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Independent Reading

EASY
Puzzle Maps USA
by Nancy L. Clouse. Holt, 1990
Introduces the 50 states and their shapes through simple puzzle maps.
Weather Forecasting
by Gail Gibbons. Macmillan, 1987
Weather forecasters use sophisticated equipment to track constant changes in the weather.
Wild and Woolly Mammoths
by Aliki. HarperCollins, 1996
A look at the prehistoric landscape.
Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe
by Vera B. Williams. Morrow, 1981
Mother, Aunt Rosie, and two children go on a camping trip in a red canoe.
Spring
by Ron Hirschi. Penguin, 1990
Photographs of spring across the United States.
Winter
by Ron Hirschi. Penguin, 1990
Winter across the United States in photographs.
AVERAGE
View from the Air
by Reeve Lindbergh. Penguin, 1992
Humankind's impact on the earth from a pilot's perspective.
Urban Roosts
by Barbara Bash. Little, Brown, 1990
An unusual perspective on urban landforms.
Mike Fink
by Steven Kellog. Morrow, 1994
The king of the keelboat pilots poles through adventures along the rivers of the United States.
Sierra
by Diane Siebert. HarperCollins, 1991
A description of the beauty of this mountain range.
Paddle-to-the-Sea
by H.C. Holling. Houghton Mifflin, 1941
A wooden man in a toy canoe carved by a Native American boy makes his way down river to the sea.
Red Wolf Country
by Jonathan London. Penguin, 1996
Two red wolves hunt, eat, and prepare for the birth of their pups.
CHALLENGING
On the Far Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George. Penguin, 1990
Sam's peaceful life in the woods is disrupted when his sister runs away and his pet falcon is taken from him.
The Twenty-One Balloons
by William Pène du Bois. Penguin, 1947
The incredible journey of Professor Sherman who sets off in a balloon on an adventure that includes surviving the eruption of the volcano Krakatoa.
One Day in the Alpine Tundra
by Jean Craighead George. HarperCollins, 1984
Relates a boy's adventure when he is alone on a stormy day in the alpine tundra of Wyoming.
Weather
by Seymour Simon. Morrow, 1993
The causes, changing patterns, and forecasting of weather.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Celebrating America
by Laura Whipple. Philomel, 1994
The land and the people of America are celebrated by American writers.
Celebrate America in Poetry and Art
by Nora Panzer. Hyperion, 1993
A collection of poetry celebrating America, illustrated with art from the collection of the National Museum of American Art.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Measuring Maps
by Keith Lye. Gloucester Press, 1991
A hands-on look at the science of geography.
Exploring Your World
National Geographic, 1989
An encyclopedia of geography with more than one thousand illustrations.