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Branching Out

September 15, 2017

A massive oak tree named Red is the unusual narrator of Wishtree, a new book by author KATHARINE APPLEGATE. Each year, people in Red’s community write their wishes on paper and hang them on the tree’s branches. When an immigrant…


A Hero's Story

September 8, 2017

As a boy, Welles Crowther (pictured, center) sometimes wore a red bandanna. He dreamed of growing up to be a fireman. After college, he worked in finance at the World Trade Center in New York City. When terrorists attacked on…


For the Love of Reading

August 21, 2017

Andrew Clements achieved success as an author in 1996, when his first children’s novel, Frindle, was published. Since then, the book has sold more than 6 million copies and won more than 20 awards. Clements has written dozens of additional…

Text Sets

G5-6 Text Set: The Phantom Tollbooth

May 3, 2016

Milo finds life endlessly dull. Even when a mysterious tollbooth appears in his room, he chooses to pass its gate only because he has nothing better to do. But as he travels through the curious lands beyond the tollbooth, he…


A Mural's Story

March 11, 2011

Can you imagine what it would feel like to have a mural by a famous artist in your room? In the 1960s, two children in New York City had this experience. Two years before Maurice Sendak gained international fame for…


A Book About Bullies

October 1, 2010

The Humanity Project runs anti-bullying programs in schools in Florida. The group’s founder, Bob Knotts, asked students to write a book about bullying. As a kid, Bob Knotts got picked on. “It really affected me, as a child and…