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For Younger Readers 2012–2013

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Adventure

Braille

What It’s Like—to Climb Mount Everest, Blast Off into Space, Survive a Tornado, and Other Extraordinary Stories
BR19444
by Jeff Belanger
1 volume
Twelve individuals share their real-life adventures. Teenager Bethany describes losing her arm in a shark attack in 2003 while surfing. Dad Phil relates being struck by lightning in 2005 as he was rock climbing with his family in Wyoming. For grades 5-8. 2011.

Animals

Audio

Animal Groups Are CATegorical: Butterfly, Flea, Beetle, and Bee; What Is an Insect?, Catfish, Cod, Salmon, and Scrod; What Is a Fish?, Dolphin, Fox, Hippo, and Ox; What Is a Mammal?, Salamander, Frog, and Polliwog; What Is an Amphibian?, Sparrow, Eagle, Penguin, and Seagull; What Is a Bird?, Tortoise, Tree Snake, Gator, and Sea Snake; What Is a Reptile?
DB 75907
0 hours 20 minutes
by Brian P. Cleary
read by Gregory Maupin
Six books in a series identify creatures in common animal classes. For preschool-grade 2. 2013.

Animals Christopher Columbus Saw: An Adventure in the New World
DB 68223
0 hours 35 minutes
by Sandra Markle
read by Richard Magesis
Explains the reasons Christopher Columbus and his fleet of three ships set sail into unexplored seas in August 1492 and chronicles their voyage. Describes the air, land, and sea creatures—including parrots, lizards, and manatees—that the European crew saw on that first journey to the Carribean islands. For grades 3-6. 2008.

The Bat Scientists
DB 72845
2 hours 4 minutes
by Mary Kay Carson
read by Kerry Dukin
Follows a team of scientists who are studying bats in caves and under bridges to learn this winged mammal’s secrets. Debunks myths—such as bats are flying mice—and presents facts about bat behavior and physical characteristics. Discusses echolocation, bat communication, and conservation efforts to preserve bat habitats. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks? And Other Questions about Animals
DB 71815
0 hours 45 minutes
by Buffy Silverman
read by Mike Stefanelli
Scientific answers to seventeen questions about animals, such as: Do falling cats always land on their feet? Are bats blind? Can porcupines throw their quills? Are New York City sewers full of alligators? Do camels store water in their humps? For grades 3-6. 2010.

Elephants of Africa
DB 69441
0 hours 15 minutes
by Gail Gibbons
read by Gary Roan
Facts about African elephants’ behavior, habits, and traits—from their trunks, tusks, skin, ears, eyes, and teeth to babies, families, food, and enemies. For grades K-3. 2008.

Fetch This Book: Train Your Dog to Do Almost Anything
DB 72408
3 hours 35 minutes
by Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz
read by Kerry Dukin
Guide to training your pet dog using positive methods. Provides tips on building a bond of trust, correcting unwanted behaviors, housetraining, preparing for dog shows, and teaching your dog tricks and games. Recommends rules, practice times, and rewards. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2010.

Guide Dogs: Dog Heroes
DB 74833
0 hours 24 minutes
by Melissa McDaniel
read by Jennifer Hubbard
Overview of the history of guide dogs, starting with the first guide-dog school in Europe after World War I. Discusses canine life and training with their human partners and includes quick facts and resources. For grades 2-4. 2005.

The Incredible Life of Balto
DB 75592
0 hours 22 minutes
by Meghan McCarthy
read by Jill Fox
Chronicles the saga of Balto, the sled dog who became a hero in 1925 after he helped deliver life-saving medicine from Nenana to Nome, Alaska. Recounts Balto’s sale to a traveling show and the outpouring of support that led to his rescue. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2011.

Mixed Breed Cats
DB 72409
3 hours 45 minutes
by Janice Biniok
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses the responsibilities of cat ownership, from selecting a kitten to caring for it in its old age. Includes a vaccination schedule, suggests when to consult a veterinarian, and describes first-year costs. Covers the history of domestic cats. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2010.

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: Two Hundred Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar!
DB 75692
2 hours 10 minutes
edited by J. Patrick Lewis
read by Catherine Byers
U.S. children’s poet laureate collected poems about animals that are big, small, winged, water-bound, strange, noisy, quiet, and more. Includes verses from Benjamin Franklin, Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, Ogden Nash, Jane Yolen, and many others. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2012.

Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf
DB 75436
0 hours 25 minutes
by Olivia Bouler
read by Faith Potts
Eleven-year-old author, who sold her bird paintings to raise money for the Audubon Society’s Gulf Coast oil spill recovery efforts, offers a guide to backyard and endangered fowl. Covers fierce and weird and wacky birds. Includes tips on saving birds and the environment. For grades 3-6. 2011.

The Salmon Bears: Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest
DB 71788
1 hour 41 minutes
by Ian McAllister
and Nicholas Read
read by Brian Conn
Follows through the four seasons the grizzly, black, and spirit bears of the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia’s central coast. Examines the “web of life” between bears, salmon, and all the plants and animals in the ecosystem. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes
DB 72717
2 hours 13 minutes
by Kelly Milner Halls
read by Kerry Dukin
Describes the recovery efforts of American major William Sumner and his team to retrieve starving animal survivors of war-torn Baghdad and rebuild the zoo. Discusses the difficulties of feeding and medically treating bears, pelicans, camels, Arabian horses, lions, cheetahs, tigers, and dogs in battlefield conditions. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Saving the Buffalo
DB 64107
2 hours 38 minutes
by Albert Marrin
read by Ray Childs
Traces the history of the buffalo on the Great Plains, from its role in Native American cultures before 1800 to its near extinction in the twentieth century. Discusses the founding of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1866 and other conservation efforts. For grades 4-7. 2006.

The Secret World of Whales
DB 75513
1 hour 25 minutes
by Charles Siebert
read by Gregory Maupin
Explores the myths and legends told long ago as well as the modern scientific knowledge about these giant mammals. Discusses the history of whale hunting, human encounters with friendly gray whales, research techniques used to study whale intelligence and behavior, and options for species preservation. For grades 4-7. 2011.

Water Babies: Manatee Calves, Orca Calves, Penguin Chicks, Seahorse Fry, Sea Otter Pups, Seal Pups, Sea Turtle Hatchlings
DB 76050
0 hours 46 minutes
by Ruth Owen
read by Kerry Dukin
Seven books in a series. Quick overview of baby aquatic animals provides basic facts on behaviors and habitats. Includes a glossary, reading suggestions, and websites for more information. For grades K-3. 2012.

Wild Horse Scientists
DB 76337
2 hours 27 minutes
by Kay Frydenborg
read by Bill Hensel
Discusses wild horses that reside on Assateague Island National Seashore, a barrier island between Virginia and Maryland. Details their diet, physical characteristics, life cycles, and behavior, including their interactions with humans. Explains the steps taken to control overpopulation. Contains a glossary and resources. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2012.

Braille

Amazing Animal Journeys: Great Migrations
BR19380
by Laura Marsh
1 volume
Introduces the topic of animal migration by presenting facts about zebras, red crabs, and walruses, including their yearly travels and the reasons for these journeys. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Animal Homes: Discover Science
BR19583
by Angela Wilkes
2 volumes
Identifies and describes the homes of different types of animals. Newts may live in a pond, but foxes and dingoes dig dens in the soil. All sorts of insects need shelter too. Includes activities for kids, glossary, notes, and fun facts. For grades K-3. 2012.

Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World
BR19035
by Lita Judge
1 volume
Discusses the relationship of enormous dinosaur parents with their eggs and tiny offspring. Describes the way scientists studied fossilized eggs and modern living animals to learn that some dinosaurs sat on nests and fed their babies, but other types of dinosaur young were mostly self-sufficient. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Cats vs. Dogs
BR19412
by Elizabeth Carney
1 volume
Presents fun facts about whether dogs or cats make better pets. Discusses the animals’ sense of smell and hearing and the ways they communicate, hunt, and clean themselves. For grades K-3. 2011.

Deadliest Animals
BR19382
by Melissa Stewart
1 volume
Compares the dangers posed by more than twenty animals—both large, such as polar bears, saltwater crocodiles, hippopotamuses, elephants, cape buffaloes, and sharks; and small, including scorpions and certain types of snakes and fish. Readers might be surprised to learn which species is the deadliest of all. For grades 2-4. 2011.

Dog Heroes: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #46, Dogs in the Dead of Night
BR19532
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
Like the Saint Bernards in Dogs in the Dead of Night (BR19530, Volume 1 Dogs in the Dead of Night), the canines featured here are trained to save lives. Discusses search-and-rescue dogs, including some that helped find 9/11 survivors; service dogs; and famous hero dogs throughout history. For grades 2-4. 2011.

Elephants: Great Migrations
BR19378
by Laura Marsh
1 volume
Facts about elephants in Mali, West Africa, near the southern Sahara desert. Describes their enormous appetites, communication, babies, and reasons for migration. Discusses efforts to protect elephants from poachers and an environment that is too dry. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Leo the Snow Leopard: The True Story of an Amazing Rescue
BR19608
by Juliana Hatkoff and others
1 volume
Account of a baby leopard named Leo and his global journey from being orphaned in the Pakistan mountains to being a star in the Bronx Zoo. Includes facts about the Wildlife Conservation Society, zoos, captive breeding, and laws about endangered species. For grades K-3. 2010.

Meet My Girls: Eightieth Anniversary of the Seeing Eye, Inc., 1929-2009
BR19424
by Grace D. Napier
2 volumes
Napier, an educator who has been blind since birth, explains the purpose of the Seeing Eye, Inc., dog-guide school in New Jersey. Shares her experiences with the ten dogs she has had over the years and describes their training. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2010.

My Pet Gecko
BR19089
by Rennay Craats
1 volume
Provides background information on this harmless lizard species. Explains which geckos make good pets, their living-space and food requirements, and the owner’s responsibilities. Warns that geckos do not like frequent handling. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle
BR19028
by Brian Dennis and others
1 volume
Describes the bond that developed between a marine major stationed in Iraq and an injured dog that was named Nubs because his ears had been cut off. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

A Pod of Dolphins: And Other Sea Mammal Groups; Animals in Groups
BR19788
by Richard Spilsbury
1 volume
Guide to dolphins’ group behavior and the ways they communicate, raise their young, and interact with humans. Includes brief descriptions of other sea mammals such as whales. Offers quick facts, a glossary, and additional resources. For grades 3-6. 2013.

Astronomy

Audio

Asteroids and Comets
DB 71518
2 hours 8 minutes
by Don Nardo
read by Brian Conn
Discusses the devastation caused by asteroids, comets, and meteors that have struck Earth in the past. Covers the 1908 Tunguska event, impact craters, the birth of Earth’s moon, the extinction of the dinosaurs, near-Earth objects, and future threats from space. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Far-Out Guide to the Solar System
DB 74659
8 hours 17 minutes
by Mary Kay Carson
read by Kerry Dukin
Explores ten titles in the Far-Out Guide series: The Sun, The Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus , and Neptune . Provides facts, exploration time lines, glossaries, and resources for each entry. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths
DB 72875
1 hour 54 minutes
by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein
read by Kerry Dukin
Profiles American astronomer Geoff Marcy, who has helped discover at least one hundred eighty planets in other solar systems. Discusses his work techniques; the equipment and technology used, particularly Doppler spectrometry; his milestone achievements; and the future of extrasolar exploration. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Braille

Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw
BR19348
by Elaine Scott
1 volume
Recounts discoveries about the universe—seeing a star being born, tracking a galaxy light-years away, verifying the existence of dark energy—made since 1990 by scientists using the Hubble telescope. Discusses the 2009 mission to update Hubble so it could continue probing the mysteries of the cosmos. For grades 4-7. 2011.

Venus
BR19501
by Ruth Bjorklund
1 volume
Discusses the planet Venus’s role in the solar system and in human history. Covers information learned from space probes about the features of the planet’s surface—volcanic plains, water, and atmosphere. Compares Earth and Venus and presents quick facts. For grades 5-8. 2010.

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Biography

Audio

Abraham Lincoln: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House, Book 47; Abe Lincoln at Last!
DB 76123
1 hour 7 minutes
by Mary Pope Osborne
and Natalie Pope Boyce
read by The resa Conkin
In this companion to Abe Lincoln at Last! (DB 76124), Annie and Jack present biographical information on President Lincoln. They discuss what it was like to live in a log cabin and describe Abe’s growing up poor, first in Kentucky and later in Indiana. For grades 2-4. 2011.

Annie Oakley
DB 75488
2 hours 49 minutes
by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
read by Faith Potts
Biography of the renowned sharpshooter (1860-1926), who toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Discusses Annie’s difficult childhood on the Ohio frontier, her love of hunting, and the exhibition skills that made her the most famous woman in the country—and even impressed Chief Sitting Bull. For grades 6-9. 2010.

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth
DB 71538
0 hours 26 minutes
by Kathleen Krull
read by Mike Stefanelli
Describes the life of Philo Farnsworth (1906-1971), who, before radio or telephones were common, was interested in machines and electricity. Explains how plowing fields on the family farm helped fourteen-year-old Philo figure out the basis for television and go on to become a lifelong inventor. For grades 2-4. 2009.

The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton: A Biography
DB 72087
5 hours 7 minutes
by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
read by Kerry Dukin
Biography of American writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937), whose novels reflect the “old money” New York society of her family. Describes her privileged childhood, love of reading, and preference for an intellectual life. Discusses how Wharton’s independent spirit led her to follow her heart. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.

Buffalo Bill Cody
DB 75479
4 hours 3 minutes
by Ronald A. Reis
read by Faith Potts
Biography of the American showman William Frederick Cody (1846-1917), whose Wild West show toured the United States and Europe for three decades. Discusses his rough-and-tumble Kansas childhood without schooling, work for the Pony Express, buffalo hunts, and bigger-than-life image. For grades 6-9. Spur Award. 2010.

Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly
DB 70262
1 hour 37 minutes
by Sue Macy
read by Richard Magesis
Biography of Elizabeth J. Cochrane (1864-1922), a pioneering female reporter who wrote her newspaper articles under the byline Nellie Bly. Discusses her travel reporting that took her around the world in seventy-two days and investigative journalism that included going undercover at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Charles Darwin
DB 72796
3 hours 15 minutes
by Kathleen Krull
read by Richard Magesis
Biography of British naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882), whose book On the Origin of Species… (RC 15937) changed our understanding of the world. Discusses Darwin’s powers of observation, his long sea voyage gathering specimens, his religious views, and why he delayed publishing his theory of evolution. For grades 4-7. 2010.

The Cowgirl Way: Hats Off to America’s Women of the West
DB 71797
2 hours 1 minutes
by Holly George-Warren
read by Jill Fox
Explains women’s roles in the nineteenth-century American westward expansion. Describes women homesteaders who rode horses, roped cows, shot guns, and wore divided skirts or pants. Discusses cowgirls who were outlaws, Wild West show performers, rodeo stars, and Hollywood actresses and their twenty-first-century counterparts. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.

Crazy Horse
DB 75466
4 hours 13 minutes
by Jon Sterngass
read by Jack Fox
Portrait of the Lakota Sioux warrior (ca. 1842-1877), about whom little is known. Describes his resistance to efforts to force his people onto reservations, his role in famous battles at Rosebud Creek and the Little Bighorn, and the importance of horses to the Plains Indians. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Davy Crockett
DB 75487
3 hours 23 minutes
by Judy L. Hasday
read by Faith Potts
Biography of American hunter, militiaman, frontiersman, and politician Davy Crockett (1786-1836). Relates his adventures in Tennessee and his decision to join Texas’s fight for independence from Mexico, which led to Crockett’s death at the Alamo. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
DB 75924
0 hours 27 minutes
by Jabari Asim
read by Patrick Downer
Biography focuses on the younger years of African American educator Booker T. Washington (1856-1915). Highlights his desire to learn to read when that was forbidden for slaves. Covers Washington’s struggles and his ambition to study at the Hampton Institute—a place where black people could learn freely. For grades 2-4. 2012.

Geronimo
DB 75465
3 hours 31 minutes
by Jon Sterngass
read by Jack Fox
Biography of the Chiricahua Apache war leader and shaman (1829-1909), who was a hero to his people but was vilified by white settlers. Discusses Geronimo’s capture and long imprisonment by the U.S. government and his hatred of Mexicans for the massacre of his family. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Katherine Paterson
DB 72315
3 hours 29 minutes
by John Bankston
read by Miriam Wagner
Biography of American writer Katherine Paterson (born 1932). Discusses her personal life and career path from missionary to published author. Explains that motivation to express her son’s grief on losing a friend led her to create Bridge to Terabithia (DB/RC 48732), her first Newbery Medal book. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!)
DB 71979
2 hours 12 minutes
by Kathleen Krull
read by Brian Hemmingsen
Discusses twenty raiders who roamed the seven seas long before Hollywood glamorized their image. Includes one who wore pajamas on deck, another who pulled a two-foot-long parasite out of his leg, a pirate known as a teetotaler, and the Chinese woman who commanded two thousand ships. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Tales of Famous Heroes
DB 72950
2 hours 9 minutes
by Peter Roop
and Connie Roop
read by Guy Williams
Chronologically arranged short biographies of people who changed the world. Includes Paul Revere, Sacagawea, Frederick Douglass, Mohandas Gandhi, Neil Armstrong, Barack Obama, and Sonia Sotomayor. Discusses each individual’s important childhood events, special skills and interests, and achievements. For grades 3-6. 2010.

The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy
DB 72033
5 hours 19 minutes
compiled by Leonard S. Marcus
read by Bill Wallace
Interviews with thirteen storytellers about their pivotal life experiences, literary influences, and approaches to writing. Features Lloyd Alexander, Franny Billingsley, Susan Cooper, Nancy Farmer, Brian Jacques, Diana Wynne Jones, Ursula K. Le Guin, Madeleine L’Engle, Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, and Jane Yolen. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Women Explorers: Perils, Pistols, and Petticoats
DB 74727
1 hour 7 minutes
by Julie Cummins
read by Kerry Dukin
Profiles ten female explorers born before 1900. One explorer, Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972), was an heiress who planned, led, and financed seven expeditions to the Arctic. Another, Nellie Cashman (1850-1925), drove a dogsled over 750 miles of ice and snow at age seventy. For grades 4-7. 2012.

Braille

Can I See Your ID? True Stories of False Identities
BR19430
by Chris Barton
1 volume
Recounts the cases of ten imposters who assumed false identities for money or kicks, to expose injustice, to escape persecution, or other reasons. Includes the arrest of sixteen-year-old Keron Thomas, who impersonated a New York City subway motorman for the thrill of driving a train. For grades 6-9. 2011.

Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
BR19046
by Linda Glaser
1 volume
Describes the comfortable 1880s home and loving family of Emma Lazarus. Explains how her work with immigrants inspired her to write the now-famous poem, “The New Colossus,” about the welcoming figure of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Includes the fourteen-line sonnet. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Heroes for My Son
BR19080
by Brad Meltzer
1 volume
The author profiles some fifty men and women as examples to live by for his eight-year-old son. Includes the Wright Brothers; Frank Shankwitz, creator of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; and a boy with cerebral palsy whose father pushes his wheelchair in races. Uncontracted braille. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2010.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery
BR19317
by Steve Sheinkin
2 volumes
Narrative biography of Benedict Arnold (1741-1801). Discusses his birth in colonial Connecticut, brave and reckless character, heroism in George Washington’s revolutionary army, marriage to a prominent Philadelphian, switch in allegiance to the British army, and death in disgrace and exile. Cites primary sources. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
BR20002
by Barack Obama
1 volume
President Obama praises thirteen American citizens—including Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., and Cesar Chavez—whose contributions shaped our country. Expresses hope that these heroes will inspire his daughters and all children to pursue their own unique gifts and build up our nation. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2010.

Sam Patch: Daredevil Jumper
BR19023
by Julie Cummins
1 volume
Recounts the short career of Sam Patch (1807-1829), who combined his skills as a natural-born jumper and expert swimmer to successfully leap 120 feet into Niagara Falls, but who failed a 125-foot jump on Friday, November 13, 1829, at Genesee Falls. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

To Be a Slave
BR19447
by Julius Lester
1 volume
Accounts assembled from the words of slaves and united by the author’s commentary. Excerpts are arranged chronologically to record the history of black bondage from capture to auction and servitude to freedom. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Newbery Honor Book. 1968.

Twice as Good
BR19666
by Richard Michelson
1 volume
Short biography of William Powell (1916-2009), who in 1948 was the first African American to build, own, and open a golf course—the Clearview Golf Club—for everyone, regardless of race. Discusses his childhood ambitions, hard work, service in the U.S. Army, and family life. For grades 2-4. 2012.

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
BR18033
by Jeanette Winter
1 volume
Recounts the way Wangari Maathai’s love of trees led to her winning the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Realizing that trees are disappearing from her homeland, Wangari started a farm for baby trees and encouraged the women of Kenya to plant trees to renew their land. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2008.

Blindness and Physical Handicaps

Audio

Able to Play: Overcoming Physical Challenges
DB 74747
2 hours 7 minutes
by Glenn Stout
read by Bruce Huntey
Profiles four professional baseball players: pitcher Mordecai Brown, who lost a finger in a farming accident; third baseman Ron Santo, who dealt with diabetes throughout his career; pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without his right hand; and outfielder Curtis Pride, who was born deaf. For grades 3-6. 2012.

Americans with Disabilities Act
DB 73034
4 hours 20 minutes
by Susan Dudley Gold
read by Jake Williams
Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act and profiles its proponents and opponents. Examines the impact of the 1990 law on public policy protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities in the fields of employment, housing, public facilities and transportation, and communications systems. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.

Guide Dogs: Dog Heroes
DB 74833
0 hours 24 minutes
by Melissa McDaniel
read by Jennifer Hubbard
Overview of the history of guide dogs, starting with the first guide-dog school in Europe after World War I. Discusses canine life and training with their human partners and includes quick facts and resources. For grades 2-4. 2005.

Braille

Americans with Disabilities Act
BR19318
by Susan Dudley Gold
2 volumes
Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act and profiles its proponents and opponents. Examines the impact of the 1990 law on public policy protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities in the fields of employment, housing, public facilities and transportation, and communications systems. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.

Dog Heroes: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #46, Dogs in the Dead of Night
BR19532
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
Like the Saint Bernards in Dogs in the Dead of Night (BR19530, Volume 1 Dogs in the Dead of Night), the canines featured here are trained to save lives. Discusses search-and-rescue dogs, including some that helped find 9/11 survivors; service dogs; and famous hero dogs throughout history. For grades 2-4. 2011.

Meet My Girls: Eightieth Anniversary of the Seeing Eye, Inc., 1929-2009
BR19424
by Grace D. Napier
2 volumes
Napier, an educator who has been blind since birth, explains the purpose of the Seeing Eye, Inc., dog-guide school in New Jersey. Shares her experiences with the ten dogs she has had over the years and describes their training. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2010.

Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold
BR19031
by Katherine Schneider
1 volume
The author, who is blind, addresses issues and challenges faced by children with disabilities. She encourages children to be kind, honest, and polite; to find a hero with a disability; and to become someone who appreciates the treasures in daily life. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Cooking

Braille

Cooking with Children: Fifteen Lessons for Children, Age Seven and Up, Who Really Want to Learn to Cook
BR19291
by Marion Cunningham
1 volume
Provides detailed instructions for beginning cooks on various food-preparation procedures and techniques. The chapter on vegetable soup describes peeling and chopping vegetables and explains the difference between boiling and simmering. Includes recipes for salad, hamburgers, pasta, chicken dinner, apple pie, and birthday cake. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1995.

Family

Braille

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
BR19745
by Audrey Vernick
1 volume
Recounts the 1938 formation of a semi-pro baseball team by the twelve Acerra boys in their New Jersey hometown. Describes the team’s disbanding when six brothers went off to fight in World War II, and its revival after their return. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2012.

General

Audio

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School; 101 Stories of Life, Love, and Learning for Younger Teens
DB 72842
10 hours 57 minutes
compiled by Jack Canfield and others
read by Carol Dines
Middle school teens share their experiences and emotions. Topics include friendship, mean girls—and boys, embarrassing moments, crushes and young love, self-acceptance, family issues, doing what is right, and more. In “In Between Is Okay” a girl describes her feelings about having partial sight. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Get Real
DB 72173
4 hours 2 minutes
by Mara Rockliff
read by Colleen Delany
Explains how to make better shopping choices so your spending has a positive impact. Poses questions to ask yourself before buying jeans, a cell phone, or a fast-food meal. Discusses hidden costs, over-packaging, environmental considerations, and where your money really goes. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.

Going to School around the World
DB 71499
1 hour 26 minutes
by Melissa Koosmann
read by Carol Dines
Introduces elementary school routines in Costa Rica, Turkey, Finland, Kenya, Thailand, Russia, Senegal, and Alaska. Covers transportation to school, clothes worn, subjects studied, games played at recess, and food eaten at lunch. Offers craft projects associated with countries discussed. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Jobs If You Like…Animals, Art, Building Things, Computers, History, Math, Music, Reading and Writing, Science, Sports
DB 75866
2 hours 37 minutes
by Charlotte Guillain
read by Mark Ashby
Ten books in a series match personal interests with potential careers. Each title provides a brief overview of numerous professions. Includes job charts, glossaries, and additional resources. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2013.

A Kid’s Guide to Earning Money: Money Matters; a Kid’s Guide to Money
DB 71149
0 hours 53 minutes
by Tamra Orr
read by Carol Dines
Offers practical advice for finding a job appropriate for your interests and skills, from walking dogs to washing cars. Discusses pros (earning extra money) and cons (having less free time), estimating your available work time, understanding youth labor laws, and asking your parents’ permission. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Pressure: True Stories by Teens about Stress
DB 75886
3 hours 29 minutes
edited by Al Desetta
read by Bill Wallace
Teens share accounts about stress caused by family, friends, school, and increasing responsibilities. They describe what they are doing to help them relax and enjoy the moment and offer suggestions such as physical activities, writing, yoga, and meditation to release negative energy. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

Rage: True Stories by Teens about Anger
DB 75887
3 hours 24 minutes
edited by Laura Longhine
read by Guy Williams
Teens share their experiences with challenges in dealing with anger. Highlights the effects an abusive past can have on one’s emotions and describes the ongoing struggle with negative feelings. Suggests options for getting help. Some violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

The World’s Most Dangerous Jobs: Apache Helicopter Pilots, Bodyguards, Bomb and Mine Disposal Officers, Fighter Pilots, Nuclear Submariners , and Test Pilots
DB 71157
3 hours 12 minutes
by Antony Loveless
read by Mike Stefanelli
The six books in the World’s Most Dangerous Jobs series, presented together. Each covers that title’s job description; the special skills, qualifications, and training needed; and work conditions. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Braille

Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey through America’s Farmland
BR20006
by Arthur Geisert
1 volume
Presents the alphabet using words related to a country farm, such as “B is for barn cats,” “L is for loading,” and “S is for steel roofing.” Includes a glossary to explain the farm terms. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2010.

Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids
BR18659
by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning
1 volume
An etiquette guide to eating without grossing people out. Provides rules with explanations for everything from washing before meals to thanking your hostess. Covers setting the table, eating with your fingers, talking with your mouth full, and waiting in buffet and school-cafeteria lines. Offers conversation tips. For grades 4-7. 2009.

For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old
BR20005
by Ken Robbins
1 volume
Explains units of measure—such as foot, yard, ton, teaspoon, bushel, second, month—and each word’s history and meaning. Following definitions of a mile in feet and yards is the explanation that “mile” comes from the Latin term “mille passus,” or one thousand paces. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2010.

Pressure: True Stories by Teens about Stress
BR19740
edited by Al Desetta
2 volumes
Teens share accounts about stress caused by family, friends, school, and increasing responsibilities. They describe what they are doing to help themselves relax and enjoy the moment and offer suggestions such as physical activities, writing, yoga, and meditation to release negative energy. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

Rage: True Stories by Teens about Anger
BR19739
edited by Laura Longhine
2 volumes
Teens share their experiences with challenges in dealing with anger. Highlights the effects an abusive past can have on one’s emotions and describes the ongoing struggle with negative feelings. Suggests options for getting help. Some violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

Vicious: True Stories by Teens about Bullying
BR19645
edited by Hope Vanderberg
2 volumes
Teens share stories about bullying they experienced and actions they took to stop feeling helpless. In “Why Are Girls So Mean?” one teen examines why she gossiped about a friend. “I Showed My Enemies—and Hurt My Friends, Too” discusses the cost of fighting. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

We Want You to Know: Kids Talk about Bullying
BR19283
by Deborah Ellis
1 volume
Students ages nine to nineteen discuss their feelings about being tormented and their reactions to it. Questions about ways individuals and schools can handle these situations follow each personal account. Based on the premise that bullying is not a normal part of childhood. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.

Geography

Audio

Kenya
DB 71757
1 hour 42 minutes
by Bridget Giles
read by Kerry Dukin
Facts about this East African country where tourists come on safari to photograph lions, elephants, giraffes, and monkeys and where fossils of the earliest humans are found. Covers the history of this former British colony, its ecosystems, its arts, and challenges still facing the nation. For grades 3-6. 2006.

Meet Our New Student from China
DB 71506
0 hours 52 minutes
by Tamra Orr
read by Carol Dines
Classroom preparations provide the setting for this overview of the large Asian nation, its historical dynasties, its wildlife and natural features, and daily life of the people—who numbered one and one third billion in 2008. Includes an almond-cookie recipe and instructions for making a paper lantern. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Meet Our New Student from Colombia
DB 72639
0 hours 49 minutes
by Becky Thatcher Murcia
read by The resa Conkin
Overview of Colombia, South America—given to Mrs. Johnson’s class in preparation for welcoming new Colombian student Camila—discusses the nation’s holidays, people, geography from its ocean coasts to the Amazon River, and its history before and after the arrival of the Spanish. Includes a recipe and craft. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Meet Our New Student from Haiti
DB 71505
0 hours 38 minutes
by John A. Torres
read by Carol Dines
A class studies the Caribbean country of Haiti, which shares an island with the Dominican Republic. Introduces Haiti’s history and describes the land, social life, religion, and customs. Includes a recipe for Tassot using goat meat or beef and instructions for making a coconut-shell nativity set. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Meet Our New Student from India
DB 71500
0 hours 54 minutes
by Khadija Ejaz
read by Carol Dines
Welcoming new student Jai Singh to a third-grade class in Oklahoma is the setting used to introduce the history, geography, and cultures of India. Includes a recipe for the cooling drink mango lassi and instructions for making a Diwali diya for the Hindu festival of lights. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Meet Our New Student from Japan
DB 71504
0 hours 50 minutes
by Lori McManus
read by Carol Dines
American students prepare for a new classmate by learning about Japan—an island group off the continent of Asia. This overview introduces Japan’s twelve-thousand-year history, its volcanic geography, and customs and celebrations. Includes a recipe for Osumashi soup and instructions for making a Koi-Nobori (fish-shaped wind sock). For grades 3-6. 2010.

Meet Our New Student from Korea
DB 72636
0 hours 48 minutes
by Marylou Morano Kjelle
read by The resa Conkin
A teacher explains the history of the two Koreas—North and South—to prepare her class for a new student’s arrival. Discusses the customs, foods, holidays, geography, wildlife, and typhoons of this mountainous peninsula southeast of China. Includes a recipe and craft. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Meet Our New Student from Mali
DB 71501
0 hours 53 minutes
by Oludamini Ogunnaike
read by Carol Dines
Welcoming a new student from Africa to an American class is the setting used to introduce the history, geography, and culture of Mali. Includes a recipe for sesame-seed honey bars and instructions for creating a Kanaga mask. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Meet Our New Student from Mexico
DB 71503
0 hours 45 minutes
by Tamra Orr
read by Carol Dines
To prepare for a new classmate, students learn about the country bordering the United States to the south. This introduction provides a brief history of Mexico and describes its geography, social life, and customs. Includes a recipe for guacamole and instructions for creating a piñata. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Meet Our New Student from New Zealand
DB 72635
0 hours 42 minutes
by Ann Weil
read by The resa Conkin
Discusses bungee jumping, sheep, kiwi, rugby, the Maori, and the movie Lord of the Rings and their relationship to the history, geography, and people of New Zealand, the island nation near Australia and homeland of Mr. Lorenz’s new student. Includes a recipe and craft activity. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Meet Our New Student from Nicaragua
DB 72640
0 hours 50 minutes
by John A. Torres
read by The resa Conkin
Fourth-grade class lesson about the Central American country of Nicaragua—homeland of a new student, Ramón—covers its people, history, geography, weather, Catholic traditions, and variety of wildlife, including freshwater sharks. Provides a recipe for gallopinto, a rice and beans dish, and instructions for making a clay piggy bank. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Meet Our New Student from Nigeria
DB 72637
0 hours 49 minutes
by Anna M. Ogunnaike
read by The resa Conkin
A lesson about the West African nation Nigeria taught to Mrs. Harkins’s class in preparation for a new student’s arrival. Discusses the country’s history and ancient civilizations, geography and crops, social customs, and religions. Includes a recipe for fried plantain and instructions for making a mask. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Meet Our New Student from Quebec
DB 71502
0 hours 50 minutes
by Ann Weil
read by Carol Dines
Preparations by a third-grade class in New York for the arrival of a new student from Quebec is the setting used to introduce the history, geography, and customs of the Canadian province. Includes a recipe for chocolate sparklers and instructions for creating a wind sock. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Meet Our New Student from South Africa
DB 72638
0 hours 47 minutes
by Melissa Koosmann
read by The resa Conkin
Describes a visit to the library by Mr. Ochoa’s class to learn facts about the southernmost country on the African continent and home of incoming student Zaziwe. Discusses the history, geography, wildlife, culture, and customs of South Africa. Includes a recipe and craft activity. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Meet Our New Student from Zambia
DB 72641
0 hours 48 minutes
by John A. Torres
read by The resa Conkin
Recounts Mr. Sagarin’s class preparations for welcoming Franco—a ten-year-old boy who loves soccer, tag, and checkers—to their school. Discusses the history, geography, culture, and customs of Zambia, Franco’s home country in southern Africa. Includes a recipe and an activity. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Braille

Egypt
BR18983
by Ann Heinrichs
1 volume
Overview of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a desert country nourished by the Nile River. Describes Egypt’s wildlife, including camels and crocodiles; government from Pharaohnic rule to the 1971 adoption of its constitution; and religions, focusing on Islam and Coptic Christianity. Discusses city versus rural living. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Greece
BR18889
by Jen Green
1 volume
History of the ancient European country of Greece, the birthplace of Western culture. Covers the first Olympic games in the 700s B.C.E., the second- century B.C.E. Roman conquest, and occupation by Italian and German troops during World War II. Describes Greece’s people, regions, and ecosystems. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Ireland
BR19098
by Anna McQuinn and Colm McQuinn
1 volume
Facts about this small North Atlantic island nation. Chronicles the country’s history from its ancient Celtic civilization to its formation into a modern republic. Describes Ireland’s geography, including its cliffs and bogs. Discusses Irish citizens’ desire to preserve their cultural traditions while improving the economy. For grades 3-6. 2008.

A Life like Mine
BR18860
by UNICEF
1 volume
Introduces children of various nationalities and backgrounds who share the desire for a healthy, safe place to grow up. Discusses children’s basic needs for food, water, shelter, schooling, and play. Describes the issues of war, disabilities, and child labor. For grades 3-6. 2002.

United States
BR19167
by Elden Croy
1 volume
Discusses the diverse people and landscapes of the fifty states that make up the United States of America. Describes the geography, wildlife, history, arts, and economy of this vast country. For grades 3-6. 2010.

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Government and the Law

Audio

So You Want to Be President?
DB 75382
0 hours 38 minutes
by Judith St. George
read by Jason Griffith
Revised edition offers unusual and interesting facts about the forty-three men who served as presidents of the United States. Points out the variety of personalities, backgrounds, and interests of these individuals, as well as their similarities. For grades 3-6 and older readers. Caldecott Medal. 2012.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
DB 71744
3 hours 34 minutes
by Susan Muaddi Darraj
read by Kerry Dukin
Details the writing of this historic document in the aftermath of World War II by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt. Discusses the United Nations General Assembly's approval of the declaration in December 1948 and its subsequent impact. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.

History

Audio

Ancient Africa: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Africa’s Past
DB 64725
1 hour 44 minutes
by Victoria Sherrow
read by Anne Hancock
Describes archaeological discoveries on the continent of Africa that expand knowledge of prehistoric people and human development. Discusses artifacts and fossil remains in East Africa, pyramids in Nubia, stone structures in Zimbabwe, and rock paintings in the Sahara. Features scientists’ interpretation of these findings. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Ancient Egypt: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Egypt’s Past
DB 64942
1 hour 26 minutes
by Jill Rubalcaba
read by Anne Hancock
Describes discoveries by archaeologists using modern technology, such as CT scans, to expand knowledge of ancient Egyptian civilizations. Presents findings on hieroglyphics, pyramids, tombs, and mummies and explains what this information reveals about daily life thousands of years ago. For grades 4-7. 2007.

The Apache
DB 72262
3 hours 23 minutes
by Michael E. Melody
read by Erin Jones
History and modern life of the Apache Indians, located primarily in Arizona and New Mexico. Discusses issues affecting the Apache’s six regional groups: Chiricahus, Mescalero, Jicarilla, Lipan, Kiowa Apache, and Western Apache. Includes information on nineteenth-century warriors Cochise and Geronimo. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

The Arapaho
DB 72263
4 hours 34 minutes
by Loretta Fowler
read by Erin Jones
History and modern life of the Arapaho Indians, who divided after moving from the Great Lakes region. Discusses the Southern Arapaho, who live alongside the Cheyenne in Oklahoma, and the Northern Arapaho, who share a reservation with the Eastern Shoshone in Wyoming. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

Birchbark Brigade: A Fur Trade History
DB 72721
4 hours 54 minutes
by Cris Peterson
read by Butch Hoover
Discusses three hundred years of North American frontier trade between European explorers with manufactured goods and Indians with animal pelts. Traces the growth of trading companies. Describes the traders’ living conditions and the large birch-bark canoes they used for transportation. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Blackfeet
DB 72261
3 hours 18 minutes
by The resa Jensen Lacey
read by Erin Jones
History of the three tribes—the Siksika, the Blood, and the Piegan—who belong to the Blackfeet Nation. Discusses their near demise from smallpox in the mid-1800s and modern efforts to preserve their native culture and language in northwestern Montana. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917
DB 75251
3 hours 22 minutes
by Sally M. Walker
read by Kerry Dukin
Recounts the 1917 collision of two ships in Halifax Harbor and the resulting explosion—the largest man-made blast before the detonation of the atom bomb—that killed nearly two thousand people. Describes the difficulties encountered by relief workers, whose efforts were thwarted by a blizzard. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2011.

The Buffalo and the Indians: A Shared Destiny
DB 72190
1 hour 35 minutes
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
read by Faith Potts
Examines the interdependence of buffalo and Native Americans, who hold the animals sacred. Discusses historical Indian hunting methods, European settlers’ slaughter of the herds, and the consequences on native culture. Links the modern revival of indigenous traditions with conservation of the buffalo. Includes tribal tales. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Buildings, Clothing, and Art: American Indian Contributions to the World
DB 71158
4 hours 48 minutes
by Emory Dean Keoke
and Kay Marie Porterfield
read by Butch Hoover
Discusses the influences of climate and local materials on American Indian houses, clothes, and artwork. Covers igloos, wigwams, and adobe pueblos; tanned hide moccasins, fur-lined parkas, and woven cloth; and decorations, wall paintings, and sculpture. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

The Cherokees
DB 72257
3 hours 52 minutes
by The da Perdue
read by Erin Jones
History of the Cherokee Indians, who were originally from southern Appalachia but were forcibly removed to Oklahoma and North Carolina reservations. Discusses the Trail of Tears, differences between eastern and western tribes, and Sequoyah (ca. 1770-1843), the man who invented the Cherokee alphabet. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

The Cheyenne
DB 72259
3 hours 50 minutes
by Stan Hoig
read by Erin Jones
History of the Great Plains Indians, the Cheyenne. Discusses their involvement in the 1864 Sand Creek massacre and the 1876 battle of the Little Bighorn. Describes the Sun Dance and its significance and covers reservation life in Montana and Oklahoma. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

The Choctaw
DB 72258
3 hours 19 minutes
by Jesse O. McKee
read by Erin Jones
History of the Choctaw, one of the first tribes forced to resettle in Oklahoma. Discusses the modern-day economics and business practices of both the Oklahoma Choctaw and those who remained in their Mississippi homeland after receiving U.S. citizenship in 1830. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

The Comanche
DB 72260
3 hours 56 minutes
by Willard Hughes Rollings
read by Erin Jones
History of the Comanche Indians, who acquired horses from the Spanish and ruled the southern plains and vast herds of buffalo. Discusses modern life on a reservation in southwestern Oklahoma, where the tribe preserves its heritage. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

The Dark Game: True Spy Stories
DB 72289
5 hours 5 minutes
by Paul B. Janeczko
read by Mike Stefanelli
Examines spy work from the American Revolution through the Cold War, including double agents, counterintelligence, gadgets, secret codes, surveillance, and training. Discusses George Washington’s intelligence community in the colonies, female spies during the Civil War, Anglo-American efforts to tunnel into East Berlin, and technological advancements. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Digging for Troy: From Homer to Hisarlik
DB 73813
2 hours 5 minutes
by Jill Rubalcaba and Eric H. Cline
read by Nicola Daval
After retelling a legend of the Trojan War based on Homer's Iliad (DB/RC 66356), the authors profile the archaeologists who have sought to excavate the remains of the city of Troy, beginning with amateur Heinrich Schliemann. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2011.

The End of Apartheid in South Africa
DB 73049
3 hours 5 minutes
by Liz Sonneborn
read by Chuck Young
Traces the history of apartheid from its 1950s beginnings in the South African legal system to its 1990s dismantlement. Discusses abuses that occurred during racial segregation, political struggles to change the laws, and Nelson Mandela's role. Follows the progress of integration through 2009. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
DB 73753
4 hours 46 minutes
by Albert Marrin
read by Laura Giannarelli
Examines poor living and working conditions of immigrants that led to the 1911 garment factory fire in New York City that killed 146. Discusses the catastrophe's impact on labor-union movements, workplace-safety regulations, and the existence of sweatshops around the globe. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.

Food, Farming, and Hunting: American Indian Contributions to the World
DB 71159
4 hours 38 minutes
by Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Porterfield
read by Butch Hoover
Explains geographic variations on hunting and fishing techniques and weapons; on gathering fruits and nuts; and on domesticating plants such as corn, chilies, potatoes, cotton, tobacco, peanuts, and tomatoes—crops now raised throughout the world. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mount Rushmore
DB 75049
0 hours 21 minutes
by Tina Nichols Coury
read by Margaret Strom
Biography of Lincoln Borglum (1912-1986), who succeeded his father Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941) in designing and sculpting the mount Rushmore National Memorial in Black Hills, south Dakota. For grades 2-4. 2012.

The Hindenburg Disaster
DB 72625
2 hours 6 minutes
by Jill Sherman
read by Catherine Byers
Describes the explosion that destroyed the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg as it landed in New Jersey on May 6, 1937, and explores the disaster's probable causes. Explains the zeppelin's history as an engineering marvel and its importance to the Nazi Party. For grades 5-8. 2010.

The Hopi
DB 72687
3 hours 21 minutes
by Nancy Bonvillain
read by Erin Jones
History of the Hopi Indians, descendants of the Pueblo people, who reside in northeastern Arizona. Discusses their traditional beliefs, religious ceremonies, farming methods, and sheep herding. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog
DB 75228
0 hours 34 minutes
by Adrienne Sylver
read by Margaret Strom
Overview of the hot dog. Discusses its popularity in sports stadiums, lists famous hot-dog stands, and covers named topping combinations, such as the Chicago Dog. Includes recipes and fun food facts. For grades 2-4. 2010.

How Many People Traveled the Oregon Trail? And Other Questions about the Trail West
DB 74834
1 hour 2 minutes
by Miriam Aronin
read by Kerry Dukin
Profiles the trailblazers who set out on the Oregon trail in the 1800s, from explorers Lewis and Clark to businessman John Jacob Astor. Discusses the first Christian missionaries to venture west and the hardships they endured along the way. Includes facts, a timeline, and other resources. For grades 5-8. 2012.

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
DB 75266
3 hours 53 minutes
by Georgia Bragg
read by Mary Kane
Guide to the deaths of nineteen notable people begins with King Tut, who died of malaria. Also covers King Henry VIII, whose corpse exploded; George Washington; Marie Curie, who literally worked to death; and Albert Einstein. Includes facts, oddities, and resources. Some violence. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2011.

How to Get Rich on a Texas Cattle Drive
DB 72617
1 hour 17 minutes
by Tod Olson
read by L.J. Ganser
Alleged memoir of "Little John" Larken, who headed to Texas in 1877 to work on a ranch, became a trail boss, and later performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Describes his adventures with cowhands, cattle rustlers, cattle barons, and Indians—and his experiences with hazardous stampedes. For grades 3-6. 2010.

The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure
DB 75425
5 hours 13 minutes
by Martin W. Sandler
read by Bill Wallace
Recounts the 1897 rescue of approximately three hundred men who were stranded in Arctic waters when their eight whaling ships were trapped in ice. Describes the fifteen-hundred-mile journey of three men from the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service—predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard—who transported life-saving provisions. For grades 5-8. 2012.

The Iroquois
DB 72685
4 hours 24 minutes
by Barbara Graymont
read by Erin Jones
Discusses the Iroquois Confederacy, a centuries-old alliance among six upstate New York tribes who shared similar languages and customs. Describes the 1459 union of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca, and later the Tuscarora. Details their court battles to recover their heritage. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America
DB 74749
0 hours 31 minutes
by Susan Goldman Rubin
read by Gregory Maupin
Biography of gentlemen pirate Jean Laffite. Describes his adventures as a privateer capturing Spanish ships and his use of pirating skills to help the Americans win the Battle of New Orleans against the British during the War of 1812 . For grades 2-4. 2012.

The Kids Book of Canadian History
DB 71180
3 hours 29 minutes
by Carlotta Hacker
read by Kerry Dukin
Overview of the people, places, and events that have shaped our neighbor to the north. Uses facts, miniprofiles, and time lines to trace the development of the Canadian nation. Discusses the aboriginal people, the arrival of European explorers and settlers, and modern-day multiculturalism. For grades 3-6. 2002.

Lafayette and the American Revolution
DB 72191
2 hours 23 minutes
by Russell Freedman
read by Eva Wilhelm
Biography of the marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), who as a teenager defied orders from the King of France and joined the American Revolution. Describes the military skills Lafayette gained in battle, his lifelong friendship with George Washington, and his fight for democracy during the French Revolution. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Librarian on the Roof! A True Story
DB 75685
0 hours 15 minutes
by M.G. King
read by Faith Potts
Account of librarian RoseAleta Laurell, who climbed onto the roof of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas—and stayed there for a whole week! Details RoseAleta's determination to raise the twenty thousand dollars needed to give the library a fun and fully stocked children's section. For grades K-3. 2010.

Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps
DB 72722
3 hours 26 minutes
by Gail Jarrow
read by Butch Hoover
Discusses the feats of the hot-air balloonists who provided information on the Confederate army to Union generals during the Civil War. Explains how Thaddeus Lowe and his fellow aeronauts counted troops and artillery and created maps while being shot at from the ground. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.

Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Hours
DB 75003
3 hours 50 minutes
by Ann Bausum
read by John Haag
Recounts the 1968 sanitation worker's strike in Memphis, Tennessee, that was sparked by low wages, unsafe working conditions, and a racially charged climate. Discusses Martin Luther King Jr.'s involvement with the movement and his assassination. For grades 6-9. 2012.

Medicine and Health: American Indian Contributions to the World
DB 71160
4 hours 30 minutes
by Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Porterfield
read by Butch Hoover
Topics include personal hygiene, medicinal plants, food values, surgery, wound treatment, dentistry, and the mind/body connection as evidenced throughout the Americas before Columbus. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

Medieval Knights and Warriors
DB 66298
3 hours 38 minutes
by Janet R. Zohorsky
read by Margaret Strom
After a brief discussion of medieval knighthood—armor, battles, tournaments, and the Crusades—the author profiles six men who embodied various aspects of the ideal of chivalry. Features William Marshal, Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, Don Pero Niño, Bertrand du Guesclin, and Sir John de Hawkwood. For grades 6-9. 2003.

The Mohawk
DB 72686
3 hours 30 minutes
by Nancy Bonvillain
read by Erin Jones
History of the New York state Mohawk, the largest nation in the Iroquois Confederacy. Discusses the tribe's seventeenth-century fur-trading partnership with the Dutch and the English, skill at basketry, and adjustments to twentieth-century changes. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Native American History for Kids: With Twenty-one Activities
DB 72667
5 hours 47 minutes
by Karen Bush Gibson
read by Kerry Dukin
Traces the history of Native Americans from their civilization before the arrival of European settlers to the tribal nations' long struggle for survival and their lives in modern-day society. Discusses their contributions to American culture and profiles famous Native Americans. Includes activities related to traditional crafts. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Native American Library: Apache History and Culture, Cheyenne History and Culture, Mowhawk History and Culture, Navajo History and Culture, Nez Perce History and Culture, Sioux History and Culture
DB 75654
7 hours 23 minutes
by Helen Dwyer and others
read by Kerry Dukin
Six book sin a series. Overview of the Apache, Cheyenne, Mohawk, Navajo, Nez Perce, and Sioux tribes. Covers their successes and struggles in he past and present. Includes timelines, glossaries, and resources. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2012.

The Navajo
DB 72684
4 hours 20 minutes
by Peter Iverson
read by Erin Jones
History of the Navajo, or Diné. Discusses the introduction of sheep, weaving, and silversmithing by Spanish Mexicans; the Navajo's Long Walk to a new reservation in 1864; their return to their homeland in the Four Corners; and World War II code talkers. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World
DB 76221
0 hours 45 minutes
by Joe McKendry
read by Gregory Maupin
History of New York's Times Square from its beginnings as part of Medcef Eden's farm in the early 1800s. Profiles the first entrepreneurs and discusses the subway lines, theaters, high rises, and iconic billboard displays that have popped up over the decades. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2012.

The Pawnee
DB 72690
3 hours 8 minutes
by Theresa Jensen Lacey
read by Erin Jones
History of the seminomadic Pawnee Indians, made up of four bands—the Chauis, Kitkahahkis, Pitahawiratas, and Skidis—and their move to Oklahoma from their Kansas/Nebraska homeland. Discusses their traditional lifestyle and their desire to reclaim their heritage. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

The Pony Express: Bringing Mail to the American West
DB 71166
3 hours 47 minutes
by Tim McNeese
read by Gary Tipton
Recounts the history of mail service between Missouri and California from April 1860 to October 1861. Explains the relay system of fresh horses used to maximize delivery speed. Discusses the risks faced by the riders, including extreme weather, Indian attacks, hunger, and lack of sleep. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Raid on Harpers Ferry: John Brown's Rebellion
DB 72253
3 hours 3 minutes
by Samuel Willard Crompton
read by Mike Stefanelli
Discusses abolitionist John Brown's role in seizing the Harpers Ferry arsenal in 1859 and examines his contributions to triggering the Civil War (1861-1865). Describes the laws, slavery, and principal public figures of the era as background to John Brown's arrest for treason. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Saga of the Sioux: An Adaptation from Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
DB 75663
5 hours 0 mnutes
by Dwight Jon Zimmerman
read by Bill Burton
An adaptation for youth of Dee Brown’s 1970 book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (DB 20462). Recounts the conquest of the West from the viewpoint of American Indians, particularly the Sioux nation. for grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.

Science and Technology: American Indian Contributions to the World
DB 71161
4 hours 19 minutes
by Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Porterfield
read by Butch Hoover
Explains that American Indian knowledge of natural processes led to inventing tools and ways to adapt the environment to their needs. Inventions included spear points, tobacco pipes, musical instruments, copper smithery, rubber, the base-twenty math system, and calendars. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City
DB 72692
3 hours 27 minutes
by David Weitzman
read by Roy Avers
Pays tribute to Mohawk ironworkers, who have worked high in the air building skyscrapers and bridges for more than a century. Examines the myth of the fearless, sure-footed Indian. Covers Mohawk history, the 1907 Quebec Bridge disaster, and the Empire State Building's construction. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.

Spies and Lies: Famous and Infamous Spies; Spies, Double Agents, and Traitors; Spy Codes and Ciphers; Spy Gizmos and Gadgets
DB 75022
2 hours 45 minutes
by Susan K. Mitchell
read by Kerry Dukin
Four books in a series provide an overview of the history of espionage.

Discusses spies, double agents, techniques, gadgets, and codes. Spy

Gizmos and Gadgets describes George Washington’s successful use of

invisible ink during the American Revolution. Includes career guides,

secret facts, and more. For grades 4-7. 2012.

The Teton Sioux
DB 72689
3 hours 33 minutes
by Nancy Bonvillain
read by Erin Jones
History of the Teton Sioux or "dwellers of the prairie," who live in North and South Dakota. Discusses their eighteenth-century migration from Minnesota, adaptation from a farming to a nomadic lifestyle, and endeavors to maintain traditions by raising buffalo. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
DB 72109
5 hours 37 minutes
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
read by Michael Russotto
History of the Ku Klux Klan from its beginnings as a club after the Civil War to its twentieth-century legacy. Discusses racial prejudice, Jim Crow laws, Klan violence, African American suffering, and court rulings for integration. Includes many first-person accounts. Violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.

Trade, Transportation, and Warfare: American Indian Contributions to the World
DB 71162
4 hours 42 minutes
by Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Porterfield
read by Butch Hoover
Discusses the trade fairs and routes that developed as tribes settled into sites with specific assets. Explains the exchanges of goods and the methods of moving products to market. Describes tribal governance and military tactics that preferred dishonor over killing. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

Trail of Tears
DB 72624
2 hours 19 minutes
by Sue Vander Hook
read by Catherine Byers
Discusses the forced migration of American Indians from their ancestral homeland to faraway areas set aside by the U.S. government as Indian Territory. Focuses on the removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia in the 1830s and the lingering emotional and physical toll on tribe members. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting
DB 71202
2 hours 3 minutes
by Jim Murphy
read by Roy Avers
Examines the events that brought European countries into battle in the First World War. Describes one particular day, Christmas Eve 1914, when all along the Western Front German soldiers exchanged hymns with their British and French enemies and a fragile peace temporarily prevailed. For grades 4-7. 2009.

The War to End All Wars: World War I
DB 72396
4 hours 13 minutes
by Russell Freedman
read by Butch Hoover
Examines the causes and consequences of the first global war in which modern military weapons were used to inflict mass slaughter. Presents events in chronological order from Archduke Ferdinand's assassination in 1914 to the Treaty of Versailles in 1918. Violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.

Who Were the Accused Witches of Salem? And Other Questions about the Witchcraft Trials
DB 74835
1 hour 2 minutes
by Laura Hamilton Waxman
read by Kerry Dukin
Recounts the events that led up to the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Discusses the incarceration, guilty verdicts, and execution of many of the villagers. Details the accusations of the young girls who fell ill. Includes timeline, facts, and resources. For grades 5-8. 2012.

Wounded Knee Massacre
DB 74578
8 hours 11 minutes
by Martin Gitlin
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses the U.S. cavalry's massacre of Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1890. Details the long conflict between Plains Indians and white settlers and the tribes' forced resettlement onto reservations. Examines the 1973 siege at the same location. Includes primary documents. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.

The Zuni
DB 72688
3 hours 54 minutes
by Nancy Bonvillain
read by Erin Jones
History of the Zuni, who have lived in New Mexico since the eighth century. Discusses the tribe's early culture based on corn, interactions with the Spanish in the sixteenth century, and ongoing autonomy. Describes their religious ceremonies and pottery and silver-jewelry craftsmanship. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

Braille

The Boston Tea Party
BR19696
by Russell Freedman
1 volume
Recounts the events of the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773, when Massachusetts colonists protested Britain’s constant taxation by dressing up as Mohawk Indians, climbing aboard English ships, and dumping tea into the harbor—signaling the start of widespread resistance to British rule. For grades 2-4. 2012.

Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun
BR19445
by Rhoda Blumberg
1 volume
Details American Commodore Matthew Perry’s role in opening Japan’s closed society to world trade in the 1850s. Describes interactions between American naval officers and the feudal Japanese government, including gift exchanges and ceremonies, and the treaty between the two nations. For grades 4-7 and older readers. Newbery Honor Book. 1985.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
BR20003
by Laban Carrick Hill
1 volume
Discusses the creative work of South Carolina slave Dave (1834-1864), who made large clay pots and jars—some of which he inscribed with poems. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. C.S. King Award and Caldecott Honor. 2010.

The Firehouse Light
BR19043
by Janet Nolan
1 volume
Traces the history of a small-town fire department and its changes during one hundred years. Yet in all that time, the same four-watt lightbulb has glowed steadily to help firefighters see in the dark. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

The First American Flag
BR19091
by Kathy Allen
1 volume
Presents facts about United States flag history from the earliest one for the thirteen colonies during the Revolutionary War to the banner representing the fifty states. Discusses the legend of Betsy Ross and explains the flag’s real origins. For grades K-3. 2010.

The First Independence Day Celebration
BR19093
by Kathy Allen
1 volume
Talks about the first Independence Day in 1776, when the declaration signed by the thirteen colonies meant war with Great Britain. Discusses ways the celebration changed after the colonists’ victory in 1781 and compares it to our modern Fourth of July with parades, picnics, and fireworks. For grades K-3. 2010.

Fourteen Cows for America
BR19002
by Carmen Agra Deedy
1 volume
Upon returning to his village in Kenya, Kimeli tells his people about the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11, 2001. In response, the Maasai villagers present fourteen cows—symbolic of life—as an offering to grieving Americans. Afterword by Kimeli Naiyomah. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2009.

Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything
BR19045
by Kathleen Krull
1 volume
Explores the life of Genghis Khan’s grandson Kubla Khan, who ruled the vast thirteenth-century Mongol Empire. Describes his horsemen warriors, large family, lavish parties, meeting with Marco Polo, successful governance, and desire to unify all of China. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Off like the Wind! The First Ride of the Pony Express
BR19033
by Michael P. Spradlin
1 volume
April 3 to April 13, 1860. Recounts the hazards faced by horseback riders during the first cross-country mail service between Missouri and California, which took eleven days. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Paul Revere’s Ride
BR19112
by Lori Mortensen
1 volume
Discusses Paul Revere’s bravery on the night of April 18, 1775, when this American hero rode his horse Brown Beauty to warn the colonists that British soldiers were headed to Lexington from Boston that same night. For grades K-3. 2010.

Writing the U.S. Constitution
BR19111
by Lori Mortensen
1 volume
Explains the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia in 1787, when the Founding Fathers discussed which new form of government our country should adopt. For grades K-3. 2010.

Hobbies and Crafts

Braille

Coins and Other Currency: Money Matters; A Kid’s Guide to Coin Collecting
BR18982
by Tamra Orr
1 volume
Recounts the history of money from the barter system to coins and paper bank notes. Covers the basics of starting a coin collection, lists the tools and supplies needed, and discusses ways to locate and organize coins. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Easy Earth-Friendly Crafts in Five Steps
BR18035
by Anna Llimós
1 volume
Lists materials—many recycled, such as egg cartons, paper-towel tubes, pudding cups, wooden clothes pins, corks, and scraps of cloth—and the five instructions needed to make animal-shaped toys, dolls, a top, a coin purse, and more. Encourages substitutions and adult participation. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2008.

Jokes, Riddles, and Rhymes

Audio

Just Joking 3: Three Hundred Hilarious Jokes about Everything, Including Tongue Twisters, Riddles, and More!
DB 76334
1 hour 6 minutes
by Ruth A . Musgrave
read by Gregory Gorton
Collection of zany knock-knock jokes, tongue twisters, silly question-and-answer jokes, and much more. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2013.

Literature

Audio

Jane Austen: A Life Revealed
DB 73754
3 hours 58 minutes
by Catherine Reef
read by Nicola Daval
Introduces British author Jane Austen (1775-1817) and examines her personal life and career against the backdrop of early nineteenth-century English society, when women had few rights. Discusses the plots and characters in Austen's six completed novels, including Pride and Prejudice (DB/RC 50549). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.

Medicine and Health

Audio

One Hundred and One Questions about Muscles to Stretch Your Mind and Flex Your Brain
DB 71522
5 hours 1 minutes
by Faith Hickman Brynie
read by Kerry Dukin
Explores the science of human muscles, from their workings to their names. Covers topics such as movement, injuries, diseases, exercise, gene therapy, artificial muscles, and research challenges. Includes sections on Lance Armstrong and steroid use. Based on students' questions. For grades 6-9. 2008.

One Hundred and One Questions about Sleep and Dreams That Kept You Awake Nights—until Now
DB 71521
4 hours 56 minutes
by Faith Hickman Brynie
read by Kerry Dukin
Explains the stages of sleep during a typical night, the twenty-four-hour cycle, and the negative effects of sleep loss. Examines dreaming, sleep disorders, animals' sleep habits, and the state of sleep science. Based on questions from students. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? Real Answers to Real Questions from Preteens about Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff
DB 75098
4 hours 49 minutes
by Julie Metzger and Robert Lehman
read by Various Narrators
Guide for girls and boys about changes to their bodies during puberty. Authors explain physical and hormonal changes and discuss sex, STDs, relationships, dating, pregnancy prevention, and more. For grades 5-8. 2012.

Braille

Explaining Asthma
BR19230
by Angela Royston
1 volume
Defines asthma—a condition affecting breathing—and describes its causes and treatments. Discusses the function of the lungs and the effect asthma has on them, the triggers and handling of an asthma attack, and prevention techniques. Includes case notes on children and athletes with asthma. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Autism
BR19229
by Robert Snedden
1 volume
Describes autism, the autistic spectrum, Asperger syndrome, and the varied effects of these disorders on people. Discusses genetics, treatment options, and possible behaviors of autistic children at home, at school, and as they age. Includes case notes on individuals. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Blindness
BR19237
by Lionel Bender
1 volume
Discusses blindness and various levels of visual impairment, some of which are age-related. Covers causes and effects, treatments for certain conditions, mobility challenges, home and school issues, and new technologies. Includes case studies featuring children and adults. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Cerebral Palsy
BR19239
by Sarah Levete
1 volume
Discusses the causes and effects of cerebral palsy and the various challenges it presents to individuals during activities such as moving around, learning, and communicating. Covers ways of managing everyday tasks and the role of assistive technology. Includes case studies of children and adults. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Cystic Fibrosis
BR19236
by Jillian Powell
1 volume
Discusses cystic fibrosis, which is caused by a faulty gene and affects the lungs and digestive system. Explains that no cure is available, but various physical regimens—including medication, diet, exercise, and physiotherapy—allow children a relatively active lifestyle. Includes case studies of children and adults. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Deafness
BR19240
by Sarah Levete
1 volume
Discusses degrees of deafness and its effect on people. Details causes and diagnosis of deafness and covers topics including lipreading, sign language, hearing aids, cochlear implants, technological devices, and the deaf community. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Diabetes
BR19170
by Anita Loughrey
1 volume
Defines type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Discusses symptoms and diagnoses, insulin injections, dietary guidelines, physical activity, related health issues, and treatments. Includes case studies on adults and kids who live with diabetes and manage their conditions. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Epilepsy
BR19245
by Lionel Bender
1 volume
Discusses various kinds of epilepsy, which is a brain condition, not a disease, and the mild to severe symptoms it produces. Describes the triggers to a seizure, treatments, and medications. Includes case studies of children and adults. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Food Allergies
BR18984
by Carol Ballard
1 volume
Defines allergies as a body’s reaction to specific foods and not just a person’s aversion or dislike of these foods. Discusses common culprits, such as peanuts, wheat, milk, and shellfish, and varying symptoms, including rashes, vomiting, and anaphylaxis. Covers avoidance, tests, treatment, and possible genetic connections. For grades 4-7. 2010.

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures
BR19050
by Carlyn Beccia
1 volume
Examines old folk cures for coughs, wounds, stomachaches, and other common ailments, such as the use of live frogs to treat sore throats in Medieval Europe. Presents multiple possible remedies for eight illnesses, then explains why each would—or would not—actually work. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Music

Braille

The History of Alternative Rock: The Music Library
BR19605
by Stuart A. Kallen
2 volumes
Short overview of alternative rock from garage bands to punk and grunge groups. Discusses digital music production, peer-to-peer sharing, and the music industry. Provides a recommended listening list, including songs by the Clash, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, U2, and others. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

The History of American Pop: The Music Library
BR19585
by Stuart A. Kallen
2 volumes
Traces American pop music from the early 1900s in New York City’s Tin Pan Alley to the twenty-first-century global market. Covers the sounds populating _Billboard magazine’s chart, including jazz, the blues, disco, and rap. Offers a recommended listening list. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

The History of Country Music: The Music Library
BR19584
by Stuart A. Kallen
2 volumes
Short overview of country music, from Hank Williams (1923-1953) to Taylor Swift (born 1989). Covers a variety of styles, such as cowboy, western swing, honky-tonk, the Nashville sound, country rock, and pop country. Includes recommendations for listening and other resources. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

The History of Jazz: The Music Library
BR19686
by Stuart A. Kallen
2 volumes
Short overview of jazz from its New Orleans roots to the modern mix of styles called nu jazz. Discusses key musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, and others. Provides recommended listening list, glossary, and additional resources. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

Nature

Audio

The Bat Scientists
DB 72845
2 hours 4 minutes
by Mary Kay Carson
read by Kerry Dukin
Follows a team of scientists who are studying bats in caves and under bridges to learn this winged mammal's secrets. Debunks myths—such as bats are flying mice—and presents facts about bat behavior and physical characteristics. Discusses echolocation, bat communication, and conservation efforts to preserve bat habitats. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Earth in the Hot Seat: Bulletins from a Warming World
DB 70415
2 hours 21 minutes
by Marfé Ferguson Delano
read by Dan Bloom
Explains global warming and humans' responsibility for certain changes in Earth's climate. Discusses the challenges and opportunities facing people of the future. Provides bulletins on climate connections, tips for going green, and brief interviews with scientists and environmental activists. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Garbage and Recycling
DB 71520
3 hours 37 minutes
by Debra A . Miller
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses the increasing amount of trash produced by Americans and compares waste-management methods from around the world. Examines landfills, disposal of hazardous agricultural and nuclear waste and electronics equipment, recycling, and future strategies. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Global Warming and the Dinosaurs: Fossil Discoveries at the Poles
DB 71192
0 hours 58 minutes
by Caroline Arnold
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses fossil evidence and scientific discoveries in Alaska, Canada, Siberia, Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, and Patagonia showing that dinosaurs lived not just in warm, tropical places but also in the cold and seasonally dark environments of the polar circles. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet
DB 71189
2 hours 3 minutes
by Harriet Rohmer
read by Carol Dines
Presents twelve ecoactivists and their local grassroots projects for saving planet Earth. Describes advocates of city farming, cleaning polluted water, recycling industrial and electronic waste, generating solar power in rural areas, protecting wetlands and endangered species, and switching from coal to renewable energy sources. For grades 4-7. 2009.

The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe
DB 72406
2 hours 1 minutes
by Loree Griffin Burns
read by Kerry Dukin
Profiles beekeepers and scientists who are investigating colony-collapse disorder in the United States, which has killed millions of honeybees. Discusses the impact of this catastrophe on agriculture and its long-term implications. Includes facts about the physical characteristics and social behavior of bees. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
DB 71740
2 hours 26 minutes
by Sy Montgomery
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses the plight of the nearly extinct New Zealand kakapo—a large, flightless parrot. Explains the recovery-team scientists' work of moving the remaining kakapo population to a safe environment and ensuring the birds' protection during the hatching season. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Planet Ark: Preserving Earth's Biodiversity
DB 76515
1 hour 18 minutes
by Adrienne Mason
read by Patrick Downer
Compares Earth to Noah's ark and discusses the importance of biodiversity to the planet's animal and plant species. Explains campaigns and activities such as Project LemonAid that some kids are participating in to help preserve the world's ecosystems. Includes tips, resources, and a glossary. For grades 4-7. 2013.

Plants Out of Place
DB 72706
0 hours 41 minutes
by Courtney Farrell
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses the problems that occur when plants from foreign countries are introduced to new places. Explains the harm to the ecosystem caused by quick-growing, invasive plants—like kudzu and salt cedar—that compete with native vegetation and are difficult to remove. Glossary included. For grades 3-6. 2011.

Project Seahorse
DB 72239
1 hour 17 minutes
by Pamela S. Turner
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses biologists' work setting up a Marine Protected Area on a reef in the Philippines. Describes their study of seahorse reproduction, life cycle, and habitat. Profiles a local fisherman, whose family depends on his catch, and explores the community's role in the conservation effort. For grades 5-8. 2010.

The Secret World of Whales
DB 75513
1 hour 25 minutes
by Charles Siebert
read by Gregory Maupin
Explores the myths and legends told long ago as well as the modern scientific knowledge about these giant mammals. Discusses the history of whale hunting, human encounters with friendly gray whales, research techniques used to study whale intelligence and behavior, and options for species preservation. For grades 4-7. 2011.

What Stinks?
DB 64712
2 hours 46 minutes
by Marilyn Singer
read by Ray Childs
Discusses the sense of smell and the strong odors of some animals, insects, plants, and trees. Explains the importance of vomit, urine, musk, and poop in marking territory, attracting a mate, and communicating and for self-defense. For grades 3-6. 2006.

Braille

Adventure beneath the Sea: Living in an Underwater Science Station
BR19282
by Kenneth Mallory
1 volume
Describes a seven-day mission in a steel cylinder off the Florida Keys, sixty feet deep in the Atlantic Ocean. Examines the scientists’ living conditions and work, which includes inserting computer tags into fish. Discusses scuba diving and explains the need to return to the surface slowly. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
BR20014
by Joyce Sidman
1 volume
Twelve poems invite readers to the cool breezes of the nighttime forest to learn about the moon, mushrooms, trees, raccoons, snails, porcupines, crickets, moths, owls, spiders, efts (young newts), and bats. Natural history facts accompany each poem. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. Newbery Honor Book. 2010.

Life in the Boreal Forest
BR19030
by Brenda Z. Guiberson
1 volume
Describes the plants and animals that make their home in the great northern forest that spreads across Alaska, Canada, Russia, and Scandinavia. Examines the ecosystem and its importance to our planet. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens
BR19539
by Patricia Lauber
1 volume
Recounts the transformation of Mount St. Helens from a forested mountain to a desolate blast zone after its explosion on March 27, 1980. Discusses the earthquakes and mud flows that occurred and the gradual return of plants, insects, and animals. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor Book. 1986.

Poetry

Audio

A House Is a House for Me
DB 71199
0 hours 10 minutes
by Mary Ann Hoberman
read by Jill Fox
Things can be homes for many other things if you think about it. This early poem by the 2008 U.S. Children's Poet Laureate talks about the many homes around us, from barns for animals and barrels for pickles to books for stories. For grades K-3. National Book Award. 1978.

Inside Out and Back Again
DB 74820
1 hour 56 minutes
by Thanhha Lai
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Ten-year-old Hà
writes poems to chronicle the life-changing year of 1975, when Hà, her mother, and her brohers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. For grades 4-7. National Book Award. 2011.

Julie Andrews' Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year
DB 75786
2 hours 52 minutes
compiled by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Collection of poems and songs that celebrate different holidays and special moments throughout the year. Features works by Andrews, Sandra Cisneros, Emily Dickinson, Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, John Updike, and others. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2012.

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: Two Hundred Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar!
DB 75692
2 hours 10 minutes
edited by
J. Patrick Lewis
read by Catherine Byers
U.S. children's poet laureate collected poems about animals that are big, small, winged, water-bound, strange, noisy, quiet, and more. Includes verses from Benjamin Franklin, Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, Ogden Nash, Jane Yolen, and many others. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2012.

The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination
DB 71809
3 hours 30 minutes
selected by
Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston
read by Jill Fox
Anthology of poems for nature lovers with subjects ranging from dinosaurs to earthworms and fossils to butterflies. Poets include William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, and Valerie Worth. Features eighteen poets reading their own work. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2009.

Braille

A Child’s Garden of Verses
BR19536
by Robert Louis Stevenson
1 volume
A selection of poems first published in England in 1885. Includes “The Wind,” “A Good Boy,” and “My Shadow.” For grades K-3 and older readers. 1885.

Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems
BR19388
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
1 volume
Nineteen short poems about different dinosaurs. “School Rules” warns dinosaurs not to eat their classmates. “Oops!” finds Carcharodontosaurus upset when his tooth pops out. Includes a guide to pronouncing dinosaur names. For grades K-3. 2011.

Every Thing on It
BR18755
by Shel Silverstein
1 volume
A collection of more than one hundred previously unpublished poems from the author of A Light in the Attic (BR 11934, Volume 1 A Light in the Attic) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (BR11502, Volume 1 Where the Sidewalk Ends). Includes “The Lovetobutcants,” “Garlic Breath,” “Nasty School,” and “The Kid-Eating Land Shark.” For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2011.

Once upon a Twice
BR19026
by Denise Doyen
1 volume
One moonlit night a young mouse named Jam ignores the elders’ warnings and sits alone near the lake—the perfect prey for a water snake. Written in nonsense verse. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

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Religion and Ethics

Audio

Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses: The Story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
DB 75471
0 hours 20 minutes
by Amy Córdova
read by Jill Fox
Retelling of the sixteenth-century tale of the Virgin Mary's request to Juan Diego, a poor villager in old Mexico, to build a church in her honor. Recounts the miracle of roses in December and the appearance of Mary's image on Juan Diego's shirt. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2011.

Science

Audio

The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science
DB 72077
5 hours 52 minutes
by Sean Connolly
read by Mike Stefanelli
Accounts of thirty-four major scientific breakthroughs and developments from Stone Age tools to the Hadron Collider, explanations of their underlying scientific principles and potential for catastrophic results, and fifty related experiments that use household items like paper cups or trash bags. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.

Does It Really Take Seven Years to Digest Swallowed Gum? And Other Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask
DB 71742
0 hours 41 minutes
by Sandy Donovan
read by Mike Stefanelli
Examines the facts behind seventeen common sayings and urban legends. Explains that it's scientifically impossible to pump a swing in a 360-degree circle around a swing set. Discusses whether a tooth will dissolve in Coca-Cola overnight or chemicals can color urine in a swimming pool. For grades 3-6. 2010.

Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates
DB 71543
5 hours 44 minutes
by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses the scientific knowledge derived from four human ancestors: Africa's Turkana Boy, Portugal's Lapedo Child, Washington state's Kennewick Man, and an Italian glacier's Iceman. Covers these fossil skeleton discoveries and examines both deductions based on advanced laboratory-technology findings and ongoing archaeological debates. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.

Here There Be Monsters: The Legendary Kraken and the Giant Squid
DB 72615
2 hours 16 minutes
by H.P. Newquist
read by L.J. Ganser
Traces human knowledge of enormous sea creatures from Greek myth and sailor's tales to Melville and Verne's literary works and scientific evidence slowly gathered from around the world. Describes modern technological advances that enable marine researchers to probe the ocean depths for these elusive colossal squid. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
DB 76247
3 hours 13 minutes
by Phillip Hoose
read by Phillip Hoose
Explores the B95, a rufa red-knot bird, that has made its migration circuit of approximately eight thousand miles a year for nearly two decades. Describes conditions the bird travels through and its diminishing food supply, which may lead to extinction. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Commercial audiobook. 2012.

Pilotless Planes
DB 72782
1 hour 10 minutes
by Carla Mooney
read by Ray Childs
Describes the development of the Predator drone and other UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), which are piloted by remote control from the ground. Discusses their growing role in warfare and their meteorological, scientific, and commercial uses. For grades 3-6. 2011.

Project Seahorse
DB 72239
1 hour 17 minutes
by Pamela S. Turner
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses biologists' work setting up a Marine Protected Area on a reef in the Philippines. Describes their study of seahorse reproduction, life cycle, and habitat. Profiles a local fisherman, whose family depends on his catch, and explores the community's role in the conservation effort. For grades 5-8. 2010.

SCRATCHbot
DB 72781
0 hours 55 minutes
by Adam Woog
read by Dan Bloom
Discusses the development of the SCRATCHbot, a three-wheeled robot with rat-like whiskers that collects tactile information used by researchers to study animals' sense of touch. Explains practical applications of touch-sensitive robots for rescue operations, medical treatment, and space exploration. For grades 3-6. 2011.

Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off! The Science Scoop on More than Thirty Terrifying Phenomena
DB 74726
5 hours 58 minutes
by Glenn Murphy
read by Gregory Maupin
Discusses learned fears and phobias. Covers natural disasters, animals and fish, transportation crashes, and deadly diseases. Also considers supernatural beings and more. Details the statistical chances of getting harmed and sheds light on the reality. For grades 4-7. 2011.

What's the Big Idea? Amazing Science Questions for the Curious Kid
DB 71953
2 hours 10 minutes
by Vicki Cobb
read by Mike Stefanelli
Explores motion, energy, and matter and the ways these three things make life possible. Discusses early scientists Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Hooke and the basic principles they discovered to explain everyday events. Includes experiments and a glossary of scientific terms. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Where Do Polar Bears Live?
DB 71523
0 hours 12 minutes
by Sarah L. Thomson
read by Brian Conn
Explains how physical traits, such as furry paws and thick skin, help polar bears survive in the Arctic snow and ice. Discusses their hunting and eating habits, as well as the bad things that will happen to them if the polar ice cap keeps shrinking. For grades K-3. 2010.

Braille

The Elephant Scientist
BR19609
by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson
1 volume
Scientist O’Connell chronicles her observations of elephants in Africa. Describes the creatures’ communication using vibration-sensitive cells in their feet and trunks. Includes resources and a pachyderm term guide. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2011.

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
BR19858
by Phillip Hoose
2 volumes
Explores the B95, a rufa red-knot bird, that has made its migration circuit of approximately eighteen thousand miles a year for nearly two decades. Describes the conditions the bird must travel through and its diminishing food supply, which may eventually lead to extinction. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

One-Minute Mysteries: Sixty-five Short Mysteries You Solve with Math!
BR19176
by Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder
1 volume
Real-life situations at home, play, or outdoors that require math to solve. In “A Measured Response” two boys without a measuring container substitute a soda can and a water bottle. In “A Slice of Life” the challenge is dividing pizza. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Stronger than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope
BR19876
by Bridget Heos
1 volume
Details scientist Randy Lewis’s study of the golden orb weaver spider’s silk and its possible uses. Discusses his research with transgenic goats—which he injected with spider genes—and provides a basic introduction to DNA and gene theory. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013.

This Is Rocket Science: True Stories of the Risk-Taking Scientists Who Figure Out Ways to Explore beyond Earth
BR19168
by Gloria Skurzynski
1 volume
Traces the history of rocketry from its Chinese origins to the International Space Station and profiles key scientists such as Wernher von Braun. Explains the scientific principles that allow satellite launches to overcome Earth’s gravity. Recaps the space race and space shuttle program. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors
BR19034
by Joyce Sidman
1 volume
Poems and facts portray fourteen of Earth’s long-lived species, beginning with bacteria, the oldest; continuing with mollusks, lichen, sharks, beetles, diatoms, geckos, ants, grasses, squirrels, crows, dandelions, and coyotes; and ending with the youngest, a human baby. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Sports and Recreation

Audio

Able to Play: Overcoming Physical Challenges
DB 74747
2 hours 7 minutes
by Glenn Stout
read by Bruce Huntey
Profiles four professional baseball players: pitcher Mordecai Brown, who lost a finger in a farming accident; third baseman Ron Santo, who dealt with diabetes throughout his career; pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without his right hand; and outfielder Curtis Pride, who was born deaf. For grades 3-6. 2012.

Baseball Heroes
DB 73057
2 hours 54 minutes
by Glenn Stout
read by Bill Quinn
Biographical sketches of baseball pioneers who fought prejudice to play: Hank Greenberg, one of the first Jewish players; Jackie Robinson, the first African American in the major leagues; Fernando Valenzuela, a Latino pitcher from Mexico; and Ila Borders, the first woman on a men's college team. For grades 3-6. 2010.

The Daytona 500: The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race
DB 73409
1 hour 50 minutes
by Nancy Roe Pimm
read by Ray Childs
Discusses stock-car racing's biggest event and the drivers and crew who make it happen. Covers the history the Daytona 500 from beach to banked track, some famous drivers, and amazing crashes. Describes the stock cars' special features and race preparations. For grades 5-8. 2011.

Goal! The Fire and Fury of Soccer's Greatest Moment
DB 71717
1 hour 44 minutes
by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy
read by Mike Stefanelli
Traces the evolution of soccer, describes ten thrilling goals, and profiles top players from Steve Bloomer to Mia Hamm and Lionel Messi. Includes anecdotes, weird facts, and World Cup scoring records. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Lineup for Yesterday
DB 75021
1 hour 18 minutes
by Ogden Nash
read by John Polk
Collection of Ogden Nash's alphabetical poems of baseball legends, such as Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. Includes player stats and biographical information. Originally published in 1949 in Sport magazine. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2011.

Long Ball: The Legend and Lore of the Home Run
DB 71099
1 hour 46 minutes
by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Examines the history of the home run, profiles baseball players from Babe Ruth to Barry Bonds who have made it their specialty, and recaps records set in hitting the long ball. Includes a brief discussion of steroid use. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Swimming: Science behind Sports
DB 74656
3 hours 6 minutes
by Lizabeth Hardman
read by Kerry Dukin
Explores the scientific principles behind swimming. Discusses the origins, training involved, and potential injuries. Also covers water phobias and competition anxieties. Includes glossary and resources for additional information. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2012.

Swish: The Quest for Basketball's Perfect Shot
DB 71716
1 hour 38 minutes
by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy
read by Mike Stefanelli
Traces the history of basketball from the 1800s to modern days, profiles sensational scorers from Buddy Jeannette to Charlotte Smith and Michael Jordan, and describes amazing shots from three-pointers to slam dunks. Includes unusual facts and men's and women's professional records. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Touchdown: The Power and Precision of Football's Perfect Play
DB 71739
1 hour 40 minutes
by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy
read by Mike Stefanelli
Two-hundred-year history of American football includes descriptions of ten unforgettable touchdowns, profiles of outstanding players from Jim Thorpe to LaDainian Tomlinson, accounts of costly bloopers and amazing feats, and touchdown records. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with a Few Flat Tires along the Way)
DB 73553
2 hours 50 minutes
by Sue Macy
read by Nicola Daval
Follows the development of women's bicycles in the 1880s and 1890s and explores the impact of the two-wheeler on everyday life during the beginning of women's liberation. Discusses celebrity cyclists, reaction to the new transportation mode, and fashion changes to accommodate riding. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2011.

Braille

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
BR19745
by Audrey Vernick
1 volume
Recounts the 1938 formation of a semi-pro baseball team by the twelve Acerra boys in their New Jersey hometown. Describes the team’s disbanding when six brothers went off to fight in43World War II, and its revival after their return. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2012.

Twice as Good
BR19666
by Richard Michelson
1 volume
Short biography of William Powell (1916-2009), who in 1948 was the first African American to build, own, and open a golf course—the Clearview Golf Club—for everyone, regardless of race. Discusses his childhood ambitions, hard work, service in the U.S. Army, and family life. For grades 2-4. 2012.

Ultimate Guide to Baseball
BR19120
by James Buckley
2 volumes
Presents facts and statistics about the all-American game—baseball. Covers the major league teams, the World Series, playing tips, and stars including Honus Wagner, Satchel Paige, Rickey Henderson, and Albert Pujols. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.

You and Your Body

Audio

Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away? And Other Questions about Your Health and Body
DB 71743
0 hours 43 minutes
by Sandy Donovan
read by Mike Stefanelli
Provides scientific responses to seventeen common sayings and beliefs about health. Answers questions like: Do you need to wait half an hour after eating before swimming? Should you drink eight glasses of water a day? Does listening to loud music cause hearing loss? For grades 3-6. 2010.

Squirt! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read about Blood
DB 65721
1 hour 16 minutes
by Trudee Romanek
read by Jill Ferris
Explains how the human heart and blood circulation system work. Includes facts about animals, too. "You Try It" sections provide simple experiments related to the topic. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Braille

Girl in the Know: Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up
BR19096
by Anne Katz
1 volume
Advice on handling the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty. Covers bra fitting, menstruation, mood swings, hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, sleep needs, and relationships with family and friends. For grades 4-7. 2010.

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