's World A Panda's World (PictureWindow Books, 2006) - level 3.4

This book for primary grades, illustrated with colorful cut paper art by Caroline Arnold, follows a baby panda as it grows up in the forest.


Cats (An Early Bird Nature Book) (Lerner) level 3.4

Level 2.0 - 2.9

Wiggle and WaggleWiggle and Waggle (Charlesbridge, 2007) - level 2.3

Wiggle and Waggle are worms. They live in the garden. Meet these two wiggly, waggly heroes in five wormy chapters for beginning readers.


Mealtime for Zoo Animals Mealtime for Zoo Animals (Carolrhoda, 1999) - level 2.1

Discover some of the many foods that monkeys, zebras, cheetahs and other zoo animals eat in this easy-read book.


Mother and Baby Zoo Animals Mother and Baby Zoo Animals (Carolrhoda, 1999) - level 2.0

Watch mother and baby llamas, giraffes, pandas and other zoo animals in this easy-read book.


Level 1.0 - 1.9

Splashtime for Zoo Animals Splashtime for Zoo Animals (Carolrhoda, 1999) - level 1.7

Learn how water is important for hippos, flamingos, polar bears and other zoo animals in this easy-read book.


Sleepytime for Zoo Animals Sleepytime for Zoo Animals (Carolrhoda, 1999) - level 1.2

See how lions, orangutans, rhinoceroses and other zoo animals get their rest in this easy-read book.


Playtime for Zoo Animals Playtime for Zoo Animals (Carolrhoda, 1999) - level 1.1

Find out how tigers, elephants, koalas and other zoo animals play in this easy-read book.


Noisytime for Zoo Animals Noisytime for Zoo Animals (Carolrhoda, 1999) - level 1.0

Listen to the many sounds that lions, parrots, monkeys and other zoo animals make in this easy- read book.