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Friends Around the World

Friends Around the World

These books are a window into the lives of children living in different places. Children eat, go to school and Their Great Giftplay all over the world. How are these experiences in different places different? How are they the same?

a-ticket-around-the-worldA Ticket Around the World – An introduction to the world’s diversity follows the journeys of a young boy who visits friends in thirteen different countries and explores their respective cultures, languages, foods, geography, wildlife, and landmarks.

can-you-say-peaceCan You Say Peace? – Every September 21 on the International Day of Peace, children around the world wish in many different languages for peace.

celebrating-birth-around-the-worldCelebrating Birth Around the World – A wonderful world of celebrations from around the world featuring the world’s main religions as well as some little-known ceremonies and festivals, this book takes a look at how birth is celebrated in many different places.

celebrating-weddings-around-the-worldCelebrating Weddings Around the World – A wonderful world of celebrations from around the world featuring the world’s main religions as well as some little-known ceremonies and festivals, this book takes a look at how getting married and weddings are celebrated in many different places.

children-from-australia-to-zimbabweChildren from Australia to Zimbabwe – Text and photographs depict how children live in nations across the alphabet, from Australia to Zimbabwe.

Children Just Like Me – Photographs and text depict the homes, schools, family life, and culture of young people around the world.

city-atlas-travel-the-world-with-30-city-mapsCity Atlas – 30 best-loved cities from around the world are brought to life with illustrations which show in detail key landmarks, famous people, iconic buildings and cultural icons.

coming-of-age-around-the-worldComing of Age Around the World – Discover a world of celebrations from around the world featuring the world’s main religions as well as some little-known ceremonies and festivals, this book takes a look at how growing up and coming of age are celebrated in many different places.

dreams-around-the-worldDreams Around the World – Thirteen children from around the world share their dreams for the future, as well as a day in their lives.

a-faith-like-mineA Faith Like Mine – Presents detailed personal accounts which give unique insight into the diversity of religious faith as experienced by children across the world.

farms-around-the-worldFarms Around the World – Learning about animals, plants, and activities on a farm, you’ll read about the jobs that must be done daily, the changing seasons, and how food gets from the farm to your plate.

if-america-were-a-villageIf America Were a Village – This book uses a simple metaphor to create a snapshot–past, present and future–to help readers imagine America as a village of 100 people, exploring their lives to help children and readers of all ages to discover a whole new vision of America.

its-back-to-school-we-goIt’s Back to School We Go – In easy-to-read text, describes what the first day of school might be like for a child in Kenya, Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Peru, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States.

just-like-me-climbing-a-treeJust Like Me Climbing a Tree – Introduces twelve distinctive trees from across the world, including Mexico’s Montezuma cypress, South Africa’s baobab, and Australia’s white mulberry, and looks at what makes each one so unique.

a-life-like-mineA Life Like Mine – Looks at what life is like for children of different countries and how each child can fulfill his or her hopes and ambitions no matter how little or much their human rights are infringed.

my-librarian-is-a-camelMy Librarian is a Camel – Describes unusual mobile libraries found around the world. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2008-2009, 4-6 Nominee. Mi Bibliotecaria es un Camello

my-school-is-in-the-rain-forestMy School in the Rain Forest – A lively photo-essay examines the many ways children across the globe learn, from a webcam near the Sahara desert to a school that floats on a river to a school high in the Himalayas. By the author of My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World.

off-to-classOff to Class – Describes some of the different and unusual school settings around the world, from an environmentally sustainable school in India to schools within caves in China and schools for the nomadic tribes of Siberia.

our-worldOur World – Take a trip with your favorite Disney characters and learn how children around the world live, celebrate, speak, eat, etc.

remembering-the-dead-around-the-worldRemembering the Dead Around the World – Discover how people remember the passing of their loved ones all around the world. Featuring the world’s main religions as well as some little-known ceremonies and festivals, this book takes an intriguing and colorful look at how death is commemorated in many different places.

school-days-around-the-worldSchool Days Around the World – “What is a school? Is it a building with classrooms? Or can it be any place where children learn?” The fascinating stories that follow will expand how young readers think of school, as they learn about the experiences of real children in thirteen different countries around the world.

school-days-around-the-world-2School Days Around the World – What is a school? Is it a building with classrooms? Or can it be any place where children learn?” The stories that follow will expand how young readers think of school, as they learn about the experiences of real children in thirteen different countries around the world.

a-school-like-mine-2A School Like Mine – Introduces children from around the world and discusses where they live, how they play, and what their schools are like.

schools-in-different-placesSchools in Different Places – Discusses how schools from around the world are different by describing buildings, rules and responsibilities, and schedules.

this-child-every-childThis Child, Every Child – Examines how children from different countries around the world live and how their lives differ from children elsewhere, including issues such as access to water, healthcare, and education.

wake-up-worldWake Up World – Takes a look at home life, schooling, and other aspects of everyday life around the world by comparing the experiences of children from Ghana, Russia, Australia, California, Brazil, Vietnam, and England.

the-way-to-schoolThe Way to School – Your way to school might be by yellow bus, bicycle or car, but around the world children are also getting to class by canoe, through tunnels, up ladders, by donkey, water buffalo or ox cart. A collection of gorgeous, full-color photographs of schoolchildren from Myanmar, Ghana, Brazil, China, Canada and beyond, readers will see that the path to school can be “long and hard and even scary” depending on the lay of the land, the weather, even natural disasters.

what-we-wearWhat We Wear – Uses colorful photographs to show the clothing and dress of children from places around the globe, including Peru, Uganda, and Sweden.

whats-for-lunchWhat’s for Lunch? – An examination of the food consumption by school children in thirteen countries; focusing on school lunches, as wel as the inequality of food and the importance of health, nutritious food.

the-world-of-birthdaysThe World of Birthdays – Discusses how birthdays are celebrated in Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. Includes instructions for making a craft, game, or recipe from each country.

you-and-me-togetherYou and Me Together – From a festival in India to a bus in Germany, from a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving moms, dads, and kids share their lives.

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Their Great Gift – the Immigrant Experience

Their Great Gift – the Immigrant Experience


Their Great Gift

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land – There are very few words in this book…the pictures tell the story. What you see on the cover is very much like what you see inside. Each time you turn a page you see 4-6 photographs of different immigrant families.

For some of you, depending on where you live, the people in these pictures might not seem familiar. But in other places, like here in Indianapolis, this book looks like a photo album of people you see while grocery shopping or getting an oil change or walking in a park. Indianapolis is a very diverse city. People have immigrated here from all corners of the globe. This book, and the books listed below, celebrate each of these people who have journeyed so far to start a new life here in America. The books highlight the experiences, talents and hard work each of them brings – all of these things are a gift. We are lucky to have them joining our communities!


More Books about the Immigrant Experience:

this-land-is-our-land_1This Land is Our Land – This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965. The book concludes with a summary of events up to contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue.

national-geographic-ellis-island_1National Geographic Ellis Island – Looks at the history of Ellis Island and identifies its early roles as a Mohegan island, fisherman rest spot, famous immigration station, and today’s museum.

we-came-to-america_1We Came to America – Celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage.

journey-to-ellis-islandJourney to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America – An account of the ocean voyage and arrival at Ellis Island of twelve-year-old Julius Weinstein who, along with his mother and younger sister, immigrated from Russia in 1922.

ellis-island-coming-to-the-land-of-liberty_1Ellis Island Coming to the Land of Liberty – Tells the complete history of the national landmark, highlighting its most notable purpose as an immigration service station that welcomed nearly twelve million people to the United States between 1921 to 1954.

yes-we-are-latinos_1Yes! We Are Latinos – A collection of stories about young Latino’s immigrant experience in the United States. Disponible en español: ¡Si! Somos Latinos.


Out of Iraq: Refugees’ Stories in Words, Paintings & Music – Uses words and pictures to tell the stories of Iraqi families who have left their homes in Iraq and fled to Syria and Jordan where they wait for the time it will be safe for them to return home.

at-ellis-islandAt Ellis Island: a History in Many Voices – The experiences of people coming to the United States from many different lands are conveyed in the words of a contemporary young girl visiting Ellis Island and of a girl who immigrated in about 1910, as well as by quotes from early twentieth century immigrants and Ellis Island officials.

we-are-americansWe Are Americans: Voices of the Immigrant Experience – Letters, diaries, and oral histories profile the often challenging but ultimately rewarding experiences of US immigrants during the last 20,000 years.

coming-to-americaComing to America: a Muslim Family’s Story – Depicts the joys and hardships experienced by a Muslim family that immigrates to New York City from Alexandria, Egypt, in the hope of making a better life life for themselves.

my-journey-through-ellis-island_1My Journey Through Ellis Island – Traveling to live in a new country can be terrifying, especially to a child. Leaving behind family, friends, and places you know and love is something everyone can relate to. In this book, readers board a boat with an immigrant child going to the United States for the first time. The first-person narration introduces readers to Ellis Island and the many immigrants coming to America during the late 1800s and early 1900s, including their reasons for doing so. Historical images and fact boxes add context to this important social studies topic.

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Anything But Ordinary Addie

Anything But Ordinary Addie

Anything But Ordinary Addie


Adelaide Herrmann was a little girl who wanted to make a splash. She did not want to be ordinary, so she set out to do extraordinary things. And she did, but as soon as she accomplished one extraordinary thing, she was ready to push herself to the next one. Addie liked the “wow” factor and a little danger made her exploits even better! She even let herself be set on fire! Don’t worry – it was her husband who did it. He was a magician!

All of this was pretty extraordinary for a woman of her time. Addie was born in 1853. Oregon and Minnesota weren’t even states yet! And of the state that existed, very few allowed women to own land. NONE of them allowed women to vote. Adelaide was an independent thinking woman way ahead of her time. And to be even MORE extraordinary, Addie became a well known magician herself – even the great magician Harry Houdini thought she was good! Addie wanted to dazzle, and she did!


Women Daredevils:




Magic Tricks:

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amazing-magic-tricks amazing-magic-tricks-2 abracadabra abracadabra-the-story-of-magic-through-the-ages
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If You Like Harry Potter

If You Like Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Harry Potter. We’ll probably never see the likes of his phenomenon again – it sure was fun while it lasted! And now – there’s more! The movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out of Friday, November 18th!

If you saw the original movies, don’t miss the books, if you read the books, don’t miss the CD or Audiobook.

1: Sorcerer’s Stone on CD, eBook, eAudio
2: Chamber of Secrets on CD, eBook, eAudio
3: Prisoner of Azkaban on CD, eBook, eAudio
4: Goblet of Fire on CD, eBook, eAudio
5: Order of the Phoenix, CD, eBook, eAudio
6: Half Blood Prince on CD, eBook, eAudio
7: Deathly Hallows on CD, eBook, eAudio


Here are some related books that are great companions for the originals:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Harry Potter
Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Hermione Granger Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Ron Weasley Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Character Guide
J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (the illustrated edition) Harry Potter Handbook: Movie Magic
J.K. Rowling Creator of Harry Potter The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Harry Potter Should Have Died The Unofficial Harry Potter Vocabulary Builder
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Daniel Radcliffe No Ordinary Wizard The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter Ultimate Harry Potter Trivia Book
The Plot Thickens Harry Potter Investigated Kids Letters to Harry Potter The Sorcerer's Companion Quidditch Through the Ages
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Official Guide to Pottermore


If You Liked Harry Potter Try These:

Listed below are several other adventure series about friends like Harry, Ron and Hermione. Some of them are just as good. Seriously. Trust me.

DungeoneersThe Dungeoneers by John David Anderson
When his gift for pickpocketing is noticed by the mysterious Finn Argos, Colm begins training to become a member of Thwodin’s Legions, a strange group of warriors, mages, and hunters who search for treasure.
The Dungeoneers

ArtemisFowl100Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
#1 Artemis Fowl on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Arctic Incident on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Eternity Code on CD, eBook, eAudio
#4 The Opal Deception on CD, eBook, eAudio
#5 The Lost Colony on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 The Time Paradox on CD, eBook, eAudio
#7 The Atlantis Complex on CD, eBook, eAudio
#8 The Last Guardian on CD, eAudio

RecklessReckless by Cornelia Funke
Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.
#1 Reckless on CD
#2 Fearless on CD
#2 The Golden Yarn

AmuletSamarkandBartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathon Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
#1 The Amulet of Samarkand on CD, eAudio
#2 The Golem’s Eye on CD, eAudio
#3 Ptolemy’s Gate on CD, eAudio

FarfieldCurseBran Hambric by Kaleb Nation
Very strange occurrences have long surrounded fourteen-year-old Bran, who learns of his link to a curse created by his murdered mother and strives to make things right, hindered by the ban on magic in the city of Dunce and pursued by his mother’s former masters.
#1 The Farfield Curse on CD
#2 The Spector Key on CD

CharmedLifeChrestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones
Adventures of the Chrestomanci, an enchanter with nine lives, whose job is to control the practice of magic in the infinite parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds.
#1 Charmed Life
#2 The Magicians of Caprona
#3 Witch Week
#4 The Lives of Christopher Chant
#5 Mixed Magics
#6 Conrad’s Fate
#7 The Pinhoe Egg on CD

BookThreeChronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
#1 The Book of Three on CD, eAudio
#2 The Black Cauldron on CD
#3 The Castle of Llyr
#4 Taran the Wanderer
#5 The High King

OverSeaDark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper
Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur and that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the forces of the Dark.
#1 Oversea, Under Stone
#2 The Dark is Rising
#3 Greenwitch on CD, eAudio
#4 The Grey King on CD
#5 The Silver on the Tree on CD

DormiaDormia by Jake Halpern
After learning of his ancestral ties to Dormia, a hidden kingdom in the Ural Mountains whose inhabitants possess the ancient power of “wakeful sleeping,” twelve-year-old Alfonso sets out on a mission to save the kingdom from destruction, discovering secrets that lurk in his own sleep.

WizardEarthseaEarthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.
#1 A Wizard of Earthsea
#2 The Tombs of Atuan on CD
#3 The Farthest Shore
#4 Tehanu: the Last Book of Earthsea

DealingDragonsEnchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons’ kingdom.
#1 Dealing with Dragons on CD
#2 Searching for Dragons on CD
#3 Calling on Dragons on CD
#4 Talking to Dragons on CD

FamiliarsThe Familiars by Jay Epstein
When a scrappy alley cat named Aldwyn passes himself off as a magical animal companion to Jack, a young wizard in training, Aldwyn and his fellow “familiars,” a know-it-all blue jay and bumbling tree frog, must save the kingdom after the evil queen of Vastia kidnaps Jack and two other wizards.
#1 The Familiars
#2 Secrets of the Crown
#3 Circle of Heroes
#4 Palace of Dreams

GregorOverlanderThe Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
#1 Gregor The Overlander on CD
#2 Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane on CD
#3 Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods on CD
#4 Gregor and the Marks of Secret on CD
#5 Gregor and the Code of Claw on CD

HeroCrownThe Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

LostConspiracyThe Lost Conspiracy by Jake Halpern
When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou–once considered the tribe’s oracle–and herself.

LostMerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.
#1 The Lost Years of Merlin on CD
#2 The Seven Songs of Merlin on CD
#3 The Fires of Merlin on CD
#4 The Mirror of Merlin on CD
#5 The Wings of Merlin on CD

MagicThiefThe Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.
#1 The Magic Thief on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Magic Thief: Lost on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Magic Thief: Found on eBook, eAudio
#4 The Magic Thief: Home on eBook, eAudiodigital short story eBook A Proper Wizard

LightningThiefPercy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
#1: Lightning Thief on CD, eBook or eAudio
#2: Sea of Monsters on CD, eBook or eAudio
#3: Titan’s Curse on CD, eBook or eAudio
#4: Battle of the Labyrinth on CD, eBook or eAudio
#5: Last Olympian on CD, eBook or eAudio

RuinsGorlanRanger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
#1 The Ruins of Gorlan on CD, eBook
#2 The Burning Bridge on CD, eBook
#3 The Icebound Land on CD, eBook
#4 The Battle for Skandia on CD, eBook
#5 The Sorcerer of the North on CD, eBook
#6 The Siege of Macindaw on CD, eBook
#7 Erak’s Ransom on CD, eBook
#8 The Kings of Clonmel on CD
#9 Halt’s Peril on CD
#10 The Emperor of Nihon-Jin on CD
#11The Lost Stories
#12The Royal Ranger

alchemystThe Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
#1 The Alchemyst on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Magician on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Sorceress on CD, eBook, eAudio
#4 The Necromancer on CD, eBook, eAudio
#5 The Warlock on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 The Enchantress on CD, eBook, eAudio

MagykSetpimus Heap by Angie Sage
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
#1 Magyk on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 Flyte on CD
#3 Physik on CD
#4 Queste on CD
#5 Syren on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 Darke on CD
#7 Fyre

SkulduggerySkulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces withSkulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
#1 Skulduggery Pleasant
#2 Playing with Fire on eAudio
#3 The Faceless Ones
#4 Dark Days
#5 Mortal Coil
#6 Death Bringer
#7 Kingdom of the Wicked
#8 Last Stand of Dead Men (2013) (unreleased)
#9 Skulduggery Pleasant: Book 9 (2014) (unreleased)

AlannaSong of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
#1 Alanna: The First Adventure on CD, eAudio
#2 In the Hand of the Goddess on CD, eAudio
#3 The Woman Who Rides Like a Man on CD, eAudio
#4 Lioness Rampant on eAudio

SoWizardYoung Wizards by Diane Duane
Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won’t fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.1058357
#1 So You Want to be a Wizard on CD, eBook
#2 Deep Wizardry on CD, eBook
#3 High Wizardry on CD, eBook
#4 A Wizard Abroad on CD, eBook
#5 The Wizard’s Dilemma on CD, eBook
#6 A Wizard Alone on CD, eBook
#7 Wizard’s Holiday on CD, eBook
#8 Wizards at War on eBook
#9 A Wizard of Mars
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Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams a Life in Nature

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams a Life in Nature

Ansel Adams was a photographer. His pictures are some of the most recognized in the world. You have probably seen many of his pictures but didn’t know it. They are often reproduced on calendars or posters or greeting cards. His favorite subjects were mountain peaks and rushing rivers and wildlife. He is most famous for photographing National Parks, especially Yosemite, in California.

When someone is good at what they do, and Ansel was REALLY good, people often want to ask them, “How did you get started?” This book shows you exactly how Ansel got started. And you’ll like this…part of his start was having his father say he didn’t have to sit still at school anymore!



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