Books for Young Gifted Children on Reading, Writing, and Thinking

Books are the gateway to the life of the mind. Our children are growing up in an electronic world where they are bombarded with flashing images, bright colors, frenzied music, and constant motion, all designed to excite them, raise their metabolic rates, and entertain them. By contrast, we provide books that offer a serene source for reflection. Our objective is that young children gather the information and develop the concepts that lead to sophisticated higher-level thinking, and we want them to do so in a calm mode that facilitates learning. However, tranquil does not mean passive; our books for gifted early learners are designed to elicit a response, often providing space for writing and drawing. 

Books such as the Aesop’s Fables series are designed to develop reading, writing, and thinking skills within the framework of the language arts. Animal Kingdom and Our Friend the Mastodon challenge children to develop these same skills in a science context. The What To Do? books facilitate the growth of creative problem-solving skills, which are reinforced by the engaging storybook The Tooth Fairy Is Broke

On a highly challenging level for young gifted children, our philosophy series by Sharon Kaye introduces children to the fundamental concepts of Western philosophy. This begins in Question Mark and continues in Theo Rising, which introduces the arts of hypothesizing, developing criteria for evaluation, and applying them in the context of the theories about the universe that were developed by the presocratic philosophers. Fabulae Caeciliae provides immersion in Latin for young learners, while the Hand Talk series offers an early entry into American Sign Language. Science and Me immerses very young children in the world of science. 

All of these books are designed to engage children with fun and challenging content, to extend their thinking into new topics and areas, and to promote higher-level thinking skills that will enable them to stretch their minds as they grow into adulthood.

Books are the gateway to the life of the mind. Our children are growing up in an electronic world where they are bombarded with flashing images, bright colors, frenzied music, and constant motion, all designed to excite them, raise their metabolic rates, and entertain them. By contrast, we provide books that offer a serene source for reflection. Our objective is that young children gather the information and develop the concepts that lead to sophisticated higher-level thinking, and we want them to do so in a calm mode that facilitates learning. However, tranquil does not mean passive; our books for gifted early learners are designed to elicit a response, often providing space for writing and drawing. 

Books such as the Aesop’s Fables series are designed to develop reading, writing, and thinking skills within the framework of the language arts. Animal Kingdom and Our Friend the Mastodon challenge children to develop these same skills in a science context. The What To Do? books facilitate the growth of creative problem-solving skills, which are reinforced by the engaging storybook The Tooth Fairy Is Broke

On a highly challenging level for young gifted children, our philosophy series by Sharon Kaye introduces children to the fundamental concepts of Western philosophy. This begins in Question Mark and continues in Theo Rising, which introduces the arts of hypothesizing, developing criteria for evaluation, and applying them in the context of the theories about the universe that were developed by the presocratic philosophers. Fabulae Caeciliae provides immersion in Latin for young learners, while the Hand Talk series offers an early entry into American Sign Language. Science and Me immerses very young children in the world of science. 

All of these books are designed to engage children with fun and challenging content, to extend their thinking into new topics and areas, and to promote higher-level thinking skills that will enable them to stretch their minds as they grow into adulthood.

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Poodle Knows What? Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 6, 7, 8

Grade: 1, 2, 3

Pages: 114

ISBN: 978-0-88092-938-7

Order code: 9387

Price: $45.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $26.00 each.
Order code: 9387S

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Grammar is hard, and horrible, and miserable, and you have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Right?

Poodle and Sidney would disagree with that. And What?. What?

Poodle is a chicken, and his best friend is a beagle named What?. And before you have a chance to think about that too hard, ZOOM!, in races Sidney, the fasted snail you ever did see. (She’s in training to be a verb.)

Between the three of them, they know quite a lot about grammar, and it turns out that all of those myths about grammar being awful and complicated and hard to do are simply untrue. I’m serious.

Grammar—when you have the right chicken, the right beagle, and the right snail—is easy! There are only eight kinds of words, and they are simple to learn. Just ask What?. He’ll tell you. What?

Okay, don’t ask What?. But What? and his friends will share all of their secrets with any child who opens the pages of this introductory grammar book for young children.

Poodle Knows What? is a delightful book told in unmetered rhyme and overflowing with quirky and endearing images drawn by artist Christopher Tice and incorporating the art of Milton Kemnitz, whose work infuses many of the other books in the curriculum. On page after page, Michael plays with words and with sounds—with what language can do. And the best part is that children get to hear Michael read it himself because every spread of two pages contains a QR code that links to audio of Michael narrating the text. If you think the story is fun, wait until you hear Michael tell it.

Young children will cherish this book for its wit, its humor, its beauty, its cleverness, and—oh yes—its valuable grammar instruction, which will provide them with a solid foundation of grammar knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Even children who have advanced beyond the primary levels will find themselves enchanted by Sidney’s enthusiasm and by the deep friendship between Poodle and What?. What?

Grammar is not hard, nor horrible, nor miserable, and you don’t have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you don’t have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Poodle knows that. He knows What?. Exactly.

Grammar is hard, and horrible, and miserable, and you have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Right?

Poodle and Sidney would disagree with that. And What?. What?

Poodle is a chicken, and his best friend is a beagle named What?. And before you have a chance to think about that too hard, ZOOM!, in races Sidney, the fasted snail you ever did see. (She’s in training to be a verb.)

Between the three of them, they know quite a lot about grammar, and it turns out that all of those myths about grammar being awful and complicated and hard to do are simply untrue. I’m serious.

Grammar—when you have the right chicken, the right beagle, and the right snail—is easy! There are only eight kinds of words, and they are simple to learn. Just ask What?. He’ll tell you. What?

Okay, don’t ask What?. But What? and his friends will share all of their secrets with any child who opens the pages of this introductory grammar book for young children.

Poodle Knows What? is a delightful book told in unmetered rhyme and overflowing with quirky and endearing images drawn by artist Christopher Tice and incorporating the art of Milton Kemnitz, whose work infuses many of the other books in the curriculum. On page after page, Michael plays with words and with sounds—with what language can do. And the best part is that children get to hear Michael read it himself because every spread of two pages contains a QR code that links to audio of Michael narrating the text. If you think the story is fun, wait until you hear Michael tell it.

Young children will cherish this book for its wit, its humor, its beauty, its cleverness, and—oh yes—its valuable grammar instruction, which will provide them with a solid foundation of grammar knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Even children who have advanced beyond the primary levels will find themselves enchanted by Sidney’s enthusiasm and by the deep friendship between Poodle and What?. What?

Grammar is not hard, nor horrible, nor miserable, and you don’t have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you don’t have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Poodle knows that. He knows What?. Exactly.

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Poodle Knows What? Student Sample Pages:

The Intenso Family Goes to a New School

Author: Claassens-Hopstaken, Saskia

Subjects: Giftedness; Intensity

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

Pages: 64

ISBN: 978-0-88092-634-8

Order code: 6348

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

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The Intenso family has just moved to a new city, and the five children are anxious about their first day at school. They each represent one of the five intensities—also known as overexcitabilities—that are common among gifted children, and they display their hopes and fears in five very different ways. Children who have one or more of the overexcitabilities will recognize themselves in the characters and will learn strategies to help alleviate some of the problems associated with having such intense feelings.

The Intensos march bravely into their new school, where they meet their new teacher. She explains to them that she understands how they feel and that she will do everything she can to make their experience exciting and rewarding. The quintuplets are reassured and enter their new classroom together with the confidence that comes from being accepted as they are.

The Intenso family has just moved to a new city, and the five children are anxious about their first day at school. They each represent one of the five intensities—also known as overexcitabilities—that are common among gifted children, and they display their hopes and fears in five very different ways. Children who have one or more of the overexcitabilities will recognize themselves in the characters and will learn strategies to help alleviate some of the problems associated with having such intense feelings.

The Intensos march bravely into their new school, where they meet their new teacher. She explains to them that she understands how they feel and that she will do everything she can to make their experience exciting and rewarding. The quintuplets are reassured and enter their new classroom together with the confidence that comes from being accepted as they are.

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Aesop's Fables: Set of Four Volumes

Author: Hegeman, Dr. Kathryn T.

Subjects: Language Arts; Aesop's Fables; Early Learning

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4

Order code: 050S

Price: $36.00
Website price: $28.00

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This is a set of all four volumes of Aesop's Fables: Books about Reading, Writing, and Thinking, offered at a reduced price.

This is a set of all four volumes of Aesop's Fables: Books about Reading, Writing, and Thinking, offered at a reduced price.

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Question Mark: Student Book (saddle-stitched)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon; Novak, Jordan (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

ISBN: 978-0-89824-284-3

Order code: 2843

Price: $30.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Question Mark is less of a textbook and more of a picture book, with mind-opening ideas and activities conveyed through words and images working together. The fifteen chapters fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: questioning, doubting, and being certain. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

In Question Mark the focus is on asking questions: on thinking about who we are, about reality, and about certainty. The issue is: Can we know anything for certain?  In the story, Mark helps a shadow-rabbit escape from a dog named Dogma, who is trying to eliminate uncertainty once and for all.

In the curriculum children are encouraged to think about some of the central tenets of Western philosophy. The teacher manual fills in the historical and philosophical background with references to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hypatia, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Mill, Dewey, Russell, and de Beauvoir. The glory of the book is that it not only makes this intensely intellectual fare easily comprehensible but also actualizes its affective content so that children can feel the emotional importance of the philosophical concerns.

"Informative, entertaining, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in both organization and presentation, Question Mark is highly recommended for elementary school and community library collections—and would be an ideal supplement for homeschooilng curriculums as well."  – Midwest Book Review

"Question Mark is an utterly charming introduction to the essential skills of clear and deep thinking. Readers follow the adventures of Mark and his shadow-puppet bunny friends, Who What, Why, and Someone Else. The bunnies represent four "deep" philosophical questions that Mark puts to himself: Who am I? What am I doing here? Why do I exist?, and What is it like to be someone else? The first three bunnies ask for Mark’s help in rescuing their brother, Someone Else, from Dogma (represented by a dog, who also starts out as a shadow puppet) on the Island of Doubt. In order for their rescue attempt to be successful, Mark and the bunnies must raise a series of doubts—for example, in order to gain entry to the castle in which Someone Else is held captive, Mark and the other bunnies must doubt their own existence outside of the castle. By the end of the story, all four bunnies are safe, and Dogma has renounced dogmatism for the sake of her puppies. Mark has discovered the joy of asking deep questions, the power of doubting, and the certainty of his own existence.

"There are so many levels on which to enjoy Question Mark. There is the level of the narrative, which is sweet and clever and often very funny. The playful characters, vividly illustrated, and the well-structured action will easily appeal to and engage young children. There is the level of the dialogue, which feels like a natural conversation into which young children can enter and yet, at the same time, clearly communicates complex philosophical issues. Instructors will enjoy the book’s organization and structure: the story is divided into chapters according to philosophical themes. Each theme is clearly described in the teacher manual with suggested discussion questions and activities. Finally, the level at which there is most to enjoy in Question Mark is that of philosophical engagement. The book fosters, fulfills, and directs children’s natural tendency to wonder, to question, and to look for proof." – Katherine Thomson-Jones, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Oberlin College

Question Mark is less of a textbook and more of a picture book, with mind-opening ideas and activities conveyed through words and images working together. The fifteen chapters fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: questioning, doubting, and being certain. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

In Question Mark the focus is on asking questions: on thinking about who we are, about reality, and about certainty. The issue is: Can we know anything for certain?  In the story, Mark helps a shadow-rabbit escape from a dog named Dogma, who is trying to eliminate uncertainty once and for all.

In the curriculum students are encouraged to think about some of the central tenets of Western philosophy. The teacher manual fills in the historical and philosophical background with references to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hypatia, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Mill, Dewey, Russell, and de Beauvoir. The glory of the book is that it not only makes this intensely intellectual fare easily comprehensible but also actualizes its affective content so that students can feel the emotional importance of the philosophical concerns.

"Informative, entertaining, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in both organization and presentation, Question Mark is highly recommended for elementary school and community library collections—and would be an ideal supplement for homeschooilng curriculums as well."  – Midwest Book Review

"Question Mark is an utterly charming introduction to the essential skills of clear and deep thinking. Readers follow the adventures of Mark and his shadow-puppet bunny friends, Who What, Why, and Someone Else. The bunnies represent four "deep" philosophical questions that Mark puts to himself: Who am I? What am I doing here? Why do I exist?, and What is it like to be someone else? The first three bunnies ask for Mark’s help in rescuing their brother, Someone Else, from Dogma (represented by a dog, who also starts out as a shadow puppet) on the Island of Doubt. In order for their rescue attempt to be successful, Mark and the bunnies must raise a series of doubts—for example, in order to gain entry to the castle in which Someone Else is held captive, Mark and the other bunnies must doubt their own existence outside of the castle. By the end of the story, all four bunnies are safe, and Dogma has renounced dogmatism for the sake of her puppies. Mark has discovered the joy of asking deep questions, the power of doubting, and the certainty of his own existence.

"There are so many levels on which to enjoy Question Mark. There is the level of the narrative, which is sweet and clever and often very funny. The playful characters, vividly illustrated, and the well-structured action will easily appeal to and engage young children. There is the level of the dialogue, which feels like a natural conversation into which young children can enter and yet, at the same time, clearly communicates complex philosophical issues. Instructors will enjoy the book’s organization and structure: the story is divided into chapters according to philosophical themes. Each theme is clearly described in the teacher manual with suggested discussion questions and activities. Finally, the level at which there is most to enjoy in Question Mark is that of philosophical engagement. The book fosters, fulfills, and directs children’s natural tendency to wonder, to question, and to look for proof." – Katherine Thomson-Jones, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Oberlin College

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Question Mark student book sample pages:

Theo Rising: Student Book (saddle-stitched)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon; Novak, Jordan (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-288-1

Order code: 2881

Price: $30.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Theo Rising is the second book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a young girl named Theo who learns about various theories posed by the earliest Greek philosophers, the Presocratics, who asked about the nature of the world around them and deliberated on an essential building block for everything in the universe. Theo learns about the concepts of earth, water, air, fire, and numbers as the ultimate source of everything else, and she discovers different criteria with which to judge between the competing theories. Children are introduced to these philosophical concepts in a fun, creative, innovative way that makes them accessible, even to the very young.

Theo Rising is the second book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a young girl named Theo who learns about various theories posed by the earliest Greek philosophers, the Presocratics, who asked about the nature of the world around them and deliberated on an essential building block for everything in the universe. Theo learns about the concepts of earth, water, air, fire, and numbers as the ultimate source of everything else, and she discovers different criteria with which to judge between the competing theories. Students are introduced to these philosophical concepts in a fun, creative, innovative way that makes them accessible, even to the very young.

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Theo Rising student book sample pages:

Mark and Theo Make Their Case: Student Book (saddle-stitched)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon; Novak, Jordan (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-693-3

Order code: 6933

Price: $30.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Mark and Theo Make Their Case is the third book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. Readers will remember Mark and Theo from the first two books, and they will delight to find them brought together as they debate against Will, the architect of their world who is also the star of Will Power, a book further on in the series. 

Will has decided that the world he drew for Mark and Theo is imperfect and therefore is not worth maintaining. Mark and Theo argue against this idea, insisting that something that is not perfect can still be good. Children learn about principles originally put forth by Plato in his quest for a perfect world and Aristotle's rejection of that world. They learn how to identify a problem, make an argument, and make objections. In the process, they watch Mark and Theo work together toward a surprising conclusion that ultimately convinces Will that, though imperfect, they are perfect as they are.

Mark and Theo Make Their Case is the third book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. Readers will remember Mark and Theo from the first two books, and they will delight to find them brought together as they debate against Will, the architect of their world who is also the star of Will Power, a book further on in the series. 

Will has decided that the world he drew for Mark and Theo is imperfect and therefore is not worth maintaining. Mark and Theo argue against this idea, insisting that something that is not perfect can still be good. Students learn about principles originally put forth by Plato in his quest for a perfect world and Aristotle's rejection of that world. They learn how to identify a problem, make an argument, and make objections. In the process, they watch Mark and Theo work together toward a surprising conclusion that ultimately convinces Will that, though imperfect, they are perfect as they are.

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Mark and Theo Make Their Case student book sample pages:

What To Do? Level A Student Book

Author: Hegeman, Dr. Kathryn T.; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Creative Problem Solving; Problem Solving

Age: 5, 6, 7

Grade: K, 1, 2

ISBN: 978-0-89824-043-6

Order code: 0433

Price: $13.00
Website price: $10.00

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Each illustration depicts an age-appropriate real-life problem, along with questions to stimulate creative problem solving and extension activities.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Each illustration depicts an age-appropriate real-life problem, along with questions to stimulate creative problem solving and extension activities.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

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What To Do A Sample Pages:

The Tooth Fairy Is Broke

Author: Robbins, John; Owings, Rae (Illustrator)

Subjects: Humor; Problem Solving; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

Order code: 5698

Price: $19.99
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $12.50 each.
Order code: 5698S

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After years of reimbursing boys and girls for their lost teeth, Myrtle the Tooth Fairy has run out of money and is forced to seek financial aid from the king of the fairies, King Oberon, who is disinterested in her plight and no help at all.

Refusing to disappoint the children around the world and determined not to be a failure, Myrtle is forced to tackle her problem head on. No longer a svelte, flighty fairy, middle-aged Myrtle has experienced life and knows something about people’s natures and what makes them happy. She takes stock of her options.

Myrtle sees opportunity in the world of the toothless gutter trolls. She presents a mutually beneficial idea to the interested king of the trolls, King Hogard. Not mentioning her financial problem, she deals from a position of strength: the toothless trolls are unhappy; having teeth would make them happy; she can supply the troll kingdom with teeth for a fair price. That she has an endless supply of teeth remains her secret. Myrtle successfully refills her Tooth Fairy coffers with a self-perpetuating, fair financial solution.

Writer John Robbins and artist Rae Owings teamed as co-directors and co-hosts of two highly successful PBS television series: Gather ‘Round and Telltales, as well as six of the stories for The Gentle Giant, in which a version of The Tooth Fairy Is Broke appeared. Rae was the Artist in Action at concerts for young people with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony at Wolf Trap, and others, sketching on large panels of paper as music was played.

The Tooth Fairy Is Broke is a John Robbins signature classic, full of warmth and wit and insight wrapped in a fantasy that tickles the funny bone of young and old alike. Owings’s full-color drawings bring the characters to life.

After years of reimbursing boys and girls for their lost teeth, Myrtle the Tooth Fairy has run out of money and is forced to seek financial aid from the king of the fairies, King Oberon, who is disinterested in her plight and no help at all.

Refusing to disappoint the children around the world and determined not to be a failure, Myrtle is forced to tackle her problem head on. No longer a svelte, flighty fairy, middle-aged Myrtle has experienced life and knows something about people’s natures and what makes them happy. She takes stock of her options.

Myrtle sees opportunity in the world of the toothless gutter trolls. She presents a mutually beneficial idea to the interested king of the trolls, King Hogard. Not mentioning her financial problem, she deals from a position of strength: the toothless trolls are unhappy; having teeth would make them happy; she can supply the troll kingdom with teeth for a fair price. That she has an endless supply of teeth remains her secret. Myrtle successfully refills her Tooth Fairy coffers with a self-perpetuating, fair financial solution.

Writer John Robbins and artist Rae Owings teamed as co-directors and co-hosts of two highly successful PBS television series: Gather ‘Round and Telltales, as well as six of the stories for The Gentle Giant, in which a version of The Tooth Fairy Is Broke appeared. Rae was the Artist in Action at concerts for young people with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony at Wolf Trap, and others, sketching on large panels of paper as music was played.

The Tooth Fairy Is Broke is a John Robbins signature classic, full of warmth and wit and insight wrapped in a fantasy that tickles the funny bone of young and old alike. Owings’s full-color drawings bring the characters to life.

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Ecce Caecilia et Verus: Student Book

Subtitle: Latin Volume I

Author: Spielhagen, Frances R.

Subjects: Latin

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-920-0

Order code: 9200

Class sets: 10 or more: $10.00 each.
Order code: 9200S

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Caecilia, a young girl living in ancient Rome, introduces herself, her family, and aspects of her world—all in elementary Latin. Even young children can make meaning of the Latin through the engaging illustrations and photographs; this is reinforced by repetition of the vocabulary.

This book contains a link to downloadable audio files of the author reading each page to ensure proper pronunciation.

Dr. Spielhagen says: "I followed a gradual release of forms and vocabulary, with explanations given on a need-to-know basis. I built on students’ prior knowledge—presumed, assumed, and elicited—in an effort to scaffold their learning of the new Latin forms."

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Caecilia, a young girl living in ancient Rome, introduces herself, her family, and aspects of her world—all in elementary Latin. Even young students can make meaning of the Latin through the engaging illustrations and photographs; this is reinforced by repetition of the vocabulary.

This book contains a link to downloadable audio files of the author reading each page to ensure proper pronunciation.

Dr. Spielhagen says: "I followed a gradual release of forms and vocabulary, with explanations given on a need-to-know basis. I built on students’ prior knowledge—presumed, assumed, and elicited—in an effort to scaffold their learning of the new Latin forms."

Note to Classroom Teachers: Class sets (minumum order 10 copies) include a free instructor manual.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

The iBook has additional features that make it special for students. Audio of Dr. Spielhagen enunciating the Latin on each page allows students to hear the correct pronunciation. Interactive chapter reviews include questions and answers about the content, with audio of both.

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Latin I Student Sample Pages:

Caecilia et Verus in Foro Romano: Student Book

Subtitle: Latin Volume II

Author: Spielhagen, Frances R.

Subjects: Latin

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-922-4

Order code: 9224

Class sets: 10 or more: $10.00 each.
Order code: 9224S

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Cecilia and her twin brother Verus take a walk through the Roman Forum, looking at various temples and other important sites and discussing a number of the significant historical figures and gods that helped to shape ancient Roman cultural traditions.

This book contains a link to downloadable audio files of the author reading each page to ensure proper pronunciation.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Cecilia and her twin brother Verus take a walk through the Roman Forum, looking at various temples and other important sites and discussing a number of the significant historical figures and gods that helped to shape ancient Roman cultural traditions.

This book contains a link to downloadable audio files of the author reading each page to ensure proper pronunciation.

Note to Classroom Teachers: Class sets (minumum order 10 copies) include a free instructor manual.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

The iBook has additional features that make it special for students. Audio of Dr. Spielhagen enunciating the Latin on each page allows students to hear the correct pronunciation. Interactive chapter reviews include questions and answers about the content, with audio of both.

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Latin II Student Sample Pages:

Breath Magic: Student Book (perfect-bound edition)

Author: Novak, Jordan P.; Rounds, Cody

Subjects: Early Learning; Mindfulness

Age: 4, 5, 6, 7

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

Pages: 34

ISBN: 978-0-88092-731-4

Order code: 7314

Price: $17.50
Website price: $13.00

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Intentional breathing is the act of using our breath to help us calm down, whether we are upset, angry, scared, or stressed. It is a technique that even young children can master. This book offers children an easy way to learn five different kinds of breathing techniques so that they can begin to take control of their emotional responses and self-soothe in order to feel better in difficult situations. It is also a wonderful way to introduce children to the concept of mindfulness.

There is an instructor guidebook to go with this book. Click here for the guidebook.

This is a perfect-bound edition of Breath Magic, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom. Click here for a saddle-stitched version.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Intentional breathing is the act of using our breath to help us calm down, whether we are upset, angry, scared, or stressed. It is a technique that even young children can master. This book offers children an easy way to learn five different kinds of breathing techniques so that they can begin to take control of their emotional responses and self-soothe in order to feel better in difficult situations. It is also a wonderful way to introduce children to the concept of mindfulness.

There is an instructor guidebook to go with this book. Click here for the guidebook.

This is a perfect-bound edition of Breath Magic, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom. Click here for a saddle-stitched version.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

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Breath Magic Sample Pages:

The Secret Code of Senses: Student Book (perfect-bound edition)

Author: Novak, Jordan P.; Rounds, Cody

Subjects: Early Learning; Mindfulness

Age: 4, 5, 6, 7

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

Pages: 34

ISBN: 978-0-89824-730-7

Order code: 7307

Price: $17.50
Website price: $13.00

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Our bodies are bombarded with sensory information all day every day. As adults, we know how to filter out what we don't need to attend to in order to function in the world, but children can feel overwhelmed with sensory overload. Teaching children methods of intentional sensing is an effective way of helping them to understand what their bodies are telling them—the secret code that is the language of the body. This book introduces children to the language of the senses and teaches them specific strategies to help them cope with sensations that are unpleasant or overpowering, causing stress or unhappiness. Children who learn these types of self-regulation techniques can use them to become happier and more mindful of both what is happening around them and what is going on within.

There is an instructor guidebook to go with this book. Click here for the guidebook.

This is a perfect-bound edition of The Secret Code of Senses, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom. Click here for a saddle-stitched version.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Our bodies are bombarded with sensory information all day every day. As adults, we know how to filter out what we don't need to attend to in order to function in the world, but children can feel overwhelmed with sensory overload. Teaching children methods of intentional sensing is an effective way of helping them to understand what their bodies are telling them—the secret code that is the language of the body. This book introduces children to the language of the senses and teaches them specific strategies to help them cope with sensations that are unpleasant or overpowering, causing stress or unhappiness. Children who learn these types of self-regulation techniques can use them to become happier and more mindful of both what is happening around them and what is going on within.

There is an instructor guidebook to go with this book. Click here for the guidebook.

This is a perfect-bound edition of The Secret Code of Senses, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a shelf in a library or in the classroom. Click here for a saddle-stitched version.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

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The Secret Code of Senses Sample Pages:

The Animal Kingdom

Author: Hegeman, Dr. Kathryn T.; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Science; Bloom's Taxonomy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

ISBN: 978-0-89824-030-6

Order code: 0301

Price: $13.00
Website price: $10.00

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Based on Bloom's Taxonomy, this book is designed to enable children to work independently. It contains ten units—one for each month of the school year—and features the whale, cat, deer, horse, lion, elephant, kangaroo, robin, ladybug, and turtle.

The book contains activity plans and animal record sheets. Each unit also covers such topics as animals' food, habitat, and adaptations. Comparisons are encouraged by a life-span chart, a "My Favorite Animal" sheet, and an "Imagine You Are an Animal" sheet.

The organization of the book is modular, which has several advantages. First, it enables children to succeed in each module, regardless of how they did in a previous module. Second, each module allows children to learn, practice, and expand on different levels of proficiency. Third, the modules allow for more in-depth exploration when a particular animal catches a child's interest. That exploration encourages children to use thinking processes, research skills, and inquiry skills in order to develop science concepts and become more independent learners.  

There is a teacher manual available to accompany the student book.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Based on Bloom's Taxonomy, this book is designed to enable children to work independently. It contains ten units—one for each month of the school year—and features the whale, cat, deer, horse, lion, elephant, kangaroo, robin, ladybug, and turtle.

The book contains activity plans and animal record sheets. Each unit also covers such topics as animals' food, habitat, and adaptations. Comparisons are encouraged by a life-span chart, a "My Favorite Animal" sheet, and an "Imagine You Are an Animal" sheet.

The organization of the book is modular, which has several advantages. First, it enables children to succeed in each module, regardless of how they did in a previous module. Second, each module allows children to learn, practice, and expand on different levels of proficiency. Third, the modules allow for more in-depth exploration when a particular animal catches a child's interest. That exploration encourages children to use thinking processes, research skills, and inquiry skills in order to develop science concepts and become more independent learners.  

There is a teacher manual available to accompany the student book.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

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The Animal Kingdom Sample Pages:

Our Friend the Mastodon

Author: Kemnitz, Myrna; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Science; Thinking Skills; Writing; Reading; Drawing

Age: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3

ISBN: 978-089824-298-0

Order code: 2980

Price: $10.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 2980S

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Mastodons provide the most common large fossil in the United States. Their bones are found everywhere, and the skeletons are often nearly complete. This book will help young children gain the most from visits to museums and other venues where they are likely to find an exhibit of mastodon bones. This is a fun book of reading, writing, thinking, and drawing.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Mastodons provide the most common large fossil in the United States. Their bones are found everywhere, and the skeletons are often nearly complete. This book will help young children gain the most from visits to museums and other venues where they are likely to find an exhibit of mastodon bones. This is a fun book of reading, writing, thinking, and drawing.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

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Our Friend the Mastodon Sample Pages:

Science and Me: Level 1, Book 1, Student Book

Author: Seron, Jen

Subjects: Science

Age: 4, 5, 6

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

ISBN: 978-0-88092-929-5

Order code: 9295

Price: $15.00

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Science can be fun for everyone! This book, written especially for preschoolers, provides young children, early readers, and the young-at-heart with an introduction to science, as well as to some of the skills used by scientists, including reading, math, observation, data collection, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, reflection, and creativity. Its 84 colorful pages are packed with challenges, questions, activities, and insights to ponder. A significant feature of the book is that it introduces children to the ways in which science relates to their lives.

Science can be fun for everyone! This book, written especially for preschoolers, provides young children with an introduction to science, as well as to some of the skills used by scientists, including reading, math, observation, data collection, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, reflection, and creativity. Its 84 colorful pages are packed with challenges, questions, activities, and insights to ponder. A significant feature of the book is that it introduces children to the ways in which science relates to their lives.

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If I Were a Table

Author: Warren, Sandra; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Creativity; Divergent Thinking

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-177-8

Order code: 1778

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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If I Were a Table is a storybook for young children that encourages them to use their imagination to think of all the ways in which tables can be used. It includes a large activity section containing exercises that enable children to practice creative and divergent thinking skills. It is a creative approach to learning that will engage children and allow them to stretch their thinking in new and imaginative ways. 

If I Were a Table is a storybook for young children that encourages them to use their imagination to think of all the ways in which tables can be used. It includes a large activity section containing exercises that enable students to practice creative and divergent thinking skills. It is a creative approach to learning that will engage students and allow them to stretch their thinking in new and imaginative ways. 

The ibook includes interactive activities. Students have the additional option of emailing the completed activities to the instructor or saving them to Evernote.

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If I Were a Road

Author: Warren, Sandra; Sjoerdsma, Tom (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Creativity; Divergent Thinking; Exclusive iBook

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4, 5

iBook price: $14.99

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Travel down the boulevard to imagination and divergent thinking. If I Were a Road features an illustrated story that will send children's minds to destinations far and near, as well as an activity section that will allow them to practice their creative thinking skills. The activities are interactive and include free downloads. This book is a captivating and creative approach to learning.

If I Were a Road is available as an iBook only. For the best interactive experience, purchasers are encouraged to use macOS Sierra or later.

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Hand Talk: Reni's Feelings

Subtitle: Learn How to Sign Your Feelings with Reni

Author: Champion, Barbara

Subjects: Guidance; Disabilities; Deafness; Sign Language

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-228-9

Order code: 2289

Price: $15.00
Website price: $13.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Hand Talk: Reni’s Feelings tells the story of Reni, a young boy who struggles to get people, including his mom, to understand him. Reni learns how to use sign language to show if he is hungry, happy, sad, or needs help, as well as other emotions. The story is illustrated with fun and colorful drawings.   

The second half of the book contains photographs of the author's students demonstrating how to make more than two dozen signs in American Sign Language, from “don’t want,” “like,” and “tired” to “I love you,” “excited,” and “scared.”

Reni's Feelings also includes QR codes that will take readers directly to videos of the author demonstrating each sign.

Reviews from teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing:
"Reni’s Feelings takes the reader on a realistic journey of how challenging life can be for children who don’t have a way to communicate their needs, wants, or frustrations. This delightful book encourages and educates parents on the benefits of teaching their children sign language and closing the communication gap.”  – Sabrina Boykin

"Hand Talk is a short, concise journey into the life of a special needs child. The story very clearly illustrates the feelings of a child with limited communication skills and provides a much-needed tool for parents, siblings, and friends to learn simple signs that can greatly enhance understanding and communication. The pictures are childlike and allow for an immediate connection between the main character and the reader. The inclusion of photographs of special needs children communicating in sign language at the end of the book greatly enhances its authenticity and again allows the reader to make a real emotional connection. I have shared this book with both neighbors and relatives. They just can’t stop talking about Hand Talk."  – Susan Landberg

Hand Talk: Reni’s Feelings tells the story of Reni, a young boy who struggles to get people, including his mom, to understand him. Reni learns how to use sign language to show if he is hungry, happy, sad, or needs help, as well as other emotions. The story is illustrated with fun and colorful drawings.   

The second half of the book contains photographs of the author's students demonstrating how to make more than two dozen signs in American Sign Language, from “don’t want,” “like,” and “tired” to “I love you,” “excited,” and “scared.”

Reni's Feelings also includes QR codes that will take readers directly to videos of the author demonstrating each sign.

Reviews from teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing:
"Reni’s Feelings takes the reader on a realistic journey of how challenging life can be for children who don’t have a way to communicate their needs, wants, or frustrations. This delightful book encourages and educates parents on the benefits of teaching their children sign language and closing the communication gap.”  – Sabrina Boykin

"Hand Talk is a short, concise journey into the life of a special needs child. The story very clearly illustrates the feelings of a child with limited communication skills and provides a much-needed tool for parents, siblings, and friends to learn simple signs that can greatly enhance understanding and communication. The pictures are childlike and allow for an immediate connection between the main character and the reader. The inclusion of photographs of special needs children communicating in sign language at the end of the book greatly enhances its authenticity and again allows the reader to make a real emotional connection. I have shared this book with both neighbors and relatives. They just can’t stop talking about Hand Talk."  – Susan Landberg

The iBook includes short video clips of the author signing the words and phrases and contains links from the story to the picture glossary.

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Hand Talk: Reni Goes to School

Subtitle: Learn How to Sign about School with Reni and Friends

Author: Champion, Barbara

Subjects: Guidance; Disabilities; Deafness; Sign Language

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-649-0

Order code: 6490

Price: $15.00
Website price: $13.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Hand Talk: Reni Goes to School is the story of a young boy who is apprehensive about going to school because of his difficulty communicating. Reni learns how to use sign language and discovers that school can be fun. He shows readers how to make signs to identify his teacher, his classes, the supplies he uses, and more. The story is illustrated with fun and colorful drawings. 

The second half of the book contains photographs of the author's students demonstrating how to make more than two dozen signs in American Sign Language, from “library,” “book,” and “recess” to “bus,” “calendar,” and “gym.”

Reni Goes to School also includes QR codes that will take readers directly to videos of the author demonstrating each sign.

Hand Talk: Reni Goes to School is the story of a young boy who is apprehensive about going to school because of his difficulty communicating. Reni learns how to use sign language and discovers that school can be fun. He shows readers how to make signs to identify his teacher, his classes, the supplies he uses, and more. The story is illustrated with fun and colorful drawings. 

The second half of the book contains photographs of the author's students demonstrating how to make more than two dozen signs in American Sign Language, from “library,” “book,” and “recess” to “bus,” “calendar,” and “gym.”

Reni Goes to School also includes QR codes that will take readers directly to videos of the author demonstrating each sign.

The iBook includes short video clips of the author signing the words and phrases and contains links from the story to the picture glossary.

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Philosophy Package 1 (saddle-stitched editions)

Order code: SKP01

This package contains the student books and teacher manuals for the first three books in the Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye.

This package contains the student books and teacher manuals for the first three books in the Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum by Sharon Kaye.

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Price: $142.50 Website price: $97.50

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